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Jakarta Post

Muslim women do not have to cover face, palms: Muhammadiyah

  • Sri Wahyuni

    The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta   /   Mon, November 18, 2019   /  01:12 pm
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Muhammadiyah chairman Haedar Nashir reiterated on Saturday that according to Islamic teachings, the face and palms of Muslim women were not aurat – parts of the body that may not be exposed in public. Quoting the organization’s edicts council, Haedar said that adult female Muslims must cover all parts of their bodies except their faces and palms. “This is shar’i [in accordance with sharia],” he said during the opening ceremony for the national executive meeting (Tanwir) of Aisyiyah.  The Muhammadiyah women’s wing held the national meeting, themed “Movement and Dynamics of Spreading Progressive Islamism”, on Nov. 16 to 18 at the Aisyiyah University (Unisa) of Yogyakarta in Sleman regency. Haedar said that the council base...