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Embrace hijab or forget our votes, Muslim women tell politicians

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AL-MU’MINAAT (The Believing Women) Organisation has urged politicians vying for various offices in the country to respect the right of female Muslim on the use of hijab.

The national amirah, Hajiya Nimatullah Abdullateef, at the closing ceremony of the organisation’s 23rd national convention and Annual Training Forum held in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, said the believing women would only vote candidates who respect their “inalienable right” to use of hijab.

The deputy governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Mrs Noimot Salako-Oyedele, was a special guest at the event.

“We are not a political organisation but all our members across different zones in country will not vote any candidate who refuses the right to use hijab. So, no hijab no vote,” Hajiya Abdullateef declared.

Lamenting how, according to her, the society is drifting towards moral declension, Abdullateef said shameful acts in various forms had become the order of the day.

“Today, man is in a state of confusion. Social vices and moral decadence have become the norm in the society, music has become the order of the day and musicians are using their medium to promote all sorts of atrocities, evils and social vices. Our Muslim women cannot freely use their hijab. Our young girls are not safe. Our women at homes have become victims of battery and rape.

“Apart from the prevalence of moral decadence and social vices in the world today, there is also a disheartening situation of economic recession and depression and political instability, war, insecurity, insurgency and natural disaster. The situation is so terrible that suicide has now become the order of the day, as suicide rate keeps increasing at alarming rate daily,” she said.

She added that efforts by mankind to proffer solutions to these problems would only amount to futility if recourse was not made to God.

“Allah emphasises the need for mankind to keep a steady and constant relationship with Him for proper guidance. So, any attempt by man to run his affairs by himself without the guidance of the creator will only put him terrible situation. The only hope is to revert to Allah and adopt the pristine teachings of Islam.

“This proposition is not merely hypothetical as its actual manifestation can be seen all around us. A very good example is the trend in the financial sector globally on the adoption of the Islamic non-interest banking,” amirah stated.

Hajiya Abdullateef urged the Federal Government and the Independent National Electoral Commission) to adopt the Islamic principle of justice, equity, fairness and truthfulness in the conduct of the forthcoming general elections.

She also advised the electorate not to show apathy but participate actively in the process without fear or favour.

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