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Is an Issue with Muslim Women Struggling To Find A Suitable Spouse: Single and
Doing Just Fine – Thank You Very Much
Expels Woman over Video Showing Her "Hugging Man"
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Muslim Women Appointed As Judges on Malaysia's Sharia High Court
the first time in history, two women take their rightful seat as judges on
Malaysia’s Syariah (Malay for Sharia) high court. I repeat: TWO WOMEN have been
appointed as judges on an ISLAMIC High Court.
Huda Roslan, 40, and Nenney Shuhaidah Shamsuddin, 41, are making history as
they take on powerful roles allowing them to elevate the voices of Muslim women
across Malaysia. Having graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Islamic Studies
and Psychology, and International and Comparative Legal Studies respectively,
these two women couldn’t be more qualified for their positions.
appointment of two women to the high court comes at a time of rising
conservative narratives in Malaysia. Historically, the country has followed a
rather moderate practice and application of Sharia law, however, current public
discourse show that more and more Malaysian citizens are adopting conservative
attitudes, and applying Sharia law in its most harsh standards.
the face of such distorted practices of Sharia law, Judge Shuhaidah sees it as
more imperative now than ever before to pass judgment fairly and, of course,
justly. The only way to ensure this is to maintain a bench of judges flush with
diversity. Only when every segment of society is represented can we hope to
maintain an equitable society. In a Muslim-majority country like Malaysia, who
has often protected men and questioned woman, Judge Shuhaidah promised to take
the opportunity to protect women and their rights.
her interview with BBC, Shuhidah presented her expertise on equitable marriage
and child custody laws. Her approach to complex cases which involve polygamy or
child abuse takes on an equitable practice.
case is complex and different,” she explained. “You can’t generalize Islamic
law and say it favors men and treats women badly…I want to correct that
misconception.” Such powerful sentiments ignite a change in the historical
perceptions of women in Islam, with Malaysia taking the lead!
appointment of Judge Roslan and Judge Shuhaidah not only comes as a beacon of
hope for women’s rights, this historic change also signals an increase and need
for female representation the field of law. “Back in my day, most Sharia judges
were men who questioned the need for women in the practice,” said Judge
Shushaidah. “I never dreamed of becoming a judge,” she admitted. “As a lawyer,
I didn’t know if I could take on such a senior role that dealt with complicated
cases. And as a woman, I felt doubt and fear.”
despite the apprehension, these two powerful women wear their official robes
with a sense of honor and commitment. “My robes remind me of the heavy
responsibilities that come with being a Sharia judge.”
a doubt, these two women are paving the path for an inclusive, fair, and
progressive future. For women who have long suffered at the hands of
patriarchal systems, it is uplifting to witness the bravery of women in all
global arenas, like Judge Shuhaidah, Judge Roslan, Congresswoman Ilhan Omar,
Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
world needs more women taking on challenges and knocking down barriers, especially
in the Muslim community. The religion of Islam is not, I repeat, NOT,
anti-woman; if anything Islam gave woman rights long before Western legal
systems could! That being said, the Muslim community, driven by conservative
attitudes, has in part stripped women of their voice. Therefore, it is up to
the Muslim community to come together as a whole unit with the intent to
practice Islam justly, and as it has been ordained.
the words of Judge Shudaidah, “Our law exists to protect women’s rights. It looks
at their welfare and safeguards their livelihoods…Islam holds women in high
regard and as judges, we must return to its teachings and maintain worthiness
many articles, interviews and aunties describe the growing number of single
Muslim women over 30 as some kind of epidemic or disease that is infiltrating
our Ummah. Yes, there is an issue with Muslim women (and men) struggling to
find a suitable spouse and this is a whole separate issue. However, there is
also a growing number of Muslim women who are perfectly happy with being
single. It doesn’t necessarily mean that they do not have hopes of finding
their other half, it just means that they are comfortable as they are right now
and are in a great place to receive the right guy – if and when he comes along.
