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American Gynaecologist, Meg, Islamic Name Haniya, Flies to Pakistan to Marry Gujranwala Based Tailor

New Age Islam News Bureau

23 May 2022

• Members of the Feminist Group Les Colleuses Invade Cannes Red Carpet to Highlight Violence towards Women

• Female Iranian Wrestlers Claim Title in Alysh Asian Championships

• Saudi Woman Discovers She Is Male 20 Years after Birth; Male Private Parts Hidden Inside the Abdomen

• Ex-Afghan Prez Karzai Decries Taliban’s all-Covering Burqa Decree

• Turkey Wins 5 Gold Medals at Women's World Boxing Championships

• Shoura Members Propose Equal Blood Money for Men and Women, Muslim and Non-Muslim

• Women Bike Rally Celebrates Daraz WOW Women Week in Pakistan

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau



American Gynaecologist, Meg, Islamic Name Haniya, Flies To Pakistan to Marry Gujranwala Based Tailor


A female American doctor (Dr. Meg) arrived in Pakistan to marry a Pakistani male tailor (Malik Mahmood Ali).


22 May, 2022

GUJRANWALA – In yet another example of love beyond borders, an American gynaecologist travelled all the way from the United States to find her love in the ‘city of wrestlers’ in Pakistan that is quite famous for its food.

Reports in local media said a woman named Meg, who works as a gynaecologist at a state-run medical facility in Chicago, converted to Islam after being inspired by the Islamic teachings of her Pakistani lover.

The lovebirds started off as friends on a social site and decided to get hitched when Meg visited Pakistan. Dr. Meg reportedly converted to Islam at the hands of Hafiz Muhammad Ashraf Raza Qadri, and she was given the Islamic name Haniya.

The newlywed is all praise for Pakistanis who according to her are loving and cheerful people. Haniya also expressed pleasure after meeting her in-laws, saying they are all very lovely people.

The Pakistani-American couple soon became the talk of the town and people on social media are wishing them all the best for their lives ahead.

Last year, an 83-year-old woman travelled all the way from the Central European country of Poland to meet her 28-year-old lover who was an auto mechanic in Hafizabad.

Source: Daily Pakistan


Members of the Feminist Group Les Colleuses Invade Cannes Red Carpet to Highlight Violence towards Women


Feminist collective deploys banner and smoke bombs on Cannes red carpet – video


Harry Taylor

22 May 2022

Protests about women’s safety have taken place at the Cannes film festival for the second time in a matter of days, after a group invaded the red carpet at a premiere of a film about the killing of sex workers.

About 12 women went on to the red carpet before the screening of Holy Spider, carrying a banner with the first names of 129 women killed in France since the last time the festival was held.

The group, dressed in black, also set off black smoke grenades as they paused on steps in front of the Palais des Festivals. According to Agence France-Presse, the group are members of the feminist group Les Colleuses.

Security did not attempt to stop the protest as the activists posed for photographs and were videoed. The award-winning French documentary maker Raymond Depardon could be seen taking photos.

The demonstration took place before the actors and others involved with Holy Spider had arrived. In the film, directed by the Iranian-born Ali Abbasi, a female investigative journalist looks into the serial killing of sex workers in the Iranian holy city of Mashhad. The “Spider Killer” is behind the murders, believing he is clearing the streets of sinners.

It is based on the real life story of Saeed Hanaei, who killed at least 16 women. He became a hero to some Islamist militants, a scenario mirrored in Holy Spider.

On Friday a protester stormed the red carpet before the world premiere of George Miller’s film Three Thousand Years of Longing, demonstrating against sexual violence by Russian forces in Ukraine.

She stripped off her gown to reveal the words “stop raping us” written in English on her stomach, against a backdrop of the colours of the Ukrainian flag. She also shouted the message. Her waist and legs were covered in red painted handprints.

The woman is part of the French group Scum, which describes themselves as “radical feminist activists”.

Four years ago dozens of female actors protested against gender discrimination in the film industry.

The festival, one of the main dates in the cinema calendar, is running until 28 May and is the first to return to full spectator capacity after the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Source: The Guardian


Female Iranian Wrestlers Claim Title in Alysh Asian Championships


The Iranian team participated in the Alysh Asian Championships in Kyrgyzstan with 6 representatives.

