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Islam, Women and Feminism ( 16 Oct 2012, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Jihad Forever -- Defend the Honour and Dignity of Women and Girls

















Teen Rape Victim’s Mom Demands Apology from Indonesian Minister

Women Lawyers to Be Allowed Into Saudi Courts Next Month

Saudi Police Deny Report Woman Arrested For Driving

Pregnant Women, Patients Suffering From Chronic Ailments Told To Delay Haj

Female Inspectors to Enforce Shisha Ban in Cafes, Salons in Jeddah

Malala Yousafzai Seen as an Inspiration for Muslim Women’s Rights Campaign

Malala Will Be Considered For Nobel Prize, Hopes Actress Angelina Jolie

Women Farmers in Pakistan Demand Right To Land Ownership

Empowerment of Women in Decision Making Sought In Bangladesh

Woman, Two Toddlers Evicted After Her Tanzanian Husband Abandons Family

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Jihad Forever -- Defend the Honour and Dignity of Women and Girls   

Hamid Golpira

17 October 2012      

Since when is shooting a little girl manly, or honourable, or acceptable in Islam?

 The answer is clear to all of us who believe in Islam.

 It is never manly to shoot a little girl. And it is never honourable. And it is never acceptable in Islam. As a matter of fact, it is Haram, which means forbidden in Islam.

 On October 9, 14-year-old activist Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head and neck by Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants in the town of Mingora for speaking out against the extremists and promoting education for girls and women in the Swat Valley of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

 In the incident, the militants stopped a school bus, asked for Malala Yousafzai by name, and then shot her. Two other young girls were also shot and injured in the attack.

 Over the past week, thousands of Pakistanis have held demonstrations and prayer vigils across the country to express their support for Malala Yousafzai and the efforts to provide universal education for women and girls.

 In 2009, Yousafzai became famous for writing about life in the Swat Valley when it was under the control of TTP militants. The TTP captured the Swat Valley in late 2007 and banned female education in the region in 2008. The Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan enforced the ban until they were driven out by the Pakistani military in mid-2009.

 On October 15, Yousafzai was flown to Britain for specialist care at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham after Pakistani doctors said she needed treatment for a damaged skull and “intensive neuro-rehabilitation.”

 Dr. Dave Rosser, the medical director of Queen Elizabeth Hospital, said, “Doctors… believe she has a chance of making a good recovery on every level,” but added that her treatment and rehabilitation could take months.

 Islam teaches that all Muslims, both male and female, must get an education.

 In a famous hadith, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his household) said: “Seek knowledge, even if it is in China.”

 But now we have a situation where the TTP are burning down and blowing up girls’ schools in Pakistan. And across the border, the Afghan Taliban are destroying girls’ schools in Afghanistan.

 Both groups also attack and injure and kill young girls for going to school.

 And now the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan militants have stooped so low that they deem it acceptable to shoot a 14-year-old girl and even brag about it and say they will kill her in the next attack since she survived the first attack.

 What will they say to Allah on Judgment Day?

 Where in the Holy Quran does it say that women and girls should not get an education?

 If it said that anywhere in the Holy Quran, the true Muslims would accept it.

 But it doesn’t say that anywhere in the Holy Quran.

 And where in the Holy Quran does it say that females should not go outside?

 In response to that question, many Taliban types and people like them say that it is found in Verses 32 and 33 of Surah 33 (The Allies) of the Holy Quran. But these verses of the Holy Quran only refer to the wives of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his household).

 Following are Verses 32 and 33 of Surah 33 of the Holy Quran:

 O wives of the Prophet, you are not like any other of the women; if you will be on your guard, then be not soft in (your) speech, lest he in whose heart is a disease yearn; and speak a good word.

 And stay in your houses and do not display your finery like the displaying of the ignorance of yore; and keep up prayer, and pay the poor-rate, and obey Allah and His Messenger. Allah only desires to keep away the uncleanness from you, O people of the House, and to purify you a (thorough) purifying.

 Clearly, only the wives of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his household) were instructed to stay in their houses and keep themselves separate from the people.

