Encourages More Women to Use Facilities
And Male Centralism: The Ordeals That Women Go Through
Party Ad Slammed for Actress Playing 'Well-Integrated Muslim Woman'
American women, six children repatriated to US from Syria: Kurdish-led
Compiled by New Age Islam News
Mosque Encourages More Women to Use Facilities
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The Unique Ladies Group recently raised £1,350
for the Mosque’s extension project.
Unique Ladies Group recently raised £1,350 for the Mosque’s extension project.
mosque is looking to encourage more women to come forward to use the facility
and help run activities.
mosque admitted there was a significant gender-bias in many mosques in the UK,
resulting in the lack of space or participation of women in those
was also deemed to be a serious issue that is limiting the growth and
development of Muslim communities in the UK, aside from being an injustice to
female worshippers, compared to male worshippers who can access the services
provided by those mosques.
management at Masjid-e-Saliheen in Blackburn are now looking at changing this
and are currently building an extension which will be used in the evening for
the Madrassa as well as allowing women to use this space openly.
news was welcomed by organisation Unique Ladies Group who recently raised
£1,350 for the Mosque’s extension project.
Engagement Lead from the management said: “The gender bias within mosques in
the UK is a problem and we as a management would like to see a change in this.
is something we have recognised for a while, we are grateful for the likes of
the Unique Ladies Group and we are encouraging more women to come forward to
use the facility and to run projects which will benefit the community.”
fundraising target has reached 80 per cent which means there is still a further
20 per cent (£30,000) still outstanding.
management is urging the community to donate what they can to help the cause.
can be done by visiting www.saliheen.co.uk
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holy month of Ramadan has come to an end and so have the numerous toils that
women go through during these thirty days. Fasting during Ramadan is one of the
five pillars of Islam, meant to teach the importance of patience to Muslims,
yet on the other hand, it also reflects the constant shaming imposed on women
within the household. Despite the exemptions from fasting clearly stated in the
Hadith regarding menstruation, pregnancy, breastfeeding and even post
childbirth state, many male members in the family remain ignorant to these
rules and often criticise women for their lack in faith. As a result, women
often have to put up a pretence of fasting in order to escape the critical male
normal biological cycle like menstruation, which has traditionally quite a lot
of stereotypes of impurity attached to it, remains to be completely
unacknowledged during Ramadan. I have a distinct memory of disguising my inability
to fast during Ramadan because of periods. My mother would say to me “There is
no need to let the men in the house know about this” or she would say to my
father “She is not fasting due to poor health”. When caught eating secretly I
often had to face the brunt of being unfaithful towards my religion. Ironically
there is a necessity to put up a façade rather than openly discussing something
written in the Hadith.
Syed, a college student pursuing Journalism honours from University of Delhi,
has the following opinion on this issue “It is so absurd that we have to
manoeuvre around the house to hide our meals. There have been so many times
when I have just gone without eating because I didn’t want to add stress to my
anyway miserable six days”. The constant fear of keeping the secrecy of the
menstrual cycle is a very misogynistic aspect as women have to curb their ways
in order to adhere to the needs of men. The refusal to accept that women go
through periods and playing ignorant to rules in Hadith brings about the
immense hypocrisy in the society which lays its basis of Ramadan in these very
REFUSAL TO ACCEPT THAT WOMEN GO THROUGH PERIODS AND PLAYING IGNORANT TO RULES
IN HADITH BRINGS ABOUT THE IMMENSE HYPOCRISY IN THE SOCIETY.
from menstruation, the amount of pressure and work on women in the house is
doubled to an extent. The entire month I observed my mother frantically
preparing food after returning from office. Having a parched throat and
weakness from fasting the entire day in blistering heat, being the first one to
get up in the morning to prepare Sehri and being the last one to break the fast
in Iftaari, brings about the immense gendered roles during Ramadan.
have always observed the males in my house losing their temper during fasting,
complaining about the food during Iftaari and not assisting females in any way.
The sexist roles within my household have always been there, but I believe that
these roles take a higher toll during Ramadan where women and the preparations
they make is always kept under a critical lens. It is quite common for men to
go for iftaari parties whereas women are often confined to the domestic sphere
where they are supposed to be involved in cooking and handling household
have faced some restrictions during Ramadan ranging from where I can go and
what I can wear. The amount of societal norms I am supposed to adhere to occur
every day, but the month of Ramadan becomes further restrictive as girls carry
a heavier burden of honour. I have experienced cancelling numerous plans after
my exams because of Ramadan as I was often asked to fast forcibly by my
parents. Moreover, I have observed my female cousins forced to wear full
sleeves clothing against their will in the blistering heat, in order to portray
themselves as pious Muslim women as they are constantly under surveillance.
These restrictions are often enforced as means to put on display the ‘modesty’
of young women.
opposed to this, my male cousins hardly experienced any restrictions over
mobility and neither their clothing during Ramadan. Fasting not being offered
as a choice especially to women becomes an instrument of suppression as it is
more tasking for women to strike a balance between fasting and the gendered
roles that they have to play in the household.
