new zealand muslims

It is not just an item of clothing it is a costume and a message

As I waited in line at the post office yesterday my eye was caught by a poster on the wall. At first?glance, it appeared to show a Muslim family. The mother in a head scarf and flowing robes, the father with tea towel like headgear and a thick beard and the child sleeping peacefully swaddled in fabric that only showed his face. Then it hit me. It was a nativity calendar and the family depicted was the first ever Christian family.

I then reflected on how Christians no longer dress in historical Arab clothing but that many Muslims still wear it even if they are not Arabs and were born in Indonesia or India or another non-Arab country.Even Muslim families where the men dress in western clothes they often grow unfashionable historical style beards and the women continue to wear the historical headscarves from hundreds of years ago. A clear example of this is these two New Zealand converts to Islam. The man grew?a beard and the woman covered herself with a head scarf.

Here in New Zealand just last week, the New Zealand herald ran an article featuring two New Zealand converts.

Here in New Zealand just last week, the New Zealand herald ran an article featuring two New Zealand converts.

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New Zealand muslims want to talk to John Key

John Key says he’ll “certainly” meet with Muslim leaders who want to talk to him about tackling potential terrorist threats.

The Federation of Islamic Associations says it hasn’t had a response to written requests to meet with Mr Key to discuss recent anti-terrorism legislation and the decision to send Kiwi troops to Iraq.

“I’ll certainly meet with them, and when I don’t know,” Mr Key told reporters today.

Mr Key says his office gets “hundreds and hundreds” of letters, requests and invitations and he doesn’t “control that process”.

“There’s an army of people who do. But I do see Muslim leaders when I go to things. I am going to a mosque pretty soon I’m aware of, but I’m more than happy to meet Muslim leaders.”

There is a very, very basic test for any Muslim in New Zealand. ? When something happens, are they a New Zealander first, or a Muslim first? ? For example, if a woman wearing a t-shirt and shorts is set upon by men, would a New Zealand Muslim policeman act for the woman, or agree with the men?

The test gets harder when a Muslim blows up a Jewish business. ?Will the Muslims leaders that want to meet with Key condemn the killing of Jews and call for the Muslim to be put through the New Zealand legal system? ? Read more »