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August 23rd, 2010
10:34 AM ET

Muslim women who wear the hijab and niqab explain their choice

Photos by CNN's Angie Lovelace, text by Soraya Salam of CNN's In America unit:

When you look at Aliya Naim or Nadia, they don’t want you to see objects of beauty, nor do they want you to see women constrained by societal standards.

Instead, they say, they want to be judged by their intellect and personalities. They say it’s the reason they don’t show too much more.

Both Muslim American women cover themselves from head to toe in adherence to their faith’s promotion of modesty and humility. Like most Muslim women who cover, they do so only in front of men who are not in their immediate family.

Aliya, a 20-year-old student at the University of Georgia, wears the hijab, or headscarf. She also wears clothes that cover everything but her face and hands, attire that is also referred to as hijab.

“You often see in many societies women being objectified because of how they look or being disrespected,” she says. The hijab, she says, helps “force people who may be otherwise unwilling to take the focus off of our physical appearance.”

Nadia (who asked that her last name not be given) similarly covers most of her body and goes a step further by covering her face—excluding her eyes—with a piece of fabric known as the niqab.

The 25-year-old mother of two doesn’t believe it’s a practice that Islam mandates, but that it draws her closer to God.

“When you love someone, you want to be more pleasing to them,” she says. “…You want to do anything you can and constantly talk to them and know more about them, and that’s how I feel also with my creator.”

While the number of Muslim women in America who wear the hijab or niqab has never been recorded, some suggest that there was an increase in Muslim women covering after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, as many wished to express their identities in the wake of anti-Muslim sentiment.

After the attacks, says Georgetown University Professor Yvonne Haddad, more Muslim women became spokespeople for their religion.

“The women have sort of become the banner of Islam,” said Haddad, co-author of Muslim Women in America: The Challenge of Islamic Identity Today. “The little scarf is saying, ‘I am Muslim, and I have a presence here.’”
Aliya, whose Muslim parents taught her that covering was part of Islam, began wearing the hijab when she was 12. But she says it was her choice.

She says it protected her from focusing intensely on her weight and appearance, as her friends did. At her small all-girls middle and high schools, her peers didn’t give her much trouble about it.

It was also shortly after the attacks on 9/11 and she, too, felt a need to express her identity and combat Muslim stereotypes.

Nadia, on the other hand, did not cover for most of her life. She said she first started wearing the hijab in college after studying Islam more closely and growing closer to her faith.

She added the niqab to her wardrobe after about a year. She says the decision came after a conversation with other Muslim women who covered.

“When I actually got to know them [the women], I understood that they were intelligent people still and they were still full of life and had their own character,” she said. “It didn’t take away from them. But what it added to them, to me, was this increased love for the creator.”

She says that, contrary to the common misconception of Muslim women being forced to cover, her husband, who’d converted to Islam, had nothing to do with her decision. In fact, it came as a surprise to him, though he supported the move.

Bans and backlash

Last month, France’s lower house of parliament passed a ban on wearing any veils that cover the face, including the niqab and burqa—a similar covering that additionally conceals the eyes with a mesh panel—in public.
A short time later, Syria’s minister of higher education issued a ruling outlawing the niqab in universities across the Muslim-majority country.

There have also been bans on the hijab over the years.

Turkey first banned the headscarf in universities and public buildings in the 1980’s, however the law was not strictly enforced until 1997.

In 2004, France banned religious symbols, including the wearing of the hijab, in public primary and secondary schools.

Although the United States is not expected to follow suit, Nadia feels she has already begun to experience the effects of anti-covering sentiment spreading in her home of Lilburn, Georgia.

She says she has been denied entry into grocery stores and has been verbally harassed by strangers. Once, when she was at a gas station, she says a man a man pulled off of the road, swerved his truck in front of her pump, and took a close-up picture.

She watched him speed back out of the station and saw a large sign on the side of his vehicle advertising a website called trickledownterrorism.com. “I was so disturbed and I cried, and I couldn’t understand it. I just felt like, why would he do this?” Nadia said.

She often encounters people who tell her that her way of dress is something that Americans don’t do, that she should leave her foreign beliefs behind. As an African-American born and raised in the United States, such statements are often difficult to hear.

