When a teacher began wearing a full-face veil to class, she cited her religious right to don the niqab. However, just as she was headed to her classroom, she received an unexpected reply.
As the Muslim population grows, so does the demand for Sharia law, showcasing that the more Islamic a nation is, the more oppressed it becomes. Such is the case in every country that now boasts a Muslim majority.
Thanks to the Quran and hadith, some of the most barbaric compulsions are legally mandated in Islamic regimes. Along with the non-Muslim minority, women receive the brunt of the oppression as Sharia dictates every aspect of the religious, political, and social setting. Disturbingly, there are still women who are willing to defend and even enforce such misogynistic mandates even when offered the sweet taste of freedom.
Despite being an island nation with a whopping 98-percent Muslim population, the people of the Maldives maintain a somewhat secular atmosphere in order to keep their booming Western tourism business flourishing. So, when a Muslim woman was offered a job at a state-run primary school in Kunahandhoo in the Laamu Atoll, employers informed her that they require that staff and students refrain from wearing the veil on school property.
Once hired, the Muslim teacher immediately bucked the school’s rule that she must show her face, arriving at her job with the full-face veil. After receiving a warning that she must remove the niqab while at the school, the teacher reminded her employers that she has a religious right to cover her face and that Sharia law trumps their requirement. Unfortunately for her, she was sorely mistaken.
Local news outlet Raajje.mv reports that when the Muslim teacher arrived at class to begin teaching, she received her termination notice, which informed her that she no longer worked at the school since she repeatedly posed a “security threat” by refusing to show her face.
The letter cited several legal mandates to support their right to deny her special religious accommodation, reiterating that the students’ and staff members’ safety comes first.
The letter sent to her sites clauses in articles 273 and 47 of the Civil Services Act, which have to do with security and violation of procedure, respectively.
Article 273’s second clause allows a civil servant to be terminated from employment if he or she presents a credible threat to the security of the institution they are employed at.
The third clause of 47 allows for termination on the grounds that the employee in question has violated procedures set out by the Civil Service Commission.
In her letter of release, school officials added that they had given her a previous warning to remove the veil, which she ignored. They also confirmed that they were reluctant to hire her in the first place, since she displayed an unwillingness to adhere to the school’s dress code, making her a high-risk employee.
The teacher was informed that she could wear the hijab, which aligns with the Quran’s requirement that women must cover themselves. However, she instead chose to don the niqab, which conceals all facial features except for the eyes, making it impossible to identify the wearer.
Ironically, the teacher was hired to conduct Quran lessons since she held a background in Islamic studies. Still, she found that she would be forced to adopt a slightly secular approach while teaching, which included allowing students and school officials to see her whole face.
The case is similar to one from August 2017, which saw a 30-year-old Muslim primary school teacher on the neighboring island of Mathiveri fired for refusing to remove her niqab. During her termination, school officials cited the 2014 Civil Service Commission regulation, which states that the civil servants “must be dressed in a manner that makes them easily identifiable,” according to the Maldives Independent.
“If the primary school teacher, Aishath Suzy, continues to report to work, we request the school to inform her to report to work in an identifiable manner,” read the education ministry’s notice to the principal of Mathiveri school.
Although the Maldives is a Muslim-majority nation, like many others, they understand just how dangerous the niqab is. The full-face veil prohibits authorities from identifying the wearer, which is notoriously used to assist criminals and terrorists in carrying out nefarious acts without fear of being caught.
Of course, like many others, this oppressive and backward mandate comes from the Quran and hadith, which do not require the full-face covering specifically but do command men, who are superior to women, to order females to cover themselves.
- Quran (33:59) – “Tell thy wives and thy daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks close round them…” Men determine how women dress.
- Quran (4:34) – “Men are in charge of women, because Allah hath made the one of them to excel the other, and because they spend of their property (for the support of women). So good women are the obedient, guarding in secret that which Allah hath guarded. As for those from whom ye fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to beds apart, and scourge them. Then if they obey you, seek not a way against them.”
- Quran (2:228) – “and the men are a degree above them [women]”
Although Muslims are required to obey and enforce Sharia law, many of the religious compulsions prove to be too oppressive and dangerous even for them. Incredibly, sometimes it takes a third-world Muslim nation like the Maldives to show the tolerant yet ignorant West how to properly reign in Islam.