Egypt's highest Muslim authority has said he will issue a religious edict against the growing trend for full women's veils, known as the niqab.
Sheikh Mohamed Tantawi, dean of al-Azhar university, called full-face veiling “a custom that has nothing to do with the Islamic faith.”
The practice is widely associated with more radical trends of Islam.
It is a growing trend across the world, this includes Malaysia too
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UPDATE 7th October 2009, a view from Malaysia, click HERE
Ne quid nimis
Nothing in excess