Should the West Ban the Burqa?
Many Muslim and ex-MuslimÂ experts on Islam insist that the Qu’ranÂ does not command women to cover their faces, bodies or hair. Women are merely told to dress modestly. They further point out that for part or all of the 20th century, many women in Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia and Afghanistan, stopped wearing the veil and wore western dress. Islamists claim that the veil is a religious requirement; that bikinis are worse than burqas; that veiled Muslim women are sacred and as such, should not be exposed to corrupting Western, secular mores.
All Europe is wrestling with the issue of whether to ban the Islamic veil.
“Many Muslim and ex-Muslim experts on Islam insist that the Qu’ran does not command women to cover their faces, bodies or hair. Women are merely told to dress modestly.”
Unfortunately, these “experts” are wrong.
Sura 33, Al-Ahzab, 55,
Oh Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies (i.e. screen themselves completely except eyes or one eye to see the way). That will be better, that they should be known (as free respectable women) so as not to be annoyed. And Allah is Ever Oft Forgiving, Most Merciful…..
From the Koran of scholar Taj Din Al Hilali, sponsored by the King Fahd Academy.