Egypt: Fatwa Against The Freedom Sack?

Too radical for the radicals?

Egypt cleric ‘to ban full veils’

Even the  headbanger chiefs  are running scared of the current trend towards Talibanization: Sheikh Mohamed Tantawi, dean of al-Azhar university, called full-face veiling a custom that has nothing to do with the Islamic faith.

Update: Fatwa Reversed:

That didn’t last long, did it? From Al Jizz

Shaikh Ali Abu al-Hasan, the former head of the Fatwa Council at the Islamic Studies Institute (ISI) in Cairo, said although it was not required by Islam for women to cover their faces, Al-Azhar University should allow women to chose what they want to wear.

“No official has the right to order a young lady to remove a form of dress that was sanctioned by none other than Umar ibn al-Khattab, except for the purposes of identification for security reasons,” he said.

“The niqab [face veil] is not in contravention of the sharia or Egyptian law.”

Shaikh Safwat Hijazi, a scholar and preacher, said he would personally sue anyone who prevented his daughter or wife wearing full niqab from going about her daily life, including entering government offices.

“Preventing a woman from wearing what she wants is a crime,” Hijazi said. “Whoever says the niqab is a custom is not respectable.” (hmm, usually its not whether these women want to wear it. Its more common to kill them if they don’t../ed)

46496721_1The niqab has become increasingly popular among Egypt’s Muslim radicals

H/T Vlad Tepes

BBC NEWS… Egypt’s highest Muslim authority has said he will issue a religious edict against the growing trend for full women’s veils, known as the niqab.

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Sheikh Mohamed Tantawi, dean of al-Azhar university, called full-face veiling a custom that has “nothing to do with the Islamic faith.”

You may recall that at his infamous Cairo speech in June, President Obama talked about the ‘right’ of Muslim women to wear the veil. At the time, many people ridiculed the statement, because women are far more likely to be forced to wear the veil than they are to be penalized for wearing it voluntarily.

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Although most Muslim women in Egypt wear the Islamic headscarf, increasing numbers are adopting the niqab as well.

The practice is widely associated with more radical trends of Islam.

The niqab question reportedly arose when Sheikh Tantawi was visiting a girls’ school in Cairo at the weekend and asked one of the students to remove her niqab.

The Egyptian newspaper al-Masri al-Yom quoted him expressing surprise at the girl’s attire and telling her it was merely a tradition, with no connection to religion or the Koran.

2 thoughts on “Egypt: Fatwa Against The Freedom Sack?”

  1. If these people want to suffer from vitamin D defeciency, that’s their choice.

    Vitamin D deficiency is known to be associated in osteoporosis, diabetes, high blood pressure, ‘stroke’, heart disease, depression, body muscle mass wasting, gum disease, & certain forms of cancer. Sutherland et al (1992) postulates Vitamin D deficiency is linked to the neuro-degeneration of Alzheimer’s disease.

  2. “Prophet! Tell your wives and daughters and all Muslim women to draw cloaks and veils all over their bodies (screening themselves completely except for one or two eyes to see the way). That will be better.” Qur’an 33:59

    “Vitamin D deficiency is known to be associated in osteoporosis, diabetes, high blood pressure, ’stroke’, heart disease, depression, body muscle mass wasting, gum disease, & certain forms of cancer. Sutherland et al (1992) postulates Vitamin D deficiency is linked to the neuro-degeneration of Alzheimer’s disease.”

    You forgot “Autism”, “Crohn’s disease”, “multiple sclerosis”, “decreased immune system”, “colds”, “flu”(eg. Swine Flu),

    To get the recommended 1,000 International Units of vitamin D a day (or no more than 2,000), you’d have to drink 20 glasses of milk daily, or eat 80 eggs, Hobbs says. Spend a few minutes in the sunshine, though, and your body will make 10,000 to 20,000 units, he says.
    So doctor al-Kidya recommends that all Muslimas remove their niqabs or burqas and lay out in the sun totally nude for an hour each day. Make sure you
    shave all your body hair first so as to allow full sun penetration and you get a nice tan also.

    And do try to break free of the 1400 year-old fashion trend. You don’t have to dress slutty, but just modestly attired will do.

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