Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai can teach in the Canadian province of
Quebec if she removes her hijab, Quebec Education Minister Jean-Francois
Soccer Rejected As ‘Haram’ By Islamic Groups and Scholars in Aceh
Muslim Woman Asked To Vacate House After She Joins BJP
a Muslim Woman Challenge It': SC Dismisses Hindu Mahasabha Plea on Mosque Entry
Qaradawi’s Daughter Remanded In Egypt Again
Breaking Taboos, This Urdu Writer Helped Poor Women Gain Control over Their
of Women’ Motto Adopted By Saudi Arabia for Haj 2019
Women Ignore Barriers to Launch Businesses
by New Age Islam News Bureau
Malala Can Teach In Quebec If She Removes Hijab
Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai can teach in the Canadian province of
Quebec if she removes her hijab, Quebec Education Minister Jean-Francois
recently enacted Bill 21 that bans government employees from wearing religious
symbols when dealing with the public, including teachers, nurses and bus
posted a photo on Twitter Friday that showed him standing with the
hijab-wearing Pakistani activist, an honorary Canadian citizen. The picture was
taken at a G20 planning session they attended recently in France. Ironically,
the pair discussed access to education.
picture drew cries of hypocrisy and Twitter outrage, given the Bill 21 law.
Roberge, how would you respond if Mme Yousafzai wanted to become a teacher in
Quebec?” asked a reporter, Salim Nadim Valji, over Twitter.
responded to the question by saying it would be a “huge honour” if Malala
taught in Quebec, but as in other “open and tolerant countries, teachers can’t
wear religious symbols while they exercise their functions.”
survived a bullet in the head by the Taliban in 2012 for daring to speak out
for girls' education. The brazen attack on Yousafzai, who was 15 at the time,
sparked outrage in Pakistan and internationally.
you tell her that in Quebec, women dressed like Malala do not have access to
certain jobs in the public service? Thanks to your government,” another Twitter
user said in a post that reflected the posts of many.
late last month Roberge said while the law must be respected in schools, there
will be no inspectors sent around to enforce Bill 21.
legal challenge to Bill 21 has been launched by the Canadian Civil Liberties
Association and the National Council of Canadian Muslims.
groups contend that Bill 21 unfairly targets Muslim women.
as soccer fans around the world watched and celebrated the incredible
performances of the gifted athletes at this year’s recently concluded Women’s
World Cup (congrats Team USA!), Islamic organizations and ulema (Islamic
scholars) in the ultra-conservative region of Aceh in Indonesia have been
denouncing plans for a women’s soccer league in the region, arguing that women
playing soccer is haram (forbidden) under Islamic sharia law.
Ministry of Youth and Sports (Menpora) had previously announced plans to hold a
national-level U-17 women’s soccer competition at Perta Arun Gas Stadium in the
city of Lhokseumawe in Aceh from July to September of this year. But, last
Thursday, an organization calling itself the Communication Forum for Community
Organizations and Youth Organizations Guarding Islamic Law in the City of
Lhokseumawe came out to protest the competition, saying that soccer violates
the dignity of Acehnese women.
league under the Indonesian Ministry of Youth and Sports is very contrary to
the dignity, virtue and honor of Acehnese women,” one of the group’s
representatives, Teungku Sulaiman Lhokweng, said on Thursday as quoted by
protesters asked that Menpora and the Indonesian Student Football League Agency
(BLiSPI) cancel the competition in Aceh, and also demanded apologies from the
urge BLiSPI to openly apologize to the people of Aceh because their actions
have hurt our feelings and local wisdom by exploiting Acehnese women in the
field of soccer,” Sulaiman continued.
group’s calls were quickly reiterated by the Aceh Ulama Consultative Assembly
(MPU), considered the highest clerical body in the region, which declared women
playing soccer to be haram. An MPU representative, Teungku Faisal Ali, told
Viva that in Acehnese culture, soccer is a sport that is generally only played
by men, because women who play are in danger of showing their “aurat” (parts of
the body that need to covered in Islam) by displaying their bodies and being
watched by a large group of people.
acknowledged that soccer was played by women openly in other parts of
Indonesia, but said such a thing was not yet possible in Aceh.
may be different from other regions, soccer in other regions are sometimes held
on a closed field, with female referees, female line judges, female viewers.
