‘There’s only one verse in Ko­ran on cov­er­ing up’

The Herald on Sunday - - NEWS -

PAIGHAM Mustafa, left, ar­gues the wear­ing of a face veil is not an obli­ga­tion found in the Ko­ran. He said there is only one verse in the Ko­ran – in chap­ter 71:7 – that men­tions peo­ple com­pletely cov­er­ing them­selves, but he said they are “only those who want to hide and wish to avoid the truth”. Mustafa said: “In Pak­istani cities like La­hore and Karachi, pros­ti­tutes dress in burkas to ply their trade by the road­side, even in day­light hours – but only to avoid recog­ni­tion. There is no cloth­ing that can be termed as ‘Is­lamic’ or ‘unIs­lamic’. The Ko­ran does not pro­mote any par­tic­u­lar tra­di­tional or tribal cloth­ing and al­lows free­dom of dress in line with mod­esty for both for women and men.”

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