EU Workplace Headscarf Ban

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh (Peace, Blessings & Mercy of Allah be upon You).

This statement is being issued on the 14th of March 2017 and supersedes all previous statements on the subject.

We begin with stating our general agreement with the “Position Statement” of  MCB and European Forum for Muslim Women.

We find the ruling of European Court of Justice (ECJ) that headscarves can be banned at workplace disappointing and an increasing encroachment upon personal liberty and freedom. We subscribe to pluralism and affirm that an individual should have the right to practise their belief. Rulings from ECJ in the last few years have been narrowing some of the rights borne out of Article 9 of the European Convention of Human Rights. We also find it disappointing that this ruling will overwhelming affect the Muslims of Europe.

Full court ruling can be read here.

If you are a British Muslim and affected by this Ban, contact (Solicitor) Yunus Lunat on 07974 645 014.

[2:216] …But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah Knows, while you know not.

Wifaqul Ulama was one of the many Muslim public organisations which backed “Remain” during the Brexit referendum. Many Muslims in this country were disappointed at the outcome of the referendum. This ruling from ECJ comes on the eve of our country on the brink of leaving European Union and taking steps to (legally) disengage our constitutional framework from Europe. It is possible, that we (for the time being) will remain unaffected by this ruling. We should ponder upon the verse of the Qur’aan and it should reinforce our belief that sometimes that there are things which we dislike but from the disliked matters comes an outcome which may be favourable to us.

We submit to the divine wisdom and Mercy of Allah Ta’ala.

Nevertheless, we should also realise that this ruling from ECJ is built upon a blanket ban on all religious and political symbols. There is a possibility that British Parliament or Courts may attempt to bring this “blanket ban” to our country. Simply leaving the European Union is no guarantee that our personal liberties will be protected. We also strongly believe that Muslims in this country should stand up and speak out on these issues otherwise there is a chance that prejudices against faith communities will be normalised in UK.

Tolerance and acceptance are British values and we believe that Muslims in this country should work tremendously hard to ensure that these British values are not only strenuously protected but also vigorously advocated and practised. We (Muslims) should take a principled stance and active role in promoting these values because these are (inherently) Islamic values.

Wifaqul Ulama therefore urges all Muslims to redouble their efforts in reaching out to our fellow British citizens in showing them the beautiful teachings of our religion.

Thank You