of Jammu and Kashmir Majlis-e-Shura says that Parda is a duty in Islam.
Genital Mutilation: A Community’s And Chennai's Dark, Disturbing Secret
Is The ‘Material Girl’ Doing In Saudi Arabia?
and Tobago Woman Police Officers Win Right To Wear Hijab on Duty
Charged With Spitting On Muslim Family Outside Jersey City Polling Place
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and Kashmir: New Fatwa Terms Beauty Parlours 'Un-Islamic'
Muslim cleric in Jammu and Kashmir has reportedly issued a fatwa against women
visiting beauty parlours. The cleric has called the beauty parlours un-Islamic.
According to the cleric, women should not even attend parties.
cleric called beauty parlours as un-Islamic as according to him women do not
properly cover themselves in beauty parlours which are bad in Islam.
of Majlis-e-Shura told in an interview given to Times Now that Parda is a duty
in Islam. When there is a wedding party or musical night, men and women dance
together which is prohibited in Islam? He also said that musical nights were
stopped in Kishtwar after the fatwa was issued. But around one or two weeks
ago, these musical nights started again. “We will try to curb these by citing
Quran and Hadis to the people as we do not own any army or police station or
jail to enforce the fatwa”, he said. Darul Uloom in Deoband, who recently
issued a fatwa against use of nail polish by Muslim woman, had issued a diktat
against beauty parlours in 2012.
seminary, in response to a query, had said at the time that the Sharia (Islamic
law) did not allow Muslim women to run beauty parlours on the ground that
adornment is not allowed in the Sharia. By extension, it also means that women
cannot even go to parlours for what is regarded as “adornment”, though the
fatwa relates to the running of parlours.
are legal opinions provided under Islamic law by a Muslim cleric.
is not the first time that an Islamic seminary has issued such kind of the
June, Darul Uloom Deoband has issued a fatwa where it has directed the Sunni
Muslims to avoid attending the Iftar party and any other social event organised
by Shia Muslims
July, Deoband-based Darul Uloom had issued a fatwa against waxing and shaving
saying that these are against Islamic culture and are not considered under
October, Darul Uloom had issued a fatwa saying posting pictures on social media
was prohibited in Islam. It also banned posting selfies on WhatsApp and
"My clitoris was completely scrapped out, yes completely! It hasn't grown back. It was done by two
popular and experienced midwives in our clan. I was circumcised when I was in
my second grade," recalls Fathima*(21), a resident of Chennai's
suburbs."My cousin was recently circumcised by the same ladies," she
to UNFPA and UNICEF, about 20 crore girls and women alive today have undergone
the horrors of circumcision - suffering for years with recurrent pain during
menstruation, no sexual pleasure in marriage, psychological damage, infertility
and running an increased risk of HIV/AIDS infection.
India, the practice is said to be rampant among the Bohra Muslim community.
They believe that for a woman to be eligible for marriage it is essential for
her to undergo circumcision as this maintains her chastity.
Chennai, the practice is prevalent among the Bohra community in the northern
parts (Vada Chennai). Due to the secretive nature of the ritual and the
community's minority status in the city, the issue is often hushed up.
the truth remains that Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is not just limited to
the dark continent of Africa. The New Indian Express spoke to some of the women
in the Bohra community in the city, discovering that many of them may have
undergone circumcision at the hands of women with little medical training.
was holding my mother's hand stiffly. Mama knocked the door and aunty in Rida
(Dawoodi Bohra women costume) opened the door and welcomed us with a warm
smile. She took me to the room and asked me to lie down. She lifted my skirt
and spread my legs. Minutes later, I found few drops of blood oozing out of my
genital. I did't know what actually happened but all I thought was I got my
took me to the washroom and cleaned the stains. Initially, I had a bit of
irritation and eventually I was back to normal. My mother told it was normal
and nothing to worry about. Only last year I got to know that it was
circumcision," said Bhanu*, 21, resident of Parrys, Chennai.
May 2017, a petition against FGM was filed by Sunita Tiwari, a lawyer who
practices in Delhi High Court. She quoted the WHO classification that termed
FGM a gross violation of human rights of girls and women. The petition demands
a ban on the practice based on the resolution passed by the UN General Assembly
in 2012. The practice also contravenes fundamental rights, Tiwari says.
