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Saudi Shoura Proposes Women-Only Timings for Black Stone Ritual

New Age Islam News Bureau

6 Nov 2016

The famous National Geographic 'Afghan Girl' Sharbat Gula won't be deported from Pakistan, despite a court in Peshawar ordering it


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 Kerala Police Arrest Muslim Preacher for Advising Against Breastfeeding

 Teenage Girl Goes Missing From Seminary in Rawalpindi

 Cover Girl Selects Muslim Woman as Newest Spokesperson

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau




Saudi Shoura Proposes Women-Only Timings for Black Stone Ritual

5 November 2016

The Committee for Islamic Affairs in Saudi Arabia’s Shoura council is currently studying a proposal presented by one of its members for allocating specific women-only timings for kissing the Black Stone ritual during Hajj and Umrah proceedings.

The proposal put forth by Modhi Aldeghaither includes setting three specific times during the day for a period of two hours each to allow women a chance to kiss the Black Stone during rounding of the Kaaba.

The proposal is expected to undergo a vote within the committee in prior to further discussions among the Shoura Council, according to Saudi daily newspaper Okaz.

In Islam, it is believed that while Prophet Abraham was building the Kaabah, the angel Gabriel came down and gave him the famous Black Stone, which he placed in the eastern corner of the structure.

The stone was said to be white but over the years turned black because of people’s sins.

Part of the Hajj pilgrimage entails kissing or touching the stone after every Tawaf – or encircling – of the Kaaba. But due to the sheer number of pilgrims visiting every year, it is acceptable enough to wave at it from a distance



Despite Court Order, Pakistan Says It Won't Deport 'Afghan Girl' Sharbat Gula

Nov 6, 2016

NEW DELHI: After requests for clemency from the man whose photograph made her famous and after former cricketer Imran Khan's similar request, the famous National Geographic 'Afghan Girl' Sharbat Gula won't be deported from Pakistan, despite a court in Peshawar ordering it, a government official told Dawn.

The decision to not deport Gula, who is now around 43 years old, was taken on humanitarian grounds and as a goodwill gesture towards Afghanistan, said the official Shaukat Yousafzai on Saturday, Dawn reported.

Gula was arrested by Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency late last month for possessing an allegedly forged Computerised National Identity Card. Earlier this week, a special anti-corruption and immigration court in Peshawar ordered that Gula be deported after she serves a 15-day jail sentence and pays a fine of 110,000 Pakistani rupees.

After her arrest, Steve McCurry, the man whose photograph of a 12-year-old Gula made her famous in 1985, urged she not be tried on compassionate grounds. Pakistani cricketer-turned- politician Imran Khan also requested Khyber Pakhtunwa chief minister Pervez Khattak to not deport Gula.

Earlier this week, during a bail hearing before a special court earlier this week, Gula's lawyers said she suffering from Hepatitis C, and because she's widowed, is the sole supporter of her four children.

There are some three million Afghan refugees are living in Pakistan, half of whom are unregistered, Dawn said.

Pakistan hosts the third highest number of refugees in the world, according to a report released by rights group Amnesty International, AFP reported last month.

"Since 2009, Islamabad has repeatedly pushed back a deadline for them (Afghab refugees) to return, but fears are growing that the latest cut-off date in March 2017 will be final," Dawn said.



Triple Talaq: Muslim Women's Body Slams AIMPLB Signature Drive

06th November 2016

LUCKNOW: Amid the raging debate over 'triple talaq', All India Muslim Women Personal Law Board (AIMWPLB) today crticised the signature campaign launched by the AIMPLB, dubbing it as a move to "mislead" women from the community.

"The campaign is not to empower Muslim women but to mislead them," AIMWPLB President Shaista Amber told PTI here.

Her comments came days after the All India Muslim Personal Law Board carried out a signature campaign against Centre's affidavit in the Supreme Court against 'triple talaq' and the questionnaire prepared by the Law Commission regarding Uniform Civil Code. She said it would have been better had the AIMPLB written in its documents that it wholeheartedly supported the provisions in the Holy Quran about 'triple talaq'.

AIMPLB could also punish those who utter 'talaq' thrice in one go, she suggested.

Amber said the affidavit before the apex court smacked of votebank politics and efforts to disintegrate the society. "On the pretext of the issue, the government was trying to push the agenda implementing Uniform Civil Code," she said.

Implementation of a common code is part of the BJP's election manifesto.



Kerala Police Arrest Muslim Preacher for Advising Against Breastfeeding

Nov 05, 2016

Kerala police arrested a Muslim religious preacher on Saturday for advising against feeding a newborn breast milk until five prayers were offered. This comes a day after Kozhikode district collector N Prasanth directed the police to register a case against the child’s father.

The mother Hafsath (22) refused to feed her infant citing ‘religious reasons’, despite hospital staff pleading with her saying it would endanger the life of the newborn.

Abubacker, the father of the newborn was taken into custody on Friday and after questioning him, police arrested Hydrose Thangal, the preacher accused of advising the infant’s father that he should not be fed until he listens to all five prayers of the day.

The police has registered a case against the parents under the Juvenile Justice Act for denying the infant his right.



Teenage Girl Goes Missing From Seminary in Rawalpindi

November 06, 2016

Rawalpindi - A 13-year-old girl has gone missing from a seminary situated in Naseerabad area, her family claimed.

The girl who went missing four days ago was studying at the seminary, her mother said.

The management of the seminary and the police are not helping in her recovery, she added.

According to Naseerabad police, they have registered a case for the incident.

The girl went missing in the night, police said.

Police are investigating the incident.

The seminary management said that the girl climbed down the window using her scarf.



Cover Girl Selects Muslim Woman As Newest Spokesperson


A hijab-wearing Youtube star has been named the newest spokeswoman for CoverGirl cosmetics.

Nura Afia, a beauty blogger and a practicing Muslim, will appear in  commercials and billboards wearing a hijab as she promotes the U.S. cosmetics giant alongside a diverse group of other models.

Afia's Youtube makeup tutorials have a major following. Her Youtube channel has 200,000 subscribers and her videos draw tens of thousands of views. She has 300,000 followers on Instagram.

Afia told Refinery29 that she grew up being insecure about wearing a headscarf, and she never thought she would see "Muslim women represented on such a large scale."

skip - A photo from Nura Afia's Instagram account.

"I hope [this campaign] will show Muslim women that brands care about us as consumers and we're important, especially hijabis," she said. "[We] can be featured on TV, [we] can be featured on billboards in Times Square. [We] can be represented."

Afia is one of few women to represent a major American brand while wearing a hijab – although the Muslim headscarf is growing more visible in the U.S. and Europe. Last month, Muslim American journalist Noor Tagouri was the first woman to be featured in Playboy wearing a hijab. According to the Guardian, designer Anniesa Hasibuan held the first runway show where every model wore a hijab in September, and the year before model Mariah Idrissi wore a hijab in a campaign for Swedish clothing chain H&M.

The move to name Afia as a brand ambassador appears to be a part of an effort by CoverGirl to increase diversity. A few weeks ago, the company named its first male ambassador – James Charles, a 17-year-old makeup artist.

According to the Guardian, Afia started watching YouTube videos while breastfeeding her daughter, and decided to start making her own videos because she felt hijab-wearing women were underrepresented in that sphere.

 “I wanted to show people that I can still be married and a mom and do whatever the hell I want – my scarf isn’t going to stop me,” she said in 2015.




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