Women under sharia law – testimonies, part 1

Women under Islamic law – testimonies. Part 1

Sharia is not a haven. This is the reality. In Islamic countries, the blood that gushes forth from amputations for stealing, beheading for leaving the faith, and the oppression of women is far too common.

The girl who featured in my interview about Saudi guardianship law says ‘Well, Sharia law is an insult to human life, simply abominable.
Obey without questioning, just like a dog, I’m going to sound like a broken record but, It’s oppressive.
A woman under “proper” Sharia law doesn’t own her self, she cannot refuse sex from her husband and cannot disobey him.
You can’t leave the house nor travel without a Mahram (your male guardian, i.e. Father, Brother, Son..etc)
You’re a slave, nothing more.
Many women lack self respect or are brainwashed into defending it, i mean how can you defend something that says you’re as filthy as faeces? How do you accept being told that you’re lesser than a man in intelligence just because you’re a woman? That is beyond me, and do not even get me started on FGM which is one the most vile act you can do to a human and is practiced under many countries that enforce Sharia.
What irks me the most is when feminists who supposedly preach for equality for all defend it and say malarkey like “Muhammad was the first feminist” blaming context and cultural differences for the injustice that we are facing, and dare saying that the west is oppressive and patriarchal.
We are imprisoned for the simple crime of being a female under Sharia, and to exacerbate the situation even more, it is being defended’.

I heard her voice last night for the first time. I heard a child. A child who the state see it is acceptable to publicly execute for her imagined treason of leaving a religion she was born into, and had no choice but to follow. I heard a child who I know has been forced to wear a niqab since the age of 13. Who has seen terror and blood. And this is accepted as the norm.

Why is Saudi, a country that adopts sharia law to the extreme, even on the UN council? Why? Do not glorify a country that harbours mute pains of cries, sheds blood, delivers injustice and evil.

The Saudi girl, who we’ll call Amina, says sharia happens on a daily basis, as it is their whole law. She said that the whole of society has become so used to it, no one realises or questions how barbaric it is. Why?

She is suffering. They are suffering. She has witnessed things most adults will have never. It’s a miracle she’s turned out the way she is, a beautiful, kind, caring, reliable young woman. I am so intensely proud of her. Despite the things she’s experienced and lived through, she continues to be a ray of utter sunshine. She doesn’t just make me happy, she makes others light up. If you’re reading this, habiti :p, I love you.

‏المملكة العربية السعودية

‏المملكة العربية السعودية: صوت فتاة شجاعة.

‏السعودية: صوت مخبأ لفتاة شجاعة.
‏هذه الفتاة الرائعة التي أتحدث معها هي مسلمة سابقة، ولا يتعدى عمرها الخامسة عشر عامًا.

‏كان لديها ولي أمر، والدها، منذ ولادتها.
‏تحتاج إذنه لكل شيء مرئي في حياتها، للدراسة، السفر، الزواج، الخروج من المنزل.
‏وهذا هو حال كل امرأة سعودية.
‏ولي امرها يكون ذكراً له صلة قرابة بها، قد يكون والدها أو زوجها.
‏إن لم يتوفر، عمها أو ابن أخاها أو ابنها او اخيها و حتى حفيدها.
‏المرأة دون ولي أمر لا يمكنها الخروج من المنزل.
‏هذه التدوينة مكونة من مجوعة اسئلة موجهة لهذه الفتاة.

‏س: أوصفي لي شعورك بوجود ولي لأمرك.

‏ج:فظيع، يشعرك كأنك ملكية.
‏قانون الولاية على النساء ليس نعمة ولا رحمة، عندما أرى نساء غُسلت أدمغتهم و يدافعن عن هذا القانون، يتحطم قلبي.

‏س:كيف تشعرين عندما تحتاجين إذنه لأبسط الأشياء، كالخروج من المنزل؟.

‏ج: أشعر كأنني عبد، ملكية لن تعامل كإنسان أبدًا.
‏أُعتبر من المحظوظين، فوالدي غالباً ما يكون خارج المنزل، فأنا استطيع الخروج دون إذنه بسهولة، لكنه يوبخني. حالتي ليست سيئة جدًا.

