congresswoman-elect Ilhan Omar, MN, (3rd L, front row) poses along with others
for the 116th Congress members-elect group photo on the East Front Plaza of the
US Capitol in Washington, DC on November 14, 2018. (AFP photo)
Elected Muslim Congresswoman Fights for Right to Wear Hijab in Congress
Number of Women Contest in Bahrain’s Local Elections
Minister Explains Why His Daughter Wears Niqab
Female Suicide Bomber Had Sworn Allegiance to ISIS, Says Minister
American Girl Arrives In Pakistan, Marries Lahore Man
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First Female Shariah High Court Judge Decides If Men Can Take a Second Wife
first female Shariah high court judge, Justice Nenney Shushaidah deals with
cases where men seek second marriages, BBC reported on Tuesday.
deals with more than five of such trials in a day and over 80 in a week. She
believes that in her capacity as a Shariah expert she can work towards
protecting women in Muslim-majority nations.
leads the bench in cases ranging from financial disputes to social issues,
often involving young Muslims but her expertise is mainly in child custody and
cases of polygamy- considered legal in Malaysia in adherence to the Shariah
codes. However, there are many factors she considers before ruling in favour of
a second marriage.
loved her husband and wanted me to grant him permission to marry a second wife.
So I did.”
rights group “Sisters in Islam” stressed that there is a dearth of female
representation in the courts and “strong sense of patriarchy” pervades in the
Sharia legal context in Malaysia not only selectively discriminates against
women, it vilifies them as the cause of social immoralities,” said spokesperson
Representative-Elect Ilhan Omar has announced she will challenge a 181-year-old
law that bans wearing headwear, including the Islamic hijab, in the United
States House of Representatives.
announced the decision on Saturday, voicing support for a Democrat proposal to
end the ban that was publicized last week.
rule change was proposed by former House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, ranking
member of the House Committee on Rules Jim McGovern and the Muslim
say the ban will be lifted to allow others to wear headgear on the floor based
on religious or medical considerations.
current laws of the House of Representatives prevent Ilhan from wearing hijab
as they oblige all members to be "uncovered" in order to enter the
building and address the floor. The ban was instituted in 1837 as to push back
against the British custom of wearing hats in parliament. The new rule would
clarify that religious head coverings, including Muslim head scarves (hijab),
are not included in this ban.
law was called into question after Omar and Rashida Tlaib succeeded in becoming
the first two Muslim women to be elected for the US congress after the recent
number of politicians from both sides of the aisle as well as numerous
organizations have backed the move.
support the effort to update this anachronistic policy and to bring the House
of Representatives into conformity with the Constitution and its existing
protection of religious freedom," said the Council on American-Islamic
Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy
head coverings, Sikh turbans, Jewish yarmulkes, and Mennonite bonnets are all
expressions of religious belief and are therefore already protected by the
First Amendment to the Constitution, which states that 'Congress shall make no
law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise
thereof,'" added CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.
previously a Somali refugee and a community activist, easily won over her
republican opponent Jennifer Zielinski after campaigning on a platform
promoting criminal justice reform, more accessible healthcare and the
abolishing of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
new hijab-wearing representative of Minnesota has, however, come under much
scrutiny for her position on Palestine and her recently announced support for
the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement, prompting many reactions on
hashtag campaign using #IStandWithIlhan was launched in her support last week.
is, nonetheless, not the first recent representative-elect to make headlines
newly elected New York City representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez drew much
attention in May for harshly criticizing Israel for the high number of
Palestinians killed during the weekly “Great March of Return” demonstrations.
months later and after facing much criticism, Cortez slightly backed down from
her past remarks, saying that "I am not the expert on geo-politics on this
backtracking has, however, led some observers to doubt whether the Democratic
Party can truly tolerate members promoting pro-Palestinian views.
will field a record number of women candidates in the upcoming parliamentary
and municipality elections to be held on November 24, although two of the three
incumbent female MPs have decided to opt out of this year’s race.
two women legislators, Dr. Jameela Al Sammak and Fatima Al Asfoor, have chosen
not to seek re-election, at least 41 women candidates are contesting in
parliamentary elections, while eight women have filed their candidacy in
candidates taking part in elections include eminent professionals and
celebrities in the island kingdom, including lawyers and even an Olympian and
Asian Games gold medalist.
those candidates running for parliament is Fawzia Zainal, who is contesting
elections for a third time, after having coming close to winning a seat in
2014. Zainal, who first ran for elections in East Riffa district, fell short of
a mere 288 votes in a run-off round against her male opponent in 2014.
