A Muslim woman out shopping in London was faced with Batman jokes, the Batman theme tune being sung and then ‘My kids can’t even see your face, who the f*** are you? Are you a man or a woman?’ being shouted at her. All for wearing the Niqab which is a veil for the face that leaves the area around the eyes clear. It is worn with an accompanying headscarf.
The Qur’an, Islam’s holy book and treated as the word of God (Allah), tells Muslims – men and women – to dress modestly. Male modesty has been interpreted to be covering the area from the navel to the knee – and for women it is generally seen as covering everything except their face, hands and feet when in the presence of men they are not related or married to. How much of the body needs to be covered is open to interpretation by different Muslims and Muslim communities. Some French practise for you!