‘Hijabs and long beards are a middle finger to the West’: Muslim-raised psychiatrist claims head scarves and facial hair are Islam’s symbol of opposition to mainstream society
That’s why the Chinese have forbidden long beards and Muslim garb, along with fasting for Ramadan, the hideous shrouds, children in mosques etc etc. The Chinese make them eat pork and round up the imams to dance in the parks. Curiously, jihad attacks have gone down to a trickle since.
- Bangladeshi-born psychiatrist Tanveer Ahmed says Muslim teens resent West
- Muslim-raised specialist says hijabs and beards are a ‘middle finger’ to society
- He spoke of how children from Muslim families are taught to blame the West
A Muslim-raised psychiatrist says hijabs and long beards are often an Islamic ‘middle finger’ to Western society.
‘Where they tend to find a sense of identity is in Islam but a particular brand of it, one which they show through outer markers like hijabs or beards,’ he said in a Rebel Media video.
The Bangladeshi-born specialist, who moved to Australia when he was six, cited a term coined by Canadian author Tarek Fatah, who campaigns for a secular form of Islam which recognises gay rights.
‘Underneath that exterior though sometimes it can be a sense of opposition to mainstream society, what Canadian author Tarek Fatah calls a middle finger to the West,’ Dr Ahmed said.
The 42-year-old father of two daughters said that growing up in a culturally Muslim family, he had seen how children raised in that faith are often taught to be suspicious of Western society.
‘We are taught to blame the West for a lot of our problems,’ he said.
The Sydney psychiatrist says female facial coverings are an outer marker of Muslim identity
The Bangladeshi-born psychiatrist says Muslims are often brought up to distrust the West
‘When we grow up we’re told to avoid mainstream society because it’s seen as morally corrupt.’
He added youths who turned to Islamist extremism or anti-Western views were also disconnected with their traditional cultural and continued to blame the West for problems in their ancestral nations ‘be it colonialism or foreign policy’.
‘This can breed a degree of resentment and identity disturbance for many Muslim kids,’ Dr Ahmed said.
Dr Tanveer Ahmed says Muslims often wrap themselves up in their Muslim identity
‘It pains me to say it because I’m talking about my relatives and friends here.
‘Muslims wrap their identity so closely around Islam so it’s not easy for them to challenge the ideas within it.’
While the ‘vast majority of Muslims are not the problem’, the psychiatrist who has counselled teenagers with Islamist views said Australia needed to take in fewer refugees who would have trouble getting skilled work.
‘It’s difficult to see then at least one of the solutions to our problem of terrorism is to have less Islam in our societies,’ he said.