“I’ve already told someone in a store, ‘I’m from the nation’s capital, lady. I’m sorry to put it that way but please stop telling me we don’t do that here because I’m from here, and I am here. My family’s raised here, I live here...You might not do it here, but I do it here.’”

While Aliya still experiences frequent stares and often feels misunderstood by the general public, she says that wearing the hijab has also brought positive experiences, including opportunities to explain her religion and answer humorous questions.

“I think the one that always makes me laugh is, ‘Do you shower in that?’ And I always say to that, well, do you shower in your clothes? There’s your answer.”

Once, a young boy at a national park approached her and told her that she looked like the character Padme from Star Wars. She still laughs about that one.

Misconceptions

Aliya and Nadia feel that the biggest hardship they face is others’ assumptions about their beliefs.

Both say that the most common misconception about Muslim women is that they are oppressed, and that their religion views them as inferior to men.
For instance, French President Nicolas Sarkozy referred to the burqa as “a sign of subservience… a sign of lowering,” earlier this year.

Nadia disagrees.

“I’ve never seen anybody interview a Muslim woman and ask her if she’s oppressed. Or if she feels oppressed for wearing what she wears, or if she’s oppressed in her home,” said Nadia.

Aliya says that if women are oppressed, it is the fault of people and culture, not Islam.

“There’s a saying by the Prophet Mohammed, peace be upon him, that women are the equal halves of men. And from what I’ve read and studied about Islam, that’s very much how Islam views women,” she added.

Aliya says that she has never met an American Muslim woman who was forced to wear the hijab or niqab.

“I actually know more people who wear it against their parents’ wishes than unwillingly in compliance with their wishes,” she said.

To be sure, there are countries that require women to cover. Iranian law says women have to wear a hijab in public, while Saudi Arabia requires Muslim women to wear the hijab.

Moving forward

Despite some hurtful experiences in public, Nadia is content with her decision to wear niqab and says she feels a distinct difference in how men respect her now as opposed to her earlier days of low-cut shirts and formfitting pants.

Aliya also feels a joy in wearing the hijab, she says.

“And I think that definitely what’s in the heart is most important,” she said. “And your outward appearance should be a manifestation of that, not something to disguise what you really think or feel or believe.”

- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. John

    Body covered? Fine. But, face covered? How would someone do an ID check? We have so many places where photo ID is required. How are those people suppose to check if the face is covered?

    August 23, 2010 at 2:38 pm |
    • Anavay

      They will just refuse to take off their headscarf and then sue anybody who denied them access.

      August 23, 2010 at 2:40 pm |
    • nina

      for a ID check they would uncover the face, since they agree its not mandatory. or they would request the ID check would be done by a female,whom they do not have to cover from at all

      August 24, 2010 at 2:55 pm |
  2. Daniel

    Regardless of your faith, modesty by choice is something to admire.

    August 23, 2010 at 2:38 pm |
    • Jane

      Do you see the men being modest? Do men cover their faces and heads? No. And why is that? Because women are evil, and lesser than men in their religion. Women cover up, to cover up the evil that women are, so the men are not tempted by them. How can this be a good way to view things?

      Have you heard of the many Muslim countries that stone the woman who is raped, because it must have been her fault for tempting the man? So very scary that this slowly is becoming acceptable thinking in North America. So scary.

      August 23, 2010 at 2:49 pm |
  3. Walker Rowe

    It's not true that opposition to the hijab is because of "hate". Those who say so are attempting to claim the moral high ground using concepts–equality of peoples, human rights–which originated in Western thought. We oppose the hijab because it represents an intrusion into our Western culture by those who religion and culture would have us roll back the Reformation and return us to the days when the church was a place to be feared. The Middle East used to be a place or learning and literature before they fell back into the Dark Ages where persons are punished by stoning and reason has given way to fanaticism. If this student at Georgia Tech cannot understand that then certainly she is not learning anything from her Western liberal education.

    August 23, 2010 at 2:37 pm |
  4. H

    My problem here, is not with the covering itself, or the fact that women want to wear it for their religion (I'm not a religious person by any means, but I have no problem with others expressing their faith by dressing a certain way).