 And there are other ordinances that only applied to them.

 For example, the wives of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his household) were not allowed to remarry after he died. In Islam, all other Muslim widows are allowed to remarry.

 According to the Sharia (Islamic law), some ordinances apply to all women and girls and some ordinances applied only to the wives of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his household).

 Muslims must be able to distinguish between these two types of ordinances, and it is the task of the ulema (Islamic scholars) to explain these matters.

 In Islam, it is a great sin to make the armies of Islam look weak in the eyes of the enemies of Islam.

 And by shooting a young girl, the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan have done just that, so they have committed a great sin.

 Where is the bravery in shooting a young girl? In fact, there is no bravery in such an act. It is just a cowardly act.

 Every soldier of Islam must be brave. It is the duty of every jihadi to be brave.

 And every soldier of Islam must defend the honour and dignity of women and girls. This is also a duty.

 The Islamic world is extremely underdeveloped nowadays.

 Thus, the community of Islam, the Islamic ummah, is in need of a great movement, an Islamic renaissance, to uplift it.

 In many parts of the Islamic world, there is grinding poverty, hunger, and illiteracy. The standard of living is low and the economy is bad in many Muslim countries. Many Muslims do not have access to adequate healthcare and clean drinking water, and the orphans are suffering in poor and war-torn Muslim countries.

 The Islamic world can only be uplifted if it becomes developed, and education is the key to development. The masses of the ummah of Islam must be educated. There must be an education jihad now to uplift the Islamic world and kick-start the Islamic renaissance.

 Half of the ummah of Islam is female. Hence, the education jihad can never be successful if women and girls are not given access to education.

 Thus, providing women and girls access to education is the key to success in the education jihad, the education jihad is the key to development, and development is the key to building up the Islamic world, uplifting the masses of the ummah of Islam, and starting the Islamic renaissance.

 Whoever is against all this is helping the enemies of Islam since the enemies want the Islamic world to always be down and underdeveloped.

 So, by opposing education for women and girls, the Taliban are helping the enemies of Islam.

 The members of the TTP act like they think they are the awliya Allah, the friends of God, the most saintly people. But through their actions, they show that they are the awliya Shaitan, the friends of Satan, the worst of people.

 After hearing that Malala Yousafzai was shot by the TTP, one soldier of Islam became very sad and then said, “Jihad today, jihad tomorrow, jihad forever. Jihad today against the TTP friends of Satan, jihad tomorrow against the TTP Awliya Shaitan, jihad forever against the TTP friends of Satan. Defend the honour and dignity of women and girls. Allahu Akbar.”

 However, Islam is a forgiving religion and the members of the TTP -- or at least the ones who have not gotten too deep into sin and wickedness -- still have a chance to repent and rejoin the fold of Islam.

 Perhaps by reflecting on Verse 38 of Surah 47 of the Holy Quran, which is entitled Muhammad, the members of the TTP can come to their senses?

 And hopefully, all Muslims can get an understanding of their duty by reflecting on this verse.

 Following is Verse 38 of Surah 47 of the Holy Quran:

 Behold, you are those who are called upon to spend in Allah’s way, but among you are those who are niggardly, and whoever is niggardly is niggardly against his own soul; and Allah is Self-sufficient and you have need (of Him), and if you turn back, He will bring in your place another people, then they will not be like you.



Teen Rape Victim’s Mom Demands Apology from Indonesian Minister

October 16 2012

The mother of the 14-year-old girl raped by alleged human traffickers that she met on Facebook wants Education and Culture Minister Mohammad Nuh to apologize for his statements on the case.

The mother of the girl, who has only been identified by her initials SAS, said on Tuesday her daughter had suffered a setback after the minister said she may have consented to sex and then claimed rape.

“My daughter was a victim, not an active participant. The family has agonized over this incident, and then the minister’s comment aggravated [our suffering],” the mother said during a press conference at The National Commission for Child Protection (Komnas PA) in Jakarta.

Nuh told reporters last week that cases of teenage rape were sometimes the fault of the victims. “They do it for fun and then the girl alleges that it’s rape.”



