Italy: Veils not mandatory for Muslim women, says Islamic leader

Rome, 26 May (AKI) – Muslim women in Italy should not be forced to wear the veil, said the president of the Association of Muslim Intellectuals.

“Women should be free to choose if they want to wear the veil or not, considering that it is not a religious duty to do so,” said Ahmad Vincenzo in an interview with Adnkronos International (AKI).

He was responding a statement made by Ezzedin el-Zir, the spokesperson of Italy’s largest Muslim group, the Union of Islamic Communities of Italy (UCOII).

Ad: Vacation? City Trip? Weekend Break? Book Skip-the-line tickets

In an interview with the website KlausCondicio, el-Zir called on the Italian government not to prevent Muslim girls from wearing a veil to school, in the way that France has already done. There is a ban on wearing veils in French schools.

“In Italy, there is no prohibition to wearing the veil provided it does not cover the face and prevent the identification of the person,” Vincenzo told AKI.

“As for schools, since it is not absolutely obligatory to wear the veil in Islam, the choice must be left to the women to decide if they want to wear one or not.

“We are worried that the exploitation of the veil could lead to the creation of an Islamist uniform for female Muslims,” he said.

The same concerns were expressed by the deputy president of the Association of Intellectual Muslims, Karim Mezran.

“In many Muslim countries, the veil is not obligatory,” he said adding that “it is important that it does not become a uniform, that is a form of reverse discrimination, where only those who wear the veil are considered Muslim.”

Travel Religiously

Book skip-the-line tickets to the worlds major religious sites — or to any other place in the world.

We appreciate your support

One way in which you can support us — at no additional cost to you — is by shopping at


Our website includes affiliate links, which means we get a small commission — at no additional cost to you — for each qualifying purpose. For instance, as an Amazon Associate Religion News Blog earns from qualifying purchases. That is one reason why we can provide this service free of charge.


(Listed if other than Religion News Blog)

More About This Subject

Religion News Blog last updated this post on CET (Central European Time)