    What the problem is, is that only women wear it, and the men do not have to cover themselves. If people would educate themselves more on what the history of the religion, correction, all of the monotheistic religions, they would understand that many rules set forth in the bible were created there to keep women subservient to men. Go read the bible, there are instructions on rules for claiming women from conquered nations, that women can marry only one man but a man can have many wives, and that if a WOMAN, NOT A MAN, is caught cheating, they can be stoned to death. This is just another example of religion being used to oppress people.

    The sad thing is these women are so brainwashed they don't even realize it. They think they are being MODEST, while their husband walks around with a visible face. It is accepted that men can show their face and women can not. that is not being modest, that is being belittled.

    We don't allow polygamy in the U.S. anymore, and we also don't allow people being stoned to death for eating shrimp, wearing linen and wool, and being gay (all accurate punishments in the bible) because it is recognized as outdated and silly. So recognize these tools of oppression for what they are

    August 23, 2010 at 2:37 pm |
    • Colin in Florida

      Excellent posting.

      August 23, 2010 at 2:42 pm |
    • Jane

      Do not compare Islam to Christianity. Especially if you have not read either book. Read the New Testament of the Bible, and you will see, because of Jesus dying for our sins, the punishments in the Old Testament are no longer needed. We are forgiven for our sins. Read the book "Unveiling Islam" and you will learn a lot.

      How many Christians, or Christian countries do you know that stone people? None. Because we actually read the Bible, and understand grace and forgiveness of our sins.

      August 23, 2010 at 2:55 pm |
    • ShowyourFace

      Jane, Please read the book of Deuteronomy. Enlighten yourself.and realize that many "christians" follow some of those same teachings to this day. While I realize islam is centuries behind all other religions, you cannot dispute that he is correct stating that many barbatric punishments and ludicrous rules are documented in the bible. Having read it I am one to take it with a grain of salt.

      August 23, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
    • Ryan

      Jane- you do know that during the Salem Witchcraft Trials it was common to kill a "guilty" person by stoning them? Yeah it doesnt happen anymore, but thats because free countries have laws that protect us from this crap. And it wasnt Christianity or any other religion that helped bring about that change.
      Get a clue. Get up and try to learn something new. Moron.

      August 23, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  5. shaads

    the mystique of the veil, it seems, will forever be interpreted and misconstrued by westerners and fellow muslims alike. even within the muslim realm, the veil represents different things. many other religions and cultures show their faith, their beliefs by altering some form of their clothing, even sometimes covering their heads. its just another way to represent yourself and who you believe yourself to be, and as long as there is no many hiding under any more burkas, i think that for whatever reason a woman CHOOSES to cover, she should be respected. I wrote a blog about my time in Egypt and a study of why women there choose to veil: http://shaads.wordpress.com/2010/06/23/to-veil-or-not-to-veil/ each one of them had a different reason, which shows that it's a choice for many, and their reasons vary, just like their individuality.

    August 23, 2010 at 2:36 pm |
    • DJ

      and what is the rationale in Yemen and Saudi Arabia for not letting women drive, vote, get an education, leave the home without a male escort and stoning them to death for talking to another man? Is that part of the mystery?

      August 23, 2010 at 3:47 pm |
    • One Whose Name Means Beloved of God

      Most of the veiled women where I live are Mennonites. Not Muslim.

      You are correct that people jump to lots of conclusions about who these veiled women are and what they believe.

      August 24, 2010 at 3:42 pm |
  6. 5Davie

    9/11 was not investigated. Investigate 9/11 yourself: youtube.com/watch?v=O-YqET96OO0

    August 23, 2010 at 2:36 pm |
  7. justjanny

    Post 9/11, things have changed in the USA. I want to see folk and it's not about religion. It's about terrorists and face it, al quaida et.al. are using women and children as human bombers. I have family members who are muslim and I see no need for them to completely cover up in this dangerous world. You are also putting yourselves at risk for would-be "American" heros who are mis-guided and led by Satan.

    August 23, 2010 at 2:36 pm |
  8. Ricardo

    I'm getting a puppy!!! 🙂

    August 23, 2010 at 2:36 pm |
    • Hey Ricardo

      Just make sure you don't cover your puppy in a hijab and name it Mohammed or Osama bin Laden.

      August 23, 2010 at 3:17 pm |
  9. PKG

    This is not correct – The most disrespected women in the world are muslim women. Covering the face , hijab and niquab are all just some orthodox tradition which are being followed for wrong reasons. These poor muslim women are treated very poorly in their society by their own families and husbands.

