Malawi Muslim women allowed to wear hijabs in license photos

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The Malawi government through the directorate of Road Traffic has ruled that Muslims women can have their driving license photos without taking away the hijabs.

Reports reveal that Muslim women have been failing to get driving licenses as they were forced to take off the hijabs for photos a development that was seen to go against the Islamic faith. Commenting on the matter, director of Road Traffic Jack Manong’a said Muslim women are now allowed to have their driving license photos in hijabs.

“They are allowed to have the pictures whilst in hijab but their faces and eyes must not be hidden, what I know is that the Muslim women are not supposed to show their hair but they can show their eyes and face,” said Manong’a.

HijabHe added that government has a standard rule on the matter which is followed at Immigration Department during the issuance of passports.

Malawi24 understands that the directorate has been forcing the women to take off the hijabs for easy identification of the drivers when they are on the roads of the country as most women especially Asians cover up their faces as part of their faith.

Authorities from Muslim Association of Malawi (MAM) have since allowed Muslim women to slightly remove the hijab to show their eyes and face for a driving licence picture.

Hijab is a veil that covers the head and chest, which is particularly worn by some postmenarchal Muslim women in the presence of adult males outside of their immediate family.

It can further refer to any head, face, or body covering worn by Muslim women that conforms to a certain standard of modesty.

Hijab can also be used to refer to the seclusion of women from men in the public sphere, or it may embody a metaphysical dimension.

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  1. Good move,eti iwandu ineyi isyowelele kwenda matokope,mamini gekachule kunyuma niyakusasakaga ajimanjaji,eti jemanjaji akwete dini jawo nowe tukwete jetu ,naga yapweteche awuliche,chilamo. chetu wosope,there is no religion whih can decide for others what to do OK!!!!!

  2. Malawi is not Krishn or Muslim countrie, Malawi is Satanism continue mumadana ndi malamulo A Mulungu mumafuna malamulo Satan. Fokufu mwena.

  3. Zowona zake sanalakwitse.osati ena mumangovala ndekesha.songazamatakozikupelekamoni ati ma born again stupit nosense.daughters of devil fucken pusy thats wy u allawo the evail sipirt 2toch ur body;->

  4. May GOD Bless the Malawi Nation jst because of promoting peace and love wth tolerance among her people. Padali nkangano dzana pano.. Koma Lero Zasanduka chimwemwe kwa az!mayi akhalidwe ngat la #Maria Oyerawa.. Kugonjera Malamulo a Mulungu nd!ch!nthu chantengo wapatali. Congratulations ladies 4 the effort. Thank yu 1nce again 2 the Malawian Government for the peace and quick aproval+ the concern. GOD BLESS MALAWI…

  5. What I always wonder about Muslims is that whatever country they go to they try and force change in the system instead of adapting. Countries like UK and sebia are good examples of y Muslims are forces to live with the people they found. If the area they live people love pork nothing will be changed live or go elsewhere

  6. Kumeneko ndie kuyankhula @ Ferozy koma pali anthu ena odana ndi chilungamo koma kwao kumakhala kunyoza si bwino aliyense ali ndi mpingo wake komanso malamulo awo bwanj sawanditsa mbiri yoipa amadziwa kut nawo ndi malamulo ao amumpigo mwao.

  7. robitsh how will they going regonize the face? okay don’t worry I will come to make my own but the photo I will wear a sindiket I hope u won’t have problem with that! and it will be the real mask sindiket

  8. kodi m’mene mukachoka kwa chauta munali wovala inu?kunakhala kotero bwenzi mutabadwa muli ndi zonse muziyakhula bwino.nkhani ili apa ndi yachipembezo not kuti muchuluke nzeru

  9. oho muzasiya zopusazo amalawi after bomb akazatiphulisa.its security for both them and the country.muganiza atafa penapake kuwona purse kupeza kt pic akuwoneka maso okha angazindikire bwanj iyaaa.kuvula 1 min kunjambula passpt kumasunga passport angawaonere ndani.this is rubbish

  10. infact dziko lamalawi tikupeleka kwa asilamu.malawi is musilim country ndiye dzoti azingotilamura sibooo. ndikutha kuona next move azati kumalawi kusamagulisidwe ndikuweta nkhumba. boko haram,isis, islamic state they around the corner

  11. Koma ineo chomwe chimandikhudza kwambiri ndichoti Asilamuwa amazitenga ngati adapulumuka kale mumanena Akhristu mukuti akafr ndiye chani, koma zindikila tsiku lina udzathawa dziko lino PANOPA KHILUPILIRANI NOMUSLlM DZALAMULIRE DZIKO ILI NEVER!!!

  12. I’m a Christian bt I like the way Muslims dress. mmene timavalira akhristu Mmmm ai ndithu zosavomerezeka pa maso pa mulungu. evn in church we show our body mpaka pomafika potipasa zitenje. zimachitisa manyazi to be honest evn azibambo nu palibe amafuna mwana or mkazi wake azionesa thighs or ma bele. ndipo mesa asilamu wa amayendesa galimoto atavala hijab then it’s gud kut ma licence awo adzivala hijab kut azioneka mofanana ndi mmene amaonekera every tym

  13. The government and the governing body are insane how can they allow someone to cover her face yet the license is for identification for who is responsible to drive, you know what, next time you have to allow us to wear hats and masks when making our new licenses. you dont even think that this wil increase road accidents as they wil be assisting each other to use the same license with unexperienced driver, okay, its up to you bomboclats!

