'There is no verse in the Quran that says women should cover their faces'

Dr Taj Hargey, the Imam at the Oxford Islamic Congregation and founder of the Open Mosque in Cape Town says Boris Johnson should “not apologise for telling the truth”.

Johnson has written a newspaper column that women wearing burkas look like letterboxes or bank robbers and says that it is ridiculous that people chose to wear them.

Hargey says the idea that it is Islamic mandate for women to cover up from head to toe is utter rubbish because none of that is written in the Quran.

There is no verse in the Quran that says women should cover their faces, all the Quran talks about is modesty... This is a male device to control women.

Dr Taj Hargey, imam at the Oxford Islamic Congregation

I don't support Boris Johnson politically but I think on this particular issue he didn't go too far. I mean it is one thing to say these people look like letterboxes and bank robbers and step back, I want to ban this thing ...

Dr Taj Hargey, imam at the Oxford Islamic Congregation

Did you know that Muslim women are banned from covering their faces when they go on pilgrimage to Mecca? So if they are not required to cover their faces in the most holiest of places, why are they required to cover their faces in the streets of Cape Town or London?

Dr Taj Hargey, imam at the Oxford Islamic Congregation

Hargey says he is against the burkas because it is a security risk, it is not clear who is behind the musk during criminal acts.

He says it is an act of gender inequality because no man is allowed to walk the streets with his face covered but women, on the other hand, are allowed.

Man cannot walk the streets of Cape Town with a face mask but somehow a woman can. So how come we are having two rules, one for men and the other for women?

Dr Taj Hargey, imam at the Oxford Islamic Congregation

Either everyone has the right to cover their faces or no one does...

Dr Taj Hargey, imam at the Oxford Islamic Congregation

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