Government of India is firm in its denial that such a practice exists. The
Ministry of Women and Child Development is categorical."Female genital
mutilation... are not practiced in India," it stresses. It even told the
Supreme Court that "At present, there is no official data or study which
supports the existence of FGM in India."
explain that 'Khatna' is different from FGM as it is done by experienced
midwives and doesn't not cause any harm. Doctors, experts and activists have
rubbished this argument. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies
'Khatna' as type-1 FGM as there is partial or total removal of the clitoris
and/or the prepuce.
to Dr Shalini N, a Chennai-based psychiatrist, "it is shocking to know
that this practice exits in Chennai and no one has raised the issue." Her
book 'Konjam Darwin Konjam Dawkins', all set to be released soon, has a chapter
that focuses on FGM. "The practice causes genital infection, infertility
and painful menstruation. In the worst case scenario, the woman cannot enjoy
sexual pleasure. The conservatives in the garb of religion have oppressed women
by stating comparisons with male circumcision," Shalini adds.
judgments and conditioning might have stopped women from crying out till now,
but Shalini's words underscores the urgent need for action.
Here is a thought for all you home decorators: What about a bookcase made of
compressed leather? Or tiles made of coconut shells?
about using bricks made out of discarded bathroom ceramics (that’s right, old
sinks and toilets)? And for something really wacky, what about fabric made out
it or not, all those materials are already available, along with many more that
are recycled, repurposed and reused in all manner of unexpected ways.
sustainability is the buzzword of our time, then Seetal Solanki is the queen
bee of the concept, and she is spreading the message far and wide, including to
recently returned from Tanween, the three-week event held at the King Abdulaziz
Center for World Culture (also known as Ithra) in Dhahran that showcases
creativity in the arts, sciences and entrepreneurship. Audiences at her packed
workshops could not have been more enthusiastic, or eager to learn, she said.
open-mindedness was inspiring. Their questions were very critical and
interrogative. They asked about scale of production and were open to all
was Solanki’s second time at Ithra, and she is now part of a two-year project
to map out the local resources available in the Kingdom to find which can be
used in a different way to reduce waste.
Arabia’s consumption of plastic is the highest in the Middle East and 20 times
higher than the global average. The Kingdom consumes twice as much plastic as
any of its GCC neighbors and every year generates plastic waste equivalent in
weight to 2 million cars. Each individual gets through an average 40 kilos of
plastic bags every year.
rest of the Gulf has little to boast about, however. The dubious accolade of
the world’s top producer of waste per capita goes to Kuwait, a tiny country of
4 million people. The huge quantity of rubbish and the lack of properly
maintained landfills have led to groundwater contamination, unregulated burning
and the release of toxic gases.
waste is now a priority and this means re-examining all materials and devising
different uses for anything and everything.
37, is the founder of Ma-tt-er, a research design studio that researches and
explores the past, present and future use of materials.
paper coffee cups. Millions are given out every day. Since the cups are made of
paper, people probably believe they are easy to recycle. In fact, each cup has
a plastic lining. But this can be removed and is useful for making electric
cables. A paper company in the north of England is already doing this (and
recycling the paper cups into high-quality paper and card). Why not replicate
it in the coffee shop-loving societies of the Gulf?
companies Solanki and her team have advised on sustainability range from
corporate giants such as Ikea and Nike to a small hotel chain in Bali,
Indonesia, which is committed to using only local materials, including coconut
shell tiles. They are experimenting with volcanic ash as a glaze for ceramics.
core of the business and work is looking at alternative ways of manufacturing
and also changing the way we look at materials,” she said.
a shelf in her East London studio Solanki takes what looks and feels like a
block of wood. In fact, it is offcuts of leather, discarded by the fashion
industry and compressed into a material that is more than strong enough for
she takes a big lump of what looks like white gypsum, but is, in fact, crushed
piece of deliciously soft, fluffy fabric turns out to be made from seaweed that
has been dried and spun into yarn. Bricks repurposed from old bathroom sinks
are already being used in construction. Corn husks make a wonderful veneer.
astonishing of all is a square of cream-colored wool made of casein, a
high-protein byproduct of milk that bodybuilders take as a nutritional
looks like milk curds but behaves like plastic. It can be heated and molded
into many forms, and can be made into furniture or turned into yarn that can be
spun, knitted or woven. It has the versatility of plastic without the
Arabia has plentiful limestone, clay, granite and marble. It also has an awful
lot of dates, and while using the wood of the date palm tree for building and the
fiber from the leaves for rope is obvious enough, finding a use for all those
discarded date stones is more challenging.
research is already underway, according to Solanki, who has a master’s degree
in textile futures from Central Saint Martin’s art school and also teaches at
the Royal College of Art.
of the biggest hits at Tanween this year was petroleum-free plastic made from
starch, water, vinegar and glycerine. In filament form, it is used in 3D
printing, but it can also be produced in sheets. Whatever the form, it is
biodegradable and will not clog up the oceans and kill marine creatures.