many women have found themselves run ragged in the search for a spouse, filled
with despair, under ridiculous amounts of pressure that often lead to quite
serious consequences such as low self esteem, lack of confidence and
depression. They have found themselves the object of ridicule and prejudice in
their families and communities and they are often looked down upon for being
not only 30 and single, but sometimes 30 and childless .
is at this point that so many women have said “Enough is enough”.
are loving life in their own terms, doing things that bring them fulfilment and
contentment, mixing with people who make them feel good about themselves and
going to places where they will not be judged.
understand and honor their right to be happy and their right not to feel
ashamed about something they have no control over. They understand that if they
are going to create and nurture a meaningful marriage that it starts with them.
women are taking time to work through their negative thoughts and limiting
beliefs. They are giving themselves the gift of self love and ensuring that
their needs are met for once instead of just doing everything for everyone
else. They are content to acknowledge that the right man will come along when
they are in the right place to receive him and they have removed any sort of
deadline from their lives.
a singles coach I cannot be proud enough of these women. It takes a brave
Muslim woman to stand up and to take a step back and take care of herself
before she decides to get in a relationship.
Egypt's Al-Azhar university on Sunday said it had expelled a female student
after she appeared in a video hugging a male colleague, accusing her of
undermining the school's reputation.
video, which went viral earlier this month, showed a young man carrying a
bouquet of flowers kneeling before a young woman and then hugging her in what
appeared to be a marriage proposal.
video was apparently not filmed at Al-Azhar -- a branch of Egypt's highest
Sunni Muslim authority -- but at another establishment, Mansoura University in
the country's north.
the disciplinary council of the Al-Azhar University campus in Mansoura on
Saturday "decided to expel the young girl definitively", university
spokesman Ahmed Zarie told AFP.
said the video had caused a "public outcry" and that the university's
decision to expel her was because she had presented a "bad image" of
Al-Azhar University, which strictly segregates the genders.
said hugging between unmarried men and women violates "the values and
principles of society".
woman, however, can appeal the expulsion decision, Zarie said.
young man who appeared in the video could also face sanctions, a spokesman for
Mansoura University said, adding that the school's disciplinary council will
meet on Monday to decide his "punishment".
a predominantly Muslim country, is a largely conservative society.
year, prosecutors detained a female singer for four days for "incitement
to debauchery" after an online video clip which included sensual oriental
dances and suggestive gestures went viral.
in 2017 another female pop singer was sentenced to two years in prison on
similar charges, also over a video deemed provocative. Her sentence was reduced
to a year on appeal.
YORK • Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor is investigating allegations that
several prominent women's rights activists have been tortured in jail,
according to three people familiar with the matter.
torture, including electric shocks and floggings, allegedly occurred last year
at a secret detention facility in an unknown location, according to four
people. The prosecutor's office entered the picture after the government's
Human Rights Commission conducted its own investigation, first reported by the
Wall Street Journal.
visited the activists in prison to take their testimony about physical and
verbal abuse, as well as sexual harassment they say they have endured since
they were detained last May, people said.
Saudi government's Centre for International Communication did not respond to a
request for comment.
November, the media ministry had called the allegations, reported at the time
by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, "baseless" and
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is opening Saudi Arabia to foreign investment
and has loosened social restrictions to grant women more rights, he has also
cracked down on dissent, imprisoning dozens of critics across the political
campaign turned deadly in October with the murder of government critic Jamal
Khashoggi by Saudi agents at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Mr Khashoggi's
killing created an international uproar, though the government has vehemently
denied that the Prince played a role.
feminist activists, including Loujain al-Hathloul, Aziza al-Yousef and Eman
al-Nafjan, had fought for years for Saudi women's rights, including the right
to drive. They were arrested in May, along with several male supporters shortly
before the government lifted its longstanding ban on women driving.
authorities accused them of collaborating with unspecified foreign entities
hostile to the kingdom and local newspapers called them traitors.
an opinion piece in The New York Times yesterday, Ms Alia al-Hathloul confirmed
that a prosecutor had visited her sister in jail to take testimony.
al-Hathloul had told her parents "she had been held in solitary
confinement, beaten, waterboarded, given electric shocks, sexually harassed and
threatened with rape and murder", her sister wrote.
an interview with Bloomberg in October, Prince Mohammed said the Saudi
authorities had videos and recordings that showed that the activists were
working with foreign intelligence agencies and "being paid money to
leak". He invited reporters to visit the prosecutor's office to review the
evidence against them but the authorities have not granted multiple requests
month, one of the male detainees - an 80-year-old lawyer who had once
represented Hathloul - was freed, giving hope to some Saudi activists that the
government could release others.
