Hijab first in British parliament

By AFP
Published: November 24, 2012

Youth Parliament member elected to represent views of young people in their area to government. PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON: A 16-year-old girl is thought to have become the first person to speak from the House of Commons despatch box in the British parliament while wearing a hijab, The Times newspaper reported Saturday.

Sumaiya Karim a biology, chemistry, history and maths student, was speaking as the Youth Parliament held its annual session in the lower house’s chamber, where Britain’s MPs gather.

Karim, from Wokingham, west of London, said: “Wearing the hijab was my own choice.”

British ministers and opposition shadow ministers stand at the despatch boxes when they address the Commons.

The democratically elected Youth Parliament members, aged 11 to 18, are elected to represent the views of young people in their area to government.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • Clear Black Bag
    Nov 24, 2012 - 12:12PM

    Islam is not the religion of terror but is the religion of peace but unfortunately the non-muslims and non-muslim world always see that handful muslims who misuse the teachings of Islam for their negative designs/objectives and don’t read the true and exact teachings of Quran and Sunnah and in this regard Western media plays the most important role to defame and deface the Islam and peaceful muslims throughout the world to fulfill its negative objectives and get more and more money…..

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  • GT
    Nov 24, 2012 - 2:19PM

    @Clear Black Bag Oh really Today in Pakistan Shias are killed. Muslims killing Muslims and not to mention how non muslims are treated in Muslim majority countries. I rest my case

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  • Samar-Y
    Nov 24, 2012 - 3:34PM

    So what?

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  • Khald
    Nov 24, 2012 - 4:31PM

    @Samar-Y:

    Now that's what I call a "bhindian attitude" .
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  • ALI
    Nov 24, 2012 - 4:54PM

    if a UK citizen wear a hijab and this news stop terrorism in pak i welcome this news

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  • Lala Gee
    Nov 24, 2012 - 6:01PM

    @GT:

    “Muslims killing Muslims and not to mention how non muslims are treated in Muslim majority countries.”

    That is why the whole Middle East is flooded by Indians, because they are not treated well? Or, the UAE, Gulf, KSA, Malaysia, and Indonesia are not Muslim countries? The fault is not of Muslim countries, but of the brainwashed dwarf and hateful minds of Indian Hindus.

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  • Jihad Bil-Qalam
    Nov 24, 2012 - 6:32PM

    Wearing jijab is fine as long as you do not suggest that you are a better muslim than the ones who do not wear hijab!

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  • nomi
    Nov 24, 2012 - 9:56PM

    Lala gee

    I dont care about india, but how many indians have tried to blow themselves up in foreign countries? How many of them want to impose hindutva in sweden, belgium and norway.

    I have witnessed the hate towards Pakistani muslims in European countries among common people. Sharia4belgium, Sharia4uk, Sharia4norway, Sharia4germany – this is what we are identified with.

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  • Nov 24, 2012 - 10:34PM

    @nomi:
    Don’t know which part of Europe you were in, I always got respect and love!

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  • Nov 24, 2012 - 10:35PM

    @nomi:
    Don’t know which part of Europe you were in, I always got love and respect!

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  • JOHN
    Nov 24, 2012 - 10:55PM

    @Usman Malik: because you identify yourself as a Indian or arab muslim…muslims get respect in europe but for a pakistani respect is earned individualiy

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  • Lala Gee
    Nov 24, 2012 - 10:59PM

    @nomi:

    “Lala gee: Sharia4belgium, Sharia4uk, Sharia4norway, Sharia4germany – this is what we are identified with.”

    So you think less than 1% minority also represents the other 99% of Pakistanis. Does the “White Movement” sound familiar, if you do not have the first hand experience yet. Ever you read such kind of self bashing in European newspapers.

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  • Nov 25, 2012 - 12:54AM

    Reading your views is intresting I must say I have nothing hateful to say but I would like to share my opinion in this topic.
    Westerners are blamed all the time for hating muslims e.c.t e.c.t but in these days can you really blame them as to what is happening in pakistain pakistanis killing hazara People but Pakistanis are Muslim and the hazara community are Muslim.
    Then you are to say westerners are haters and raciest.
    Westerners are acceptfull of the future of Multi coultre but it is that massive hand full of ignorant and rude muslims that we pass In the street that look at you like you are scum and to that same subject the ones who demand to be served like kings and queens but not even a thank you is given as gratitude now can you understand why westerners are fustrated
    This comes from a woman born in the UK and happily married to a lovely hazara man from Pakistan who fled his community after his family was toutured because they was hazard!

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  • Clear Black Bag
    Nov 26, 2012 - 10:09AM

    “@GT:Oh really Today in Pakistan Shias are killed. Muslims killing Muslims and not to mention how non muslims are treated in Muslim majority countries”
    This has been your greatest ever dilemma and tragedy that always see the muslims instead of reading Islam and especially that muslims who misuse the teachings of Islam for their own negative designs/purposes and portray the whole muslims the terrorists and this is harsh reality you are denying that no any one belonging to any religions is prefect and acting upon his/her religious teachings completely,truly and practically even nonmuslims of the world.I recommend/suggest for you that you read Islam thoroughly and exactly instead of seeing the muslims and then decide what is rightful and what is wrongful and then give opinions about Islam?????

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