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Egypt: Veiling is compulsory in Islam, debate unacceptable: Al-Azhar

Wednesday 13 December 2017, by siawi3

Source: http://www.egyptindependent.com/veiling-is-compulsory-in-islam-debate-unacceptable-al-azhar/

Veiling is compulsory in Islam, debate unacceptable: Al-Azhar

Egypt Independent
December 5, 2017, 4:05 pm

Egypt’s Al-Azhar, the Sunni Muslim world’s main religious institution, asserted on Monday in a fatwa, or religious decree, that it is compulsory for women in Islam to wear the veil, while those who deny this are “extremist” and “abnormal”.

Through a statement released by The International Electronic Center for Fatwas of Al-Azhar, the institution said the veil, or hijab, is an obligatory duty imposed by the teachings of Islam, and any debate on the topic is unacceptable.

“It is not acceptable that anyone from the public or non-specialized people, regardless of their culture, to voice their opinions on the matter. The hijab […] aims to preserve [women’s] feminine nature, ” the statement read.

It went on to say that the fact that the veil is compulsory in Islam helps women to become successful and productive in society while preventing them from just being seen as a body.

It added adding that in different countries around the world such as India, China and Japan women wear clothes similar to Islam’s veil as they are keen to follow the nature’s of their nations.

The statement concluded by calling on all who deny that the veil is compulsory in Islam to stop spreading their opinions or issuing fatwas on the matter as they are not specialized or authorized to speak on the issue.

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SEE previous ’opinions’ on the veil as not being an Islamic prescription:

Sheik of Al Azhar bans face veil - IslamiCity
https://www.islamicity.org/3670/sheik-of-al-azhar-bans-face-veil/
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7 oct. 2009 - "No official has the right to order a young lady to remove a form of dress that was sanctioned by none other than Umar ibn al-Khattab, except for the purposes of identification for security reasons," he said. "The niqab [face veil] is not in contravention of the sharia or Egyptian law." Shaikh Safwat Hijazi, a ...

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30 juil. 2012 - By: Alexandra Kinias. When the Egyptian newspaper Al-Massa published on May 25th, 2012 an article about Al Azhar’s endorsement to Sheikh Mustafa Mohamed Rashid’s PhD thesis on Sharia and Law, which stated that veil is not an Islamic requirement (fard), not much reaction to this controversial news ...