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World Hijab Day observed in Pakistan

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Al-Jazeera reports worldwide demonstrations against France on "hijab day".

Muslim women differ on hijab but always put the accent on modesty by Berta Delgado

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 World Hijab Day observed

September 05, 2009

By Our Correspondent

LAHORE: THE Jamaat-e-Islami Women's Wing observed the World Hijab Day on Friday, in line with the declaration of the World Ulema Conference, London, 2004.

In this connection, JI women's wing held a seminar at Mansoora. Former JI ameer Qazi Husain Ahmed, JI secretary general Liaquat Baloch, Women and Family Commission president Sameea Raheel Qazi, JI Punjab Women wing president Humaira Tariq, Humera Ihtesham, Rabeea Tariq, Rahat Bashir, Afia Sarwar and others spoke on the occasion. Later, a Hijab Walk was held on Multan Road led by Sameea Raheel Qazi, Humera Tariq, Humera Ihtesham and others.

Addressing the Hijab Seminar, Qazi said Pakistani society was heading for a clash, since on one hand large numbers of our men and women were being attracted towards Islamic teachings since hatred for US and western culture and civilization was on the rise.

On the other hand, he said, the western civilization had attacked Islamic society with all its might and every effort was being made to eliminate Hijab and modesty of Muslim women. A worldwide campaign had been launched against Hijab which was tantamount to revolting against Quranic teachings.

He said the only way to avert this clash was to enforce Islamic system in this country to fulfil the pledge made at the time of its creation. "We must revert to our origin, besides taking steps to unite society and to avert the clash of civilizations," he said.

Qazi said that if bomb blasts was extremism, mocking Islamic teachings and culture and denying Muslims their basic rights to practice Islam was also extremism.

He said a German fanatic killed a Muslim woman in a German courtroom for wearing Hijab and when her husband tried to protect her, police fired at him. But neither the German judiciary nor German society took notice of this horrifying incident, while the entire western civilization championing the cause of freedom and liberties acted as silent spectators.

On the other hand, if a minority member was wronged in our country in any manner, Muslim society protested it. He said these incidents clearly showed hypocrisy of the West. He said the West was afraid of the resurgence of Islam.

Qazi regretted that the secular English press in the country made fun of Hijab and published cartoons which was an attempt to end modesty among women. He warned that an immodest society could not safeguard its independence, culture and ideology.

He said Muslim women have thrown a challenge to the West by declaring that they felt proud of wearing Hijab. On the other hand, western society had been ruined because of vulgarity and reducing women to mere playthings.

Speaking on the occasion, Liaquat Baloch said it was the right of Muslim women to lead their lives according to Islamic teachings. He said the West was trying its best to eliminate Islamic values and norms from Pakistani society. He said Muslim women were engaged in Jihad by asserting for their right to wear Hijab and protecting the Islamic culture and the four walls of their homes.



Al-Jazeera reports worldwide demonstrations against France on "hijab day".

Asia Africa Intelligence Wire | January 17, 2004

Text of announcer-read report over video by Qatari Al-Jazeera satellite TV on 17 January

Marches have been staged in several Arab and international capitals to protest the decision of the French government to ban the hijab in government schools. The women demonstrators, marking the International Day for Solidarity With the Hijab, called on the French government to reverse its decision. The participants in a march staged in front of the French embassy in Cairo rejected the position of the shaykh of Al-Azhar, who considered banning the wearing of hijab a domestic French affair.

[Al-Jazeera announcer Hala al-Khayri - recording] Scores of Muslim women in Egypt have staged a demonstration, which could be the first of its kind in the world and in history, to protest the decision of the French government to ban the hijab at French schools. However, the thing that was not expected was that army and police forces would stand between the women demonstrators and the French embassy in Cairo. The French decision to ban the hijab has sparked a sharp controversy in the circles of men of religion in Egypt because the shaykh of Al-Azhar, Muhammad Sayyid al-Tantawi, settled the issue by saying that it was an internal French decision.

