The police service of Ireland announced last week that it will follow the footsteps of its Scottish and Northern Ireland counterparts by allowing Muslim female officers to wear the hijab. This was reported on Irish Legal. Commissioner Drew Harris expressed:

“I hope this move will encourage people from minority communities to join the ‘An Garda Síochána’ police service.” 

He further informed that Sikh citizens will also be allowed to wear their traditional turban. In an official statement, the police service directly highlighted that its approach was in line with the one adopted by police services such as the PSNI, Police Scotland, New Zealand Police, NYPD, and other police services in UK, Australia, and Canada.

Harris said: 

“We want to demonstrate to the citizens from minority communities that the police service is an inclusive employer that is serious about becoming more diverse.”

The ‘An Garda Síochána’ will update its uniform policy to reflect the change, and is carrying out further research with communities who are under-represented in ‘An Garda Síochána’ to identify what more the organization needs to do to encourage them to join. The Irish police service is headed by the Garda Commissioner who’s appointed by the Irish Government. Its headquarters are in Dublin’s Phoenix Park.

Recently, a Lebanese-American Lt. Maysaa Ouza got accepted into the highly-competitive JAG Corps program in US Air Force. She was the first one in the field to wear Hijab. Other examples are of shows Skam and Elite, which also represent Hijabi Muslim characters! May Allah (SWT) keep granting success to our fellow Muslims such that they aim to achieve the ‘impossible’. Let’s be thankful to Allah and make dua for all others aiming to achieve big dreams and may they become true!

See also: Duas for Thanking Allah (SWT)


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Rida Ghaffar