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Al-Azhar deputy rejects call for women to remove their headscarves

Writer Cherif Choubachy recently called on Muslim women to remove their veil at a Cairo rally this coming July

Ahram Online , Monday 13 Apr 2015
Abbas Shouman
Abbas Shouman, deputy to Egypt's Grand Imam (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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A senior official at Al-Azhar, Egypt’s highest Sunni Islamic institution, on Monday took a swipe at a recent call for Muslim women to take off their veil, stressing that the head cover is a religious must for female Muslims once they reach puberty.

‎Abbas Shouman, deputy to Egypt's Grand Imam, made the comments, after writer Cherif Choubachy recently called on his Facebook page for veiled women to take off their headscarves at a rally he proposed to be held in Cairo’s Tahrir Square in early May.

Choubachy argues that the headscarf, which is common in Muslim countries, re-appeared in Egypt in the early 1970s after it had all but disappeared for 50 years, following rhetoric at the time that Egypt had lost the 1967 war against Israel because people had strayed from Islamic teachings.

“It’s unacceptable for anyone to ask a woman to quit praying, fasting,” or any other Islamic tenet, Shouman said, calling Choubachy's comments "an encroachment on women's freedoms".

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Magdy
15-04-2015 10:05pm
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Convoluted logic!
First, wearing a head scarf is not one of the five tenets of Islam. Please, this call does not equate with quitting praying or fasting. Second, to say "having women wear what they choose is an encroachment on there freedom" is the antithesis of a logical thought and an oxymoron.
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Neo
14-04-2015 06:38pm
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Freedom for Egyptian women
Unlike Saudi where women are whipped in the streets for not covering their heads, which is barbaric, the religious establishments in Egypt doesn't force but bully women to cover their heads. I am not aware of Koran references that require it (if there is please enlighten us) what is the point of covering the head while wearing more revealing and provocative pants or dresses as it’s often the case? In a 2015 society, Egyptian women should have the freedom to wear what they want, let’s get away from promoting backward traditions under the label of “Religion” to enforce our bigotry, leave that to Saudi, Iran, and the MB!
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Sam Enslow
14-04-2015 05:38pm
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What reference?
What is the Islamic teaching that women wear bead coverings? I always thought the requirement was to dress modestly. Is the head covering a religious obligation or a tradition? Thank you.
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Allen
14-04-2015 04:32pm
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So the head scarf was the cause for the 1967 defeat of that war????
This has to rank up there as the most ridiculous explanation of a military loss of all time. Amazing and sad the length some go to control women.
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Aladdin, Alex
14-04-2015 04:04pm
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Fair Evauation
Desert dwellers, men and women, wear head and face scarf to protect against sandstorms. When enter your lungs it fills its air sacks forever. It is known in medical terms as lung solidification; similar to black lung from coal dust. it is non-Islamic tradition seen in China, Australia, S. America, etc. deserts. Let women do what they want. Allah AKber.
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alatif
14-04-2015 12:22am
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Al-Azhar deputy rejects call for women to remove their headscarves
Islam is freedom of religion, there is no compulsion in Islam. If Government impose women to wear headscarves, it is not Islamic teaching. with love
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