‏س: ما رأيك بالذين يقولون أن المشكلة ثقافية- رغم وجود أحاديث عن الرسول تحرم السفر دون محرم ،و غيرة؟.

‏ج: دين الإسلام هو ثقافتهم، ليس لهم غيره، فالملامة تقع عليهما كلاهما.
‏عليك ان تدرس قليلاً عن الإسلام قبل ان تعطي آراء سخيفة.

‏س: ما هو شعورك اتجاه حملة “سعوديات نطالب بإسقاط الولاية”؟.

‏ج: أنا فخورة جدًا بنساء بلادي اللاتي رفضن الصمت، الدعم الذي حصلنا عليه يشفي الغليل.
‏يسعدني أن العالم سمع أصواتنا.

‏س: هل تلقبي نفسك بالنسوية، ولماذا؟.

‏ج:افضل انا أسمي نفسي إنسان قائم على المساواة، دون ألقاب.

‏س: ماهي نظرة السعوديون للنساء؟.

‏ج:بما أن السعوديون تربيتهم إسلامية، اجابتي مثل اجابة السؤال الأسفل.

‏س: ما هي نظرة الإسلام للنساء؟.

‏ج: يراهم كملكية، آداة للجنس و صنع الأطفال فقط.

‏يتحطم قلبي لسماع هذ،
‏انا داعمة لحملة “سعوديات نطالب بإسقاط الولاية” وأريد المزيد من الإنتباه أن يوجه لها.
‏لصوت هذه الفتاة، و الملايين اللاتي يتعذبن بهذا المجتمع الذكوري البالِ.

Being a woman is a crime

Being a woman is a crime

The girl I talk to is 24 years old. Let’s call her Maryam. Maryam is a virgin ex Muslim, stuck in an increasingly sexist and patriarchal society. She is forced to veil, and is too scared of her controlling father to remove it. She says ‘I’ve had moments when I’ve removed it, but never in public. If someone tells my father, I will be beaten. His daughter has to veil, she cannot show her hair. I hate my veil. It’s hot, it’s suffocating. There is nothing like feeling the breeze blowing my hair, it’s so rare, and so precious. I’ve been forced to veil since I was a child, and wear an abaya.’

Maryam comes from a tribal society, where they deem women inferior. She is a survivor of the disgusting practice of FGM. ‘ I found out later what had happened. The female members of my family arranged it. I was crying when my mother casually informed me years later what she did. She thought it was for the greater good. She can’t see what she did wrong. I was mutilated as a small child, too small to remember it. It’s damaged how I see myself. I always thought something was wrong with me, but I hoped it wasn’t true. I don’t understand why she felt she needed to do this. It’s child abuse, all because I was unlucky enough to be born a girl. I am being punished, injured, suffering because of my gender. I didn’t choose this. My brothers are treated well, no one imposes their sexist values on them, they are not veiled and can leave the house. I can’t. I am denied freedom because I’m a woman.
I don’t have any control over my life. I’m more like a prisoner. Being a woman is a crime to this society’.

Laila, a young Saudi woman, says that ‘being born in Saudi is the worst thing for a girl, our lives are controlled by men. We can’t choose even what to wear, to study… It’s very controlling, and some times I feel like I’m going mad. I feel trapped. I want to get away from here. From this hell. Anywhere, but it’s impossible for me to leave. If I were male, it would be much easier. No one suspects a male. They do not need a guardians permission to leave. My guardian would never let me leave. I feel as though I am drowning, I am an object. I want to be free, but I don’t believe I ever will be.

History has always treated women cruelly, and it’s sickening this still exists today. I spent my morning in college reading statistics of female infanticide and women honour killings in Pakistan. Is there such a term of ‘honour killing’ that is so mistakenly named? There is no honour in such a killing. It is a tribal practice. And the victims are mainly women. Why?