At the end of the competitions on Sunday, the Iranian women's national team won a gold medal, four silver medals and a bronze medal to stand at the top.

Sara Alipour won the gold medal in the 57 kg weight class and Sepideh Babayee won the silver medal in the 55kg catagory.

Sahar Qanizadeh and Sheida Fahimi won the silver medal respectively in the 70 in the 65kg categories.

Fatemeh Fattahi won the bronze in the weight category of 60kg and Haniyeh Ashouri won the silver medal in the match of the 75kg.

Also in the men's competition, Iran took part with 6 wrestlers and finished by winning only a bronze medal.

Source: Fars News Agency


Saudi Woman Discovers She Is Male 20 Years after Birth; Male Private Parts Hidden Inside the Abdomen

May 20, 2022

Tawfiq Nasrallah

Dubai: A young Saudi woman was shocked to discover that she is a male, 20 years after birth due to a 'medical error,' Saudi media reported.

According to Al Ekhbariya TV, the Saudi citizen did not know that she had male private parts hidden inside the abdomen.

فيديو | خطأ طبي حول ذكرا منذ ولادته إلى أنثى لمدة عشرين عاما ، والصحة ترفض مطالبات علاجه بالخارج..

والهوية ما زالت باسم رنده بالرغم من طلب التغيير إلى رائد#نشرة_النهار#الإخبارية

قناة الإخبارية (@alekhbariyatv) May 18, 2022

At the time of his birth in a government hospital in Riyadh, she had some deformities in the genital area. However, the doctors thought that the baby was female and the family named the newborn as Randa.

As she was growing, Randa grew suspicious when she did not develop any signs of female puberty like her peers. When she went to a hospital for a thorough check-up, she was shocked to know that her male genitalia were hidden in the abdomen.

“In the beginning, it was a completely a strange feeling, as if they were lying to me. It was illogical to me as if I had gone back to square one in my life. A new name, a new identity, no friends, no relatives,” Randa said.

“Now, I’m supposed to undergo a surgery to take out the hidden genitals. A doctor recommended that I have to travel to the UK for the operation. But the authorities concerned rejected my travel papers,” Randa added.

According to Al Ekhbariya TV, Randa's family filed a complaint to the former Saudi Health Minister but no action has been taken. The victim’s father said that he tried to contact the hospital where Randa was born but to no avail.

Source: Gulf News


Ex-Afghan Prez Karzai decries Taliban’s all-covering burqa decree

22 May, 2022

Kabul [Afghanistan], May 22 (ANI): Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai, in an exclusive interview with CNN, slammed Taliban’s recent decree to ask women to cover their faces, saying Burqa is not an Afghan tradition.

While criticizing the Taliban’s directive, he said that the covering of the face by Muslim women isn’t Hijab but a tradition in some countries. He added that Afghanistan has been a Muslim country for 1400 years, but covering the face of Muslim women is not a tradition in the country, reported ToloNews.

When asked if the new decision of the Islamic Emirate regarding covering the faces of female presenters on TV should be obeyed, he responded saying, “No, they shouldn’t, because that has got nothing to do with Hijab – that has got nothing to do with Afghan culture either.”

“They should not obey this. The Taliban leadership must rescind this decision, whoever made this decision. It hurts Afghanistan, it hurts Afghanistan’s reputation, and it is not Afghan at all,” he added.

Karzai also condemned the Islamic Emirate’s decision to ban female students in grades 7-12 and said that the Afghan people will never accept the decision to ban girls from going to school.

The issue of girls’ education is fundamental to the dignity of Afghanistan. Karzai said that the Afghan people will never accept such decisions.

According to Karzai, the “unfortunate” decision about the ban on girls’ schools “hurt Afghanistan deeply”.

The former president has also voiced his concerns about the plight of Afghan women and girls earlier as well.

The situation of human rights in Afghanistan has also worsened since the collapse of the Afghan government and the Taliban’s return to power in August last year.

Although the fighting in the country has ended, serious human rights violations continue unabated. (ANI)

Source: The Print


Turkey wins 5 gold medals at Women's World Boxing Championships

MAY 20, 2022

Turkish national athletes won a total of five gold medals at the IBA Women's World Boxing Championships Friday.

