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Countries That Have Banned the Burka

Should the Burka be banned in North America? Find out what other countries are saying.

A burka (also spelled ‘burqa’) is a long garment, usually black, that covers the body from head to toe, leaving a small slit for the eyes to look through. It is worn by Muslim/Islamic women, often (but not always) due to pressure from society or from the families of the women. The burka is often a representation of extremists in religion when the wearer is not residing in a country where the garment is necessary by law. Women are required to wear the burka in some countries, such as Pakistan, as a sign of modesty and subservience. Normally the religious garment is not made necessary until a girl hits puberty, but many young girls can be found wearing a burka well before the teenage years.

Many countries have found the burka to be distasteful and have gone as far as banning it. Turkey and Eqypt are two such countries that have banned the burka, and other countries look to be following the same path. The idea of the ban stems from a variety of issues, from security threats to feminist beliefs, as well the idea for equality around the world. Many people believe that the burka is a sign of oppression and that women have the right to freedom. The Qur’an (Koran) calls for modesty from Muslim/Islamic citizens, and some say that such modesty has been taken too far with the burka. Other people will argue that the burka is a sign of allegiance to each woman’s individual beliefs, and that to interfere with such religious practices contradicts fundamental rights and freedoms.

France has currently made a movement toward a partial ban on the burka, saying that they will allow the hajib, but not the full garment. Canada has moved to ban any face coverings during polls, elections, and court testimonials. As said above, Turkey and Egypt have already banned the burka.

The Canadian government has responded to the call for banning the burka in Canada by saying that they do not wish to approach the issue. Several arguments have indicated that the government does not believe that a democratic country has the right to ban religious garments, or to even broach the subject of forcing immigrants to follow Canada’s customs. This stance on religious issues can be seen where Canada allowed turbans to be worn in place of the traditional Stetson in the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police).

Should the burka be banned in North America? Many would answer yes to this question. President Obama set a fantastic example of blending in to another country’s customs during his controversial visit to Japan, when he bowed to the Japanese emperor. If North Americans are to follow the customs of other countries when visiting, should North Americans not expect the same of immigrants and visitors from other parts of the world?

For more information and reading, see the following links:

http://relijournal.com/islam/the-burqa-facts-issues/

http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/holy-post/archive/2009/10/07/muslim-group-calls-for-burka-ban-in-canada.aspx

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/ban-the-burka-no-but/article1195738/

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Politics/2010/01/26/12623356-qmi.html

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Comments (18)

Interesting topic. I think each country is entitled to say, yeh or nay, if they want it to be worn. I dislike the garment but do not have to wear one, and for that I am a grateful woman. Some women enjoy hiding behind them, so I am told. I am too outgoing to be hidden away, and my religion allows me the freedom to choose what I wear. I watch some of the ladies and wonder how they manage their chores and keep cool in the dark cloth, when it is hot. I would suffocate.

Its about time! If you want to wear one, I think you should have the option.

In my opinion burqa should be banned throughout the world, because men and women are have status before the eyes of GOD.

Patrick

This is an okay article, but a suggestion: if you're going to title an article "Countries that have banned the Burka" you might include ALL the countries, so people like me who are doing research aren't mislead.

There was no claim that the article would include every country. That is why researchers need to find multiple resources to take information from. Some articles include completely false information. Titles on factoidz are primarily for SEO.

aish

sure

ban it!

lets chuck democracy, liberty and freedom of religion out the window

the west prides its self on being a democracy and secular but its hypocracy if u ban it

King MAS88

No way. Burqa is a self protection to a women. My family members wear burqa and no one forces them to. One time I recomended my sister to avoid burqa when we were going to a mall but she argued with me and ended wearing one. During the period when Phrophet (pbuh) walked the earth, Arabia had a lot of prostitution and women were treated as only sexual objects, they would be kidnapped and ......, so God said women to wear hijab(in Quran) so that "You would be recognised and hence not tortured" (remember its 'recognised' not 'ignored'). From then on Muslim women followed the principle of self protection, modesty and shyness and who ever would see a lady in Burqa he would put his eyes down with respect towards her. Islam is the first of all religions to provide women with a lot of social status such as banning the burial of women(that was followed among Arabs and even now in some parts of India) and many other evil customs. Women feel more comfortable in Hijab, more protected. Why should some one see her charms when he has no relation with her. More over this would lead to the stages where there will be premarital sex and other thing which the west suffers and that would again lead to no bonding among men and women.

Elly

This article is ok but a sentence from it is totally wrong!

