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Worji Matul: When Did a Woman’s Right to Cover Her Body Become a Crime?

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dreamstime_m_7605223I recently read about the Muslim woman who was forced to remove her “burkina” at a beach in France and I was disgusted at the evident discrimination due to religious beliefs and/or race (the woman is of  Arab descent.)

I read about it again on BellaNaija and I was unfortunately not surprised by the reactions on the comment section. Ranging from the mild “She should respect their laws or leave” to “All muslims are terrorists”. I wondered when a choice to cover your body (not face, body) with a wet-suit like attire translated into terrorism.

When did we decide to leave our humanity outside the door when oppression concerns people we consider not to be like us? When did this same humanity become negotiable depending on whether or not the victim is considered a Muslim?

The blatant disregard for their choices of belief, habits and outfits is really unbelievable. The funny part of this is that the people who exhibit such behaviour are amongst the first to scream “black lives matter” but do not see the irony when the lives of black Muslims do not matter. Chanting “Gender Equality” and “Women’s liberation” but the irony of not respecting a Muslim woman’s choices.

The irony goes completely over their heads when they say “All Nigerians are not fraudsters” but “All Muslims are terrorists.”

When you bring this to their attention, they say “Well, only Muslims are blowing themselves up and killing other people. Their beliefs encourage this and they support those blowing themselves up”. When you ask, but how did you come to this conclusion they say “I have never heard a Muslim condemning these acts”, “Muslim leaders do not denounce these actions”.

When you give them clear examples of Muslims condemning these actions, they say “Those are Shi’a Muslims and not Sunni Muslims” without having the slightest idea what those distinctions mean and the ideological differences between the two.

When you give them examples of their friendly and unassuming Muslim next door who wears a hijab, they say “he/she has not shown you their true colours, wait until you insult their Prophet”

When you give them the example of that Muslim girl (who doesn’t wear a hijab) or boy who likes the same things and activities as they like and is tolerant of every view, they say “he/she is not a real and/or practising Muslim”.

When you show them examples of articles written by Muslims trying to explain the ideology and basis of their faith, trying to show the world that Islam in it’s pure state does not breed monsters, they sneer and say “but all these abominations are committed in the name of Islam, so why are you lying that this is not Islam”.

The lack of knowledge and willingness to learn, to be open minded is overwhelming and scary.

In today’s world, as a Muslim, you are damned if you do and damned if you don’t because the world has judged and condemned you already. No defence is possible as you have been pronounced guilty just by virtue of your faith.

My advice to Muslims all over the world is to continue empathising with victims of terror all over the world (including the victims of our friendly neighbouring Boko Haram), condemn barbaric actions, not for the world to see and in all evidence doubt your sincerity, but because that is what is human (and the humane thing) to do. After all the world always needs its monsters and since the death of Communism a little over 50 years ago, Islam has become the new world monster.

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Worji is currently earning her living as a Recruiter for a HR firm while dreaming about her ideal life and self. Unfortunately the dreams are long on ideals and very very short on workable plans

66 Comments

  1. Seriously

    August 26, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    Not all Muslims are terrorists, it must be frustrating using an extremist group to judge the people as a whole. Yes, please continue to speak out against the extremists. However, let’s be logical not solely sentimental. It’s all about respect. My mom and I visited Saudi Arabia, we heavily felt discriminated against as a non Muslim, westerner and women. But we still had to follow the rules, laws there whether we liked it or not. And we are also aware of the harsh punishment that comes with breaking the law in these Muslim countries. If the author wants to mention women’s rights, discrimination Muslims have to be honest with themselves and start from their homes.

    • BlueEyed

      August 27, 2016 at 9:40 am

      Was this article really necessary ? How about a woman’s right to show her body?? I’ll think differently if a French woman is allowed to wear a bikini on a beach in the Middle East, that’s even going too far, how about simply not covering your hair in the Middle East and not get harrassed or shamed.
      Please until they start giving the world reasons to see them differently, we will continue to profile them.

    • AceOfSpades

      August 27, 2016 at 12:41 pm

      You know the pain women feel when they say ‘she’s a W***E because she is wearing a mini skirt or tight pants or bum short’. We know some of them wear it but not all women who wear it are W****ES. You know the way it feels because as a woman, it is slut shaming.

