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Muslim Women Reportedly ‘Sterilized’ In Chinese ‘Re-Education’ Camps


China is forcibly sterilizing ladies held in its huge community of “re-education” camps which home political and spiritual prisoners, survivors have claimed.


Odisha Woman Given Triple Talaq over Phone after Allegedly Failing to Pay Rs 2 Lakh Dowry

Two Women Accused Of Using Muslim Dress for Shoplifting Spree

Sesame Place Bans Woman After She Allegedly Tells Muslim Mother to Go Back Where She Came From

Jatayu Sena for Women Protection Launched: Muslim Youth Becomes the First Member

Compiled By New Age Islam News Bureau




Two Women Accused Of Using Muslim Dress For Shoplifting Spree

The Telegraph•August 7, 2019

Two women in Muslim dress were caught in an apparent attempt to use their outfits to steal dozens of items from a supermarket.

The women were stopped by security guards at an Asda branch in Dagenham, East London, after being suspected of trying to leave with an estimated £200 worth of tins of baby formula hidden in their clothing.

Video footage taken by a local shopper appeared to show one of the women taking items from what appeared to be a bag or pouch hidden under the long, black robe she was wearing after being confronted by security staff at the store last Saturday evening.

Both women were wearing hijabs and black abayas, the headscarf and loose robe-like garment worn by some Muslim women.

At one stage one of the woman pulls up the dress, revealing her tummy and underwear, in what appears to be an attempt to show she is not hiding any more items.

The Asda employees can be seen covering their eyes and turning away as the woman walks towards the exit whilst holding up her black dress, leaving behind her a pile of around 20 discarded items.

Her actions prompted several onlookers to question whether they were Muslim at all, with some saying no observant woman would either shoplift or expose herself in a similar manner.

One Muslim mother of two shopping in the store on Wednesday told The Telegraph:  “It’s not the first time it’s happened, where they dress up in abayas. It’s wrong and I've seen it done before all around the world. It's wrong."

Another shopper, who herself wears a hijab and abaya, wrote on Twitter: “If she’s Muslim or not she’s giving us Muslim women a bad light and if she is Muslim then may Allah guide her.”

Another Twitter user, named only as Abdul, wrote: These people aren’t Muslim they’re those people who live in and around east London and have exploited the fact that it’s predominantly Muslims around here and to be honest Muslims are very generous people in giving towards charity and these frauds know this. Be aware everyone.”



Odisha Woman Given Triple Talaq over Phone After Allegedly Failing to Pay Rs 2 Lakh Dowry

Bhubaneswar: Clutching her four-month-old daughter in her arms, a distraught Rubina Khatun came to a police station in Odisha’s Kendrapara district to lodge an FIR against her husband for pronouncing triple talaq to her.

Khatun, 24, said her husband Abu Sufiyan Khan uttered talaq three times over the phone from Hyderabad, after her parents were unable to pay Rs 2 lakh as dowry that he was demanding.

his is the first case of triple talaq in Odisha after the practice of instant divorce was outlawed on August 1. The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights in Marriage) Bill, which was passed by the Parliament, prescribes up to three years imprisonment for Muslim men giving instant triple talaq to their wives.

“Ours was a love marriage and initially, his family was not in favour of it. After being in love for seven years, we finally got married in court a year and a half ago. Now, after our first child was born four months ago, he has suddenly pronounced triple talaq to me,” said Khatun outside Pattamundai police station after lodging an FIR against her husband.

Abu Sufiyan Khan, a resident of ward No. 11 in Pattamundai town, lives in Hyderabad, where he works as a chef in a hotel. Soon after marrying Khatun, who is also from the same area in Pattamundai, he took her to Hyderabad, where they lived for over six months.

After Khatun got pregnant, Khan brought her to his house in Pattamundai, and left for Hyderabad. When her in-laws did not pay attention to her medical needs, he asked her to go to her parents’ house and return after delivery.

“After giving birth to my daughter, I kept asking him to take me to Hyderabad or to let me live at his parents’ house in Pattamundai. He refused to do so and kept asking me to bring Rs 2 lakh from my parents’ house as dowry. I always told him my poor parents cannot give such a big amount. He then finally divorced me over phone,” said Khatun, who was accompanied by her mother, Atarun Bibi.

Khatun brought the matter before the village committee, but they refused to help. “Now, they are asking me to take Rs 2.30 lakh, withdraw the FIR against my husband and live separately,” she said.

“We have registered a case (261/19) under Sections 498 A, 307 and 506 of the IPC. A probe is on,” said Pattamundai police station officer-in-charge Rakesh Tripathy.

Khatun said she wants her husband to withdraw the divorce and let her and her child live with him. “I want to have a proper family life and ensure our daughter gets the love of both parents. I want my daughter to study and become an achiever,” she said.