The answer is simple. In some cultures and societies, mainly the Middle East and south Asian, it is a crime to be a woman. You are a prisoner, an object, a liability. You pose a threat to their old fashioned and out of touch ideals. The phrase keeps rebounding in my mind, ‘women are the root of all evil’. This is emphasised in Abrahamic religions, that the sin of humanity was triggered by Eve. Analyse the messages from this fictional tale (yes that’s right – it didn’t happen, cause evolution). In the bible, Eve tempted Adam to eat the apple. God curse women because of Eve with the pain of childbirth. We are portrayed as the root of calamities that befall men. With the odd exception of Islam in this parable, as it says in the Qua’ran both parties were responsible.

Religious condemnation of women plays a vital role in influencing such cultures that demonise women and thus making us suffer, tribal and primal attitudes and society undoubtedly link too. I keep using the analogy of Eve because to me, what she did was an act of female independence and she was condemned and punished. Like these women. An act of female independence that contradicts the norm or the outdated expectations.

There is nothing wrong with sexual freedom. What is the root of the issue is the primal and tribalistic attitudes that these communities and individuals face. It is not the fault of the woman, it is not merely excused on cultural or geographical differences. This is wrong. An ethnicity does not have any bearing on the crime committed. Factors do not provide an excuse for what they did – it helps us understand why they did it.

Women are suffering. Do not lay them on the sacrificial altar of political correctness, like the Rotherham victims.

Politics, freedom, Religion: Sadaf Ahmadzai

Politics, ExMuslims, Honesty: Sadaf Ahmadzai

This semi interview was born out of the months me and Sadaf have talked for. I reckon her intelligence and honesty was best suited for this.

Q: What is freedom to you?

A: Well, it would depend on the context you mean it in, but generally, to me it means to be autonomous, your own person, pursuing your own dreams and agenda as one pleases, provided it doesn’t infringe on someone else.

Q: Should people be free to pursue freedom even if it results in heavy destructive behaviour like excess drinking, smoking, drugs?

A: Well, it would depend on the context you mean it in, but generally, to me it means to be autonomous, your own person, pursuing your own dreams and agenda as one pleases, provided it doesn’t infringe on someone else.

Q: Would your ideal world be one where everyone was ‘free’ by your definition, and can you imagine any problems that might arise in it?

A: Yeah, I think the world would be a lot better if people were individuals first and everything else second.

As for problems…well, some people have memes and misconceptions in their head which would make that a bit dangerous.
Like…I’m not arguing the state should give up their law keeping duties. That’s dumb, but more people will probably feel more emboldened to commit fraud, proselytise violently etc, maybe that would be a problem.

Q: Feminism…

A: Feminism wouldn’t be needed in my idea world.

Q: Why?

A: Because everyone would be free to do as they pleased. And if anyone attemped to stop them…the state would punish them.

You do you, others will do them, essentially. If a woman wants to work, she can work. If a man wants to be a househusband, he can do that.

Q: We can’t deny the first wave though. Epic.

A: It was. But it was only there because my ideal world wasn’t there. Like…a lot of men saw no reason women shouldn’t be equal like John Stuart Mill and Condorcet.

Q: Have you ever encountered a case of sexism against you?

A: I have. Quite a few times actually. Never really bothered me as it’s usually just words. And words don’t stop you from doing what you want to do.

Q: Lena Dunham.. Pretty famous, pretty radical, pretty obnoxious. Pretty much hoping for a genocide of straight white men.. Am I right?

A: She’s everything I hate. She imposes herself on other people, she’s a liar, she’s an abuser, she’s lazy, she’s a bad role model etc.

Q: Female role models.. Give me a few examples, and why?

