Quantcast
Latest Stories

Muslim lawmakers ask DepEd chief to review ‘no face veil’ policy in classes

By

MANILA, Philippines—Muslim lawmakers are asking Education Secretary Armin Luistro to reconsider his directive requesting Muslim public schoolteachers not to wear their face veils in the classroom, so as not to unduly interfere with their beliefs, religion, and culture.

The lawmakers said in a joint statement that although Luistro’s directive was worded as a request, it still conflicts with the teachings of the Quran and “is patently offensive to the religious feelings of the Muslim people, and would the provisions of the Islamic Dress Code.”

Luistro’s directive states that teachers handling Arabic Language and Islamic Values Education are requested to remove the niqab or veil covering the face when teaching in the classroom.

This was intended to promote relations between the teacher and the student and to support effective language teaching. If students see the teachers’ lips during the lesson, this would help them in the correct production of letter sounds, he had explained.

The lawmakers said in the statement that even if the removal of the face veil would only be implemented on a case-to-case basis, it was still detrimental to their culture and practice.

The statement was signed by Deputy Speaker Pangalian Balindong of Lanao del Sur, Tawi-Tawi Rep. Ruby Sahali, Anak Mindanao party list Rep. Sitti Djalia Turabin-Hataman, Sulu Rep. Tupay Loong, Lanao del Sur Rep. Ansarrudin Adiong, Maguindanao Rep. Zajid Mangudadato, and Lanao del Norte Rep. Abdullah Dimaporo.

“Our way of life’s subject to the teachings of Islam, and although it may seem harsh or outdated to you and our Christian brothers, nevertheless, it is our tradition, and we are bound by it. We ask you for your respect for our tradition, and we thank you for your efforts in looking for the best ways to improve our educational system,” they said.

In calling for a reconsideration of the DepEd directive, they cited quotes from the compilation of Abdul Rahman Abdullah of Fordham University on the Islamic Dress Code.

One quote from the book states: “Allah has ordered that women should draw cloaks over their body. Therefore, it is imperative for a Muslim woman to wear a veil to hide her charm, clothing and ornaments; to refrain from being a source of temptation.”

Another quote says, “The majority of religious scholars are of the opinion that veiling applies to all parts of body including face, palms, and feet in that light of the evidence from the Quran and Hadith.”

“In this context, every Muslim should understand the rationale of veiling and observe the rules relevant to it so that one may avoid the displeasure of Allah and His messenger,” the book further states.

The lawmakers said that with these passages, it could be gleaned that “veiling is unavoidable for women.”

They also said that some might argue that wearing the Jilbab, or women’s outer garment, may not be for all Muslim women. But this could endanger Muslim tradition or culture, they added.

“But if taken to mean that way, then it would defeat the very purpose behind the provisions for veiling, because the students, the Muslim girls who will be bound by the Islamic Code of Dress, may not anymore think of it as a tradition or culture, since the persons of authority, i.e., their teachers, have already discarded the custom,” they said.


Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Armin Luistro , classroom instruction , Department of Education , face veils , lawmakers , Muslim students , Muslim teachers , News , public schools




Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
  1. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  2. ‘Mom, I love you,’ says text from student on sinking ferry
  3. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  4. Massive infra spending set
  5. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  6. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  7. Passengers denied chance to escape sinking South Korea ferry
  8. South Korea president shouted down by distraught parents
  9. Two Popes who would be saints
  10. Lacson’s wife loses diamond earring to thieves but recovers jewelry quickly with police arrest
  1. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  2. Suspect in Vhong Navarro mauling tries to leave PH
  3. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  4. Fr. Suarez says last Mass on Easter before returning donated land to San Miguel
  5. ‘Mom, I love you,’ says text from student on sinking ferry
  6. MH370 co-pilot made mid-flight phone call – report
  7. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  8. I’ll follow my conscience on Estrada, says JV Ejercito
  9. Massive infra spending set
  10. OFW brings MERS virus to Philippines
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  4. Model Helena Belmonte wished ‘to slash her wrist and hope to die’
  5. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  6. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  7. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  8. Police rule out foul play in Helena Belmonte’s death as boyfriend is ‘traumatized’
  9. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  10. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia
Advertisement

News

  • US teacher fired over comment on black president
  • Magnitude-7.5 earthquake shakes Mexican capital
  • Title of new Hillary Clinton book: ‘Hard Choices’
  • Filipinos, Dutch re-enact crucifixion of Christ
  • 14 killed in car bombing in Homs
  • Sports

  • Nadal ousted by Ferrer in Monte Carlo quarters
  • Pacquiao shorts in Bradley fight sold for P1.7M in LA auction
  • Ryu pitches Dodgers past Giants
  • Alonso sets the pace in Chinese GP practice
  • Heat seek Three-peat but Spurs, Pacers top seeds
  • Lifestyle

  • Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87
  • Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building
  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • Entertainment

  • Myx TV premieres Asian American ‘docu-series’
  • A nutty finale for ‘Scandal,’ TV’s craziest show
  • EXO postpones release of mini album ‘Overdose’
  • ‘X-men’ filmmaker slams ‘fabricated’ sex attack claims
  • Singer Chris Brown’s bodyguard on trial in DC
  • Business

  • US commerce secretary spells out economic facet of ‘pivot to Asia’
  • Italy sells luxury state cars on eBay
  • Asian shares mostly up in quiet trade
  • Dollar up in Asia on US jobs data, Ukraine deal
  • Barbie doll has a problem
  • Technology

  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • Las Vegas ‘Pinoy Pride’ fest hails Filipino heritage
  • Marking Jesus’ journey on Good Friday
  • Filipina accomplice arrested for fake bills in Malaysia
  • DoH denies Filipino nurse no longer positive for MERS virus
  • WHO warns vs spread of MERS-Cov, urges vigilance in taking precautions
  • Marketplace
    Advertisement