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A Muslim lady denied being called to the Nigerian bar for wearing a Hijab!

Here’s what fellow lawyer @savvy_ruqqy wrote;

Good morning everyone, 
I want to use this medium to express my dissatisfaction with the way muslims are treated in this my profession called ‘LAW’. A sister wasn’t called to the bar because she was dressed like that (Picture above) please for God sake what is wrong with that picture? Because she was putting on a small hijab tucked into her collarette, WHY? 
What has Hijab done to them?

Where is our freedom of Religion as stated in the constitution?
We need justice…For those that don’t know, Hijab is a MANDATORY part of my religion not just a piece of clothing, so if my freedom of religion is said to have been guaranteed in section 38 of the constitution of my country that is said to be supreme and have have binding force over all as seen in section 1 of this same constitution and Section 42 of this same constitution guarantees my right to freedom from discrimination, please for God sake what is this then and before you come here attack me, please read section 38 (1) and section 1 (1) first and also go ahead to read S1 (3) of this same constitution with an unbiased mind where it is said that if any other law is inconsistent with the provisions of this constitution this constitution shall prevail…B’iko what are we now talking about?

Please we want justice. 
We want our hijab
we want #JusticeForFirdaus 
We want to wear our hijabs for call to bar
we want to wear it in the court room.
Stop the discrimination 
We are muslims not terrorists
Hijab is Mandatory
We want Justice for Firdaus 

31 COMMENTS

  1. What is professionalism? and what is dress code? and what is religion?. There is a dress code for every profession and there is a dress code associated to every religion and social clubs and voluntary organizations such as the KEGITE. Should a kegite who also is a Lawyer after dressing professionally then top-up his Kegite clothing is that acceptable?. No. Dressing Code cannot be mixed. There is the need to separate ones religious life from his professional life and from his social life. If you can separate all these then you will live happily.

  2. Nigeria is secular state,in our Federal System, Lawyers have a standard dress code (patterned after the standard of our colonial masters legal system) just like Police force, Armed force, Air force, Navy, Customs, Immigration, etc.
    Hijab is a dress code for Muslim women under Sharia Law not a Standard Federal Dress Code for Nigerian Lawyers and as such not acceptable in our Federal system. To accept it as part of Lawyers dress code means that we shall as well accommodate (permit) other religious groups and atheists to dress in regalia associated with their believes.
    Nigerians have to be objective in their thinking and stop bringing up matters that will split the country into religious and ethnic divide. Until our leaders start being objective, sensitive and shun sentiment, I don’t see Nigeria existing as a united entity in years to come.

  3. Nigeria is a secular state and not an Islamic state so the Nigerian court is a secular court not an Islamic or sharia court.
    This was how they started wahala I’m NYSC camp, a Christian lady refused trousers as against her belief but she was decamped and everybody called her names Muslims and Christians alike but Muslims were allowed to wear hijab in camp due to religion. Separate religion from the state.

  4. ALI O
    IF OF A TRUTH YOU NEED TO HEAR COMMENTS AND LEARN THEN, LISTEN TO WHAT YOUR FELLOW NIGERIANS HAVE WRITTEN AND ACCEPT THAT. THANKS

  5. She decided not to graduate if u know u want to stick to ur religion attend Islamic law school where u can Wear ur full regalia. Period.

  6. who is to be called to bar? man or woman or statue or robot because we can see the face. May be she needs to amend the constitution “freedom of worship with fully veiled hijab”. Is Nigeria the only country where Muslim ladies are called to bar?. Tell me the truth, if you are sole proprietor can you employ 20 females to work in your office with fully covered faces?. Hijab is for mosque as wig with face open is for law.

  7. DO SO OF US THINK TO BECOME A LAWYER, IS TO BE AN “NYSC” SERVING CORP MEMBER?? WHY DONT YOU TELL THOSE IN THE ARMY OR POLICE TO PUT ON HIJAB AND FIGHT WAR??
    PLEASE, WE DONT NEED HYPOCRATES IN NIGERIA ANY LONGER, IF SHE DOES NOT KNOW THE CODE OF CONDUCT IN THE NIGERIAN JUDICIARY SYSTEM, I THINK SHE SHOULD GO BACK TO STUDY LAW ALL AFRESH AGAIN. I MEAN NO DISRESPECT PLEASE, BUT SHES NOT FIT TO BECOME A LAWYER BECAUSE HER LIKES WILL BRING UP RELIGIOUS SENTIMENT WHILE IN COURSE OF DISPOSITION OF HER RIGHTFULL DUTIES IN OUR “VERY” SENSITIVE COUNTRY.

  8. all of u that are blaming the lady are the one that is being sentimental and biase and u also have hatred for islam, or probably u don’t understand islam, because hijab for a muslim woman is composory regardless of any profession. you can not compare a muslim woman with sele, cherubum or any other religion’s wears or uniform because it can only be compsory for them to wear it in the church or their place of worship, but for a muslim woman, she must be on hijab as long as she is outside her home, so if we have freedom of religion in this country as quoted in the constitution by the writer a muslim lawyer and other uniform professions must be allowed to wear their hijab.

    • After all the write up above, u still don’t understand?, why must we always bring in fanaticism into everything in this country. Why not advice her to follow the profession ethics?.

  9. PLEASE LET US RESPECT OUR CORD OF CONDUCT IN THE BARR…PLEASE…………
    AND KEEP OUR RELIGIOUS CORD OF CONDUCT FOR OUR RELIGION PLEASE OOOOOOO
    SENTIMENT WILL TAKES NO WERE…..
    MOREOVER THE CONSTITUTION DID NOT GIVE FREEDOM TO PRACTICE RELIGIOUS CORD OF CONDUCT IN THE BARR……………BUT RATHER FREEDOM TO REGION

    SIGN.. BARR.MIKE

  10. Maybe the Cele, babalawo lawyers should b/cos of freedom of religion also wear their uniforms to the bar? Is Nigeria the only religious country in the world?

  11. We should learn how to demarcate profession and religion, we should also learn to know our limits to everything, to every profession there is a lay down procedure and practice attached to. Now to ask, is she the first female Muslim that had graduated or was she the only female Muslim that graduated from law school and were call to bar? How were the female Muslim judges both retired and still in service call to bar? These female Muslim judges went through the process as applicable to the practice. Please Nigerian we should not fast time writing or commenting on this because the writer and the female Muslim are ignorant of the code of conduct and practice of the profession.

  12. My question here to the writer is that, why didn’t you wear your hijab during your time! Am sure you were smart enough to do what what was right. Its so sorry for her to have learnt through the hard way. Professionalism is quite different from sentiments and religiosity. Be a lawyer in court and be a Muslim in mosque, simple. Must we always show our fanaticism?

  13. even if in Arabic country us not that us for them but as a good muslima she do supposed wear hijab because Nigeria we have freedom of religion so since her religion allowed her to wear it I don’t think there is something wrong with that the constitution of Nigeria said you are allowed to practice any religion you want

  14. The person who wrote about the lady with Hijab is not educated or learned, the legal profession is a unique one even in Arabic nations you don’t see female lawyers with hijab.Why do some people like putting sentiment in every thing,don’t she knows that there were Rev sister there who were also called to bar why didn’t they wear their white regalia,we really need re-orientation about religion in this country.

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