yes, they loved it,” she said. “But, then, they loved everything. These are the
people — the young designers, engineers and scientists — who can introduce
change, and there is such a hunger and thirst there for knowledge and
innovation. That is the only way I can describe it. And it’s just
High Court court ruling on Friday has paved the way for women police officers
who practice Islam to wear hijabs while on duty.
judgement by Justice Margaret Mohammed followed a constitutional motion against
the State filed by Woman SRP Sharon Roop to allow her to wear her hijab while
delivering the ruling, Justice Mohammed noted that the officer’s right to
practice her religious belief was infringed upon.
is declared that the Claimant’s right to freedom of conscience and religious
belief and observance has been infringed by the denial of the request to wear a
hijab and/or the prohibition against wearing a hijab together with her uniform
whilst on duty as an officer of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service,” the
judge found that the Police Service Regulations of 2007 was “unconstitutional,
invalid, null and void to the extent that it makes no provision for the wearing
of the hijab”.
Mohammed also ordered that damages be assessed, and that the defendant pay the
officer’s legal costs certified fit for Senior Counsel to be assessed by the
Registrar in default of agreement.
was represented by attorneys Anand Ramlogan SC, Gerald Ramdeen, and Chelsea
Stewart instructed by Robert Abdool-Mitchell.
State was represented by Tinuke Gibbons-Glenn, Stefan Jaikaran and Candice
Alexander instructed by Svetlana Dass.
ruling means that amendments will now have to be made to the Police Service
Regulations to allow women police officers to wear their hijab while on duty,
as the dress order for female officers (second division) as outlined under
Regulation 121 and Schedule D of the Police Service Act Chapter 15:01 does not
currently allow for such.
CITY, New Jersey -- A woman was charged with spitting on and yelling racial
slurs at a Muslim woman and her family at a polling place on Election Day.
of the Egyptian-American victims was 25-year-old Asmaa Abdalla, a candidate
running for a seat on the school board. Abdalla, her mother and her sister were
trying to promote her campaign Tuesday when they were allegedly yelled at by
31-year-old Shaquana Jones, who was working for another campaign.
Abdalla's mother was the target. Abdalla said the woman threatened to rip her
said, 'Oh, go back to your country, you f***ing Muslim lady,' and, 'You don't
know how to speak English,'" Abdalla's mother said.
two daughters heard the verbal attack on her mother and approached to see if
she was OK. That's when Jones allegedly turned on them.
just kept saying, 'I'm going to f*** you up. I'm gonna get my sister to f you
up,' and stuff like that." Abdalla said. "She just kept threatening
three women told Eyewitness News that Jones then called them punks, spit in
their faces and walked away.
women said they respect their religious values and refused to retaliate.
police were called to calm the situation, and Jones, of Jersey City, was
arrested near the school. She was charged with bias intimidation, simple
assault and terroristic threats.
response, the Council on American Islamic Relations posted a statement, saying,
in part: "Hateful acts of violence such as those allegedly carried out in
Jersey City on Tuesday cannot be tolerated and must be prosecuted to the
fullest extent of the law."
rights activists who have been calling for Tehran to end a ban on Iranian women
attending men’s football matches have taken their campaign to the home of
football’s world governing body, FIFA.
female activists, two of them Iranian, met with FIFA Secretary General Fatma
Samoura in the Swiss city of Zurich Thursday. The meeting came two days before
Tehran’s Azadi Stadium hosts its first Asian Champions League final in 11 years
between home team Persepolis and Japan’s Kashima Antlers.
Islamist rulers have banned female Iranian football fans from buying tickets to
attend such matches for decades, citing concerns that their presence would lead
to immoral acts involving men.
a tweet posted after Thursday’s meeting, FIFA’s No. 2 official described her
talks with the three activists as very constructive.
courage & passion for football is remarkable. We will keep engaging with
them, as well as public & authorities in Iran to work towards stadium
access for all,” Samoura wrote.
phone calls with VOA Persian, the activists expressed appreciation for the
meeting with Samoura but also frustration with what they said was her lack of
detail on how FIFA will address their concerns.
activist Maryam Qashqaei Shojaei, who requested a meeting with FIFA leadership
during this year’s World Cup in Russia, said she led the talks with Samoura and
spoke to her for about 25 minutes.
asked a few questions about the nature of the ban (on Iranian women buying
stadium tickets for men’s sports), but didn’t comment,” Shojaei said. “FIFA’s
job is to protect its own principles. Gender discrimination is against those
rules. That is the only thing we asked, just to follow your own rules.”
