Egypt court upholds niqab ban


Aside from the sad news itself, this is a rather horribly written article on Islam. Are they just banning the niqab and hijab across different places to show their deep-rooted hatred for Allah’s religion? What’s with the “Salafis” are “terrorists” and “view Al-Azhar with contempt?”

Allah’s religion will always shine through in the end, but we have to do our part so Allah grants us victory! If you have any ideas on how to support the niqab, leave a comment below…

Egypt court upholds niqab ban

(AFP) – Jan. 3rd, 2010

CAIRO — An Egyptian court on Sunday upheld a ruling by the education ministry to ban women from wearing the full face veil in university examination halls, judicial sources said.

The ministry took the decision in October to ban the niqab, a veil covering the entire face usually worn by devout Muslims, for security reasons.

The administrative court’s decision, which may be appealed, came after more than 50 students filed a petition against the ban.

The row over the niqab has intensified in recent months after Mohammed Sayyed Tantawi Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Sunni Islam’s main seat of learning, banned the niqab in all residences and schools affiliated to Al-Azhar.

The only exception made is in classrooms where the teacher is male.

The ministry of health has tried to ban it among nurses and the ministry of religious endowments distributed booklets saying the practice of wearing the niqab has no basis in Islam.

Most Muslim women in Egypt cover their hair, but the full face veil is associated with the ultra-conservative Salafi school of thought, which is based mostly in Saudi Arabia, and is gaining popularity in the country.

Salafism has inspired such militants as Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden and his Egyptian deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri. Most of its practitioners, however, shun politics.

The niqab trend has worried Al-Azhar, whose theology Salafis generally view with contempt.

Article by the AFP, via Google.