Assalamu Alaykum wa RahmatuLlahi wa Barakatuhu, Firdaus Amasa stood up to say no to the infringement of the Right that female Muslim Law students have been subjected to in law school and during the Call to Bar ceremony. During the Call to Bar ceremony on Wednesday, 13th of December 2017, she was not allowed to enter the hall because she refused to remove her hijab and protect her pride and dignity. For this reason, she was not called to Bar. A brave young muslimah has made so many proud with her courageous stance to retain her Hijab over taking part in a Call to Bar ceremony. One with an iota of Faith will know that the Hijab is not a cultural/fashion statement but an injunction from the Almighty. Women should be allowed to cover and protect their dignity. Islam promotes this through Hijab as shown in the verse below: “O Prophet! Tell thy wives and daughters, and the believing women, that they should cast their outer garments over their persons (when abroad): that is most convenient, that they should be known (as such) and not molested. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” -Sura Al-Ahzab, Verse 59 Also, as narrated Umar: I said, “O Allah’s Messenger, Good and bad persons enter upon you, so I suggest that you order the mothers of the Believers (i.e. your wives) to observe veils.” Then Allah revealed the Verses of Al- Hijab.” Sahih al-Bukhari Justice must not be one-sided.
Freedom to practice without being victimised/stigmatised is a fundamental right protected by the Constitution of this country. We must do all we can to end any form of discrimination against all, especially in following religious injunctions. 1Ummah thereby calls for the end of discrimination against hijab, and we collectively stand with Firdaus and demand Justice for her.
Abubakar Sadiq Muhammad Amir/President, 1Ummah