This is the principal reason why the West is so solicitous of Islam: the threat of violence. Behind all the declarations from newspapers of having so much “respect” for Islam that they refuse to run Muhammad cartoons, behind all the concern about “Islamophobia,” is the simple fact that people know that if you don’t give Muslims what they want, they might start killing people and blowing things up. In reality, the best way to stop a bully is to stand up to him, but it seems as if the entire world has decided instead to give in to this bully and placate him by any means necessary. Ishaq Akintola here gives us a glimpse into the future of the West, especially in countries that have passed or are contemplating a ban on the hijab and/or the niqab.
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has raised alarm that the six Nigerian Law School campuses across the nation may not allow female Muslim students due for Bar Part II to wear their hijabs during the 2017/2018 First Term Law Dinner, from Wednesday, 13th February to Thursday, 15th February, 2018.
Its Director, Prof Ishaq Akintola, in a statement, warned of religious crisis if the hijab controversy is not properly managed.
The don insisted that any attempt to bar female Muslim law students who wish to use hijab from doing so is an infringement on Allah-given fundamental rights of those students as entrenched in Section 38 (i) & (ii) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
He disclosed that MURIC has received reports of a number of female Muslim law students at the Agbani, Enugu, Lagos and Abuja campuses who are allegedly being threatened with disciplinary measures should they use the Hijab at the Law Dinner….
Akintola said: …”MURIC warns that certain campuses of the Nigerian Law Schools are deliberately precipitating crisis by stereotyping female Muslim students on the issue of hijab. Those who seek to play God in the lives of Nigerian Muslims are religious fanatics bent on intimidating, oppressing and persecuting Muslims.
”This is a dangerous situation capable of snowballing into a religious crisis whose consequences no one can predict. The Qur’an affirms that oppression is worse than killing (Qur’an 2:191).
”This verse underlines the gravity of the hijab phenomenon. Female Muslims are being persecuted in order to give undue advantage to non-Muslims. It is religious apartheid. It is unacceptable. We will rather be free men in our graves than live like puppets and second class citizens.
”Those who make rules and regulations impossible to obey make it impossible not to disobey. Law Schools where anti-Muslim dressing codes are issued in a multi-religious Nigeria do not belong to decent and accommodating communities of men and women.
”We call on the Federal Government and the National Assembly (particularly the House of Representatives where the Amasa Firdaus case is still being investigated) to turn its attention to what is going on in the Law School Dinners across the country. Muslims are not being violent now but they are being persecuted.
”Those who fail to listen to the dialogue group may have cause to regret it sooner or later.”
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