By Indlieb Farazi
A French parliamentary panel has recommended that face-covering veils such as the burqa or the niqab be banned in public institutions such as hospitals and schools.
The decision is the result of a six-month inquiry into full veils, after Nicolas Sarkozy, the French President, said they were ‘not welcome’ in the country.
Here the issue is debated by Hadiah Ahmed, a niqab-wearing Muslim, and Shaaz Mahboob, vice-chair of British Muslims for Secular Democracy.
‘The niqab is part of my identity’
Hadiah Ahmed, 30, is a full-time mother of two in Manchester. She previously worked as an interior designer in London. She says:
‘I am a Muslim woman, born and bred in Yorkshire. I studied in English schools, furthered my education to degree level and have worked with celebrity faces.
‘I changed my whole lifestyle for my religion as it was the way I wanted to live.