LAHORE/KARACHI - The Jamaat-e-Islami observed World Hijab Day on Wednesday across the country to foster the significance of veil in the lives of Muslim women.
In Lahore, the JI staged a demonstration in front of Lahore Press Club with a pledge to promote Allah’s commandment for women to cover their heads and faces and to counter legislations against Hijab by the European countries. The demonstration was led by JI women wing leaders, Aafia Sarwar, Humaira Tariq, Zubaida Jabeen and Sameea Raheel Qazi. Dr Fauzia Siddiqi specially attended the demonstration.
The protesters were holding banners and placards inscribed with slogans against the western biased legislation to deprive Muslim women of their religious freedom to have Hijab and Muslim governments’ criminal silence over this vital issue of Islamic heritage.
The banners and placards reminded the world of merciless killing of Muslim expatriate in Germany Marwa Al-Sherbini who was murdered by a local Christian fanatic for wearing Hijab and later acquitted by the local court.
JI deputy secretary general Dr Farid Ahmed Piracha, JI foreign affairs chief Abdul Ghaffar Aziz and others also participated in the demonstration. They said that Hijab was an important Islamic tenet, which ensured the security, protection and respect for women.
They urged the government to observe September 4 as Hijab Day as Pakistan is an Islamic ideological state. They appreciated Punjab Governor Chaudhary Muhammad Sarwar for holding a function at the Governor House in connection with the Hijab Day.
In Karachi, the Jamaat held a walk from Baitul Mukarram Mosque to Hasan Square in which a good number of women participated.
Deputy Secretaries Durdana Siddiqui, Kausar Masood, Central leader of JI Women Wing Ayesha Munawar, JI Nazima Karachi Rana Fazal, JI Nazima Sindh Afshan Naveed and others were also present on the occasion. The women raised JI flags, banners, placards and posters inscribed with slogans in favour of World Hijab Day.
Later, addressing a press conference the JI leaders said the international media should respect the women and did not spread the abusive and filthy norms against the women.
JI Karachi Nazima said that the Islamic movements of the world in the year of 2004 had decided to observe World Hijab Day on September 4 every year, as the western world was attempting to initiate unannounced war against veil in the western countries. France was the first country imposed ban on veil, which is a sheer violence of human rights as well as women rights, she added.