Canada: Muslim lauches complaint against Quebec school for non-compliance to sharia

From the CBC

Niqab-wearing woman pursues Quebec college

The niqab is a style of headwear that covers the whole body,  leaving only the eyes exposed.The niqab is a style of headwear that covers the whole body, leaving only the eyes exposed. (CBC)

Quebec’s Human Rights Commission is studying a complaint from a permanent resident expelled from a French college class last year after she refused to remove her niqab veil.

The Egyptian woman was enrolled in a language class for new immigrants at the CÉGEP St-Laurent in northwest Montreal when she was asked to remove the religious clothing.

She claims school officials violated her freedom of religion by requesting she not wear her modest dress, which covers the entire face and body and leaves only the eyes exposed.

The school says it tried to accommodate her on several occasions. Officials say she was not wearing her niqab veil when she applied for the program, nor when she met with school representatives for the first time prior to the 10-month course.

But when she showed up for class, she was wearing a niqab because of the presence of male students.

The school said the teacher allowed her to do her oral tests alone in a separate room, and present her assignments with her back turned to the class.

The teacher told her it was important when learning a new language to be able to see others’ faces.

The woman’s demands created tension in the class, school officials said.

“For the teacher it was more difficult to hear her, and it was more difficult for all the people to understand what she has to say,” said the school’s director, Paul-Émile Bourque.

But one Montrealer who wears a niqab said she doesn’t understand how it could be a problem in the classroom.

“I went through four years of university in engineering and I graduated with distinction,” said Afifa Naz. “It didn’t affect my grades. I participated in projects with my group and really I had no problems.”

But the government is sticking by its guns.

A spokesman for the province’s immigration minister says the woman could have stayed in the French class had she agreed to remove her niqab for certain exercises.

She claims school officials violated her freedom of religion by requesting she not wear her modest dress, which covers the entire face and body and leaves only the eyes exposed.

The school says it tried to accommodate her on several occasions. Officials say she was not wearing her niqab veil when she applied for the program, nor when she met with school representatives for the first time prior to the 10-month course.

But when she showed up for class, she was wearing a niqab because of the presence of male students.

The school said the teacher allowed her to do her oral tests alone in a separate room, and present her assignments with her back turned to the class.

The teacher told her it was important when learning a new language to be able to see others’ faces.

The woman’s demands created tension in the class, school officials said.

“For the teacher it was more difficult to hear her, and it was more difficult for all the people to understand what she has to say,” said the school’s director, Paul-Émile Bourque.

But one Montrealer who wears a niqab said she doesn’t understand how it could be a problem in the classroom.

“I went through four years of university in engineering and I graduated with distinction,” said Afifa Naz. “It didn’t affect my grades. I participated in projects with my group and really I had no problems.”

But the government is sticking by its guns.

A spokesman for the province’s immigration minister says the woman could have stayed in the French class had she agreed to remove her niqab for certain exercises.

7 Replies to “Canada: Muslim lauches complaint against Quebec school for non-compliance to sharia”

  1. “I went through four years of university in engineering and I graduated with distinction,” said Afifa Naz. “It didn’t affect my grades. I participated in projects with my group and really I had no problems.” Hahaha. I’ll believe this when I see proof.

  2. Once again, the media sanitation department, known as the CBC, left out the part about her insisting males in her class “not face her.”

    http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/Niqab+dispute+sparks+debate+over+right+veil/2633767/Student+expelled+wearing+niqab+report/2631626/story.html

    This more than about cult, er, I mean religious rights. She wants the cegep to be complicit in anti-social behaviour.

    My father in law teaches English to immigrants, and when one of the Saudi women from the consulate refused to interact with the male members in the class, he had the consulate explain to her that is she didn’t cooperate, school was over. So, she cooperated.

    Muslima punks like this are only trying to bully their religion in our Confederation. Fortunately for use, there were no demopaths at the cegep to accommodate her.

  3. This is a classic case of litigation jihad. She showed up to enroll and met with school representatives without her niqab and only donned it when she found out there were men in the class. I’d like to see a counter suit issued against her in a civil court lodged by the men in the classroom charging her with discrimination against them. Forget the HRC; she would have to pay for her sharia nuisance in a civil trial.

    I’d also like to see the Canadian public counter sue in a class action suit for discrimination against our values again, in a civil court. How many times have we seen this? As an Egyptian, I wonder how many law suits she has launched against the University of Cairo which has banned niqabs. Hmmm.

  4. Niqaab is n0t mentioned in Koran and is not riligious clothing, even the headscarf is not allowed on universities in Turkey.

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