The mufti called discrimination the ban on hijabs in schools of Mordovia

Salah Haji Mezhiev

A ban on wearing Muslim headscarves in educational institutions of Mordovia is the infringement of human rights. This was stated by the mufti of Chechnya Salah Haji Mezhiev, reported on Wednesday, January 25, on the page of the Spiritual administration of Muslims of the region in Instagram.

As noted in the entry, “prescribed in the Holy Quran the attire of Muslim women is an integral part of religion.” “According to the Constitution, there is infringement of human rights and discrimination based on religion, which proves a violation of Federal law,” — said the mezhiyev.

Chechen scholar notes that “Muslims have the right to dress according to the canons of Islam and the traditions of their people”, and wondered why, in this case “it is impossible for students to wear the headscarf or hijab in educational institutions”. The mufti also condemned the actions of the Mordovian officials and the Minister of education and science of Russia Olga Vasilyeva.

The row over the ban on headscarves erupted in the Tatar village of Belozerye earlier in January, reports the newspaper “Business Online”. According to her, in order to prevent extremism on the eve of the world Cup, which Russia will host in 2018, the leadership of the region demanded from the teachers and the students of local schools to remove the Islamic headscarf.

24 Jan Vasiliev commented. She pointed out that the question already decided by the Constitutional court, which ruled that “the hijab as emphasizing national identity has no place in school.” “I don’t think truly religious people attribute their attitude to the faith, we try to emphasize,” — said the Minister of education.

The Supreme court of Russia upheld the ban on wearing headscarves and other religious paraphernalia, as well as mini-skirts, jeans, clothing with plunging neckline and body piercing in schools of Mordovia in February 2015. Initially, the ban was established by the government of the Republic.