      Now imagine Muslims feeling that way too when you tag them violent and terrorist because of some bad eggs!

    • Slater

      August 27, 2016 at 1:29 pm

      Ace of spades you are free to air your opinions but i wonder if youll play devils advocate and uphold the same sentiments when you are scrapping the remains of your loved ones of the side walk following a terrorist attack.

    • miini

      August 27, 2016 at 4:10 pm

      Your friendly neighbouring boko haram? That alone spoils ur article which was totally unnecessary if you ask me. You pple should stop crying foul and look inwards, so much wickedness and barbarism committed in the name of your supposed religion of peace and u don’t understand why pple profile you. Better wake up and smell the coffee grounds. Everybody has a right to their reaction and the stance they choose to adopt to this mess your brothers are making all over the place. Just because we smile and turn the other way for the sake of religious tolerance doesn’t mean we are stupid. Instead of u pple to keep quiet again and let things pass U will he ranting all over the place. I wish all the victims of your religious violence will come out and rant. And like pple said, in pure Islamist states, pple respect your laws coz they don’t have a choice. Everybody tries to conform to your own rules but to confirm to another country’s laws u are crying foul. Must u swim? That’s how some of una will wear hijab into theatre and be distributing nosocomial infection upandan. Christ! I’m sorry for the rant but jeez you pple need to talk to your brothers so the world can be a better place.

    • Random

      August 28, 2016 at 1:16 am

      @ seriously But many of these people where quietly in their Islamic countries when the French colonized them and whilst Saudi Arabia has always been an Islamic country with those dressing rules, France just decided to change theirs. The aftermath of colonization is immigrants from French speaking countries.
      Also 2 wrongs don’t make a right. How does bringing up Saudi make the French right? That’s why we will never make progress because we turn every injustice into comparative analysis instead of being fair to each situation like the people that attack black lives matter with black on black crime. Rubbish

    • Oh please

      August 28, 2016 at 11:05 am

      They colonized who? Were they carted away as slaves? So colonization justifies what exactly? Your thoughts are randomly unreasonable

  2. Ethio

    August 26, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    it becomes a crime when:
    *you’re a muslim
    *and you want to go to the beach in a country recovering from islamic terrorist attacks (like the rest of the world) ,
    *but you can’t wear bikini… simply fill your bath tub with warm water and hop in!, you think Muslims are ready to ask these questions that touch after gladly chopping off people’s heads for blasphemy or setting people on fire in the name of “god”, islam in itself is intolerance so why try to bend a country’s rules to suit islam when islam will not tolerate theirs. islam is a monster, you said that yourslef… i didn’t bother reading the article

  3. Gorgeous

    August 27, 2016 at 12:49 am

    This will make sense when I can wear a Bikini on the beaches of the Middle East and even in Northern Nigeria. Hypocrites. Your religion promotes intolerance but you want to force other’s to tolerate you. You have seen people that you can sacrifice every bomb blast abi? You talk about right? Do the Muslims that keep quiet while their brother’s go about killing and maiming innocent people know anything about rights? It’s so bad and tolerated that these groups are controlling countries now. Muslims need to look within, before coming to make speeches.

    • Lalah

      August 27, 2016 at 12:02 pm

      Well said! It’s the height of hypocrisy honestly…

    • Chekwube

      August 27, 2016 at 7:53 pm

      Pure hypocritical and intolerant set of people. Please you people should goan take several spiky seats… My sister is serving in Kano and all her bbm pics she is always covered from head to toe just because that’s the unwritten rule in the community where she is serving…Must you swim? If they say they don’t want you wearing suicide bombing attire to their beaches THEN SO BE IT! THAT IS THEIR RULE!! ABIDE BY IT AND STOP COMPLAINING !!

  4. Blen

    August 27, 2016 at 1:14 am

    Don’t worry, it’s because they have not killed you and your family members or radicalized one of your own. France HAS EVERY RIGHT to ban burkini. To the people of France, it represents immense sorrow, pain and heartbreak. To the people of France Islam is a cursed religion that has infected their peace and put their loved ones six feet under. Come, why don’t you Muslims ask yourselves why murderous extremist only come from your religion, why? Christians and Buddhists have extremist too. Why don’t you Muslims ask yourselves why it’s only your “holy quoran” that is subject to misinterpretation? Why dont you Muslims ask yourselves why at the name of your Allah, knives are let loose and heads start rolling? Have you ever heard somebody shout Jesus Christ and people are beheaded?

