Federation of Muslim Women Association in Nigeria, FOMWA, Osun State chapter has called on Muslim women to see wearing of hijab as an act of faith and obedience to their Creator.
The state Amirah, Alhaja Suaibat Babalola-Adubi, stated this during a press conference held at the NUJ Correspondents’ Chapel, Osogbo as part of the programmes lined up for this year’s hijab celebration.
Adubi, who described the celebration of hijab as global event that encourages Muslim faithful called for the sustenance of hijab in order to distinguish Muslim women from other women, both in appearance and behaviour.
Adubi said, hijab symbolises the religious duty ordained by Allah as seen in Quran chapter 33 verse 59.
She called for the awareness about the virtue of hijab and of religious tolerance.
“The activities are set to create awareness about the virtue of hijab and deepen other people’s understanding about hijab and its religious tolerance,” Adubi said.
According to her, hijab must not be used to perpetrate dastardly act as seen by the Boko Haram terrorists.”
She called on stakeholders at all levels to grant Muslim girls full rights to practice their religion.
Adubi, however, implored all lovers of hijab and humanity to celebrate hijab in the mainstream of the public life, and also ensure its purity as described in the holy Quran 33: 53.
Echoing a similar view, Alhaja Rahamat Yusuff, said hijab wearing is an injunction from Allah as contained in the Holy books of both Muslims and Christians.
Yusuff further said it was surprising for anybody or institution to be antagonizing or call for legislation against the divine injunction.
She said it was ignorance on the part of those criticizing the wearing of hijab as it does not in any way diminish the status of those wearing it.
She encouraged Muslim girls and women wearing it not to despair or be intimidated as they are protected under both the divine law and Nigerian constitution.
While frowning against the call for ban on hijab over security challenges in Nigeria, Alhaja Yusuff said on the contrary, hijab “promotes modesty, decency and seeks to minimise immorality within the society.”

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