Monday, 18 December 2017

Hijab is not for Muslims Only, Sultan Weighs in on Hijab Controversy

Sultan of Sokoto Speaks on Amosa Firdaus Hijab Controversy

Sultan of Sokoto, during the fifth National Convention of Muslim Public Affairs Centre (MPAC) which held on December 16 in Lagos, has added his voice to the Hijab Controversy.

Sultan gave his support to the young lady in question and also added that Hijab is not only for Muslims, but for Christians and Jews as well.

He spoke through Wazirin Katsina,Professor Sanni Abubakar Lugga, in following words:

“His eminence wonders while Hijab has now become a controversial issue. Hijab simply means decent dressing, decent dressing by the females. So why should decent dressing be a problem? The Hijab is just an Arabic word. In English it means decent dressing. 

“His Eminence has asked Nigerians to reflect and see that this is not only an Islamic mode of dressing but a Christian mode of dressing. It is also a Judaism mode of dressing and it is a dressing for every decent woman. It is a dressing for any woman who wants to preserve her chastity in public. “Secondly, in Nigerian constitution it is absolutely clear. Why should Nigerian Muslims be molested and even denied their own right? 

The Appeal Court ruling in Ilorin is there, the Appeal Court in Lagos and also the High Court all delivered judgement in favour of Hijab. “Justice Alooma, the former CJN, Justice Bukalchuwa and other Senior Justices in Nigeria wear their Hijab and then the wig on top of it. The Nigeria Judicial Council (NJC), the highest body in the judiciary has not said, 'no, they should stop' which means the Nigerian constitution allows the Hijab, the Nigerian Courts through these three judgements have allowed the Hijab and the NJC through these senior judges has allowed the Hijab. 

“Why will a legal school refuse our sister's induction into the judiciary simply because she is wearing Hijab? Is the law school saying they are above the NJC, they are above the Nigerian constitution, they are above these three senior courts?” 

Meanwhile, the lady at the center of the controversy, Miss Firdaus has said she was aware of the outcome of her action, adding that she remained resolute in her conviction to speak for the recognition of rights of female Muslim law graduates. She added that the law school has not said anything on the case, even as she acknowledged the support she has been getting from the Muslim community. “There is nothing like laws preventing the use of hijab. When you ask them too, they tell you it is convention; that that is how it is done and it has to remain like that,” she said.

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