A: Hmm…well Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Ayn Rand, a friend of mine called Nazanin Nazarian, Margaret Thatcher (though she’s a flawed hero), Eleanor Roosevelt, and Nancy Reagan. Ayaan I admire because her entire life has been one of struggle, introspection and uncommon bravery. She’s absolutely dauntless and inspires me to keep up the criticism of Islam as an ideology. Ayn Rand, as she saw the ideal society much like I do, and wrote several books on it. Which I encourage people to read. Though I doubt many will like them like I do. Nazanin Nazarian as she’s proof in a free society, anything is possible. She fled Iran in 1979, and since then, has became a highly successful medical professional, started her own family, served her country in war, is a regular charity worker and is overall just an amazing person. Margaret Thatcher as she came from humble origins in the UK, and through her own hard work, achieved the highest office bar one possible in the UK. Add to that her passionate belief in the same values I hold (which along with Ronald Reagan won freedom the Cold war) places her in high esteem. Though she’s flawed as she betrayed her own values several times at home. Eleanor Roosevelt because while her husband led the US through the second world war, she at home committed herself to helping the needy, off of her own back, and after the war ended, was the principal architect of the UNDHR. Even if the UN today’s kinda sucky. Nancy Reagan because she kept the man who won the third world war for us all in good spirits, and like Eleanor did her utmost for people who needed it. They’re like examples women can be good wives and agents of change in their own right.

Q: Tell me how you feel about religion

A: This is a tough question, as my every instinct makes me extremely anti-clerical and hostile to religion, but, my head cools me down and tells me as long as the holder of a religious faith holds more or less the same values as us, they can be extremely good, productive and wonderful people. Number one example, being the ‘chosen’ people, the Jews. Since they of their own accord changed Judaism, their name alone is synonymous with success, excellence and perseverence.

Religion can be a good thing, but not in the form our ancestors imagined it, if that makes sense?

Like, I mean to say it can be a positive force to animate people?

Q: When you consider its influence in art, literature, music, yeah I guess

A: Exactly! Like…it’s near enough impossible to appreciate English literature without an understanding of the Bible. And Islam, even if it’s in spite of itself, has inspired some great works of art too.

Q: Communism, capitalism and socialism. Shoot your opinions.

A: In my opinion, communism’s a bankrupt ideology that goes against human nature, capitalism uses humanity’s flaws for a good end, and socialism is a frequently misunderstood word by people.

Q: What do you think of anti Muslim bigotry?

A: Anti-Muslim bigotry definitely exists. Though, I’d also argue it doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Cause and effect. Given Islamisation, you can see people losing their temper and responding in kind. Like a father whose daughter was abused at Rotherham will want blood.

Q: What do you think of Ex Muslims?

A: Ex-Muslims are my brothers and sisters. Wherever they are, I love you, I love you were brave enough to be honest with yourself and I love that so many of us exist, and more join us every day.

Q: Last one.. Am I iconic ?

A: No bitch, you ain’t

Q: Fam..

A: Joking. Serena has a style not many people on here do. She’s much cooler than her former mentor.

That’s my girl 😘

Saudi Arabia: the Kingdom of malevolence

Welcome to Saudi Arabia: The Kingdom of malevolence
‏بالله عليكم .. هل هذه الحالات تعيش في مجتمع إنساني؟
‏يغتصبها والدها فتحمل وتسقط ويؤجرها الخ .. ومصيرها السجن المؤبد!!

Translation : Oh come on…is this the living state of a humane society? She gets raped by her father, becomes pregnant and has a miscarriage…and gets life imprisonment!!

This woman’s crime? Having sex before marriage, (zina) and having a miscarriage, which they think constitutes as abortion. It’s impossible to describe how sick this is. This woman’s life has been ruined. She is the victim of rape, incest and has suffered a miscarriage. And she is treated as a criminal. Welcome to Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia is known for its barbaric laws and treatment of humans. It is arguably the worst place to be Ex Muslim, as well as constituting a death penalty, it’s near impossible for a female Ex Muslim to leave the country, as the requires explicit permission from her delegated male guardian.

Ex Muslims live with the guilt of their beliefs, and in some sense ‘betraying their family’. They also live in constant fear of their apostasy being found out, and then losing their life. The Saudi Ex Muslim female described this as ‘terrifying’. She is fearful of the death penalty and other consequences. ‘Yes, and knowing that I can’t leave and that my family will beat me till i’m unrecognisable if they find out.’

