The modest Muslim dressing has always been an issue since the birth of Islamophobia. Almost everything that a Muslim does is considered an act of terrorism or offensive. Whether you’re a Muslim who’s casually sitting on a bus stop minding his/her own business, or you’re a Muslim woman dressing up the way your religion has a guide, you are offending and making others uncomfortable, one way or another.
In today’s world, Islamophobia has reached to its utmost form where states, instead of fighting terrorism and environmental hazards, are busy in imposing bans on the modest dressing of Muslim women.
The Danish Law – Covering Your Face Is Now A Crime
Recently in Denmark, the law was passed which has now become the latest breaking news around the world. The law proposed that a ban will be imposed on Muslim women who cover their faces with a veil (burqa). The inhuman Danish law was passed in May but came into effect Wednesday.
The law concluded that people found wearing facial coverings in public could be fined from 1,000 Danish kroner ($157), for a first offense, up to 10,000 kroner ($1,565) for a fourth violation.
This is not the first time that a country has passed such law, which not only oppresses the Muslim women living in that state but is offensive towards a whole community.
Denmark Has Now Joined France And Other Countries In Their Act Of Injustice
Like I said, it’s not the first time that a country has offended a whole community, especially the Muslim community. In 2011, France had successfully practiced ban on full-face veil along with Belgium, Austria, the Netherlands and parts of Switzerland, who have restrictions in place.
While other European countries are having an ongoing debate about this topic, Denmark has passed the law, inviting a social disturbance in its country and making to the world’s top headlines news, for all the wrong reasons.
Protestors – Muslims And Non-Muslims – Protested Against The Newly Accepted Law
Since the beginning of Islamophobia era, we have been witnessing the Muslim Community being targeted for ‘being Muslim’ or in other words, “terrorists”. This labeling is often seen in the countries where Muslims are in minority.
But like you say, there’s a little light in complete darkness, there are a little number of good people existing as well. These people don’t encourage such outrageous laws and stand for the oppressed and targeted community.
Similar scenes were witnessed, when hundreds of protestors, a combined group of Muslims and non-Muslims, gathered in the Capital city of Denmark and protested against the acceptance of the law.
On Wednesday the news headlines were all about, hundreds of demonstrators gathered in the Danish capital of Copenhagen wearing burqas and other face veils to protest a law against facial coverings, saying the legislation oppresses some Muslim women and violates their rights.
“Every time I Step Out Of My House, I’m A Criminal”
For a moment think yourself as a person who has just stepped out of his/her house thinking that nothing can go wrong today and suddenly, a small kid on a bicycle swung by calling you a “Terrorist”. Or you step inside a metro, minding your own business when suddenly a middle-aged woman comes to them and shouts at top of her lungs to “ GET OUT OF MY COUNTRY!”
Weird, no? Well, this has become a daily routine for Muslims living in minority in “progressive and liberal” states of the world.
A Muslim protester — Sabina, who gave only her first name and wears a niqab, shared her “daily routine”, that can leave you speechless.
The Danish girl told CNN that, “Every time I step outside my front door, I am a criminal. I have to stay at my house, isolated. I cannot go to the grocery store, I cannot go out.”
For some people, who falsely believe that the Muslim women are a victim of oppression, the oppression coming by their father, brother or husbands, Sabina left a clear message on this common belief.
“Wearing this is an important spiritual choice for me. And now it is also a sign of protest. Every time the government does this, they make me firmer in my belief.”
Covering her face is HER choice and not a form oppression. It’s as simple as that.