Firdaus: Muslim lawyers blow hot over hijab controversy

Firdaus Amasa
it was recalled that the Nigerian Law School refused to allow Firdaus Amasa entrance into the venue of the ‘Call to Bar’ ceremony recently in Abuja because she put on hijab. The Muslim Lawyers’ Association of Nigeria, MULAN, has joined its counterpart the Nigeria supreme council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, and other Muslim groups to air their opinion to.described this act as unlawful.
The Muslim Lawyers’ Association of Nigeria (MULAN) made the declaration in a communique on Monday in Katsina shortly after a three-day extra-ordinary National Executive Committee meeting.
According to the communiqué, signed by the association’s National President, Dr. Kamal Dawud, read,
“On the issue of discrimination, humiliation and the subsequent denial of calling Firdaus Al-Jannah Amasa to the Nigerian Bar, MULAN maintains that the position of the law remains as decided by the Court of Appeal in its judgment in ‘The Provost, Kwara State College of Education, Ilorin & 2 Ors v. Bashirat Saliu & 2 Ors (CA/IL/49/2006), and Asiyah & Ors v. LASG & Ors (2016), 15 NWLR (Pt 1535) 117, where the court declared that the use of hijab by female Muslim students constitutes an act of worship, hence the refusal to allow the appellants wear it on their uniform is a clear infraction of their rights...This remains the position of the law and it is unlawful to deprive female Muslims from putting on the hijab in government-owned institutions...The association salutes Amasa’s courage and defiance in standing up for her rights and adhering to the tenets of her religion...MULAN is also not oblivious of the lopsided tilt of our legal system. Muslim lawyers have been subjected to conform to certain practices and adorn themselves with paraphernalia like the wig and gown that have Judeo/Christian neo-colonialist origin without complain...MULAN has set up a nine-man committee to meet and make representations to all relevant authorities in order to ensure that the issue is justly determined.”

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