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February 4th, 2010
11:19 AM ET

Why I'm proud to wear the burqa

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/WORLD/europe/02/04/france.burqa.ban/burqa.tzleft.cnn.jpg caption="Oumkheyr lives in France, where there is a campaign to ban wearing full veils." width=300 height=169]

Editor's note: Oumkheyr is a French Muslim woman in her 40s. Of Algerian origin, she is divorced and has a daughter. She tells CNN why she's proud to wear the burqa, also known as the niqab or full veil, and what she thinks of the law proposed by the French government to ban the burqa.

Oumkheyr

I wear the burqa for the simple reason that I am a Muslim and the Koran says that I must wear the full veil in order to be modest.

I am proud of my Muslim faith and my modesty. I am proud to follow God's law.

Nobody ever forced me to wear the full veil and I have been wearing it for around 10 years now.

In fact, very few of my friends actually wear one. There are, of course, situations in which some men force their wives or daughters to wear the burqa but, believe me, these cases are a very, very small minority.

For those of us who are believers, we just want to do God's will and live by the sacred text, so what any man says has nothing to do with that.

I am testament to that as I don't have a husband and I practice my religion freely, that's why I'm always shocked when people say it's the husband who forces his wife to wear a burqa.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. A. Smith, Oregon

    If a woman wants to wear a 20 lb. pup tent in 120 F. desert heat, that's her choice. However, when some perverted cleric or 'holy' book dictates that is law from their 'god' that is evil and sexist against all women that should rise up and throw off those chains of inequality and mistreatment.

    February 4, 2010 at 7:05 pm |
  2. Dave S.

    So if I've got this right, God gave you a face so you can cover it up??

    February 4, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
  3. Tim Gibson

    Freedom and religion versus security is a fine line. When I lived in St. Louis, MO the bank I dealt with had signs on the doors, no caps, no sunglasses, no mask. And this in a neighborhood that was reasonably "safe." Yet, I have not heard of a suicide bomber having a bomb strapped to their face, hidden by a veil.

    February 4, 2010 at 12:10 pm |
  4. ladogs

    No where in the Koran does it say to cover the face. It has nothing to do with God's will.

    It's amazing to see how much disinformation, ignorance and 'truthiness' exists on both sides.

    I would also argue that the Burka is anything but modest. It intentionally draws attention to oneself. Lots of it, as we can see.

    February 4, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
  5. Lil Rich

    this lil rich out dat Oak Cliff texas i just want to say to every body who's reading this and not locked up right now. take advantage of the free life and live it up to the fullest don't let any one take that away from you. why? because your freedom is more precious than diamonds and gold.

    February 4, 2010 at 11:32 am |