Muslims in some western countries should try their best to pressure public opinion to change the law that bans hijab in schools. They should consider the ban as a challenge to their identity in that country. Whatever steps they take, they should apply wisdom in their approach, as resorting to stern measures is not a viable solution.
Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states: “This policy is undoubtedly discriminatory against Muslims, as it targets Muslim women who choose to wear hijab for religious reasons. It is like telling these women: You are not free to follow your religion; your freedom to practice it is conditional upon our definition and understanding of what religion should be. Hence you may practice those parts which we approve of and agree with. Or stated differently, while you have unlimited freedom to undress, your freedom to dress is conditional upon our freedom to dictate which part of your body you can cover and which part you cannot.
It is easy to conclude how absurd such a law sounds and how irrational it is.
This in effect shows how secular fundamentalism can be as pernicious in its expressions as religious fundamentalism. Both types of fundamentalism choke freedoms. It is, therefore, in the best interest of human dignity that all peace-loving people who cherish freedom stand up to and oppose such policies.”