Is Russia Banning Islam?

hijab typesIT MIGHT SEEM somewhat surprising, that Russia is banning the hijab, the headdress that Muslim women are required to wear according to Islamic law.

But it has been found, that there is a clear correlation between the hijab and terrorism, so that terrorism increases as Muslim women start wearing this headdress. Hence a research medical university in Moscow is now on the list of institutions where the hijab has been banned.

How come? Ibrahim Raymond explains the reason in an article of November 25, 2014. “Strict Islamic Sharia commands jihad (‘terrorism’) against unbelievers just as it commands Muslim women to don the hijab.”

9 volumes Sahih BukhariMoreover, Russia is banning also numerous leaflets and some Islamic books, such as the nine volumes of Sahih Bukhari compiled in the 9th century and regarded as especially important in sunni Islam. Some quotations are attributed to Muhammed, the prophet of Islam, such as these:

  • “Whoever changed his Islamic religion (‘apostates’), then kill him
  • In the end times, a “stone will say, ‘O Muslim! There is a Jew behind me; kill him!”
  • “I have been ordered (by Allah) to fight against the people until they testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that Muhammad is Allah’s Apostle, and offer the prayers perfectly and give the obligatory charity” (i.e., until they become observant Muslims).”

Mr Ibrahim concludes that “apparently the Russians are aware that such assertions—whether they come from this or that jihadi or from Prophet Muhammad—are enough to incite chaos on their soil.” Although the banned books cites parts of the Koran, the Koran itself is not banned yet. For the whole story, read here. 

So Russia isn’t banning Islam as such. That would of course infringe on the laws of religious freedom. But Russia has a moral obligation to protect its citizens from terrorism and has acted accordingly. So the new bans aim at reducing the risks of Muslim terrorism by means of banning what inspires to such acts.

The Christian faith but also other religions are re-establishing their value in the Russian society. After more than 7 decades of official atheism (18 % are atheists or have no religious affiliation) President Vladimir Putin has approved a new law of September 2013 introducing studies in all public schools in Russia in fundamental religions. The parents can now choose which religion their children are to study. Orthodox Christendom is the most widespread of the religions with about 72% of the population, whereas some 5% are Muslims. In Western Europe deeper knowledge of the Christian faith doesn’t seem to be very widespread these days.

As the EU-countries haven’t been able to protect their citizens from acts of Muslim terrorism such as those in Paris, Brussels, Toulouse, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Berlin and London, their Parliaments ought to learn from Russia and institute similar laws against Muslim terrorism and for increased and deeper knowledge of Christendom at the schools, the basis of Western civilization.   


Pictures: New Hijab Fashion and Sahih al-Bukhari.