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It is not easy to stay positive at times like these, especially when we see those around us rushing to Masaajid for Taraweeh prayers, spending time in ‘itikaaf and reciting the Qur'an. This can lead us to feeling deprived of the reward of this blessed month, and often this feeling ends up decreasing our spirituality rather than increasing it. Our menstrual cycles (or postnatal bleeding) are a part of Allah Subhaana wa Ta'alaa's creation and something that is ordained by Him....

Pakistani Sister in Disputed Marriage Gunned Down In Court by Her Lawyer Brother

Veena Malik back as host on special Ramzan show

Tunisia's Draft Blasphemy Laws Brand Women 'Complementary' To Men

Acid Attacks on Women Rise in Macho-Cultured Colombia

Acid Attacks, Poison: What Afghan Girls Risk By Going to School

Fiza Mohammad, estranged wife of ex-Haryana deputy CM, found dead

Saudi female athlete's father to act against insults

Spotlight On Hijab and Bikini at the London Olympics

Olympics: Lone runner hopes to inspire UAE women athletes

Women Can Choose To Wear The Burqa – But Can They Choose Not To?

Pakistan: Minor girl kidnapped

Bihar Twins Won’t Take AIIMS ‘Risk’, Parents

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Pakistani Sister in Disputed Marriage Gunned Down In Court by Her Lawyer Brother

Wearing Of ‘Teddy’ Dress Banned In Karachi

Judo Match between A Young Saudi and Her Opponent Great Message' For Muslim Women or Sham

Ramadhan, Children and Persistent Violence in Indonesia

Three Arab Revolutions: Will Democracy Root, Will Women Thrive?

Afghan Sprinter Shows What Possible Is For Muslim Women

No More Women Should Suffer Shafilea Ahmed's Tragic Fate

First Saudi Woman to Help People Regain Their Lost Confidence through Artificial Eyes

Friday's Ramadan Meal to Celebrate Friendship in Different Faiths

Bahrain disperses protesters, arrests activist’s daughter

No female doctor in Taif hospital’s gynaecology dept

Bangladesh: Baby Girl 'Murdered'

Injustices To Women In Pakistan

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Afghan Sprinter Shows What Possible Is For Muslim Women

 

Extraordinary Muslim Women at the Olympics - Past to Present
Shaista Gohir

My list mainly includes women who have made history by being pioneers or have had to overcome substantial obstacles just to compete. I am giving special attention to Muslim sportswomen because they are comparatively small in number. I consider them extraordinary because of the many challenges they have to overcome....

Pakistan's Tribal Justice System Often A Vehicle of Revenge against Women

Pregnant Wife of Muslim Convert Charged With Terror Offence

Marseille Mob 'Attacks’ Police during Islamic Veil ID Check

Christian Nurses' 'Poisoning' In Pakistan, Impartial Inquiry Demanded

Waiting for Indian Nationality for 9 Years Pakistani Bride Learns Hindi And Punjabi

Pak Starlet in a Storm

Prosecutors Demand 20 Year Prison Term for Woman ‘Drunk Driver’

House of Baloch Poetess Raided By Pakistani Forces

Rural Pakistan Women Fear for Their Lives for Daring to Leave the Home and Work

Govt has taken steps for women's empowerment: PM Ashraf

Bangladesh Govt Should Be 'Sincere For Ensuring Women's Rights'

Fatima Jinnah Remembered As Role Model For Muslim Women

Women athletes aim to keep the spotlight post-Games

New TV Channel Run Exclusively By Fully Veiled Women

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Pakistan's Tribal Justice System Often A Vehicle of Revenge against Women 

 

Madras High Court Helps Muslim Girl to Live With Her Hindu Husband

Grief Gives Way To Anger for Families Who Lost Their Homes, And Their Way of Life

Life as a female in Saudi Arabia

Female Saudi judoka WILL fight in a hijab

Sherry discusses Pakistan-US ties with key American senator

Namibia Judge Backs Sterilised Women

Zambian woman gets 30-year RI in narcotics case

Arafat widow seeks French ‘assassination’ probe

Two women from Maoist Ayodhya squad surrender

Bihar Govt Wakes Up To the Plight of Conjoined Twins

Where is our Muhammad bin Qasim, asks Fouzia

Muslim Women Make History at London Olympics

Christian girls in Pakistan continue to be kidnapped, abducted and forcibly converted to Islam

