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al-niqab should be allowed as a matter of individual choice

Reader comment on item: Niqabs and Burqas - The Veiled Threat Continues
in response to reader comment: Sheikh el-Azhar bans al-niqab in the schools run by el-Azhar!

Submitted by Zajaria Abdullah (Malaysia), Oct 19, 2009 at 02:36

It is wrong for anyone to prohibit any individual from wearing any type of attire that neither religious nor man-made law has banned if he or she is comfortable with it. But, in the world of Islam, which certain powers-that-be and their coterie of sycophants have targeted for reasons they have zealously guarded, anything can happen. If there were written rules or policy of El Azhar University prohibiting al-niqab, then the Sheikul Azhar could not be faulted for imposing an already established rule. Otherwise, such action smells of external interference and threats that the Sheikul Azhar may have felt under duress.


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