is currrently pursuing a Bachelor of Social Science with a Major in Psychology
and a Minor in Social Policy at University of Waikato. — Pictures by Ahmad
Divorced, Forced To Leave Home over Burnt Chapatti
Miss Universe Hopeful Paves the Way for Malay Muslim Women in Hijab
Controversy - Amasa Firdaus, Others Called to Bar
Denies Muslim Woman Maintenance under Hindu Law
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Under Islamic Law, Marriage of Child Bride in Kelantan Still Valid
July 10 ― The marriage between the 41-year-old rubber dealer and the
11-year-old Thai national remains valid under Islam even after the man was
fined RM1,800 by the Gua Musang Shariah Subordinate Court.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said Putrajaya is powerless
to nullify the marriage because Kelantanese Islamic laws allow children under
16 to get married with the permission of a Shariah Court judge.
it is not valid but under Islamic laws it is,” Dr Wan Azizah, who is also
minister of women, family and community development, told reporters here.
Mohd Karim Che Hamid was fined for two charges of unauthorised marriage and
unapproved polygamy in relation to the case, which has sparked nationwide
report by Berita Harian published yesterday said Gua Musang Shariah Subordinate
Court judge Surbaineey Hussain imposed a fine of RM900 on for each of the two
charges. The man pleaded guilty to both.
41-year-old is now required to register his marriage in Kelantan to have it
validated, but will have to seek permission from a Shariah Court judge for
Wan Azizah on Sunday said the authorities are “closely” monitoring the case
amid ongoing investigation, and today said the government is “working” with the
National Fatwa Council to push the age limit for marriage to 18.
will engage them and try to have them push the age limit for marriage to 18,”
she said in response to press queries on whether or not the new administration
plans to table anti-child marriage laws.
observers and child rights groups said the controversy surrounding child
marriages highlights the complicated nature of a federalised Islamic legal
system, where each state is governed by its respective regulations pertaining
the federal level, authorities are unable to act on the 41-year-old or cancel
the marriage because he has not violated any federal laws.
man wedded the girl in Southern Thailand.
Azizah today said the RM1,800 fine on the rubber dealer was a “slap in the
wrist”, but at the same time expressed hope that the penalty could be
translated as the Court’s disapproval of the marriage.
hope with the penalty the court would hold him on to it and explain,” the
deputy prime minister said, referring to the requirement for a Shariah Court
judge to write in clear terms the reasons for approving an under-aged marriage.
woman, who got married last year, also alleged that her husband had inflicted
burn injuries on her.
woman has complained to the police that she was given triple talaq and forced
to leave her husband's house because the chapati she had prepared got burnt.
The incident took place in Pahretha village of Mahoba district in Uttar Pradesh
and it came to light after the 24-year-old woman registered a complaint with
the police on Sunday, senior police officer Banshraj Yadav said. On the basis of
her complaint, a case of domestic violence will be registered the husband, he
said. The woman, who got married last year, also alleged that her husband had
inflicted burn injuries on her with cigarettes three days before 'divorcing'
her by way of triple talaq, the police said.
Supreme Court had on August 22 last year struck down triple talaq, calling the
practice unconstitutional and in violation of Article 14 of the Constitution,
which provides for equality before the law.
"triple talaq" bill has not been cleared by the Rajya Sabha yet.
top court's verdict vindicates the stand of the government, which had said
"triple talaq" violates fundamental rights of women. Several Muslim
women who have been divorced because of it, including on Skype and on WhatsApp,
had appealed to the top court to end the practice.
of the five judges hearing the case said it is unconstitutional; the other two
wanted it banned for six months till the government introduces new legislation.
The majority opinion held that "triple talaq" "is not integral
to religious practice and violates constitutional morality".
JAYA, July 11 — It may be a move that may not go down well among some
conservatives, but Nurul Zuriantie Shamsul hopes more Muslim women will
participate in beauty pageants in the future.
