British Imam backs Boris Johnson in burqa row

Date: 
August, 2018
Country: 
United Kingdom (England)

A senior British Imam backed Boris Johnson in the burqa row and said the oppressive face coverings should be banned.

Imam Taj Hargey, from the Oxford Islamic Congregation said the Tory MP has nothing to apologise for and 'did not go far enough' in his remarks.

He branded the burqa a 'hideous tribal ninja-like garment' and said its has "no Koranic legitimacy".

His strident defence came as the Tory Party confirmed it has launched a formal investigation into Mr Johnson for comparing women in burqas to letter boxes.

Mr Hargey warned that the burqa has become trendy among more militants Islamists who peddle views which can be a gateway for religious extremism.

And he urged the UK to follow in the footsteps of other European countries like France and Denmark and ban the burqa.

Writing in The Times, he said: "Boris Johnson should not apologise for telling the truth."

He said the ex minister had reminded the country that the face mask 'has no Koranic legitimacy' but is "a nefarious component of a trendy gateway theology for religious extremism and militant Islam".

He added: "The burqa and niqab are hideous tribal ninja-like garments that are pre-Islamic, non-Koranic and therefore un-Muslim."

Source: Daily Mail