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by Kanishka Mukherji
'O Prophet! Tell thy wives and thy daughters, as well as all [other] believing women, that they should draw over themselves some of their outer garments [when in public]: this will be more conducive to their being recognized [as decent women] and not annoyed. But [withal,] God is indeed much-forgiving, a dispenser of grace! ' Surah Al-Azhab 33:59 "I am a 21st century girl, born in a well educated Muslim family. My parents brought me up with liberal views. After reaching puberty I was introduced to the abaya and niqab. I was given a choice to wear it or not to wear it. “Often misinterpreted as a shroud of oppression and a flag of fundamentalism, the burka/burqa, hijab and the niqab have been the centre of many controversies in the western world where it is regarded as a security risk. I wear a burka not because someone forced me to, but because I wanted to. I love how it is so easy to wear, I love how I can move freely in it, I love how people stare at me when I walk down a non Muslim neighborhood because I appear different. It gives me confidence and makes me feel one with my community which I am proud to be a part of. It doesn't chain me, it liberates me. I am still a girl like all of the others and I still do things which every other girl does.“Sadly enough in the 21st century when the world is echoing with shouts of protests for feminism, we are still often isolated in a crowd due to our choice, often misinterpreted as our compulsion." Bushra. Kolkata, India.