But not us (in Aceh), we are not ready for that,” he said.
in actuality, there are already numerous women’s soccer teams in Aceh. In fact,
the weekend prior (June 29-30), four U-17 women’s teams from Langsa, Banda
Aceh, Lhokseumawe, and Central Aceh had competed for the chance to represent
their region in the planned national tournament, with the Langsa team emerging
Aceh selection coordinator Ishak Rizal said that they had not received any
rejection from the local community previously and said that the players wore
uniforms that were compliant with sharia law.
used] sharia and Muslim clothing that also covered their aurat more neatly than
other sports. There was no rejection of the tournament,” Ishak said Friday as
quoted by Kumparan.
that, the same day Ishak issued a statement on behalf of the BLiSPI selection
committee, saying they “apologized profusely” if they had acted in a way that
was contrary to the values of Islam”.
there has been no official announcement regarding whether the U-17 national
competition will still take place in Aceh, it seems unlikely after MPU declared
it haram and prominent Aceh politicians said they would demand that Menpora
is the only region of Indonesia that has special autonomy from the national
government to implement explicitly sharia-based laws such as public canings for
adulterers and those criminalized for their sexual orientation.
has also been much in the news recently over the regional government’s
controversial proposal to legalize and regulate the practice of polygamy, a
proposal Aceh politicians argue is needed to protect women’s rights but which
women’s rights activists say will only hurt their position in society.
Muslim woman in Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh was asked to vacate the house by her
landlord after she joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), news agency ANI
reported. The woman has been identified as Gulistana. She joined the BJP
officially on Saturday, the day Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the BJP’s
nationwide membership drive.
to Gulistana, she lives in a rented house in ADA Colony. The owner of the house
also is a Muslim. Gulistana said that she joined the BJP on Saturday at an
event organised by the BJP Mahila Morcha’s Mahaveer Ganj Mandal unit at
Raghunath Palace in the city. She and a few others joined the saffron party in
the presence of BJP’s women wing leader Rumi Asif Khan.
photo of the event was published in local newspapers on Sunday. When
Gulistana’s landlord came to know that she has joined the BJP through media
reports, he misbehaved with her and then asked her to move out of the house
immediately. Reports even say that Gulistana and her child were assaulted by
the owner and his family.
joined BJP yesterday, when my landlord came to know of it she misbehaved with
me and asked me to vacate immediately,” Gulistana said, adding that she
reported the matter to the police.
Kulhary, Senior Superintendent of Police, Aligarh, informed that the matter was
brought to the notice of police and a case has been registered against the
landlord. The accused has been identified as Sultan. His wife Madina was also
booked by the police under relevant sections.
facie it appears that the mother of the landlord had demanded Rs 4,000 from
Gulistana for an electricity bill, following which they had an argument over
Gulistana joining a political party. A case has been registered against the
owner of the house,” he said.
Modi launched the BJP’s membership drive on Saturday from Varanasi,m his Lok
Sabha constituency. The saffron aims to add over 2.2 crore or 20% more workers
to its strong base of 11 crore, making it the largest political party in the
Delhi: The Supreme Court has dismissed a petition filed by the Akhil Bharat
Hindu Mahasabha seeking an order to permit Muslim women to enter mosques and to
ban the purdah.
to LiveLaw, while dismissing the order, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi remarked,
“Let a Muslim woman challenge it.”
special leave petition was filed by the president of the Kerala unit of the
Hindu Mahasabha, whose petition was previously dismissed by the Kerala high
court in October 2018. The Supreme Court referred to the high court’s judgment
while dismissing the plea.
original petition was filed before the Kerala HC soon after the Supreme Court’s
historic judgment allowing women of all ages to enter the Sabarimala temple.
the Mahasabha’s plea, the Kerala high court dubbed it as a “publicity
exercise“. It also noted that there was a lack of “substantial evidence of the
claim that women were being denied entry into mosques”. Observing that the apex
court’s Sabarimala ruling would not be applicable in this case, the high court
said if Muslim women felt discriminated against, they were “free to move the
the issue of purdah, the petition claimed that it has enabled “anti-social
elements” to misuse it and commit crimes. This encroached the personal liberty
of Muslim women and social security, it said.
Kerala HC was not conviced about the locus standi of the petitioner. “The
averments in the writ petition do not suggest that the petitioner is a person
who should be ordinarily concerned with the rituals and practises of Islamic
religion and, in particular, the alleged denial of entry of Muslim women in
masjids. He has also not satisfactorily established his credentials as a person
who has a history of espousing such causs before superior courts in our
country,” it noted.
April this year, the Supreme Court issued notices to the Centre, the Waqf Board
and the All India Muslim Personal Law Board in another PIL filed by a
Pune-based Muslim couple seeking to uphold the right of Muslim women to enter
mosques and offer namaz. The petitioners said that the authorities at the
Mohmdiya Jama Masjid in Pune denied permission for women to enter and pray in
the mosque, because such a practice did not exist. The Supreme Court noted that
it was hearing the plea “only because of the Sabarimala verdict”, which was
cited in the PIL.
daughter of world-renowned Egyptian born and Qatar-based scholar, Prof Dr Yusuf
Al-Qaradawi has started a hunger strike following Egyptian prosecutors decision
to ascribe new charges. 
al-Qaradawi has now been held for more than two years. She was taken into
custody again on Thursday just a few hours after she was released from a
Egyptian security forces arrested Ola al-Qaradawi and her husband Hossam Khalaf
in early July 2017. They were later accused of having links to the Egyptian
Muslim Brotherhood. She had been held in solitary confinement in al-Qanaater
Women’s Prison. Human rights organisation, Amnesty International has already
concluded that the way the Egyptian state has dealt with her case amounts to
torture by international standards. 