    August 23, 2010 at 2:36 pm |
    • rod

      Some, but not all. Let's not categorize all muslims by the acts of some! That happens in all religions.

      August 23, 2010 at 2:43 pm |
  10. rad666

    Like most religions it is all about the control, plain and simple. You have much better control over a person when you tell them what to wear, what to eat,how to act, how many times a day to pray.

    August 23, 2010 at 2:35 pm |
    • Ryan

      WORD. Its rather simple to understand.

      August 23, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  11. wetwilly

    She can wear a rooster on top of her head to show respect to her god for all I care – but in America she needs to show her face.

    August 23, 2010 at 2:34 pm |
  12. Kimberlee W

    Gee, "Enough is enough", perhaps you'd like to put a sign at Disney's door that also states "No admittance to those wearing yamulkes, rosary or crosses" as well.
    Jerk.

    August 23, 2010 at 2:34 pm |
  13. Ven

    Why is she wasting more time.....She could have covered those kids too under hijab/niqab. It's funny how muslims in US think they know a lot about Islam, when women in arab countries are trying to get away with it. What is there to know about Islam...It is created by a brutal murderer who killed thousands, married kids, who drunk & smoked and when he got tired of everything he started to write this book and ordered people to live this way. It's hard to comprehend how muslims literally interpret Quran and follow it word for word.

    One only needs to take a glimpse at quran and it will run shivers through your spine. Here are a few examples.
    1. All non believers are infidels and they go to Hell.
    2. There is only one god and he is allah.
    3. The ultimate aim of Islam is that every muslim should do his bit to bring the entire world under Islam and make it follow Islamic laws. (Ex: Sharia)
    4. Women should always cover herself and subservient to men. A women who don't or commits adultery is a tainted woman and should be stoned to death. (you see this daily in arab world). But at the same time a man can have any number of wives. It's a joke.
    5. When a muslim is under a non believers rule, he should sneak in for survival, protect himself and then gain ground and finally strive for the islamization of the same land he lives in even if it calls for vilent jihad. (Ex: Imam Rauf of ground zero mosque)
    6. Symbolism is very important in Islam. Build the symbols of Islam at the place conquered by muslims. (Ex: Ground Zero mosque)
    7. The loyalty of a muslim should be to his religion first and then to the land he lives in next. In other words a muslim should look out for his brotherhood first and then worry about his country next. (Ex: Fort hood massacre )

    Why do muslim women who wear hijab/niqab/burqa think they are modest and the rest have no morals or their character is tainted? This is bound out of insecurity. Muslims have no achievement in the modern era and this is their way of hiding their insecurities. "Oh the west had brought democracy, liberty, science & technology, medicine & Internet but guess what we have the morality."

    So, the media should stop playing this false testimonies from these so called moral muslims who don't clearly understand what their religion is made of and start teaching the rest of the world on how to live. Get a life.

    August 23, 2010 at 2:34 pm |
    • sYRa

      The Quran is the only Holy Text which has not been altered and changed by the whims of people throughout our history, so I wonder what the other major religion's Holy texts looked like before they had to change them.

      August 23, 2010 at 3:01 pm |
    • RZ

      Firstly, I can tell your a liar. I challenge to give references to the child bridessss (plural) from authentic sources please include page numbers. And also I challenge you that he murdered with his own hands thousands of people. You will never be able to bring it.

      As far as your other arguments:

      1. All non believers are infidels and they go to Hell.
      Res: Keeping salvation exclusively to its own faith is shared by Christians and jews as well. I've been told by Christians that I'm going to hell because I don't believe in Jesus as my lord and saviour!

      2. There is only one god and he is allah.
      Res: This is not much different than the 1st commandment so I see no point here especially since Arabic Christians call God "Allah."

      3. The ultimate aim of Islam is that every muslim should do his bit to bring the entire world under Islam and make it follow Islamic laws. (Ex: Sharia)
      Res: I don't see any difference in DESIRING Islam for the world than the Christian missionaries sent out to do a similar task. Hasn't any non-Christian ever debated with those missionaries who knock on their doors? These missionaries think its a duty to bring the world towards Christ.

