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Muslim Woman Offers Alternative Christian Message

In the UK, a Muslim woman offered an alternative message to the Queen's Christmas message. She said that the veil liberates her.

A veil-wearing Muslim convert today claimed the way she chooses to dress makes her feel "liberated" as she delivered an alternative Christmas message.

Khadija, the great-granddaughter of a suffragette, rejected claims that the niqab that covers her face is a mark of separation.

She said that remarks by Leader of the Commons Jack Straw about the veil earlier this year were not helpful to Muslims "trying to live quite peacefully in this society".

But she also said that Britain is the best country to live in for people who want to practise their religion freely.

Mr Straw said in a newspaper article that he asked Muslim women visiting him at his constituency surgery to remove their veils.

Later, Prime Minister Tony Blair described the veil as a "mark of separation".

Khadija, a British woman, today told how she converted to Islam 10 or 11 years ago.

"To look at me you would never guess that my great-grandmother was actually a suffragette," she said.

"One of the great things about Britain is that it is very, very tolerant and I believe it's the best country to live in if you want to be able to freely practise your religion."

Two years after converting, Khadija decided to wear a niqab.

"We are seen as oppressed," she said. "Since I've started covering I feel much more liberated, which I know a lot of people possibly won't be able to understand.

Yep, nothing says "women's liberation" quite like becoming a shadow of her former self.


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Comments (11)

Seems to me the claustrophi... (Below threshold)

Seems to me the claustrophile would feel better the smaller the space you put him in.

And "anybody else" would be... (Below threshold)
civil behavior:

And "anybody else" would be the better arbiter of how the niqab might make her feel.

Of course, American women who wear thongs on their butts at the beach or Victoria's Secret lingerie for their honey would be better able to procalim how liberating it is to let it all hang out and that is how women are supposed to feel in a normal culture.
I see, this is certainly not being a shadow but more an attention getter so is more liberating.
I think I agree with such judgements calls. Who would think that extreme modesty would be preferable to extreme nudity.

Culural differences are such an impediment to living normally aren't they?

It's her life. I am in no ... (Below threshold)

It's her life. I am in no position to second guess her feelings.

She preaches tolerance, yet... (Below threshold)

She preaches tolerance, yet she intrudes on Christmas. Here's my Ramadan alternative message.

Shut the F Up and leave Christmas alone.

Islam is an ideology and is incompatible with Western Democracy. There is no such thing as islamophobia, just people who don't agree with the ideology.

Jeff, LOL.... (Below threshold)

Jeff, LOL.

I guess it all depends on h... (Below threshold)

I guess it all depends on how you define "liberation" and what you want to be liberated from. For the life of me I can't imagine what is so liberating about carefully hiding one's hair, face or legs or what is so liberating about leaving nothing to the imagination by over exposing one's self. They're both extreme in my opinion.

This woman doesn't say what exactly she feels so liberated from, yet, is quick to say we "won't understand". Try me. If it's never having a bad hair day or not wanting to shave your legs, that seems a bit extreme a measure to take to be liberated. I go out in public on bad hair days and don't care what others think about it. Now THAT'S liberating. If entirely covering yourself is due to religious contraints or you think showing any part of your body, including your chin, is bad then say so. But don't give me this "liberating" stuff.

What I find the most amusing is when the two extremes criticize each other. It seems dressing for the weather makes the most sense. Shorts and a ponytail in the summer for me. I'll cover up in the winter when I'm cold.

When it come righ... (Below threshold)
Black Elk:

When it come right down to it Islam is like
a wart where you don't want it and it just
won't go away...

I worked with a woman who i... (Below threshold)

I worked with a woman who is Muslim (she's Albanian)...and she is a devout Muslim.
I haved NEVER seen a religion that could think of more ways to TORMENT and TORTURE women like the Muslim faith.

Then I live next door to another woman who is Albanian and WOW, she has become very American loves every bit of it. She thumbs her nose to the Muslim faith and told her husband if he does not like to go the hell back...because she is staying. She is the BOSS of the family.
I love it!

Western culture has an expr... (Below threshold)

Western culture has an expression about people guilty of shameful behavior

they should never show their face in public

Females of the West who hide their face in public are testifying to their own self-loathing.

I pity the creatures.

Hey, if the woman wants to ... (Below threshold)

Hey, if the woman wants to wear a hefty bag and then call herself "liberated", fine, whatever floats her boat. That's not the issue. The issue, as Jeff pointed out, is that I hope we can have an "alternative" Ramadan message as well, and by "alternative", I mean non-Moslem. Since they're so fond of tolerance and all that.

But don't hold your breath. With Moslems, tolerance is a one-way virtue.

To MAG, I think you probabl... (Below threshold)

To MAG, I think you probable havent got a clue about albanian's way of life.We may it be 70 procent muslims,me included,but religion is never strong to us unless you come from very remoted area of Albania.So you really dont need to come to USA to change your way of life.I have three children,Bernard,Antonio and Maria,as you can see neither of them has got muslim names.You just have to get it in your thick american head;we albanian dont give a fuck about muslim or christian or god know what.The love for our country is bigger than any other religion.So stop portraying your next door as some martyr.If her husband is fanatical or a loser and feel intimidated by woman take him as individual.Saying that USA is my favoritte country even if never been there,






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