Excellent news comes from Belgium where Muslims have achieved another milestone in their road to freedom.
Muslim students in universities in the French-speaking Wallonia region of Belgium will now be allowed to don their hijab freely starting from September 2021.
A Muslim group from Belgium, Collective against Islamophobia in Belgium (CCIB), which fights against Islamophobia in Belgium posted this news n Twitter, the announcement says;
“Excellent news! A strong gesture in favor of the #inclusion of all #adult women in higher education. Women will now be able to pursue their education and their dreams of having a professional career,”
The decision overturned an earlier ban in June 2020 on “religious symbols”, including the hijab in schools and higher education.
The fight for the right wasn’t easy at all, Muslim students and human rights group have conducted several protests last year against the ruling by Belgium’s Constitutional Court allowing higher education institutions to ban the hijab.
The universities however assured the students that they would not impose any such ban and also stressed that religious freedom f Muslims would be protected in their classrooms.
Julien Nicaise, general administrator of Wallonia-Brussels Education (WBE), a public body that manages French-speaking public schools in Belgium told local media,
“We are reversing the principle, in the name of the inclusion of the greatest number, of emancipation and the fight against inequalities,”.
“The general interest must come first. We can no longer refuse these young women on the pretext that they wear a veil, prevent them from studying. A diploma is their passport to inclusion through employment.”
Islam sees hijab as an obligatory code of dress, not just a religious symbol displaying one’s affiliations.
Muslims all over the world welcomed this decision. It is interesting to note that many courts and administrative bodies have uplifted the ban on Hijab in recent months.
Thereby making the lives of European Muslims easy and allowing them to be a part of the society without compromising with their religion and modesty.