“A Muslim cleric’s claim that women who do not wear the veil are like “uncovered meat” who attract sexual predators sparked outrage around Australia recently. Sheikh Taj Din al-Hilali, the nation’s most senior Muslim cleric, compared immodestly-dressed women who do not wear the Islamic headdress with meat that is left uncovered in the street and is then eaten by cats.
“In a Ramadam sermon in a Sydney mosque, Sheik al-Hilali suggested that a group of Muslim men recently jailed for many years for gang rapes were not entirely to blame. There were women, he said, who “sway suggestively” and wore make-up and immodest dresses “and then you get a judge without mercy and gives you 65 years. But the problem all began with who?” he said, referring to the women victims. Women, he said, were “weapons” used by Satan to control men.
“But, I do not wish it to seem like our great religion is out of touch with contemporary times,” he continued. “The postulates of religion, especially one as ancient and restrictive as ours, should sometimes be bent to accommodate for the passing of time, which is why I have decided to compromise on the issue,” the cleric stated after being condemned by the public for his comments.
The Sheikh said that, when it comes to the manner in which women in Islam conduct themselves, and especially the way they dress, “there is a boundary that must never be crossed,” and that boundary is their faces. “As far as I’m concerned, Australia is a developed first-world country and as such, is a leader in both economic and cultural innovations. So, when it comes to Muslim women in Australia, I believe they are allowed to wear whatever they want below the neck, which is to say that their faces must remain covered at all times. Other than that, they’re good to go.”
Asked to elaborate, Sheikh al-Hilali added: “They can go with ordinary t-shirts and mini-skirts, long evening gowns and even bikinis, like Western women. As far as I’m concerned, they can even go to nudist beaches, star in porn movies and dance around poles in strip clubs. It really makes no difference as long as they keep the entirety of their faces completely covered so that they can be as religion-abiding as they are sinful. What can I say, duality is today tricky to pull-off even if you’re a Christian, not to mention if you’re Muslim.”