Oppose ban on burqa: Deoband to Islamic countries

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Oppose ban on burqa: Deoband to Islamic countries
Muzaffarnagar, May 3: A leading seminary on Monday, May 3, appealed Islamic countries to withdraw the ban on Islamic veil in European countries as its violates religious freedom of community members.

"It is unfortunate that Islamic countries have not opposed the law by European countries curbing Muslim women from wearing the veil which is an integral part of our religion," Deputy Vice Chancellor of Darul Uloom Deoband, Maulana Abdul Khalique Madrasi.

He urged the Islamic countries to oppose the ban and pressurise the European countries to lift the ban.

"The act is undemocratic and against secularism. Some anti-Islamic forces are trying to curb the religious freedom of Muslims in these countries," he alleged.

Deoband appeal has also found support from Imam Organisation of Uttar Pradesh.

President of the UP organisation Mufti Zulfikar Ali has slammed the ban calling it as a restriction on the freedom of religion.

"It is against the freedom of our religion and we fully support the view of Deoband in this regard," he said.

Earlier on Thursday, Apr 29, Belgium's lower house of Parliament passed a legislature which bans the Islamic veil in publci places. The law is expected to come into effect from Jul 2010.

Denmark's center-right government too called the ban on 'burqa' and the 'niqab' as it violates the Danish values.

Meanwhile, French President Nicholas Sarkozy has said that the burqa is not favored in France and is pressing for bill which bans burqa in public places.

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