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Adding to the controversy raised about hijab and face-veil, UK Muslims criticized a statement published by a leading British Muslim body saying that women cannot debate the wearing the veil as igniting unnecessary debates, Onislam reports.

“There is no case for a French-style ban in the UK and virtually no serious person supports it,” Haras Rafiq, of the moderate Muslim think-tank, Centri, told the Sunday Telegraph on April 17.

“But by this statement, effectively suggesting that the veil is an obligation, the MCB have put themselves at the opposite extreme of the spectrum.”

The criticism followed a statement published by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) telling women that that wearing the veil is “not open to debate”.

“We advise all Muslims to exercise extreme caution on this issue, since denying any part of Islam may lead to disbelief,” the MCB said in a statement published on its website.

The umbrella Muslim group warned that denying the obligation of hijab for Muslim women is a shortcoming.

“Not practicing something enjoined by Allah and his Messenger… is a shortcoming. Denying it is much more serious.

The statement further quoted a statement from the holy Qur`an.

“It is not for a believer, man or woman, that they should have any option in their decision when Allah and his Messenger have decreed a matter.”

The MCB statement was published in the wake of an earlier controversy about face-veil.

It is signed by 27 Islamic groups and scholars including the MCB’s then secretary-general, Mohammad Abdul Bari, and his deputy, Daud Abdullah.

A French law banning the wearing of face-veil – burqa or niqab – in public places took into force last week.

While hijab is an obligatory code of dress for Muslim women, the majority of Muslim scholars agree that a woman is not obliged to wear the face veil, or niqab, but believe that it is up to women to decide whether to cover her face.

The MCB, a coalition of some 400 organizations, is the largest Muslim umbrella group in Britain.

No UK Ban

Though denying British intensions to carry out a similar ban for face-veil or niqab, many warned that such a ban would enforce extremist voices that Islam was targeted in UK.

“A ban would be manna from heaven for the extremists,” Rafiq told the Sunday Telegraph.

“It would reinforce the Islamist claim that society is picking on Muslims. People who don’t wear it would take it up as a political cause.”  

Peter Golds, the Tory leader in Tower Hamlets, agrees.

“It would be unenforceable, and if it was enforced it would lead to civil unrest,” he says.

“It is not for governments to decide what people should wear.”

Last week, the British Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities Theresa May ruled out a similar ban on the Muslim outfit.

Despite the government reiteration that Britain is committed to tolerance and acceptance of other cultures, calls have grown in Britain for a similar ban after enacting the French Law last September.

A YouGov survey conducted last year found that some 67 percent of Britons favor face-veils to be made illegal.

Last year, lawmaker Philip Hollobone introduced a bill in the parliament for Britain to follow France in outlawing face-veils in public.

The right-wing United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) has also supported calls for a veil ban in Britain.

Moreover, records show that hostility against British Muslims, estimated at nearly two million, have been on the rise recently.

Last September, a leading British college banned Muslim women’s veil on campus in what officials called a security measure.

Last January, Tory minister Baroness Sayeeda Warsi warned that Islamophobia has become normal and accepted in British society. Source: Onislam

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  1. […] UK Muslim Group Fuels Hijab Debate […]

  2. SYD Abbas says :

    Hello Again,

    In Continuation with the above context as the Debate continues on “UK Muslim Group fuels Hijab Debate”, here again i want to share more about the secrets and truth behind all that.

    After the death of Holy Prophet Mohammad (P.B.U.H), what happened, these unelected caliphs of Islam, who actually hate the Prophet’s Mohammad (P.B.U.H) family, Called Ali. a.s to come and accept the new caliph and sign, what is decided and changed in Islamic rules so far, but Ali. (a.s) ignored and didn’t come out to join their party. Then, team planned to get it done forcefully and came out to burn the house of Ali. a.s (where he lives with the Prophet’s (P.B.U.H) daughter’s), because they want it to be done violently Ali (A.S) and they need him to recognize what the unelected caliphs (Caliphs not selected through Holy prophet P.B.U.H decision) did through their own decisions at “Saqifa” (a joint conference held on the day when Prophet Mohammad was in high fever near to death at home with Ali A.S, and was not well to speak and discuss anything again, and during that time the team was very busy in the conference to decide who will be the next after Holy prophet p.b.u.h. and were also assuming Ali a.s, will he happy to agree on the election and the changes made to Islamic rules, but that was not the case.

    (Ali (a.s) was actually selected as the first only Caliph of Islam by prophet p.b.u.h during his life, it happened on the day of last Hajj of prophet’s life at the place called Gadeer, miles away from Kabah, where prophet p.b.u.h announced his next covering person, who can be competent, honest and reliable as well as only the Muslim by birth, can be as caliph, this ordered came through an strong order by god as a Quranic Verse came on that occasion/day (Quranic Verse : Aya Gadeer says: Oh! Mohammad P.B.U.H, converse all that we said to you and transfer to everyone, but if you avoid, it will be considered as you haven done anything for islam), but unfortunately it was not communicated by these Suni Muslims (Taliban_Lovers) after prophet’s death).