Qaradawi who is the former Chairman of the International Union of Muslim
Scholars, has protested the injustice that she has been suffering, and how his
heart burns at her being subjected to a “deliberately slow execution”.
Qaradawi said: “For an entire year in solitary confinement, in one of the
world’s worst prisons, my daughter Ola al-Qaradawi has been subjected to
terrible treatment in her tragic imprisonment. This unceasing abuse and
humiliation is a deprivation of her most basic rights.”
Qaradawi addressed his daughter in a letter saying:
my daughter I have not forgotten what you look like, and I still remember you
in my mind, and I ask Allah in my supplications, prayers, and in my seclusion
that He saves you from these oppressors, and every father feels the pain of his
heart burning and making his eyes overflow whenever his daughter suffers an
injustice or transgression”. 
to Egyptian law, these fresh charges on Ola al-Qaradawi means that she could
potentially be held again for another two years in pre-trial conditions.
lawyer, Ahmed Magdi, said that Ola had begun a hunger strike again to protest
against the Egyptian authorities’ decision. Ola’s daughter, Aayah said that her
mother has “reached the point where she is not able to take it any more…She’s
been in solitary confinement for the past two years; she’s not even in contact
with other prisoners,” 
Qaradawi in his letter said:
is how an innocent person in Egypt is thrown into prison, and this is how they
are consigned to their oppression” adding “If I thought that putting in an
appeal to them (the Egyptian authorities) would have worked, I would have done
so, but they are completely heartless with rotten organs. Allah has removed
mercy from their hearts, and their morals from their behaviours, while all of
this is the case, I resort only to Allah who has lordship over the heavens and
the earth, and sufficient is Allah as a guardian.”
free person in this world should do what they are able to do save you and the
tens of thousands of other unjustly imprisoned individuals from the abuse and
oppression. So, to Allah is my complaint, and there is no power or ability to
do anything except with Allah the Majestic, and I place you and your husband in
the trust of Allah in who trust is never misplaced.”
is amongst thousands of others that have been put into solitary confinement and
even denied much needed medical assistance as prisoners health rapidly
deteriorates over the years. Since the 2013 military coup, the regime has
cracked down on all channels of legal dissent and opposition, arresting many
supporters of Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood, and those who are simply against
the military coup, with many more being killed. The regime has systemically
tortured many political prisoners and has denied them the right to fair
representation and a fair trial.
From being a special education teacher to winning the Lifetime Achievement
Award from the Telangana State Urdu Academy for her contribution to promotion
of Urdu language through informative articles, 64-year-old Farida Raj has
traversed a long and arduous but satisfying journey in her endeavour to empower
encounter with a Muslim woman in the mid-90s helped Farida find her life’s
all odds, Farida decided to wield the pen to help her fellow women gain control
over their lives. “I used to cater to children with learning disabilities and
cerebral palsy, and I knew the importance of genetic counselling. I settled in
Hyderabad post marriage and used to visit the National Institute of Mental
Health (NIMH). One day, I saw a lady there with a baby who was mentally
challenged. The baby was her seventh child and all her other children had the
same problem too. I found that the woman had never gone for genetic counselling
as she was unaware of such a thing. The woman belonged to a poor Muslim family
in Musheerabad,” Farida, who was born and brought up in Mumbai, told TOI.
encounter prompted Farida to reach out to such women to go for genetic
counselling before conceiving another child. “The articles in Urdu papers for
women were either about cookery or beauty tips. So, I decided to reach out to
them and the best medium was the newspaper,” said the wife of former cricketer
Vijay Mohan Raj, said.
began writing for the Urdu daily Siasat, which she says, was quite a challenge
even though she spoke the language. “There were times when a reader didn’t even
buy the paper because it had a piece written by me on subjects considered
taboo,” she said.
also organises lectures by oncologists about cancer and has taken to writing on
children and dyslexia.
have written two books on dyslexia. Last year, Cambridge published one of my
books,” she signs off.
