அந்நியப் பெண்களுக்குக் கை கொடுப்பது இஸ்லாத்தில் தடுக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது.எனவெ இந்த செயலை நாங்கள் செய்ய மாட்டோம் என சுவிட்சர்லாந்தில் 15 வயதுள்ள முஸ்லிம் மாணவர்கள் தங்களுடைய பெண் ஆசிரியர்களிடம் திட்டவட்டமாகத் தெரிவித்துள்ளனர்.
கைகொடுத்துத் தான் மரியாதை செய்யவேண்டுமென்பதில்லை. மாறாக பல்வேறு வகைகளில் ஆசிரியர்க்ளை நாங்கள் மதிப்போம் எனக் அந்த மாணவர்கள் கூறியது ஐரோப்பிய கண்டத்தையே ஆச்சர்யத்தில் ஆழ்த்தியுள்ளது.
இந்நிலைத் தொடர்ந்தால் ஐரோப்பாவை இஸ்லாம் ஆளும் காலம் வெகுதூரமில்லை.
It’s widespread practice for schoolchildren in Switzerland to shake the hands of their teacher at the beginning and end of each day. Now, one school’s decision to exempt two children from this tradition — because the children are Muslim and their teacher is a woman — has caused a storm of controversy across the European state.
The two pupils at the school in the town of Therwil, near Basel, had requested an exemption from shaking a female teacher’s hand, citing their belief that it would go against Islamic teachings. The local school district later came up with what they felt was an acceptable compromise that could avoid discrimination: The pupils, who are aged 14 and 15, would not be required to shake any teacher’s’ hands, whether they were male or female.
However, the plan hit a hitch when the Schweiz am Sonntag reported on it, sparking a public debate about the compromise. “We cannot accept this in the name of religious freedom,” Swiss Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga said in an interview with Swiss-German broadcaster SRF. “The handshake is part of our culture.”
Others agreed. “Today’s it’s the handshake and what will it be tomorrow?” Felix Mueri, a member of the anti-immigration Swiss People’s Party and head of the Swiss parliament’s education commission, said in an interview with the 20 Minuten news site.
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Both the Swiss Teacher’s Union and the local Therwil council have also come out against the plan. However, the school itself has defended the decision, despite the controversy. “They are no longer allowed to shake the hand of any teacher, male or female,” headmaster Jurg Lauener told SRF, “For us, that addresses the question of discrimination.”
Authorities in the local Basel-Country canton could overturn the decision, but have not done so, with canton education chief Monica Gschwind suggesting to reporters that it was a temporary and “pragmatic” measure.
The situation is the latest controversy over the integration of Islam into Swiss society, where Muslims are thought to make up around 5 percent of the population. In 2009, Swiss voters banned the construction of minarets and last year the canton of Ticino passed a law that made the wearing of a burqa in public punishable by a $10,000 fine.
The Swiss Muslim community has largely suggested that the boys are misinterpreting Islamic teachings with their refusal to shake their teachers hands. “[To] the students and parents I would suggest to the following reflection: Can the denial of shaking hands be more important than the Islamic commandment of mutual respect?” Dr. Montassar Ben Mrad, president of Federation of Islamic Organizations in Switzerland, said in the statement.
However, another group suggested that the backlash to the boys was overblown. “One would think that the continued existence of Switzerland’s core values was at stake, when this particular case in fact involves just two high school students who have said they wish to greet their teacher in a different way than with a handshake,” a statement from the Islamic Central Council of Switzerland said.