    Islam is terrorism at its finest. Oh I wish you this writer would not experience the pain of the French people in your life. I wish you’re never at a concert and they come for you and your partner/friend. I wish you are never sitting in a restaurant and they use a truck to crush your head. I wish you’re never on a plane and they run it into a tower. I wish you don’t go to work one day and they run a plane into your building. I wish you never go for missionary work and they behead you and film it live while reading that their hate filled book called “Quran.” I wish they do not murder your sons and brothers while they asleep in their dormitories and I wish they do not kidnap your teenage daughters and use them as sex slaves. What is burkini? She made a hell lot of people uncomfortable and she should be asked to remove it. People are evil but Islam commands, encourages and fosters the evil inherent in human beings. Now GET THE **** OUTTA HERE with this **** piece. When/if you become a victim of their terrorr then I would read and probably thumbs up any article you write no matter your take. BN post my comment seriously.

    • Xoxo

      August 27, 2016 at 10:34 am

      Not only the Quran is subject to misinterpretation. Christians misinterprete the bible too. And it very evident how they take a bible verse and twist it to favor what they think or do. The problem with Islam is the killing. You can be a religious extremist if you want but don’t kill innocent people because they do not accept your beliefs. That’s the part I don’t get. They take things too far. Truth is just as there are bad Muslims there are also bad Christians. If you hear some things some so called Christians do, you’ll be shocked. Muslims are just taking their own too far, killing people like chickens. Its not right

  5. ElessarisElendil

    August 27, 2016 at 1:27 am

    This in many ways is the problem with Nigeria. Wetin cosign we and France?? The more important question is why do so many Nigerians distrust Muslims????? Must be all the love, kindness and sallah meat they’ve sent our way.

    • Kkay

      August 27, 2016 at 2:41 pm

      @ElessarisElendil … may you never see “the meat” or head of someone dear to you blown apart by a suicide bomber or cut off by “sallah meat knife” , you will “puke” an archive of the sallah meat you ‘ve eaten for years.

    • Lalah

      August 27, 2016 at 7:35 pm

      You missed the sarcasm in the comment.

    • ElessarisElendil

      August 27, 2016 at 8:48 pm

      >>>>>>>>>>>Sarcasm.
      Your head.

  6. mee

    August 27, 2016 at 6:19 am

    Islam is a religion of hate and killing. Period. Hope you or your family mrmber doesn’t get killed for nothing one day. Islam is synonymous to killing

  7. Stick With Your Day Job.

    August 27, 2016 at 7:13 am

    I think, with all due disrespect, the writer should just shut up and go and find some other politically incorrect bandwagon about to fatally derail over a cliff to jump on.

    It becomes a crime when human beings in the name of the religion of those who wear it, have been known to wear it and other clothing prescribed by that same religion, which makes possible for male terrorists to pass as women, and and for female terrorists to disguise all distinguishing features, and commits acts of mass killings and destruction and terror on other human beings.

    It becomes a crime when the country which is your host (it doesn’t matter how many generations of you have lived there) makes a law prohibiting the wearing of a particular garment and in you, in your bull-headed, arrogant, bigoted, superior, everybody else is an infidel and beneath us mentality, wear that very garment and think you are above the law and can flout it the way you, your government and people would never for half a nanosecond allow any foreigner to flout your laws in your country of origin.

    The law was made and publicised. You knowingly, and PROVOCATIVELY, chose to flout it. Face the consequences and shut up.

    After skimming maybe the first paragraph, I didn’t bother reading the article. I am finding better things to do with my time. I advise the writer to do the same.

    Nonsense!

    Meanwhile, in other news, France had better grant the Nigerian Scrabble Team and current World Champion visas. If they do not, whoever ‘wins’ will know, and the whole world too will know, that that person did not really win, that is was not a true contest, and that the real winner is in Nigeria.

    • Stick With Your Day Job.