Saudi Arabia adopting equality of women as one of its motto in hosting the
pilgrims, this year’s Haj has become very special for women. Not only this, but
the Haj authority is also encouraging Digital India by introducing the Haj app,
that will provide all sorts of help to the Haj pilgrims. This was announced by
Indian Ambassador Dr. Ausaf Sayeed at a press conference along with Consul
General Md. Noor Rahman Sheikh to give a brief about ongoing Indian Haj
operation in Saudi Arabia.
app will not only ensure smooth Haj operation but is also programmed to receive
the feedback and grievances. The app is named Indian Haj Information Service
and is designed to help pilgrims go on a hassle-free Haj and to receive their
suggestions for the betterment of service. Ambassador Sayeed said that 101
women officials out of the total 625 from various ministries have been deputed
on temporary duty to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj season.
have set up an exclusive office and dispensary which is manned by lady staff
itself for single women pilgrims, above age 45, coming for Haj”, the ambassador
added. Also, Saudi Arabian sim cards are being provided to the pilgrims in
India itself, which they can activate once they reach the country.
a rule modification for the period 2018 to 22, which allowed single muslim
women above the age of 45 to apply for Haj, in a bid to empower them, more
women have enrolled themselves to go for Haj without a Meharam. A Meharam in
Islam is a person in front of whom, a woman can take off her hijaab. A woman’s
Meharam can be the person related to her through close blood relations, or the
one related to her by marriage or through breastfeeding.
this, a number of applications came in for women who would travel without
Mehrams. In 2018, 1340 women had applied to visit Saudi without a Mehram. This
year, the number has gone up to 2340. The largest number of women who are
travelling to Saudi for Haj without Meharam come from Kerala this year too.
Last year 1124 woman pilgrims and this year, 86% of women travelling to Saudi
without Meharam are from Kerala. Haj is considered to be one of the five
pillars of Islam. Every Muslim is expected to perform Hajj at least once in
their lifetime, if they can afford to.
2 lakh pilgrims are expected to go for Haj this year. Out of these, 1.4 lakh
are travelling through government agency HCL and the others are travelling
through private Haj operators.
care also has been taken for the health of the pilgrims. Health status and
medical condition of pilgrims is being stored online at e-MASIHA (Medical
Assistance System for Indian-Hajis abroad) The data will be used to provide
proper medical treatment to the pilgrims as they approach Indian medical
facilities for any issue.
started reducing the value of Libyan assistant professor Seham Saleh’s
state-paid earnings. So, she started selling drawings over the internet to help
joins a growing number of Libyan women launching businesses in the conservative
Arab nation. Limitations on personal and family earnings and years of political
chaos have forced many women to look for more work.
has a market for locally-produced goods. The economy is mostly controlled by
the government. It employs most adults under a structure set up by former
leader Muammar Gaddafi, who was removed from power and killed in 2011.
are the traditional main earners. But, a United Nations study reported that, as
of 2015, about 30 percent of women were in the labor force.
told the Reuters news service that she cannot live on her expected earnings of
about $256 from her job as an assistant professor. So she has been selling
drawings of people in Libyan clothes or other objects she created on a
God...people wanted to buy the products,” she said. She also does freelance
work as building designer.
was once one of the wealthiest countries in the region. But the chaos and civil
war that took place after the fall of Gaddafi has caused the country’s quality
of life to worsen. Little is now produced in Libya other than oil. Even milk is
imported from Europe.
inflation over the last four years has seen real earnings lose more than half
of their buying power. And the country’s money, known as the dinar, has sharply
lost exchange value since last September.
severe lack of cash means public workers often do not get their earnings paid
out in full. Lenders have no cash deposits because many people prefer to hold
their cash themselves, rather than deposit it in a bank.
Khoja is the head of a Libyan women’s business support organization called the
Jusoor Center for Studies and Development. Khoja says women rarely had jobs
outside of fields such as teaching, although the need for greater family
earnings has changed the situation.
center has trained about 33 would-be businesswomen and provides legal advice.
It also offers office space to women who are unable to pay for their own.
Saleh’s “Naksha” art business is in its early stages. But others, such as Najwa
Shoukri’s business, are growing fast. Shoukri started designing clothes from home
in 2016. Now she is selling them over the internet.
with five other women, she has a workshop selling 50 pieces of clothing a
month. She plans to open a store next year on Jaraba Street. That is the main
clothing sales area in Tripoli.
make the store a success her production would have to rise to 150 pieces a
month. Her brother and family have added to investments worth 10,000 dinars.
biggest difficulties for new businesses are legal barriers and the lack of an
electronic payment system.
Libyan business laws go back to the 1960s and are aimed at big corporations
such as oil companies, not small businesses. Under these rules companies need
to deposit thousands of dinars.
do not give loans, which stops projects and makes them unable to grow or employ
other women and young people,” Khoja said.
this did not stop Mayaz Elahshmi from starting a business recently. She is
training women to fix computers and other devices.
is big demand as many women are reluctant to go to a phone shop where men work,
as they have personal files on their phones,” she said.
people came to her first training meeting, each paying 30 dinars.
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