  14. Firstly the pictures there not of Malawians ladies why adm?secondly its not a gud move cause no one can be identified with a hijab on come on guys mind u I respect so much to our fellow Muslims

  15. Truth is; these women respect their bodies. I love ❤ the way they dress up. They should change the law of marriage as well. Intermarriages in different faith.

  16. I assume that means that I can also wear a scarf over my head when I get my license picture?!?! If not, why not… what rule applies to one, in a secular state, applies to ALL. The rule of law, applies to all from the president down to the youngest new born. When things like this happen, one can only laugh!

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  18. Malawi must be devide into three parts.northern part must be for Tanzania.Northwestern and centre must be given to Zambia and the remaining a part Mozambique must have it.then we must forget that we had a country known as Malawi.coz nyaope guys are ruling this country.Peter,Patricia,director of road traffic.good gondwe.and the muslim association of Malawi.Malawi police.even dausi.these guys are like gundwani(mice) they only know how to dig ahole and stay there.not running a country.MALAWI is a FAILED STATE

  19. I like the way these women dress, they hide every part of their sensitive body osati azathu awa oyenda chovula kale pamseu kupititsa miyoyo ya anthu osalakwa ku gehena akuwachimwitsa ndi kusilira miyendo yawo ndi zina ndi zina.

  20. God help us, where are we heading to Malawi? There is no resting, people r always want the government to dance their tune. What’s the meaning of this?

  21. Wene wawo awo ndıwo wazamutıkoma ka nge tıwaone kumaso please ganızanıso makola usange.vasuzga tıkufumba boma ndıthu tose sono tıkwenera vınthutıpangengeso tose

  22. Kkkkkk koma anthu mumazitcha akhrstu nu muli pa ululu ndi asilamu kkkkkkkkkkkkk koma chimakunyasani ndi chain???? Mwina chikhala ndalama ya license timakapempha m makwanu bwezi zili zomvekako.dziwani kuti zizakupwetekanibe mpaka tsiku lomwe uzasiye kupuma ,LOUD N KRAAL

  23. This is not wright for security reasons…..Where is our nation heading to guess you will handle the pressure when your poor security system ends the nation into insecurity

  24. ”Hijab” its an arabic words which means ” to cover”, and its not a new thing as far as spiritual culture is concern. I support the move, u are free to choose but u are not free from the consequances of God, take it…hate it!

    • it seems strange to non muslims but not strange to all the Prophets who were sent by God, so while the wearing of hijab is strange to non muslims, its not strange to all the prophets as far as spiritul culture is concern. Yes, Muslim women perform their prayerz with their head covered, it isn’t even a new thing to we muslims and non muslims as it was written in the bible 1 Corinthians 11:5, and 13!

    • @Elsa Peter, ukhoza kutukwa mmene ungathere but u can’t change the fact that culture of wearing hijib was there and is there, and it was written in the bible Corinthians 11:5 and 13, if u are wise enough prove me wrong with a verse because iam proving u right with a verse not my opinion!

  25. Apatu sizikutanthauza kuti Lamulo lagonjera mpingo ai. Lamulo lomwe anakonza bambo ako/kaya mai ako ku paliyamenti imeneyo ili choncho. Ufufuze bwino-bwino, uwona kuti awa anachita kupepha sikuti achita kupita kupaliyamenti ndi kukaphwanya lamulo ai. Awo akupaliyamenti adakali choncho, ngati iwenso utafuna kupepha kuti uziyenda maliseche utha kupita ukapephe akuvomera. Ngakhale zitavuta zitatani, lamulo la kupaliyamenti sunga lisinthe popanda MP kukambirana nyumba. Malamulo.

  26. Any government issued I’d you are required to show your face since in malawi we have no security advisers even the head of intelligence ndi mbuzi palibe vuto

  27. Malamulo ayamba kutsata Malamulo a mipingo nde ali yense wa chipembedzo amene abwere ndi zake za chipembedzo chake avomereze . Dziko latha ili Ambuye alowererepo

    • Akazi achisilamu sangabise mabomb ngati muja mai ako amachitala pobisa kalata yachibwezi kuopa bambo ako kuiona ok? Ukandifuna ndili pompa mpaka futali apse!

    • This is Malawi and this is Islam, ku Chipembedzo cha chisilamu palibe mawu kapena lamulo limene limati udziphe wekha kapena kugwiritsa ntchito ma bombs. Zomwe mumaziona ku maiko a aluya ndi American Ideas, nzeru zomwe adakhazikitsa pofuna kuthana ndi choonadi. Promoted by the pope.

  28. That’s obviously Good…Anthu enanu mukuti sanapange bwino kulola iwo kuvala hijab..Kodi mmalitenga ngati dziko lino lanu eti? if you don’t care about hijab let people who cares do Osamaikirapo maganizo Onyasa Asiyeni asilamu ndiufulu komanso ndi chipembezo Osati nyasi zanu zomangoyenda muli naked ngati mukukakumana ndi mwamuna