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Deoband Forbids Women to Attend Marriage Processions with Men

New Age Islam News Bureau

28 Dec 2018

Police have registered a case here against a man living in Saudi Arabia for allegedly giving triple talaq to his wife over Wats App over the dowry issue (Representational Photo)



 Uttar Pradesh: Man Booked For Giving Triple Talaq to Wife over WhatsApp

 For AIMPLB Cleric, Triple Talaq Bill Is an Insult to Muslim Women

 UP Woman under the Scanner for Funding Terror Module Busted By NIA

 Women’s Role in a Year of Persistent Iran Protests

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau




Deoband Forbids Women to Attend Marriage Processions with Men

December 28, 2018

SAHARANPUR, India: Darul Uloom Deoband, the Islamic Seminary, in a recent Fatwa, has decreed that women are forbidden to participate in marriage processions with men.

It is fairly common for women relatives of the groom to participate in marriage processions with other men in the family. Sometimes, music is also played in these processions, reports the Indian media. The fatwa comes after a resident had raised questions about the practice with the Fatwa department of the seminary.

The seminary responded that not only were women forbidden from participating in such social functions with men, they were also forbidden from eating food alongside them on such occasions.



Uttar Pradesh: Man Booked For Giving Triple Talaq to Wife over WhatsApp

Dec 28, 2018

Azamgarh : Police have registered a case here against a man living in Saudi Arabia for allegedly giving triple talaq to his wife over Wats App over the dowry issue.

According to the information, the woman got married to Hameed in April 2005. The victim had alleged that the in-laws had started torturing her for dowry since after marriage.

The victim told ANI that when her family was unable to fulfil the dowry demand of her in-laws, her husband (Hameed Imitiaaz) used to send her obscene photos of other women living abroad. When she protested against the pictures sent by her husband, he gave her triple-talaq over Wats App on November 8.

A case has been registered at Biliriganj Police Station on the complaint of the victim against her in-laws and husband. The charges filed against the accused include sections of 498 A of IPC and 3/4 in the Dowry Prohibition Act.

The victim has appealed for justice stating that “Modi ji and Yogi ji have made a strict law against triple-talaq and the government should ensure that no injustice is done to any other woman.”

This came after the triple talaq bill was passed in Lok Sabha on Thursday. In September 2018, the Union Cabinet cleared an ordinance that made ‘talaq-e-biddat’ or the practice of instant triple talaq as a criminal offence. The law says that whosoever practices triple talaq will be liable to imprisonment of up to three years.



For AIMPLB Cleric, Triple Talaq Bill Is an Insult to Muslim Women

Dec 28, 2018

The passing of the amended bill criminalizing the practice of instant triple Talaq in one-go evoked a mixed reaction from the Muslim women and organisations.

While the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) said it would continue with its campaign to seek the support of non-BJP parties to defeat the bill in Rajya Sabha, Muslim women were guarded in their response.

Maulana Khalid Rashid Farangi Mahli, the Imam of Eidgah Lucknow and also a member of the AIMPLB, however, was categorical in his response.

“The Bill is an insult to over three crore Muslim women who had raised their voice against it and given a signed petition to the central government,” he said.

“The outcome (passing of the bill) was on the expected lines. We are sure it will not be passed by the Rajya Sabha, which had recommended that it be recommended to a select committee,” said AIMPLB secretary Zafaryab Jilani.

Among the bill’s votaries, while Shaista Amber of the All India Women Personal Law Board said she was happy that the Centre had conceded two out of the three amendments suggested by her, educationist Rukhsana Lari termed it bad and faulty.

“Islam has much more safeguards for women than this bill. Divorce is deemed as the most deplorable thing in Islam and the Prophet of Islam made this clear on several occasions. It is to be resorted to only as a last resort after all attempts at reconciliation fail.

The Quran provides three month’s time for this,” she said adding that unfortunately it was being misused now.

A former member of the AIMPLB, Lari doesn’t approve of triple talaq in one sitting and had locked horns with the Muslim clergy on the issue in the past – a stance because of which she lost her AIMPLB membership. Amber, on the other hand, termed the move as a step in the right direction.