      August 27, 2016 at 7:17 am

      Hallelujah! (According to BN) France has given him/them the visas! Tres bien! Vive le Nigeria! Vive la France! A bas le burkini! A bas le terrorisme! A bas les terroristes!

  8. Tiana

    August 27, 2016 at 7:33 am

    France please ban it and many more things from the religion that thinks any none muslim is beneath them.. the uk is too bafraid to follow.. most of us are fed up.. you tolorate us but we will never tolorare you.thats the mentality of most. the argument is that the woman is 3rd generation french so treat her like any other french citizen.. the thing is when her forefathers came to france they should have abided by the french ways then we wont be in this position.. or go to a muslim country instead if the religion meant so much to them but the truth is they want to force the religion down non muslim country.. you know what france should just say if you dont abide by our laws. Please leave.. lets see how many will go to middle eastern countries..

  9. Ima

    August 27, 2016 at 7:41 am

    One is forced to follow the rules when in a Muslim country. If France says ban burkini- obey or leave their country. till date in Saudi Arabia, church buildings and temples are not allowed. Freedom is a two way street.

  10. tobi

    August 27, 2016 at 7:42 am

    I feel its insensitive for Muslims to wear burqua in a country recently recovering from Islamic extremist attacks. Considering its not forced on them I. E the women claim it is a choice and not enforced to wear the burqua why cant they put their humanity forward first and choose not to wear the burqua in these countries traumatised by terrorist. Don’t they understand that these countries are just trying to protect their citizens. And yeah you can talk about their religious rights and all that but let me just point out that when in ROME you respect their laws, customs and religion. Wear your burqua in your own countries, I cover up when I go to the northern parts of Nigeria or Muslim countries. I respect their laws. Why can’t Muslims respect other people’s laws. Always trying to spread their religion by force and screaming intolerance when others talk about their rights. Yall will not rest until you spread Islam worldwide. That is the agenda. It anit happening ok!!!. And dear writer if you gonna write an epistle on some thing how about being a voice to the oppress women folk , those poor girls hijacked by those RESPECTING your QURAN . Come to think about it and I’m just realising this now isn’t it amazing that yall would lynch anyone who you say disrespect your holy book but those you label terrorist are free to misinterpret ?desecrate the book encouraging blood shed? Or is it that they are actually interpreting the Quran for what it actually is? Is that why there is no Fatwa placed on their heads hum? Were is the lynching mob when you need them!!!!!. Dear writer go and organise a lynching mob and finish off those you claim are misinterpreting your holy book then we will know you are serious and we are all on the same side.

  11. simplymeana

    August 27, 2016 at 7:52 am

    Spot on @writer,ISLAM in its PURE state is PEACE,peace in all ramifications any1 wo does anythin contrary 2peace will be punishd accordinglyi.it is highly moronic 2judge a religion wdout readin ts book,2judge a person wdout knowin dem and d majority of y’all wil claim Muslims are terrorist yet during sallah a bunch of u guys will come begging for meat like ur lives depend on it.Talk is cheap anyway,IM a MUSLIM,i wunt do 2anybdy wat I wunt do 2myself just as d Quran has instructed

    • mrs chidukane

      August 27, 2016 at 11:06 am

      No be small begging for meat, lol. If a country makes rules you better abide by it. To go to the beach is not by force. Everyone respects themselves when they visit the middle east, why can’t you guys do the same? Abii respect isn’t part of Islam? I read somewhere that their highest court has over turned the ban sha.

    • le coco

      August 27, 2016 at 12:49 pm

      @Mrs chidukane.. that’s purely because of the public uproar.. its the power of social media nà? The country needs to keep the peace.. and for the sake of intl relations and diplomacy.. they decided to overturn the Ban.. but left to them it wld be left as is..

    • lola

      August 27, 2016 at 1:44 pm

      [email protected] for meat. Most of them have started disturbing even when Sallah is still far. For me,all religions are intolerant and you can’t judge all muslims becausw of some bunch of ignorant people. They said all terrorists are Muslims, should we now say all Niger Delta Avengers,kidnappers in the South South are Christians? No matter all the abuse,insults and critiscms Muslims faced across the globe,i will always be proud of my religion.

