This is an article I found in the Norwegian media a couple of days ago. I wasn’t intending to post it, but after seeing the crazy reactions, I just had to;
Keltoum Hasnaoui Missoum came to Norway eight years ago. She has given birth to three children, and is in the process of acquiring entrance qualifications for higher education, and has worked as a security guard for various security companies. The big and only dream is to become a police woman.
On the table lies the file, containing all kinds of information and articles about the police force and police training, requirements and guidelines. The first print-out is from 2002.
”It is a deep desire I have had for many years, ” says Missoum. ”But I half gave up the idea when I decided to wear the hijab.”
”People associate the hijab with the suppression of women, and are therefore skeptical. I understand people’s skepticism, but it is based on lack of knowledge about what this is. The hijab is something I have chosen to wear myself. It is important for me and my relationship to my religion,” says Missoum.
“My husband’s opinion about it is irrelevant,” she says and laughs again. “He supports me one hundred per cent, and has offered to look after the children when I am studying,” says Keltoum Hasnaoui Missoum. Read more here.
Okaaay, so maybe it was not the wisest idea to take her photo with those festive clothes, cuz now a lot of people that lack imagination probably think that this woman wants to run around in these clothes when working in the Police??? I do not understand why they get all fired up, and talk about how hijab does not fit the uniform? I’ve already posted an article on the police hijab uniform in the UK, it doesn’t seem like a big deal there, and though it’s funny looking (the uniform is funny looking anyway), it still looks 100% like the same uniform.
Not just that, people are posting comments on posts about this article writing stuff like; yeah, how are THEY gonna react if a Norwegian goes to Saudi Arabia, and refuses to wear nothing but short skirts to work. Well, moron, most Muslim people I know do not view the rules of Saudi Arabia as “the right thing” either. To force people to wear or not to wear something is very wrong the way I see it. When that is said, I think most offices are not very fond of miniskirts if it is in Norway, America or in the Middle East. And as far as I know, there is no religion encouraging the followers to wear mini skirts either. I’m sorry, Norwegian blog reader, your argument is very weak….
And then there are even more extreme people, predicting war between “them and us”. Clearly, such people are in need of psychiatrists. I’m sorry but those people must suffer from paranoia. Just because a Muslim woman wants to wear her headscarf to work, doesn’t mean that Muslims will take over the country and impose Sharia law on the people.
Fortunately I saw a lot of positive, supporting comments around also. That’s good. And comments where people disagree, but still keep the discussion and their arguments on a mature and objective level. That’s good too, we all have our own opinions and discussions are healthy as long as they stay objective.
What do you think?!?!