SENIOR VICE-CHAIRMAN of the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and renowned Islamic scholar Dr Kalbe Sadiq today announced that Islam was against ‘Talibani Purdah (rigid purdah system imposed by the Taliban in Afghanistan)’.
Coming to the rescue of film star 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, the Quran had only said that women should cover their head and a little of their face. He said there was no need to cover the whole face.
Dr Sadiq, who recently triggered a controversy over the Id moon because of his astronomical calculations, told HT on Sunday that neither the Quran nor the Hadith (Prophet’s sayings) had approved Talibani veil (head to toe).
He said veil was a social issue and should be looked in that perspective. Pointing out that there was no dress code in Islam, Dr Sadiq said the religion had laid stress only on modesty of women. Quoting Surah Noor of the Quran, Dr Sadiq said it was necessary even for men not to look in the face women to protect her modesty.
However, AIMPLB member and Naib Imam Eidgah Maulana Khalid Rashid said, “The interpretation of the Quran was not Shabana Azmi’s domain and the statement reflected her ignorance about the tenets of the religion.” He also quoted “Surah Noor” to buttress his point about purdah.