A Muslim woman narrated horrifying details of a racist incident in Australian
city of Melbourne when she intervened to save a woman and her child being
racially targeted on a train.
Adan, 20, was travelling towards Westall train station in Melbourne’s southeast
shortly after midday on Saturday when she suffered cuts and bruises while
trying to prevent them.
footage of the incident shows another woman yelling, “I hate Islam.” When Adan
intervened, her hijab was ripped from her head.
to news reports, a 39-year-old woman was arrested and charged with assault on
Saturday but has been released on bail.
took to Facebook to share her experience.
wrote: “Today around 12:20 pm I believe on the train going towards Westall
Railway station I was attacked along with another lady & her child, I of
almost 30+ on my carriage on the train protected this innocent women and her
child against this racist crazy lady who almost could of physically hurt her
& the child over her religion, this women ran for her safety away from the
lady to the other side of the train leaving her belongings where she was
harassed, it really opened my eyes how no one even tried to stop the lady once
she jumped towards me trying to take my hijab off, when they saw that it was
getting worse and I was fighting back as self defence, this man stopped it half
way into the fight, all everyone did was record, I’m so hurt and disgusted that
I was even disrespected like that, I’m an Australian citizen, I work and take
public transportation just like everybody else, when I got outside the lady
continued to harass me and actually took my scarf off me, threw into the bushes
and fought with me again, she didn’t only just do that but scratched me in
multiple areas on my body during this fight, I’ve been effected and couldn’t no
longer go to work, I waited for police to arrive for an hour and a half but
never showed up, I feel belittled and disgusted in a country I call “home” I
was disrespected in so many ways, this was so wrong and justice never came, it
was thrown to the side like it was nothing, I was harassed the night before
& a few weeks ago as well and this was the worst one yet, I fear for my
safety at this point, I no longer feel safe outside and don’t know what’s next.
guys have truly failed me and hope that next time these situations happen,
don’t wait for the person to be in a certain extent to make an appearance,
these situations need to be taken more serious because now both victims are
seriously scared for their safety, one even has a child.
Women’s salaries increased by more than 160 percent in Oman from 2010 to 2016,
national daily Times of Oman reported, citing National Centre for Statics and
laws governing wages in the country led to an average 162 percent increase,
inflating the average $758 monthly salary for women in 2010 to $1,987 in 2016,
the report added.
salary hike is part of Oman’s ongoing efforts to empower women and to fight
discrimination against them, including the wage gap between Omani men and
country’s capital, Muscat, ranked third among the Omani governorates for
women’s empowerment efforts, the lowest illiteracy rates among women, and
second for women in secondary and higher education.
sultanate also has the highest percentage of women in supervisory positions and
lowest percentage of female jobseekers.
NCSI also discussed the progress of Omani women between 2010 and 2016 in the
“Omani women’s empowerment guide.”
early last June, the Italian football league agreed a €20m deal to play three
of the next five Italian super cups in Saudi Arabia, it provoked very little
controversy. This is, after all, a trophy that has frequently been decided on
foreign soil, sometimes in quite unlikely locations.
