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'I May As Well Be Dead': Afghan Women Outraged By New Taliban Restrictions On Work

New Age Islam News Bureau

20 September 2021

 • “Being a Muslim…,” Bollywood Actress Urfi Javed Blames Her Religion For Getting Trolled Over Outfits

• Women protest in Kabul against Taliban’s policies for them

• Fear of Beauty Parlours Spreads in Afghanistan as Taliban Crackdown on Women’s Freedom

• Turkey’s first lady to roll out new book on visits to Africa

• After Kabul Mayor Asks Women to ‘Stay At Home’, Javed Akhtar’s Appeal

• AIMPLB’s Sajjad Nomani Alleges Reverse ‘Love Jihad’ Days after Supporting Taliban, Claims Over 5000 Muslim Girls Converted To Hinduism

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau



 'I May As Well Be Dead': Afghan Women Outraged By New Taliban Restrictions On Work

September 20, 2021


The Afghan Taliban's effective ban on women working sank in on Monday, sparking rage over the dramatic loss of rights after millions of female teachers and girls were barred from secondary school education.


The Afghan Taliban's effective ban on women working sank in on Monday, sparking rage over the dramatic loss of rights after millions of female teachers and girls were barred from secondary school education.

After pledging a softer version of their brutal and repressive regime of the 1990s, the group is tightening its control of women's freedoms one month after seizing power.

“I may as well be dead,” said one woman, who was sacked from her senior role at the ministry of foreign affairs.

“I was in charge of a whole department and there were many women working with me ... now we have all lost our jobs,” she told AFP, insisting that she not be identified for fear of reprisals.

The acting mayor of the capital, Kabul, has said any municipal jobs currently held by women would be filled by men.

That came after the education ministry ordered male teachers and students back to secondary school during the weekend, but made no mention of the country's millions of women educators and girl pupils.

The Taliban on Friday also appeared to shut down the former government's ministry of women's affairs and replaced it with one that earned notoriety during their first stint in power for enforcing religious doctrine.

While the country's new rulers have not issued a formal policy outright banning women from working, directives by individual officials have amounted to their exclusion from the workplace.

Many Afghan women fear they will never find meaningful employment.

'When will that be?'

A new Taliban government announced two weeks ago had no women members.

Although still marginalised, Afghan women have fought for and gained basic rights in the past 20 years, becoming lawmakers, judges, pilots and police officers, though mostly limited to large cities.

Hundreds of thousands have entered the workforce — a necessity in some cases as many women were widowed or now support invalid husbands as a result of two decades of conflict.

But since returning to power on August 15, the Taliban have shown no inclination to honour those rights.

When pressed, Taliban officials say women have been told to stay at home for their own security but will be allowed to work once proper segregation can be implemented.

“When will that be?” a woman teacher said on Monday. “This happened last time. They kept saying they would allow us to return to work, but it never happened.”

During the Taliban's first rule from 1996 to 2001, women were largely excluded from public life including being banned from leaving their homes unless accompanied by a male relative.

In Kabul on Friday, a sign for the ministry for the promotion of virtue and prevention of vice was erected at the building housing the old government's ministry for women's affairs building in the capital.

Vice ministry enforcers were notorious for punishing anyone deemed not to be following the Taliban's strict interpretation of Islam.

On Sunday, around a dozen women protested briefly outside the building, but dispersed when approached by Taliban officials.

No official from the new regime responded on Monday to requests for comment.

In Herat, an education official insisted the issue of girls and women teachers returning to school was a question of time, not policy.

“It is not exactly clear when that will happen: tomorrow, next week, next month, we don't know,” Shahabudin Saqib told AFP. “It's not my decision because we have had a big revolution in Afghanistan.”

The UN said it was “deeply worried” for the future of girls' schooling in Afghanistan.

“It is critical that all girls, including older girls, are able to resume their education without any further delays,” the UN's children's agency, Unicef, said.

Source: Dawn


“Being a Muslim…,” Bollywood Actress Urfi Javed Blames Her Religion For Getting Trolled Over Outfits

By Rasti Amena

19th September 2021

Mumbai: Bigg Boss OTT fame and actress Urfi Javed has been making headlines for all the ever since she stepped out of the show’s house. From donning controversial or unconventional outfits to being linked to Javed Akhtar, she has often found herself in the hot soup. Trolls have a field day whenever she steps out in unusual clothes.

