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Why Islamists are crying over Burkini ban in France: Tarek Fatah explains

Following cultural traditions, pointing fingers

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A woman wearing a burkini walks in the water August 27, 2016 on a beach in Marseille, France, the day after the country's highest administrative court suspended a ban on full-body burkini swimsuits that has outraged Muslims (VOA)

September 1, 2016: In a column published by Toronto Sun on August 30th, 2016, Tarek Fatah talks of how easily the liberals of the West can be so easily manipulated as a result of even the slightest movement by the Islamists. This was showcased by the “Burkini ban” incident that took place on 30th August, at France.

  • France affected by Islamic movement
  • Woman told to take off one layer of her Burkini wrap or leave the beach
  • Burkinis worn by Muslim women, raising a fit. A wetsuit worn by French Catholic? Not so much.
  • Double Standards or just Culture?

The “Burkini” ban in France raised a fit in the lives of Muslim women, when a middle aged Muslim woman was seen napping on the beech in a full body covered attire, in 35°Celsius, and was told to take off one layer of her Burkini wrap or leave the beach.

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And Tarek Fatah raises a very crucial point here, where he says “a video of a woman being beaten by a gang of Muslim men, somewhere in Europe or North Africa, barely raised an eyebrow, and didn’t make it to the front pages of any newspaper or TV network. However, the sight of a middle-aged Muslim woman napping in full body attire, being asked to leave the beach, or take off one layer of her burkini wrap, was enough to raise cries of racism, misogyny, bigotry and every possible human rights violation in the UN Charter.”

A woman dressed in a burqini in the pool
A woman dressed in a burkini in the pool

He also talks about an image he saw on Tumblr which showed two women in almost identical full-body swimsuits, with the title:

“French Muslim in Burkini French Catholic in Wetsuit.”

Below the picture, the caption read:

“Only one will be asked to remove her swimming gear at gunpoint.”

To him, that picture raised a question – “If both swimsuits provide head-to-toe cover, why don’t these Muslim women wear the wetsuit? Why do they insist on the burkini?”

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And he also answers this himself. According to him, the Sharia Culture of Islam forces their women to cover their bodies in clothing from head to toe even in modern times, for no reason except for their objective to prove their women as pious and pure and promote “slut shaming” which is showcased by the Western women or Muslim women who wear traditional beach suits or one piece, who apparently have a “loose character”.

FILE - In this Aug.4 2016 file photo made from video, Nissrine Samali, 20, gets into the sea wearing traditional Islamic dress, in Marseille, southern France. The French resort of Cannes has banned full-body, head-covering swimsuits worn by some Muslim woman (VOA)
FILE – In this Aug.4 2016 file photo made from video, Nissrine Samali, 20, gets into the sea wearing traditional Islamic dress, in Marseille, southern France. The French resort of Cannes has banned full-body, head-covering swimsuits worn by some Muslim woman (VOA)

His opinions are downright straightforward and there’s no doubt that the Muslim women are not only being  oppressed by their own culture, but also being discriminated for following the ideologies and traditions of their ancestors.

– prepared by Navmi Arora of NewsGram

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  • Kabir Chaudhary

    One word, Islamophobia!!

    • Tom Pothen

      What about Christianophobia in Moslem countries?

  • Yahoo Serious

    If Islamic countries can dictate what people wear, why can’t western countries dictate what people wear as well????
    Sounds like a Muslim double standard yet again…..
    The religion of peace has caused wars for 1400 years, fact!
    In Islam it is allowed to lie in order to advance the religion “Taqiyya”,,, Fact!
    2 Corinthians 11:14: No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.

    It is always funny that Muslims leave their country because of the policies there oppressing them, only to go to western countries and try and impose the same policies on those countries…
    Taqiyya at work!!!

  • Muhammad Riyaz

    TAREK FATAH or TAREEK FOTA practically is a Non Muslim person, as a fact an enemy of Islam, hence he is not a representative of Majority or Minority Muslims at all. He is just a BIGOT, TRAITOR, and a PATHOLOGICAL LIAR. I personally know him from my days in Karachi University, and that’s why he was famous with the nick name GMH TAREEK FOTA.

