Published: 00:00 GMT Daylight Time - Sunday 13 May 2012
Daily Prayer - Sunday 13 May 2012
“Women without a veil deserve to burn in hell.” With these words, the head of the Centrist Association for Awareness and Reform in Tunisia gave a vivid and startling indication of how individual freedoms in the country may soon be curtailed. The Association was formed by Salafists after the 2011 revolution as an Islamic religious police, which took upon itself to see that Islamic virtues were upheld in public life. Earlier this year it was given legal status by the Ministry of Interior. There have been reports of Salafists verbally and physically attacking women whose clothing they judge to be insufficiently modest. Pray that sharia will not be imposed in Tunisia, which was previously one of the most secular of Muslim-majority countries, where the hijab was banned in government offices and universities. Pray too for the country’s Christians, whose precarious position is jeopardised further by the rise of radical Islamism.