France urged to ditch ban on hijab in schools

24th Dec 2013


By Elham Asaad Buaras


A report commissioned by the French Government in the summer has recommended lawmakers scrap the hijab ban in state schools to help integrating the country’s ethnic minorities.


The PM was handed the report on December 13, that will form the basis of future reforms.


The Cabinet will address the report’s findings next month.


In order “to recognise the richness of multiple identities”, the report urges France to allow the wearing of the hijab in schools, which was outlawed in 2004.


The law was inspired by France’s principles of secularism and the belief that public buildings should be a neutral environment where people are not identified by their religion.


Former PM François Fillon was one of the first to speak out against the report’s findings and warned against, “the dangers of applying these proposals. They will work to divide the French and would feed extremism.”


One Response to “France urged to ditch ban on hijab in schools”

Iftikhar AhmadFebruary 4, 2014

I don’t know if the cross wearing is banned in any Muslim country. But I guess you’re right, we should all impose a dress code on people according to the dominant ideology of our society, the democratic, secular France is nothing different than a Muslim country. In Muslim majority countries where Christians are not only are allowed to wear crucifixes, but are also allowed to celebrate Christmas and even build churches. Why not? Only an idiot would be frightened of a minority that makes up less then 10% of the population. Incidentally out of the top ten Muslim majority nations, 5 of them have Christmas as a national holiday. Let me ask you how many of the Christian majority nations have Eid as a national holiday?

The ban on Hijab in France is disgraceful and the fact a so-called socialist government hasn’t yet removed it is even worse. While a lot of people may agree with banning all religious paraphernalia, the law essentially gives the French a justified reason to attack brown people (particularly brown women).

“Men are the maintainers of women because Allah has made some of them to excel others and because they spend out of their property; the good women are therefore obedient, guarding the unseen as Allah has guarded; and (as to) those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in the sleeping-places and beat them; then if they obey you, do not seek a way against them; surely Allah is High, Great.”French a justified reason to attack brown people (particularly brown women).

I am familiar with that verse and I have never interpreted it as saying that Muslim women are unable to make decisions for themselves and neither have any of the Muslim men I have come across in my personal life either. That may be because most Muslims read the interpretations of that verse written by qualified, orthodox Muslim scholars and not the ones written by EDL, Jihad watch, Council of Ex Muslims type biased Muslim haters; or apply their own interpretation based on their own prejudice. I also don’t read that verse in a vacuum. When I read it I see this verse and these hadiths:

Oh you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to God, even though it be AGAINST yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, be he rich or poor, Allah is a Better Protector to both. So follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest you may avoid justice, and if you distort your witness or refuse to give it, verily, Allah is Ever Well Acquainted with what you do [Holy Quran 4:135] “Aisha reported that Allah’s Messenger, may Allah bless him, never beat anyone with his hand, neither a woman nor a servant…” (Sahih Muslim, Hadith 4296) The Prophet PBUH said: “The best among you is the one who is the best towards his wife”


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