have been taking a leading role in protests against a new citizenship law in
India. (Vinod Babu/Reuters)
Citizenship Protests Drawing Many Muslim Women and Girls — Housewives, Students
with Hijabs Covering Their Hair
Women Cooked Breakfast for 150 Fire-Fighters in Australia
Co-Op Empowers Immigrant Women, Refugees
Based On the Life of Acid Attack Survivor Laxmi Agarwal, Is Here To Break
Stereotypes: Deepika Padukone
Woman Pleads For 'Daesh Sympathiser' Daughter Lodged In Kabul
Phenomenon: Emirati Woman Delivers Quadruplets At A Sharjah Hospital
Woman Gets Jail for Embezzling S$38,000 from Mosque Over More Than 2 Years
Arrested At the Jamia Mosque in Nakuru Handed Over To Anti-Terror Police
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Citizenship Protests Drawing Many Muslim Women And Girls — Housewives, Students
With Hijabs Covering Their Hair
protests in India against a new citizenship law that critics say targets
Muslims, are drawing many women and girls — housewives, students with Hijabs covering
their hair, and others in full-length burka robes — in a rare sign of public
anger against the government.
is happening in the country is wrong," Shabana, a 21-year-old student at
Jamia Millia Islamia University, said through the veil covering her face. Jamia
Millia is a major public university in the capital where a large number of
Muslims study. "They can't suppress our voices."
women can be seen painting graffiti on university walls, organizing rallies and
gathering funds for posters and food for protesters. Often, they rally under
the watchful eye of police dressed in riot gear.
who would only provide her first name, said she had been moved to act after
some of her friends had been injured when police stormed the Jamia campus to
break up a protest involving hundreds of students last weekend.
least 200 students were injured as police fired tear gas and used batons to
disperse the crowd. The police have denied using excess force.
had to lie to my parents, but I'm still here, because this is important. We
need to speak out," Shabana said at the rally Tuesday. "I was
horrified when I saw their injuries."
protests, some of the most widespread in India in recent years, erupted on Dec.
11 after parliament passed the controversial law, which protesters say is an
attack on India's secular foundations.
Hindu nationalist government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi insists the new
law is essential as it eases the path for minorities from neighbouring
countries to gain Indian citizenship. But critics say it is biased as it
excludes Muslim immigrants.
are not scared'
protesters Reuters spoke to over the past week are Muslim women and girls from
conservative backgrounds. Some said they had to sneak out of their homes to
join the protests.
mother stops us from stepping out, but if we do not show strength now, then how
will we encourage others to step out?" said Nazia, a 13-year-old
schoolgirl protesting outside the university.
the past, women have played a prominent role in many Indian protests, including
those that broke out following the brutal rape of a young woman on a Delhi bus
the current displays of public anger include people not usually seen out
protesting. Social norms have often restricted participation by Muslim women in
the public arena in India.
girls and women interviewed declined to give their full names as they did not
want their families to know they were involved in the protests.
a 24-year-old PhD scholar at the Jamia university, said that many women from
around the surrounding neighborhood had also come out in solidarity with the
of them was Nadia Khan, a 35-year-old housewife who said: "The government
has forced us to come out on the streets."
are not scared of the government or the prime minister. We are ready to take a
bullet in our chest," she said. "We know how to fight for our
the most striking images of the protests that began in India's northeast before
mushrooming across the country, was one of three young women pointing fingers
in the air and shouting slogans from the top of a wall outside the Jamia campus
last week, with a throng of protesters around them.
of those women, Chanda Yadav, comes from the northern Indian state of Uttar
Pradesh, where she says she was raised in a conservative environment in which
women's voices were suppressed.
were restrictions on everything from the kind of clothes I wore to what time I
would come home from school," said Yadav. "I would always argue with
my family over it. My uncles would often say, 'Shut up, you've got a big
20, is now a Hindi language masters student at the Jamia university, and her
voice, as she stood alongside two hijab-clad school-mates, was among the loudest
at the protest.
said she was a Hindu, but felt strongly that all Indians needed to come forward
to oppose the law.
is not the issue of just one community," said Yadav. "What they are
doing to Muslims today could happen to anyone tomorrow."