2006, I ran against four men and came in second with 1,764 votes. In 2006, the
experience was still new for both myself and the voters where we were just
practicing getting familiar with elections and practicing the right to vote. I
received a lot of questions about my gender and people were still getting to
know who to pick the right candidate for their districts,” Zainal told Al
years later, electoral districts were re-drawn. Zainal’s district was
re-assigned to the Southern governorate (5th district). She had to wait until
2014 when voters no longer viewed gender as an issue for selecting candidates.
was a much closer race four years ago and I entered a run-off vote against my
male opponent. But this difference in votes was very small this time around,”
she said. The difference between her and Khalifa al-Ghanem was just 288 votes.
received 3,217 in the last elections. How could I deny the voters the trust
they placed in me and not try again. Many of them have been telling me that
third time’s a charm, I hope they are right,” she told Al Arabiya English.
other countries in the region, Bahrain has no quota for female representation
in parliament and many Bahrainis view such a system to be in contravention of
Bahrain’s constitution and the National Action Charter, a document passed in
2001 that set in motion a wide range of political, social and economic reforms
in the kingdom, which gained the approval of 98.4 per cent of the people in a
national referendum at the time.
say it has been a difficult road for women candidates as Bahrain’s previous
parliaments were dominated by Islamist parties from both the Sunni and Shiite
sects, which opted not to include women on their lists. In the first elections
of 2002, all 31 women candidates lost in the elections. In 2006, a total of 18
women candidates took part but only one candidate, Lateefa al-Gaood, won a seat
by default after her two male opponents dropped out of the race before election
day. She became the first woman in the Gulf Arab region to be elected to
parliament and was able to retain her seat four years later after running
unopposed once again.
three women won their seats by vote when Fatima Al Asfoor, Roua Al Hayki and
Jameela Al Sammak got elected in the Northern Governorate, an area of Bahrain
that has traditionally been among the most conservative in the country. In the
last election of 2014, 22 women contested and that number has doubled this year
women candidates stand in elections, but we don’t hear anything from them to
make us want to vote for them. This is partly because we are in a society where
men shout the loudest,” Mohammed Al Sayed, spokesperson for Citizens for
Bahrain – a group that monitors and analyzes elections as an independent
volunteer group, told Al Arabiya English.
need strong female candidates who are confident campaigners and have a lot of
active supporters campaigning on their behalf. We hope we see some strong women
deputies this year who set the example for the role Bahraini women can play in
the decision-making process – like some of the excellent women we have in the
Shura Council,” he added.
many believe women would fare better this year, the path to victory may not be
so easy. Unknown vandals have defaced and torn up billboards of Zainal
plastered on the walls in the Southern fifth district while other candidates
have complained of receiving online threats.
to the drama, incumbent Roua Al Hayki is pitted against two other women
candidates – Latifa Al Gaoud (a close relative of the senior al-Gaoud of the
same name) and Aalia Rashid Al Junaid. It is feared these women candidates may
split the female vote against their five male opponents.
the challenges, independent candidates including women are touted to succeed as
Bahraini analysts predict constituents will vote out incumbents. “Although
public opinion is difficult to gauge in Bahrain, the outgoing parliament is
said to be perceived as ineffective. Unlike previous parliaments, this one has
failed to question any cabinet ministers in an open session, exercise any
meaningful influence over government policy, or even hold the government to
account over the delivery of its program,” Hasan Alhasan, a PhD researcher at
King's College London, told Al Arabiya English.
it may seem like an uphill battle for some, Zainal says its high time women
shine this time around. “There are 47 of us running in both elections. We’re
hoping to increase our numbers and reflect proportionately the population of
Bahraini women. Hopefully, we can make it more than half this time around,” she
said laughing nervously.
Political, Legal and Security Minister Wiranto wrote a public letter on Monday
to respond to public comments after pictures were posted on social media of his
family during the funeral of his grandson, Achmad Daniyal Al Fatih, on Friday.
Wiranto’s daughter, Lia Wiranto, who lost her seventh child, a 15-month-old
toddler, was seen in a picture wearing a niqab. Next to her was the mourning
father, wearing a white Muslim turban.
funeral pictures made the rounds on social media, surprising some people that
the country’s top official on security, which deals with radicalism and terrorism,
would have a daughter and son-in-law wearing attire often associated with
radicalism and terrorism. The pictures also reminded some of Wiranto’s late
son, who went to South Africa to study the Quran and died there in 2013.
are the excerpts from his letter:
years ago, when my son, the late Zainal Nurizky, died while he was studying the
Quran in South Africa, some people said Wiranto’s son was a follower of radical
Islam, a terrorist cadre and other things. Under his own volition, he asked for
my permission to leave Gadjah Mada University, a very reputable institution,
because he was concerned with the young generation’s behaviour that did not
show exemplary character.
