Saturday, April 30, 2011

Burqa Ban: A Letter to France from a Muslim American

I might actually send this letter to some of the political leaders who were involved in making the decision to see their response:

Dear French Government,

Freedom of religion in France is guaranteed by the constitutional rights set forth in the 1789 Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen.

In this Declaration, it has been stated in Article 10: "No one should be disturbed on account of his [or her] opinions, even religious, provided their manifestation does not upset the public order established by law."

So, it is evident to make the assumption the reason the law banning the burqa was allowed is due to the fact that it supposedly caused "upset in public order".

Sure- you have a reason to ALLOW you to pass the law to ban the burqa, but what's the reason FOR banning the burqa? "Security concerns"? That is complete absurdity. According to recent studies, 2,000 Muslim women wore the burqa out of 5 million Muslims residing in France. That means .0004% of Muslims are labeled as a "security concern". And you deemed that as a huge percentage that required a law to be passed against a piece of clothing?

A woman wearing a niqab, which was also banned by the French law.
It's funny, because instead of focusing on something that is actually a threat to security- like guns, you focus on something that only in theory could hide one. According to research, France hosts 30 guns per 100 people. Again, if you do the math, you realize that there are 18,600,000 guns per France's population of about 62,000,000 people. In essence, that proves that around 30% of the French people are armed with a gun.

So, instead of focusing on a larger figure such as 30%, you have deemed it necessary to focus on a figure like .0004%.

Now, math is my worst subject. But the truth is, this is beyond a simple math problem. You have passed an unfair law. And to understand why it was unfair, is to understand why women wear the burqa.

Listen, this is my opinion, and purely an opinion- there is no one more beautiful than a Muslim woman. Not one person comes close to that, because to me the most beautiful woman shows that she is a servant of Allah. In a speech by prominent scholar, Imam Siraj Wahhaj, he compares how two different woman look in the mirror- one a covered-up Muslim woman, and the other; a common woman on the street.

He states that these two woman are looking in the mirror for something different.

When the woman in the street looks in the mirror, she looks to make sure she has the best style, the best figure, so that she attracts all the men. But the Muslim woman? When she looks in the mirror, she makes sure she is dressed appropriately and modestly, and that she is covered to please her Lord. That woman, who isn't going out in public with lavish clothing and isn't covered in makeup but in a veil that protects her from an evil eye, is a beautiful woman.

So when you say you are banning the burqa because the husbands of the wives that wear it are forcing the woman to wear it- you are wrong. Instead, you have pulled a move of hypocrisy- look at yourself. NOW, you are FORCING women to NOT wear a piece of clothing that they want to wear to please their Lord, and are also forcing them to go out in the public and be who they don't want to be.

In 2004, you passed a law that banned head scarves being worn in school. Recently, French police arrested over 60 Muslim women who wore burqas for protesting the issue (debatable that the arrest was due to an unregistered protest). Simply stupid.

What is wrong with a woman who wants to believe in her religion? What is wrong with a woman who veils herself because she wants to be opposite from the one who is with the sole intention of pleasing men?


The only thing that HAS caused an "upset in public order", was you passing this law.

A Muslim American

-That's the TFAT.


  1. Very well written, to the point. Hope you acutally send it to the gov. of France. Would love to see their response. Keep it up.

  2. That was so well written and I honestly can't believe you are only fifteen. I found myself nodding along to everything you wrote. Please send this to the government of France as I would love to see what they have to say to this. Keep it up! :)))

  3. Insightful. This is what the women in France have been repeating over and over to the government, yet when those in power decide something, it'll take a whole lot to try and change their minds. We just need more people that speak their minds, instead of hiding like we always do. Good post.

  4. NICE WORK! =) i hope it helps <33

  5. Very nice & well written..i have a speech on this topic & ur article helps me a lot..thankyou. Hope u send it to gov.

  6. You're so brave for speaking up about this horrible injustice done to Muslim women in a democratic country where you can actually say these things unlike most Arab countries where women not only don't have the same rights as women but are often treated like cattle and can't complain because your "lord" is perfectly fine with that. You might have a choice because you don't live in a real Muslim society, but for the millions of women who do they never had a choice and if they dare to take it off or refuse to wear it, they'll pay a heavy price for their insolence. The reason France decided to ban it is because they've seen what the burqa really stands for and it's not religious freedom, it's for oppression. I'm not blaming you for not being able to see that, I imagine that since you were a child you were told that your lord would be happy if you wore it and that all men are sexual deviants that can't control themselves so it's actually the best for everyone. Religion can be a very dangerous thing, it can blind us from reality with lies and promises that keep our mind locked in an ideological box from which we can't reason out off until we get rid of that dogma. France has the right idea and you should research how "wonderful" women's lives are in countries where there is only Islam as law.


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