Angry demonstrations have also swept the Yemeni capital, Sanaa. Dozens of Yemeni women have appealed to the French government to go back on the decision to ban the hijab at French teaching institutions. This position was expressed during a rally organized in Sanaa by the women sector of the Yemeni Alliance for Reform. Women from the various Yemeni parties took part in the rally. A statement issued by the rally said that the French decision did injustice to Muslim women and said that it would negatively affect her participation and integration into French society.


Muslim women differ on hijab but always put the accent on modesty

The Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX) | July 14, 2000

Berta Delgado

DALLAS _ Ummukulthum Almaawiy is 15, a typical teen-ager with a quick smile and a quicker giggle when with friends. She is a young Muslim who has followed in her mother's footsteps and her mother's mother's footsteps by wearing the Islamic head covering, called hijab.  Maryam Khan is 15, a typical teen-ager who likes to go to the movies with friends. She is a young Muslim who has followed in her mother's footsteps and her mother's mother's footsteps by not wearing hijab. Maryam knows that Muslims wear hijab for modesty, and she believes she shows that modesty in her way of dress and her manner. "If I wore hijab, I'd feel too vulnerable because of the prejudices," says the teen, who will be a junior at The Hockaday School in Dallas. Ummukulthum says she never had doubts about whether she'd wear the head covering. "I feel happy to wear it," says Ummukulthum, who attends Brighter Horizons Academy, an Islamic school in Garland, Texas.

These teens reflect the two sides of the debate over hijab.


40 Civilians among 90 killed in Nato strike in Afghanistan

05 Sep, 2009

Kunduz (Afghanistan): An American war jet blasted two fuel tankers hijacked by the Taliban in northern Afghanistan on Friday, killing up to 90 people, including insurgents and dozens of civilians who had rushed to the scene to collect fuel, Afghan officials said.

Nato officials initially insisted that there were no civilians in the area when the attack occurred at about 2:30 am, but alliance chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen later acknowledged some civilians may have died.

The United Nations is sending investigators to the scene. Nato also said it would fully investigate the reports of civilian casualties. Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who has sharply criticized the US-led command for allegedly using excessive force in the war against the Taliban, announced that he would create a panel to investigate the strike.

Kunduz, a former Taliban stronghold, had been generally peaceful until insurgent attacks began rising earlier this year. Most of the fighting in Afghanistan this summer has been in the south and east, where US and British forces operate. The Germans are responsible for the Kunduz area.

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Saudi Arabia concerned over Pak situation: Nasim Ashraf

September 05, 2009

LAHORE: Saudi authorities have expressed concerns about the political situation currently prevailing in Pakistan, a private TV channel quoted former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Nasim Ashraf as saying on Friday. Talking to the channel, Ashraf, who is also a close friend of General (r) Pervez Musharraf, termed the former president's recent visit to Saudi Arabia "a success" and quoted the former president as saying that Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz was concerned about the current political situation in Pakistan. Dr Nasim Ashraf said Musharraf would visit the US in the third week of September where he would deliver 15 lectures at various universities and institutions, and was expected to return to Pakistan by the end of the year. The former president is named in an FIR seeking action against him for manhandling judges and forcibly ousting them from office. daily times monitor



Murderous attack on a federal minister leaves Pakistanis cold

Not by force alone

THE murderous attack on Federal Religious Affairs Minister Hamid Saeed Kazmi, by two unidentified gunmen on Wednesday, was not entirely unexpected. He was receiving threats to his life for the last some months and had requested for an official bullet-proof car. But as the luck would have it, at the time of attack he was riding not only an unsecured ordinary car, even the police squad supposedly tasked to protect him was not there. In full public view, in the heart of Islamabad and in the margins of the so-called Red Zone, he was the target of multi-directional firing for a good five minutes or so. Touchingly, Hamid Saeed Kazmi came under attack only about two hundred meters from the Lal Masjid, which has now been fully restored but no more in red colour. The Aabpara police station is even closer. And so is the site of a major suicide attack on the first anniversary of the Lal Masjid massacre, which had cost the local police a score of lives. Kazmi's escape is indeed a miracle, given the tragic history of the surroundings and his attackers' determination to get him. Security officials say the attackers could be locals and perhaps outsiders residing in the capital for some time.