(With inputs from Kailash Chandra Sahoo)




This New Muslim Lifestyle Brand Makes Multipurpose Prayer Mats

By Zoë Sessums

August 13, 2019

Two years ago, product designer Myhra Mirza was searching for a portable prayer mat to bring with her on vacation, when she noticed that the options were either super traditional, which she loves and finds beautiful, or very basic with a simple lined border. "I thought it would be an interesting project to create new designs that were contemporary, but familiar," she says. "When I started looking at materials, the possibility of designing a prayer mat that was multiuse opened up." That realization marked the beginnings of her Muslim lifestyle brand, Niyya.

"Niyyat or niyyah is the Islamic word for 'intention.' I picked the name Niyya because I thought it was beautiful to build a brand around the concept of intention and how that can differ from owner to owner," explains Myhra. The mats are designed to be used in a myriad of ways. "A neck scarf, shawl, throw, beach mat, or for prayer on the go," Myhra rattles off just a few. "My hope is that it will help bridge communities, especially in this sociopolitical climate, to have people from different walks of life use the same product for what they dictate as important."

Each one costs $70 and takes three to four weeks to produce; they are woven in the U.S. from 100% cotton. "I thought it was important to support American business to create Islamic-based products," Myhra notes. "It helps solidify that we are also part of this nation and want our industries to thrive."

The first four designs are based around prayer and the process that helps you achieve peacefulness: Salaa (prayer), Dhikr (remembrance and mindfulness), Sabr (patience), and Tahara (purification or cleansing). "In Islam, there are many different sects and schools of thought, but one unifying item outside of the Koran is the prayer mat," says Myhra. "No matter your belief or sect, we all use a mat to pray with, so I think of the mat as a powerful, symbolic item that represents unity and brings people together."

"There’s beauty in creating an item that is predominately used as a way to achieve inner peace, but can also be used by others outside of the faith in whatever intent they choose to enrich their daily lives. I hope it unites more communities by proving that no matter your background, a simple object can impact your daily life in a meaningful and different way."



Sesame Place Bans Woman After She Allegedly Tells Muslim Mother To Go Back Where She Came From

Aug 13 2019

By Chris Sheldon

A woman was banned from Sesame Place after reportedly telling a Muslim mother go back where she came from and cursing in a line full of parents and children.

Danielle Moore posted a video of the incident on her Facebook on Aug. 5 since then, it was shared over 7,000 times and had nearly 5,000 comments.

Moore began recording the video moments after she said the woman told her “to go back where [she] came from,” according to her post. The woman was never actually heard saying that in the video

“Say it again, say it again,” Moore is heard saying as the video begins which prompted the woman to give her the finger as repeated “here” multiple times.

“This is horrible, she told me to go back where I came from," Moore replied. "Wow, at Sesame Place.”

The woman then began hurling expletives at Moore and then took a swing at her camera phone and said “don’t take no pictures of me.”

“Who is she to take pictures of me,” the woman asked

“Who are you to tell me to go back where I came from,” Moore answered back as children began to cry in the background.

She told USA Today that she stepped in when the woman and another parent began to argue and curse at each other.

Caution, video contains coarse language.

“I never attempted to harm her, I never attempted to be confrontational with her at all,” Moore said in the interview. “All I was worried about was the language she was using around the kids.”

Sesame Place, located in Middletown, Pennsylvania, permanently banned the woman from the park, according to a statement from the park.

“Earlier [last] week, a park guest that did not live up to those values was promptly and decisively removed from our park,” the statement read. “She has been permanently banned from returning, and contrary to rumors, she was not given tickets to return to the park.”

“Creating safe and inclusive experiences for all guests – especially children and their parents – is our top priority,” the statement continued. “The Sesame Place family deeply regrets that any park guest would have this kind of experience in our park. It runs counter to everything we stand for.”



Being Muslim in clinical psychology

Tasmeah Zain writes.

Recently, I have been driven to think about how difference and diversity presents itself within Clinical Psychology which has forced me to think about my own position. I am a young Muslim female who wears a headscarf. I openly wear something that identifies me as being different. You know I believe in something before I have even had the chance to say hello. Your views are shaped by the political context, the news stories that feature almost daily sharing another terrorist attack in the name of Islam. Wearing a symbol of a religion facing growing hostility makes me feel like I need to be a symbol of something different. I need to show everyone that Muslims are fun, happy and kind people. In trying to do this I already feel different.

Throughout my training I have worked in services where the majority of clients are white British. It is not just the patients though, in every team, by default, I feel different. There is a serious lack of diversity in Clinical Psychology and most mental health teams I have gone into. As a young person new to the profession it is difficult to know how to deal with these feelings of being different. I wonder about implicit biases that my patients and colleagues have.

I attempted to bring up discussions around difference and diversity in supervision, but my supervisors did not feel comfortable speaking about it. One supervisor told me they avoided discussing it because ‘you probably get it everywhere you go’. It feels like there is a fear of talking about difference. Perhaps there is an anxiety that it will come across as racist? I’m not sure. I want to let you know that it is okay to ask how I feel within a team. It is okay to ask if I have fitted in. You might ask these questions to my white counterparts and not think twice. It is okay to explore with me how connected I feel to my patients. I might choose to completely ignore my race and religion and talk about how the patient being a different sex is bringing something up. Supervisors and peers need to be open minded and explore diversity when it presents itself.

