Tantawi, Egypt and Niqaab

October 8, 2009 § 18 Comments

Tantawi goes and does it again. I can’t bring to call him Shaykh anymore. I am so upset at this I can’t even begin to put it into words.

Egypts reputed Sunni Scholar of Al Azhar, Yes, the famour Al Azher, one of the top most reputed Islamic Universities come out with the statement banning Niqaab in all schools and universities. And guess what? He doesn’t just stop there, he forcibly removes the Niqaab of a 16 year old in front of her classmates and then goes on to say something crude to her by commenting on her looks. He denys that Niqaab is a part of Islam [At the very least it is Sunnah]. Oh and he takes another step ahead by saying that he knows more about the religion then her and her Parents.

SubhanAllah… these are our so-called ‘Shyookh’ – he shows no respect for the haya and honour of a Muslim Woman which is sacred in Islam and then he shows arrogance when the Prophet sallalahu alayhi wasallam has said that a Man with even an ounce of kibr in his heart will not enter into Paradise.

I’m shocked. Dismayed and saddened, not to mention, as a Niqaabi myself I can’t even begin to imagine how humiliated that girl must have felt.

May Allah subhanna wa ta’ala grant our Sisters in Egypt Sabr and steadfastness and replace our misguided Ulema with guided ones. Ameen.

Shaykh Yasir Qadhi does an excellent article [satire] on Muslimmatters here.


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§ 18 Responses to Tantawi, Egypt and Niqaab

  • farooqk says:

    God help us. But you know, i think we need this. We need people to push us muslims. I hope they push us so hard we finally really retaliate. We’ll only fight when there’s no where left to run. Eventually it’ll come to that. I hope it happens soon. Id like to get to see a time when we actually wake up.

    • PD says:

      InshaAllah.. I feel so helpless? Its not nice not being able to do much except blog about it. We’ve really hit pit bottom, I hope Egypt throws over Hosni Mubaraks secular regime.

      • farooqk says:

        i hope so. i hope we get to see a proper khilafat again. all over the muslim world. Husni Mubarak , Zardari, modern banking, democracy, capitalism, inherited kingdoms, they all need to go. Unless the system is completely followed, itll never work properly, cause its all interlinked.

  • Anas Imtiaz says:

    Shaykhs being influenced by government’s policy is sickening. And that too of a govt. headed by Hosni Mubarak. The thing that hurt smost here, that this happened at Alazhar – where people usually look up to for knowledge.

    • PD says:

      The Ulema being influenced by the governent in Muslim Countries and Non is not new. Al Azher has been showing signs of weaking for quite a while, especially with the amount of ridiculous fatawas that have come out of their in the past few months

  • Leena S. says:

    That is humiliating! I am still thinking how that poor girl must have felt at that point. Sad…very very sad.

    • PD says:

      I know, I can’t get over it. We should be grateful that we live in Countries we aren’t harrased for it. Its especially humiliating when you’re forced to do it infront of a crowd.

  • SS says:

    You have too know that the rest of the world sees this as sensible. Better one Egyptian teenager being embarrassed for public display of piety than Afghan women stoned for not wearing tents.

    • PD says:

      You mean the non-muslim an so-called Muslims? As if what they think really matters, this is a matter of personal choice and religious faith. If Women are allowed to wear jeans and t-shirts and shorts, what right does anyone have to tell a veiled woman to wear? And whats wrong with public displays of piety? Christains and Jews do it too, why isn’t anyone protesting at them?

      Err, for the record, Afghan Women don’t get stoned for wearing ‘tents’. The only punishment there is for stoning is for commiting fornication whilst married & having four witnesses who testify against you that they have SEEN you commiting the act.

      Which if done properly… the punishment is carried out rarely and those who do apply it sometimes without the actual witnesses who’ve seen them commiting the act are not following the teachings of Islam.

  • Senilius says:

    Has this guy exchanged brains with Geert Wilders?

  • falsa says:

    This is beyond sad. I know what you must feel. I know. No one can ridicule your beleifs. No one has the authority to demean you. Only Allah knows. May He guide us all!

  • Umm Ahmed says:

    Whatever they say ,whatever they do,like this my hijab is


  • PD says:

    Steadfast? Alhamdulilah 🙂

  • Adnan Siddiqi says:

    he knows more about the religion then her and her Parents

    well, that “Holier than thou” attitude is just ruining everything. These days everyone has become an expert about religion.

  • Loga says:

    I hope you’ll join us and write about the efforts we are making to help support those sisters who do decided to wear it:


    BarakAllah fiikum

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