20-year-old who is currently taking her Bachelor of Social Science with a Major
in Psychology and a Minor in Social Policy at the University of Waikato, made
headlines last month when she secured her position as a Top 20 finalist of Miss
Universe New Zealand.
is the first Muslim contestant in hijab in the history of the New Zealand
competition and only the second in the history of the Miss Universe
Nurul, who was born in Bandar Baru Ampang and moved to New Zealand with her
family when she was just five. Her father who sought greener pastures, became a
halal slaughterman at Silver Fern Farms which supplies free-range lamb, beef
and venison cuts in New Zealand.
to Malay Mail in a recent interview in Kuala Lumpur on a short trip “home”,
Nurul said she was inspired by Somali-American, Halima Aden, who became the
first Muslim to wear a hijab and burkini in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant last
the same year, Muna Jama competed in the Miss Universe Great Britain competition,
choosing to wear a kaftan during the swimsuit section of the competition.
messaged me and put my story on her Instagram. That was amazing as I look up to
her for what she has accomplished.
Halima and Muna paved the way for Muslim girls to enter the Miss Universe
competition. If it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t be where I am right now.”
with Nurul making it three to reach this stage of the competition, her message
to Malay-Muslim women in hijabs is to be brave and compete.
Muslim women out there, if the three of us could do it, you could do it too.”
it may seem shallow for some to compete in a beauty pageant, Nurul said there
needs to be more motivation than mere vanity.
me, Miss Universe is so much more than just about it being all about me. I
entered for all Muslim girls out there so that they could fit within the ideas
of what beauty really is.
so much more than physical beauty. It’s about having respect for yourself and
father was initially angry over her participation when he found out, after she
made the Top 20 cut.
told my mother when I was in the Top 50 but I refrained from telling my
father,” she said.
my father knew, he was angry with my decision and thought that I would be
wearing a swimsuit and removing my hijab during the competition.
I told him that I don’t need to wear swimsuits for the competition. I even
showed him an email from the organisers stating that I didn’t need to wear
of the customary swimsuit parade, the organisers of Miss Universe New Zealand
held a calendar shoot for contestants in swimwear, and Nurul wore modest Muslim
swimwear from the organisers.
in New Zealand accept diversity,” she said. “I have never encountered any problems,
disturbances or difficulties while wearing the hijab.”
really hope my participation in Miss Universe will open doors in the future for
more Muslim Malay women in hijabs,” she said.
Nurul hopes Malaysians will vote for her in the Miss Universe New Zealand
competition as public votes makes up for 50 per cent of the overall score
leading up to the grand finale at Auckland’s Sky City on August 4.
can vote for Nurul via this link:
Controversy - Amasa Firdaus, Others
Called to Bar
Nigerian Law School on Tuesday said 1,550 students were successful after the
April 2018 Bar final examinations while their success rate is put at 68.6 per
school also called to the Bar 12 other graduates from the previous 2018 final
the 12 graduates is Firdausa Amasa, the law graduate who challenged the
restriction on the use of hijab during call-to-bar ceremonies.
will be recalled that Ms Amasa was in December denied entry into the hall for
the ceremony which took place at the International Conference Centre, Abuja,
for refusing to remove her hijab.
recent development has attracted commendations and jubilation from Islamic
organisations, among which is the Muslim Students' Society of Nigeria, Lagos
State Area Unit.
a statement by its Amir (President), Saheed Ashafa, the MSSN Lagos said that
allowing Ms Amasa to be called to the bar would encourage Muslim females to be
dedicated to their academics.
said: "This is a welcome development. We hope that as time goes on, we
will get something better. The use of hijab is not only constitutional but also
mandatory for all Muslim females.
law school has shown enough maturity in this matter by calling Amasa to bar
with her hijab. Not allowing her would have been a breach of her right, an
injustice and would send a bad signal that the justice house is ill. It will
also be counterproductive to the agenda of the federal government to encourage
girl-child education. The victory of Amasa would encourage other females to
pursue any course of their choice without of being victimised.
urge other institutions having cases to determine relating to hijab to follow
this step, it is practical enough. The hijab is not a harmful outfit. It is
mandatory for every female Muslim. Denying it means the denial of the Muslim
females of their fundamental human right, which is against the 1999
Constitution of Nigeria (as amended)."
subsequently said that Ms Amasa deserved to be celebrated, adding that she
demonstrated a heroic act by fighting for the freedom of other Muslims.
