Monday, May 23, 2011

Burqa Ban: UPDATE

I did a post in April regarding the recent law passed by the French government that banned the burqa (Islamic veil). The post consisted of a letter which I sent to the Embassy of France.

Today, I decided to check my email, and was surprised to see a reply from the Press Office of the Embassy.

The email says:

Hello Mr. Malik,

Thank you for your input! Unfortunately, many of the people that work at
the Press Office, including myself, are simply interns, so we do not
have the capacity or ability to reply to you concerning French policy or
French positions on affairs. I did, however, read your post, and found
it very interesting. Thank you for being so thoughtful and active. As I
am not able to respond to your article, I have forwarded your message to
a person who is in charge of Press Requests, and hopefully she may be of
assistance. Keep in mind, however, that she is extremely busy and may
not have the time to respond to your blog post. I still enjoyed your
commentary and hopefully you will hear back from her.
Good luck on your blog post, and stay as thoughtful as you are! Good
luck in the future.

Press Office
Embassy of France
To me, it is a big deal that I received a reply from someone in the Embassy, despite their role, because I feel accomplished that the message has been delivered. I will keep you posted if/when the Head of Press Requests replies.

On a side note, in the Burqa Ban blog post, I mentioned a well-known Muslim Scholar by the name of Imam Siraj Wahhaj.

Over the past weekend, I had the pleasure to hear him speak and meet with him. I discussed my efforts with him and he showed his support.

Here is a picture of him and I:

It was great to meet someone who I aspire to be like one day.

-That's the TFAT.


  1. Good job Aadil! This is truly inspiring.

  2. You look a lot like my cousin...

  3. Great job! It's surprising how active you are considering your age.. keep it up, I see big things coming to you in the future! Masha'Allah


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