SarNotsoCozy’s (Sarkozy) issue with the Burqa

Sarkozy says burqas are ‘not welcome’ in France

PARIS (AP) — President Nicolas Sarkozy declared Monday that the Islamic burqa is not welcome in France, branding the face-covering, body-length gown as a symbol of subservience that suppresses women’s identities and turns them into “prisoners behind a screen.


If I was a woman who donned the burqa out of my own free will, and who enjoyed wearing it and considered it as part of my identity, and some day a French President came up to me, and told me that he thinks (for he didn’t care or even asked me what I thought) that a burqa is making me subservient to a man and is making me enslaved, I would call him nothing but a racist. It would also make me wonder what exactly he knows of Islam anyways to pass his grand statements.

However, if I was a woman who was forced to wear a burqa, when I didn’t want to, then his statement would make me clap my hands.


There are always two sides of the coin.

I wonder what women empowerment and non-subservience to a man is?
Posing nude in playboy to satiate a man’s libido or bearing skin to prove my… I don’t know… confidence or equality with man. If a woman can choose to become a nude model, why can’t he appreciate a woman’s choice to cover herself up?

When you impose your choice forcefully on a woman with respect to wearing or not wearing a burqa , then whether you
are the French President, or a husband/brother/son/father, you are denying a woman her choice to live the way she wants to and that makes you nothing but a through and through male chauvinist (unless her actions are against the rules specified by Islam which too is open to interpretation).

I don’t wear the burqa, but I respect a woman who does.


5 thoughts on “SarNotsoCozy’s (Sarkozy) issue with the Burqa

  1. If a woman respects herself by being modest and observe purdah ,,why does that threaten a man? I fail to understand. Or he just doesnt like it that covered women dont look attractive to him? Women who cover themselves out of their own choice deserve all the respect that is not denied to a woman who uncovers in public.

  2. It is easy to understand that why men, on one hand, appreciate half-clad women and, on another hand, do not appreciate veiled women. It is because of the difference in one’s priorities, taste and choice. Not only men, but all of us appreciate what is in accordance with our own beliefs, views and ideologies. And we do not appreciate what contradicts our beliefs or what we do not like to see at first place.

    Men who appreciate half-clad women are those who wish to see half-clad women around them. And, when they succeed to find one coming to their choice, they can not help appreciating it.

    It is how our own priorities dictate our appreciations and discouragements.

    With compliments.

  3. Seriously, i couldn’t agree more with your article. I may not wear a burqa or cover my head even but I salute any woman or girl who is willing to face all the opposition and criticism which she has to face when she opts to wear one. May Allah help them all stay strong in their decision because it is not an easy one for sure!

  4. Dear Sana,

    It is difficult for me to believe when you contend that observing veil is not an easy job. I feel like saying that an adequate amount of faith often makes things easier for one to do.

    With compliments.

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