women cooked breakfast for 150 firefighters in Australia
of acres of land have been burned, tens of people have been killed, and
countless others have been left stranded following the devastating bushfires
that have taken a toll on Australia in recent months.
horrifying fires were nothing short of disastrous and destructive. But they
were also met with humanity in a time of tragedy. A Muslim group made it out to
a fire-stricken town in Australia to offer their support to those who have been
affected by the devastating fires.
not all they did.
the weekend, women volunteers at the Australian Islamic Society - from Newport,
Victoria - cooked meals for 150 firefighters at the Johnsonville Volunteer Fire
Brigade. In just 48 hours, the women were able to supply five trucks of aid
supplies, raise $1,500, and organize a breakfast for the firefighters who have
been tirelessly attempting to contain the fires that have erupted in East
was very emotional to see how tired and drained they were. They were just
exhausted," one volunteer told Daily Mail Australia.
members, alongside other volunteers, traveled for more than four hours to
distribute aid to victims affected by the fires.
make all this happen, the volunteers worked overnight to organize it all. After
staying up on Friday night, the group headed to relief areas and worked all day
Saturday without so much as a complaint. They were escorted by the Melbourne
Fire Brigade to affected areas to offload the items.
words can describe how proud we are of our sisters, may Allah reward you all.
You are an inspiration to all," the Australian Islamic Centre wrote in a
bushfires across East Gippsland have left hundreds of homes up in flames; many
have been displaced as a result of this. Areas that have been most affected
include New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia; the fires have
reportedly burned an area roughly the size of Croatia.
devastating fires will most likely continue burning until at least March,
Co-Op Empowers Immigrant Women, Refugees
war in Aleppo, Syria, destroyed Safiya’s life.
husband, son, mother, brothers and sisters were all killed in the war. Safiya
managed to escape with her remaining four children to Jordan, where they lived
for three years. Then, in 2016, the family made Chicago its new home.
the trauma of war and grief, Safiya had to find a way to navigate a new country
without knowing the language. She said her children inspired her every day to
son] didn’t go to school for five years because of the war and came here and
had to learn a new language, and right now he’s on honor roll and getting
awards, going to awards assemblies,” Safiya said through a translator. WBEZ is
not using Safiya’s real name because she’s a refugee.
Safiya has a valuable skill: She knows how to make clothes.
is one of four refugee and immigrant women advocating for an ethical garment
industry in Chicago. Their new sewing co-op, Blue Tin Production, aims to
empower immigrant women and, in the process, create a sustainable garment
manufacturing option for designers and consumers.
Katebi, a fashion blogger and activist, raised over $40,000 in crowdsourcing
and foundation funds to launch Blue Tin in 2019.
project came from my own interest in wanting to start a clothing line in the
U.S., that was obviously ethically produced [with] sustainable fabrics, and
seeing the huge gap that exists in domestic manufacturing in the United States,
in which the majority of the clothes made in America are made in prisons,”
name for Blue Tin comes from the blue metal cookie container that’s often used
to store sewing materials.
definitely has been so much like a project of the community here in Chicago,”
Katebi said. “It is definitely so much driven by everybody, all of the members
here since we are a workers co-operative. Everyone gets to own and run the
business and decide the direction that it goes in what we do everyday. So that,
itself, is also really exciting.”
Katebi said immigrant women having ownership in the co-op is important because
many women in developing countries who make the clothes we wear in the U.S. are
paid low wages and are sometimes physically or sexually abused.
just don’t understand how clothes are made,” she said. “And that itself is a
huge barrier for people to understand why clothes are so cheap and that
violence has gone into creating the clothes to make it so cheap.”
Blue Tin sewing co-op has become like home for the women who own it.
some women in the co-op, when Mercy joined Blue Tin, she was not escaping war
but an abusive husband.
Mercy migrated from Nigeria to Chicago to join her husband, she faced daily
cruelty from him.
that time, from 2003 ... to 2017, it was like a living hell,” Mercy said.
was in a new country and completely dependent on her husband. But she knew how
to sew. She bought a sewing machine and started making clothes. Mercy’s ability
to sew became her ticket out of an abusive marriage.
she started looking for work, Mercy said her children told her, “Ma, I don’t
see you working for somebody. You are your own boss.”
