24 April 2017

Muslim group in Oxford supports UKIP's proposal to ban the burka

A MUSLIM group in Oxford has backed controversial proposals from UKIP to ban full face veils in public.

Muslim Educational Centre of Oxford director Dr Taj Hargey stressed his organisation did not endorse the party's 'right-wing agenda' but supported the 'sensible proposal' to ban the burka and niqab.

He did not comment on other plans unveiled by UKIP's leader Paul Nuttall today, which include a moratorium on the creation of new Islamic faith schools, banning sharia law and calls to prosecute parents of girls who are subjected to female genital mutilation. These were branded 'full-throttled Islamophobia' by critics.

Dr Hargey, Imam of the Oxford Islamic Congregation, said in a statement: "By banning the burka, Britain would belatedly follow the courageous lead of France, Belgium, Bulgaria, Morocco, Chad, Niger and other nations in outlawing this hideous tribal rag that has nothing to do with Islam, but only besmirches the Holy Qur’an.

"Instead of the liberal pandering to burgeoning Muslim extremism in the UK – which champions facial concealment as a religious requirement and ‘personal choice’ – the British public should be advised that there is no obligation for female facial coverings in Islam’s divine scripture. [Oxford Mail] Read more