The Taliban ministry for propagation of virtue and prevention of vice recently made it compulsory for women in Afghanistan to observe their ideal type of hijab (according to Islam women must observe hijab, as they did back when the prophet of Islam, Muhammad, was alive, but some religious scholars believe that type of hijab differs from what Taliban are propagating as ideal hijab. Taliban consider Chadori, head-to-toe burqa, the ideal type of hijab), now they are propagating the hijab in different cities. Last week, a number of women in a gathering at a religious Madrasa in Mazar-e-Sharif, announced that they support the dress code that Taliban want to implement. Likewise, some others in Nimruz, Kandahar, and Badakhshan did so.
But civil activists, journalists and women’s rights activists believe that Taliban either offer them money or make them to support their ideal type of hijab.
Harun Najafizada, a famous journalist, tweeted that the participants received AF 500 and the ones who delivered their remarks received AF 3000. Earlier, the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRF) had claimed that Taliban forcibly took the female student of Sharia law in Badakhshan to the auditorium of directorate of information and culture to announce that they support the hijab.
The Taliban behavior towards women and the restrictions that they have imposed on women are the reasons that the world and civil society oppose to them. The Taliban have shown they have not changed and continue their old path by closing the schools for girls, informing the female protesters to cover their faces while presenting programs and making compulsory for women to observe hijab.
What engender the concerns of people regarding the conduct of Taliban, is not holding such gatherings, but their vice and virtue officials announced earlier that they try to propagate the hijab, if women do not consider hijab then their male guardians will face punishment so that they observe the hijab.
Additionally, the Taliban releasing an announcement in Bamyan warned the people there if they did not observe hijab as it was pictured in that announcement, they would face punishment, and the consequences.
But a religious scholar in Mazar-e-Sharif on the condition of anonymity due to security concerns told Aamaj News that Taliban interpret Islamic rules based on their knowledge and inclination.
“First of all, Islam has not determined any color for hijab, and secondly, the dress code changes by passage of time. Islam has stated some basics for all issues, and has emphasized that the other issues must be done in accordance with the time. That is why Islam is for all times and places. But the Taliban interpretation is not inclusive, rather, you cannot implement it in a province as well. Taliban believe in tribal rules rather than inclusive rules of Islam, and impose them on people under the name of Islam,” he said.
In recent months, women in Afghanistan expressed their opposition with the enforced hijab by taking to the streets and protesting against the Taliban. They chanted, “the Taliban enforced hijab is neither cultural nor Islamic,” and claimed that covering the face and hands is not compulsory in Islam, and what is Taliban imposing on people under the name of “Islamic hijab” is against Islamic rules.
Taliban also announced that children in elementary school must observe Islamic hijab.