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Muslim-Majority Tajikistan Bans Hijab and Burqa, Declares No Need to Display Religious Symbols

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In a significant development for the Muslim-majority country of Tajikistan, authorities have enacted laws prohibiting the wearing of hijabs, labeling them as “alien garments.” Additionally, the custom of ‘Idi,’ where children collect money during Eid celebrations, has been banned.

These measures aim to foster a secular national identity in a country where the majority practices Islam. President Emomali Rahmon, who has led Tajikistan since 1994, supports the legislation, emphasizing its alignment with the country’s secular values. The laws not only ban the wearing and sale of hijabs but also any clothing considered foreign to the national culture, including certain Islamic garments.

Furthermore, the legislation restricts activities around major Muslim celebrations like Eid-al-Fitr and Eid-al-Adha and imposes heavy fines for violations. These actions are part of President Rahmon’s longstanding policy to maintain strict control over religious practices and prevent the rise of Islamic extremism.

This approach reflects President Rahmon’s broader strategy to centralize power and suppress opposition, including religious political groups, to ensure the stability of his regime. These moves have sparked discussions about the balance between secular governance and religious freedom in Tajikistan.

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