Turkish boxer Buse Naz Çakıroğlu won the gold medal in the 50 kilogram category.

Çakıroğlu beat Colombia's Ingrit Lorena Valencia Victoria 5-0 in the Women's Light Fly final.

The bronze medals were shared between Uzbek Aziza Yokubova and Spaniard Laura Fuertes Fernandez.

The 25-year-old Çakıroğlu had eliminated Mongolian Mungunsaran Balsan in the first round, Algerian Roumaysa Boualam in the second, Aira Cordero Villegas in the quarterfinals, and Fernandez in the semifinals.

In the Women's Bantam (52-54 kilogram) category, Hatice Akbaş was awarded the gold on Friday after beating Lacramioara Perijoc of Romania 3-2 in the final.

The bronze medals were shared by Kazakh Dina Zholaman and Thai Preedakamon Tintabthai.

After passing the first round without a match, the Turkish boxer eliminated German Zeina Nassar in the second round, followed by Armenian Ekaterina Sycheva in the third, Bulgarian Stanimira Petrova in the quarterfinals, and Thai Tintabthai in the semifinals.

This marked the third gold medal for Turkey in the organization as Ayşe Çağırır had bagged another top prize in the women's 48 kilogram category on Thursday.

Later on Friday, Olympic champion boxer Busenaz Sürmeneli won the gold medal in the final of the 63-66 kilogram category.

Sürmeneli, 23, beat her Canadian opponent Charlie Cavanagh in the welterweight, to become world champion for a second time.

She had previously bagged gold medals in the 2019 World Championships and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Source: Daily Sabah

Finally, Turkey's Şennur Demir won the gold medal in the 81+ kilograms category.


Shoura members propose equal blood money for men and women, Muslim and non-Muslim

May 22, 2022

RIYADH — Some members of the Shoura Council have recommended adding a new paragraph to the draft Civil Transactions Law to prohibit discrimination in the amount of compensation for a crime between a woman and man, and a Muslim and non-Muslim, Okaz/Saudi Gazette has learnt from well-informed sources.

The Shoura members — Latifa Al-Shaalan, Faisal Al-Fadel, and Atta Al-Subaiti — have made the recommendation to add a new paragraph to Article 138 of the draft Civil Transactions Law, which is currently being studied in the Shoura Council.

The proposed amendment in the draft law will be as follows: “It is prohibited to show discrimination in the amount of compensation in a felony against a person on the basis of gender, religion, or any other forms of discrimination.”

It is noteworthy that the Civil Transactions Law, which is yet to be enacted, is one of the four key legislations, about which announcement was made by Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman in February 2021.

He had said then that these laws are being introduced as part of the government’s landmark measures to reform judicial institutions as well as to improve the legislative environment in the Kingdom.

The Crown Prince noted that the new laws — the Personal Status Law, the Civil Transactions Law, the Penal Code for Discretionary Sanctions, and the Law of Evidence — would represent a new wave of judicial reforms in the Kingdom.

Later, the Council of Ministers approved the Personal Status Law, which regulates issues related to engagement, marriage, divorce and children's custody, and the Law of Evidence.

In their justifications for the recommendation, the Shoura Council members indicated that there is discrepancy in the judicial provisions vis-a-vis the assessment of blood money between a man and woman and between a Muslim and non-Muslim, unlike the other Arab and Islamic countries and the rest of the countries of the world.

The Shoura members justified their recommendation, saying that this is based on an analysis of the current situation and clarification of the issues related to implementation of laws.

These issues include the independent reasoning (ijtihad) followed by the Islamic jurists that led to discrimination in the assessment of blood money between man and woman and between Muslims and others, they said while noting that these are not appropriate for the present day world.

The Shoura members emphasized that their recommendation contributes to empowering women and promoting human rights and the values of tolerance, moderation and quality of life, as it is in line with international conventions and charters to which the Kingdom has accession.

They said that this would further improve the position of Saudi Arabia in general, and the Saudi judiciary in particular, at the international level, and at the relevant UN indices.

The members noted that what is mentioned in the Holy Qur’an regarding blood money is one absolute verse that does not show any difference between men and women.

