Do you think Muslim women, employed in the public sector, should be allowed to wear the niqab when working?

  • Yes.

    I do think they should be allowed to wear it. It is no different than Christians wearing their crosses to work.

  • I believe that Muslim women should be allowed to wear niqab when working, because freedom of religion is an integral part of being a U.S. citizen.

    The First Amendment to the United States Constitution protects the free exercise of religion. While extreme in the view of some, wearing niqab is an expression of religion for some Muslim women. Covering one's face does no harm to one's colleagues and should be allowed in the workplace.

    Posted by: OverratedRussell87
  • Culture and religion is not only acceptable, but it is interesting and worthy of respect and tolerance.

    So long as clothing and accessories do not interfere with the job, there is
    no reason Muslim women should be restricted from expressing their religious
    traditions as they see fit. That is why they call us the land of the free,
    and the home of the brave.

    Posted by: MarsBIue
  • Muslim women should be allowed to wear the niqab when working as long as it follows the dress code that is in place; to require otherwise would be discrimination.

    It would not be fair to say that Muslim women cannot wear their niqab if it fits into the company's dress code. It borders on discrimination if they are not allowed. If however, there was a specific dress code stating that any sort of head wear is not allowed, then this rule should be followed.

    Posted by: eyeslikethat
  • Absolutely, freedom of religion!

    It seems that people only want freedom of religion whenit benefits them, freedom of speech when its to their advantage, etc. I don't think that nay workplace is going to yell at a Christian because they are wearing a cross necklace, or a Mennonite because they wear full length dresses and hair coverings! Why should we deny Muslim women their religios freedom?

  • I think they should be allowed, provided other people are allowed to express their religious/cultural beliefs/practices.

    I don't see a problem with Muslim women wear a traditional niqab in the workplace. If the concession is made, however, the other people would have to be allowed to express their religious and cultural practices. In any circumstance it should be allowed also, provided it does not offend anyone. An employer would also have to take into account if the headdress interferes with the work itself. If it doesn't, and no one is offended, then why not?

    Posted by: M4ck3God2iIIa
  • People should be free to express their religious views.

    A niqab is a symbol of religion that expresses one's beliefs. It may only be offensive to those who see it as a symbol of oppression but is not directly offensive to others. The niqab is an important part of the culture. Though it may open up the wearer to discrimination, it is her choice to wear it or not. If the niqab is banned, so too should cross necklaces and yarmulke's.

    Posted by: Pur3E2ra
  • I agree muslin women employed in the public sector can wear their niqab because there is a right to religious expression.

    The first amendment of the Constitution allows the right of freedom of religion. Because no one else's rights are being disturbed by this expression of religion then there is no reason not to allow it. Of course for reasons of identification, either by job requirement or law enforcement, the woman should remove the garb temporarily if needed.

    Posted by: SascM0n
  • Yes, they should be allowed to if it is what they feel is proper for them.

    I think Muslim women should be allowed to wear their niqab in public if it is what they think is right. Sometimes it is considered a part of their religion, sometimes not, but if it's part of their culture that they choose to maintain, they should be allowed to do so. Even though this might make some people feel uncomfortable, it's no different than some women walking around in thong bikinis or plunging necklines. This makes people ill at ease too.

    Posted by: PinkMych
  • I believe that wear the niqab for women as it avoids deceitful eyes and temptation for men.

    I believe that wear the niqab for women as it avoids deceitful eyes and temptation for men in public sectors. The dispute over the niqab has been going on among the scholars since the earliest centuries of Islam and will probably still be going on at the end of time. Nobody can claim to have a definitive answer to this question. All sisters should research both sides of the argument for themselves and decide which side is stronger. Just so you know, I personally feel that niqab is a very good culture in the world.

    Posted by: X Bradshaw
  • Of course not!

    Work is work! Leave your stupid religion at home and stop scaring people. America isn't for Muslims if you want to practice that then go back to your country simple as that. The only people in America who likes Muslims are Muslims. Go back to your horrible country and leave ours alone

  • America, fuck yeah!

