Orthodox Jews urge Quebec to abandon proposed niqab banI suppose it is natural for Orthodox Jews in particular to sympathize with the Church vs State issues that confront Muslims. After all, both wear head coverings, both use pools that have separate swimming, both eat meat that is ritually slaughtered, etc.
Quebec’s Orthodox Jewish community appeared for the first time on Wednesday before a National Assembly committee, taking up an unexpected cause – fighting a bill that would ban the wearing of the Muslim niqab when receiving government services.
The Jewish Orthodox Council for Community Relations said by placing gender rights above religious rights, the bill would create a hierarchy of individual rights and freedoms that would be challenged before the courts. The group warned the government against adopting “hard and fast rules” that could exacerbate social tensions surrounding religious minorities.
True, Orthodox Jewish women do not wear a veil over their face, but at this point--niqab and burqa are practically used interchangeably, so that the issue is a general one of head covering.
Interestingly, last year the niqab was opposed by a leading Islamic Scholar in Egypt--by the Grand Sheikh of the prestigious al-Azhar University, Muhammad Sayyid Tantawy:
Azhar Imam orders niqab off, wants banBe that as it may, considering the various issues that Muslims and Orthodox Jews share in common, it is a pity that we do not see more combined efforts in addressing issues of concern to both.
07/10/2009 01:00:00 PM GMT
CAIRO – The head of Al-Azhar, the highest seat of learning in the Sunni world, has ordered a school girl to remove her niqab during a visit to an Al-Azhar school, saying he would seek an official ban for the face veil in schools, Al-Masri Al-Youm newspaper reported on Monday, October 5.
...“The niqab is a tradition and has nothing to do with Islam.”
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