Islamic TV host caught breaking Muslim customs while on vacation

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Azadeh Namdari, a vocal proponent of traditional Islamic law and a conservative Iranian state television host, was caught on camera without her hijab while on vacation with family in Switzerland.  The video shows Namdari wasn’t wearing her hijab, and was enjoying what appeared to be an alcoholic beverage.

According to a BBC report, Namdari, who promotes Iran’s female dress code, was bare-headed while drinking a beer.

Beer, along with all alcoholic beverages, is prohibited under Islam. In fact, all alcohol has been banned in Iran since 1979.

In Iran, wearing a hijab is mandatory for women. Morality police there strictly enforce the wearing of the obligatory headpiece, and Namdari has publicly praised the practice.

 

In a 2014 interview, Azadeh Namdari was photographed in a full hijab under the headline: “Thank God, I wear the veil.”Azadeh Namdari even advocated for the black chador, the robe-like dress worn by women that covers the body completely, only their face left bare.

“You have to believe to be a chadori,” Namardi said in the interview, referring to a phrase used to describe women who wear the garment. “[Otherwise] you’ll be exposed. Thank God that I went on air, I was a chadori. I felt safe and I felt respected. All of these are blessings that the chador has brought me.”

Azadeh Namdari said she feeels “more beautiful with this chador”.

After Namardi’s vacation photo surfaced, people were quick to react on social media. Memes and tweets included humorous responses, as well as those condemning her behavior:

Others were concerned about Azadeh Namdari herself, and for all women who are required to wear the garb.

Azadeh Namdari responded with a video defending herself.

In the video Azadeh Namdari said was wearing a headscarf because she was in a park with close relatives, a condition that doesn’t require a woman to wear a hijab, and that the headscarf had fallen when the  images were captured. Azadeh Namdari did not address the beer that she was allegedly drinking.

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