Srinagar: The top Islamic group Majlis-e-Tahu Faz-e-Iman constituting Muslim ulemas, maulvis and separatist leaders which ordered the expelling of Christian missionaries from the state have now passed a decree for Muslim women to wear veil and hijab and not to work in company of men. The decree says, venturing out of home without a veil and working in the company of men is Un-Islamic.

The decision was issued in the meeting of Majlis-e-Tahu Faz-e-Iman held on Saturday and was chaired by former Hurriyat Chairman and chief Shia leader Maulana Abbas Ansari. They discussed on prevention of Un-Islamic habits adopted by the youth in the valley and on the dress code of working women in offices and schools.

Arriving on a collective decision, the ulemas issued a decree which said, “Although Islam grants equal rights to women working out of their homes but it has some religious principles. Therefore, they must adhere to Islamic rules and must wear a veil to work; non adherence to which will be considered Un-Islamic.”

Eminent leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami, Jamaat-e-Ahl and various Muslim organizations and prominent maulvis of the state took part in the four hour long meeting.
 
It is to be noted, a meeting was conducted by religious leader Mirwaiz Maulwi Umar Farooq and Kashmir’s Mufti-e-Azam Mufti Bashiruddin with all maulvis, ulemas and Muslim organizations in October last year on the issue of religion conversion in the state.

They formed Tahu Faz e-Iman to instill Islamic values in the Muslim youth.

JPN/Bureau