4 of FIFA’s statutes says discrimination of any kind against a group of people
because of gender is “strictly prohibited and punishable by suspension or
a previous statement to VOA Persian, FIFA said its president, Gianni Infantino,
told Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during a visit to Tehran in March that it
is important for “all football fans irrespective of gender” to be allowed to
cheer and support their favorite teams inside stadiums.
official website quoted him as telling Infantino that Iran “always has tried to
provide more and more access to sport.”
ready to do more?
Alford, a Switzerland-based coordinator for the Sports and Rights Alliance
(SRA) group, also attended the meeting with Samoura. SRA is a coalition of
international NGOs, sports organizations and trade unions working to embed
human rights in the world of sport.
conveyed a sense that FIFA is ready to do more, but she wasn’t yet ready to
share details in the meeting,” Alford told VOA Persian. “It’s clear that FIFA
understands the impact the ban is having on women, but it’s not clear what FIFA
plans to do about it and when. Without clear action, Iran won’t know that FIFA
is serious about upholding human rights and gender equality.”
and Shojaei appeared in a photo attached to Samoura’s tweet, presenting the
FIFA official with a change.org petition calling for an end to Tehran’s ban on
female Iranian fans attending men’s sports. More than 201,000 people around the
world had signed the petition as of late Thursday.
women allowed in
a rare move, Iranian authorities allowed about 100 women into Azadi Stadium for
an Oct. 16 men’s friendly football match between the Iranian and Bolivian
national teams. Iranian state-run news agency ILNA said the group included
female employees of Iran’s soccer federation and members of the Iranian women’s
national soccer team, along with female journalists and other women who were
permitted to enter the stadium at the last minute.
local authorities maintained their ban on ticket sales to female members of the
other female Iranian activist who joined Thursday’s meeting at FIFA’s
headquarters, who asked not to be identified, told VOA Persian that she was not
sure whether Iran would again allow a small and select group of women to watch
Saturday’s Asian Champions League final.
don’t want this to become a routine,” said the Iran-based activist, who runs an
anti-discrimination social media campaign using the Twitter handle
@OpenStadiums. “We’ve had the same problem with volleyball. Only female
relatives of male players and female staff of the federation can attend those
games. This is not progress when you let only those women attend and don’t sell
tickets to other women.”
activist said she does expect Japanese women to be allowed to attend Saturday’s
match, in line with Iran’s longstanding practice of allowing foreign women to
enter Azadi Stadium to support foreign teams.
usually protest at the stadium entrance as the foreign women enter it right in
front of us,” the activist said. “It’s bizarre and sad.” She said Iran allows
such women into Azadi Stadium to avoid foreign football federations from making
objections to FIFA.
match is the second leg of a final that began with Kashima earning a 2-0 home
win over Persepolis Nov. 3.
a glittering closing ceremony of the week-long World Youth Forum (WYF) in Sharm
El-Sheikh, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt awarded Dr. Harbeen Arora of
India for her inspiring work in women empowerment as Founder and global
chairperson of ALL Ladies League (ALL) and Women Economic Forum (WEF). She is
the very first recipient of the Presidential honor to any Indian.
2018 attracted 5,000 attendees from 160 countries including heads of states and
opinion leaders and large delegations of youth, providing a vibrant and
powerful platform to explore and engage with peace-loving and pro-development
ideas, toward integrating civilizations and cultures.
Harbeen Arora said, "This is a great honor and international recognition
for India's ethos of revering the feminine as supreme Shakti. This vision
drives our movement of relentlessly connecting women worldwide everyday for our
greater networks and opportunities with a spirit of sisterhood and
Maya Morsy, President of the National Council of Women, Egypt added that India
and Egypt are among the oldest civilizations and we are committed to gather our
efforts to play a pivotal role in women and youth empowerment toward creating a
better world for All.
Harbeen Arora is a Global Leader, Speaker, Educationist, Philanthropist,
Spiritualist, Mentor, Author, Entrepreneur and Businesswoman. She is the
Chancellor of Rai University in Ahmedabad, Rai Technology University in
Bangalore and Jharkhand Rai University in Ranchi in India. Dr. Arora is also
the Founder of BIOAYURVEDA, an organic health and wellness enterprise. She also
leads ventures in hi-tech agriculture, organic farming and sustainable living.
will assume the presidency of the African Union in 2019 and will also be
hosting the Women Economic Forum, WEF 2020 with over 2000+ women coming
together from 120+ countries, akin to the annual event held in India every
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