    • Naijatalk

      August 27, 2016 at 4:14 pm

      I hope you have openly spoken out against the moronic actions of your brethren in the North. I hope you are this vocal in your local mosque, I hope you are also openly vocal so that the whole world clearly knows where you stand. How many of your leaders in Nigeria have consistently condemned this nonsense? Social media forced most of them to acknowledge and even see a need to respond in the first place. Before Social media, how many of them said anything. You all want us to go and read the Quran to find out about Islam. Well, there’s a saying; you are the Bible that someone else gets to read. I put that to you lot that you are the Quran that the rest of the world gets to read and honestly; we do not like what we are reading so far.

    • miini

      August 27, 2016 at 7:08 pm

      You folks must be reading different qurans then. Coz when they say Allahu arkba and then blow themselves up with hundreds of pple or raise a knife to gruesomely decapitate innocent pple I’m wondering what book they are quoting. U pple can like to carry your stupid sentiments and go and sleep. And I hope that that nap affords you some deep reflection. Peace my foot!

  12. Bimbo

    August 27, 2016 at 7:54 am

    ‘Islam in its pure state does not breed monsters’ the biggest lie ever. The shekau’s and isis are islam in its purest state! They do everything the quran says they must do to unbelievers only problem is they have innovated some more.

  13. Nene

    August 27, 2016 at 9:22 am

    What type of article is this? At least do more research before you write an article

  14. Rayva

    August 27, 2016 at 9:53 am

    This is a heartless article, as usual you have decided to be myopic in your views at the expense of countless lives lost in france. So the womans swim ware is more important than national security or the men, women, children blown to bits. This is the twisted ideology about you guys that shocks people. Yes its the lady’s right to wear whatever she wants but in the face of a national monumental loss and widespread fear, why not keep or practice your religion privately instead of rubbing it on the face of people who are hurt and angry (wisdom is profitable to direct and hard to come across). It seems you have not lost someone at the hands of this barbaric monsters, thats why have the temerity to type this bullshit article. Please if you dont have anything to do, keep dreaming about your ideal life or put the plan to work. Why not in the interim go live in saudi arabia or the north here in nigeria and try to understand the pain or discrimination non-muslims go through on a daily, still they bear and obey all rules to end otherwise heads would roll. The things you know you cant do there, you come over to secular states or regions that tolerates every tribe, race, religion and make the loudest noise. My friend, I boldly challenge you to go live for 1year in any muslim country of your choice (please not dubia….you guys are so quick to call dubia without understanding the dynamics of its economy which is based on tourism), I promise you, by the time you come back, you would understand the true meaning of freedom especially for the women folk……..and and have a rethink this tasteless article.

  15. LemmeRant

    August 27, 2016 at 10:24 am

    I just knew someone would make this issue about women.

    People are naturally self-serving which means unless a situation has directly affected them, they don’t care.

    Don’t worry when your child leaves with her friends “to go have fun at the beach” and then you see her dead body on the news saying one lunatic opened fire on unarmed civilians. and you realize that IT COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED if the government had taken the bull by the horn and address the glaring security threats even if it is just TEMPORARY at least until they can do something about the craziness of these extremists then you’ll understand. I know very well, that’s how people are. No be today.

    Shebi you can be objective from your bedroom. I’m sure you haven’t even seen a live gun been fired at another human being before, talk less of someone you know. People are dying like pigs and you’re concerned about who gets to show which parts of the body.

    Don’t worry.

  16. The Real Oma

    August 27, 2016 at 10:30 am

    To the writer, you think we love to hate Islam? You think we are happy Islam stays proving the world right that is is indeed a highly volatile religion? You think we would not all be happier if Christians and Muslims can live in peace whether it is in Nigeria or in Timbuktu? Instead of you lot to get all defensive when these seeming scapegoating happens, you should look inwards! Muslims have to ask themselves some tough questions, as individuals and as a group – What is it about our religion, about our holy book that promotes violence, intolerance, and the debasement and oppression of women? And then the most important question of all “Who is an Infidel? That is a term you need to re-access and redefine, in fact it should be your starting point if you are truly concerned about evil your brothers and sisters are unleashing in the name of your religion. If you are truly pained by the sufferings others have and are still enduring in the hands of your adherents, you will urgently attend this question – WHO IS AN INFIDEL???
    You need a reformation! Christianity has gone through it, so should you! You need new and clear-cut definitions. You need CHANGE!

