Canada and the West should Ban the Burka – Toronto Sun column from September 2013

“There is no requirement in the Qur’an for Muslim women to cover their faces: Muslim Canadian Congress, 2009”


Sept. 17, 2013

Tarek Fatah
The Toronto SUN:

While Canada has been embroiled in the controversy surrounding Quebec’s plan to outlaw the hijab as a headdress for its Muslim public employees, across the pond in the UK, it’s the niqab, — a full-face mask worn by some Muslim women — that is creating a storm.

On Monday, a British judge at London’s Blackfriars Crown Court ruled a Muslim woman known only as “D”, who was facing charges of intimidation, would be allowed to attend her own trial wearing a full-face mask.

In a ruling that shocked Britain, Judge Peter Murphy admitted that concealing the face would “drive a coach and horses through the way justice has been administered in England and Wales for centuries.”

Yet he apparently gave in to the religious blackmail employed by Islamists, who fling allegations of racism and Islamophobia at anyone who dares criticize this medieval misogynist practice being introduced throughout the West in the name of Islam.

To satisfy critics of the niqab, the London judge added a meaningless compromise.

He ruled that if the accused took the stand and gave evidence, she would have to remove the face mask and show her face to the jury.

He wrote, “If the defendant gives evidence she must remove the niqab throughout her evidence.” The operative word being “‘if”.

The fact is, people accused of criminal wrongdoing have the right not to testify, thereby avoiding cross-examination by the crown, and many accused avail themselves of this right.

Thus, for all practical purposes, the accused woman in London may never be seen by anyone, whether she is found guilty or innocent.

In reaching his decision, Judge Murphy relied on the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision involving a Muslim woman identified only as “NS”, who, as the complainant in a sexual assault trial, had refused to take off her niqab in court.

At the core of the cases involving both the accused “D” in Britain and complainant “NS” in Canada, is the women’s claim that masking their face is their religious obligation and as such a fundamental right.

Nothing could be further from reality, though no non-Muslim has as yet had the courage to call the bluff of Islamists who employ the niqab (and burka) as a political symbol, a sort of a middle finger to the West.

As the Muslim Canadian Congress said in 2009, “there is no requirement in the Qur’an for Muslim women to cover their faces. Invoking religious freedom to conceal one’s identity and promote a political ideology is disingenuous.”

No less an authority than Egypt’s late Sheikh Mohamed Tantawi, dean of al-Azhar university, stated the niqab was merely a cultural tradition and that it had no connection to Islam or the Qur’an.

If there is any doubt about the religiosity of the niqab and burka, one should take a look at the holiest place for Muslims, the grand mosque in Mecca, the Ka’aba.

For more than 1,400 years, Muslim men and women have prayed in what we believe is the House of God, and for all those centuries, female visitors have been explicitly prohibited from covering their faces.

It’s time to take the veil off the lies Islamists tell and to ban the niqab and burka from all public places.

And finally, to use them as a reference point for students studying the effects of brainwashing.

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4 comments for “Canada and the West should Ban the Burka – Toronto Sun column from September 2013

  1. John Dimple
    September 18, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    The Islamists all over the world have imposed the inhuman practice fo Burqa and Niqab on women. The female children are coaxed and or brainwashed into wearing the same even in the host Western Nations by many women related to the Islamists.
    Even the so called wearing of hijab to cover the hair or face as per Koranic instructions is a fallacy. As far as I know of the details about it there is no such compulsion of wearing a hijab to cover the face or hair but just to cover the chest. It is surely a practice in the civilized world for men and women to cover the chest in public with the exception of males not even covering the chest while playing some sports.
    Any cultural practice by any immigrants contrary to the democratic principles should be unacceptable without any exception.

  2. Susan Olsen
    September 18, 2013 at 5:50 AM

    If I loved what you are saying any more than I already do, I am afraid my heart would burst.

  3. Prashant
    September 28, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    Wearing the Burka is as retrograde as inducing women to wear short skirts & uncomfortable heels even in cold weather. Both make women victims of an unfair male dominant system that stems from the patriarchal Judaic-Christian-Islamic stable.

    • Trish
      February 26, 2015 at 4:53 PM

      No one faces whipping or imprisonment for refusing to wear a mini skirt & heals.

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