CAIR Urges 'Hijab-Friendly' Policy in U.S. Prisons

Novi-PrisonBy Dina al-Shibeeb, Al Arabiya

The Council on American-Islamic Relations is aiming for a uniform "hijab-friendly" policy to allow Muslim women to keep their head cover during detention and photos in all local and federal U.S. prisons.

"I'm working on several pending cases in different states ... and I'm in touch with an attorney for the Department of Justice's Office of Civil Rights," Nadhira al-Khalili, legal counsel for CAIR, told Al Arabiya.

Novi recently became the first locality in Michigan to officially permit Muslim women to don their head cover during detention and photos at the local prison.

"There are other accommodations in other localities in Michigan for Muslim females to keep their hijab during detainment. However, Novi is the first locality in Michigan that has made it an official policy," Dawud Walid, executive director of CAIR's Michigan chapter, told Al Arabiya.

"If hijab is allowed in the military, and U.S. driving licenses permit women IDs with hijab, then the same logic can be applied," Walid said. "Hijab doesn't impede the identity of women." (Full article)