“I had written a letter to PM Modi and to Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad drawing their attention towards the amendments required in the Bill,” she said adding, “I had stressed that the Bill should have a window for reconciliation between husband and wife and also have some other clauses to prevent its misuse by vested interests.

It would have been better if the Centre had not made TT a criminal offense as it would become a hurdle in marriages”.

The AIMPLB said that inspite of opposition by several parties in Lok Sabha and by the Muslim community across the country, the bill had been passed. “It’s the worst form of dictatorship. It’s clearly motivated to polarise the upcoming election,” it said.



UP Woman under the Scanner for Funding Terror Module Busted By NIA

Dec 27, 2018

Lucknow: Was a 45-year-old woman involved in the terror funding of a plot the NIA claims to have busted during multiple raids on Wednesday? In a shocker of sorts, the National Investigative Agency (NIA) has stumbled upon strong evidence implicating a mother-son duo from the state capital of being involved in a terror plot at the behest of the IS (Islamic State), an official said on Thursday.

The evidence was found during the raids by the NIA at several places, including Amroha and Lucknow on Wednesday.

The NIA probe has revealed as part of the new IS module “Harkat-ul-Harb-e-Islam”, a Muslim woman living near the City Station in Lucknow had sold her jewelry worth Rs 2.75 lakh to sponsor the terror plot in which her son was also involved.

The woman, sources told IANS, was “very active on social media” and had come in link with the terror groups vide a social media network site.

With the money provided by the woman, the terror group purchased some weapons and explosives. Currently, the NIA is interrogating both mother and son about terror funding.

The woman’s house at Nabiullah road was raided on Wednesday, leaving the neighbors in a state of shock as her activities never raised any suspicion. A laptop, two mobile phones have been recovered from their home.

The 45-year-old woman’s husband is a wholesale dealer in steel and aluminum utensils and her 18-year-old son studied from the Mazhar-ul-Islam madarsa.

Officials told IANS the woman had sold her jewelry at Mam Mam jewelers at Akbari Gate and later allegedly funded the terror plot.

All the angles are being probed by the NIA in an investigation that is being aided and assisted by the Anti-terror squad (ATS) of the Uttar Pradesh Police.



Women’s Role in a Year of Persistent Iran Protests

Dec 28, 2018

A year into the uprising, it is befitting to have a glance on women’s role in a year of persistent protests in Iran.

On December 28, 2017, some 10,000 people took to the streets of Mashhad to protest against skyrocketing prices while the general public’s purchasing power was next to nothing.

Women were numerous, loud and active in the protest. Eyewitnesses described women’s role in the demonstration as admirably courageous.

The protest in Mashhad sparked a year of persistent anti-government uprisings and protests across Iran bringing ever closer the prospects for regime change and the overthrow of the misogynist theocratic rule of the mullahs.

On the second day of the protests, a daring scene was created by a woman in the western Iranian city of Hamedan. For the first time in the protests, she shouted “death to Khamenei” right into the face of security forces surrounding her and then repeated it a couple more times before being whisked away by a friend.

women's role in student protests 

Women’s role at the forefront

Throughout the past year since last December 28, women have been at the forefront and in the center of most protests.

In the nine months since March, they have actively taken part in at least 850 protests compared to the 436 protests in 12 months the previous year where the presence and participation of women had been registered. Girl students have been actively involved in at least 300 protests since last December by participating in every student protest.

Teachers protests

Despite great risks and intimidation, women have always been at the forefront of teachers’ protests. On May 10, 2017, Iran saw the nationwide protests of teachers in 32 cities over low salaries, difficult living conditions, lack of insurance and other job benefits, as well as the non-payment of their past due wages for consecutive months.

Women joined extensively in the two rounds of strikes and sit-ins of teachers and educators held on October 14 and 15, 2018, and on November 13 and 14, 2018.

women's role in labor day protests in TehranThe uprising in August

In August, Iranian women had their effective impact on the new wave of protests sweeping the country, so much that the Revolutionary Guard Corps was compelled to speak out. The state-run Fars news agency, the mouthpiece of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), reported on Iranian women’s role as the driving force and engine behind the protests.

