I came across this story from a myriad of sources like: Islam Online and The Independent. To summarize the ‘hype’, basically a Muslim woman who wears a Niqab, will deliver the alternate Christmas message that ordinarily airs at the same time as Queen Elizabeth’s broadcast. This woman Khadija, was picked after a month long search for being “articulate, engaging, and interesting.” (Coutersy Daily Mail) Personally, I believe the words “engaging” and “interesting” are a little tame of a description .
Khadija, a Zimbabwean-born Muslim, has worn the niqab for over 10 years, and in her 10 minute speach will tackle many burning issues in the UK and abroad. According to a UK Channel 4 spokesman these include:
“The right to wear religious symbols from niqabs to crucifixes, remarks made by the Pope about Islam and the publication of Danish cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed have all generated a debate about multiculturalism, secularism, and integration”
Personally, I hope that the message is one of inspiration that will garner the attention of mulitudes to produce a feeling and yearning for and of unity across religious, ethnic, and cultural lines. However, Im a “little” troubled that they picked a Muslim woman that wears niqab, I hope that fact doesnt distract from the message do to the “sensationalism” the speaker obviously attracted.