Teenage Muslim Girls Wearing the Veil

Muslim teenage girls are trained from an early age to wear the veil (niqab or niqaab).

Jameah Girls Academy is a school in Leicester, UK where Muslim girls study both the compulsory national curriculum and Islamic teachings. The sect of Islam followed is Deobandi, which is also followed by a sizeable proportion of Indian and Pakistani Muslims in the UK.
In the admission form, it states the following in the Uniform section:

Uniform, as set out in the pupil / parent handbook, which comprises of headscarf and habaya for all pupils, and niqab for girls attending the secondary years, to be worn during journeys to and from The Academy.

In this secondary school, all girls must wear the niqab (veil) during journeys to and from school. Secondary school is for 11 - 16 year olds. Thus, religious Muslims want their teenage daughters to be thoroughly trained and conditioned to wear the veil from an early age.

This kind of isolationist, puritanical view shows absolutely no commitment to integrating into mainstream society. Moreover, anyone brought up in that kind of culture will find it extremely difficult to escape the tight controls placed over them. The controls are deliberate to prevent them escaping the cult. The young women get married via arranged marriages to similarly religious men and the cult perpetuates.

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Comment by Tom Pandelaere on July 1, 2010 at 2:34am
I never understood the term ‘modest’. Modest means not pompous or garish. In that sense, naturism is the most modest you can get. This kind of apparel is the very opposite of modesty; it draws attention and imposes itself. It says: ‘look, I am important’. It’s pretentious, not modest.
Comment by Sameer on July 1, 2010 at 2:14am
Im not saying...no girl should wear the veil. Anyone can wear of their own choice. Its just..when i see a picture of any girl/women wearing full veil except eyes...that appearance is like...its a robber or something.
Comment by Murtad Fitri on April 23, 2010 at 8:04pm
I've also seen Somali girls wearing tight jeans and a headscarf here in Leicester. I think they are the ones who recently immigrated from Netherlands (because the standards of modesty in Leicester are at the niqab level for religious Muslim girls!).
I think the headscarf is used as a badge of identity to constantly remind the girls (and others) that they are Muslims and they are different from everyone else. And this prevents them from assimilating and losing their Muslim identity. This is a clever trick that religions/cults have discovered. (Muslim men have the beard, Jews have the skull cap, Sikhs have the turban and bushy beard and moustache, Hindus have the red dot on their forehead, Christians have the cross etc)
It seems to work very well for religion because the teenagers end up mainly mixing with co-religionists to avoid being made fun of and the religion survives.
Comment by Ally on April 23, 2010 at 4:30pm
Sad indeed, No they don't have a choice. Has this been discussed before?
The murder of a 16 year old in Ontario, Canada - by her father b/c she refused to wear hijab?
The strange irony here in Edmonton is many highscool Muslim girls wear hijab paired with super tight jeans and hoodies and tonnes of make-up &/or stilletto heels? which makes me wonder what the point of the hijab is for them? I agree that indoctrination is child-abuse, and I don't think my tax dollars should support segregation!
Comment by Murtad Fitri on April 23, 2010 at 3:59pm
Here is another Muslim school in Britain (East London) where 11 - 16 year old girls are required to wear the niqab (veil) during journeys to and from school.

At the top of the page it states:

The present uniform conforms to the Islamic Code of dressing. All pupils must be dressed in the proper school uniform both inside and outside the school. Outside the school, this comprises of the black Burka and Niqab.
Comment by Murtad Fitri on April 20, 2010 at 7:04am
What is more, if a teenage Muslim girl wanted to read any of Dawkins, Hitchens, or Harris's books, I am pretty sure she will not be allowed to. In fact, she will know that it is Islamically not permissible to read such God-denying books. I imagine some intelligent girls who are into reading will trust their intellect and secretly borrow these books from the public library anyway. Probably more out of curiosity and on a 'know your enemy' basis. Once the doubts creep in, they will feel exploited and conned and nothing will stop them leaving.
Comment by Gecko, Seth...brother of Richie! on April 19, 2010 at 8:26am
For the xtian version of oppressing females and keeping their naughty bits in the devils realm enjoy the following links. Please be sure to chk out the bathing suits!!


Comment by Murtad Fitri on April 19, 2010 at 6:54am
Very sad indeed. But the way these religious parents see it is, they are trying to preserve the true religion and save their kids from hellfire. To them, the end justifies the means. Which is why I like Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris and Dennett's strategy of refuting the truth claim of religion. I have written another blog post about the evidence that Muslims use to claim that Islam is true. It is extremely weak.

Dawkins points out that childhood indoctrination is akin to child abuse. I think denying teenage girls living in West a free and normal youth is against their human rights and should be spoken out against.
Comment by Little Name Atheist on April 18, 2010 at 11:43pm
Sad. It doesn't sound like these girls get much choice about how to live their lives.



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