New Age Islam News Bureau
5 Nov 2018
Photo: Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband has issued has issued a new fatwa banning Muslims women from cutting their nails and using nail polish. However, applying mehendi on nails is not forbidden.
• Woman MP in Egypt Proposes to Ban Niqab in Public Places
• Saudi Arabia’s First CrossFit Community of Women
• 637 Job Training Offers for Saudi Women
• Pakistan: Women Distress Fund to Be Functional From Next Month
• Life-Saving App Helps Women Exposed To Domestic, Sexual Violence
Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau
Darul-Uloom Deoband Bans Muslim Women from Cutting Nails, Using Nail Polish In New Fatwa
Nov 05, 2018
LUCKNOW: Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband has issued has issued a new fatwa banning Muslims women from cutting their nails and using nail polish. However, applying Mehendi on nails is not forbidden.
Darul Iftaa, which issues the Darul Uloom Deoband’s edicts, called the act “un-Islamic.”
"Darul-Uloom Deoband has issued fatwa against Muslim women cutting their nails and using nail polish because it un-Islamic. Rather women should use Mehendi on their nails,” said Mufti Ishrar Gaura, member of Darul-Uloom Deoband.
The Islamic seminary is known for issuing bizarre Fatwas.
Last year, it issued a fatwa banning Muslim women from plucking, trimming, shaping their eyebrows and cutting hair.
Hair adds to beauty of Muslim women and they should never get them cut, pointed the fatwa. “Muslim women should stay away from beauty parlours as Islam does not permit them to have make-up attracting other male members,” said Maulana L Sadiq Qasmi, head of Darul Iftaa, while issuing the fatwa.
“Like Muslim male are not allowed to shave under Islam, eyebrow trimming, hair-cutting and make-up like wearing lipstick, etc is also banned,” he said. “Trend of Muslim women going to beauty parlours has increased in the country. It is not a good sign and it should be stopped immediately. We should have issued a fatwa in this regard long ago,” said he.
The seminary had issued another fatwa banning Muslims from posting pictures on social media sites.
Darul Uloom Deoband, which is one of the largest Islamic seminaries in India, is based in Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur district.
Woman MP in Egypt Proposes to Ban Niqab in Public Places
November 4th, 2018
An Egyptian parliamentarian proposed a bill to the House of Representatives banning the wearing of Niqab (full-face veils) in public places and imposing a fine of LE 1,000 ($55) for those who disobey.
Al-Masry Al-Youm on Saturday obtained a copy of the proposed bill. MP Ghada Agamy expressed views in October that Egypt’s government should ban the Niqab at government workplaces and follow the steps of the Algerian authorities, which made the same decision a month ago. Agamy didn’t disclose that she was preparing a bill on this.
Algerian authorities banned the Niqab in October for women workers in government departments for the first time.
Speaking to Al-Masry Al-Youm, Agamy said that the Algerian government’s decision is “courageous” and should be followed, especially with the increasing issues resulting from it being worn in Egypt over the past decades, bringing a change in the identity of the country.
She urged the government and the House of Representatives to take action to implement a similar resolution as in Algeria.
The draft law proposed by Agamy stipulates that all workers in public places are prohibited from wearing the Niqab through a publication attached to the bulletin board or in places that are visible to everyone.
The bill sets a fine of LE 1,000 ($55) on women who wear Niqab in public places. In case of repetition of the violation, the fine is doubled.
According to the bill, public places include hospitals, health centers, universities, schools, cinemas, theaters, public libraries, museums, public and non-governmental buildings, means of transport, airports, stadiums, lecture halls and public and private nurseries.
Saudi Arabia’s First CrossFit Community of Women
4 November 2018
Saudi Arabia’s first CrossFit community for women seems to be attracting many, who say that practicing weight lifting and fitness games have boosted their confidence.
Speaking from al-Khobar, east of Saudi Arabia, CrossFit athlete and founder of Saudi Arabia’s first CrossFit gym has shared with Al Arabiya English how the sport “is an expression of life, activity and vitality.”
Amal al-Shahrani, who began to practice CrossFit during her time in London in the beginning of 2013, said she had underwent hard training with her coaches there in order to become an accredited trainer.
To reap the benefits of these exercises, Amal returned to Saudi Arabia and established a special gym for CrossFit.
“The sport is an expression of life, activity and vitality. It is the best way to get a fit and healthy body,” she said.
“The sport is one of many that has been attracting Saudi women of all ages. This gym has been established entirely for CrossFit, which has seen a boom and an increase in popularity.”
Amal is known among her sports community as the “queen of squats”, as she practiced carrying weights that exceeded 120 kilograms.
Dozens of young Saudi women can be seen lined up at the gym to master the fundamentals of CrossFit training, starting with warm-up exercises, fast jumps and weight-lifting exercises.
Amal said the amount of members at the gym have doubled recently, as the sport also boosts their confidence.
637 Job Training Offers for Saudi Women
RIYADH — The Human Resources Development Fund (HADAF) has offered 637 training opportunities for young Saudi women jobseekers at private firms all over the Kingdom.
This will be under the Tamheer on-the-job training program for Saudi university graduates.
The three to six months training program will help them gain experience and skills to prepare them for full-time employment.
HADAF will support the program with provision of a monthly stipend of SR3,000 and an insurance package against risks at workplace.
HADAF urged private sector employers to join Tamheer program through its link (www.taqat.sa/tamheer) by providing training to Saudis without any financial or contractual obligations to the Fund.
