Haitham al-Haddad – Young Muslim girls hanging loose

Posted on December 26, 2015


If you don’t ask you don’t get. Haitham al-Haddad must have had this from drummed into him from an early age. There’s no scholar in the UK better than Haddad at asking (or pushing) for the rights of orthodox Muslims to be recognised.

In the video (from a few years back) below he discusses how Muslims should go about getting laws implemented that would make it obligatory for universities, firms and other establishments to provide halal food for their Muslim students/employees. Medical colleges might change the rules to allow women to keep their arms covered if ways around this are put forward by Muslims – this, in turn, would achieve official recognition of the requirements of Islam in the public sphere. And universities are now reluctant to ban face-coverings as Muslim students have shown that this is an essential part of Islamic dress for orthodox Muslim women.

In the first part of the video Haddad discusses ‘internal hijra’ – moving to cities or areas with a high percentage of Muslims. By doing so, Muslims will find it easier to implement Islam. A large concentration of Muslims means that state schools in that area will adopt orthodox Islamic dress codes as official uniform. But it’s the last two sentences of the paragraph below that are a bit disturbing:

In some schools in East London the jilbab is officially recognised as a uniform, as a state uniform. In many other schools in London, especially where there is a high population of Muslims, the shalwar kameez is recognised as an official uniform. Shalwar kameez might be an acceptable jilbab for young children if it is loose enough. It might be acceptable.

Discussing clothing which may or may not be sufficient to hide the curves of a young Muslim girl puts this uneccesary rant against Maajid Nawaz into perspective.


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