    Because America is for America and you have to wear the American flag but there aren't any Burkahs with the American flag on them.
    O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
    What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming,
    Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight
    O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming?
    And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
    Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there,
    O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
    O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

    On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep
    Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
    What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
    As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
    Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
    In full glory reflected now shines in the stream,
    ’Tis the star-spangled banner - O long may it wave
    O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

    And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
    That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
    A home and a Country should leave us no more?
    Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.
    No refuge could save the hireling and slave
    From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
    And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
    O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

    O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
    Between their lov’d home and the war’s desolation!
    Blest with vict’ry and peace may the heav’n rescued land
    Praise the power that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!
    Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
    And this be our motto - “In God is our trust,”
    And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
    O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

  • The picture is wrong

    This entire debate is moot because the picture is of a woman wearing a suit and a hijab, not a niqaab, there's an ENORMOUS difference between the two. Whoever started this debate and uploaded the picture just wasted everyone's time. Google "hijab" and then "niqab" and see the difference for yourself.

  • Why you are taking advantage of women to spread Islam?

    I think women should stay home if she wears niqab instead of presenting a ghost image of Islam. Why you spend a lot of time on women's image instead of thinking of the men's behavior and the way he should think of women. Please be wise on the way you should present and spread Islam.

  • Why you are taking advantage of women to spread Islam?

    I think women should stay home if she wears niqab instead of presenting a ghost image of Islam. Why you spend a lot of time on women's image instead of thinking of the men's behavior and the way he should think of women. Please be wise on the way you should present and spread Islam.

    Posted by: Afar
  • No, too unconventional

    The state should be secular, so such strong religious symbols should not be allowed. It also presents the wearer as anti social. I feel uncomfortable speaking to someone who is so concerned with what I think about her aspect that she feels it is better if she staid covered up.

  • They talk "Discrimination"?

    If one is worried about discrimination in the workplace, one would think you'd try to minimize that. Wearing a niquab (an extremely blatant religious symbol) is not a great idea if you want to be accepted and work, and if you wear one and then say it's our fault we discriminate, you're being a shameless hypocrite.

    The niquab is also a possible safety hazard. Any number of things could be hidden under the black folds of the garments, and you can't even see the wearer's face. When in reference to more than one woman wearing a niquab, you can't even tell them apart unless there's a drastic height difference. In many schools in America, it's not even allowed for a student to wear a hoodie with the hood up because it hides too much. If a hoodie is prohibited, imagine what a niquab is. If it's not even allowed in schools, why should it be allowed in the workplace? It's dangerous for the same reason, and even more besides: A worker in a niquab, trying to work heavy machinery? Not only is peripheral vision reduced and freedom of movement hindered, but the long folds could get caught in any number of things.

    This doesn't go just for the Muslim niquab. Now while there are few other common religious with such drastic dress requirements, there has to be a line. The niquab is obviously far, far over that invisible line, but there are other symbols that are up for debate. If a Muslim is angry that we are thinking of banning a part of their religion, they should stop and think for a second. After 9/11, the people of America were frightened and suspicious of Islam in general. While that rampant, unfair discrimination has declined some, it is still a problem. They may act angry, but they're just frightened of the fact that they can't see your face. They needed someone to pin the blame on, so they pinned it on all Muslims. We're trying to get rid of this unfairness, but the Muslims have to make exceptions for us, too. It's not all our fault, and we're all human- we're trying to cope.

  • It's long been the tradition in this country to see peoples facial expressions as part of our communication.

    How are these people going to integrate with society if they put up barriers that others find offensive. They know the rules which are made for good reason, if they don't like them they are not forced to come. We are a tolerant society and don't want to turn into the type of society's they are trying to escape from, which quite often cause violence in their society's.

  • It is the Foot in the Door that we can not allow

    What is the Right of Islam? In their book "the Koran" it states.. Kill the infidel.. That is YOU. Any employer that has an ounce of historical understanding will use this as a base line of hiring. Unfortunately Muslims are "lawyering up" and will use the very laws to protect US from discrimination against us ALL to infiltrate and then push out all non- Muslims. Only a matter of time and just look at the UK for your references.. Things are going oh so well for them now. Sharia Law is just around the corner for the USA. Thanks you for this forum to air my thoughts..Too bad the 60% don't see this coming. Hope they enjoy the virtues of Islam.. Beheadings, beatings, female genital mutilation, slavery and most importantly that Religion of peace that terrorizes and kills thousands around the World.

  • No

    I understand the the 'niqab' is a religious belief in order to prevent men seeing a woman's hair and or face. However when visiting other country's people who's religious beliefs do not coincide with this are forced to cover up their hair and or face in order to abide by the rules the society they have entered into dictates. Just as american citizens visiting Israel would be expected to cover their body's citizens not from the USA should be expected to abide by the rules social norms dictates in the country THEY have chosen to enter.

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