Senior vice chairman of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and renowned Islamic scholar Dr Kalbe Sadiq on Sunday announced that Islam was against "Talibani Purdah" (rigid purdah system imposed by Talibans in Afghanistan).
Coming to the rescue of film personality Shabana Azmi over her statement on "purdah" (veil), Dr Sadiq said Shabana was right in her interpretation of veil in Islam, as Islam never talked about the purdah system as prevalent in Afghanistan.
While Mullahs have been trying to hound out Shabana for her comment that there was no Quranic injunction about the present form of veil, Dr Sadiq said, "There is no mention of Talibani purdah" in the holy book.
Dr Sadiq said while dealing with the issue Quran had only said that heads of women should be covered with little bit of face. He said there was no need to cover whole face.
Dr Sadiq, who recently hogged limelight over Eid moon controversy because of his observation that issue should be settled through astronomical calculations, told Hindustan Times on Sunday that neither the Quran nor Hadith (Prophet's traditions) had approved Talibani veil (head to toe).
He said veil was a social issue and should be looked into this perspective. Pointing out that there was no dress code in the Islam, Dr Sadiq said the religion had laid stress only on modesty of woman.
Quoting Surah Noor of Quran Dr Sadiq said it was necessary even for men not to look in the face women to protect her modesty.
However enraged over Shabana's comment the AIMPLB member and Naib Imam Eidgah Maulana Khalid Rashid said, "The interpretation of the Quran was not her domain and the statement reflected her ignorance about the tenets of the religion".
He also quoted "Surah Noor" to buttress his point about purdah. He said it had almost become fashion to give expert opinion of Shariat without understanding it. Rashid however said veil did not prevent women from outdoor functioning.
But fuming Imam Jama Masjid Delhi Ahmad Bukhari blasted Shabana on the issue. Describing Shabana as nachne gane wali aurat, Bukhari questioned her knowledge of the Quran.
He however quoted 'Surah Hizab' to state that women should veil themselves. AIMPLB member SQR Ilyas said it was an unnecessary controversy.
He said when there was no controversy over Christian nuns covering their whole body except face; there should also be no row over Muslim women.
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