Too radical for the radicals?
Egypt cleric ‘to ban full veils’
Even the Â headbanger chiefs Â 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, saidÂ although it was not required by Islam for women to cover their faces,Â Al-Azhar UniversityÂ shouldÂ allow womenÂ 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)
The niqab has become increasingly popular among Egypt’s Muslim radicals
H/T Vlad Tepes