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My Sun Interview

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I never thought I’d say this but I appeared in The Sun earlier this week, to discuss the niqab debate that just about everyone is having these days.

I do believe it’s a debate to be had, but whenever anything  related to Islam is discussed, some Muslims seem to get defensive and refuse to even allow people to talk about the hijab or niqab. If that woman had removed her niqab in the courtroom, no one would have even known and it would have been the end of the matter.

Anyway, I thought I’d post this because I believe that The Sun sensationalised what I actually said – though I understand that it’s something most tabloid papers do – and I came across as really negative and hostile.




Firstly, I told the reporter that I defended every woman’s right to dress how she wishes, niqab, hijab, mini skirt, etc. I would never tell someone how to dress, I only said that it should be removed in certain places. I don’t find the niqab that outrageous, in fact I find the fact that a newspaper still publishes bare breasts on page 3 more offensive. I am, however, against young girls wearing hijabs and niqabs and it’s right that schools should enforce a ban.

Secondly, with regards to my comments about the niqab being ‘alien’ and ‘unnecessary’ – this was said when the reporter asked about my background and I told her that where my family come from, even the more conservative people dislike the niqab and deem it unnecessary, and that only some older women wear a loose headscarf, or dupatta, on their heads.  In our culture then, it is an ‘alien’ concept.

And finally, why do I look fatter?!


Written by Iram Ramzan

September 18, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Posted in islam, UK, women

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3 Responses

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  1. If you don’t want to look fat, you need to apply for the interview on page 3. 🙂

    Andreas Moser

    September 20, 2013 at 3:24 pm

  2. Good points, informative article.
    Hard to disagree with any of it.

    stephen vallance

    September 28, 2013 at 1:50 am

  3. The Sun being as helpful as ever. The Sun come up in the morning….spreading all the shite all around. .
    I suppose as it is the best selling UK ‘newspaper’ it’s best to engage with them.

    stephen vallance

    September 28, 2013 at 1:55 am

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