Rabat - Mohammed Fizazi, a reformed Moroccan Salafi-jihadist sheikh, said on Sunday that he will consider wearing the Hijab to be heresy if the Moroccan religious authorities adopt that position.
Rabat – Mohammed Fizazi, a reformed Moroccan Salafi-jihadist sheikh, said on Sunday that he will consider wearing the Hijab to be heresy if the Moroccan religious authorities adopt that position.
The famous Moroccan ultra-conservative cleric posted on his FaceBook page a controversial statement asserting that “if the Higher Council of Ulema, the Commander of the Faithful or any Scientific Council in any Moroccan city issued a statement confirming that wearing the hijab is heresy and alien to Moroccan society, I would be the first to abide by it.”
Concerning the hijab, the sheikh said that it has nothing to do with chastity. “I do not consider those who don’t wear the hijab as not chaste,” the cleric said. “There are veiled women who are not chaste, just as there are non-veiled women who are chaste,” the sheikh said, adding that the matter “for me has nothing to do with the dress.”
However, the cleric stressed that wearing the hijab is an Islamic directive that women are required to comply with.
The statement of the Moroccan cleric caused controversy among social media users. Many comments were critical of the Cleric’s statement, accusing him of being a “hypocrite.”
While most Islamic scholars say that the hijab is obligatory, some do not. Pro-hijab scholars base their view on one of the Quran’s verses that reads, “O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves [part] of their outer garments.” 33:60 – Al-Ahzab (The Combined Forces).