This program enhances the image of business owners as well as their key role in boosting the Kingdom’s economy.
It also allows business owners to take advantage of platforms to reach qualified Saudis who can be recruited after the training program.
Pakistan: Women Distress Fund to Be Functional From Next Month
Nov 05, 2018
ISLAMABAD: Women in Distress and Detention Fund (WDDF), established to facilitate women in need of legal aid and assistance would likely be functional in a month.
Under the new amendment in the WDDF Act, the board of directors has been reduced to nine members from nineteen, which would be notified soon.
Ministry of Human Rights (MOHR) Director General Muhammad Arshad told APP that they have received nominations of seven members including one each from lower and upper house of parliament, while four members required from each province
Nominations from Sindh and Balochistan have been received and the board would be notified as soon as they get the names from Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, he informed.
According to the new amendment of section 6, Act XV of 1996- in section 6, in sub section (I), for clauses (i) to (viii), minister-in-charge of the administrative division will be chairperson of the fund, whereas one woman member each of the National Assembly and the Senate to be nominated by the speaker and the chairman respectively; secretary of the administrative division, one woman prominent social worker from each province to be nominated by the provincial governments and an officer in BS-20 or above of the administrative division will be member–cum-secretary.
The fund, established in 1996, currently contains more than Rs46 million non-lapsable fund remained inactive for last 21 years due to various legal issues putting a backfoot on the real purpose of the act.
The fund was expected to ensure legal help to women in detention or distress, women in detention (under trial, convicted or in Darul Aman), for books, payment of the stipend, or to women assigned teaching jobs.
It was also supposed to serve the purpose of providing assistance to women in cases of extreme hardship for purposes of rehabilitation, disabled women, women suffering from serious ailments, medical aid and burn cases etc.
MOHR RECEIVED RS20.3MN:
The MOHR received Rs 20.3 million among the total amount of Rs 35 million, reserved for its three projects in the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2018-19.
The allocated amount was spent on the three projects, including establishment of National Institute of Human Rights, Islamabad, implementation of the action plan for human rights in Pakistan, institutional strengthening of Ministry of Human Rights, official sources told APP.
Under the PSDP 2018-19, Rs 10 million were reserved for the establishment of National Institute of Human Rights, Islamabad, among which Rs 7.1 million were released in the said duration.
While Rs 10 million were allocated for Implementation of Action Plan for Human Rights in Pakistan and the MOHR received Rs 4.6 million.
An amount of Rs 15 million were earmarked for Institutional Strengthening of Ministry of Human Rights among which the ministry got Rs 8.6 million so far.
Life-Saving App Helps Women Exposed To Domestic, Sexual Violence
Nov 05, 2018
The high-profile case of Sıla Gençoğlu, a renowned pop singer who was allegedly beaten by her actor boyfriend Ahmet Kural put violence against women in the spotlight once again. The Women Emergency Assistance Notification System (KADES) app developed by the Turkish police is the latest measure to protect women against violence. Since its launch on March 24, the app has prevented 145 women from suffering death or injury at the hands of men prone to violence.
KADES, which can be installed on IOS or Android smartphones, enables women to alert the police with just one click. Users first log on to the app by providing a number of details, including their phone numbers. Once logged on, the victim can notify the police by clicking on the "seek help" button, which automatically sends her location to the police.
A total of 33,000 people downloaded the app from March 24 to Nov. 1, as 6,770 tip-offs were filed with police via the app. Of them, 145 were genuine cases of violence and were eventually prevented by police officers sent to the users' locations.
A 36-year-old woman from Bozüyük, a town in western Bilecik province, was one of the users rescued by police. An unidentified woman beaten by her ex-boyfriend used the app and police responded within five minutes, detaining the suspect.
In another case, a woman with an ongoing divorce case in the eastern city of Ağrı, who already had a restraining order on her violent husband, used the app on June 28 when the husband showed up at her door and tried to break in. The man was detained before he was able to enter.
In the central city of Niğde, a 21-year-old woman helped the police capture the perpetrator quickly when she used KADES after she was sexually assaulted in an elevator on Oct. 28.
Domestic violence and the murder of women by husbands, partners and relatives have long been a thorn in Turkey's side where broader media coverage over recent years has made this scar on society even more visible.
Although no official figures are available, dozens of women are killed every year by husbands, former husbands, boyfriends or male relatives, according to reports by nonprofit groups monitoring violence against women.
A larger number are believed to be subject of sexual assault. In both physical and sexual violence cases, victims tend to not to report the attacks, either fearing for their life or fearing that their next of kin, children, etc. will also face attack.
In some cases, experts say women do not file complaints against their husbands after instances of domestic violence, as they are economically dependent on their spouses. Turkey's Family and Social Affairs Ministry has been tackling the problem by providing education courses, raising public awareness and empowering women.
The violence, which is mostly fed by a patriarchal mindset that treats women as second-class citizens, occasionally draw public outrage but still prevails.
Sıla Gençoğlu's case can further raise awareness on the issue as she is probably the best-known figure to report a case of violence. A few days after Ahmet Kural, an actor known for his comedy films and TV series, allegedly brutally assaulted her in his Istanbul home, the singer filed a criminal complaint against him for the incident that drew widespread condemnation. The complaint led to a three-month restraining order on Kural, who is expected to testify to prosecutors today.
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