  17. Labi

    August 27, 2016 at 10:48 am

    And is France a Christian state? I thought it always wanted to maintain its secularism and when did secularism turn against modesty? The comments I am reading above show how vulnerable Nigerians are to religious crisis. I shake my head.

  18. wow

    August 27, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Great article. Most of the comments are an unbelievable display of ignorance and prejudice. Wow.

    • nwa nna

      August 27, 2016 at 11:22 am

      @wow,
      Care to explain why all the other comments are ignorant because they disagree with the writer?

    • The Real Oma

      August 27, 2016 at 11:30 am

      Yes, it will be a great article and the comments will be unbelievable display of ignorance and prejudice until you are personally affected! Go read LemmeRant’s comment above, take time to imagine the scenario he painted and then see if u still feel the comments on here are ignorant and prejudiced. BS!

    • Anon

      August 27, 2016 at 11:39 am

      Yep please wow I’m sure we’ll all be interested in your Logic. Please shade some light. I for one believe that if you are going to another man’s house you respect their hospitality. Does that make me ignorant?. I’m I also ignorant for following the same logic when I visit Muslim countries. Abi is it one rule for some and another for others?.

  19. Tee

    August 27, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Mr writer, I bet you read my comment but you lied in this article about what I said. I’m not surprised. I believe other people can confirm what I wrote and that’s good enough for me. “All Muslims are not terrorist but all terrorists are muslim”. I never said “All Muslims are terrorist”. Keep deceiving yourself and defending the obvious. Pls sir, we want a rejoinder, this time using @Blen’s comment above as the case study.

  20. Jayden

    August 27, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Islam is not a religion of hate. Please don’t make a comment about the religion if u don’t know what it’s all about. Has anyone of u actually read the Koran??

    Both Christians n Muslims r victims of terrorist activities. Muslims tend to suffer more from terrorism. Pls don’t condemn a religion cos of a few pple

  21. Don

    August 27, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Ive always hated the use of the word tolerance in connection WITH RELIGION its as if people need to get permission from a cettain DOMINANT Religious group to BE. And the said dominant group is going out off their way to accept differences. the universe does not belong to any sect/religion. People do not need your permission to BE. You don’t need to Tolerate.You need to LIVE AND LET LIVE, no stress. When you visit foreign countries respect the rules. It’s simple.

  22. Engoz

    August 27, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    I find the ban on burkinis ridiculous, but I find some of your sentiments ridiculous as well. You asked a pertinent question – ‘When did we decide to leave our humanity outside the door when oppression concerns people we consider not to be like us?’ Well, the answer is simple. It was when Muslims decided to leave their own humanity outside the door. Ask yourself, can a Christian live peacefully in a Muslim dominated society? In the Nigerian context, it’s not enough to condemn these acts of violence, justice must be served as well. The Danish cartoons saga that happened in the West and a host of other Muslim upset, got Nigerian Christians killed in cold blood. Nigerian Christians in the North live in fear. Who is to say Nigerian Muslims won’t go crazy because of this burkini saga? Keep in mind that it was your silence during these prior skirmishes and the lack of prosecution of these murderers in your community that has endangered everyone with terrorism in Nigeria. The Muslim community need to spearhead the prosecution of these murderers in their midst. There is no need to get sentimental when your religion is being analyzed. Keep in mind your feelings getting hurt does not compare to the lives that have been lost via acts of violence from your religion. The people’s concern are very genuine. I don’t get offended when Christianity is being trashed, because if Christians did not project themselves as money loving, gangster defenders of wayward pastors then the conversation wouldn’t be had. I channel my anger to Christians and not to the critic. So I encourage you to channel your anger to Muslims. Nevertheless the burkini ban did not make sense to me. Thankfully the ‘liberal’ West that Muslims hate so much has overturned the ban. Can we say this would have happened in Saudi Arabia or even Northern Nigeria?

