Re: Somali women’s religious rights abused inside Somali embassy in Kenya

By IndepthAfrica
In East Africa
Nov 20th, 2012
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By Hassan Mohamed

Somali women’s religious rights abused inside Somali embassy in Kenya. There are two things here that I want point out: One, is whether such thing exist in the first place. Second, is if Somali women who are Muslims are required to removed their hijab in order to take a picture for their passport.

To began with whether such thing exist, I really don’t know personally whether it is true or not, but it saddened me when I see this article, and I am going to leave it for further inquire and the investigators and the leaders to find out if that is exist and true. But if it is true, it is sad and unacceptable for such behavior to occur in our embassies and to conduct these things. Because it violates our most fundamental right, which is the right to be a Muslim, and the rights of our fellow Muslim citizens, women.

Also whether is required the Muslim women to remove their hijab in order to take a picture for their passport, that is simply wrong. When I see all the comments are made so far, it seems like people don’t understand the point of the article is making here, which is the requirement of the removal of the hijab. One of the comment is made here by a person name Bin Hassan, even told us how the ambassador reacted and answered the story. The ambassador, H. E. M. Ali Nur, denied the whole story, but he didn’t answered the crucial point, which is whether the embassy required the Muslim women to remove their hijab as a part of the process. Also the ambassador said there ere even women who work the embassy to help and serve the women for their privacy. Of course it has to be that way. As a Muslim society, in any section of our institution that women need to came or to have a business with, there has to be a women who help and serve our women for their privacy . But, again, there are no answer for the whole point here which is the requirement of our Muslim women to remove their hijab in our embassies.

There are three things why it is wrong:

First, it violates our religion and our believe and also our constitution for the requirement of the removal of the hijab.

Second, it violates the rights to be a Muslim women, to wear a hijab, and to be a citizen in their embassy.

Third, there is no need to remove the hijab because what is required in the passport or any other I D is the face to take a picture not the head, or any other part of the body. Remember the whole point is to have the identity of the person, which is the face.

So, let me put in a prospective here. It is a sad, wrong, unnecessary, and unacceptable to see people who suppose to be our representative as a Muslim society to go against our values and principles, and violates our rights. If that is true, it has to change. We cannot have a system that is ours, yet against us. We need to have a system that works for us.

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