British Muslim women respect fatwa, keep hijab

While respecting a recent fatwa by a leading British Muslim scholar allowing them to take off hijab to avoid spiraling harassment, a number of young British Muslim women said they would keep their religious dress code and seek police protection against racists.

“As a British citizen I have every right to wear my hijab, which is part of my Muslim identity,” Yusra, a University of London student, told by phone. “If harassed because of my religion, I would immediately resort to the Metropolitan Police to protect me from racists.”

She maintained that taking off her hijab would be tantamount to giving in to extremists and racists “who would not stop at that”.

Islam Online, 30 July 2005