Director-General (DG) of the school, Isa Ciroma, said the performance of the
graduands was justified.
director-general said that the members of staff of the school had closely
monitored the aspiring lawyer during their training and their records, perused
by the screening committee and found them worthy to be called to the Bar.
speaking, the Chairman of the Body of Benchers, Bashir Dalhatu, admonished the
graduands to abide by the rules and provisions of the profession, adding that
it law sacrosanct and required strict adherence at all times.
Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee has been carrying out its mandate in
a just and fair manner without giving room for compromise, affection or
ill-will," he added.
Madhya Pradesh high court has ruled that maintenance under Hindu Marriage Act
is substantive right of a wife but under Muslim law, a woman has the right to
sue her husband for maintenance only if he neglects or refuses to maintain her
without any lawful cause.
this, Justice Vandana Kasrekar overturned the order of a lower court, which had
allowed application of a Muslim woman for interim maintenance under Section 24
of Hindu Marriage Act.
Hasan had filed the application for interim maintenance in the court of civil
judge, Sirmaur (Rewa district), when the judge was hearing her husband’s
petition for restitution of conjugal rights since she was living separately.
Kaneez sought maintenance and legal expenses under section 24 of Hindu Marriage
Act. The trial court ordered the husband to pay Rs 2,500 a month as maintenance
though his counsel argued that the duo is governed by Muslim Law and
maintenance can’t be granted under Hindu Marriage Act. The husband challenged
it in high court. Kaneez’s counsel argued that the trial court’s order was
“proper and just” as it is empowered under Section 151 CrPC to grant such
relief. After hearing arguments, the judge said: “Both the parties in the case
are Muslims. Under Muslim law, there is no provision for awarding maintenance
pendente lite (during pendency of case), it’s only provided under Hindu
Marriage Act. However, if the wife wants interim maintenance, she is entitled to
file an application under Section 125 of CrPC before a family court.”
to a Bombay high court order in the case of Shabbir Ahamed Sheikh, the judge
said, the right to sue for maintenance is given to the wife under Muslim law
only if her husband neglects her or refuses to maintain her, while in Hindu
Marriage Act, it’s the “substantive right of a woman, which her status as wife
automatically bestows on her”.
to Kaneez’s case, the judge said that her husband had filed a case for
restitution of conjugal rights because he wished to live with his wife. Though
she says she was ill-treated by her husband and driven out of the house, she
will have to establish it in court to get a maintenance decree and not under
Hindu Marriage Act or Section 151 CrPC, Justice Kasrekar said.
The authorities in Saudi Arabia has deported a man for appearing in shorts in
the women’s room of a fitness club.
to the Arab media, the government took notice when a picture of a man in shorts
standing in front of a woman went viral on social media.
person was not only deported, but the government also ordered to shut down the
can be seen in the picture that a man in shorts is standing while a veiled
woman is sitting behind him.
woman clicked the picture and later posted it on Twitter which then went viral.
Saudi Ministry of Labour and Social Development took notice of the matter which
resulted in the deportation of the person wearing the shorts.
for the first time, the women’s rights committee of the European Parliament
discussed the situation of Muslim women in Europe, including dress restrictions
and how recent developments have undermined women’s rights. A collective of
more than 100 Muslim women are responding by calling for a real European model
of inclusion and pluralism that ensures everyone can have access to employment
and education and that doesn’t place an extra burden on women.
to a recent report by the Open Society Justice Initiative, nearly one in three
EU member states have placed legal restrictions on Muslim women’s dress at
either local or national level. In addition, bans on headscarves and other
Muslim women’s dress by both businesses and public institutions have been
increasingly reported in nearly half of the EU countries. This has resulted in
preventing these women from accessing jobs. How can this be seriously
reconciled with EU principles of non-discrimination and gender equality?