Recently spotted at the Mumbai airport, Urfi Javed was seen making a style statement in a rather unusual attire that attracted a lot of trolling and negative comments on social media. “Kuch toh sharam karo,” wrote an Instagram user. “Seriously….? Is it a fashion? asked a user. “R I P Indian culture, traditions ,young generation,” commented yet another user. “This is disgusting!” wrote another social media user.

In a recent interview with News 18, Urfi reacted to all such the hate messages and said that the reason why she gets judged based on her looks is because she is a Muslim.

She revealed how she comes from a rather conservative Muslim family where she wasn’t even allowed to wear jeans. “I have realised that no matter what I do, people will say things. I belong to a conservative Muslim family and for the longest time, I was told what I have to wear. I wasn’t allowed to wear jeans. My chest would always have to be covered with a duppata. This made me a rebel and today I will wear whatever I want to”, Urfi Javed stated.

Calling her religion as ‘deterrent’, Urfi said, “I am a Muslim girl so when I do something or wear certain kinds of clothes, it really doesn’t go down well with a lot of people. My religion has been a deterrent.”

In terms of work, Urfi Javed made her debut with 2016 TV show ‘Bade Bhaiyya Ki Dulhania’. She later went on to feature in many serials like ‘Meri Durga’, ‘Bepannaah’, ‘Puncch Beat Season 2’, ‘Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai’ and ‘Kasautii Zindagii Kay’. She was last seen playing the role of Payal Sharma in ‘Aye Mere Humsafar’.

Source: Siasat Daily


Women protest in Kabul against Taliban’s policies for them

19 Sep 2021

A number of women gathered at the gate of the ministry of women affairs-now replaced- and protested against the policies of the Taliban vis-à-vis them asked for the rights of education and work on Sunday, September 19.

The protestors said that freedom and equity are their rights and they have to be provided with.

The all-women in the Afghan capital was arranged in reaction to the closure of the ministry of women affairs from the Taliban’s cabinet and the closure of the ministry on Friday, September 17.

“Exclusion of women in exclusion of humans”, “our freedom of speech is the conclusion of our potency” “education, work, and freedom are ways towards development” were the slogans chanted by the women.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan shut the ministry of women and replaced it with the ministry of guidance and promotion of virtue and prevention of vice.

Deputy Minister of the ministry of information and culture and the spokesperson of the Taliban Zabiullah Mujahid on Sunday, September 19 said that the women ministry was a shadow and so-called ministry and added that they will establish a potent and effective administration for women.

Source: Khaama Press


Fear of Beauty Parlours Spreads in Afghanistan as Taliban Crackdown on Women’s Freedom

20 September ,2021

Afghan makeup artist Fatema Aaraa said on Saturday that women clients no longer come to her beauty salon because they fear the Taliban.

“Until two months ago, many brides used to sit at this table [for makeup] and it was very crowded here, but as you can see, now no one (women) leaves their house out of fear, and they are not willing to go to beauty salon,” Aaraa told Reuters.

When the Taliban was in power two decades ago, women had to cover their faces and those who broke the rules sometimes suffered humiliation and public beatings by religious police.

While the new Taliban regime has promised to allow women more freedoms, there have been reports of women being barred from going to work, and some being beaten in recent weeks for protesting Taliban rule.

“Women tremble and are afraid that the Taliban will enter the beauty salon and say why are you in this shape? Why are you doing make-up? Or, this is a non-Islamic place. In general, people are afraid,” said Aaraa.

In recent weeks, a number of beauty salons’ signs in Kabul, which usually show women and brides with make-up, have been sprayed with white and black colored sprays to hide the faces.

Source: Al Arabiya


Turkey’s first lady to roll out new book on visits to Africa

Yildiz Nevin Gundogmus  


Turkey’s first lady this Monday will introduce her book on her travels in Africa for the first time at the Turkish House in New York.

Emine Erdogan, who wrote about her impressions and memories of her travels to Africa, is flying with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to New York on Sunday to attend the UN General Assembly.

She will introduce her book “My Travels to Africa” for the first time to spouses of country leaders, the UN, and other international representatives, as well as representatives of NGOs and foreign mission chiefs.

The book, which is dedicated to Emine Erdogan’s mother, covers the first lady’s visits from 2014 to 2020 to 23 countries, including Algeria, Ethiopia, Somalia, Tanzania, Mozambique, and Senegal.