  23. Lalah

    August 27, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Worji, the one thing you failed to address in your article is whether Islamic countries permit non-Muslim women to dress in any manner of their choosing. We all know a non-Muslim woman living in Saudi Arabia dare not even dream of wearing a bikini in public. And yet you want freedom to wear whatever you like in other people’s countries??!! You can’t cry foul when you don’t permit others the same freedom you’re demanding. If you believe in women’s rights to dress as they choose, kindly start promoting that in your own territories. I’ll wait.

  24. tunmi

    August 27, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    Oh dear. The Muslim countries with their dress codes came up with that due to their culture and/or religion. France doing this is actually encouraging flames of terrorism. If anything, it works in the favor of those doing harm.

    • Lalah

      August 27, 2016 at 7:34 pm

      France came up with this as a security measure to protect their citizens, Is that not a stronger argument than religion/culture? Besides, Islamic dressing such as wearing burkinis are certainly not part of French culture in any way… the culture of France is secular with Catholic roots. So your point here doesn’t hold any water whatseover. And if the terrorists use this as yet another justification for their evil acts, does that not prove that they are twisted monsters who must be stopped? Do you really think that they can be appeased or dissuaded from their evil by allowing them to live as they choose without legal boundaries in foreign lands? Please think.

    • tunmi

      August 28, 2016 at 4:01 am

      The clothes aren’t going to make a single difference. Kúkú go naked then

  25. Bokun

    August 27, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    I was in Saudi recently. You are not allowed to kiss in public, on public transport you are segregated from males, you got to cover up. You cant buy alcohol . Everyone is suppose to abide by these rules Muslims and non. So Muslims when you visit a country on high alert for islamic extremist do yourself a favour and abide by the NEW rules put in place for EVERYONE’S SAFETY.

    • tobi

      August 27, 2016 at 6:11 pm

      Thank you oh! . People so caught up in their own selfish agendas they can’t look past their own noses on to the bigger picture. If you Muslims had an iota of empathy for the innocent victims of islamic terrorist you would not be questioning security measures put in place to prevent further innocent victims of BASTARD terrorist . Mtchewwww. In fact you will put aside all this religious cleaning of the outside and stand in solidarity with the rest of the world. Be transparent stop all the shady buisness.

  26. truthservedhot

    August 27, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    I can’t with this coon. I just stopped where he/she compared religion (choice) to race (nature/no-choice).
    Not today Satan, not today.

  27. Naijatalk

    August 27, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    I am sorry I dismiss this article as laughable. Please get Reza Aslan, or the other young French lad who did the media rounds in the wake of the Paris attacks last November to write in defense of this discrimination.

  28. Naijatalk

    August 27, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    In the wake of 9/11, the entire world had to adjust to several discomfiting security measures at airports, just for the assurance of safety. Nobody likes to have to go through skeletal X-ray at the airport in the name of scan. As a christian, those scans profile my body and being that it is not a medical check up, I do feel violated. However, we all endure for the collective good. We travel to Muslim nations and we abide by the laws there, for the collective good. Now you want to turn around and make a case because a country that has been attacked over and over again, is taking security measures to assuage the fears of their citizens. You put yourself in their situation. If in heavily muslim nations, a certain mode of dressing is prescribed so that citizens do not feel visually assaulted (by exposed hair or skin), then please wear beach appropriate clothing so as not to stoke the fears of others. Live and let live. See who wants to eat her cake, and have it, and order plenty more on top.

  29. Blessing

    August 27, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    No wonder the youths of this country are not ready to take up the mantle of leadership, judging by the comments in this article. So, what’s the issue here, France bans the burkini, I can say with all conviction that many of those that comment here did not read the article, did not know what a burkini is, and has never read the Quran back to back, yet knows all terrorists are Muslims, knows Islam is a religion that encourages violence,boko haram, Isis and all terrorist organizations are Islamic. France supreme court overturns this ban, yet, comments here says otherwise. So that man that says if you want to keep secrets from them, put it in book, so next time before posting a comment, take time out to read a book, it could be today’s newspaper, it could be the holy books, bible,torah,quran, get enlightened, get some knowledge about tolerance, no wonder, their level of education up north is nothing to write home about, while the ‘enlightened’ ones down south are half baked, due to what they went through acquiring that education. I beg you all, youths of this country, please read voraciously, get educated, next time you will think and reason in a balanced manner.