there is hope for an inclusive Europe as in most countries, proposals for legal
bans have been rejected either by legislators or by the courts. This means that
there are many people fighting back against attempts to stigmatise and
discriminate against Muslim women, including strong civil society campaigns.
is all the more important as analysis shows that many of these bans on
religious dress, although framed as though they apply to all religious groups
equally, in fact clearly and visibly target Muslim women. Indeed, restrictions
are often adopted after heated debates on Muslim women’s dress and the presence
of Muslims in Europe. The ‘neutrality’ argument is used frequently only as an
attempt to legally discriminate against Muslim women. In addition, many
far-right parties are increasingly pushing for these bans, using Islamophobic
neutrality remains a key principle for our societies, we cannot disconnect its
current usage and restrictive policies from the context of generalised
suspicion against Muslims, the disproportionate impact of these restrictions on
women and the structural dimension of exclusion which has an impact on other
areas of life and on how society perceives Muslim women.
is crucial to be politically bold and embrace diversity by ensuring that all
can contribute to our societies with their multiple identities. Inclusive and
positive approaches need to be chosen over exclusion and limitations on
fundamental rights. This will be a powerful way to counter the most xenophobic
parties gaining power in several European countries.
are already many positive examples of both private and public employers that
have made the choice of inclusion and that are increasingly influencing policy
and legal developments in different EU countries. We hope countries and private
entities which have adopted a restrictive approach will now follow suit.
member states should assess the specific effects of rules on religious dress in
public and private institutions on Muslim women. They should also ensure that
practices and policies promote fully inclusive workplaces, places of education
and public spaces, including by rejecting any new proposals to ban religious
clothing in employment and institutions. Why has it been so hard so far to
choose inclusion over exclusion in support of women’s emancipation?
the face of the worrying situation of exclusion targeting a specific group of
women in Europe, the European Parliament’s discussion supports the broader
feminist solidarity with Muslim women that is gaining ground in Europe. At a
time when Muslim women are also victims of violent sexist and racist attacks,
we need to acknowledge that the structural discrimination they experience is
feeding into racism and sexism.
1. Julie Pascoët, European Network against
2. Lila Charef, Collective against Islamophobia
3. Chafika Attalai, Collective against
Islamophobia in Belgium
4. Rokhaya Diallo (France)
5. Arzu Merali, Islamic Human Rights Commission
6. Marianne Vorthoren, Stichting Platform
Islamitische Organisaties Rijnmond (Netherlands)
7. Ikrame Faris, Stichting Platform
Islamitische Organisaties Rijnmond (Netherlands)
8. Siham Harcha, Stichting Platform
Islamitische Organisaties Rijnmond (Netherlands)
9. Rhariba Tlaqui, Stichting Platform
Islamitische Organisaties Rijnmond (Netherlands)
10. Berna Toprak
11. Kahina Rabahi, European Network of Religion
12. Layla Azzouzi, Collective against
Islamophobia in Belgium
13. Esmaa Alariachi, Al Nisa (Netherlands)
14. Saida Derrazi, Emcemo and Collective against
Islamophobia and Discrimination (Netherlands)
15. Nawal Mustafa
16. Nadia Khedachi, Forum of European Muslim
Youth and Student Organisations
17. Hajar El Jahidi, European Forum of Muslim
