and Syrian women work together to learn different branches of art at the
workshop in Gaziantep.
of Respect Tents are used to Bury Muslim Women in The UAE
Top Court Revokes Female Activist's Citizenship
Workshop Helps Turkish, Syrian Women Bond
Reserves Judgement on Intra Court Appeal Of New Muslim Girls
Activists Want Anti-Chid Bride Bill Approved
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Two Mosques to Make Provisions for Women
heritage mosques in Kolkata are making provisions, including separate entries,
special halls and washrooms, for Muslim women to offer namaz on the premises
through the year.
of the Nakhoda mosque and Tipu Sultan mosque are creating separate halls and
washrooms for women after a written request by the Bengal Imam Association.
Shafique Qasmi of Nakhoda Masjid — popularly known as Badi Masjid — confirmed
the letter and said plans were afoot. “Yes we have received the letter. Many
women still come and offer namaz at one corner of the masjid but now the
managing committee is making better arrangements for women. There are three
entrances to Nakhoda Masjid and none of them is exclusive for women. A separate
place for women to perform ablutions, offer namaz and take rest are planned
within the masjid,” said Qasmi.
have seen that there is no proper provision for women to offer namaz in these
two renowned mosques. According to the Sharia, women can offer namaz where
there is a provision for ‘purdah’. However, such provisions are not available.
Women visit these mosques even from abroad but can’t pray here under present
circumstances. Therefore, after discussions, we decided to send a letter to the
two mosques,” said Md Yahiya, chairman of Bengal Imam Association.
are happy that they agreed to our proposal. Proper arrangements and special
halls are being prepared where women can offer namaz,” added Yahiya.
letter, a copy of which was also sent to the Kolkata Municipal Corporation
among others, has three requests — a separate ‘purdah’ arrangement for women to
offer namaz, a washroom for women and another for people with disabilities.
have seen that many women, including foreigners, visit the mosques with the
intent to offer namaz. But they feel uncomfortable as there are no separate
provisions. We are ashamed to see this,” the letter states.
of the two mosques have agreed and started drawing up plans for setting up
separate halls and other provisions for women.
Muslim women are allowed to offer prayers in mosques as per Islamic law, they
do not get a chance to pray at many religious spots in Bengal, barring some of
the mosques, due to lack of separate provisions for them at many of these
would be nice if we have proper provision in mosques to offer namaz. We cannot
pray along with men because it is against Islamic law… If proper arrangements
are made, women like me would not miss namaz even when outside home,” said
Amina Khatun, a teacher. with an English medium school in South Kolkata.
Sultan mosque was built in 1842 by Prince Ghulam Muhammed, youngest son of Tipu
Sultan, while the foundation stone of Nakhoda mosque was laid on September 11,
tent-like cover can now be used in burying Muslim women at Abu Dhabi cemeteries
as a sign of respect, authorities have announced.
of the Abu Dhabi Municipality said the tent would cover the deceased throughout
the burial process, in order to respect a woman's sanctity and privacy.
dignity of women has to be preserved, whether they are alive or dead,"
Al Ameri, head of cemetery services at Abu Dhabi Municipality, said: "This
step embodies the lofty values that underpin our wise leadership in dealing
with humans and preserving their dignity. These values stem from the top ideals
tent will cover the entire area of the grave, and it is equipped with adequate
lighting and ventilation.
is placed over the grave during the burial of the woman's body and it is wide
enough to accommodate the people laying down the body," said Al Ameri.
noted that the concept of a tomb cover is already being implemented by other
civic bodies in the UAE, such as the Ajman Municipality, which initiated the
its importance, the Abu Dhabi Municipality decided to introduce the initiative
for the Capital's graveyards, including the Bani Yas, Al Bateen and Samha
municipality provides free maintenance services in the cemeteries to keep them
clean and preserve the sanctity of the dead.
supreme court of appeal has upheld a five-year prison sentence for an
imprisoned female anti-regime activist as the ruling Al Khalifah regime continues
its heavy clampdown on political dissidents and pro-democracy activists in the
tiny Persian Gulf kingdom.
