Monday, 17 September 2007

Turkish PM to decide on headscarf ban

Petikan Hadis : Daripada Abdullah bin Amr bin 'ash r.a. berkata: Aku mendengar Rasulullah saw. bersabda, "Bahawasanya Allah swt. tidak mencabut (menghilangkan) akan ilmu itu dengan sekaligus dari (dada) manusia. Tetapi Allah swt. menghilangkan ilmu itu dengan mematikan alim ulama. Maka apabila sudah ditiadakan alim ulama, orang ramai akan memilih orang-orang yang jahil sebagai pemimpin mereka. Maka apabila pemimpin yang jahil itu ditanya, mereka akan berfatwa tanpa ilmu pengetahuan. Mereka sesat dan menyesatkan orang lain." Inilah yang berlaku di akhir zaman.

ISTANBUL - A controversial decision on whether Turkey’s new constitution will allow headscarves in universities will be left to the prime minister as a commission drafting the charter failed to reach agreement, media reported.

Secularists, including the powerful army, see the use of the headscarf at universities as a threat to the secular order. They accuse the newly re-elected AK Party, whose roots are in political Islam, of trying to undermine secularism, and the new constitution is seen as the next source of tension.

Although Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan is known to favour lifting the ban, it is not clear which way he will decide now. The AK Party tried to loosen the ban on headscarves after coming to power in 2002 but abandoned the idea after secularist pressure.

Leading newspaper Hurriyet and CNN Turk reported on Sunday that the commission drafting the constitution could not agree on whether the new charter should allow headscarves in universities and so would leave it up to Erdogan.

The draft constitution will be discussed by the party leadership on Wednesday and presented to the public in the next week, AK Party Deputy Chairman Dengir Mir Mehmet Firat told reporters on Sunday, declining to give details on the contents.

‘We have tried to create a constitution that will be accepted by all sectors of society,’ he said after three days of drafting by party members and academics at a country retreat.

Headscarves in mainly Muslim Turkey are banned in public buildings, universities and schools but some 60 percent of women cover their heads and the AK Party’s grassroots supporters want the ban lifted.

Erdogan’s wife wears the headscarf and his daughter studied in the United States where she was allowed to cover up. The wife of President Abdullah Gul—whose candidacy was opposed by the secularists—took Turkey to the European Court of Human Rights over the ban, while his daughter prompted controversy by wearing a headscarf at her graduation ceremony.

Plans to rewrite Turkey’s military era constitution were part of the AK Party’s manifesto for the July 22 parliamentary election, which it won with 47 percent of the vote. The party says the new draft will focus on individual freedom and improving democracy. It is also expected to weaken the powers of the army, which has pushed four governments from power since 1960.

Source: Khaleej Times

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