From left: Etihad Airways’
Ameenah Taher, head of media relations; Dr Nadia Bastaki, vice
president,medical services; Haya Al Ahbabi, contact centre general sales agent;
Muna Hadharem, aircraft engineer; Ala’a Al Rahma, cargo ramp graduate manager;
and Noora Al Mulla, sales graduate manager during the ceremony held to honour
58 Saudi Women Attend Lecture on Aids
Show Your Support for Pakistani Women in Sport As Much
As You Show It for the Men
Pakistan Army Honours Women Serving In Armed Forces
Malala Yousafzai Celebrates String of A* Grades at
How Asifa Lahore's Islamic Faith Influenced Her
Liberal Views on Gay Marriage
Emirati Women in Aviation on the Increase
Mangalore: Muslim Man Stripped Tied to Pole and Beaten
for Accompanying Hindu Woman
Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau
Pregnant Afghan Woman Loses Unborn Baby After Brutally
Beaten By Taliban
Aug 25 2015
A pregnant Afghan woman lost her child after she was
brutally beaten by the Taliban militants, her crime being the wife of a translator
who worked with the British forces.
The woman, identified by the single name Sabir, was
brutally beaten by a commander of the Taliban in front of her children while
inquiring regarding whereabouts of her husband.
Sabir was also reportedly warned that her two other
children would also die if her husband was not surrendered.
Her husband known as Chris worked as translator for
the British forces in southern Afghanistan for a period of at least three
In a rare interview with the Mail Online, Sabir said
the Taliban militants tortured her after capturing her along with her children
and brother while they were travelling to a safe place in south-eastern Paktia
“It was around 3pm and we were stopped by a makeshift
checkpoint of two pick-ups with heavily armed Taliban,” Sabir said.
Sabir further added that the Taliban commander showed
a picture of her husband and asked where he was, they seemed to know they were
Her husband who was injured in an attack earlier was
travelling in a separate vehicle while moving to a safe place and was almost 10
minutes behind them.
According to Saber, the Taliban militants begun to
torture her after she interferred to stop the militants flogging her brother
“The commander ordered his men to flog my brother. I
could not tolerate seeing him being punished in front of me and lay over him on
the ground. The commander grabbed me on the body and punched me in the stomach
and face with knuckledusters worn on his hand,” she said.
Sabir was taken to hospital in Khost with severe
stomach pain from the beating. Doctors told her she would lose her baby. It was
heartbreaking, she said. She and her children suffered nightmares from what
Sabir called ‘the worst ordeal of my life’. Chris reported the attack to
British officials who told him they would investigate.
Her chilling account comes after one of the most
senior translators revealed that when his brother refused to turn him in to the
Taliban, his nine-year-old nephew was kidnapped and murdered.
This comes as the British Prime Minister was urged
last week to immediately give asylum to 200 Afghan interpreters who are serious
threat of Taliban for putting themselves at risk for Britain.
25 August 2015
JEDDAH — The Health Affairs and Al-Bir Charity
Organization held a lecture on AIDs with the attendance of 58 women. Sabah
Al-Harby said Jeddah Health Affairs prepared an awareness lecture which aims to
raise awareness of the disease among the patients and people close to them.
“Twenty-two of the attendees were AIDS patients. The
lecture included an introduction and definition, symptoms, causes, diagnosis,
patients’ rights, pregnancy and childbirth for patients of the disease,” said
Jeddah Al-Bir Charity Organization official Waleed
Bahamdan said the lecture aimed to correct some of the misconceptions of the
disease and clarify any scruples.
“The lecture was given to registered AIDs patients or
families of AIDs patients. It was a chance for them to interact with experts
and learn about the numbers and statistics of AIDs.
Creating awareness is an important issue with Al-Bir
Charity Organization and we support patients with AIDs and their families,”
Al-Bir Charity Organization was founded in 1981. He
added the organization also holds workshops and lectures to educate the people
subscribed to its service and work.
“We don’t just offer help but we expect our
beneficiaries to stand on their own one day,” he said.
