I have occasionally observed women with uncovered hair being denied entry into our malls, souks and public places. They are non-Muslim foreign nationals, for whom covering is neither a religious obligation nor a part of their ideology.
However, each and every country has its own rules and regulations as well as beliefs, cultures and traditions. As such, the requirement that we impose on them is our legitimate right.
From time to time, reports spring up of veiled Muslim women being banned from entering a country or a university campus. For example, there was a recent incident in which some veiled Saudi women were sent back from a European country. What surprised me was the response this provoked by some writers, cultural figures and students. Outraged at the incident, many called for a travel ban to be imposed on these countries. However, was this not that country’s legitimate right?
The veiled women who were sent back to the Kingdom after being denied entry were tourists. Why did they choose such a country if they were adamant on not obeying its rules?
The earth is vast, and there are several Islamic countries that would easily allow them entry. Moreover, Islamic countries are often in need of tourist revenues in order to strengthen their economies and would welcome such tourists.
Islam is a religion of justice and fairness. If we want to be obeyed, we have to demand it in accordance with our laws and regulations. At the same time, we have to respect others in their country in accordance with their laws. So let us be fair-minded. What applies to the foreigner should also apply to us.