The right to wear a burqa (II)

Published: April 16, 2011

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)

Jameel Bhutto

Ex-secretary (religious affairs)

Published in The Express Tribune, April 16th, 2011.


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  • Anoop
    Apr 16, 2011 - 3:58PM

    More rapes take place in Karachi than in entire France. Stop quoting from Religious Texts and speak scientifically. Recommend

  • ba ha
    Apr 16, 2011 - 7:40PM

    from what I gather it appears that Arabs used to molest “known” women so seeking anonymity and equality was advised. Like New york city U dress down. Recommend

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