August 24, 201
Why has the field of sports always been seen as
male-dominated in our country? Why only Imran Khan, Shahid Afridi, Aisam-ul-Haq
– why not Sana Mir, Naseem Hameed, Samina Baig, Sara Nasir? Can Pakistan make
room for women’s teams and encourage them to demonstrate their potential?
Historically, women have often been viewed as inferior
to men with respect to physical prowess and athletic competition. But women of
Pakistan are well aware of the importance and value of sports and their
interest is increasing day by day. The participation of women and girls in
sports challenges the gender stereotypes and discrimination, and can therefore
be a vehicle for the promotion of gender equality and empowerment of women and
Women have started to form teams to encourage other
women to show their skills and talent in the realm of sports. Pakistani women
have formed many teams and hope that with encouragement and exposure, they too
can be seen as potential sportswomen on a higher level. Women’s participation
in sports can make a significant contribution to public life and societal
development. The promotion of women sports will give our women strength to show
their hidden abilities in front of the world.
It has never been easy for Pakistani women who play
sports yet they are sweating it out and making a lot of efforts. Pakistani
women in sports marked history. Pakistan avows numerous success stories when it
comes to women in sports. The women of our country are not only participating
in athletics, but also achieving many impressive milestones and defying social
Sarah Mahboob Khan is a tennis player, she has
represented her country in many international tournaments and was the youngest
ever Pakistan National Champion in the age of 14. Syeda Mahpara plays as a
goalkeeper for Pakistan national women's football team and she is one of the
best goalkeepers in South Asia. Maria Toorpakay is a professional squash player
and is ranked number 1 in Pakistan. She had won the Salaam Pakistan Award.
Rabia Ashiq made history as a Pakistani female athlete after participating in
Olympics 2012. Hajra Khan is the striker and captain of the Pakistani women's
The talented beauty of our country is undeniable. The
passion of sports in Pakistani women is no lesser than in men. Show your
support to women in sports as much as you show it to the men.
Noor Sajjad is a student of Mass Communication who
writes about religious, social and political issues.
August 24, 2015
Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) released a
video honouring women serving in the armed forces.
The video features brave daughters of the country who
have broken stereotypes to work alongside their male counterparts, keeping
Read: Women make up less than 1% of Pakistan’s police
“Pakistan is my country and I was born here, I was
raised here and I think there is no match to Pakistan to anywhere in the
world,” said Brigadier Nigar Johar, Deputy Commandant, CMH Rawalpindi.
“Think of all those Islamic states, think of all those
developing nations, this is the only country which has had female general
officers. No one else,” she continued.
Brigadier Nigar Johar, Deputy Commandant, CMH
Speaking about Pakistani women, a female aeronautical
engineer, who works on different systems of the aircraft said, “Pakistani women
are hard, they are brave, they are strong”.
“Terrorist before self, and country before anything
else. This is my country, this is my place, these are my people,” she added.
Another female officer spoke about the kind of work
she does in the Pakistan Army, saying, “We get bombing missions. I find those
Major Wajiha Arshad, Grade 2 ISPR
Major Wajiha Arshad, Grade 2 ISPR remarked, “I was
trained how to hold different kinds of guns and rifles and small pistols and
Speaking about what it is like for a woman to work in
the Pakistan Army, an army officer belonging to the education department said,
“It is the easiest to work, being a female, in Pakistan.”
Malala Yousafzai celebrates string of A* grades at
21 August 2015
Even after winning a Nobel peace prize, with
glittering invitations to speak to presidents across the world, education
activist Malala Yousafzai always had one priority: her schoolwork.
And the Pakistani pupil’s dedication to her studies
has paid off, according to her father Ziauddin Yousafzai, who tweeted that the
18-year-old had achieved six A*s and four As when the GCSE results were
released on Thursday.
Malala has declined hundreds of speaking engagements
and interviews in order not to miss a day of studying at her private girls’
school in Birmingham.
