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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 

61 COMMENTS

  1. Am really sorry for everyone writing this comment bcos it someone that wrote this topic and you people into wahala.STOP ALL ARGUMENT,only God knows what you people don’t know.

  2. I think that some people are really misunderstanding the whole thing here. No body says that wearing hijab as a lawyer is prohibited. But at least she should be called to bar before wearing it. Calling to bar has rules and regulations that is guiding it and by the virtues of our law, in as much as the law recognized religion but still, no body is above the law. So my candid opinion is that she should following the law. Thanks

  3. Actually am talking from the sheria(Islamic law) perspective, hijab means a cover that serves as blockage from a non muharam(an outsider) to see a mature lady( a girl that have start seeing a periodic menstrual flow), and the first of hijab is the home according to the Quran Allah commanded all beliving woman to stay in doors except necessity demands for it like going to visit one’s parent, buying something out doors without a help from someone etc. schooling isn’t part of necessity please take note. With this going out in terms of necessity the lady has to be fully covered(with big garment ) with any one seeing her body or figure shape including her face covered and making sure she didn’t miss with the opposite se.x that is not her muharam. So view all this aforementioned by sheria you will see the the above lady to not fit in the whole of this, then what are we talking about. Then what are we talking about, if you want to pratice islam the way Allah’s messager did so be it and if you want to go for the world you are free, do not stain sunnatu Rasul(the path of the messanger) by your desire. If you want to be a lawyer you are free, if you want to be a muslim you are free, you can’t be a lawyer and a muslim at the same time is impossible because you are acting and making judgement by kufr law(disbelief laws)

  4. My dear, do not talk about discrimination here. Is she the first muslim to be called to BAR?? you must answer this question oh.. I suspect that Lady has a negative Plan. The Law has a dress code which cant be changed because of someone bringing religion into profession. If such is allowed then their will be so much problems like impersonation, Injustice judgement, Bias Judgement e.t.c..
    If she is ready to serve then she should keep the HIDJAB and do the needful ..Is the HIDJAB her weapon?

  5. My dear, do not talk about discrimination here. Is she the first muslim to be called to BAR?? you must answer this question oh.. I suspect that Lady has a negative Plan. The Law has a dress code which cant be changed because of someone bringing religion into profession. If such is allowed then their will be so much problems like impersonation, Injustice judgement, Bias Judgement e.t.c..

  6. I really thank the body of benchers for doing what they did. Wearing hijab or not does not stop me from observing my five daily prayers. All that matters to my Lord is my heart. I know I was going to be called to the bar and was going to wear a wig and not be allowed the hijab no matter how small it is and I decided to study law. Why are we fussing about not allowed to wear hijab. I offer my duty to my Lord and I offer my duty to mankind. You want Allah to keep being with you, keep your heart clean and your intentions pure. My mother doesn’t enter the operating theatre with hijab. There is a dress code for that when you’re carrying operation. When she’s done, she changes to her hijab. Have you ever been to the Hague in hijab. That is where every kind of a person is accepted. If I claim my religion is peace, then I should follow rules even my Lord tells me so. Because in obeying rules that apply to everyone, is peace found therein

    • I support your comment, I don’t know why we kept on doing what is not scriptural, did GOD asked us to neglect Laws, Rules & Regulations…

      Why will she do such when she knows the Law about their dress codes as a Learned?

      Please ignored this and let’s move forward

      God Bless Nigeria!!!

  7. The law profession has a dress code and the hijab is not part of it. She knew the dress code before enrolling to study law. Hypocrite !

  8. All these religions are causing us a whole lot of headache. The more religious we are, the backward we have become both as a nation and as individuals. I think this nation would have been a great country if there was no religion.

    The killing in some part of the country could be traced to religion. I have seen great dudes with great potential loosing a job on religious ground. The latest is hijab. Will there ever be peace and harmony in this nation?

    With all these mess I hear and read on a daily basis, I think religion is doing us no good.

    #MyView

  9. The constitution is secular meaning she can dress she can wear her ijab. All these issues are long forgotten in developed countries. For instance, lawyers or judges don’t wear no wigs no more but we hold on to old practices. In America here, you see ijab sisters as customer service associates including in the army. You see bankers putting on his/jeans and does the job. They do less of frivolities about dressing. You even see bankers or medical doctors with tattoos all over their bodies and face with no one judging them. Ameroonly believe in what you have to offer and not the way you look. That’s why you see people like late Steve Job, Zukkerberg, Bill Gates etc bother lessabout dress code. At least they are CEOs, they would have been putting on ties and straight shirts always if they are Nigerians. Meaning of security means that you can practice your religion. If you job practices clashes with your belief, your belief bends because dress code isn’t constitutional but necessary. An example is HIV testing. If you tell them in any Us hospital that it’s against your religion to test for HIV or anything whatsoever like even taking an injection or undergoing any form of medical procedure like the Jehoval Witness do, the best to be done by your doctor is to leave you alone. For the lawyer with ijab, it can be addressed legally. In so far the legal profession is not above the Nigerian law which allows freedom of association and religion as well as protect the rights of a Nigerian to dress in accordance with her religion with no proof that the dressing is not harmful to her, her environment or the country as a whole, then I’m more than convinced she shouldn’t be stop to the right thing as she deems fit.

