Dateline Vienna, Austria, Europe – 2017: It is important to distinguish between “The Culture of Islam” and Islam. The way that Muslims practice their religion is not identical with the way Islam teaches them to be, however, the two are NOT mutually exclusive. Muslims from various regions of largely equatorial climates practice their own tribally adjusted versions of Islam that translate into their local variants of Islamic culture, and the full body coverage for women came from that world. These days the burqa, or purdah, is in the news. It is generally looked upon as an integral part of Islam, but this is not exactly so. In reality, the burqa is a part of Muslim cultures and not a part of strict Islamic teaching. If it is claimed that the burqa, or purdah, is a part of Muslim culture, then I would say yes to that, but if it is claimed that the wearing of it is a part of Quranic teaching, then I would say no. The warlike tribes of Central Asia, like the murderous Afghans in the mountains north of India or the plunderous Tartars and their relatives in Samarkand and the surrounding plains, have traditionally been known to make their women wear full body coverage.
According to linguistic history, the word “burqa” was in use in Arabia before the advent of Islam in the first quarter of the seventh century. At that time the word “burqa” meant a piece of clothing that was used as a protection, especially in winters. The well-known Arabic dictionary Lisan al-Arab gives us two examples of its use during the pre-Islamic period: the first, as a cover for animals during the winter season and the second, as a covering “chaadar”, like a shawl for village women. Although the word “burqa” existed in the Arabic vocabulary at that time, the Quran did not use the word “burqa.” According to the Hanafi and Maaliki School of fiqh [Islamic jurisprudence], three parts of a woman are exempted from satr (body covering). These three are wajh, kaffain, and qadmain. That is, face, hands and feet. According to the Shariah, women are required to cover their body with clothing which is not tight fitting and not meant to attract others. (Chapter 24, verse 31, Tafsir Usmani)
When early Islam emerged from the Arabian Peninsula, it emerged as a warlike conquering creed. Most of the conquered peoples, to begin with, were Christians; though there were many Jews among the subdued. The followers of both religions were permitted to continue to practice their faiths on condition that they paid a special tax, or jizya, to the Muslim conquerors. Later, greater numbers of Muslims among the population of subjects found themselves having to pay taxes, although some kind of Islamic government privilege for Muslims remained in relation to non-Muslim subjects. To hide personal jewelry and not to flaunt wealth became a way for Muslims to avoid taxes or pay less. So, some believe that burqa or full body coverage emerged from the decay of the Islamic Civilization when hiding your assets was essential for the survival of a Muslim family’s well-being. Whatever the origin of the full body coverage, the fact remains that it is used today as a cultural weapon against the West – for which reason the new Austrian law is so essential. Thank you, young new premier of Austria – Sebastian Kurz! If only others in the West would follow suit.
The first day of ban on banks in Austria without a hitch
The first day of application of the law on the prohibition of covering the face, in the people known as the ban of burqa, goes without a hitch, including the Celam Ze, which is regularly visited by a large number of tourists from Arab countries.
The police, when patroling the city, found only two tourists whose faces were covered.
After a short talk, tourists discovered their face.
Women were very cooperative. We just reminded them, there was no punishment, ” said deputy commander of the police in Celam Zu Martin Valtl.
One woman wore a medical mask, but as she could not prove her health reasons, she had to take her off, he added.
“If co-operation is at this level, I do not expect punishment in the next few days,” Valtl said.
He added that no enhanced checks were planned and that it was not the primary task of the police to follow the law on burqa.
Otherwise, women were familiar with the law in both cases, but one of them assumed that he could wear a medical mask, while the other thought the law came into force on October 11.
The Law on the Prohibition of Coverage of Persons in Austria entered into force today and from now on anyone who is wearing a clothing covered by the face of the public can be punished by up to 150 euros.
There is information about the ban contained in the fliers that are printed in German, English, Turkish and Arabic.
The new law was sent to the relevant embassies, the international organizations and the Islamic religious community so they can understand it better.
Whoever wears a burlap or other clothing that covers his face is faced with an administrative fine.
According to the law, if a person, at the request of the police, discovers a person, no punishment will be imposed, but if he does not do so, he will be arrested for identification, and face consequences and punishment.
Algerian-French businessman Rashid Nekaz has announced that he will, as he does in other countries, accept the penalties imposed by the Austrian police on Muslim women for wearing a wardrobe under Islamic religious laws.
“If we are to accept the freedom of religion, it is necessary to accept the visibility of truth,” Nekaz said.
It is interesting that the Austrian bishops have criticized the new law, and Cardinal Kristof Ssenborn said it was too much to invade civil liberties.
The Austrian police announced that it would be particularly sensitive in the application of the law.
The Austrian government, even though popularly the law is called “the burial of the burqa”, it is formulated equally in a neutral fashion, and in it there is only one exception made for the covering of faces for health reasons, as well as for theatrical manifestations such as carnivals, they must cover their face for work, such as clowns, doctors, and workers in some jobs.
The leader of the Austrian People’s Party (PSC) Sebastian Kurz specially advocated for the adoption of this law, as Minister of Integration and Foreign Affairs.
Whoever wears a nikab or burk in Austria has to count on the consequences, “Kurz said last week, and the coalition partner Social Democratic Party (SPO) pointed out that nikab and burqa represent a fundamentalist interpretation of the truth.”
Because of the new law, which came into force today, many Arab countries have issued a warning to their citizens for traveling to Austria.
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