Women lawyers to be allowed into Saudi courts next month

17 October 2012

JEDDAH: The Ministry of Justice will permit women lawyers to practice the legal profession like their male counterparts from early next month.

The expert’s committee of the Council of Ministers sent to the ministry on Saturday the statutes governing entry of women lawyers to Saudi courts, where only men lawyers were allowed in the past.

According to a source, qualified women lawyers can approach the ministry to obtain the mandatory license to practice their profession.

“The statutes, which were drafted by the ministry and submitted for the approval of the experts’ committee, are expected to be implemented when the courts reopen after the Eid holidays,” Al-Watan daily reported quoting an informed source on Tuesday.

The new lawyers’ regulations do not differentiate between men and women practitioners of the profession, another source at the Saudi Human Rights Commission said.

“The statutes explain the existing system in Saudi courts and other judicial institutions. The statutes never distinguished between men and women in procedural matters,” the source said.

It added that the entry of women lawyers to the Saudi courts was awaiting the drafting of special terms and conditions for them to practice the profession.

The original proposal of the ministry, which was submitted to the experts’ committee earlier, stipulated that a woman should have a special and closed office, should deal with only women clients, and should not present cases directly at courts.

“The experts’ committee, on the other hand, discarded any distinction between lawyers on the basis of gender and decided to implement the same regulation to all,” the source said.

This means a woman lawyer can run her office with or without branch offices and serve male and female clients, as men lawyers have been doing. According to the existing regulations, a lawyer should inform the ministry the address of her office. However, she will have to face penal measures like her male counterparts when she commits any violation of the professional rules.

“The primary condition to obtain a lawyer’s license, for men or women, is to have a degree in the Shariah, other legal specializations or legal systems, or a diploma in legal studies issued by the Institute of Management after a university degree.

The conditions also include apprenticeship of three-year duration at an accredited lawyer’s office. It is also recommended that he or she should be experienced in teaching jurisprudence and principle of Islamic law in the universities, made postgraduate studies at other educational institutions in the Kingdom, or acquired experience in legal consultancy in international firms or in the Kingdom. Experience such as representing a client at the public prosecutor’s office or investigation agencies or the public notary offices will also be counted as additional qualifications to be eligible for the license.



Saudi Police deny report woman arrested for driving

By Habib Toumi

October 17, 2012

Manama: A Saudi police spokesman has denied claims that a woman has been arrested for driving her father’s car.

“The reports that a woman was seen driving a car with her father sitting next to her are true,” Sa’ad Saleh Tarrad, media spokesman for Al Baha police, said. “However, the investigation concluded that the father felt ill and could not drive, so he asked his daughter to drive the car. Both the man and his daughter were released immediately after they were questioned and there was no arrest,” he said, quoted by Al Madina daily on Wednesday.

Reports claimed that the woman was held by the police after she was caught driving in the Saudi Arabian southwestern city. No legal text bans Saudi women from driving, but deep-rooted customs have not allowed women to sit behind the steering wheel as a bitter standoff between activists calling for granting them the right and conservatives who see it as a gateway to serious social problems has intensified.

Reports about women arrested for driving have invariably mobilised forces in both camps to call for their release or to condemn their challenge to the local customs. In the absence of legal texts regulating the matter, punishment for women who were “caught” driving ranged from signing pledges not to drive to corporal measures.

Last year, King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz overturned a sentence of 10 lashes handed down to a woman who defied the driving ban.

Several bloggers said that the sentence against the woman, Shaima Jastaina, had to be condemned as an expression to stall a pro-women reform drive launched by King Abdullah that included giving women the right to vote and run in municipal elections and becoming members of the Shura Council, the country’s highest advisory authority.



Pregnant women, patients suffering from chronic ailments told to delay Haj

17 October 2012

RIYADH: The Ministry Health Ministry advised pregnant mothers and patients suffering from chronic ailments to postpone the Haj pilgrimage for a subsequent occasion.

