The Osun state chapter of the Christian Association Of Nigeria, has been issued a warning by the Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria, MUSWEN, against challenging the court ruling on the wearing of hijab by female students in the state.
According to them, the wearing of Hijab, is a “directive of Allah on earth.”
Justice Jide Falola, the presiding judge in the case filed by the Osun State Muslim Community against the state government, ruled that it is the fundamental rights of the female students in the state to wear hijab.
Prof Dawud O.S.Noibi, the Executive Secretary of MUSWEN, who spoke to some reporters in Osun advised CAN, to either accept the court’s order or seek redress.
Speaking further, Noibi, insisted that the court ruling does not in anyway compel every Muslim student in the state to wear hijab, but added that ‘ resort to self help will ultimately help nobody.”
Our Advice to CAN in Osun State in view of the foregoing, is to deeply consider the advice which one of the most respected Christian leaders in Nigeria, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, offered at a recent round-table on Law and Religion.
His Grace said the nation should adopt the policy that no law should prohibit what religion prescribes or require citizens to do what religion prohibits.
The Osun State chapter of CAN should learn a lesson from this advice. Besides, on purely moral grounds, one may ask: how does a Muslim girl’s wearing of hijab offend a Christian? Moreover, the court ruling does not compel all Muslim students to wear hijab. It is left entirely to the choice of the individual student who wishes to obey the order coming from her Creator.
The CAN leadership must be told that what they are doing in this case is challenging the directive of Allah. Do they really feel comfortable preventing people from doing the Will of God on earth as it is done in heaven? If, however, CAN still feels strongly about the judgement, let them follow the commendable example of the Muslims of Lagos State by following the path of law.
Recall it was only recently ruled by an Osun State High Court that Muslim female students in public primary and secondary schools in the state were free to wear Hijab in their schools.