Mercy, Blue Tin came along at the right time. “This is an answer to prayer,”
the language barriers, Mercy said the women are like sisters.
they don’t speak English and I don’t speak Arabic, I thought that was going to
be an issue,” she said. “But no. Even though they don’t speak, they just point
to things, and they get it.”
that’s because these women have a universal language: sewing.
Katebi, clothes and fashion are ways to continue her political work — because
she says clothes are inherently political.
is so political in terms of where it’s produced,” Katebi said. “The fact that
the majority of our clothes are created in South East Asia. What does that say
about power dynamics when the majority of that is consumed in the West, and we
have no relationship to the maker.”
the way we dress is also political — more so for some groups than others, she
example, black men who wear hoodies or baggy pants are politicized, Katebi
explained. So are black women for the way they wear their hair, she added.
women who wear a hijab are also politicized, she said.
Oklahoma, where she grew up, Katebi said her mother had a difficult time
finding work because she wore a hijab. Katebi wishes her mother could have
taken advantage of a project like Blue Tin.
is obviously a very personal project ... knowing the legacy of my own family
and the struggles that they faced when I was very young, but I continue to face
to this day,” Katebi said. “And what with the Muslim ban and so much heightened
anti-immigrant, anti-refugee sentiment in the U.S., it makes a space like this
all the more important.”
story was produced in association with the Round Earth Media, a program of the
International Women’s Media Foundation.
Based On the Life of Acid Attack Survivor Laxmi Agarwal, Is Here To Break
Stereotypes: Deepika Padukone
Deepika Padukone teared up at the trailer launch of Chhapaak last month, the
emotional toll the movie had taken on the actress was there for all to
see. Playing the lead character of Malti
in the biography based on the life of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal, the
drama is definitely not for the faint of heart.
turned producer for the first time in her latest film project that follows the
life of the young woman as she tries to rebuild her life after a man threw acid
on her face on a public street in New Delhi in 2005.
having done a varied list of roles like in Padmaavat (2018), Piku (2015), Yeh
Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013) and many more, playing the role of Malti was admittedly
an emotionally challenging one for her.
advocate for mental health awareness, the actress knows the impact body shaming
can have on the mind. Deepika felt passionate about taking this role on because
she realised the importance of having Laxmi's story taken to the greater
actress, who celebrated her birthday yesterday in Mumbai, has been a busy bee
from our telephonic conversation with the actress ahead of the movie's release.
last saw you in Padmaavat in 2018. Was this little break intentional or were
you just holding out for the right roles?
was waiting for the right script to come my way so I can channelise all my
energy in the right place.
the trailer launch of Chhapaak, you got really emotional. When was the last
time you felt so emotional about a movie role?
film on some level is an emotional journey. But then your attachment to that
varies based on so many different things; on set experiences, and the character
that you're playing and the story. I don't think I've ever come across
something as impactful.
you relate to the character or were you just emotionally invested?
bit of both. It's a combination of having lived as the character for so many
months and having invested in it emotionally. I think being an actor also
allows you to empathise and live the life of somebody else. So both of those
things have been emotionally challenging for me.
helped you get into the mindset of Malti? Did you speak to Laxmi Agarwal before
starting the film's shoot?
met her several times many years ago in a completely different context. And
I've had the opportunity to meet her several times through the process of this
movie as well. It definitely enables you as an actor when you get to meet a
character you're playing.
fact, this is the first time I'm playing a real life character. I've never
played a real life character before and especially a living person. So that
makes it all the more challenging. When you're playing real life characters
you've got to do it with a sense of responsibility as well. But yes, getting
into the character is so many things. The physicality is just one part of it;
more important than that are the emotional formalities.
is not your everyday feel good entertainer. It's a hard hitting emotional ride.