    • If I may ask, are we in America? For crying out loud, America is 300 plus while we are just 50 something. Is there any comparison? So therefore, lets forget religious sentiment and stop using America to cover up our wrongs and just go straight forward and do what is right. Thanks

  10. Wearing hijab by a female Muslim is part of Islamic injunctions that should be followed . It is a religious right of such a person. Also, dressing code for law practice is clearly stated. The dress code was designed and imported into Nigeria along with the profession. Therefore, this dress code is foreign and culture-related. Use of hijab is part of dressing code in Muslim countries because its use is both religious and cultural. Use of hijab is allowed for female police in UK on account of religion demands.
    Professional dress code is not limited to law alone. It also found in medicine, nursing, engineering, banking, insurance, military and para-military et cetera.

    Nigeria is a secular state where diverse opinions and needs of its members are normal expectations and therefore the interest and opinion of individual members and groups should be considered and respected. The Nigeria constitution quoted above considers the rights of Nigerians but man-made laws can never be perfect. Hence, the room for continuous amendments as the needs arise. This current issue is one of such needs.
    This same issue came up among medical and nursing professions in the past and it was resolved with the understanding that hijab does not prevent its users from understanding the course contents by students and rendering of services required by workers. Today, in Nigeria hospitals use of hijab is no longer news.

    Opinion leaders in Nigeria should look into this issue and other related ones for consideration and constitutional amendment.

    Thank you.

  11. I am a Nigerian but always surprised with my fellow countrymen’s feelings about religion and how it has not enslaved them but they enslave themselves. Yes, there is freedom of religious practices as stated in our Supreme Constitution. However, there is a code for every association or institution which the Constitution as well gives citizens freedom of association. As a prospective Barrister, she knows the codes of practice. People are too religious thereby contributing to slow development. I can not imagine a medical doctor refusing to save someone because he/she will do so through contact with genital organ of the patient against religion. This lady will be religious bias in legal matters. That is the truth of it and I am happy that the initiating body has the foresight.

    • U r so right. What about the Christians that are forced to wear khaki trousers??? All because of service. Please we are too sentimental.,o jare

      • Everybody is forced to do that my sister. Wearing trousers by Muslim women is even more heinous than to a Christian woman. Above all, all am saying is that we should give room for tolerance and make our rules according to our culture. God bless Nigeria.

  12. There is a code and conduct to professional dressing pattern, let her abide to it, in her home or outside profession, she can be religious, allowing her therefore gives room for other religion called to bar to wear their own attire to.. Let’s not be too religious and forget to hold the right priority to work. What message would be passed to other religion if she is been granted to wear hijab to bar? Stop steering a peaceful Table in the name of religion.

  13. DEAR All
    The lady is aware of the professional dressing code before going to study law.There are many of religious organizations in the world today and the lady should tell us to allow any member to dress in their peculiar attire when being called to bar.

  14. Lets put sentiment apart, let her do the right thing according to her profession rules and regulations if any. More so, I strongly want to believe that noting is cast in gold as in unchangeable, if she feels more comfortable wearing hijab to the bar in a modest way she did, let her push for it in very logical manner or rather follow due process. I wish her luck in her fight for freedom of her life style and others who share in her struggle.

  15. 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.

      • What do you mean by your statement”you can join Christian and have such freedom very well” you don’t have to judge and conclude if you know a true you pray and ask God to forgive forgive you for your ignorance. Let me ask you do want to tell the world that there are Muslims that also dress the way your making your judgment about Christians?

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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?.

    • ADEX!
      IF YOU DON’T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT CHRISTIANITY, PLEASE IT’S BETTER TO BE MUTE, YOU DON’T HAVE A POINT, SORRY TO SAY.
      DIDN’T SHE KNOW THE DRESS-CODE BEFORE CHOOSING TO STUDY LAW?
      NOBODY IS STOPPING HER FROM USING HIJAB, STOP CONFUSING HER AND YOURSELF.

      PROFESSION AND RELIGION ARE TWO DIFFERENT THINGS.

      LET’S LIVE IN PEACE AND THINK OF HOW TO HELP MOVE OUR COUNTRY FORWARD, LET’S NOT ALLOW RELIGION TO CREATE ENMITY AMONG US.

      THANKS!

      GOD BLESS NIGERIA.

  23. 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

  24. 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?

  25. 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.

      • If she know that the code of conduct of the profession is not inline with her religion then is a choice for her to make… She as being to Law school and have read all the code of conduct before and now.. So why is she acting against the conduct… She need to be sanction… Please religion code is different from professional code…

  26. 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?

  27. 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

  28. 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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