The Muslim Educational Society (MES) has issued a circular stopping female college students from sporting religious veils at its instructional institutions in India. The Kozhikode-based totally MES, which was founded in 1964, runs 35 colleges and 72 colleges. It’s one of all the largest academic organizations in India, with one lakh students.

According to the circular issued by way of MES President PA Fazal Gafoor, students in establishments run by way of the MES will not wear spiritual veils that cowl their faces. “Institution heads and officer-bearers of the nearby control of the institutions should be vigilant,” it states.

Fazal Gafoor has in the past overtly opposed the niqab or veil. In 2014, he had said that the niqab becomes un-Islamic and changed into a western import. He was also strongly antagonistic using niqab, pronouncing that blocking off sunlight on the face using it continuously can bring about Vitamin D deficiency in Muslim ladies.

“This isn’t Taliban-dominated Afghanistan. This is India, where there is freedom of speech. I actually have all the right to talk against the custom. We can also have differing perspectives on numerous subjects. But we have the liberty to explicit our opinion. Covering of face can not be considered Islamic. Nowhere in Islam is it stated that faces ought to be included,” he had stated on time.

The round, which was issued on April 17, surfaced this week and has for the reason that been broadly said in local and countrywide media.

The MES’s choice comes within the wake of a Kerala High Court order from December 2018. Two Muslim lady students belonging to Christ Nagar Senior Secondary School in Thiruvallam in Thiruvananthapuram had filed a petition seeking to wear headscarves and complete-sleeve shirts, even though the faculty had a pupil uniform.  The High Court had refused to intervene in the college’s refusal of the students’ request. While upholding the college’s proper refusal, the High Court had stated, “whilst there’s a priority of interest, man or woman interest have to yield to the bigger hobby.”

PA Fazal Gafoor’s views on the veil are famous, and it seems the High Court order has helped him introduce the rule of thumb in his instructional establishments. However, it is unlikely that many leaders of the Muslim network will receive this. Malayalam channels have suggested that the Samastha Kerala Jamiyyathul Ulama, the most important Muslim organization in Kerala, has already rejected it.

Quoting the High Court order, the MES round says, “According to the High Court order, girl college students ought to now not put on garments that cowl their face. This need to be implemented without giving way to controversy,” the round states. The route inside the circular must be applied to start in the 2019-20 instructional yr. It also directs institutions to include the new rule inside the educational calendar.

MES changed into founded with the aid of Fazal Gafoor’s father, PK Abdul Gafoor. It has institutions in Kerala, neighboring states, and within the Middle East.

“The MES has no right to interfere in religious practices. Unlike Samantha, they are no longer an enterprise entitled to make the one’s sorts of statements,” according to President Sayyid Muhammad Jifri Muthukkoya Thangal.