CAIRO — A Canadian government decision to expel a Muslim student from a school for refusing to remove her niqab (face-veil) angered the sizable Muslim minority which considered the move discriminatory.
"To deny a person the chance of integration just because they follow what they believe is correct for them is wrong," Salam Elmenyawi, president of the Muslim Council of Montreal, told the Montreal Gazette on Wednesday, March 3.
Quebec's human rights commission is considering a case by a Muslim student who was expelled from Saint Laurent school in Montreal for wearing niqab.
The girl, whose identity remains a mystery, was studying French as a part of a government-sponsored integration program.
Elmenyawi insists that the issue could have been solved quietly through negotiation.
"It's this idea of manufacturing cases of hysteria over reasonable accommodation," he said, slamming the decision as discriminatory.Riiight. And there's never any coercion from male relatives who might, say, kill her for flouting their authority and deciding to truly "intergrate" by not covering up.
"I've been personally consulted by Concordia and other universities in cases like this, and have always been able to find a solution."
While hijab is an obligatory code of dress for Muslim women, the majority of Muslim scholars agree that a woman is not obliged to wear the face-veil.
Scholars believe it is up to women to decide whether or not to cover their faces...
Can't wait for the Quebec "human rights" outfit to weigh in on the matter. No doubt it will lay down the law (the ideologically-driven infidel law which, in this case at least, seems to dovetail quite nicely with sharia) and abjure the "discrimination".
Update: The Montreal Gazette fills in some of the gaps that Islam Online leaves out:
...Fortin said Immigration Department officials did their best to accommodate the needs of the woman, who began language classes in late August and was expelled at the beginning of November.
She initially agreed to remove her niqab when meeting with a female student adviser and when posing for her school ID card. She also agreed to receive some instruction without the niqab from a female teacher in an isolated area of the school.
The teacher allowed her to give an oral presentation at the back of the classroom, facing away from other students. She complained that some male students could still see her face, however, and asked that they be moved to a different part of the classroom.
Her demands created a tense atmosphere and caused problems at the school, Fortin said.There's "reasonable accommodation" and then there's "my way or the highway, kafir." It's clear which one was manifest in this instance.
The student was the only one expelled over the issue among 39,000 who took the French course last year...