The family has set up home in the city since then
15-year-old Malala was treated at the city’s Queen Elizabeth hospital. She came
to the UK after being shot in the head on her schoolbus, targeted by Taliban
gunman for her activism on girls’ education, including a blog she wrote for BBC
As well as studying core GCSE subjects at the
independent Edgbaston high school for girls, Malala took an additional maths
exam, and opted to study history, geography and religious studies. She achieved
two A grades in English language and literature, her second language.
Edgbaston high school, where fees are £3,878 per term
in the senior school, had a GCSE pass rate of 98.3%, and 28% of pupils achieved
9 or more A* grades.
Pakistani media has showered the teenager with praise
for her excellent results. “Nothing that Malala Yousafzai achieves seems
startling anymore but she continues to make Pakistan proud,” the Express
Tribune wrote, with the Daily Pakistan website saying Malala “has made us proud
Among those in Pakistan congratulating Malala was her
friend Aseefa Zadari, the sister of the Pakistan People’s party chair, Bilawal
Malala previously told the Guardian she intended to
study arts subjects at A-level, despite having suggested in the past she would
like to pursue a career in medicine. “I will only miss school for an engagement
if it is going to bring real change,” she said, adding that she realised that
saying yes to too many invitations was affecting her schoolwork.
“That is the question I have to ask myself with each
request and if the answer is yes, I say, ‘OK, I will sacrifice one day of my
school for the education of millions of children who are out of school.’”
She plans to remain in the UK for the remainder of her
education. “I want to get my education – a good university education. A lot of
the politicians have studied in Oxford, like Benazir [Bhutto, who Malala states
is her role model]. My dream is to empower myself with education, and then it
is a weapon.”
Britain’s first Muslim drag queen said it was her
Islamic faith that instilled her liberal views on gay marriage.
Asifa Lahore, who is the alter ego of Asif Quraishi,
said she never felt conflicted about being homosexual because it was her
religion that made the two a “natural fit”.
Asifa spoke to the Huffington Post UK ahead of Channel
4’s documentary on Muslim Drag Queens, which is due to air on Monday.
Asifa will appear in the one-off programme, which
follows the difficulties faced in the lives of three gay Asian drag queens. It
will be narrated by Sir Ian McKellen.
Police have been put on alert following fears over
Asifa’s safety ahead of the airing of the documentary.
Speaking to the Huffington Post UK, Asifa said that
she is worried about the broadcast because of the “extremist views” that will
be fired up, but that she refuses to let her fear prevent her from talking
about such an important issue.
Asifa spoke to us about her journey to become
Britain's first Muslim drag queen.
Asifa, the stage persona of Asif, was created in 2011.
The journey to the stage was a long and very difficult one.
Asif came out to his family at the age of 23. What
followed was a very dark time. He was taken to the family doctor, to his Imam
and was even entered into an arranged marriage with his first cousin in
“So at the time I was under so much pressure I fell
into such a dark depression and agreed to marry my first cousin. It really took
its toll on me.
“I was at university and my grades were being
affected. Tutors at university put me in touch with LGBT charities and they
helped me and I managed to go home and call off the arranged marriage,” the
While this time was a very dark period for Asif, he
never felt an internal conflict with being gay. The pressure always came from
outside forces, particularly within the Muslim community.
Yet, speaking to Asifa now, she says that her belief
in gay marriage stems from her Islamic roots, rather than her homosexuality.
When asked how being gay gels with her Muslim faith
she said: “For me it’s never been an issue.
“The way I practice and interpret Islam in my life it
has been absolutely a natural fit.
“If we take a look at the five pillars of Islam, which
are believing in one god, giving to charity, going on pilgrimage, praying and
fasting, to be honest I do that day in day out.
“For me that fits really well. The idea of marriage
also fits very well, which is why I am such an advocate for gay marriage and
why I campaigned for it.
“People assume it’s because I am gay but actually it’s
because I am Muslim.
“I really believe in the sanctity of marriage and I
really believe that that comes from my Islamic roots. It comes from the
sanctity comes from the notion of two people coming together.”
But Asifa says that there is an extremely large
“hidden gay Muslim community”.
Asifa estimates that for every one person that attends
the “gaysian” club scene, there could be 10 or 20 waiting at home “not having
the courage to come clubbing”.