18. Hande Taner, Forum of European Muslim Youth
and Student Organisations
19. Ndella Paye
20. Ibtissam Abaaziz, Stichting Meld Islamofobie
21. Hiba Latreche, Etudiants Musulmans de France
22. Hassiba Kechiche, Forum of European Muslim
Youth and Student Organisations
23. Camilya Othmani
24. Dr. Lara-Zuzan Golesorkhi, With or without
25. Nora Akachar
26. Esra Farag-Nous, Women United
27. Olga Vos
28. Nesrine Tanane, The Beautyness
29. Loubna Bouzaidi
30. Saloua Assegaf
31. Sandra Doevendans, Hollandse Liedfe
32. Rahma Esther Bavelaar, Stichting Meld
33. Jamila Faloun
34. Jennifer Nowe, Collectif Les Cannelles
35. Ihsane Haouach, Collectif Les Cannelles
36. Ibtissam Mossaoui
37. Najoua Admi
38. Horia El Ghanouti, Al Nisa (Netherlands)
39. Angela Alaidrus, Al Nisa (Netherlands)
40. Hanane Idlamine, Collectif Les Cannelles
41. Ibtissa El Adlouni
42. Sandra Iman Pertek, European Forum of Muslim
43. Ouafa Lakhal, European Forum of Muslim Women
44. Mahinur Ozdemir, Collectif Les Cannelles
45. Houraye Sakho
46. Kim Lecoyer, Karamah EU
47. Fadoua Falloun
48. Mirjam Laafou
49. Nadia Aknouch
50. Fatima Akchar
51. Fatin Kichouhi
52. Rabiaa El Ousrouti
53. Jasmina Faloun
54. Sara Kichouhi
55. Imane Kichouhi
56. Manaar Faloun
57. Soundous Oulkadi
58. Nermin Abdellatief
59. Samira Bettah
60. Hind Shouli
61. Meredith Hoogwoud
62. F.Z Achelhi
63. Jamila El Arkoubi
64. Gizlan Zariohi
65. Mariam Amzaiab, Stichting Platform
Islamitische Organisaties Rijnmond (Netherlands)
66. Mehtap Konuksever
67. Karima Aberkan
68. Soumaya Aanzi, Hijab Sensation
69. Joany Gourari Dahlmans, Muslima Matters
70. Dionne Abdoelhafiezkhan, IZI Solutions
71. Alaa Al Khalili
72. Aziza Friguech
73. Dalila Elouarti
74. Zainab Marrakchi, Muslimska Kvinnoföreningen
(Sweden) and European Forum of Muslim Women
75. Naziha Bettah
76. Belkaj Najat
77. Suzan Affara
78. Mariam Zarioh
79. Rebecca Duqueh, Collectif Les Cannelles
80. Sarah Izat
81. Hanane Abouellotfi
82. Fatiha Azzarhouni
83. Fatiha Azzerhouni, Universiteit Leiden
84. Rachel Johns
85. Devika Partiman, Stem op een vrouw
86. Nadia Es Saghouani
87. Oujdane Ibn Lkassem
88. Saida Ait Haddou Ali
89. Houda Riffi Acharki
90. Mariam Annali
91. Samira El Mhassani
92. Nadia El Boutayebi
93. Malika Hamidi
94. Sakina Ghani, Resisters
95. Hanan Amer, Amal Women Association Ireland
96. Nor Nasib, Amal Women Association Ireland
97. Najet Halfaoui, Amal Women Association
98. Amel Yacef, Amal Women Association Ireland
99. Kate O’Connel, Amal Women Association Ireland
100. Bayane Ahmadi
101. Malia Bouattia, Committee Justice and
102. Maz Saleem, Stand up to Trump
103. Zara Sultana, MEND (United Kingdom)
104. Nafisa Bakkar, Amaliah
105. Selina Bakkar, Amaliah
Nasser’s new business had barely got off the ground when she was accused of
being a foreign spy for giving women employment opportunities in Libya, her
war-torn home country.
accusation was a measure of the opposition working women face in the
conservative Muslim country, which has been in turmoil since a NATO-backed
revolt toppled long-time leader Muammar Qaddafi in 2011.
one in four Libyan women is employed, according to World Bank data — a
situation Nasser, 21, hopes to change with a new food delivery app that allows
them to earn money from their own kitchens.
just doing something to help women that I know deserve better. They need
opportunities, just like males,” Yasser told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
app, Yummy, connects women who cook at home with customers wanting to order
food, in much the same way as Uber connects private drivers with would-be
acts as a conduit, offering anonymity options for the cooks, and allows women
to take food orders from men without having to speak to them.