      4. Women should always cover herself and subservient to men. A women who don't or commits adultery is a tainted woman and should be stoned to death. (you see this daily in arab world). But at the same time a man can have any number of wives. It's a joke.
      Res: Number of wives for men is 4 first of all MAX. Give a references where it is an unlimited number. Stoning is prescribed for both men and women adulterers and there are conditions, such as, four witnesses who see it happen. Yes in some places this is abused and they stone people who don't qualify to be stoned due to lack of four witnesses and such. And women and men both who have certain levels of modest that must be met. The man, in Islam, is responsible for the woman both financially and emotianally so in return it is asked that she respect him how is that slavery?

      5. When a muslim is under a non believers rule, he should sneak in for survival, protect himself and then gain ground and finally strive for the islamization of the same land he lives in even if it calls for vilent jihad. (Ex: Imam Rauf of ground zero mosque)
      Res: I don't have time for conspiracy theories. I assume you believe Obama is a Muslim and not born in the U.S. as well?

      6. Symbolism is very important in Islam. Build the symbols of Islam at the place conquered by muslims. (Ex: Ground Zero mosque)
      Res: Same response as above. This wouldn't be different than those corsses that were built by Christians when the TOOK the land from Native Americans. However, this is ridiculous and plain not true. And there already IS a mosque in groud zero and has BEEN THERE since even before the twin towers Einstein!

      7. The loyalty of a muslim should be to his religion first and then to the land he lives in next. In other words a muslim should look out for his brotherhood first and then worry about his country next. (Ex: Fort hood massacre )
      Res: Yes faith is before anything else for Muslim. How is this different than a devout Christian saying "I am a Christian before anything else." And Muslims living in the western society understand that when it involves violence within a nation which lets you practice your faith freely and gives you rights and which you are entitled to follow laws (i.e. don't cause violence against others) due to the type of visa or residency you have signed, then it is clear to us most Muslims that we cannot hurt innocent people in this country.

      Thank you!

      August 23, 2010 at 3:07 pm |
    • DUDE

      why are you lying on the quran? it's one thing to take issue with it but another to blatently lie about it's contents! i was reading the second surah of the quran last night with my wife surah al bachkara which means the cow between iyats 51 and 100 and we read, that amoung the residents of heaven would be jews, christians and sabiens and that whomsoever believeth in God and the day of judgment shall enter paradise. also in surah kafarun which means disbelievers and is one of the last ones in the quran it states i do not believe as you believe nor do you believe as i believe to you be your way and to me mine. now i challenge anyone reading this to look this up and tell me who is telling the truth!

      August 23, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
    • Ryan

      Hey Ven, you do realize that Christianity is also guilty of many of the things you have checked? Im guessing you dont see that.

      August 23, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
    • DUDE

      none of that crap you wrote there is in the quran. you are a stinking bold faced liar.

      August 24, 2010 at 1:37 am |
  14. Hughes

    I don't like anyone flaunting their faith with any sort of garb. Whether it be a head scarf, burqa, turban, bonnet, Christian cross necklace or Star of David... keep your faith to yourself and out of my face.

    August 23, 2010 at 2:34 pm |
    • non muslim

      I agree with the one woman who chooses to show her face. Just like we DONT allow men to marry multiple wives in the US, we should not allow Muslims to wear a scarf that covers their faces. PERIOD.. THATS MY OPINION......and I am sticking to it...

      August 24, 2010 at 12:26 am |
  15. SB

    I don't know what is sexy about hair. Doesn't men have sexy hair too?
    I grew up in a Muslim community, but I'm not Muslim, but covering your hair is just something that doesn't make sense to me.
    Islam is biased to men, and men always have the upper authority, I have had long debates with Muslims, and there is no way that they can deny that, and thus, "Allah" is not fair, and therefore I don't know why people follow a god who is not fair.
    Look at Muslim countries they are all primitive and lack the sense of the development that is occurring in the world. In fact, it's just like something that doesn't concern them. They are more concerned about hate, wars, paradise, becoming a martyr and then the 72 virgins.
    I've never seen a Muslim who loved a non-Muslim, they don't even love themselves. Look at Muslims in USA, they always avoid each other. Because hate is what they grew up on.

    Wake up!

    August 23, 2010 at 2:34 pm |
  16. Tolerant

    The way one dresses does not force their beliefs onto you.

