3 comments for “Malala Yusufzai to CBC: “Why should I cover my face [in a Burka] … It is Taliban Culture”

  1. Joannes verstrepen
    October 18, 2015 at 12:31 PM

    Why is she covering her head then ?

    • Meeta Rani Mannaert
      November 9, 2015 at 12:47 PM

      @Joannes verstrepen
      What kind of a question is that?
      Next you will be asking why is she covering her body?
      Did Mother Mary Mother not cover her head? But did she cover her face?

  2. Gayl Veinotte
    October 30, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    @ Joannes verstrepen [sic] I think if you investigate desert cultures, which 2,000 years ago included Jews and Christians, as well as Muslims, you would find the majority of people, men and women, covered their heads, and sometimes their faces to protect themselves from the hot sun and frequent sand storms. It became the norm for practical reasons, not religious ones. In the Koran, there is, I have read, a passage that describes how Aisha erected a curtain (a hijab) in the home she shared with Mohammed so that she could have some privacy. In a time when women did not have the rights we have today, she staked a claim on her own space. This was a courageous act of self-determination and self-actualization. It took the political aspirations of groups like the Taliban and the Muslim Brotherhood to turn this simple yet heroic act into a sociological weapon and symbol of both oppression and ideological superiority. If I am correct, there is NO requirement in Islam for anyone to cover the head or the face, only a requirement to dress modestly. The modern hijab, niqab and burkah are merely the recent invention of violent warlords and those seeking political power in the Middle East.

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