What attracted you towards it?
was attracted towards Chhapaak) at many levels. I think one is to create
awareness about the act of violence not just in our country but globally and
the crime rate is only increasing. But more importantly to shed light on it.
essentially puts a lot of focus on beauty and good looks. What are your
thoughts on the importance the film industry places on women fitting a certain
can't speak for everyone. Different filmmakers have different agendas,
different filmmakers have aesthetic sense, different emotional understanding,
and different directors and actors want to tell different kinds of stories. So
I can't really comment on what has been done but I can tell you that Chhapaak
as a film is here to do exactly what you've asked; to break that stereotype and
to broaden our understanding of what our perception of beauty is.
an advocate for mental health awareness what advice would you give someone
going through their own share of body image issues that is affecting their
think acceptance is key. While I think what Laxmi has been through in her own
way has been extremely traumatic, but for someone like me, I've been through
depression and that was a life altering experience for me. So while the two
experiences cannot be compared and are so different from each other, I think
the takeaway here is that both of us have chosen to not succumb and we've
chosen to overcome our experience, and what we've made of our lives after that.
think we're able to do what we do because we've accepted what we've been
through. I think acceptance is key. And when I say acceptance, of course, of
ourselves in terms of what we've been through but also acceptance from society.
woman pleads for 'Daesh sympathiser' daughter lodged in Kabul
A hapless Kerala mother on Tuesday begged the Centre to see that her daughter
Nimisha who was a Daesh supporter and currently lodged in a jail in Kabul is
brought back to India.
told the media that she too heard the news that her daughter along with nine
other Indian widows of former Daesh activists are currently lodged in a jail at
beg the Centre to take steps to see that my daughter and others who are lodged
in a jail in Kabul is brought back to India. I am an Indian and I want the due
process of Indian law to look into what they did. I do not want my daughter to
be tried in an alien country and I have full faith in the laws of my
country," pleaded Bindhu.
want to know the truth on who were behind my daughter. I have already shared
whatever information I had with the NIA. I really want to know how, and what
happened to my daughter and who were behind misleading her. The entire evidence
of what happened to her is in Kerala, so the Centre should bring back my
daughter and others," said Bindhu.
the ten include Nimisha and two other Kerala ladies - Nabeesa and Maria.
news of Keralites joining Daesh surfaced after the Kerala government contacted
various central agencies - IB, NIA, RAW in 2016 about the veracity of reports
about 19 missing people from the state and according to some of the relatives
they are believed to have joined the Daesh.
19 included 10 men, six women and three children and of these, most of them
hail from Kasargode and a few from Palakkad districts and includes Christian
and Hindu converts.
in the past two years, a few of those who had joined Daesh were reportedly
killed, according to their relatives, who got information about it and the
husbands of the three Kerala ladies were among those who have been killed.
was in 2016 that Bindhu, who is settled near Manacadu in the state capital
approached Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan seeking his help to locate her
daughter who had gone missing.
later it was known that Nimisha has got married to her friend Eeza, a Christian
who had converted to Islam.
to this the news came that she had left for Afghanistan and the last contact
the mother and daughter had was in November last year, when she spoke to her
daughter and husband.
phenomenon: Emirati woman delivers quadruplets at a Sharjah hospital
An Emirati mother is overjoyed after she gave birth to four boys at Zulekha Hospital
29-year-old Emirati woman and her husband, who live in Ajman, were thrilled to
receive new members to the family after a prolonged wait.
family was gifted four times the joy when she gave birth to the quadruplets,
the hospital confirmed on Sunday.
are a rare phenomenon that occur 1 in 700,000 deliveries — and the average
length of gestation at birth is 29 weeks. This is the first such case in
Zulekha Hospital, Sharjah since its inception in 1992.
babies, all boys, were delivered on October 28, 2019 at 28 weeks of pregnancy
with extreme caution following an hour-long Caesarean operation.
weighed 0.83 kg, 0.86 kg, 1.1 kg and 1.05 kg respectively.
the four babies and mother are doing well, said the hospital.
babies were discharged when they were around 36 weeks corrected gestation and
all have crossed 2 kg weight mark.
the delivery took place on October 28,2019, the news was released on Sunday
after they were discharged from the hospital last week in good health.
hospital did not reveal the name of the parent and also did not release photos
as the family did not give consent.