    After the Death of Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h), Ali (a.s) (Prophet’s (p.b.u.h) son law, as who always help him on all occasions from the age of 7, who was actually selected by Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h) locked him self in the house just to show them that he don’t wants to participate in their plains and went quiet.

    Then what happened next, those Unelected Caliphs came out with the team of 9 Super Hero’s of Islam namely as;

    • Mr. Umar Bin Khattab,
    • Mr. Khalid Bin Waleed,
    • Mr. AbdulRahman Bin Auof,
    • Mr. Sabit Bin Qais,
    • Mr. Ziaad Bin Labeed,
    • Mr. Mohamad Bin Muslim,
    • Mr. Zaid Bin Sabit,
    • Mr. Salmah Bin Aslam
    • And Mr. Aseed Bin Hazeer

    All above are the list of those who (are Lanat Ullah alehim ajjmaeen) came out to get the agreement signed, and when they were unsuccessful, had planned to burn the daughter’s (of Holy Prophet’s Mohammad (P.B.U.H) house, and now they are in the good book of Islam as HEROS.

    Thanks for your patience in reading all the true story behind Islam and terrorism, and also you will find honestly who is behind all that.

    “I wish, we all should live with respect to all religions and also with Peace and love arround.

    May GOD Bless everyone on this Planet”

    The above can be proofed with reference; Ref: Ahle Sunat Book named as “ TARIKH-E-YAQOOBI(Ver.2 Page # 126) also check the Suni holy book called Sahe Bukhari unedited old version, more…

  3. SYD ABBAS says :

    In addition to the above comments; I further wants to give another example as proof the Burqa and face veil is not acceptable during the compulsory occasion of “Hajj”, where if a woman cover her face during the process/occasion her Hajj will be invalid and her efforts suppose to be wasted, because she had intent ally broken the rule of GOD as guided through Prophet Muhammad P.B.U.H and his family, not through unelected caliphs’ chanced the impression of Islam into a religion of terror. In Islam followed by Shia Muslim’s, are not allowed to enforce any thing to anyone, and it is always on the person to accept it or not. “In Quran, it says “there is no pressurization policy for all human beings”.
    Quran is a guide book came for all humans, but not only for Muslims, Indians, Africans, English, Chinese’s……, mean if you feel good for you follow it or leave it, we can’t enforce anything to anyone and leave it for him to decide, wether if he/she is happy/impressed by you presentation to accept it.

    The Hajj is based on a pilgrimage that was ancient even in the time of Muhammad in the 7th Century.

    During the Hajj;
    Male pilgrims are required to dress only in the ihram, a garment consisting of two sheets of white unhemmed cloth, with the top draped over the torso and the bottom secured by a white sash; plus a pair of sandals.

    Women are simply required to maintain their hijab – normal modest dress, which does not cover the hands or face.

    The Ihram is meant to show equality of all pilgrims in the eyes of God: that there is no difference between a prince and a pauper. Ihram is also symbolic for holy virtue and pardon from all past sins.Pilgrims generally travel to Hajj in groups, as an expression of unity.
    While wearing the Ihram, a pilgrim may not shave, clip their nails, wear perfume, swear or quarrel, have sexual relations, uproot or damage plants, cover the head [for men] or marry, wear shoes over the ankles, perform any dishonest acts or carry weapons.

    Quran clearly say’s “If you kill any human being, means you killed the whole humanity, and the time when a person dies, you will not considered as (KAFIR) Muslim/human anymore, but these unelected caliphs/Taliban’s lovers, don’t agree with this Quran statement and will say this statement is for something else, they also changed the sequence in the book as well as added exclamation marks to change the meanings of most of verses of quran, that’s why they keep hating inside man i.e., ALI A.S and his family members as well as followers (considered as kafirs not Muslim in their books).

    Thanks for reading all that, may it will help to clear the importance/concept of hijab in islam.

  4. SYD ABBAS says :

    Burqa and face veil, It is nothing to do with Islam, it was decided by the unelected kalifs after the death of holy prohet.p.b.u.h except ALI.A.S. These unelected Khaliphs changed the face of islam into terrorism, only Shia muslim’s are not extremists because they follow the selected kalif Hazarath Ali.a.s the inside man belong to the family of holy prophet a.b.u.h, who actually hated by suni muslim (Talaban_lovers) and the other khaliphs, which was due to his continues support to holy phrophet p.b.u.h during prophets life from his child hood. Quran says a woman must wear hijab to be recognizable in public but not hiding her self which actually creates doubt for others who is that person in that black gown. That’s the fact I can proof it through Quran.

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