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Madras High Court Helps Muslim Girl to Live With Her Hindu Husband

A Muslim Teen Appointed Youngest Village Head in Gujarat

A Giant Leap for Women, but Hurdles Remain

Woman Arrested For Killing Husband

Many Egyptian Women Fear for Future under Morsi Government

Life Tough for Pak's Future Women Judges

Nawaz Sharif's Daughter 'Proud' Of His Decision to Suspend Husband

Retired Muslim Woman Professor U of L Reveals the Feminist Side of the Quran

Two Women in Karachi Shot Dead

Top Saudi Shia Cleric's Wife passes away

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: A Muslim Teen Appointed Youngest Village Head in Gujarat

Saudi Arabia's Olympic Paradox: Insulting Women and Islam

Muslim Grandmother, 59, Kidnapped and Drugged Her Daughter for Family Honour, Jailed

Iraqi Gynaecologist Gets 3-Year Jail for Bid to Abort Pregnancy

Seven Teenagers Light Games’ Cauldron, Games Begin

Girls’ Torture: Accused under Psychiatric Evaluation

Women in Lebanon Feel Much Less Safe Than Men

Fight Over Islam, Money and Power Brings Violence to Volga

Reversal of Saudi Ban on Women Athletes is a Veil for Western Imperialism

Saudi women join opening ceremony for first time

Veiled Illusions in Abu Dhabi

Appeals Court Upholds Lifting Sisters In Islam's Book Ban

Zardari for Appointing Women as Top Judges

Muslim Women and the London Olympics: Series of Historic Firsts

Ramadan Reflection Day 8: The Women Who Shape Us

Aleppo braces for ‘mother of all battles’

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Muslim grandmother Shamim Akhtar

 
In Sudan, Women Being Stoned For Adultery
By New Age Islam News Bureau

In Sudan, Women Being Stoned For Adultery

Afghan Women Imprisoned For ‘Moral Crimes’

As NATO Pullout Looms, Afghan Women Face Uncertain Future

Egypt All-Veiled TV Aims to Cover Women's Needs

You Can't Use Sharia Law in Divorce Deal

Grim Statistics of Unsafe Abortions in Kenya

Women's Rights and the Dilemma of Arab Spring

Saudi women walk very different paths to become Muslim country’s 1st female Olympians

How Women Have Already Triumphed at the 2012 Olympics

Muslim Marriage Registrar: Lone Woman at Male Altar

Morocco female runner suspended from London Olympics over doping

Girls outshine boys in Rawalpindi Matric exams

After singing for 50 years, Pashto singer Zareen Jan is dead

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Afghan Women Imprisoned For ‘Moral Crimes’

Iran's 'No To Mandatory Hijab' Campaign Grows

Saudi Woman Can’t Wear Headscarf Rules Judo Federation

At Karachi Zoo, the Sight of a Woman Is More Exotic Than the Animals

The Legacy of Aqsa Parvez, And the Many Poisonous Definitions of ‘Honour’

Rohingyas Suffer Murder, Rape, Torture: Violence Survivor

Women Scarred & Wounded In Assam

Somalia Constitution Allows Abortion to Save Mom

Respect the Right of Muslim Women to Education

Gambia to Get Islamic Institute for Girls Education

Minor Girl Dies of Suffocation in Van during Load Shedding Protest

Miriam Ben-Porat, Israeli Judge and Civic Watchdog, Dies at 94

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Saudi Woman Can’t Wear Headscarf Rules Judo Federation

Gender Justice Jihad in Ramadan
By Adis Duderija, New Age Islam

Gender Justice Jihad in Ramadan
Adis Duderija, New Age Islam

Why is it that so many Muslim men are so insensitive to gender justice to the extent of branding those few Muslim men and many women who are as agents of “western” culture? Could this insensitivity in more extreme cases also explain the presence of misogynist thinking among some Muslim men and acts of abuse may that be in the context of marriage or parent-child relationship?

What good does the fasting during the month of Ramadan serve if we are not even sensitive (or choose to be insensitive) to the needs of our sisters in faith? Why do we easily fall for and unquestioningly accept facades and masquerades over essence and what really matters? My personal goal and wish is to spend the rest of this fasting month improving my own sensitivity to the other gender. I hope you will too....

