Beast Debate: Should the Veil Be Banned?
As efforts to outlaw burqas sweep Europe and Canada, Subhash Chopra says the veil isn't sanctioned by the Quran, and that the Prophet's wife, a successful entrepreneur, never could have done her job if obscured by a veil. But Sheema Khan says wearing a veil is a display of female power. Read their takes below.
If the prophet’s wife herself wore no burqa, how could it become part of essential Islam as the Taliban and al Qaeda ideologues arrogate to themselves in the name of Allah, Islam, and the Ummah, or the global Islamic nation?
Sheema Khan considers wearing her headscarf a feminist act—and says her native Canada is belying its liberal values by supporting Quebec's attempt to ban the veil.