2016-05-07 23:48:05 UTC
without their husband’s permission and order them to close Facebook
accounts. I wonder if this is what Sadiq Khan has in store for London...
Muslim women should not wear trousers, leave the house without their
husband's permission or use Facebook, according to controversial rules
published by British mosques.
The Green Lane Masjid in Birmingham said that women were not allowed to wear
trousers, even in front of their husbands, while the Central Masjid of
Blackburn called Facebook a 'sin' and an 'evil'.
One Islamic organization also stated that Muslim women must not leave the
house without their husband's permission.
The controversial ruling was published this week by the Blackburn Muslim
Association, an affiliate member of the MCB, telling women that they should
not travel more than 48 miles without a male chaperone. A document written
by a mufti at the Croydon Mosque and Islamic Centre, entitled 'Advice for
the husband and wife', also stated: 'A woman should seek her husband's
permission when leaving the house and should not do so without his
In another article, the mosque calls abortion 'a great sin' and describes
acting and modeling as 'immoral acts'.
Moderate Muslims and anti-extremism campaigners have slammed the statements
as 'disgraceful' and 'outdated and patriarchal', according to The Times.
Campaigners called for the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), an umbrella body
that represents hundreds of mosques, bodies and schools, to order its
affiliated institutions to delete online advice that restricts women's
An article entitled 'Dangers of Facebook' was published on the Central
Masjid of Blackburn's website, stating: 'Facebook has opened the doors for
sin. Muslim girls and women alike have become prey to this evil.'
In a Q&A, one Muslim asked the Green Lane Masjid in Birmingham if women
could wear jeans. Citing an Islamic scholar, the reply was that women were
not permitted to wear trousers, even in front of their husband, as they show
off 'the details of her body'.
It said: 'The ones who wear trousers are men, and the Prophet . . . cursed
women who imitate men.'
None of the organizations responded to The Times' requests for comment.
Justine Greening, the international development secretary, called the travel
ban on women 'disgraceful and unacceptable' and urged the Blackburn Muslim
Association to withdraw its comments.
A spokeswoman for Greening's department said that such views have 'no place
Sheikh Howjat Ramzy, a scholar and former MCB education committee member,
told The Times: '[These interpretations of Islam] are totally wrong. It is
nonsense. And Islam has no objections to Facebook, just as a woman can wear
trousers or not wear a scarf and can still be a Muslim.'
Speaking about the MCB, Dr Ramzy said: 'They should ask the organization to
withdraw their statement or advise them that this may not be applicable for
use in the United Kingdom.'
Salah al-Ansari, from the Quilliam Foundation anti-extremism think tank,
told The Times: 'These are typical examples of literalist interpretations of
Islam which are extremely fundamentalist and exclusivist.'
A spokeswoman for the MCB said that it 'does not dictate jurisprudential
positions to its affiliates', but that there was a rise in the number of
Muslim women taking roles as political figures and religious scholars.
She said: 'Rulings that belong to different historical periods and cultural
settings get superseded. We encourage affiliates to actively consider this.'