Even people who do attend the clubs, Asifa says they
often have to return to their homes, pretending to be someone else.
She added: “It just really breaks my heart.”
Yet the discussion around being Muslim and homosexual
is a topic that has been stifled in the past – not just within the community,
but also from the media.
Last year in BBC 3’s Free Speech programme, which was
being held at Birmingham Central Mosque, Asifa was planning on asking when it
would be acceptable to be gay and a Muslim.
Emirati women in aviation on the increase
Abu Dhabi: An increasing number of Emirati women are
taking up jobs in aviation because “women are more determined, they want to
prove a point”, said Mona Waleed, vice-president of Talent Acquisition Etihad
“It doesn’t intimidate [women] to be doing these kinds
of jobs. They are so inspired and they want to make a difference.”
She was speaking at the Women in Aviation event held
by Etihad Airways in Abu Dhabi today seeking to highlight the role of women in
There are currently 2,500 Emiratis employed with
Etihad Airways, said Mona, of whom 1,200 are women. She confirmed that Etihad
aims to employ a further 1,000 Emirati women in the Revenue and Accounting
Centre in Al Ain by 2017.
By creating these jobs in Al Ain, it will provide
opportunities other than those in banking and government for the community, she
Etihad Airways Al Ain Contact Centre is managed by
women only, which includes around 200 employees.
Muna Hadharem, aircraft engineer with Etihad Airways
and one of five panel members at the event, shared her story of life in
aviation in a room filled with 60 Emirati women Etihad employees. “You are a
girl, what are you doing here?” This, she said, was the question people
constantly asked her when they came to know of her chosen field of work.
Muna said she always wanted to be an astronaut and
work in aviation but she had a tough time convincing other people of her passion.
Her advice to other women who wish to pursue similar
goals is to “be strong and protect the things they want. It will not be easy
and they have to be strong until the end”.
Other panel members included Aala Al Rahma, a cargo
ramp manager; Noora Al Mulla, a sales manager; Haya Ahbabi, a call centre/GSA
Agent; and Dr Nadia Bastaki, vice-president, Medical Services.
Dr Nadia was the first Emirati woman to specialise in
Aviation Medicine and one of two Emirati women vice-presidents at Etihad
Airways. Dr Nadia told Gulf News, “All women are similar, we all think about
the same things but what makes Emirati women different is the constant support
from the government and the leaders.”
She joined Etihad Airways in 2007 on the condition
that she could continue her studies. The airline obliged and she has since
completed two postgraduate degrees.
Today, Dr Nadia has a pivotal role and she divides her
time between medicine and leadership. It has been a challenging journey, she
admits, with many obstacles on the way. “It’s a struggle daily.”
She advises other women who may face struggles to have
patience, perseverance and follow their goals. “You need to have passion. If
you don’t have passion, you will not succeed,” she says.
August 25, 2015
Muslim man was stripped, tied to a pole and beaten by a mob in Karnataka's
Mangalore, allegedly for speaking to his Hindu colleague.
"We have arrested 13 persons...Some of them are
members of Bajrang Dal," said S Murgan, the Mangalore police commissioner.
The 29-year-old man was in his car with the woman on
Monday evening when he was surrounded and attacked by the mob.
The attackers thrashed the man, stripped him and
paraded him through the crowded market area before tying him to an electricity
pole. The images were circulated on WhatsApp. The beating continued for nearly
an hour. The police arrived when the visuals were flashed on local cable
The man and the woman both work at a mall.
The man told the police that he was attacked when he
was on his way to an ATM to withdraw money for the woman, who had asked for a
The mob allegedly also humiliated the young woman when
she tried to stop the assault.
The Bajrang Dal is a rightwing Hindu outfit affiliated
to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the ideological mentor of the ruling BJP.
Mangalore, a city familiar with religious polarization,
has seen many moral policing incidents in the past. In 2009, activists of the
notorious Sri Ram Sene group stormed a pub, dragged women by their hair and
slapped them, accusing them of denigrating their culture.