Four African countries say no to niqab, Islamic leader says no problem

With the recent upsurge of Boko Haram attacks, including suicide bombings increasingly carried out by young women, a number of African governments, including Congo, Chad, Cameroon and Guinea, have initiated a ban on wearing the niqab, the full-face veil.

“We have accepted this measure because we want the security of our country and our citizens,” El Hadj Djibril Habdoulaye Bopaka, president of the Congolese Supreme Islamic Council, told Anadolu Agency. “If they had forbidden Muslims to pray in mosques, to build mosques, read the Quran or train young Muslims, we obviously would not have reacted the same way.”

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  • Jay Currie

    The whole thing is an unIslamic cultural relic which has no sanction in the Koran or the Hadiths. Culturally, certain groups like to bag their women. Politically, bagged women can be a pretty good sign of cultural domination.

    Plus, very handy for suicide vest concealment.

    • kiwi

      But it is actually mandated in Sharia Law ( Reliance of the Traveller, a classical manual of Islamic law) under “Women’s obligitary clothing”

  • Doug Kursk

    “If they had forbidden Muslims to pray in mosques, to build mosques, read the Quran or train young Muslims, we obviously would not have reacted the same way.”

    That will come, don’t you worry…it will be inevitable.

  • Barrington Minge

    Just noticed the similarity to a Dalek…Exterminate!!!!

  • infedel

    Hello- West…

  • roccolore

    It’s funny how the same people who complain when a Western country bans full-face garbage bags are silent on African countries doing the same.