Syria Bans the Niqab (full veil) in Universities

20Jul10

It was by far the most unexpected news coming out of Syria.

Syrian students are officially not authorised to wear the niqab (fully covered voile) in public and private universities. In the name of protecting Syria’s laïque identity.

Surprised? read on…

Echoing similar laws being passed in Europe, a ministerial official at the Ministry of Education has publicly banned the full veiled hijab (covering head to toe, exposing only the eyes).

This law does not concern the traditional veil, the ones seen worn by women in Islam. This decision was taken to by the Ministry to fight religious extremism.

In 2009, Egypt’s then foremost Muslim cleric, Sheikh Mohammed Sayed Tantawi, barred female students from wearing the full-face veil at the al-Azhar University, Sunni Islam’s centre of learning and scholarship.

He also upset other Muslim scholars by saying French Muslims should obey any law that France might enact banning the veil.

Lebanon – Where are you? You’d think we’d be the first to prove our diverse community and combating any religious extremism.

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2 Responses to “Syria Bans the Niqab (full veil) in Universities”

  1. 1 Denyaz Farhat

    “Slay them wherever you find them…Idolatry is worse than carnage…Fight against them until idolatry is no more and God’s religion reigns supreme.” (Surah 2:190-)

    “Fighting is obligatory for you, much as you dislike it.” (Surah 2:216)

    “Men are tempted [in this life] by the lure of women…far better is the return of God. Say: ‘Shall I tell you of better things than these, with which the righteous shall be rewarded by their Lord? Theirs shall be gardens watered by running streams, where they shall dwell for ever: wives of perfect chastity…” (Surah 3:14, 15)

    “The only true faith in God’s sight is Islam.” (Surah 3:19)

    “Believers, do not make friends with any but your own people…They desire nothing but your ruin….You believe in the entire Book…When they meet you they say: ‘We, too, are believers.’ But when alone, they bite their finger-tips with rage.” (Surah 3:118, 119)

  2. 2 mariam

    I’m rather upset by this news.


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