Dr. Nasreen Sherbini, health adviser on epidemic diseases, offered the advice yesterday to prospective local Haj pilgrims through the ministry’s phone-in-service conducted by its information department.

The phone-in-service began during the first week of Ramadan for the eighth consecutive year. The program conducted by the Information Center of the MOH is part of the ministry’s efforts in its awareness campaign among pilgrims to have a Haj without health problems.

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Female Inspectors To Enforce Shisha Ban In Cafes, Salons in Jeddah

 October 2012

JEDDAH: In order to enforce the Ministry of Interior’s decision to ban shisha in all cafés and beauty shops especially the ones run by women, Jeddah mayoralty set female teams to inspect these cafés.

Arwa Al-Ama, assistant mayor for ladies section affairs, said that great efforts made by the ladies section to enforce the decision.

“There are 17 inspectors in eight teams doing field visits on daily basis to monitor the violating shops,” Al-Ama said.

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Malala Yousafzai seen as an inspiration for Muslim women’s rights campaign

October 17, 2012

By Meera Takkar

Pakistani teenager, Malala Yousafzai, whose head was shot last week by a Pakistani Taliban terrorist in the Swat Valley, is an inspiration to other young Muslim girls due to her undaunted campaign in support of girls’ education in Pakistan. This glowing assessment of Malala Yousafzai has emerged from Inspire, a British human rights outfit, which has been working to end the inequalities facing British Muslim females.

Sara Khan, Inspire’s director, has decried the attempted assassination of the 14-year-old Malala by the Pakistan Taliban. The director has remarked that it is disillusioning to see Pakistan being subjugated by Pakistani Taliban bigotry. Sara Khan also referred to Pakistan’s political history, voicing that the nation has had a female Muslim PM in the form of Benazir Bhutto.

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Malala will be considered for Nobel prize, hopes Actress Angelin Jolie

October 17, 2012

Actress Angelina Jolie, in an article published on an international news website, appreciated the efforts of 14-year-old Pakistani activist Malala Yousufzai who was shot by the Taliban for promoting women’s education.

Jolie appealed to international organisations to collect funds for the rights of Pakistani women and children.

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Women Farmers in Pakistan Demand Right To Land Ownership

By Ali Hassan

October 17, 2012

ISLAMABAD: While commemorating World Food Day, women farmers from different parts of the country, in collaboration with Action Aid Pakistan, on Tuesday arranged an innovative stunt activity in the federal capital for informing the impact of increasing food prices on small farmers, particularly the women who are denied the right to land despite the fact that they produce more than 60 percent food for the country while they own merely one or two percent of the total land.

Wearing different costumes, the women farmers performed in a play in front of National Press Club that highlighted the discrimination being meted out to them. “Women work hard in the fields to produce food for all, but they are not acknowledged as farmers. Women farmers are not rewarded for the labour input and even there is no share for them in the crop. Women farmers are essential to the farming sector, but the government was doing nothing to protect their rights.

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Empowerment of Women in Decision Making Sought In Bangladesh

October 17, 2012

Good household income, good health, food security and nutrition can be better ensured if women are empowered to have more say on the decisions that affect them, said speakers at a seminar yesterday.

Helen Keller International (HKI) and Save the Children jointly organised the “National Seminar on Gender and Nutrition in Rural Bangladesh” in the capital's Spectra Convention Centre, marking the International Day of Rural Women yesterday.

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Woman, Two Toddlers Evicted After Her Tanzanian Husband Abandons Family

By Faisal Masudi

October 16, 2012

Farida and her two sons have no place to go after being kicked out of Sharjah flat

Dubai: A Kenyan mother and her two children are homeless and have been evicted from their Sharjah apartment, after the woman’s husband allegedly refused to pay the rent.

Farida Salim said her estranged Tanzanian husband, who she married in 2009, abandoned them earlier this year to live in another apartment with his first wife, a Yemeni woman.

The mother and her two sons, aged one and two, says they were evicted last Monday because the husband, a salesman in a Dubai cargo company, had not paid the rent and gave cheques to the landlord that bounced.

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