A Self-Defense Class for
Muslim Women In NYC
US Embassy in Pakistan Hosts Discussion on Violence
Inside A Self-Defense Class for Muslim Women in NYC
Edmonton Police Investigate After Man Ties Noose,
Threatens Two Muslim Women
Pakistan Prepares for Its First-Ever Women’s Kabaddi
Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau
Hijab-clad Muslim cop called ‘ISIS’, harassed in US
December 5, 2016
New York: An off-duty hijab-clad Muslim police officer
was called “ISIS” and told to go back to her “country” by a white man who also
pushed her 16-year-old son, the latest in a series of incidents in which
headscarf-wearing women have been targeted in the US following Donald Trump’s
Officer Aml Elsokary, who was off duty and wearing her
hijab, dropped off her son in Brooklyn. After parking her car, she returned to
the scene to find her son being shoved by the suspect, a white man in his 30s.
When the officer, a native New Yorker approached, the man
said, “ISIS (expletive), I will cut your throat, go back to your country!”
Elsokary did not identify herself as a police officer,
and was unarmed, the New York Daily News reported, citing police sources. The
suspect then fled the scene. Police were trying to track him down.
The NYPD Hate Crimes Unit is probing the episode as a
bias incident which took place on Saturday.
Officer Elsokary who proudly wears her hijab on duty was
touted as a hero by the New York city mayor after she ran into a burning
building to save an elderly man and baby girl in April 2014.
Responding to a call about a fire over the police radio,
Elsokary and her partner had rushed to a smoke-filled building.
The decorated officer had joined the force shortly after
the September 11 terror attacks to “show people that the terrible acts of that
day contradicted the teachings of Islam,” Mayor de Blasio had said at a 2014
dinner. The mother-of-five had received a medal for her bravery.
Saturday’s incident comes amid a slew of intimidation and
assault cases that have been reported across the country against hijab-clad
women following Trump’s win.
On Thursday, a Muslim student was allegedly assaulted
aboard a subway train by three drunk white men who repeatedly screamed “Donald
Trump!” and hurled anti-Islam slurs before trying to rip her hijab off.
Earlier this month, a Hijab-clad Muslim student was
allegedly struck in the face with a glass bottle in broad daylight at the
University of Washington campus in Seattle.
In another incident, a hijab-clad woman was allegedly
accosted at a US store by another customer who called her a “terrorist” and
told her to “get out” of the country.
Also, a Muslim student’s hijab was allegedly ripped off and
her hair pulled down by a classmate at a school in Minnesota.
December 06, 2016
Islamabad - The US embassy in Islamabad, in collaboration
with the Islamabad Club, hosted a panel discussion with students and experts on
ending violence against women as part of its commemoration of 16 Days of
Activism against Gender-based Violence said a statement issued by the US
American Ambassador David Hale gave the closing remarks.
The envoy said: “The 16 Days of Activism to End Violence against Women campaign
offers an opportunity for action from everyone— men and women, boys and girls,
government officials, and community leaders—to end violence against women and
girls around the world.”
Participants discussed the importance of gender equality
and women’s empowerment in building resilient, democratic societies; supporting
open and accountable governance; ending extreme poverty; and to furthering
international peace and security.
Inside A Self-Defense Class For Muslim Women In NYC
DEC 5, 2016 9
Nisma Zakria stood in a basement gymnasium in the West
Village on Saturday afternoon, demonstrating how to strike an attacker grabbing
her hijab. Her partner, also in hijab, gripped the cloth draped across her
chest. "I'm going to take my arm inwards and out," Zakria said,
raising her dominant arm up high and sweeping it down in a wide circular
motion, hooking her "attacker's" arm up and away. Completing the
circle, Zakria brought her hand down to her side. "I am slapping my thigh,"
she said with a smack. "You make them lose their grip."
A second-degree black belt from Staten Island, Zakria
teaches self-defense classes through the Women's Initiative for
Self-Empowerment (WISE), a self-defense nonprofit for Muslim women. Last
weekend, the Muslim Community Network invited her to lead two sold-out
workshops for Muslim women and their allies. Interest has been overwhelming—in
large part, the organizers said, because of President-elect Donald Trump, who
has stoked Islamophobia and called for a ban on Muslims entering the US.
"We were not expecting that when we published the event the election would
have gone the way that it did," said Emaan Moosani, Program Director at
the Muslim Community Network. "Within ten hours it was sold out, [and] our
Facebook event had 500 shares."
"We are here because we feel that we are being
targeted," said Amirah Aulaqi, a 26-year-old modest fashion designer and
one of Saturday's guest speakers. Reports of hate crimes have increased
significantly in New York City this year to date. As of November 13th, 328 hate
crimes had been reported in NYC, compared to 250 during the same period in
2015. Of that total, 25 have allegedly been committed against Muslims—a 108
percent increase from last year. Last week, men screaming 'Donald Trump' attacked
a woman wearing a hijab on the subway.
