Protest ban on niqab at Impreial College, London

Forwarded alert from FOSIS:

Asalaamu Alaikum Brothers and Sisters

The niqab has been banned at Imperial College, London! A recent dress code policy, passed by the Management Board of Imperial College on 21st October, states, \”employees and students should refrain from wearing clothing which obscures the face such as a full or half veil\”. While the policy also states that religious reasons will be considered, this will not be of any comfort to any sisters who are continuously stopped to reveal their face, and will have to walk around campus with an air of suspicion surrounding them.

Furthermore, Muslim students and staff have had their regular location for Jummah taken away from them, without a permanent alternative being provided. FOSIS has already been made aware of other universities who are taking steps to remove prayer rooms from campuses.

Action points:

We strongly urge you to take the appropriate steps to stop these actions against Muslim students.

· Please write to Imperial College London (contact details below) urging the university to revoke these policies which are a direct violation of the values and beliefs of this country and will only lead to further isolation and discontentment within communities. Also state that it is imperative that Muslims are given somewhere to carry out their religious obligations.

· Please sign the online petition which will be sent to the University. This is available at http://new.petitiononline.com/mal2034/petition.html.

· Make dua for the Brothers and Sisters at Imperial College.

Contact details:

Rector: Sir Richard Sykes (Chair of Management board)

Email: rector@imperial.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7594 5001

Deputy Rector: Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz

Email: l.borysiewicz@imperial.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7594 5005

Press Officer: Abigail Smith

Email: abigail.smith@imperial.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7594 6701

It is imperative that we act now. If we don\’t act now, it will happen elsewhere, and then it will be too late to act.

Please consult the FOSIS website, www.fosis.org.uk, for further information.