[QODLink]
Archive
Litigation threat over France hijab ban
One of the world's leading Muslim clerics has threatened to initiate legal action against the French government for its decision to ban the hijab in schools.
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2004 06:06 GMT
Al-Qaradawi has been a vocal critic of France's hijab ban
One of the world's leading Muslim clerics has threatened to initiate legal action against the French government for its decision to ban the hijab in schools.

Yusuf al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian who has lived in the Qatari capital Doha for several years, said: "Measures like banning the headscarf will feed extremism."

"If the law is passed, we will seek to file a legal complaint because this law will be in contradiction with the French constitution," al-Qaradawi said.

He added that the European Council for Fatwas and Research, which he chairs, had called on France to revise its position on the hijab.

A council delegation, led by Mauritania's former justice minister Abd Allah bin Baya, is to leave for France to discuss the issue.

Last month, al-Qaradawi asked French President Jacques Chirac to "go back on his decision" and said in a letter addressed to the French ambassador in Qatar he was saddened by the proposed ban.

Al-Qaradawi's missive condemned "this unrelenting attack on the precepts of Islam by France, a country of liberty and tolerance".

On 17 December Chirac gave his approval to a plan to ban the hijab and other "conspicuous" religious symbols in state schools.

He wants the rules written into law by the start of the next academic year.

The decision, intended to reflect France's strict separation of religion and state, has set off a storm of protest by Muslim leaders around the world.

Al-Qaradawi is a regular guest on Aljazeera's popular programme, Al-Sharia wal-Hayat, where he answers viewers' questions pertaining to the Islamic faith.

Source:
AFP
Topics in this article
People
Country
Featured on Al Jazeera
UNHCR says hundreds of people trapped in Yaloke town risk death if they are not evacuated to safety urgently.
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Featured
Long-standing dispute over Christian use of the word 'Allah' raises concerns about a very un-Merry Christmas.
The threat posed by ISIL has prompted thousands of young Kurds to join the PKK.
Baja California - with its own grim history of disappeared people - finds a voice in the fight against violence.
Russian feminist rockers fight system holding 700,000 - the world's largest per capita prison population after the US.
Weeks of growing protests against Muslims continue in Dresden with 15,000 hitting the streets last Monday.