More and more countries are expressing strong point of views against wearing Islamic clothes in the Western world. Certain countries have even gone to the extent of banning them completely from the country. According to their views, Islamic clothes are a symbol of terrorism and extremism and they are not willing to promote either of these by allowing people to wear Islamic clothes according to their free will. Initially it was France and then others followed suit with the latest turmoil in Belgium going on about this issue.
Although every person and nation has a right to their views, but personally I feel that labeling a certain way of dressing as being linked to fundamentalism and extremism in Islam based on a few independent instances is not completely fair to the Muslim world. Wearing Islamic clothes does not automatically turn you into an individual who is linked to the acts of extremism being executed. In fact these people are not even following the true path of Islam which preaches love and peace.
Islamic clothes are only a symbol of modesty and decency. Just as certain people choose to wear long skirts and pants and not reveal their skin in miniskirts and Capri pants, similarly, Muslim women choose to wear loose fitting and flowing abayas and jilbabs. They cover their heads with Hijabs similar to Western women who wear hats and scarves.
There is nothing about wearing Islamic clothes that can be tied to extremism. Women and men who opt to wear abayas, jilbabs, Hijabs and jubbas in their lives are doing so to protect their honour and please their Allah. They are following the Sunnah of their beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW), who was the ambassador or peace and forgiveness. He was a gentle being who spread the religion Islam not by mite but by his own great deeds and actions. His teachings were of compassion and kindness and not of violence and cruelty. Therefore, the religion Islam and its way of life in no way preach this type of radicalism that is being associated with Islamic clothing articles today.
The ban should not be allowed as today the world is full of free will beings, and just as other religions and sects are allowed to wear clothes according to their own wishes, Muslims should have the choice of choosing to wear Islamic clothes openly and freely without the fear of being discriminated against by others. Clothing articles can in no way turn a persons personality into either liberal or fundamental.