Ulema protest against PIAs decision to ban crew from growing beards

February 21st, 2009 - 6:40 pm ICT by ANI  

Lahore, Feb.21 (ANI): The Pakistan International Airline (PIA) administration is headed for some big trouble as several religious leaders have come on stage to criticize it for its banning employees from having beards.
The leaders have termed the decision as a violation of the Constitution and an abuse of fundamental rights, The News reports.
A joint statement issued by the religious leaders, including Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Qazi Hussain Ahmad, Jamiat-e-Ittehadul Ulema President Maulana Abdul Maalikn and several others, said the PIA is trying to please the United States by prohibiting its male crew members from having beards.
Pakistan is an ideological country, having 99 per cent Muslim population, and the PIA administrations new policy was a stark violation of Sunnah of the Holy Prophet and an attempt to please the West, the statement said. (ANI)
Ulemas also showed their anger over the recent policy adopted by France, where Muslim girls are prohibited from wearing headscarves. (ANI)

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