I’ve encountered Western Muslim apologists who say the death penalty for apostasy is simply a result of political matters, that it’s a political statement. I approached the Saudi girl with this question about how she feels when people state this, and her reply was succinct and straight to the point. ‘ Learn about your prophet, see how barbaric your so called holy book is.
The penalty for apostasy is in the Hadiths, not just something a government made up.
“Malik related to me from Abd ar-Rahman ibn Muhammad ibn Abdullah ibn Abd al-Qari that his father said, “A man came to Umar ibn al-Khattab from Abu Musa al-Ashari. Umar asked after various people, and he informed him. Then Umar inquired, ‘Do you have any recent news?’ He said, ‘Yes. A man has become a kafir after his Islam.’ Umar asked, ‘What have you done with him?’ He said, ‘We let him approach and struck off his head.’ Umar said, ‘Didn’t you imprison him for three days and feed him a loaf of bread every day and call on him to tawba that he might turn in tawba and return to the command of Allah?’ Then Umar said, ‘O Allah! I was not present and I did not order it and I am not pleased since it has come to me!'”

— Al-Muwatta, 36 18.16

“A man embraced Islam and then reverted back to Judaism. Mu’adh bin Jabal came and saw the man with Abu Musa. Mu’adh asked, “What is wrong with this (man)?” Abu Musa replied, “He embraced Islam and then reverted back to Judaism.” Mu’adh said, “I will not sit down unless you kill him (as it is) the verdict of Allah and His Apostle.”

— Sahih al-Bukhari, 9:89:271’

This Saudi girl has been forced to wear a niqab since the young age of 13, and it must be unbearable in the hot middle eastern climate. She says ‘ I actually liked it at first, i felt that i was obeying God. But now I absolutely hate them for making me wear it, they took away my childhood and i’ll never get it back’.

Saudi Arabia is not a paradise. It is a kingdom. A kingdom of misogyny, sexism and violence. A country that adopts the world’s worst religion in every aspect. It’s customs, laws and culture are primitive and backward because it’s wholly Islamic.
It is a country that thrives on oppression, that considers the female sex the greatest weapon and enemy. I think because they are afraid. Afraid of what they’ll see, what they’ll find if they give women autonomy and a voice. If they let them remove the black niqabs that shroud their face. Afraid at the fact women might have intelligence, independence and might reject the Saudi way of treating them like intellectually challenged inferior domestic creatures. They are afraid what women have to say might shatter their narcissistic evil world. Which is all the more reason why women need a voice.

The Saudi girl, who for the sake of anonymity purposes, I will use the pseudonym Amina, tells me most of the females in Saudi are in favour of abolishing male guardianship, but the males are very against it and label those who are for it as whores.

I will close this post by saying:

To the girls of the Middle East: Be immodest, rebel, disobey, and know you deserve to be free
Mona Eltahawy

Saudi Arabia: One brave girl’s voice

Saudi Arabia: One brave girl’s hidden voice

The wonderful Saudi Ex Muslim girl I’m speaking to is a mere 15 years old. She has had a guardian, her father, since the day she was born. She needs his permission for every virtual thing in her life, to study, go to school, travel, marry, go out of the house. As is the case for every Saudi woman. Her guardian is a related male, her father, then her husband. If not them, her uncle, nephew, son, brother or grandchild. Women without a guardian cannot even leave the house. This post is a series of questions I asked this girl

Q: What is it like to have a guardian?

A: Absolutely terrible, even downright dehumanising.
Being treated as a minor for your whole life isn’t a blessing in any way, and seeing some women brainwashed into supporting the guardianship is heartbreaking.

Q: How does it feel when you need his permission for basic things, like even to go out of your own house?

A: It makes you feel like a slave, a property that can never be treated as a normal human. I was lucky enough to have a father who is rarely home, so going out without his permission is pretty easy, i just have to deal with some reproach, so not too bad in my case.

Q: What would you say to people who claim the problem is cultural- despite the fact there are hadiths of Muhammad to say women should only do certain things, like travel, as with a mahram?

A: Islam IS their culture, they have nothing else, so both are to blame. People need to learn more about islam before making such ridiculous claims.

Q: How do you feel about the stop enslaving Saudi women campaign?

A: I’m extremely proud of my country’s women who refused to be silent about this injustice, its very empowering.
The support we are getting is overwhelming, it made me happy to see people from all around the world hearing our voices.

Q: Are you a feminist, and if so, why?