    If school children or women of Islam in the US want to wear the hijab or niqab, let them. Who are we to judge?

    August 23, 2010 at 2:34 pm |
    • ShowyourFace

      Tolerant, actually we are free to judge all we want to. It's a free country. As a female who has visited a few middle eastern countries in my day I can assure you that this is a form of supression. Being surrounded by faceless blobs is unnerving ot say the least especially when they won't speak to you or look at you. The ones who have the slit in the veil are the lucky ones I guess. In the real world we talk to our fellow humans and judge their expressions, reactions and body language to communicate to each other and this gives a greater understanding and depth ot our conversations. While they may wear these outfits if they want to, please don't complain when the vast majority shows a dislike for your get-up. Secondly no matter what religion you belong to, for none other than identification purposes, please show your face. If you cannot comply then perhaps the home is truly where these women belong. PS... don't get me started on how many times I have seen women in 100 degree weather sweating profusely while the husbands are in shorts and tank tops. If it quacks like a duck.....

      August 23, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
    • goodgirl

      I agree. My children went to a catholic school and were forced to wear a catholic uniform because it made everyone equal and they could concentrate on their studies. Just leave people alone and live your own life folks.

      August 23, 2010 at 7:28 pm |
  17. Hard of hearing man

    I am a hard of hearing man who must lip read in order to understand what people are saying to me. If I encounter a face covering Muslim woman, I will not be able to understand her. That's not pleasing to God. The face covering mask has to go, or my rights as a disabled person will be denied.

    August 23, 2010 at 2:33 pm |
    • Kana

      How often does this occur to you?

      August 23, 2010 at 3:43 pm |
    • caljellygrl

      you should invest in some sign-language classses. problem solved.

      August 24, 2010 at 4:16 am |
    • One Whose Name Means Beloved of God

      @caljellygirl

      Unless the woman wearing the facial covering is fluent in sign language–that gets you no where. That would be like wearing a brighter shirt so the blind person can see you. Der....

      August 24, 2010 at 3:38 pm |
  18. MrSatyre

    One more example of sheep being lead to the slaughter. These women will convince themselves of anything to make the unalterable truth that they are property more bearable.

    August 23, 2010 at 2:33 pm |
  19. pink hijab

    Assalam Alaikum, you must feel so proud of your daughter , MashaAllah. May Allah make it always easy on all hijab wearing muslimahs for all the misconceptions we might face often. Ameen.

    August 23, 2010 at 2:32 pm |
  20. Correction

    Aliya says: “There’s a saying by the Prophet Mohammed, peace be upon him, that women are the equal halves of men. And from what I’ve read and studied about Islam, that’s very much how Islam views women,” she added.

    The real Quran meaning is that a woman is worth one-half a man, which to me sounds very different than saying "equal halves of men". This seems very clearly written in a number of places.
    It takes two women to equal one man.
    2:282: "Call two witness from among your men ... And if two men be not at hand, then a man and two women."

    And, males are to inherit twice that of females.
    4:11 "Allah chargeth you concerning (the provision for) your children: to the male the equivalent of the portion of two females, and if there be women more than two, then theirs is two-thirds of the inheritance, and if there be one (only) then the half."
    4:176 "If a man die childless and he have a sister, hers is half the heritage, and he would have inherited from her had she died childless. And if there be two sisters, then theirs are two-thirds of the heritage, and if they be brethren, men and women, unto the male is the equivalent of the share of two females."

    And, love this one. Wives go to hell if their husbands are going there.
    37:22-23 (And it is said unto the angels): Assemble those who did wrong, together with their wives and what they used to worship instead of Allah, and lead them to the path to hell;

    August 23, 2010 at 2:32 pm |
    • Carmen

      yawn - zzzzzzzzzzzz

      August 23, 2010 at 2:38 pm |
    • VA

      No dufus, the last one says that they will both be asked what they worshipped together instead of God.

      August 23, 2010 at 3:08 pm |
    • xx

      You misunderstand. That's not because of worth. In the end they get the same money, maybe the woman a bit more. You see, the man is REQUIRED to provide for his family. That can include his sister. The girl isn't REQUIRED to but she can if she wants. So the man's money isn't for himself.

      August 23, 2010 at 3:31 pm |
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