Aulaqi took her first self-defense class last winter,
following the Paris attacks and residual uptick in bias attacks on Muslims in
the US. On Saturday she helped facilitate a class that was half self-defense,
half emotional check-in—similar to classes she taught last year. "We
didn't want to just do self-defense courses. We really needed a support
group," she explained. Many of her participants have been recent
immigrants. "We [worked] with a lot of mothers and women who wear full
garments that are really normal to them back home, and when they get here [to
America] they don't understand other people being fearful of them."
Zakria said she draws on her religious beliefs to
diminish a hypothetical attacker. "In Islam we believe that men and
females are created out of mud and god gives you life," she said.
"That's how Prophet Adam was created. [So] I was like, since when are we
afraid of mud?"
For forty-five minutes, women split off into pairs to
practice offensive and defensive moves. One involved disarming an attacker who
grabs your hair (grab their hand, step on their toes, then swing your free arm
around to hit their elbow). The group also learned the attacker's most
vulnerable body parts—eyes, nose, throat, knees—how to palm heel strike someone
in the chin, and how to protect your head from a blow using fists and forearms.
Also, how to speak—and yell—in self-defense. "Repeat
after me," said Tish Tabb, a volunteer instructor with the Center For
Anti-Violence Education: No! No! No! No! NO! NO!
Another tactic—the "broken record"—is geared
towards verbal harassment. "Let's say someone comes up to you and says,
'You're ugly. Why are you wearing that? What are you doing here?,'" Tabb
said. "One of the things you can say is just the same phrase over and over
again: "I don't want to talk to you. I don't want to talk to you. I don't
want to talk to you. Go away. Go away. Go away."
Magda Kamel, in her early 60s, wore a bright blue hijab
covered in white dots. She said that she has been verbally harassed many times
since she moved to the US more than 35 years ago.
"Mostly they say the f-word and, 'Get back to your
country,' and, 'You have no right to be here,'" Kamel recalled. Since the
election, things have been worse. "It gives them affirmation to do what
they want. It's okay to [say], 'We hate you.'"
The class, Kamel said, was a confidence boost.
"Sometimes I get nervous and cannot explain myself in a normal way,"
she said. "This encouraged me to put my hand the right way."
Earlier, Aulaqi said one goal of the class was to help
women simply go about their daily routines. "Even though something may
have not happened to us already, it can probably happen to us," she said.
"We cannot be crippled by the limitations that other people set on
DECEMBER 05, 2016
Edmonton police are looking for a man who harassed two
Muslim women at the University LRT station earlier this month.
Two young women, both wearing hijabs, were approached by
a man while standing on the station platform about 8:20 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov.
The man pulled a rope from his pocket and tied it into a
noose before threatening the women, saying “This is for you.” He then began
singing O Canada.
One of the women recorded the incident on her cellphone.
Police said they were investigating the incident as a
The suspect is described as a thin, balding white man in
his 60s with grey hair. He was wearing glasses, a black jacket and green pants.
Anyone with information is urged to contact police.
Pakistan prepares for its first-ever women’s kabaddi
December 6, 2016
By Natasha Raheel
KARACHI: Pakistan will be holding its first-ever women’s
kabaddi national championship from December 14 in Lahore with more than seven
clubs expected to participate in the event, revealed Pakistan Kabaddi
Federation (PKF) Secretary Muhammad Sarwar.
The four provincial teams, Islamabad, WAPDA, HEC and Army
will be participating in the event while more teams are expected to join them
in the inaugural championship.
Pakistani women break new ground at Kabaddi World Cup
Sarwar, who believes that the championship is a huge step
forward, is hoping that the event will encourage women to pursue the sport.
“The event is a huge step forward. We want to encourage
girls to develop an interest in the sport and even represent the national side
in the future,” he said. “We will be making selections for the national side
based on the performances in this championship and hopefully this will give us
a larger pool to select from.”
Meanwhile, national captain Khazeema Saeed believes that
the sport has come a long way since she, along with her national teammates,
started playing the sport last year.
Kabaddi, Kabaddi, Kabaddi: Pakistani women will play
“I’m extremely excited about the start of this
championship,” Khazeema told The Express Tribune. “Since last year, the sport
has really picked up with an increase in the number of girls trying out for the
national side. I’m sure this championship would further increase the interest
in the sport.”
Khazeema, 19, was also part of the U19 squad that first
went on a training tour in Iran. She then competed at the South Asian Games and
again went back to Iran for a tournament where the team bagged bronze.
Pakistan women power through to semis
“It has been a learning experience as the various tours
taught each and every one of us a lot,” she said. “We are thrilled to be part
of something big because when people say kabaddi, they imagine a bunch of men
playing the sport. We want to change that and this championship will certainly
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