    • Rundatbymeagain

      August 27, 2016 at 4:21 pm

      Begging your pardon blessing, I think I’ve missed your ?point whilst navigating your tenses. Please do tell -What exactly is your point?

    • miini

      August 27, 2016 at 7:01 pm

      What is this one saying?

  30. Fani

    August 27, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    The only problem I have with the writer is where are you articles of condemnation or sympathy when Muslims in different Countries were killing innocent people? Bh? Fulani herders massacres ? Paris? And everywhere else? Yeah silence but when the repercussions of their actions start then you can speak up. To be fair to you most of us are like that we keep quite when crimes are committed by our tribes, religion or race but will be first to cry when people start to judge and treat you based on this actions

    • Yes Fani

      August 27, 2016 at 4:52 pm

      Good on you for admitting to your well publicized bigotry here on BN

  31. Johnspeak

    August 27, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    No matter our religion, ideals, culture etc, we must learn to obey the laws of another country. I’ve heard stories of how a lot of people have had their heads or arms chopped off all in the name of “sharia”.

    Why’d she go to the beach on a burkina when she knows its against their laws?
    It’s time we stop using religion as a yardstick to disturb and invade the privacy of others. I’m a christian and I refuse to use my beliefs to disturb the lives of others.

    My 2cents.

  32. Simplyjane

    August 27, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    If only you people understand what ‘the religion of peace’ actually means. It means SILENCE. Annihilate ALL opposition.

  33. artklub

    August 27, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    lovely to watch nigerians bother themselves, fight and even kill about non-related & non-indegenous religions while practicing juju in the background….anyways….all this religion poop is coming to a head. if u wanna know god learn and study nature. its all there. not in words and doctrines with gurus and idols. also learn to take responsibility for discerning bw right and wrong, good and bad….also dont be so selfish, think about others….learn to share and be empathic. too much work? carry on…

    • artklub

      August 27, 2016 at 8:09 pm

      as an african, i reject all foreign religions out of protest. bring back my religion. nigerian religions matter! i aint gonna fight for oyinbo/arab religions! what?!

  34. Light Yagami

    August 27, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    Beautiful Article! Just Perfect
    God Bless you! I pray all your dreams come trure. Thank you. Thank you

  35. Me

    August 28, 2016 at 11:31 am

    This lady is a clown. Oya go to Saudi Arabia dressed as you are in that picture and see what will happen to you.

    Muslims always crying about intolerance, yet they are the most intolerant people on the face of the earth. Why move to the western world and insist on living like a jihadi? Can I as a Christian go to Saudi and claim rights?

    I honestly have less and less respect for muslims the more they open their moths and try and defend the indefensible.

    Not all muslims are terrorists, yes, but ALL terrorists are muslims!

  36. Adio_Braimoh

    August 28, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    The comment on this article so far is condemning one’s religion and faith. My word of advice is for the commentaries not to make such statement in public where you won’t know an extremist from the like that’ll laugh out from your condemning statement. An advice!

  37. Tilda

    August 28, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    In answer to your question writer. It becomes a crime to cover your body in the way of the burqua and burkini when it gets in the way of National/ international security. Terrorist use these outfits convinently, to smuggle bombs and act as disguises. That’s what you need to understand writer. Don’t get it twisted. It’s a pity people’s right to feel safe and secure impinges on some women’s right to uphold their religious /cultural rights. As I understand and correct me if I am wrong wearing the hijab,burqua etc are choices not obligations. I feel any God fearing individual would put the safety and feeling of security of majority over their own petty desire to execute a religious right that is not even an obligations. Look at the big picture writer. People are scared. We are not prejudiced or bias. Everyone can practice their religion safely. Islamic terrorism affects every one. And I dont agree with the adage not every Muslim is a terrorist but every terrorist is a Muslim. The definition of terrorist is not Muslim. Terrorist encompass a whole lot of unsavoury acts inclusive of religious intolerance, So people let’s not get it twisted.

  38. shield

    August 29, 2016 at 11:21 am

    It’s not wrong for her to wear a burkina to the beach. However, it’s wrong for her to wear it after it’s been banned. People from all over the world abide by the rules in Muslim countries. Muslims should do the same in other parts of the world. Shikena!

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