Stop Associating Hijab With Insecurity, Terrorism, Groups Warn - THE ENCOUNTER NEWS


Friday, February 7, 2020

Stop Associating Hijab With Insecurity, Terrorism, Groups Warn

LAGOS - Muslim women under the aegis of Coalition of Muslim Organizations have emphasized that covering of heads with veils has nothing to do with terrorism, insecurity and other criminal acts.
The coalition comprised Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN) Lagos state Area Unit, Al Muminaat, Hijab Rights Advocacy Initiative (HRAI), Nasru-lahi-Fathi Society (NASFAT) Lagos, Federation of Muslim Women Associations of Nigeria (FOMWAN) Lagos, Muslim Public Affairs Centre (MPAC), Ansarudeen Youth of Nigeria (ADYAN), Guild of Muslim Professionals (GMP), Lagos Secretariat Community Central Mosque, Alausa (LSCCM), Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), Pristine Cactus Foundation, The Criterion and International Muslim Women Union (IMWU).
Addressing thousands of women who converged at Freedom Park, after the awareness walk in Lagos, the Director, Hijab Rights Advocacy Initiative, Mutiat Orolu-Balogun decried continued discrimination and inhuman treatment of women and girls in hijab. 
She stated that hijab has nothing to do with insecurity, that terrorists had, in the past, attempted to use underwear, can drinks, fruits, sachet water, shoes and others to perpetrate terror.
It wondered why some section of the public didn’t call for the ban of those items used by the terrorists but called for the ban of hijab and discriminate against those wearing it.
She appealed to Nigerians to encourage Muslim women in hijab rather than humiliate them.
The Amirah, Al-Muminaat, Lagos State, Hajia Bushrah Adeagbo-Jubril, said the woman in hijab has every right that every other person has and she should be treated accordingly.
She said, “Nigerians should know that the woman in hijab has inalienable and fundamental human rights like every other person. We have therefore chosen the walk to showcase Muslim women in hijab”.
The Amirah, Federation of Muslim Women’s Associations of Nigeria (FOMWAN), Dr. Haleemah Egberongbe explained that hijab in an injunction from Almighty Allah, which Muslims must obey.
“This is an outing to reach out to the people in government to know that hijab is not just an idea from an individual but a religious injunction from Almighty Allah; and it is meant to be conformed with”.
The National Women Affairs Secretary of NASFAT, Alhaja Suwebat Kupolati implored Muslim women to see themselves as ambassadors of Islam.


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