News · Sharia in NZ

Police and banks considering adding hijab to official uniform

Let’s stop focusing on the outward appearance of Muslims, and look at their inner teachings; there is no command in the Quran to wear this clothing at all, and the only specific command is for non-Muslim women to go topless.
Police and banks considering adding hijab to official uniform

A major Kiwi bank that is considering allowing staff to wear hijabs as part of its official uniform may have started a trend. Westpac New Zealand announced it will consider adding the Muslim headwear to the uniform list, after its Australian arm said hijabs will enter rotation next year. Westpac New Zealand spokeswoman said hijabs were the “type of options” they would consider ahead of their next uniform renewal, which was due in a couple of years.

This has prompted other major New Zealand companies to consider – or do – the same. ANZ have recently confirmed they will be making hijabs available “as part of our corporate wardrobe”, a spokesman said. Logistics were being worked through, but staff at ANZ were welcome to wear their own hijabs and turbans, he said. A New Zealand Police spokeswoman said if staff asked to wear a hijab or any “other articles of faith”, it would be considered. “As police’s workforce becomes increasingly diverse, we need to ensure we are responding to the individual needs and requests of our employees.

 

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