Magazine article Islamic Horizons

A Victory for Personal Choice

Magazine article Islamic Horizons

A Victory for Personal Choice

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Zunera Ishaq, the Ontario, Canada, woman who won court battles affirming her right to wear a niqab while taking the citizenship oath, finally took part in the ceremony on Oct. 9, 2015, at a government building in Mississauga, Ont., reported CBC News

"Thank you so much for honoring me here today," she said. She told CBC News, that it meant a lot for her to finally acquire citizenship: "It actually confirmed my belief in the justice system ... I was feeling pretty much that love which I already have within myself for Canada. And you know, the same feelings as I was feeling in the oath, that definitely this is the country to which I have to be loyal."

Ishaq, 29, who came from Pakistan in 2008 and gained permanent residency, endured a long legal fight to secure this right. On Oct. 5, 2015, the Federal Court of Appeals dismissed a motion by the federal government to suspend a recent ruling that supported her legal fight. …

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