Video of Press Conf. – Muslim Files Lawsuit For Hijab Removal Demand

View the entire unedited press conference held yesterday at CAIR-MI’s office in Southfield, Michigan regarding the lawsuit filed yesterday in Federal court relating to a Muslim female being demanded to remove her headscarf (hijab) in the Wayne County 3rd District Court.

YouTube – Part1 Press Conference for Lawsuit Regarding Hijab Ban in Court


YouTube – Part2 Press Conference for Lawsuit Regarding Hijab Ban in Court


YouTube – Part3 Press Conference for Lawsuit Regarding Hijab Ban in Court

Judge to face lawsuit for ordering Muslim woman to remove head scarf

Judge to face lawsuit for ordering Muslim woman to remove headscarf

Paul Egan / The Detroit News

Southfield — An Islamic group says it will file a federal lawsuit Wednesday against a Wayne County judge who ordered a Muslim woman to remove her head scarf.

“No hats allowed in the courtroom,” Wayne Circuit Judge J. William Callahan is heard telling Raneen Albaghdady in a partial video of the June incident posted on YouTube.

The incident, during a hearing on the woman’s application to change her name, follows a 2006 controversy when a Hamtramck judge ordered Ginnah Muhammad to remove her facial veil, called a niqab, in court.

Unlike an Islamic veil, a head scarf, called a hijab, mostly covers the hair, not the eyes or face, which some judges say they need to see to assess credibility.

“This is a lady whose face was fully visible, Canton Township attorney Nabih Ayad said today of Albaghdady. “There was no reason to tell her to remove her scarf.”

Callahan did not immediately return a telephone message left at his chambers.

The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations will join the woman as a plaintiff in the lawsuit, in which Callahan and the county will be named as defendants, Ayad said. The lawsuit is to be detailed at a 2 p.m. news conference today at the council’s office in Southfield.

Melanie Elturk, a staff attorney at the council, said Callahan’s actions violate the constitutional right to freedom of religion and a statement President Barack Obama made in a June address about the right of Muslim women to wear the hijab.

“This judge targeted a Muslim woman’s religious attire, but he could just as easily have demanded the removal of a Sikh turban, a Jewish yarmulke or a Catholic nun’s habit,” she said.

Sen. Kerry Sends Ramadan Greetings

United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 22, 2009 Contact: Frederick Jones, Communications Director, 202-224-4651

Chairman Kerry Statement On Ramadan Washington, D.C.—Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement to Muslim communities in America and around the world marking the start of Ramadan today:

“With the onset of Ramadan, the holiest month of the Muslim calendar year where observing Muslims fast for 30 days from sunrise to sunset as a way to increase spirituality and thank God for his blessings, I want to extend my best wishes to Muslim communities in Massachusetts and around the world. Ramadan Kareem.

“As I said during the hearing I chaired in February on engaging Muslim communities, American Muslims play an important role in the fabric of this country. Their patriotism is a source of security for all of us and their freedom of worship is a powerful counterargument against those whose say American values are incompatible with Islam. As Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, I look forward to broadening relations with Muslim nations beyond the few lightning-rod topics that have defined them since 9/11 to include climate change, combating poverty, investing in human development, and creating knowledge societies.”

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