Monday, the Court of Cassation also stripped the defendant, identified as Zakia
al-Barbouri, of her citizenship after finding her guilty of terrorism-related
charges, Arabic-language Lualua television network reported.
February 6, Bahrain's Fourth High Criminal Court sentenced Barbouri to five
years in prison, and ordered her citizenship to be revoked.
authorities claimed at the time that the dissident was “transporting materials
used in explosive devices” to an alleged cell trained in Iraq.
officials leveled terror charges against the defendant based on her
confessions. Confessions, however, were extracted under duress and torture,
according to international human rights groups.
pro-regime militiamen, accompanied by members of the security service, arrested
Barbouri early on May 17, 2018 after they raided her home in the village of
was held incommunicado at a detention facility for weeks following her arrest.
of anti-regime protesters have held demonstrations in Bahrain on an almost
daily basis ever since a popular uprising began in the country in mid-February
are demanding that the Al Khalifah regime relinquish power and allow a just
system representing all Bahrainis to be established.
has gone to great lengths to clamp down on any sign of dissent. On March 14,
2011, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were deployed to
assist Bahrain in its crackdown.
of people have lost their lives and hundreds of others sustained injuries or
got arrested as a result of the Al Khalifah regime’s crackdown.
March 5, 2017, Bahrain’s parliament approved the trial of civilians at military
tribunals in a measure blasted by human rights campaigners as being tantamount
to imposition of an undeclared martial law countrywide.
monarch King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah ratified the constitutional amendment on
April 3, 2017.
art workshop in Gaziantep, a Turkish province bordering Syria, brings out the
artist inside Turkish and Syrian women and helps them mingle in a country that
hosts the largest Syrian refugee community, at more than 3.5 million people.
and Turkish women come together to learn and create art at the workshop founded
by a local nonprofit organization. Called Mutfak/Matbakh (kitchen in Turkish
and Arabic), the workshop offers training in painting, sculpture and jewelry
al-Ghazzi, a Syrian artist who mentors the participants, told Anadolu Agency
(AA) that they wanted to boost dialogue between Turkish and Syrian women and
apart from teaching them she "learned a lot" from the Turkish women.
"We create together and benefit from the experiences of each other. I
don't speak the same language as them, but we get along easily with body
language. I am already involved in projects by Turkish associations to bring
together Turkish and Syrian women, and I want to do more for more joint
projects," she said.
Ateş, the Turkish founder of the workshop, said they started the workshop in
2015 in different branches before switching to their new project, "Women's
Unity in Arts," that brought together women from two countries. Ateş says
the workshop seeks to increase solidarity between women. "The concept of
living together should be empowered. We want more women creating, whether they
are filmmakers, chefs or painters. We wanted to make them more visible in
society and showcase the strength of women," she said. Currently, 10
Syrian and 10 Turkish women work together at the venue, and Ateş says they
wanted to create a "joint production model." "Conveying
experience to each other will bolster cultural sharing and encourage more joint
productions," she said. "We have no belongings here and any
participant can use tools of others to create. Everyone has different stories.
A Syrian woman tells the story of her migration to Turkey, for instance, while
a Turkish woman tells how she left her hometown for another city," Ateş
is home to the largest Syrian refugee community who fled the ongoing civil war
in Syria. A small fraction of refugees live in camps set up by the Turkish
state, while others fend for themselves outside the camps; however, integration
remains a key challenge especially for women and children. A survey by the
Turkish nonprofit organization Women and Democracy Association (KADEM) shows
Syrian women find language a main obstacle for integration. The survey shows
only one in every four refugee women have Turkish friends. According to the same
survey, 94.4% of the women interviewed for the survey did not work in Syria and
only 22.7% expressed willingness to join the labor force in Turkey. However,
the survey also shows women have a lack of knowledge on how to join the labor
force in the country. Turkey introduced a work permit program for refugees a
few years ago on a limited basis.
