Outspoken Muslim cleric Taj al-Din al-Hilali has claimed that the Bible “mandates” the wearing of the veil by Christian women.
Writing in a new book, Sheik Hilali, who lost his job as mufti of Australia after comparing scantily clad women to uncovered meat, argues that the Bible and the Koran make similar demands of a woman’s modesty.
Hilali, who remains the head of Australia’s largest mosque in the south western Sydney suburb of Lakemba, says the purpose of the book is to show the commonalities of Islam with the Jewish and Christian faiths when it comes to women’s modesty and clothing.
In the soon to be published The Legitimacy of the Veil for Women of the Scripture – Evidence of the Veil in the Bible, he points to references in the Old and New Testaments to women wearing a veil.
“Through this, I hope to raise awareness and understanding and eliminate apprehensions and misunderstandings about the veil,” news.com.au quotes him, as saying.