The Almighty God is saying in the Qur’an: “And never is it for a believer to kill a believer except by mistake. And whoever kills a believer by mistake — then the freeing of a believing slave and a compensation payment (diyah) presented to his family, unless they give (up their right as) charity.

“But if he was from a people at war with you and he was a believer — then (only) the freeing of a believing slave; and if he was from a people with whom you have a treaty — then a compensation payment presented to his family and the freeing of a believing slave.

“And whoever does not find (one or cannot afford to buy one) — then (instead), a fast for two months consecutively, (seeking) acceptance of repentance from Allah, and Allah is ever Knowing and Wise.”

The Shoura members also emphasized that the opinion that the blood money of a woman is the same as that of a man in Islam is backed by a number of contemporary religious scholars, including Sheikh Muhammad Al-Ghazali.

“The act of the people of Hadith to consider the blood money of a woman to half of the blood money of a man is an intellectual and moral evil that was rejected by jurists. The blood money prescribed by the Holy Qur’an for man and woman is the same,” he said.

The blood money prescribed in the Qur’an is the same for a man and woman, and the claim that a woman’s blood is cheaper and her right is inferior is a false claim that contradicts the apparent meaning of the holy book.

The killing of a man by a woman is the same just as the killing of a woman by a man and hence the blood of the woman and the blood of the man are the same, so what makes the blood money of a woman below that of a man? he asked.

Sheikh Mahmoud Shaltout and several other scholars and researchers are also of the same view. They all emphasized that there is no reference to any halving of the blood money as the Qur’anic verse made the blood money absolute and not specific to man or woman, and the word blood money in the Qur’anic verse is not restricted to any specific gender of men or women. There is also no authentic Hadith that indicates the halving of the blood money of a woman.

The Shoura members pointed out that a number of contemporary religious scholars have gone to the opinion of equality in blood money between a Muslim and non-Muslim. They cited the fatwa (religious edict) by Sheikh Abdullah Al-Mahmoud, while replying to queries of a person with regard to equality in blood money between Muslims and others.

The fatwa drew attention to the directive issued by the fourth Caliph of Islam Ali Bin Abi Talib who ruled to make the blood money of the People of Book (Jews and Christians) like the blood money of a Muslim as they enjoy safety and security within the country from the ruler.

“So a non-Muslim deserves equality with a Muslim in the blood money, and this is what we judge by and believe in its correctness. That is why the pagans, and people of the Book are equal with Muslims in terms of blood money,” Sheikh Abdullah ruled.

Source: Saudi Gazette


Women Bike Rally Celebrates Daraz WOW Women Week In Pakistan

May 23, 2022

Over 50 women raced their two-wheelers and rolled out on Sunday in an all-women biker’s rally organised by Daraz, the leading e-commerce platform in Pakistan, in partnership with Pink Riders as part of Daraz WOW Women Week celebrations. The Women’s Bike Rally started from Sea View McDonald’s and went to Emaar Towers and back, where they took over the roads on bikes, celebrating their shopping week.

The rally was also a sign of breaking the bias, ruling the streets, riding their dreams, and WOWing the world with confidence and style. The rally delivered a message of women empowerment, women taking charge of their lives, showcasing their existence in social spaces, exercising their simple right to commute however they want or breaking gender roles.

The organisers emphasised providing equal opportunities for women in all walks of life and said there should be a continuous struggle to provide equal rights for female entrepreneurs and online female shoppers in Pakistan. Urooj Ahmed, The Head of Marketing, Daraz, said,

“There is a common belief that women do not tend to shop or sell their products or services online, whereas the facts state otherwise. We see a shift in women’s shopping and selling behaviour in Pakistan, and e-commerce has redefined the shopping and business culture for women in Pakistan. The new trend of online women entrepreneurs selling their products on Facebook groups proves their ability to work online.

“Daraz WOW Women Week kicked off on May 18, dedicated to all the women in Pakistan crushing every day despite all the odds.In addition to this, Daraz is also making its parcels delivered by their women riders, who are the newfound Daraz Express (DEX) Hero during WOW Women Week. Daraz plans to give employment to female riders who’re willing to become their riders.

Source: Pak Observer




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