IT’S CUL­TURE

Comment News (Armadale) - - Opinion -

WITH the re­cent de­bate stir­ring again re­gard­ing the burqa, there are few things that need to be high­lighted.

Be­ing an Ah­madi Mus­lim woman, I can con­firm that Is­lam has given women the right to ed­u­ca­tion, right of in­her­i­tance, right to di­vorce, right to her opin­ions and dis­agree­ments.

Often cul­ture is mis­un­der­stood as re­li­gion.

Wear­ing the black burqa is one of them. Women can choose any colour.

It’s not in Is­lam to wear only a black burqa for do­ing purda.

If this was the case, then why do Mus­lim women from dif­fer­ent coun­tries wear dif­fer­ent colours and styles of burqa.

Calls for ban­ning the burqa are lu­di­crous be­cause the ba­sic right of free­dom of ex­pres­sion and speech is also vi­o­lated.

The Qu­ran, a copy of which can be found at www.al­is­lam.org, states that first men are com­manded to re­strain their eyes and then women are com­manded to re­strain their eyes and cover their beauty (24:3132).

This com­mand­ment is for the strength­en­ing of fam­ily units and a stronger and pro­gres­sive so­ci­ety where there is in­ner peace of hearts. AMNA KHAN, South Lake

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