Fars reported, “In the riots of Karaj (the fourth largest city of Iran), 20 leaders were identified and arrested, the majority of whom were women.” (The state-run Fars news agency – August 5, 2018)

In another report, Fars also highlighted women’s role in leading the protests. “It is noteworthy that today, too, similar to the previous days, the leader of these people [the protesters] was a woman.” (The state-run Fars news agency – August 5, 2018)

Fars also pointed out that women’s role in the protests were “more dominant” and a similar situation was “noticeable and evident in the protests in other cities, as well.”

Rassoul Sanaii Rad, political deputy for the IRGC, said, “For the first time, 28 percent of the arrests in the protests were women.” Referring to the arrests of women in the protests December and January, he noted, "Previously, the number of women arrested in the protests was 5 to 7 percent." (The state-run Mehr News Agency - August 15, 2018)

Defiant cities

Women’s role was remarkable in all major uprisings and protests by different strata and in various cities.

Khuzestan: Women have been outspoken since March in the protests held by families of the arrested workers of the National Steel Group of Ahvaz, in the protests of defrauded clients of credit institutes, and in the month-long protests over insulting comments made against Arab Iranians on the state TV.

More recently in November and December, women provided a strong backing to the sugarcane workers of Haft Tappeh in Shush and the steel workers of Ahvaz in their month-long strike and protest marches.

women's role in protests in Kermanshah

Kazerun: Thousands of residents of Kazerun, in the southern Iranian Fars Province, including a remarkable number of brave women held consecutive protests against segregation of their city in April and May. They braved heavy presence of security forces and anti-riot units and marched in the city’s main square. They chanted, “We are fighting women and men, we fight against segregation.”

Isfahan: Isfahan’s farmers held their protests for several consecutive days in mid-April with active women’s role.

The state-run Sharq daily acknowledged women’s massive participation in these protests.   Farmers of eastern Isfahan have been protesting continuously to gain their share of water for farming from Zayanderood which used to be a copious river passing through Isfahan, but has dried up under the mullahs’ rule since its water has been diverted for military purposes to various compounds and facilities belonging to the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

Borazjan: Major protests were held in June and July over water shortage in the city of Borazjan, the second largest city in the Province of Bushehr lying along the Persian Gulf coast. The people of Borazjan are dissatisfied with the situation of water in their city. Women's role in protests of Borazjan against lack of water in hot summer days was significant and active.

Khorramshahr: Women of Khorramshahr protested against lack of clean drinking water by actively participating in the large scale protests by thousands of residents of this key port city of southwestern Iran for three days from June 29 to July 1, 2018.

Young men and women of Khorramshahr confronted the regime's troops empty-handed. They chanted "death to Khamenei", "death to Rouhani", "death to the Islamic Republic", "the mullahs must get lost."

Mashhad: Women wore shrouds in a protest against the fraudulent Padideh Shandiz company in Mashhad on April 12, 2018. The protesters have not yet received any response on reimbursement of their properties after four years.

Rasht: Women held regular protests, every week, against the IRGC-backed Caspian Credit Institute in Rasht, demanding return of their plundered assets.

women's role in student day protests

A compressed coil

This brief review provides a perspective on Iranian women’s role in the uprisings over the past year. They have been present everywhere in every strata acting as the driving force.

Iran’s brave women started their fight against the tyrannical mullahs in 1979 only two weeks after they seized power, endured great suffering and made great sacrifices during the mass arrests and executions which began in 1981.

They have a brilliant record with thousands of women who gave their lives for Iran’s freedom. They have never given up their faith in victory and have earned their rightful place in the leadership of the Iranian Resistance.

So, a great potential has been saved for 40 years in the struggle of Iranian women which is going to expand with an enormous power like a compressed coil, and will uproot the ruling religious tyranny.

The women of Iran are resolved to turn the page of their country’s history in the 21st century and they deserve the support of all freedom-loving people of the world.




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