Islamic organisations in the UK are under fire for decreeing that women should stay off Facebook and seek their husband’s permission to leave the house.
The controversial new “rules”, published online by Green Lane Masjid in Birmingham and endorsed by several mosques, even prohibit women from wearing trousers.
Such garments “show off the detail of (women’s) bodies”, which the publication deemed inappropriate, “even in the company of their husbands”.
In lockstep with Green Lane were the Blackburn Muslim Association, Croydon Mosque, and the Islamic Centre.
They went so far as to state that women should not be able to travel more than 75km without a male chaperone.
Blackburn’s Central Masjid also warned against the “dangers of Facebook”, claiming the social media platform has “opened the doors for sin. Muslim girls and women alike have become prey to this evil.”
The extreme “guidelines” have outraged “moderate” Muslims and sparked calls for the Muslim Council of Britain to sever ties with the staunchly traditional mosques.
But a spokesperson for the Council told Russia Today that the MCB: “does not dictate jurisprudential positions to its affiliates.”
Islamic Sharia Council of London female scholar Khola Hasan said that kind of out-dated orthodoxy sets a bad example.
“These views are clearly outdated and reflect a patriarchal, narrow world view that is out of step with the rest of the Muslim world,” Ms Hasan told The Times.
“Some men of an older generation may find these freedoms hard to stomach, but they will have to accept them.”