ISLAMABAD: This refers to your report of April 14 titled “Militants seek attacks on France over full veil ban”. In the interest of interfaith harmony and the well-being of Muslim residents in France, I would earnestly appeal to the militants to ponder over the following Quranic verses: “O Prophet; tell your wives and daughters and the believing women that they should cast their outer garments over their persons; that is most convenient, that they should be known and not molested….” (Surah Al-Ahzab — 33.59).
And: “And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments, except what appear thereof, that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty.” (Surah Al-Nur — 24:31)
Ex-secretary (religious affairs)
Published in The Express Tribune, April 16th, 2011.