Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Tarek Fatah on the hijab

I am Christian. My faith is important to me. I have worn a small cross around my neck since I was a small child. I think people should be free to wear the hijab if they want to. Unfortunately the if they want to , seems to be a problem with some Muslims. I like this piece by my friend Tarek Fatah. By the way this murderer should be jailed for life. he is a despicable coward.
I utterly agree with Tarek. It is the jihadis which must be confronted and dealt with. It is this zealots who cause trouble for their co religionists.

Tarek Fatah: Covering up for the hijab
Posted: July 08, 2009, 9:18 AM by NP Editor
Full Comment, Tarek Fatah

Marwa Sherbini, a 32-year-old Egyptian mother, was murdered in a German courtroom in Dresden this week. She was killed as she waited to give evidence against a German man of Russian descent who had been convicted for calling her a “terrorist” because she wore the hijab.

Sherbini, who was three months pregnant with her second child, was stabbed 18 times by a man identified only as Axel W. The woman’s husband, Elwi Ali Okaz, was also critically injured as he tried to protect her.

Last year, when Axel W. claimed Sherbini was a “terrorist,” he was fined 750 Euros. It was during the appeal proceeding, on July 1, that Axel W. and Sherbini found themselves again in the same room. Before she could give evidence, the man lunged at her and stabbed her to death.

The alleged murderer, if convicted, should spend the rest of his life behind bars. The murder of Marwa Sherbini is a blot on the face of Germany, but it should also be cause for concern for Muslims everywhere in the West.

Two years ago, when the hijab controversy erupted in Quebec, I had warned that sooner or later there was bound to be a backlash against Muslims if Islamists continued to push the hijab and the niqab (which covers the entire body, except the eyes) as political symbols of Islamism, and thereby thumb their noses at non-Muslim North American and European society. However, I could never have imagined that the backlash would take such a bloody turn as this.

The question we Muslims have to ask is this: What do we gain by using our daughters, sisters and wives to carry the false burden of the hijab as if it were the flag of Islam?

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