Amatul-Wadud, who is running in the Democratic primary for US Congress in
Massachusetts’ First District, goes on a door-knocking and voter registration
drive in Chicopee, Massachusetts, July 21, 2018. Amatul-Wadud is a mother of
seven, a lawyer, a community activist and a Muslim, who rises before dawn,
prays five times a day and fasts during Ramadan. Now aged 44, she faces the
biggest hurdle of her life: asking a majority white constituency, where
Catholics are the biggest religious group, to make her the first Muslim woman
elected into Congress. AFP PHOTO
Friday Sermon: The Equal Role of Women in Islam
Race for First Muslim Woman in US Congress
Women Can Be Granted Divorce Maintenance by Courts: Bombay HC
Women Join the Challenge during Hajj Hackathon In Jeddah
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Road Because She's Not Wearing A Hijab
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to Raise Minimum Marriage Age for Muslim Girls To 18
is tabling a bill to amend the Islamic Family Law (State of Selangor) Enactment
to raise the minimum age for marriage from 16 to 18 for Muslim girls at the state
legislative assembly next month.
Besar Amirudin Shari said the government was waiting for the state legal
advisor’s report on the amendment to address the issue of underage marriages.
has placed men and women in equal positions, as counterparts to each other in
duties, rulings and performing good deeds, the sermon will tell worshippers on
good deeds, the sermon will tell worshippers on Friday.
are mentioned throughout the Quran. One instance is in the start of Surat
An-Nisaa (Chapter of women): “Oh mankind, fear you Lord, who created you from
one soul and created from it its mate and dispersed from both of them many men
and women.” (An-Nisaa: 1). Prophet Mohammed said: “Indeed, women are the
partners of men.”
it comes to actions, men and women are judged equally – as is mentioned by God
in the Quran.
does righteousness, whether male or female, while they are a believer – We will
surely cause them to live a good life and We will surely give them their reward
[in the Hereafter] according to the best of what they used to do.” (An-Nahl:
attributes many special privileges to women. One of them is the right to
protect her financial earnings.
also made it obligatory for women to be granted part of an inheritance, as
specified in the Quran: "for men is a share of what the parents and close
relatives leave, and for women is a share of what the parents and close
relatives leave, be it little or much — an obligatory share." (An-Nisaa:
right to education, at a time when they were solely considered homemakers, was
also safeguarded by Islam.
Quran mentions many women as examples of strong role models. Among them is
Sayida Mariam (Mary) the mother of Isa (Jesus). Another is Queen Balqees (the
queen of Sheba) who was known for her wisdom and rigorous decisions.
of the first women mentioned in the history of Islam is Khadija bint Khuwailid.
She was the first to believe in the Prophet, helped him in his cause and
supported him with her wealth after she became his wife. Her daughter, Fatima
bint Mohammed set another example in defending her father and supporting her
will be told that Islam has opened all the doorways of goodness for women to
play a positive role in building society and women have seized this opportunity
and many of them became innovators. The idea for the first pulpit made for the
Prophet came from a woman and the pulpit went on to become an integral part of
have left their remarkable footprints in every walk of life, the sermon will
say, before enjoining worshippers to pray to Allah to bless, protect and honour
them in this world and in the Hereafter.
an incongruous sight, a woman in a salmon pink hijab standing on a
Massachusetts traffic median, waving at oncoming cars and asking perfect
strangers to vote her into Congress.
how are you? Good to see you!" hollers Tahirah Amatul-Wadud at a male
pedestrian. A few cars beep their horns, the odd driver zaps down his window to
say hello. Quite a few drive past, seemingly oblivious.
is a mother of seven, a lawyer, a community activist and a Muslim, who rises
before dawn, prays five times a day and fasts during Ramadan.
aged 44, she faces the biggest hurdle of her life: asking a majority white
constituency, where Catholics are the biggest religious group, to make her the
first Muslim woman elected into Congress.
for her it's about policy, not religion. It's about better representing and
improving lives in western Massachusetts, an area suffering from higher than
average unemployment, where many work two jobs just to make ends meet.
don't always talk about religion because I don't look to lead or serve from a
religious prespective," she tells AFP at her campaign headquarters just
says her goals are secular, but her faith is "where I find my core
armed with a warm smile and a lawyer's mind, Amatul-Wadud is part of a
groundswell of women and progressive Democrats running for office this year,
motivated at least in part by opposition to President Donald Trump.
one of five candidates vying to become the first Muslim woman in Congress in
November mid-term elections -- 12 years after Minnesota's Keith Ellison became
the first Muslim in the US House of Representatives.
she's successful, she would also become her district's first woman and first
African American in Congress.
