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Does niqab have nothing to do with Islam?


The statement by Sheik of al-Azhar University, Egypt, that niqab or face veil has nothing to do with Islam has angered Islamists in that country who say it is part of a larger plan to de-Islamise Egypt. A majority of scholars, however, feel that the niqab is a pre-Islamic custom followed by tribal and nomadic communities living in the Arabian desert. Al-Azhar university has, in fact, gone a step further and banned the niqab in all-women classes.

It may be recalled that a few months back, the Uttar Pradesh Madrassa board had banned co-education in madrassas on the ground that parda (veil) is essential in Islam and co-education encourages 'be-pardagi'.

Is it a coincidence that in every religion there are discriminatory social customs that have been given a religious cloak? Surely God has better things to do!

5 comments:

Smitha said...

'Is it a coincidence that in every religion there are discriminatory social customs that have been given a religious cloak? ' - It is more than a coincidence, it is just another style of power play by religious leaders.

BK Chowla said...

Religious leaders want their importance which political class is expert in exploiting.

Vinod_Sharma said...

Yes, it is all about power on earth. Despite all the lofty talk of God and the beyond, it is this power around which everything revolves.

Happy Kitten said...

nd sadly this power enslaves the women more than the men...

as for Egypt, they are slowly losing touch with the rest of the world and now prefers to travel back into the ancient world...

Vinod_Sharma said...

Yes it does. Men made the rules everywhere, didn't they?

I didn't know this about Egypt.

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