Karachay-Cherkessia Introduces Ban on Wearing Niqab

The Spiritual Administration of Muslims of the Karachay-Cherkess Republic has decided to temporarily ban the wearing of the niqab, Mufti of the Karachay-Cherkess Republic Ismail Khadzhi Berdiev told TASS. According to him, the measure was initiated for security purposes and until the identified threats are eliminated.

The Muftiate of Karachay-Cherkessia has decided to ban the wearing of the niqab in the republic. According to Sharia, wearing clothes that completely hide the face is not provided for , the source noted .

Earlier, the Coordination Center of Muslims of the North Caucasus issued a statement, according to which wearing the niqab , burqa and other headdresses that hide the face causes practical harm to Muslims and poses a threat of discord. Representatives of the muftiate called for action in the interests of the development of Islam.

Before this, Boris Dolgov, a leading researcher at the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, noted that niqabs have not yet been used during terrorist attacks in Russia, but they are a potential danger . These Muslim headdresses should be banned in the Russian Federation in order to stop the Islamist underground, he said.

In addition, after the terrorist attacks in Derbent and Makhachkala, the head of the spiritual administration of Dagestan, Akhmad Abdullayev, warned that a theological opinion on the ban of the niqab in the republic would soon appear. According to him, many religious people throughout Russia are wary of this topic, but he is not afraid of criticism.

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