Nigerians including Muslims and non Muslims have been challenged to display tolerance towards women using Hijab.
The Chief Imam of Lagos State House of Assembly, Dr. Abdul Hakeem Abdul Lateef stated this at the special Jummat service prayer to commemorate the World Hijab day at Alausa Secretariat Mosque, Ikeja, Lagos.
The Cleric said that everyone must understand that obedience to God is one cardinal point of any religion and the use of Hijab is not an exception.
Allah says in the Holy Quran that Hijab is garment of taqwa (fear of God), so, let us defend Hijab as Muslims, and be the defenders of the truth, as obeying God's commands is not negotiable, he said
Abdul Hakeem who is also a Lawyer and the Lagos State Commissioner for Home Affiars said that the law was very clear on the issue of hijab as it guaranteed every individuals freedom to follow any religion.
He mentioned that muslims irrespective of thier position and status in life must remain good ambassador of Islam and the country, stressing that individual like the Nigeria's Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, (JAMB) Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede among other Muslims have achieved this feat which will resonate for many years to come.
He also admonished parents and guardians to support the use of Hijab, stressing that they must catch them young and allow them to use it, before it is too late.
According to him, 'Hijab is an identity of Islam and so users are not allowed to involved in anything demeaning activities that can taint it's sanctity.
Dr. Abdul-Hakeem who urged members of the public not to see Hijab users as fundamentalists, but those complying to the dictates of the almighty God, however, enjoined the Hijab users to always be outstanding in their public endeavors.
Source: Voice of Nigeria