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Islam doesnt require the full-face veil, the niqab


A ban on the full-face veil for security reasons should not be seen as an attack on the religion or the community

Islam doesn"t demand a full-face veil, the niqab, worn by many Muslim women. The full-face veil ban in Sri Lanka should, therefore, be seen from the security perspective.

The religious scriptures are clear on what constitutes the purdah. The Koranic verses from Surah Al-Nur which talk of the hijab has been translated by Abdullah Yusuf Ali as: "And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms ..."

This is generally interpreted as the exclusion of face and hands from purdah, according to the books of hadiths - the Prophet Mohammad"s sayings - such as Dawood and Bukhari.

In fact, the niqab is not allowed during one of the holiest gatherings of Islam, the hajj and umrah as it is mandated that cloth should not touch the face.



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