The book will go on sale in Turkey at the beginning of October, and will also be published in English, French, Arabic, and Swahili by international publishers.

Before the "African Initiative" led by Turkey in 2005, she said Africa was a distant continent for many in Turkey. When Africa is mentioned, "colonialism, poverty, and hungry, thirsty children" came to mind, she said.

Africa also meant a photo album in which the shame of humanity “brought rewards to its owner. This situation changed forever with my first trip to Africa,” she said, adding that she accompanies her husband on foreign visits as much as possible.

“I pay particular attention to the problems of African women and children, and I want to be a bit of a balm for their open wounds. This desire of mine is a gift from my nation, in which I was born and grew up, who raised me, shaped me, and embroidered this culture in my bones,” she added.

She expressed hope that this book will lead to goodness, cooperation, and better cross-cultural understanding, and strengthen the bridges of friendship between Turkey and Africa.

She also underlined that before each visit, she studies the human, cultural, and social characteristics of the countries they are due to see.

The first lady often visits orphanages during her travels and said she was deeply affected by her 2015 visit to the Daryel Orphanage in the Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti.

“It is our duty to lessen the load of this heavy burden placed on those tiny shoulders and embrace them,” she said.

"To understand the state of humanity, one needs to witness it. For me, traveling abroad means witnessing such experiences and remembering one's responsibilities," she writes in the book.

Fair market for women entrepreneurs

During her 2015 visit to Ethiopia, she saw that the handiworks of local women were bought for $1 and then sold for much higher prices in the expensive boutiques of Western capitals.

“Those desperate women were left with a great despair,” she added.

"As a human, a woman, a wife, a mother, a child, a Muslim, and a Turk, I wanted to break the chain of this exploitation. So I immediately took action to establish a fair market for these working women in Turkey,” she said.

Three years ago they established the African Handicrafts Market and Culture House in Ankara's historic Hamamonu district to sell handicrafts by African women, and it serves as the voice of Africa in Turkey, she said.

She went on to say that African people welcome Turks like they were their own family.

“We have felt this everywhere we have gone. Because they know how Turkey's approach is different from colonialism. So the friendship between us grows deeper each day,” she added.

Book to raise money for African women, children

Emphasizing that her first visit to Somalia in 2011 was unforgettable, she said there was no need for a translator to feel the pain of mothers who lost their babies due to hunger.

Telling how she was awarded the International Women's Empowerment Champion Award at a ceremony held at Uganda Islamic University in 2016, she also said in her book that this is a new source of pride in Turkey's history of diplomatic goodwill.

"My visits to Africa could be considered a notebook in which new lines shall be added throughout my life, a book whose cover will never be closed,” she explained.

“I sincerely wish that peaceful and prosperous lines are written on the fresh pages of this notebook. I hope that what our country has achieved in Africa so far will be a way for the continent to reach the prosperity it deserves. I hope African children's faces will always smile.”

Royalties from the book will be used for development, education, and health and cultural support to African women and children through the African Handicrafts Market and Culture House. It will be a symbol of friendship and solidarity between Turkey and Africa, she added.

Every year, Erdogan participates in various international events for the development of disadvantaged groups living in Africa within the scope of the UN and meets with African first ladies and representatives of NGOs.

In recent years, Erdogan has continued to support intercultural interaction by patronizing African cookbooks and African proverbs.

Source: Anadolu Agency


After Kabul mayor asks women to ‘stay at home’, Javed Akhtar’s appeal

SEP 20, 2021

Lyricists Javed Akhtar on Monday appealed to all Muslim bodies in the country to collectively condemn the order by the mayor of Kabul telling women to stay at home. “Aljazeera has reported that the mayor of Kabul has ordered all working women should stay at home I expect all important Muslim bodies to condemn it because it is being done in the name of their religion Where are all those who were till yesterday shouting in defence of 3 talaq" Akhtar posted on Twitter.

Aljazeera has reported that the mayor of Kabul has ordered all working women should stay at home I expect all important Muslim bodies to condemn it because it is being done in the name of their religion Where are all those who were till yesterday shouting in defence of 3 talaq

— Javed Akhtar (@Javedakhtarjadu) September 20, 2021

In his first news conference since being appointed by the Taliban, Kabul mayor said on Sunday that women employees have been ordered to stay home, pending a further decision. “There are some areas that men can’t do it, we have to ask our female staff to fulfill their duties, there is no alternative for it,” Hamdullah Namony said, without specifying how many women employees were forced to stay home.

