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Aisha Murray has heard it all about her face veil, but she maintains it is her choice alone
A woman who converted to Islam and chooses to wear a full face veil has challenged the misconceptions made about her choice.Aisha Murray grew up in Glasgow and became a Muslim 14 years ago. Seven years ago, she made the decision to wear the niqab.The outspoken Glaswegian has encountered many reactions to this choice, including that of former Home Secretary Boris Johnson.The teacher has not changed her mind about wearing the veil, but she is trying to change the minds of those who feel strongly against it.Boris Johnson's recent comments about the burka have re-ignited debate over the face veil.
The politician was accused of Islamophobia after saying Muslim women wearing burkas "look like letter boxes".After giving her response to Mr Johnson's comments, Aisha has made a film about her experiences for BBC's The Social trying to dispel the myths and inaccuracies of commonly-held misconceptions.But Aisha, a teacher, says his comments meant nothing to her.
'Morals and manners'
She told BBC Radio Scotland's Mornings with Kirsty Wark: "I wasn't personally offended."I am a very confident hard-working mother, student, teacher and content creator and it will take a lot more than a very old and dated postbox joke to affect me.
Boris Johnson refused to apologise over his comments
"What I was concerned about was how some vulnerable people would interpret it. People who have misconceptions about Muslim people, or perhaps a girl who wants to stop wearing the scarf or the face veil. Comments like these have a negative effect on communities."Aisha wears the veil for herself, and herself alone: "I wear the niqab for many reasons. I don't believe it's mandatory for women to wear it. For me it is an act of worship. It helps me be more conscious so that my actions are always displaying the best of my morals and manners.Islam
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