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Aziz Allilou
Aziz Allilou is a student at the Higher Institute of Media and Communications (ISIC) and Morocco World News correspondent in Rabat.
Belgium: Moroccan Woman Fired for Praying at Work, Speaking Arabic

Rabat- Habiba Zerouani, a Moroccan living in Belgium, says she was unfairly dismissed for praying at her workplace and speaking Arabic.

After spending fourteen years at the Saint-Josse Public Centre for Social Work (CPAS) in Belgium, 56-year-old Habiba Zerouani was fired after her employer accused her of speaking Arabic and praying during working hours.

Talking to the Belgian newspaper Le Soir, Habiba said that she had been working for fourteen years at the company, and  was promoted to the “Head of Service” in charge of technicians. “Now, I found myself forced into so-called “compulsory retirement,” she told the paper.

According to Habiba, she was dismissed after her employer reproached her “for praying at work, banning senior citizens from drinking alcohol, insulting my colleagues, and speaking Arabic with some colleagues.”  Habiba strongly denied these charges, explaining ”all of this is completely untrue!”.

Zeouni explained, “It’s true that I am a Muslim. But I dress like you, I don’t wear headscarves. I practice my religion in my private life, not in the workplace.”

Habiba confirmed speaking Arabic with some Moroccan colleagues who can’t speak French; “Some cleaners hardly speak French, how do you think I would communicate with them?” she says.

To Habiba, the dismissal is unfair. “Prayer does not take more than five minutes;  Not more time for some to smoke a cigarette, but But I‘ve never done simply because it is forbidden!  Habiba Zerouani, mother of a 21-year-old daughter and a son aged 22, relies on her job as her sole source of income. Now, she is wondering “who will employ a 56-year-old woman?”

On the other hand, a CPAS official told Le Soir that Habiba Zerouani was dismissed for “speaking Arabic with some senior citizens and her behavior with her colleagues.

Edited by Jessica Rohan

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  • sahrane

    Good for her she is not in a mosque she want to use militant religion so she should accept the consequences, do Christians , Jewish , Buddhists….,pray at work ?the answer is no, so why these parasites insist on going against everybody and make it hard for other immigrants specially arabo-muslims,well now she should ask her parasite(imam) to find her another job ,and usually when somebody use religion as an excuse for their firing ,it’s something else ,hopefully she will be expelled to morocco where she can pray as much as she want she will have as much time as she like, good riddance.

    • Youssef

      With a hate filled post like that I think we all have a right to question your fragile mental state. You really need to go and visit a psychologist.

      • sahrane

        Cheap shots are easy for slaves than debates, as of the mental health states, and self-esteem you’re ill equipped to give a lesson or a judgment to anybody let alone to myself, free yourself from slavery first before, opening your clapper, have a nice day in your echo chamber.

  • Khalid ibn Walid

    Sahrane , are you depressed? You show many signs that there is something wrong with you. Are you from Morocco ? Are you a Muslim?
    You seem to have a lot of hatred inside you.

    As long as we Muslims accept being oppressed , we will be oppressed .
    This is the reality in Europe and it will get worse before it gets good.

    Zeouni explained , ” It’s true That I am a Muslim. But I dress like you , I do not wear head scarves . I practice my religion into my private life , not in the workplace . ”
    There are hundreds of thousands of Muslim women in Europe who do not dare to wear scarves .
    These women are afraid that they will be isolated .
    In some European democratic countries have banned the scarves .
    The Muslim woman is attacked and will be attacked even more in Europe.
    Muslim woman is the core of the family , you break her down and get her to turn away from Islam have gained a lot. It means that Muslim children will be easier to influence .

    The West export so-called democracy by intervening militarily in other countries Afganisthan , Libya, Iraq , Somalia and Mali etc. .

    One of the pillars of a democracy is freedom of religion.
    Why prohibit scarves if we have religion freedom?
    Why make it difficult for Muslims to build mosques in Europe?
    Why do everything to fight Islam?
    Islam is the only obstacle that not all of humanity will be enslaved.

    In their eyes, it is better that women go naked than have scarves.
    For them it is better to open a whorehouse than building a mosque.

    Belgium: 25% of the population is Muslim
    50% of the newborns are Muslims
    1 of 3 European children will be born by Muslims 2025
    The German government recently released a statement that read:
    “The decline in population in Germany can no longer be stopped”
    “The downward spiral is no longer possible to roll back”
    “This is a Muslim state by 2050″

    Many who convert to Islam are highly educated European women.
    The more they struggle against Islam, the more of their children convert to Islam and turning towards Mecca. Sub?ana’ll?h

    Allah (swt) says in the Qur’aan:
    “It is he (Allah) who has sent his Messenger (saw) with guidance and the religion of truth, in order for it to be dominant over all other religions, even though the Mushrikoon (disbelievers) hate it.” (EMQ at-Tawbah, 9: 33)

    And the messenger Muhammad (saw) said:
    “Verily Allah has shown me the eastern and western part of the earth, and I saw the authority of my Ummah (nation) dominate all that I saw.” (Saheeh Muslim, hadeeth #2889)

    • sahrane

      Did i address you? Put your point across as i did.i don’t question your mental state, and obviously, you have a dictatorship tendencies ,argue your disagreement period. If you want to take that road, I’ll be happy to, or you want to be a devil advocate it’s your right, but I will not be put in your herd mentality, and by the way my nationality or religion is none of your business, have a nice one.

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