“9/11 was a wake-up call for young Muslims.”
Thus a 24-year-old program scheduler at a London broadcasting company explains her reasons for wearing a niqab, a full black veil with only a slit for the eyes, in today’s New York Times.
“For me it is not just a piece of clothing[;] it’s an act of faith[;] it’s solidarity.”
Far from the token of submission that it’s usually taken to be, the niqab for many young Muslims who’ve recently adopted it in the United Kingdom is “a form of rebellion against the policies of the Blair government in Iraq, and at home”, reports the Times.
But the niqab isn’t a political statement for every wearer. According to a 19-year-old Somali woman, “Wearing the niqab means you will get a good grade and go to paradise.”
Exactly what the 9/11 hijackers expected jihad to accomplish.