have a society that has been closed for 100 years, you can’t just open a
communication gate between two genders that were not supposed to talk to each
other unless they were married to do business,” said Nasser.
now has 300 cooks ready to start work, having trialled the service successfully
with 20 in the southern Libyan city of Sabha — among them 26-year-old Ekhlas
has been cooking and selling her food on Yummy for four months in Sabha, where
a lack of security and ongoing fighting between rival armed groups have
prevented her from going out to work to earn much-needed cash.
they won’t accept that women work. Here your father or brother is responsible
to give you money and everything that you need as a woman in the house,” said
Ekrim, who lives with her parents, two brothers and two sisters, via WhatsApp.
with Yummy is wonderful and has made things a lot easier. The work itself is
not hard, society is.”
Libya was once one of the wealthiest countries in the Middle East, but its
economy has been crippled by conflict and political division.
in many parts of the country is poor and the protracted conflict has meant more
women having to earn a living as men go off to fight, says development
organization MEDA, which teaches business skills to women in Libya.
it’s maybe not as appropriate for women to work outside the house. An app like
that could circumnavigate some of those issues,” said MEDA director Adam Bramm.
year Yummy was one of three winners of the nationwide Enjazi competition, which
aims to encourage entrepreneurship to help diversify Libya’s oil-dependent
won business training and advice from the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Pan Arab
Region and Tatweer Research, which support entrepreneurship in the region.
prize included a trip to Britain to meet and learn from successful
a woman started a start-up (in Libya) she would not have the same encouragement
and support that her brother had,” she said.
hopefully this will change. People are starting to believe in females more and
A special team from Dubai Police’s Deer Balak [Take Care] security programme
helped a receptionist in identifying a worker, who has been accused of groping
her at Downtown Dubai.
20-year-old French receptionist was said to have left a coffee shop at 11pm and
as she was walking back to her nearby home, a 22-year-old Pakistani worker,
came from behind her and groped her in May.
the Frenchwoman resisted the worker and tried to prevent him from groping her
further, according to records, the 22-year-old tried to pull her towards a
bushy spot but she released herself and escaped.
after reporting the matter to Dubai Police, a special team from the Deer Balak
security programme was formed and assisted the girl in searching for the
assailant to have him apprehended.
team investigators visited the spot where the Frenchwoman had been reportedly
groped and after checking the surveillance cameras in the surrounding, Deer
Balak team extracted photos of the culprit walking behind the woman, said
received up to six groping complaints from different women in the same
vicinity, the special team identified the 22-year-old suspect, who was
apprehended near a supermarket a week after the incident.
identifying him at the police line up three times, the worker was referred to
the Public Prosecution.
accused the 22-year-old Pakistani of groping the Frenchwoman.
said the suspect abused the fact that the receptionist was walking alone on the
pavement at night before he took her by surprise and groped her.
suspect pleaded guilty when he showed up before the Dubai Court of First
Instance on Tuesday.
French woman claimed to prosecutors that she was heading to her house when the
incident happened at 11pm at Downtown Dubai area.
strange footsteps behind me … by the time when I turned around to see, the
suspect grabbed me from my neck and then groped my top. He tried to muzzle me
in one hand and used the other to grope me. He told me to remain silent and
tried to push me towards a bushy area … I pushed him away and resisted. Once I
started shouting at him and crying for help, he ran away and disappeared. A
group of bystanders walked me to my building and they tried to help me find
him,” she testified to prosecutors.
police officer testified to prosecutors that following the woman’s complaint a
special police team from the Deer Balak carried out the investigations and
apprehended the suspect.
obtained a photos of the suspect’s face from the CCTV cameras. A number of
similar molestation complaints had been reported in the vicinity. We studied
the culprit’s criminal behaviour and it was discovered that he had preyed on
victims who were walking alone to their homes on weekend nights. Following his
arrest near a supermarket, the 22-year-old admitted during questioning that he
had groped six to seven women.”
judge Mohammad Jamal will hand out a ruling on July 29.
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