A: I’m not a feminist, I usually go by egalitarian.

Q: How do you think Saudi views women?

A: since Saudis are raised by islam, the answer is the same as the question below

Q: How do you think Islam views women?

A: It views them as property, nothing more than a sex doll and baby making machine .

It breaks my heart to hear this. I’m a big supporter of #StopEnslavingSaudiWomen, and more attention needs to be given to this campaign. For the voice of this girl, and millions more suffering in this utterly patriarchal and archaic regime.

Muslim rape gangs

Muslim Rape Gangs

Every day when I read the news, I see features of men being arrested and charged for being part of rape gangs, raping, grooming and abusing young white girls.

There are two facts no one wants to point out about these men.

1)They are predominantly Pakistani
2. They are predominantly Muslim.

Before lefties accuse me of racism, I am Pakistani myself. The Rotherham case shocked the nation, that such degeneracy could be hidden for so long. Between 1997 and 2013. In 2010, five men of Pakistani heritage were found guilty of a series of sexual offences against girls as young as twelve. The worst thing is that the government covered the abuse up. They didn’t deal with it appropriately, or pursue it. They betrayed the victims, they have their suffering on their hands. It is estimated 1400 innocent children were exploited, raped, assaulted, trafficked, abduction and tortured by Pakistani Muslim Men. The main reason why authorities hesitated to deal with this issue, is for fear of being labelled racist by the PC brigade and regressive left. That is disgusting. More concerned with preserving their reputation, than helping the victims going through hell.

The typical Pakistani culture is fused with tradition and Islam. It is very patriarchal, sexist and full of misogyny. The one I experienced, along with my widespread community, displayed a contempt for Muslim women, even though they could be their wives and daughters. A Muslim woman was always better than a non Muslim or white woman. There was a stigma of white women, that they were loose, immoral, sluts, whores. Yet young Pakistani men used to approach white women with the intention of casual sex, and would discard them quickly afterwards. It happened to my mother. White women were always seen with nothing but bad connotations; they were easy targets.

The way the Muslim Rape gangs treated women reminded me of the way Muhammad and his companions treated non Muslim sex slaves, ‘right hands possess’. They would rape them even when their husbands were still alive, and when they killed their whole tribe. The callous way sings parallels for me. Women who were non Muslim were seen as objects that weren’t human, merely useful for sexual gains, that were most certainly not reciprocal.

My point is Pakistani Culture doesn’t have high regard for women. If you were Pakistani and Muslim, your position would be slightly better, but not much. The worst thing about the Muslim Rape Gangs is how they blatantly ignored the cries of these girls, as young as 12 years old. This is a failure of the U.K,and they should be ashamed. Those girls deserved better.

The way they dealt with it reminded me of the FGM issue, when officials were reluctant to pursue criminal lines of enquiry, despite having clear evidence these girls were being mutilated and tortured. They were afraid they’d be labelled ‘racist’ and infringe on some special unspoken cultural Liberty. Yet again, there have been zero prosecutions for FGM offences in the UK. And the prosecutions for the culprits in the Rotherham case? Too late. 13 years too late after it began. We should be asking and condemning the people in charge who had a moral and legal obligation to protect these girls; why did you not help them sooner? What’s worth more at the end of the day : your reputation or the lives of 1400 girls that were destroyed?

Myths of hijab: superiority

The myths of hijab: superiority

The picture above infuriates me so much. Women are not ‘candy’. We are not objects, we are sentient human beings. I want to address one myth about the hijab that seems to be prevalent. That a hijabi is better than a non hijabi, more pious, more valuable, more modest, more pure, more chaste.

Hijab is a piece of cloth you are ordained to wear by Islam. How, in your mind, does that make you any better than a non hijabi? You can glamorise the hijab all you want, ‘it’s my honour, it’s my life’ but let’s reduce it to what it really is. A piece of cloth.

This piece of cloth doesn’t entitle you to any superiority. In my community, there was a definite aspect of slut shaming any girl who didn’t wear hijab. We thought she was less modest, more shameful, and less worthy of us girls who veiled.