    TAREK FATAH or TAREEK FOTA, A Muslim Basher, Practically a Non Muslim, and the founder of MUSLIM CANADIAN CONGRESS is nothing but a MOST SELFISH person. All he does, ignites the emotions of Christians, Jews, Hindus and other Non Muslims by making his own stories to show that Muslims have Anti Democratic values, Muslims are enemies of all Non Muslims, Muslims are Radicals, etc, and he tries his best to use the microscope on any thing which can go against Islam. Secondly, though he claims that he is an Indian born in Pakistan, his agenda is to malign Pakistan and Pakistan only. If he is an Indian then his focus should be on India, not on Pakistan, but his focus is to malign Pakistan only. As a matter of fact his behavior shows that he is a combined paid agent of RAW (Indian Spy Agency), KHAD (Afghanistan spy agency), MOSAD (Israeli Spy Agency). Most probably he is funded by these spy agencies also. But in reality he is a friend of NONE, he will deceive Indian Hindus where it will suite hi. Take my words and one day you will find the worth.

    An interesting aspect of his life is his staying in Saudi Arabia for 10+ Years.

    An ardent opponent of ISLAMIC SHARIA (ISLAMIC LAWS), Islamic tenants and values, an enemy of Islam, its values, and it’s culture, his efforts against those women who cover themselves, and his opposition against lashes, chopping of hands and heads of the criminals who committed heinous crimes, and then staying in Saudi Arabia comfortably for 10+ years without uttering a single word against the Saudi Government, and the SHARIA LAWS, What does it reveal?

    It just reveal that he is a BIGOT and for a good income and earning he can sell his ideology, his values, his motto, and all those principles he stands for. I will say that he can sell his mother if the price is right. He is for GAYS and LESBIAN rights? Could he announce the same in Saudi Arabia? His head would be chopped out. He did not utter any thing, and spent 10+ years in Saudi Arabia very comfortably. Where all the values he stands for vanished when he was living in Saudi Arabia? Any writing, any demonstration, any vocal opposition during his 10+ years stay in Saudi Arabia? NONE.

    It is very important to declare before Saudi Consulate that you are not against Sharia Laws before the consulate issues a VISA to you. How he got the SAUDI VISA? He would have lied for sure in filling VISA application for Saudi Arabia and would have declared that he had no objection against SHARIA LAWS, otherwise his application for VISA would be denied? Isn’t he a BIGOT, PATHOLOGICAL LIAR, A TRAITOR by profession? You should decide it by yourself.

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  • Kabir Chaudhary

    One word, Islamophobia!!

    • Tom Pothen

      What about Christianophobia in Moslem countries?

  • Yahoo Serious

    If Islamic countries can dictate what people wear, why can’t western countries dictate what people wear as well????
    Sounds like a Muslim double standard yet again…..
    The religion of peace has caused wars for 1400 years, fact!
    In Islam it is allowed to lie in order to advance the religion “Taqiyya”,,, Fact!
    2 Corinthians 11:14: No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.

    It is always funny that Muslims leave their country because of the policies there oppressing them, only to go to western countries and try and impose the same policies on those countries…
    Taqiyya at work!!!

  • Muhammad Riyaz

    TAREK FATAH or TAREEK FOTA practically is a Non Muslim person, as a fact an enemy of Islam, hence he is not a representative of Majority or Minority Muslims at all. He is just a BIGOT, TRAITOR, and a PATHOLOGICAL LIAR. I personally know him from my days in Karachi University, and that’s why he was famous with the nick name GMH TAREEK FOTA.

    TAREK FATAH or TAREEK FOTA, A Muslim Basher, Practically a Non Muslim, and the founder of MUSLIM CANADIAN CONGRESS is nothing but a MOST SELFISH person. All he does, ignites the emotions of Christians, Jews, Hindus and other Non Muslims by making his own stories to show that Muslims have Anti Democratic values, Muslims are enemies of all Non Muslims, Muslims are Radicals, etc, and he tries his best to use the microscope on any thing which can go against Islam. Secondly, though he claims that he is an Indian born in Pakistan, his agenda is to malign Pakistan and Pakistan only. If he is an Indian then his focus should be on India, not on Pakistan, but his focus is to malign Pakistan only. As a matter of fact his behavior shows that he is a combined paid agent of RAW (Indian Spy Agency), KHAD (Afghanistan spy agency), MOSAD (Israeli Spy Agency). Most probably he is funded by these spy agencies also. But in reality he is a friend of NONE, he will deceive Indian Hindus where it will suite hi. Take my words and one day you will find the worth.

    An interesting aspect of his life is his staying in Saudi Arabia for 10+ Years.

