Community leader Ishmael Lee South has said that Muslims protesting the sale of the hijab are moderates who “are becoming irrelevant”.
Mr Lee South told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer: “I believe the Muslim moderates who have protested against this have jumped on the bandwagon for opportunism.
“They are becoming irrelevant.”
He added: “We have to remember that Marks and Spencer do not have a good reputation with the Muslim community because of their affiliation to Israel.
“Muslims who are pro-Palestinian have been promoting boycotts to Marks and Spencer for decades.
“So I believe them doing this is promoting some sort of mending within communities.
“That is the way I am looking at it, yes.”
Schools ‘requested the option of the hijab’
School uniform hijab being sold at Marks and Spencer
This comes after it emerged that Marks and Spencer were selling school uniform hijabs.
The hijabs are on sale in black and navy for £6 in the School Essentials section of the website.
A Marks and Spencer statement said: "We provide bespoke uniforms for 250 schools across the country and they tell us which items they need as part of their school uniform list.
"For a number of schools this year, they requested the option of the hijab."