I am different, but only a little. I wonder what it would be like for someone who wears traditional salwar kameez to work. The more diversity we see within the profession the more we will be able to celebrate that diversity. We need to create a society where ‘us’ encompasses the whole of humankind. 

Tasmeah Zain

Trainee Clinical Psychologist



Jatayu Sena for women protection launched: Muslim youth becomes the first member

By P Pavan

Aug 13, 2019

Hyderabad: Nadeem, a daily wager from Hyderabad Old City, was named the first member of just launched Jatayu Sena that aims to protect women from assaults.

Priests at Chilkur Balaji temple felicitated Nadeem after the formal launch of the Sena on Tuesday. It may be mentioned that the temple has come up with the idea of creating Jatayu Sena to prepare youths as protectors of

girls and women.

Nadeem, who travels from Karwan area in the old city to Chilkur for work every day, noticed a man taking a girl on his bike. The girl was trying to resist him. Nadeem grew suspicious, stopped the bike and questioned the man about his relationship with the girl. While the man told him that he was taking her to her grandmother’s place,

the girl denied any relationship with the man.

Nadeem immediately called people who surrounded the man and handed him over to the police.

“We felt Nadeem is the right person to be the first member of the Jatayu army. The very objective of this Sena is to protect women known or unknown to the member,” said Chilkur Balaji temple chief priest CS Rangarajan.

A large number of youths participated in the launch of the Sena and vowed to work for the cause.



Muslim women reportedly ‘sterilized’ in Chinese ‘re-education’ camps

August 13, 2019

China is forcibly sterilizing women held in its vast network of “re-education” camps that house political and religious prisoners, survivors have claimed.

One woman, who was held for more than a year, has told French television she was repeatedly injected with a substance by doctors in a prison in the far-west region of Xinjiang.

“We had to stick our arms out through a small opening in the door,” Gulbahar Jalilova, a 54-year-old former detainee, told France 24.

“We soon realized that after our injections that we didn’t get our periods anymore.”

She and up to 50 other women were crammed into a tiny cell “like we were just (a) piece of meat,” she said.

Speaking to an Amnesty International conference recently, another woman, Mehrigul Tursun, 30, told a similar story of being unknowingly sterilized.

She felt “tired for about a week, lost my memories and felt depressed” after being administered a cocktail of drugs while imprisoned in 2017, she said.

After several months, she was released, having been diagnosed as mentally ill, and now lives in the United States. Doctors there later told her she had been sterilized.

Enlarge ImageA facility believed to be a re-education camp where mostly Muslim ethnic minorities are detained, in Artux, north of Kashgar in China's western Xinjiang region.

A facility believed to be a re-education camp where mostly Muslim ethnic minorities are detained, in Artux, north of Kashgar in China’s western Xinjiang regionGetty Images

Both women are Uighur Muslims, an ethnic minority group that has been specifically targeted by Chinese authorities for “re-education.”

An estimated 1 million Uighurs are held in prison camps across the country. Members of the Falun Gong religious movement have also been detained in large numbers.

In the past, Uighur women who were detained in camps and now live in Western nations have told of being forced to abort babies — including late in their pregnancies.

The Population Research Institute, which advocates for a ban on intrusive and inhumane population control programs, accused China of forced sterilization on a large scale.

“The current Uighur population is less than 1 percent of China’s total population,” the group said. “To restrict and control the natural growth of a population of this size in any country is to totally annihilate and genocide them.

“Therefore, the Chinese birth control policy of forced abortion and sterilization of Uighur is not a policy of ensuring the overall quality of Uighur population.

“On the contrary, it is to gradually exterminate them by imposing all the political, economic, and social means and restrictions.”

China said those arrested — who have faced no charges or convictions — pose a risk of future extremism.

But the country’s large-scale program has attracted international condemnation, accusations of brutality and torture, and a staggering finding from a recent international tribunal of a sinister organ-harvesting black market.

For several years, human rights groups have expressed concern that many of the estimated 1.5 million political and religious prisoners held in camps were part of an insidious human farming system.

In June, the specially formed China Tribunal in London declared there was no doubt that state-sanctioned forced organ harvesting was occurring on a massive scale.

Made up of members from the United States, United Kingdom, Malaysia and Iran, including experts in human rights, transplant surgery and international relations, the independent tribunal heard from 50 witnesses and examined an enormous volume of visual and text evidence over the past year.

The number of operations performed, the incredibly short waiting lists for recipients and the expansion of facilities demonstrated “beyond a reasonable doubt” that “forced organ harvesting has been committed for years throughout China on a significant scale,” the report said.

China has consistently denied it is involved in human rights abuses.




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