the internet, he chose an institution that did not have any political agenda, a
place to strengthen his understanding of the Quran, which put forward
brotherhood and peace. It was not a school for terrorists. Unfortunately, a
year into study, which was supposed to be for seven years, he died of an
illness, while he was reciting the holy verses. So when people derided him and
made slander, I just laughed, because I would not deign to respond to them.
when my grandson, Ahmad Daniyal Al Fatih died, his mother, father and older
siblings wore Muslim attire: Niqab and white turban, and many people were
surprised, social media was abuzz talking about them. Some were happy to see
them, some were insulting and casting prejudice. Some tried to relate [the
Muslim attire] with my position as the Coordinating Political, Legal and
allow my son and my grandson to meet Allah the Most Beneficent in peace, I
think it would not be wrong for me to explain about my family and the life
principles I taught them.
in 2018, I have devoted myself to the Mother Land for 50 years, 32 years in the
military and 18 years in politics and government. I have done a lot to protect
the country’s unity, sovereignty and dignity. Achievements, praise, slander and
insults, I have lost count of them but they do not dampen my love for this
country and my belief in the state ideology Pancasila, Saptamarga (soldiers'
oath), which have been in my body and soul.
that as the foundation, I taught them to feel a sense of belonging, to love, to
defend this country wherever they are, whatever they do, because they were born
and raised here, got their education and lived their life, even found their
resting place. "Don't mix religion with state ideology, don't exploit
religion for political gain and financial benefit. Learn about religion to
equip yourself in the afterlife and for the benefits of fellow humans, the
nation and state."
can wear anything you want as long as you are comfortable. But the most
important thing is don’t use your appearance only to show off about how Islamic
you are, because the depth of your religion is not measured by your clothes and
appearance, but mainly by your morals and behaviour.”
give my family the freedom to be anything they want as long as they don’t veer
off the principles I taught them. I always emphasized that they should do good
for the country, instead of making the country suffer.
have been lucky to receive the trust to become the Indonesian Military's chief,
but none of my children or my children-in-law followed my footsteps in the
military, or became a supplier of primary weapons systems. I founded the Hanura
Party, but none in the family have become the party's executives. Indeed, I
have asked them in earnest to not abuse my position for their personal
interests. I am grateful that at this moment, we, the whole family, can still
hold onto that principle.
thank anyone who has given their attention and prayers to me when my grandson
died. I hope all those would become the light for him when he meets God, the
Most Beneficent. Amen.
unemployed graduate who blew herself up in Tunisia’s capital last month had
sworn allegiance to ISIS extremist group, the interior minister said Monday.
Guebla detonated a bomb near police cars on the busy upmarket Avenue Habib
Bourguiba in central Tunis on October 29, killing herself and wounding 26
people, mostly police officers, Hichem Fourati told parliament.
had used “secret communication channels” to make contact with “terrorist
leaders inside and outside the country” and to swear allegiance to IS, he
said the 30-year-old had received online instructions on bomb-making from
“terrorist elements” based in the country’s mountainous east, the epicentre of
a long-running jihadist campaign of attacks targeting Tunisian security forces.
attack was the first to rock the Tunisian capital since 2015.
sources said the assailant appeared to have used a homemade bomb rather than an
who lived in a marginalized rural area in the eastern Mahdia region, was
studying for a doctorate and spent hours on the computer locked in her room,
but her family said there was no indication she was being radicalized.
her death, authorities found “a quantity of raw materials used in the
manufacture of explosives” at her house, Fourati said.
media have reported that her distraught family refused to receive the body and
did not attend her burial.
yet another case of an American arriving in Pakistan to marry a local, a
21-year-old woman has tied the knot with a 24-year-old Lahore man.
Angelo, travelled all the way from the US to meet the love of her life, Mohsin
Ali, in Gulshan-e-Ravi neighbourhood of the provincial metropolis.
duo had reportedly fallen in love after becoming friends on the social media.
Angelo also embraced Islam before formally entering her marital life.
this month, an American woman, 41, travelled all the way to meet the love of
her life, a 21 year old man from Sialkot. Helena fell in love with Kashif on
the social media and decided to tie the knot with the young man. The woman also
embraced Islam before beginning her marital life.
April, an Indian woman who came to Pakistan to attend the traditional Baisakhi
festival married a Pakistani man and embraced Islam.
her marriage, Kiran Bala’s name was changed to Amna Bibi, who said that she
wanted to tie the knot with Azam, a resident of Hanjarwal, Lahore, and that she
didn’t want to return to India.
on these grounds, Amna requested the authorities to extend her visa so that she
could stay in Pakistan. According to the woman, she also received assassination
threats following her marriage.
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