Why I Insisted On Wearing Hijab During My ‘Call to Bar’ – Amasa Firdaus Speaks

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A Nigeria Law School graduate, Amasa Firdaus, who was refused her call to bar for failing to remove her hijab, has revealed that her defiance was to challenge the status quo.

The incident, which took place at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, has generated intense debate on the internet.

Firdaus, who has been asked by the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN) not to speak on the controversial issue, said she intentionally wore the hijab in a bid to challenge the status quo.

Asked why she did not wait to be called to bar before embarking on the campaign, she said those who have removed their hijabs in the past did nothing to change the situation.

Firdaus said that there is no law preventing female Muslim lawyers from wearing hijabs, adding that the restriction is a mere convention.

“Actually there are no rules preventing us from wearing hijabs. They just call it convention that the British gave to us and we have to stick to it.

“I used them. They complained during my first law dinner. That is how they do on every campus. You don’t wear hijab for dinner but I did. I chose Abuja because I know they were a little lenient.

“People have been removing their hijab over the years. What have those people who have removed it done?” she queried.

The Muslim Students Society of Nigeria said it would write the presidency over Firdaus’ inability to attend the call to bar ceremony.

The national leader of the MSSN, Jameel Muhammad, described the restriction on the use of hijab as “Islamophobia.”

He said if the issue was not resolved by the presidency and national assembly, the society would resort to legal action.

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