Egypt’s highest Muslim authority has said he will issue a religious edict against the growing trend for full women’s veils, known as the niqab.
Sheikh Mohamed Tantawi, dean of al-Azhar university, called full-face veiling a custom that has nothing to do with the Islamic faith.
The niqab question reportedly arose when Sheikh Tantawi was visiting a girls’ school in Cairo at the weekend and asked one of the students to remove her niqab.
The Egyptian newspaper al-Masri al-Yom quoted him expressing surprise at the girl’s attire and telling her it was merely a tradition, with no connection to religion or the Koran.
When the head of the worlds most prestigious Islamic institutions calls for a ban of the niqab, stating it has nothing to do with Islam .. you realize we really need to start questioning today’s concept of ‘scholarship’
We are truly living the second jahiliyya foretold by our noble Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasalam). Those who are not following a true guide now will be left back, lost in the oceans of confusion..