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Introduction of Hijab
The Syrian-American Muslim Mohja Kahf writes in a poem:

“My body is not your battleground

My hair is neither sacred nor cheap,

neither the cause of your disarray
nor the path to your liberation
My hair will not bring progress and clean water

if it flies unbraided in the breeze
It will not save us from our attackers

if it is wrapped and shielded from the sun”

This is perhaps the most eloquent summary of SIS’s position on “dress codes” for Muslim women, specifically regarding the hijab. Whether banned in countries like Turkey and France, or mandated on pain of severe penalties in countries like Saudi Arabia and Iran, the hijab remains emotive for many Muslims and non-Muslims. SIS’s position is that there have been different interpretations and practices resulting from the Qur’anic injunction on Muslim men and women to dress modestly. This does not give governments or any other human authorities the right to legislate on whether Muslim women must or must not wear the hijab. As the letters and statements in this section show, the hijab remains a controversial issue in Malaysia as well.

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