'Hope is possible' -
it's a long shot. Her opponent in the September 4 Democratic primary is Richard
Neal, who has served in Congress since 1989. She has raised a total of $72,000
compared to his reported $3 million.
she moved to Springfield aged nine, he was the city mayor.
she wants his job, championing progressive causes such as Medicare for all,
affordable education and wider access to high-speed internet, and eschewing
donations from corporate and special interests.
team claims to have nearly 300 volunteers as they build a grass-roots campaign,
knocking door to door to hear people's problems.
she beats Neal, she will repeat the triumph of 28-year-old political novice,
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who trounced a Democrat grandee in a New York primary
by running a similarly progressive and insurgent ticket.
win gave her campaign a huge shot in the arm, boosting contributions. "It
was wonderful," Amatul-Wadud tells AFP. "If she could win, then hope
is possible, here in our home."
in a floral dress, black pants and platform heels, she powered through the
sticky heat of a recent afternoon, trading pleasantries and soliciting votes at
a church barbeque.
Prude, a 28-year-old factory worker who worries about opioid addiction,
homelessness and violent crime, says it meant a lot that she stopped by.
seems to care a lot about her community. You know, where she grew up," she
said. "So I think that's good."
'Time for a change' -
Amatul-Wadud makes her way through the picnic, a few look up surprised.
are times where I could see that people are surprised that I present the way
that I do," she tells AFP. "But have I had overt nasty racism right
in my face? No, I'm grateful for that. I hope that that never happens."
increasingly overt bigotry in the country at large, the racism and Islamophobia
she experiences lies online, forcing her to ask her teenage daughter to remove
"vile things" that were "scaring" people.
her decision to run is motivated primarily by discontent with the status quo in
her community, she admits that Trump's election "changed everything".
of his policy, some of his character was alarming to people... I had friends
and neighbors, clients who told me that they were waking up feeling they had an
elephant on their chest," she said. "Their futures did not look
Williams, 56, joined the campaign after being laid off earlier this year.
Amatul-Wadud was her divorce attorney -- "she did me well and then we
became friends," Williams laughs.
time for a change. Western Mass is suffering and we just need more people to
get into Washington to help out the cause," she told AFP. "Too many
people are struggling and don't have a job."
at campaign HQ, Amatul-Wadud declares herself "very" confident of
winning her David-and-Goliath battle against Neal.
if she doesn't? "I am not going anywhere," she replies.
The absence of specific provisions in the Dissolution of Muslim Marriages Act
about granting maintenance for wife did not bar courts from granting such
relief if necessary, the Bombay High Court said on Thursday.
Shalini Phansalkar-Joshi said the court had to do "substantive
justice" and must not be "misled by technicalities".
high court dismissed an appeal filed by a Muslim man challenging the trial
court's court order granting his estranged wife maintenance and half the share
in the couple's property while granting them divorce.
petitioner whose name was not disclosed had claimed that the Dissolution of
Muslim Marriages Act was conspicuously silent on the rights of married Muslim
woman for maintenance or matrimonial property.
a suit for dissolution of marriage, a woman could not claim maintenance or a
share in property, he said.
Phansalkar-Joshi rejected this view.
because the act did not mention that the court had powers to do certain things,
it could not be said that the court could not grant such relief if it deemed it
necessary, the judge said.
right of maintenance and right in the matrimonial property... are incidental to
the main relief of dissolution of marriage and therefore, these reliefs are
very much an integral part of the decree of dissolution of marriage," said
they are required to be considered even if at times such reliefs are not asked
for," the high court said.
Hajj Hackathon organized by the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming
and Drones, being organized in Jeddah (from 1 - 3 August) has witnessed
significant presence of Saudi women who have joined the event following long
hours of study and training.
demonstrated their ability to innovate, analyze, design and find solutions in
the digital world. They also discussed artificial intelligence and the future
the Hajj Hackathon program brought together programmers and developers from 51
countries – in the largest gathering of innovators in the region – the
enthusiasm of young Saudi women, assigned to a number of teams as per
competition rules, was obvious.
began working with dedication and perseverance as they set the ultimate goal
for this competition before their eyes, exploiting technology to make
such participant Ghadir al-Otabi told Al Arabiya: “Today I am proud to
participate in this event with a huge number of developers from all over the
world with Saudi Arabia as the host country.”
is true that the competition is difficult but the goal we all seek is a supreme
one in designing and developing a technical application that serves the
pilgrims of the House of God,” she said.
said that her team consists of five individuals and the tasks were divided
among them each based on their area of study, specialization and experience.
her team’s chances of winning, she said: “We have ambition and our idea is
innovative and will greatly improve and facilitate medical care for pilgrims.”
pointed out that if they do not win, it will not make her sad. Instead, she
will say to the winning team: “Congratulations, you won the biggest technical
challenge awaiting the actual implementation of your Hajj program.”
the same context, Fawzia al-Mutairi, a computer scientist, said she has a beautiful
feeling seeing the official Kingdom’s support for anything, which can
facilitate the lives of pilgrims to perform their duties saying, “Our country
wants to develop and progress in technology and this is our chance to
participate in making history.”