?m muslim im proud of my religion otherwise i respect all of

Religions anyway, you said "offen muslim women wear it." No , we're not! just in some countries a muslim woman just must hide their hairs and their bodies many of muslim woman doing it with scarf normal long skirts with chesterfield also im not even using them imma teenanger and i still wear just like you just like modern normal girls t-shirt blue Jean and converse cuz we're modern people and we're living modern country (im from turkey) im saying these cuz i wanna make you know the realities we're muslim and we're extremly modern people we also respect all of people choice so in my opinion i never wear burqa but respect it soooo depply and also i never wear extra mini skirt but i respect it top cuz its people own choice thats all

Please forget these muslim means terrorist thing and learn truths even one of biggest sin at islam

Dilara Kaplan

I personally think that burqas should be banned in every democratic country. Like the french say "they look like walking coffins"

Josh Coletti

Muslims disgust me, they should piss off back to the dust bowl of the middle east..they have no place in Europe..ugly bitches should keep their faces covered, just not in my country

Ahmad

Wtf? NO IT SHOUDLNT! Only places that it should be is airport or electing(as said above) But if your walking down the streets then No, You Gave Gays right and i totally agree but you dont give Burqa's right, also the quran does not say anything about the burqa being banned, Women have the right to wear it! The French government is being pathetic!! This is just because The French Government hates Muslims, Thank god i dont live in France! I Thought "France" is a place of freedom, sure doubt that!

Ahmad

Wtf? NO IT SHOUDLNT! Only places that it should be is airport or electing(as said above) But if your walking down the streets then No, You Gave Gays right and i totally agree but you dont give Burqa's right, also the quran does not say anything about the burqa being banned, Women have the right to wear it! The French government is being pathetic!! This is just because The French Government hates Muslims, Thank god i dont live in France! I Thought "France" is a place of freedom, sure doubt that!

Why Burqu should be banned? Because it is a custom followed by Muslim ladies? What if it was a tradition of Juis or Chritistian women? You would be shocked to read some facts that even in Christianity, women are asked to cover their head. There is a quote which says: 'The Christian woman is to cover her head whenever she is praying, whether it be at the church service or just personal prayer at home'. For details check the site: http://www.muhajabah.com/christianveil.htm

Rachel

The Burka and hijab are both inappropriate for this century. They prohibit the individual from experiencing true identity and restrict the lifestyle of the women. Just another way to contol the women like slaves. There is no logical reason to wear the garbage!!

Rachel

The Burka and hijab are both inappropriate for this century. They prohibit the individual from experiencing true identity and restrict the lifestyle of the women. Just another way to contol the women like slaves. There is no logical reason to wear the garbage!!

salim

It’s a totally personal matter of a woman – whether to wear a burqa or not. There should not be any force to wear it. Islam also does not like to impose it’s rules forcefully. If somewhere, it is necessary, the woman should show their face to women for verification. But, the wave of banning burqa in various countries, exhibits their anti-human rights policies. So, hence forth these, countries should not be proud of their so called democratic values and freedom of expression. These countries don’t feel anything wrong in wearing less cloths, but in putting cloths covering whole body !!! Islam – phobia and anti Islamic intentions are behind this ( Then they may be muslim countries ). On the other hand, nuns are appreciated and given respect for their dress-code ??? Secondly, the male society wants to enjoy the beauty etc. of muslim women also…. I would like to add that, there was not tradition in our family to wear a burqa, but due to changing social environment, they decided to wear burqa willingly..

M A

What is status of women in so called modern progressive world is well known. They are being used as instrument for males sexual satisfaction as sales girl, receptionist, air hostess and are made naked in name of Miss world, Miss Universe, and other beauty contest. They are made to dress half naked in skirt or mini skirt while males wear full dress like suit, shirts and pants. Why this unequal treatment with women in countries calling themselves giver of equal rights. Why womens are not in senior and strategic positions in those countries. Why they are being used as instruments in the hands of males for their sexual satisfaction in above mentioned jobs. Why there are rapes, broken marriages, mis-treatment with women in progressive countries. Does anyone has answer?

The question is not whether wearing burkha is a personal choice or not... Ancient Arab males designed and made it compulsory for their ladies to wear Burkha. Today the women could be more free and wearing burkha could be a personal choice. However, the origin of burkha is definitely a chauvinistic and anti-feminist move which today's burkha-clad women are still endorsing. Also the truth is 95% of Muslim women wear Burkha due to social and family pressure and not out of personal choice.

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