Islamic scholars have issued a ‘fatwa’ – a religious ruling – that forbids Muslims from going through the new scanners at airports.
âIt is a violation of clear Islamic teachings that men or women be seen naked by other men and women,â reads the fatwa issued Tuesday. âIslam highly emphasizes haya (modesty) and considers it part of faith. The Quran has commanded the believers, both men and women, to cover their private parts.â
Can we please have more scanners in place at railway stations and anywhere else they are likely to deter travelling fundamentalist muslims who are likely to take notice of this fatwa?
Its not the burkha I mind, it’s what is potentially concealed underneath the flowing garments that makes me a nervous traveller.