explained that her team comprises five girls, working individually on design
predicted that her team will win since they have “amazing ideas”, as she put it
saying: “Our ideas will help solve the big problems, but if we do not win, it
would be enough that we have acquired the skills and attended the greatest
technical event, and we have benefited from it.”
winners received a message encouraging them to continue pursuing their dreams
and strive to excel under the banner of Vision 2030.
teams competing in the Hackathon consist of 3-5 participants, from the same
nationality or from different countries. Each team has experience in a number
of areas such as programming, development and design and is working in the
presence of 90 mentors from 20 countries.
woman hurls abuse and then attacks another female driver in the middle of the
road because she's not wearing a hijab
in Iran have expressed outrage after a video emerged showing a hijab-wearing
woman attacking another woman for not covering up.
the footage, a woman whose whole body is covered bar her face and hands pulls
up on a road next to the car being driven by the uncovered woman.
a young child and another woman sat next to her, the chador-wearing aggressor
shouts and points angrily.
yells: 'Do you have the nerve to do it? Yes or no?'
then, just as the uncovered woman explains that 'these things [covering up]
aren't that important for us', the belligerent woman leaves her car and marches
towards the victims.
thrusts her hands through the driver's window, grabs her arm and shouts: 'Come
out of your car now!'
woman inside tells her to get out of the car and to 'get lost', but the
aggressor persists in holding onto her and screams at her aggressively.
tells the victim that 'wearing hijab is a law' and repeatedly tells her to get
out of the car while yanking her arm.
woman pleads: 'This is none of your business.'
the aggressor is not dissuaded, and replies: 'I'll hit you with my shoe. You
have the nerve?'
adds: 'You have no right to be like this in society. There are laws here.'
video was posted to the activist group My Stealthy Freedom, which aims to win
freedom for Iranian women.
veil has been a mandatory dress requirement for women in Iran since the Islamic
Revolution in 1979.
Islamic code also forbids women touching, dancing or singing with men outside
are only allowed to show their face, hands and feet in public and are supposed
to wear only modest colours.
activists seeking to boost the role of women in Iraqi politics presented their
vision on the inclusion of the gender equality perspective in the new
Government of Iraq’s programme and advocated the support of the United Nations
in achieving their meaningful and effective representation in political
group of 13 women activists from the Iraqi Women Network, 1325 Iraqi Network,
1325 Alliance, and academics presented their demands at a meeting today with
Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq
Ján Kubiš, who commended the efforts of the activists and pledged increased UN
support to achieve their goals.
participants lamented the lack of political will and vision to include women in
demanded to broaden space for women in the political and reconciliation
processes that have not yet materialized regardless of pledges to do so as well
as a multitude of government strategies, plans, and national frameworks, often
with the support of the UN.
women charted out the way forward on gender equality for the future government,
Council of Representatives and leaders of political parties.
highlighted the need to include women in committees negotiating the Government
formation, a 30-percent share in the upcoming Cabinet, independent commissions
and institutions in the government’s legislative and executive branches.
participants also called for the establishment of a national mechanism with
powers and authority to coordinate the implementation of national frameworks
advancing the women, peace and security agenda, including the National Action
Plan on UNSCR 1325. The participants
requested United Nations’ active and effective support for their proposals and
demands, also through UN work with the government and political leaders, heads
of political blocs.
Representative Kubiš commended the efforts of the women, saying it came at an
opportune time between elections and the government’s formation.
underscored that the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) will
urge political leaders and forces to reflect the gender perspectives in the
government’s programme as well as a gender-responsive budget.
Kubiš reiterated UN commitment to strengthening civil society’s efforts to
achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and said UNAMI is ready,
based on its reinforced mandate, to continue and enhance its work in this
participants also raised general concerns, which included the steady regress on
women’s rights, the lack of meaningful steps to address women’s rights and lack
of economic opportunities for women. They stressed developing special
programmes to empower youth - with a focus on the role of females - as future
leaders in all aspects.
women explained that Da’esh created more problems for women than they already
faced, notably women with no livelihoods and heading households, some of whom
are suffering due to stigma and association with the terrorist group as well as
lack of care for families of martyrs who fought Da’esh.
stressed the need to adopt transitional justice mechanisms to ensure political
and community reconciliation, accountability and justice and reparations for
survivors of Da’esh’s atrocities.
the same context, the Special Representative met two days ago with the
delegation of the National Team implementing the Iraqi National Action Plan on
delegation presented similar requests, in addition to discussing the progress
on the implementation of the INAP as well as the challenges impeding its
implementation, including lack of a dedicated budget to support INAP
Kubiš commended the work of the National Team. He reiterated that UNAMI would
continue to work with political leaders to include gender perspectives in the
government programme as well as a 30 percent quota for women representation in
the Cabinet and leadership positions.
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