The head of the Darul Uloom Deoband, Maulana Syed Arshad Madani, said he supports the Taliban’s apparent drive to segregate men and women completely in educational institutes.
Madani said that he thinks the Taliban’s seizure of power in Afghanistan was a positive development because the Islamist movement liberated the country from foreign occupation.
“They are requiring people to observe the Islamic requirement of hijab,” he said, referring to the Arabic word for veil, which denotes the Islamic concept that members of the opposite sexes should not mix if they are not related. “Allah created women’s bodies differently from men,” he said.
“They must dress in such a way that does not create ‘fitnah,” he said.