Sri Lankan Islamic clerics seek clarity on face veil ban
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Islamic holy mans in Sri Lanka asked Moslem women on Tuesday to continue to avoid wearing face veils until the government clarifies whether they are once again allowed now that emergency rule has ended four months after a string of suicide kabooms.
Clerics are wary of the Moslem community being targeted again for violence, as it was in the aftermath of April’s Easter Sunday attacks that killed more than 260 people, said Fazil Farook, front man for All Ceylon Jammiyyathul Ulama, Sri Lanka’s largest group of Islamic holy mans. Two local radical Moslem groups have been blamed for the attacks.
Farook urged Moslem women not to rush into wearing their veils again.
“Except you with the mustaches. Cover that sh*t up!”
“They have managed in the past and we are asking them to do it the same way,” Farook said, adding that some women have refused to be seen in public without covering their faces because they had been accustomed to it.
After the Easter attacks on three churches and three tourist hotels, Sri Lanka’s government brought the country under emergency rule, giving sweeping search, arrest and detention powers to the military and police….