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Dozens killed as Yemen ceasefire cracks: army

September 05, 2009

SANAA: A Yemeni military source said on Saturday "dozens" of people had been killed on both sides as clashes with Shiite rebels in the north resumed overnight after a short-lived ceasefire broke down.

"The armed forces and rebels engaged in violent clashes overnight which continued until dawn on Saturday in Malaheez and Hafr Sufyan" in Saada province, the source told foreign news agency in Sanaa by telephone.

"Dozens of people have been killed in both camps," the source added, without elaborating. No official confirmation of the toll was available.



Iranian couple held for having sex on beach

05 Sep, 2009

Bangkok: Thai police fined an Iranian couple about $15 for having drunken sex on a popular tourist beach in front of a crowd of excited onlookers on Friday, officials said.

The 28-year-old man and the woman, 25, from the strict Islamic republic were caught in the act just before dawn by a policeman in the coastal resort of Pattaya. Police Captain Chamrasthong Jinda, deputy inspector of the Pattaya police station, was riding his motorcycle to perform routine checking on the beach at 4:30 am when he spotted a crowd watching something on the beach and some of the tourists were shooting video clips with their mobile phones. "While I was on a motorcycle patrol I saw some 20 people including tourists gathered at the beach. I went to examine and found the two Iranians were naked and having sex," Jamrasthongjinda said.

He then rushed to stop the couple and told them to put on clothes and took them to the Dongtan police station.

Police charged the pair with committing an indecent act in a public place and in front of the public. The couple said they were drunk after finishing a bottle of vodka between them and police fined them 500 baht before freeing them, Jamras said.

The Iranian man, Hashom Abdli, 28 and his girlfriend, Margam Ziyace, 25, were drunk and claimed that they did not know it was illegal to have sex in public place. Pattaya has a reputation for drunken excess, sleazy bars and explicit sex shows. AGENCIES



In the holy month, even minorities in Pakistan exert self-control

Ayesha Nasir

September 04. 2009

LAHORE // For Naila Ishtiaq, 48, the month of Ramadan is a reminder of the paradoxes she lives with every day. A Catholic by birth, Mrs Ishtiaq bears a Muslim name, covers her head with a dupatta and gets more gifts on Eid than Christmas.

 "Everyone I work for gives me clothes and gifts for my children on Eid, but hardly anyone remembers to do so on Christmas," she said. "It's as if people forget that Christians have different celebrations and traditions from Muslims." For Mrs Ishtiaq, Ramadan is a month when she fasts by compulsion and not by choice, as all Pakistanis, regardless of their religion, are forbidden from eating, drinking and smoking in public during the hours of fasting.

Mrs Ishtiaq works a morning shift at a gymnasium and an evening shift in an upper middle class household where she serves as assistant chef and waitress.

 "In the mornings, the cafeteria at the gymnasium is closed and the water dispensers are nowhere to be seen, which means that someone who isn't fasting can't find even a sip of water or a morsel of food," she said at the house where she works, wiping perspiration off her face with her muslin dupatta. "Everyone at the house I work at in the evening also fasts so food is not served to anyone till the evening prayer."

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Young Saudis taught to fight Qaida

Campaign Aims To Wage War Against Extremist Ideology

05 Sep, 2009

Riyadh (Saudi Arabia): Young men spray hoses in a car-washing contest and play pool. Children make paper crowns in an art class, while their parents have a picnic. Alongside the fun and games, Muslim clerics answer questions about jihad or give lectures about the proper dress for women.

This is Islamic summer camp, and it's part of Saudi Arabia's campaign to eliminate al-Qaida.

Saudi Arabia says it's waging a "war of minds'' against extremist ideology, alongside the fierce security crackdown that has killed or arrested many al-Qaida leaders over the past six years. The kingdom plans to expand a broad public campaign aimed at preventing the young from being drawn to radicalism.

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