Issue a Circular on Hijab, Prominent Islamic Group Tells Lagos Government

Issue a Circular on Hijab, Prominent Islamic Group Tells Lagos Government

  • Islamic group, Muslim Rights Concern has made an open demand regarding the use of Hijab in public schools
  • The director of MURIC, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, made the demand in a statement issued on Tuesday, December 21
  • The group disclosed that female Muslim students are daily exposed to humiliation, persecution and denial of Allah-given fundamental human rights

Lagos state- The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has reached out to the Lagos state government, demanding the issuance of a circular on the permissibility of using hijab in public schools in the state.

The demand was made in a statement by the director of MURIC, Professor Ishaq Akintola, on Tuesday, December 21.

The Nigerian Tribune reports that MURIC hinged its request on incidents in the state’s public schools in which some teachers allegedly maltreat female Muslim students who use hijab.

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Issue a Circular On Hijab, Prominent Islamic Group tells Lagos Government
Muslim girls wearing burqua learn about Islam in a class at a girl's madrassa. A madrassa is an Islamic religious school. Photo credit: ANDREW HOLBROOKE/Corbis
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The content of the circular was communicated by the Lagos Chapter of Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Premium Times added.

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The statement reads in part:

“It is therefore very glaring that the school principals, headmasters and teachers are the problems.
“This squarely places the Muslim girl-child, her parents as well as Islamic organisations and the Lagos Muslim community in a conundrum. The Lagos State government has a responsibility to resolve this dilemma by coming clear and producing a circular. MURIC calls on the Lagos State government to do the needful without delay.”

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Oyo Muslims ready for legal battle over Hijab controversy

In other news, the Muslim Community of Oyo state has threatened to take legal actions against schools that prevent willing Muslims from adorning hijab.'s regional reporter in Ibadan, Ridwan Kolawole, reports that while speaking for the Community in Ibadan at a Unity Summit, the chairman, Alhajj Kunle Sanni described it as unwarranted depriving Muslim schoolgirls of wearing hijab.

The Summit drew representatives from different parts of Oyo state who came to deliberate on the unity of the Ummah in the state.


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