Afghan Father Shoots Two Teenage Daughters in ‘Honour’ Killing

UP Village Girls Make a Bonfire of ‘Vulgar’ Jeans

Saudi Releases Al-Qaeda Linked Women Detainees

Caste panchayat strips, thrashes woman, lover

More Organisations Condemn Ban on Headscarf in Classrooms in Karnataka, India

London Bomber’s Widow Is Worlds ‘Most Wanted’

Saudi Women Send Letter to Muslim Clerics for Release of Prisoners

Afghan Couple Flees To Pakistan, Fearing Persecution

Iran's Women Dress Wars Expose Deep Divide

Muslims in South Florida include growing number of Hispanics

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: London Bomber’s Widow Is Worlds ‘Most Wanted’

And The Mirror Cracked From Side To Side
By New Age Islam News Bureau

And The Mirror Cracked From Side To Side

Woman minister gets wolf whistles in French parliament

Pakistani Woman Columnist praises Iran’s strong stance against US policies

Egyptian channel with veiled women launches broadcast

Standing up on her own From Edinburgh to Stockholm, Paris to London, San Francisco to Pakistan

Pakistan female athlete runs for dead friend

Muslim women face special challenges during Ramadan fast

6 Female Olympians To Watch in London

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: French Housing Minister Cecile Duflot

The Past Is an Obsession for the Daughters of the Desert
Rakshanda Jalil

Enormously depressing in one way, the three books are also, oddly enough, hugely uplifting. Displaced, deprived, discriminated, dispossessed these voices might be - weary from trading home-grown despots for foreign ones and vice versa - but each one of them is determined to be heard. The note of defiance, of speaking out, of bearing witness rings sharp and clear....

 

Muslim Body Flays Stalling of Minor Girl's Marriage

Muslim Woman seeks equal status among wives

‘Cultures are poles apart but united by dancing’

Indonesian Women Take Dating Into Their Own Hands

Saudi’s Olympic opening to women ‘small step’

Egypt's NCW blames Islamists for exclusion of women

We didn’t issue any ‘Talibani firmans’, say elders

Muslim Women Training for self-reliance

London Olympics Will Feature More Women Than Men For The First Time

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Muslim Woman

Muslims, Jews Women Work Together To Help Heal Wounds from Religious Conflicts

Indian State Minister Mohammad Azam Khan supports Restricting Freedom of Women

Bomb kills head of women’s affairs in Afghan east

British Feminist Gets a Real Taste of “Progressivism”

Canada Honours Muslim Woman by Appointing To The Order Of Canada

Non-Muslim Women Kept Out Of Waseela-E-Haq Programme

Women's Centre Is Struggling After 'Extremism' Claims Because Of Headscarves

Saudi's Olympic Opening to Women Highlights Wider Gender Battles In Saudi Kingdom

Quebec Muslim Activist First Woman Charged Under 9/11 Terror Laws

Fury over Rural Diktat Banning Women from 'Falling In Love'

France Continues Bias against Women Who Wear Hijab

Toronto Woman Denies Expulsion from Free Syrian Army

Church, State, Hijabs

Before Games, Wins for Women

Rights group urges Clinton to speak on women’s rights with Egypt president

Utah’s Muslim Athletes Game for the Ramadan Challenge

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: British Feminist Gets a Real Taste of “Progressivism”

 

Omerta reigns after honour killing in one of India’s Talibani pockets
Kunal Majumder

What was Manju’s crime? There are multiple versions: She eloped with a lower-caste boy; she liked wearing western clothes; she was sent back by her in-laws for being “ugly”, not bringing enough dowry, and having a “loose character”. Nobody knows the truth. Yet the caste panchayat has decreed that no one from the village will stand witness against Solanki and that Manju deserved her gruesome end....

Saudi Arabia to Send 2 Women Athletes to London Olympics
Sarah Attar

Women the main victims of anti-Muslim attacks in UK

German Chancellor signals religious tolerance in Indonesia

Women's Conference on Islamic Awakening wraps up

Women play role in Islamic Awakening's identity shaping: Velayati

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: 800-meter runner Sarah Attar

 

I agree with Nazia Jassim that “the oppressor is man, not Islam” (The Hindu, Open Page, May 27, 2012). In fact, it is Islam which liberated women from the brutality of patriarchal society and the shackles of cruel customs that had usurped their basic and fundamental rights of living. It is Islam which provided them several rights — right of inheritance, right to own property, right to education, right to trade and business, right of selection of the husband by free will and right of remarriage in case of his demise and right of divorce….