Namony said that just under one-third of close to 3,000 city employees were women and that they worked in all departments before the Taliban took over Afghanistan on August 15. He said exceptions were made for women who could not be replaced by men—in the design and engineering departments and the attendants of public toilets for women.

Not just in Kabul, women across Afghanistan have been told to stay home but the Taliban have not yet announced a uniform policy. The Taliban government has issued several diktats rolling back the rights of girls and women. Girls in middle and high school have not been asked to return to school for the time being but boys in those classes resumed studies over the weekend. Women university students have been told they can attend classes but they will be gender-segregated and that they must follow a strict Islamic dress code.

Last Friday, the Taliban shut down the women's affairs ministry and replaced it with a ministry for the “propagation of virtue and the prevention of vice”, which has been tasked with enforcing Sharia. More than a dozen women staged a protest outside the ministry on Sunday, holding up signs calling for the participation of women in public life. “A society in which women are not active is (sic) dead society," read one of the signs.

A number of women in Afghanistan have been protesting against the Taliban, demanding equal rights in all spheres of life.

Source: Hindustan Times


AIMPLB’s Sajjad Nomani alleges reverse ‘Love Jihad’ days after supporting Taliban, claims over 5000 Muslim girls converted to Hinduism

13 September, 2021

A video of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) member Sajjad Nomani has come to light in which he alleged that Hindu boys are indulging in ‘Love Jihad’. The video was uploaded on September 9. Nomani claimed that over 5,000 Muslim girls have run away with Hindu boys, got married to them and converted to Hinduism. He further said the majority of these girls belong to high-profile families.

Sajjad Nomani blamed mobile phones and education

He blamed access to school and college education along with mobile phones. He said Muslim girls are using the freedom to make friends in the other community, and their parents are unaware of what they are doing. He further added that the parents are not teaching their girls about Islam or telling about what is happening around them.

Sajjad Nomani claimed well-planned conspiracy

He said it is being done under a well-planned conspiracy to lure Muslim women towards Hinduism. He said, “From the other side, there is a conspiracy to lure as many Muslim women as possible, ruin their religion and throw them as used lemon peel. This is being done with proper planning. They find contact numbers of these girls to lure them into friendship.”

“I came to know from my source that there is a group that gives training to the boys to learn how Muslims talk to each other. They tell them to greet with “Salaam Walekum” and ask “kaise mizaz hain”. They are also trained to use “Khairiyat hai”, “Inshaallah”, “Mashallah”, “Rehmudillah”, “Subhanallah” and other words. They speak softly to our daughters to lure them, and we are doing nothing about it,” he added.

He further alleged that Muslims in the past were aware of their surroundings, but nowadays, no one cares about other Muslims. He said, “They used to be aware of their surroundings, and they were worried about Islam. When Khilafat ended in Turkey, Tehreek-e-Khilafat flourished in our country. Do you know what is happening around you? Only doing Namaaz is not enough.”

Allegations of reverse ‘love-jihad’

Interestingly, while Nomani alleged Hindu men are luring Muslim girls, there are next-to-none such cases that have come to light. The majority of the cases of Love Jihad that have come to light in recent years involved a Muslim man and a Hindu woman. Notably, Love Jihad has also spread rapidly among Christian women, and Christian leaders have raised the concern multiple times in Kerala.

The planned conspiracy that Nomani claimed against Muslims is, in reality, done by Muslim leaders against Hindus. Last year, a racket was busted in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, where several Hindu girls were allegedly lured into an affair by Muslim men. All of them had hidden their identity and projected themselves as Hindu men to lure the women. Reports suggest that there are groups that allegedly pay Muslim men to marry as many as Hindu women and convert them to Islam.

Sajjad Nomani had supported Taliban

In August, reports came out that Nomani had openly praised the Taliban’s take over in Afghanistan. He allegedly had said, “this Hindi Muslim salutes you”. After the backlash, AIMPLB issued a statement saying the board did not praise the Taliban and a member’s statement was wrongly portrayed as viewpoint of the board.

It said, “All India Muslim Personal Law Board has neither expressed any view nor given any statement on Taliban and recent political situation of Afghanistan. Opinion of some Board members has been portrayed as board’s stand by few media channels and wrong thing is being attributed to the board. These practices are against the spirit of journalism.”

Source: Opindia



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