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Muslim Majority Tajikistan Bans Hijab, Limits Eid Customs

In a surprising move, Tajikistan has banned the use of the hijab, labelling it an “alien garment”. Additionally, the country has outlawed ‘Idi’, the tradition where children seek money during Eid. Despite 96% of the population being Muslim, this action aims to promote a more “secular” national identity. According to Tajik agency Asia-Plus News, violating […]

In a surprising move, Tajikistan has banned the use of the hijab, labelling it an “alien garment”. Additionally, the country has outlawed ‘Idi’, the tradition where children seek money during Eid. Despite 96% of the population being Muslim, this action aims to promote a more “secular” national identity.

According to Tajik agency Asia-Plus News, violating the new legislation could result in significant fines. Individuals in Tajikistan may face fines of up to 7,920 somonis (approximately $700) for wearing hijabs or other prohibited religious attire. Companies permitting employees to wear banned garments could be fined 39,500 somonis ($3,500), while government officials face higher penalties ranging from 54,000 to 57,600 somonis ($4,800 to $5,100) for breaching the restrictive law.

Meanwhile, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest Muslim civil rights group in the U.S., has vehemently condemned Tajikistan’s new law. CAIR’s Research and Advocacy Director, Corey Saylor, denounced the legislation as a severe violation of religious freedom. In a statement on Friday, Saylor asserted that banning the hijab infringes upon religious rights and called on the Tajik government to reverse the decision. He emphasized that such bans are inappropriate in nations that uphold individual rights and freedoms. CAIR reiterated its commitment to defending Muslim rights globally.

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