Friday, July 20, 2012

Islamic Scholar: Headscarves Not Required

Islamic University Scholar Finds Headscarves Not Required

reported in

In a landmark doctoral dissertation, Sheikh Mustafa Mohammad Raashed says his studies found that Islam never required women to wear a headscarf, Al-Nahar reports. Egypt’s Al-Azhar University endorsed his conclusions, including that a lack of "analytical capabilities due to psychological problems" led to wrong interpretations.

"According to observers, Al-Azhar asserted its position on the discussion, and put an end to the ongoing debate over whether wearing the hijab is a tradition or a religious obligation. The university unequivocally declared that Islam does not impose the hijab as an obligation. "

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It will be interesting to see if this affects government institutions in and out of Egypt, as if it truly is a "ruling" on Islamic law.