What Makes the Kashmir’s Fundamentalist Women So ‘Liberal’? They Actually Allow Their Fingers and Toes to Be Shown To the World
Madhav Nalapat

Credible reports say that more than a few women related to members of JIK actually allow their fingers and toes to be shown to the outside world. Worse, they sometimes colour their fingernails and toenails. If the purpose of such an unnecessary waste of dye is not to attract the attention of the opposite sex, what is it? The Jamaat-e-Islami Kashmir needs to ensure that any member of the feminine gender associated with it cover the entire hand and foot, including the nails. These can be sheathed in gloves and socks. However, the fabric for these ought not to be nylon, light cotton or any other cloth that permits the outline of the limb to be seen from the outside. The material should be of thickness enough to ensure that not a trace of the fingers and toes is visible, except as shapes through the cloth.

There are rumours that some ladies who claim to be supporters of the JIK actually put on perfume and talcum powder before going on an outing. While both perfume and talcum powder are permissible inside the home, provided the only males close by are the father, husband or son of the woman concerned, to wear perfume when going out is clearly indicative of a desire to attract the attention of males from categories that ought never to be attracted in the least. This is shocking. Reports are that more than a handful of female JIK supporters in Kashmir spray perfume or attar on themselves before stirring out of their homes....

Afghan Police Hunt Woman's Executioner, Taliban Militants

An Emirati Student Accused of Raping Woman

Baby in baggage; parents arrested

Gynaecologist on trial for attempted abortion

Tehran Hosts World Conference on Women and Islamic Awakening

NO ‘INDECENT’ Dress In Schools, Please: Tamil Nadu Directorate of School Education

Yes we fit! Sunita Williams tries out her space suit

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Afghan Police Hunt Woman's Executioner, Taliban Militants

 

In Niger, Hunger Crisis Raises Fears of More Child Marriages
Sudarsan Raghavan

“The fear is, if the food crisis continues, that more parents will use marriage as a survival strategy and that we’ll see more girls married before the age of 15,” said Djanabou Mahonde, the head of child protection at UNICEF. In a landlocked nation that has one of the world’s fastest-growing populations; the hunger crisis is the latest twist in Niger’s efforts to combat early marriages, a battle pitting modern values against centuries-old traditions....

 

Sharia-Friendly Swimwear Hits Indonesia's Mainstream

Bangladeshi Women Flourish, With Girls' Education a Top Priority

Peer Pressure Compels Teens, Women in Pakistan for Cosmetic Surgery

Sexual Safety Remains Elusive In Cairo for Women Journalists

Burqa Robber in Violent Jewel Heist

Still Fighting From Behind Bars for Helping an Imprisoned Muslim Cleric as a Defence Attorney

4 women killed in grenade attack in Khyber Agency

Woman NGO Worker Shot Dead In Restive Khyber Tribal Region

Women to Bring Peace and Security to the Middle East North Africa Region

Turkey's Islamic Govt Passes Law to Reduce Caesareans, Plans To Curb Abortions

Egyptian Women Worry about Rights under New Islamist President

Teen French Call Girl to a Recognised Figure in the Fashion Industry

Iranian-Born Israeli Music Icon Records Farsi Album in Outreach to Enemy Iran

Love-Struck Runaway Girl Traced To Fujairah Hotel

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Sexual Safety Remains Elusive In Cairo for Women Journalists

 

Pakistan the Worst Place To Be a Woman
Aisha Fayyazi Sarwari

When it comes to women’s rights in Pakistan, we have to fight first for their human rights. Particularly what makes the Pakistani woman vulnerable is the pervasiveness of religion in every part of civic life including the law and state. Armed with the fallacy that women are the honour of the tribe/country, men reign over them and decree all sorts of punishments. Although death is the extreme form of that, an equally harrowing punishment is seclusion and segregation, where their right to mobility is curtailed. When a woman cannot move, she certainly cannot run….

Abandoned, Aborted, or Left for Dead: These Are the Vanishing Girls of Pakistan
Hilke Schellmann and Habiba Nosheen

"Only for the first child [do] I tell them if it's a girl or a boy. But after that, if it's a boy, it's alright, but if it's a girl, I don't say anything," says Dr. Ain-ul-Ghazala, 58, another gynaecologist at the clinic. Zafar says she withholds the sex of female babies from expecting mothers, as the news will almost always lead to cries of sorrow....

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