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.