Friday, February 24, 2017

Australia: Ahmadiyya Muslim Imam explains no-handshake-with-women rule falls in gray area


Imam Inam al-Haq Kauser, from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, told SBS News “there’s nothing in the Holy Quran mentioning not to shake hands [with women]”.

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By Omar Dabbagh | February 23, 2017

Australia’s Islamic communities have responded to revelations that some schools and universities in the country allow male Muslim pupils to refuse handshakes with women.

Flinders Univesity in Adelaide, Perth’s Curtin University and the University of Western of Australia have been advising students to acknowledge that some Islamic followers adhere to the rule.

It also emerged this week that two public schools in Western Sydney have adopted similar policies, leading to some condemnation from conservative politicians.

Coalition MP George Christensen called the practice “unAustralian”, while former Speaker Bronwyn Bishop was unequivocal in her condemnation.

“It is absolute rubbish,” she told Sky News.
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Ahmadiyya Muslim Imam says it's all about respect for women

Imam Inam al-Haq Kauser, from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, told SBS News “there’s nothing in the Holy Quran mentioning not to shake hands [with women]”.

“It is, actually is in the borderline area,” he said.

“To me, if any lady extends her hand, we must shake hands with her because otherwise it will be very insulting and it will be very offensive. I think the shaking of hands is no problem."
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