2002, the year that Colonel Muammar Gaddafi bought 6.4m shares in Juventus, the
Supercoppa brought the Turin side to play Parma in Tripoli. Since then the
match has been hosted once by the United States, twice by Qatar and four times
by China. Wednesday’s game between Milan and Juve in Jeddah will be the sixth
time in 10 years that the Supercoppa has been decided outside Europe.
took until October before opposition to the match started to bubble and brew,
as the murder of Jamal Khashoggi turned the spotlight on to associations –
sporting and political – with the Saudis. “We must immediately reverse the
decision to play the Supercoppa in Riyadh,” said the former sports minister
Luca Lotti, a member of parliament for the opposition Partito Democratico. “The
world of sport cannot let itself fall behind. I can imagine that there are
various economic interests behind this match but what took place in the Saudi
embassy in Istanbul cannot pass in silence.” He called on the government to
“use all necessary measures to prevent Italian football from striking a blow
against values and rights”.
November Gaetano Miccichè, the Serie A president, contacted the Italian
ambassador in Riyadh to discuss whether to move the game and was strongly
advised not to do so. “Football is a part of the Italian culture and economy
and it cannot have an approach, certainly in the field of international
relations, different to that of its homeland,” Miccichè said. “Saudi Arabia is
Italy’s largest trading partner in the middle east. Dozens of important Italian
companies trade there and have bases there, and none of these relationships
have ended [since Khashoggi’s murder]. With the approval of Fifa, Uefa and the
Asian Confederation, we are going to play a match in a country with its own
laws, created over many years, where local traditions impose constraints that
cannot be changed overnight.”
over the match ebbed for a while, until Serie A released ticket details at the
start of this year – and revealed that large parts of the stadium would be out
of bounds for women, who are permitted only inside designated family areas. The
game sold out in a few hours but suddenly debate was as hot as the tickets.
Matteo Salvini, the deputy prime minister and a keen Milan fan, fumed: “For the
Supercoppa to be played in an Islamic country where women cannot go into the
stadium unless they are accompanied by a man is sad. It’s disgusting. I won’t
watch the game.” Giorgia Meloni, leader of the right-wing Brothers of Italy
party, said the game “should be organised in a country that respects our women
and our values”.
Friday Codacons, a consumer and civil rights organisation, asked fans not to
watch live coverage of the game, which will be shown by the public service
broadcaster Rai, “as a form of protest against the crazy policies of Saudi
Arabia and the odious discrimination against women which is still rife not only
in Arab countries but also in Italy”.
however, insisted the advent of family sections in Jeddah’s King Abdullah
Sports City Stadium was a positive development. “The Supercoppa will go down in
history as the first official international football competition which Saudi
women were permitted to watch live,” he said. “We are working to ensure that in
the next games we will play in the country, women will be able to access all
parts of the stadium.”
condemnation has not been universal. Giovanni Malagò, president of the Italian
Olympic Association, said that those leading the outcry were engaged in “a
triumph of hypocrisy”, having raised few objections to existing trade
agreements between the countries. “If you take their money, you have to take
what comes with it,” said the television presenter Ilaria D’Amica. “Otherwise
you need to make it clear from the start: I’ll bring you the Supercoppa but in
return we want respect for women. Instead, when the decision was made to play
the game in Jeddah, everyone was silent.”
qualified for the Supercoppa by reaching the final of last season’s Italian
Cup, where after a goalless first half Juventus eventually cantered to a 4-0
win. Juve lead Serie A by nine points, having won 17 and lost none of their 19
matches; Milan are 22 points behind after winning one of their last five. Hope
for the Rossoneri comes from memories of the 2016 Supercoppa between the same
teams in Doha, for which they were similarly unfancied but which they won on
penalties after a 1-1 draw.
will be without the Spanish forward Suso, suspended after being sent off
against Spal at the end of December, while Juventus may also be missing a key
attacker, with Mario Mandzukic ruled out of this weekend’s cup game against
Bologna with a thigh injury and considered doubtful. Consensus, however, is
that Juve can win without Mandzukic while Milan cannot win without a miracle.
agrees who the favourites are,” says Davide Calabria, the Milan full-back.
“Their players are at the highest level while our team is a work in progress.
It will be hard to win but it’s not impossible. We proved in Doha that they are
not unbeatable. Even if we go into the game as underdogs, it starts at 0-0 and
we’ll give everything.”
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