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Monday reserved its judgment on maintainability
of a petition seeking security of two Hindu girls of Sindh who recently
converted to Islam and married Muslim boys.
divisional bench of IHC heard an intra court appeal (ICA) of two new Muslim
girls Ghulam Ayesha and Dua Fatima against the decision of single member bench
which dismissed the petition earlier.
counsel Umair Baloch Advocate pleaded that single member bench had dismissed
the girls’ petition and directed them to approach Sindh High Court (SHC) for
stated that local member provincial assembly (MPA) Asad Sikander was also
threatening the petitioner girls.
argued that Ghulam Ayesha and Dua Fatima had willfully converted to Islam and
contended that there was a threat to girls’ lives and prayed the court to issue
directives of Inspector General of Police (IGP) Islamabad to ensure their
petitioners had nominated MPA Asad Sikander, girls’ parents, Interior Ministry
and IGP Islamabad as respondents in their petitions.
hearing arguments, the bench reserved the decision on maintainability of the
case. It may be mentioned here that earlier Chief Justice Athar Minallah had
already dismissed the same plea.
(AsiaNews) – A well-known rights group is calling on the government to approve
the law against child marriages as soon as possible.
adoption in the Senate, the bill is stuck in the National Assembly (lower
house) due to the opposition of some of its members as well as government
ministers who claim the draft law violates Sharia and is un-Islamic.
Child Marriage Restraint (Amendment) Bill 2019 raises the legal age to marry at
age 18, and imposes stricter penalties and fines on anyone who abducts
non-Muslim women and girls to Islam, converts them against their will, and
force them to marry much older Muslim men.
around the world as a victory for child rights, the bill is currently held up
to Human Rights Focus Pakistan (HRFP), the number of girls deprived of their
childhood and the possibility of studying is staggering. About 21 per cent of
girls in Pakistan are married before age of 18 and 3 per cent are married
before the age of 15. Pakistan has the sixth highest number of child brides in
the world, 1,909,000.
HRFP president Naveed Walter, “Pakistan has committed itself to eliminate
child, early and forced marriage by 2030 in line with target 5.3 of the
Sustainable Development Goals [objective] which seeks to eliminate all harmful
practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital
as well as other civil society groups want to see an end to kidnappings, forced
conversions and forced marriages of girls. All Pakistani girls must have a
chance to pursue a career without the obstacle of their guardians and be the
authors of change in society for a truly democratic, tolerant and prosperous
Pakistan. The life and future of the new generations must not be ruined.
The former Imam of the Holy Mosque in Makkah, Sheikh Adil Al-Kalbani, has
called for men and women not to be separated using a partition during prayers.
a televised interview with Saudi Broadcasting Corp. (SBC), he said that this
type of segregation did not happen during the era of Prophet Muhammad. He
stressed the current segregation practices have no roots in Islamic tradition
and are a result of unjustified “paranoia” of women, even during prayer.
today, we are paranoid — in a mosque — a place of worship. They are completely
separated from men, they cannot see them and can only hear them through
microphones or speakers. And if the voice has been cut off, they wouldn’t know
what is going on (during prayer),” he elaborated.
the Prophet’s era, and they are the most protective and God-fearing people.
With all these traits, the men used to pray in the front and women prayed in
the back of the mosque without a partition, not even a curtain. And today, it
is a separated room, some even far from the original Prophet’s Mosque area, I
believe this is some type of phobia toward women.”
also touched on the issue some conservative men have in calling a woman by her
name, pointing out that this should not be the case as there are also no roots
of this fear in Islamic tradition. “Our daughters or sisters are no better than
Aisha bint Abu Bakr (wife of the Prophet) — or the rest. All the Muslim women’s
names are known and their fathers’ names are known. And they have given so much
to society and the Ummah. It never harmed them that people knew their names.”
on recent reforms the Kingdom is witnessing, Al-Kalbani praised the improved
socio-economic situation of women in the present era.
began to constantly hear that a woman became a deputy minister, ambassador and
other high ranking positions.”
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