Muslim leader wants veil for female students

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Osogbo
– Sheik Salaudeen Olayiwola, the President of Osun Muslim Community, has urged
the state government to approve the use of hijab (veil) for Muslim female
student in secondary schools. Olayiwola,
who made the call at a news conference on the Hijrah celebration slated for
Nov. 15, said there was no secrecy attached to the use of veil in Islam.

Hijrah
is the migration of the Holy Prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Medina when his
life was threatened by idol worshippers.

The
cleric said the period marked a turning point in the process of Islamic
movement when Muhammad preached against idolatry and corruption.
“We
want our female children to use hijab in their schools. In Mecca, every woman
uses it and the governor should allow female Muslim students to wear it as
well.
“We
appreciate the efforts of the governor in providing school uniforms for the
students but he should include hijab in the dress code for female Muslim
students,” he added.
On
the social relevance of hijrah, the cleric explained that the celebration
symbolised the decision to leave what had been considered bad to embrace a good
thing in life.(NAN)

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