The Muslim Women's League is disheartened
by the recent ruling of the European Court of Human Rights to uphold the
banning of Muslim headscarves in state schools. This ruling will be
applied to the 25 countries belonging to the European Union.
The "hijab" or headscarf in Islam is a symbol of modesty.
This is not a new concept in the historical context of religion whether we
talk about Judaism or Christianity. The orthodox Jewish women wear a
head covering as well and the nuns in Christianity wear a head covering
know as the "habit." Modesty is a value that is upheld in
all three of these religions. It is hypocritical to ban the Muslim
women from wearing the headscarf when women from other religions are free
to wear their religious garb.
The Quran (the Holy Book for Muslims) was revealed to humanity at large as
a confirmation of the previous religions Judaism and Christianity and to
emphasize the importance of the Oneness of God (the monotheistic aspect of
religion) and to guide mankind to working deeds of righteousness as well
as admonishing us to treat each other in the best possible manner.
This would represent the fundamentals of Islam.
June 29, 2004
Women's League 3010 Wilshire Blvd. Suite #519
Los Angeles, CA 90010