    An ardent opponent of ISLAMIC SHARIA (ISLAMIC LAWS), Islamic tenants and values, an enemy of Islam, its values, and it’s culture, his efforts against those women who cover themselves, and his opposition against lashes, chopping of hands and heads of the criminals who committed heinous crimes, and then staying in Saudi Arabia comfortably for 10+ years without uttering a single word against the Saudi Government, and the SHARIA LAWS, What does it reveal?

    It just reveal that he is a BIGOT and for a good income and earning he can sell his ideology, his values, his motto, and all those principles he stands for. I will say that he can sell his mother if the price is right. He is for GAYS and LESBIAN rights? Could he announce the same in Saudi Arabia? His head would be chopped out. He did not utter any thing, and spent 10+ years in Saudi Arabia very comfortably. Where all the values he stands for vanished when he was living in Saudi Arabia? Any writing, any demonstration, any vocal opposition during his 10+ years stay in Saudi Arabia? NONE.

    It is very important to declare before Saudi Consulate that you are not against Sharia Laws before the consulate issues a VISA to you. How he got the SAUDI VISA? He would have lied for sure in filling VISA application for Saudi Arabia and would have declared that he had no objection against SHARIA LAWS, otherwise his application for VISA would be denied? Isn’t he a BIGOT, PATHOLOGICAL LIAR, A TRAITOR by profession? You should decide it by yourself.

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Social Media Tend to Scrutinise Female Stars More Than Male Stars, Says Richa Chadha

Actress Richa Chadha, known for her opinions, says she has observed how, at times, mainstream and social media tend to scrutinise female stars more

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Although she was criticised by a section of the media in her initial days, she holds all her critics in high regard. Pixabay

Actress Richa Chadha, who is known to be vocal with her opinions, says she has observed how, at times, mainstream and social media tend to scrutinise female stars more than male stars. Although she was criticised by a section of the media in her initial days, she holds all her critics in high regard.

Richa told IANS: “Mainstream media as well as social media tends to be unfair towards female stars, and female stars get trolled and criticised more than their male counterparts. I can say this from my observation of the way media constantly questions Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Swara Bhaskar, Sonam Kapoor and other female stars for their choices – whether it is fashion, political opinion or lifestyle. Do they question the male stars enough as well?”

Citing examples of films that have released this year and earned commercial success, the “Fukrey” fame actress mentioned: “How many times has the media questioned male actors on films that are jingoistic and encourage warmongering? During the press conference of my film “Section 375″, I was asked about my opinion on the flood-affected areas. Do they ask these questions to the real people who actually can bring change – I mean the authorities and politicians?”

In “Section 375”, she plays the female lead and received a lot of positive reviews from the critics. However, in her initial days, she experienced both sides of media coverage but she learnt to handle everything gracefully.

On negative media coverage, Richa said: “I am very cordial with my critics because how they write about me is their prerogative. In my initial days, I have had press call me ugly. They called me names for my appearance in a film where I was not required to look glamorous. An article was written on me, titled ‘10 things that one hates about Richa Chadha’ by a publication. If a journalist tries to belittle me, I would rather grow a thick skin, instead of taking the negativity to my heart.”

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Instead of trial by media, it should be trial by law: Richa Chadha on #MeToo. Flickr

“There is a difference between critiquing and being mean to someone, and I know that,” she added.

Over the past few years, Richa has also been trolled – whether in 2016 for her comment on the commonality between herself and Pakistani actor Fawad Khan at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, or when random social media users called her names. However, she always gives the trollers back.

Richa is gearing up for “Panga” next year, and her gameplan is very much in place.

“I will be continuing experimenting with my work and I will be in a good space in the coming future, also because this is what the wisdom and experiment teach you. These days actors get encouraged to do experimental work but I have been doing it since my early days,” said the actress who portrayed a grandmother in the film “Gangs Of Wasseypur” when she was just 24 years old.

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Asked about where she gathers confidence from, Richa said: “There are women before me like Smita Patil, Shabana Azmi, and Deepti Naval who have shown the courage of doing experimental films and of course they are inspirational for us.”

“Also, I am happy the way women are getting appreciation beyond their age. You know, when people say there is one Meryl Streep, I disagree, there are also Helen Mirren, Nicole Kidman, and Judi Dench, and everyone is nailing it in the films they do! Because age has nothing to do with performance,” she smiled. (IANS)