NORMATIVE ROLES BECOME THE CRUX OF RAMADAN AS IT IS COMMON TO OBSERVE THE
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE AMOUNT OF WORK AND DEDICATION INVOLVED.
there is an extreme sense of shame and guilt attached with not being able to
fast. I have observed women internalise the notion that being unable to fast
because of pregnancy or menstruation they have failed as Muslims. This
self-loathing leads not only to low self-esteem but also can be seen as
yielding to the patriarchal norms. Moreover, this guilt and shame are further
burdened by constant anxiety of paying atonement, that is, fasting later on
after Ramadan, especially due to pregnancy or menstruation. I believe this adds
more of a mental pressure accompanied by the pressure of fulfilling the role of
cooking delicacies for an entire month.
experiences mentioned are subjective but at the same time, they are quite
prevalent. Gender normative roles become the crux of Ramadan as it is common to
observe the difference between the amount of work and dedication involved. The
refusal to accept a normal biological cycle, burdening preparations of fasting
over women and also constantly shaming the person indicates that the rules of
fasting introduced to provide relief to women render useless because of male
centralism. The holy month of Ramadan is meant to be the one where extreme
morality and piety is observed but this is negated if restrictions and burdens
heavily weigh on a particular gender.
story was reported in Livewire by Aishwarya Srivastava, a freelance journalist
who came across an all-women iftaari party in a slum in Bhopal where women who
were always restricted within their households were coming together and
claiming public spaces by breaking their fast outside. Such an effort shatters
the structured norms and makes Ramadan an occasion of delight and merriment
which is not specifically restricted to men. I believe that there should an
equal involvement during the preparations and the exemptions provided to women
should be carried out smoothly without any hesitation or judgement.
the “ambitious, responsible, hard-working” and seemingly well-integrated Muslim
woman from the The Liberal Youth's ad, has turned out to be Klara, who doesn't
wear the Islamic veil and is not even a Muslim.
Liberal Youth (VU), the junior wing of Denmark's ruling Venstre party, have
sparked criticism with their recent election ad that highlights Muslims'
successful integration into Danish society.
ad, which sparked a lot of controversy, features “Amira” a free and seemingly
well-integrated Muslim woman, who is shown jogging, bathing, studying, enjoying
a romantic relationship and finally removing her hijab. “Amira” is described as
“ambitious, responsible and hard-working”. As VU themselves put it, she “wants
only problem is that “Amira” doesn't exist and is a fake persona. The
fictitious “Amira” is in fact played by Klara-Maria Rønnebro, a Danish actress,
who has never been Muslim.
course, one must take into account that it is an ad. I'm an actress. Everything
is staged,” 22-year-old Klare-Maria Rønnebro told the daily newspaper
Klara. She is not a Muslim and does not wear a headscarf,” a user said, mocking
the Liberal Youth's “message of diversity”.
week we shall present her sister Fatah Morgana,” another user quipped.
has effectively proven that the integration of devout Muslims is impossible.
Thanks for the effort, VU!” a user named Curiositorious tweeted.
what do you say, VU? Impossible to find a truly liberal Muslim, huh?” another
many assumed that the type VU conjured didn't exist in real life, Liberal Youth
chairman JakobSabroe insisted that examples of well-integrated Danish Muslims
are indeed numerous. According to him, an actress was preferred to a real
person for fear of retaliation, as strict interpretation of Islam doesn't allow
women to take off the headscarf as they please, let alone being filmed naked.
we had found a person from the Muslim environment, we would fear the
consequences it could have for her,” Sabroe told Radio24syv.
to Sabroe, the video was intended to “piss off people in both camps”, from
sympathisers of hardline Islam to Danish nationalists.
is a major Danish liberal-conservative party that has produced many prime
ministers, including former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. In
the 2015 general election, it garnered 19.5 percent of the vote, forming a
in Denmark is the country's largest minority religion. According to a 2018
estimate, over 300.000 people or 5.3 percent of the Danish population are
Omar, head of the foreign relations commission in the autonomous administration
speaks during a news conference in Qamishli, Syria September 20, 2018.
(Reuters) - Two U.S. women with Islamic State ties and six children were repatriated
from northeast Syria, Kurdish-led authorities told Reuters on Wednesday, saying
their return came at the request of the U.S. government.
eight Americans are among thousands of wives and children of foreign jihadists
detained by U.S.-backed forces who defeated the last Islamic State foothold in
eastern Syria in March. The Kurdish-led forces are holding the women and
children in already overflowing camps, on top of hundreds of foreign fighters
leaders say they cannot hold the foreigners forever and warn that the prisoners
pose a threat in northeast Syria.
few countries want to take back their citizens, who may be hard to prosecute,
and the prospect has sparked fierce debate in their home countries where there
is little public sympathy for the families of jihadists.
Omar, co-chair of foreign relations in the Kurdish-led region, said foreign
governments now appeared more willing to repatriate citizens but “only
humanitarian causes”. He told Reuters he expected more foreign women and
children to be sent home from Syria in the near future.
said the eight Americans were due to arrive in the United States on Wednesday.
Kurdish-led administration, which controls swathes of north and east Syria,
said it had helped repatriate them based on their “free and voluntary desire to
return to their country.”