Egyptian MP backs burqa ban, terms garment 'un-Islamic'

Published: September 23, 2016
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A woman wearing a burka. PHOTO: REUTERS

A woman wearing a burka. PHOTO: REUTERS

An Egyptian lawmaker is urging the Egyptian parliament to ban niqabs and burqas, claiming them to be part of Jewish tradition.

Lawmaker Amina Nasir said the Holy Quran only called for Muslim women to cover their hair. Nasir, also an Islamic philosophy professor at Cairo’s prestigious Al-Azhar, said the niqab could pose a security threat with criminals donning the garment to remain anonymous.

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A raging debate on women’s clothing has been going on in Egypt of-late.  The Egyptian parliament debated a ban on full face veils in public places and government buildings in March. Cairo University banned lecturers from wearing the niqab earlier this year following reports that the veils led to “poor communication” during lectures.

But Atif Makhalif, a member of the parliament’s human rights commission told the Sada al-Balad that a niqab ban would violate women’s rights. “Everyone has the right to wear what they want, whether it’s a niqab or a miniskirt. It doesn’t go against Egypt’s national security,” the lawmaker said.

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In Egypt’s October election, women will now be required to remove their niqabs to vote. Debates on banning full face veils have also been witnessed across the West this year.

A poll conducted earlier this month revealed that only one in four French Muslims supported women being afforded the right to don burqas. According to YouGov, an international internet-based market research firm, an overwhelming majority of the British public is also against full face veils.

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Last month, Austrian conservative politicians called for a ban on full face veils saying they impeded national integration. German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere has also spoken out in favour of a partial burqa ban amid a fierce national debate on integration.

This article originally appeared on International Business Times.

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  • Haji Atiya
    Sep 23, 2016 - 7:00PM

    Egyptian MP is probably correct; in any case, the burqa and such, are carryovers of pre-Islamic tribal traditions.Recommend

  • hore choopo
    Sep 23, 2016 - 8:34PM

    @Mazhar Noor One should noit be so emotional and intolerant.The Muslim women who do not wear burqa also offer prayers. keep fasts and lead a pious life . Not wearing burqa does not mean they have become bad eggs.Recommend

  • Abdul Basith
    Sep 24, 2016 - 1:14AM

    People who are writing comments against wearing of hijab by our Muslimah sisters must have an Islamic sense on primary level. If veil is removed then how comes a Muslimah is in hijab? If face is exposed then what remains for a faithful Muslimah? These so called Al-Azhari scholars are of erstwhile Naser’s era and belongs to his thought. In fact Jamal Abdul Naser was an atheist in nature who even didn’t allowed Muslims to have beard on their faces. So therefore this view point goes back with atheistic idealism. This shall never be accepted by Muslims in that too an Islamic state where there is a maximum population is of Sunni Muslims. Recommend

  • Veto
    Sep 24, 2016 - 2:45AM

    If face veil is so important then why is it not allowed during haj or umrah? Why in Makkah and madina women are free of face veil? The order of face veil was for specific era. Aayats should not be interpreted out of context. Siyaq n sabaq (why n when) is important while interpreting otherwise it loses its relevance.@Abdul Basith: Recommend

  • hore choopo
    Sep 24, 2016 - 5:06AM

    Look at the creations of God. He made trunk for elephant, big teeth for lion,long beaks for eagle, and so on. If he wanted covered faces of women,it would have been in-built upon birth.
    I intend to write a book on the laws of nature.Recommend

  • Khan
    Sep 24, 2016 - 5:19AM

    @Abdul Basith:
    Because you don’t need niqab for hijab. Have you ever seen a pilgrim wearing niqab at Hajj? Of course not. Recommend

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