27 April 2016

'The hijab has no place in hospitals': Muslim writer says medicine should be free from religion and 'health hazard' clothing should be banned

Recently, I went to a large NHS teaching hospital in London for a blood test. A young couple was behind me in the queue.

He was wearing a suit. She was completely covered. When I was finished and it was their turn, he started getting agitated and spoke loudly at the young man who was due to take blood from his wife.

The husband of the woman in hijab would not let a male doctor take blood. 'I need a woman to do this' he demanded angrily.

When the male nurse explained that there was no one else to take blood, the husband marched his wife away. There would be no blood test for her that day.

It turned out that the morality council in Saudi Arabia had recently announced that no Muslim woman could go to a hospital without a male relative and woman had to be seen by female doctors.

These doctrines are increasingly be followed to the letter by so-called devout Muslims here too.

We are seeing the rise of Wahhabism, a 19th century Saudi Arabian invention, throughout UK society and now in our state hospitals. [Daily Mail] Read more