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Who Says What Islam Requires?

Reader comment on item: Niqabs and Burqas - The Veiled Threat Continues

Submitted by Alain Jean-Mairet (Switzerland), Sep 4, 2009 at 04:08

Koran 33:59 really seems to require that "the women of the believers" be covered in public:

يَا أَيُّهَا النَّبِيُّ قُل لِّأَزْوَاجِكَ وَبَنَاتِكَ وَنِسَاء الْمُؤْمِنِينَ يُدْنِينَ عَلَيْهِنَّ مِن جَلَابِيبِهِنَّ ذَلِكَ أَدْنَى أَن يُعْرَفْنَ فَلَا يُؤْذَيْنَ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ غَفُوراً رَّحِيماً

Whatever the last truth might be about the real meaning of this dusty Arabic text, the more people will read this with a credulous mind, the more women will wear all-covering garments. And that is what has been happening for decades: More credulous Muslims (are getting able to) read this.

And if people get upset about it and prohibit it, they will be perceived as enemies of Islam (5:33: to be killed or crucified , or have their hands and feet on alternate sides cut off , or be expelled out of the land) by a good number of avid readers of the Koran. And they are more and more of them as Muslims are learning to read and more and more Korans are being printed. And the mess is spreading.

If we want to get rid of burqas, we have to discredit the whole of the Koran and of the (tale of the) prophet.


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