THESE QUOTES WERE GOTTEN FROM AN ADDRESS BY THE NATIONAL AMIRAH OF AL-MU’MINAAT ORGANISATION, HAJIA NIMATULLAH ABDULQUADRI, DURING A PRESS BRIEFING IN COMMEMORATION OF THE 2018 WORLD HIJAB DAY (WHD) AT ITS NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS, 1, THANNI OLODO ST. JIBOWU, LAGOS ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2018.
My Hijab, My Right: Criminalise Discrimination / Persecution of Ladies in Hijab
- It is really saddening to observe that despite clear provisions of Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly, Muslim women in Nigeria are still being subjected to a lot of persecution, ridicule, oppression and injustice because of our religion.
- Our experience has been from the continuous denial of the right to wear hijab to school by girls; to insistence of institutions that the ears of Hijabis be exposed during data capture; to Amasa Firdaus denial of being called to bar.
- On Firdaus Amasa’s issue, we must say that they should not only ensure she gets justice, but be compensated for the trauma she went through.
- The case of Fidaus Amasa has actually made it abundantly clear that the Nigerian nation is not serious about the Girl-child education and giving equal opportunities to all citizens.
- This is no longer a hidden agenda but an open one for those who want to see; or why would a Muslim lady in the Hijab who has gone through the rigours of the university, the Nigerian law school and has excelled in character and knowledge be denied her rights to be called to the Nigerian bar.
- A legislation should be made to specifically criminalize discrimination, harassment, molestation and/or persecutions of Muslim girls and ladies in the religious wear, the hijab.
- To our fellow Muslim females facing persecutions and discriminations due to their use of the hijab, remain calm. Justice is nigh. You are on the right path, the persecutors and those discriminating against you are wrong before man and Allah, Our Lord and Benefactor