…and thereby entangle themselves in a dilemma:
The Prophet … said, “Allah curse women who wear false hair… altering what Allah has created” (‘Umdat al-Salik, p59.1)
From AFP, with thanks to Ali Dashti:
BISCHHEIM, France, Sept 2 (AFP) – Two Muslim teenage girls in eastern France on Thursday found a creative way to both abide by a new law banning headscarves in state schools and keep their heads covered — they wore wigs.
“It’s annoying but we have to deal with it,” explained 18-year-old Fatima, who has worn a headscarf since she was 10 years old, as she arrived at her high school in Bischheim north of Strasbourg.
The teen’s face was framed in a wig of straight medium-length dark brown hair and her headscarf remained tied in a knot around her neck so she could put it back on upon leaving the school.
France’s 12 million students returned to the classroom on Thursday as a controversial law banning the Islamic headscarf and other “conspicuous” religious insignia in state schools went into effect.
Some had expected girls to spark a confrontation by wearing headscarves but very few incidents were reported, perhaps as a result of an ongoing hostage crisis in Iraq, where two French journalists are being held by Islamic militants demanding that Paris repeal the headscarf ban.
Another 16-year-old girl in Bischheim, who asked not to be identified, also wore a wig but wore her headscarf until she reached the school gates. “This is because I don’t have any other choice,” she said, adding that the wig was less than the perfect solution.