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Are Muslims really a threat to Christmas celebrations?

There are some serious backlashes by the Muslim community against the celebration of this day which have sent some jitters in the global hub.

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Christmas is celebrated every year to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ
Christmas is celebrated every year to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ
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NEW DELHI: The festival of Christmas is a considered to be a very auspicious day in the Christian society and also regarded to be a religious and cultural event for them. But with some serious backlashes by the Muslim community against the celebration of this day, have sent some jitters in the global hub. Many people have come forward with their own logic and agenda to downgrade this day.

Recently, Boxer Amir Khan faced the brunt of Muslim people for posting a picture of a Christmas tree meant for her daughter on his Twitter handle and thus became a victim of some derogatory remarks from the Muslim community. Some people came forward to defend his action but were outrun in number as compared to the one who unleashed their anger on him.

 

In Indonesia, hardline Islamists threatened to target Muslims wearing Santa hats during Christmas festival and issued a fatwa against Christmas. According to the group, to support any kind of Christmas attire is a direct violation of their human rights. The immediate results of their announcement could be seen in the Indonesian market, as there were only a handful of people came attired in Santa costume. The Islamists have also opposed the New year celebration and want the government to intervene for their cause.

Then, Britain’s biggest supermarket, Tesco got itself in a storm of controversies after they featured a Muslim family in their advertisement, meant for Christmas. Some people also lashed the supermarket for selling Halal meat in their stores.

 

The ISIS also issued a warning, in which they claimed to target the Christian markets and high streets on the day of Christmas. So, such declarations and protests do have a huge impact on the reputation of Muslim community and calls for a more open-ended discussion on these kinds of issues.

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Will prohibiting Burqa result in freedom from under house arrest or religious bias?

According to Islam, it is not necessary to cover the face.

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Due to Burqa women can go and vote multiple times. This increases corruption in the election. Wikimedia Commons
Due to Burqa women can go and vote multiple times. This increases corruption in the election. Wikimedia Commons

In recent years there have been several incidents involving the Burqa. In 2009, a state college in Karnataka told a student she was not allowed to attend classes wearing a Burqa. It was later reported that the young girl reached a “compromise arrangement” with the college but did not continue in the same college. Days later, violent protests sparked in Hyderabad after a college principal allegedly told students not to wear a Burqa.

But opposite episodes have also occurred. In July 2010, a teacher at Kolkata’s Aliah University, which has a focus on Islamic studies, was not allowed to teach without a Burqa. The report followed an official notice released in April 2010, in which the university dismissed suggestions it enforced a dress code, mentioning specifically the use of the Burqa within its campus.

There is steep rise in the cases related to crime against burqa clad women. Wikimedia Commons
There is a steep rise in the cases related to crime against Burqa-clad women. Wikimedia Commons

At some point imposing a ban on Burqa will be beneficial…
Point 1:
According to Islam, it is not necessary to cover the face. Hands and face can be uncovered. So banning won’t conflict freedom of practicing religion. And it will not be against any religion.
Point 2:
There are security issues. Imagine man/women under burqa leaves a bag in a public place which later blasts. Now, what do police have? CCTV cameras, forget face they cannot determine if is it male or female due to Burqa. It is the biggest security Loophole.
Point 3:
Many Muslim women do not have a bank account because they are not allowed to cover their face in bank premises. If you didn’t know then yes you cannot cover your face with bank premises and ATM.
Point 4:
It’s easy to have multiple voters ID. Due to Burqa women can go and vote multiple times. This increases corruption in the election.
Point 5:
Crimes under Burqa are on the rise. Murder, kidnapping, robbery are been carried out using Burqa. It’s the biggest advantage for criminals.

What Noorjehan Safia says…
Noorjehan Safia Niaz, a founding member of Bhartiya Muslim Mahila Andolan, a movement which works to improve the status of Muslim women in India, said security concerns have not been a major issue when it comes to dressing. “Muslim women in India comply with all the laws. They are active participants when it comes to elections and has their photos on their passports. So identification and security have never been an issue as such,” she said.
Discrimination, however, has sometimes caused problems, said Ms. Niaz. “There are cases when women are not considered for a particular job because they wear a Burqa. In such cases, women have negotiated. They do not wear Burqa while at work but before and after it they put it on.” Overall, Ms. Niaz said that women themselves – not the law – should decide what to wear. “Let each woman decide what she wants to wear. Neither can you enforce a ban on Burqa nor can you force women to wear it.”