There has been much controversy surrounding the wearing of the Muslim veil in Europe. Since France's controversial plan to implementing fines on any women in breach of the public order wearing a veil.
To many the aesthetics of a Muslim Woman wearing a veil are not welcome, her face his hidden, all facial expressions that are a vital part to conversation are hidden away. It may be to no surprise that such a move banning the veil was coming.
It is important to understand that it is not just the Veil that is not welcome in France, but other religious garments fomenting trouble and disregard to the culture of the state are also not permitted. Living in Europe gives us the freedom to do as we will, but sometimes the freedoms imposed on us seem radical through laws that target certain individuals.
One woman in France who wears the veil defended her decision to wear it, saying it was her choice and if the government does as it wants banning her, she will just move elsewhere to Saudi Arabia.
A woman in nothern Italy was fined five hundred Euros recently, for wearing a veil on her way to the mosque. She was in breach of a bylaw, introduced in January by the mayor of Novara which bans clothing in public that prevents identification by police. Belgium is also following pursuit in implementing a similar ruling.
We as muslims firstly need to understand the meaning behing the veil. Although the Hijab is a well accepted and common aspect of muslim life, the veil, is something a small minority of Muslim Women choose to opt for. Having become more and more common in Europe it is now at the heart of debate over its authority and legitimacy in secular society.
Wrong or right, living in Europe means we follow its rules, if we are not satissfied we have a chance to appeal and get our voice heard. We have a right to our freedom and liberties but sometimes along the way there is always a price to pay.