Why Muslim Demands for Headscarves Are Exaggerated


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Reprinted from Hudson-ny.org.

Islamic attire for women—the burqa and hijab—are back in the news, though with a twist, as they cause problems and lawsuits in America, where they are legal. In France, however, they have been banned, and Muslim women are happily complying.

There is an instructive reason for this, but first, the stories from this week.

A Muslim-American woman, Kulsoom Abdullah, is trying to change the rules of competitive weightlifting to accommodate her. The rules require arms and legs to be bare so judges can see when elbows and knees are “locked,” therefore being able to determine if a lift is successful. Most competitors wear a form-fitting body suit with short sleeves and short pants. Abdullah, however, says that “such exposure would violate her deeply held religious beliefs. But rather than giving up on her dreams of competitive weightlifting, she is pressing for a change in the sport’s international rules,” including “with the help of a lawyer, Muslim activists and the U.S. Olympic Committee.”

And she won. The rules have been changed, in the words of the International Weightlifting Federation, to “promote and enable a more inclusive sport environment and break down barriers to participation.”

It was also reported this week that Muslim-American Hani Khan is suing Abercrombie & Fitch, claiming the clothing retailer fired her for refusing to shed the hijab, an experience which in Khan’s words “shook my confidence.” She would be the third Muslim woman to sue Abercrombie for hijab reasons. But Khan is not trying to get her job back; rather, “her suit seeks to force Abercrombie to change its dress code to loosen restrictions on religious clothing… and is seeking back wages and unspecified damages.”

In a statement, Abercrombie said, “We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all individuals regardless of religion, race or ethnicity. … We comply with the law regarding reasonable religious accommodation.”

Oddly, Khan’s lawyer asserted that “Abercrombie prides itself on requiring what it calls ‘a natural, classic American style.’ But there is nothing American about discriminating against someone because of their religion.” Apparently, work dress codes are now tantamount to “discriminating against someone because of their religion.”

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  • janlapter

    Something is wrong here. She claims that exposure of skin hurts her religious beliefs but how aboiut taking part in the competition? Shouldn''t she be sitting at home instead of lifting scrap in male company?

    • ObamaYoMoma

      It has nothing to do with religion and everything to do about slowly imposing Sharia on the West. It’s about getting Westerners accustomed to submitting to Islam. It’s about the West becoming accustomed to accommodating Muslims and to assimilating to accommodate Islam, not the other way around. Indeed, Muslims don’t immigrate to the West to assimilate and integrate. Instead, they migrate to West to eventually subjugate and dominate and to make Islam supreme.

  • WLIL

    If it is a requirement of their islamic faith to wear the islamic headscarves or islamic dress, why many asian women or middle eastern women or african women who called themselves moslems are not wearing one in public? Their inconsistent islamic policies or excessive islamic demands on the West would create problems for companies who may wish to employ them but who do not wish to compromise on what is universally acceptable and what is not acceptable for their companies.

  • J Beck

    The head covering thing is a misinterpretation of the Qur'an. Specifically, it tells them to cover their bosoms, using their head covering to do so, as an example. The passages are about modesty (not going around naked or topless, unlike other pre-Islamic cultures), and provides an exception so that [male] relatives who accidentally see them naked don't have to punish (i.e. by stoning) their own mothers, sisters, etc.

    So most of these complaints by muslim women are about nothing more than abusing the ignorance of westerners.

  • hoads

    After seeing many Muslim young women in California dressed in total Western garb including jeans and tight T-shirts and then topped with a head covering, it is very clear that these "Westernized" Muslims are merely tools for the Muslim radicals whose goal is to exaggerate the number and influence of Muslims in this country. Wearing a hijab with Western clothing is an absolute oxymoron. The purpose of the hijab and burqa is for not only for Koran compelled modesty, but to also cover women away from the eyes of men. Doesn't make sense then to be wearing a hijab while wearing tight fitting clothing.

    Having their women wear their hijab in public is one way to insert Islam in American culture. IOW, its all a political game and these young girls are the pawns they are using to slowly but surely push sharia through our courts and institutions.

  • StephenD

    Note that you see none of the Islamic Leaders wives wearing such garb…because it IS NOT mandated by their religion. It is a cultural thing only. Wearing desert dress that keeps the sand out has nothing to do with being modest which is what the Qur'an calls for. If they were originally from Alaska would they wear Seal skin and bear fur? They play on our ignorance and we behave like good dhimmi's and give in.

  • JosephWiess

    We, in the west need to stand up for our beliefs. Listen up Americans, Let this Texan tell you how it goes. If you are living here, or visiting here, follow our laws. We aren't muslim, and we don't wear restrictive burqas. We believe in freedom of choice, freedom of speech and freedom of religion.
    Unlike our popular california culture says, we do believe in modesty, but at the same time, we don't cover ourselves from head to toe.

    As for the weightlifting thing, it's just stupid, because if you can't tell if a limb is locked, then how are you going to tell if people are cheating or not?

  • LindaRivera

    Did the woman decide before ever starting work there that she would later wear the headscarf, knowing she would be told that ALL employees must adhere to the dress code; made the determination ahead of time that she would refuse, knowing she would be fired. Which would then give her the hoped-for prize – the WONDERFUL opportunity of suing for a LOT of money and FORCING the non-Muslim company to comply to the never ending demands of Muslims.

    It's all about making non-Muslims OBEY Muslims and getting lots of free infidel money. What a racket. Western courts that go along with this are guilty of taking away the rights of non-Muslims. It is despicable and another loss of freedom.

  • JIT

    Orthodox Jewish basketball player Naama Shafir asked to be allowed to play in an international game with a T-shirt under her team uniform, to accommodate modesty rules, and was denied. There was not the outcry that there is against A&F over this. I guess it depends on whose ox is being gored?