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Reader comment on item: The Case for Banning Burqas and Niqabs
in response to reader comment: Burqa clad women tend to become obese or over-weight

Submitted by Prashant (India), Oct 16, 2022 at 00:20

Dear Dr Pipes,

In my above message, I presented my conjecture that burkha and hijab clad women tend to be more overweight. It turns out that my conjecture has some supporting evidence [Ref1, Ref2].

But while Muslim men are busy politicising every issue and apologizing for themselves, Islam, and Muhammad, waves of change are crossing the Islamic iron curtains and reaching the inner alleys of Islamic neighborhoods (Ref3).

No one can deny that even Muslims are humans first and Muslims later. Muslims are also subject to the same human tendencies that we all are subject to (although Islam tries to curb it as much as possible). Human quest for logic, reason, knowledge, and freedoms can be curbed but not killed.

In Ref3, the Times of India reports about Muslim women practising not just fitness regimes but also Yoga and meditation in interior Muslim neighborhoods of Mumbai. Yoga and Meditation are Hindu/Buddhist practices for strength and peace. I guess that social media and the Internet can penetrate the thick walls of madrassa and mosques and go through the iron curtains hung by the Mullahs. These Muslim women will soon discover the mismatch between healthy living and the hijabs and burkhas.

If it can happen in Mumbai, it must be happening in East Jerusalem, Cairo, Medina, Tehran, Qum, and Mecca as well. At least, that is the hope. Islamic fundamentalists are going to be isolated and disenfranchised sooner than we know.

Ref1 (Caroline May in dailycaller.com about Muslim women getting fatter): https://dailycaller.com/2010/07/01/the-burka-may-be-making-muslim-women-fatter-by-discouraging-exercise/

Ref2 (Nature Asia writes about obesity in the Islamic world): https://www.natureasia.com/en/nmiddleeast/article/10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.161

Ref3 (): https://m.timesofindia.com/city/mumbai/mumbai-muslim-women-reclaim-their-right-to-fitness/amp_articleshow/94889375.cms


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