To the Times:
I applaud the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in favor of Samantha Elauf and the right for Muslim women to have equal opportunity and be free from discrimination in the work place due to their choice of wearing the hijab.
I believe this ruling upholds the American value of freedom of religion not just for Muslims but for adherents of all religions such as Jews who choose to wear yarmulkes and Sikhs that choose to wear turbans for religious reasons.
Just like Catholic nuns, Muslim women who choose to cover their heads look to the example of Mother Mary who is held in the highest regard by the Quran: “And remember when the angels said, ‘O Mary, Allah has chosen thee and purified thee and chosen thee above the women of all peoples’” (3:43).
Madeel Abdullah, MD, Newtown Square