With pictures like this, why are other women generalised as less worthy, cheap and dirty than Hijjabis? Why in most cases when you argue for the hijabs superiority, are other women compared to food? Meat, candy, lollipops ect? Why must you unknowingly degrade women this way, including yourselves? Why must you always use this element of people ‘pouncing’ on the food?

If showing your hair is abormal, why did Allah create it? Allah created the female form, just so he could tell you to cover every inch? Showing your hair is completely natural. It’s hiding your face and hair and body that goes against nature. There is nothing more unnatural than to veil. Our evolutionary ancestors certainly didn’t. Contrary to thought, it’s not the girl who displays her hair that is alien, or strange.

By all means, continue to wear the hijab. But never shame women who don’t. This post is addressed to the people who do this. Stop. Your analogy is pathetic, stupid, and disgusting. I am not an unwrapped candy, lollipop or a piece of meat. I am a human woman who opts not to cover. And that doesn’t make me worth any less than those who do.

Why we should ban the burqa

Ban the Burqa. Now

There is no excuse in this day and age, where we are still tolerating a ultimate tool of oppression and forms of the lowest degradation to women. A garment, sanctioned by the religion of ‘peace’ designed to entirely cover the woman and obscure her to a black shroud. In some countries, dark blue. There is no reason why in the twenty first century, these garments are even tolerated in any way, sold, manufactured and procured. Regressive left and PC brigade, trigger warning ahead.

The Burqa and Niqab’s origin is not Islamic. High class women in pre Islamic Arabia used to cover themselves as a symbol of their prestige, whilst lower class girls would remain uncovered. It was nothing more than class distinction. But like the Kaaba, Hajj, jinns ect , all Muhammad did was lazily plagiarise other traditions and nonsensical beliefs from the pre Islamic Arabia and capitalise them as purely Islamic.

Today however, any type of veiling is synonymous with Islam. I want to get one thing clear : a burqa or a niqab is not modesty. It is not modesty to cover your face neither is it natural. It is symbol of oppression, dehumanisation, pain and suffering and nothing more. And to those who protest it’s the woman’s choice to don such a garb I reply 3 things :

1. You cannot often distinguish between every veiled face who is telling the truth, who wears it of their own volition, and who is forced to wear it. Better for it to be banned entirely, so no one is forced to wear it. Prevention is better than cure.
2. When someone is indoctrinated that deeply into Islam, when they believe they have to veil completely to please a God, is it really choice? As in freedom, fully considering, total conscious thought? Or is it a need induced by being intoxicated too deeply with religion? Is wearing the burqa a fully autonomous choice, or merely a need that we are expected to tolerate because it’s connected to religion ,which must have total respect, not matter how foreign, backward or vile it is?
3. How about the truth? We simply don’t want to tolerate it. We don’t want it in our country, on our citizens and in our society. If you don’t like it, go elsewhere to somewhere like Saudi Arabia or Iran, where its mandated by law?
My country still hasn’t banned the burqa or niqab and it really needs too. It needs to stop condoning this everyday display. It’s not acceptable in a modern, advanced, secular, majorly atheist country devoid of sharia. It is simply not. The burqa is probably the vilest thing I’ve ever seen. You’re removing an integral part of yourself, you’re removing your identity, your voice. Why must you cover to this extent? The world is too beautiful for anyone to be staring through black layers or a small slit.

To deny the burqa is a symbol of the following : sexism, misogyny, dehumanisation and oppression is foolish. Where are your male counterparts who are required to dress up this way? Where are their long black cloaks and layers of cloth? I cannot venture out in public naked, as I’d be arrested for public indecency. So why have we decided in some countries, that the opposite is okay? That we should allow the burqa and niqab into our society? We shouldn’t. No doubt this will get deemed as Islamophobia, but I disagree. I don’t have a phobia of burqas, I avidly dislike them with an intense passion.

I dislike the fact that niqabs and burqas evidently pose a security risk, as in the clear fact you do not know who is under there. A criminal could easily pose as a veiled woman and get past security and wreak damage. It poses a clear security risk and I feel this is a reason why it should be banned.

I don’t want to see my country allowing this. No more. It is backward, oppressive, and has no place in this day and age.