The Mufti of Rwandan Muslim Salim, Hitimaa during the Eid al-Fitr celebrations barred muslim women living in Rwanda from wearing full-face veils, Nijab.
Explaining the reason for the directive, Hitimaa said the veil conceals faces, adding that it has been used by terrorists across the world to compromise security.
Hitimaa supported the decision to stop Muslim women from covering their faces by saying that the Quuran states “Women to cover all parts of the body but not their faces and the hands.”
Spokesperson for the Rwanda police hailed the decision by the High Council of Muslims in Rwanda banning Nijab, adding that the security supports any action that aims to ensure maximum security.
“Rwanda National Police supports any decision by any institution, religious denominations and other civil society organization that aims at complementing existing policies and initiatives to ensure maximum security,” said RNP spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Celestin Twahirwa.