Muslims Protest Court Ruling Banning Hijab
Coast Muslim religious leaders are infuriated by a court ruling by a Nairobi court barring Muslim girls across the country from wearing Hijabs. The leaders stated that the ruling was unconstitutional and discriminative. Addressing a press conference in Mombasa, the leaders who were drawn from the council of imams and preachers of Kenya (CIPK), and the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM), called upon Chief Justice Dr. Willy Mutunga to intervene in the situation lest they lose their confidence in the Judiciary and take the matter to court. The Muslim leaders led by Organizing Secretary Sheikh Mohammed Khelifa and SUPKEM Coast Chairman Sheikh Muhdar Khitamy accused the judge of passing a ruling that they say is provocative to the Muslim faithful especially now that Kenyans were headed to a General Election. The leaders were reacting to a ruling in which High Court Judge Cecilia Githua issued an order barring 12 Kenya high school students from wearing the Muslim headscarf, Hijab as part of school uniform.