Pooja Mohan Jaisal, Specialist Gynecologist, said the woman faced extreme
discomfort and shortness of breath due to pushing of diaphragm by an extremely
large and distended uterus.
was admitted for management of this condition in the previous hospital she
visited and was discharged after bleeding was momentarily controlled. However,
she needed early delivery as the antepartum hemorrhage could have been life
threatening to the fetuses," said Dr Mohan.
was in intense pain and was advised to expedite my delivery after minimising
the risks, so I decided to come to Zulekha Hospital Sharjah. The reputation of
Zulekha Hospital, expert doctors and availability of Level III NICU services
helped me with the decision,” added the new mother.
Sujay Narayanarao, Consultant Neonatologist commented: “All babies faced
challenges related to lung immaturity at the time of birth and required CPAP
(Continuous positive airway pressure) respiratory support at birth. Three of
them also received surfactant after birth to help with the maturity of the
lungs. Total parenteral nutrition was administered to all of them for weight
gain and balanced nutrition.”
head ultrasound scan and eye evaluation were normal for all the babies and they
are doing neurologically well at present. The neonatal team at Zulekha Hospital
is expecting a good neurodevelopmental outcome for all of them.
Woman Gets Jail For Embezzling S$38,000 From Mosque Over More Than 2 Years
A woman working at a mosque dipped her hand into its coffers, drawing out about
S$38,000 between 2017 and 2019.
one count of criminal breach of trust by a servant, with another two similar
charges taken into consideration, 36-year-old Marlina Abdul Rahman was
sentenced to nine months' jail on Wednesday (Jan 8).
had pleaded guilty to the offences, crying in court and telling the judge that
she had just discovered she was pregnant.
court heard that Marlina, who was not represented, worked as a corporate
service officer at Darul Aman Mosque in 1 Jalan Eunos.
began taking money from the mosque a few months after she started work there in
late January 2017.
was entrusted to collect payments for the religious institution, gathering
donations from the public, fees for using the mosque facilities and payments
for religious classes.
March 2017 and November 2017, Marlina took a total of about S$15,000 belonging
to the mosque.
took another S$12,770 between January 2018 and November 2018, and S$10,195
between January 2019 and July 2019.
August 2019, a corporate and estate manager at the mosque discovered that there
was a shortage of S$4,800 from the money collected by the mosque during the
Hari Raya Haji period.
checked the receipts and the mosque's accounting system and found that Marlina
had issued about 219 manual receipts, which were meant only as a back-up if the
accounting system was down.
manager made a thorough check and found that 155 of the 219 manual receipts had
not been registered in the accounting system, and nine of the 64 manual
receipts that had been registered were logged with smaller amounts in the
spent the money on her own expenses, as well as those of her family.
total, she took S$37,877.50 from the mosque, and has repaid only S$4,800, said
Deputy Public Prosecutor Suhas Malhotra.
criminal breach of trust by a servant, she could have been jailed for up to 15
years and fined.
Arrested At the Jamia Mosque In Nakuru Handed Over To Anti-Terror Police
20-year-old woman arrested at a mosque in Nakuru town has been handed over to
the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) in Eldoret for interrogation.
to authorities, the lady was picked up by regular police at the Jamia Mosque
last week on Friday after the Imam, Ahmad Rashid, raised alarm over a suspicious
person amidst them.
police commander Stephen Matu said the woman, dressed in a hijab did not reveal
where she came from, and what she was doing in the country.
too did not have identification, neither carried travel documents.
brought the woman to the police station saying she was a stranger and acted
suspiciously when questioned about her identity and where she hails from,” said
police boss said the woman was handed over to Directorate of Criminal
Investigations (DCI) headquarters in Nakuru for interrogation and later handed
over to ATPU on Tuesday morning.
interrogation at the DCI offices, the woman is said to have shared limited
information with investigators.
are yet to establish where the woman came from, what she does for a living and
if she has a family because she was reluctant to share information after her
arrest,” he added.
said more information about her whereabouts would be revealed after completion
of investigations by the special police unit.
at Jamia mosque said they shall not allow people with suspicious characters to
influence the youth. “We shall a work closely with police to guarantee safety
of worshipers and to curb various crimes,” he said.
suspect was handed over a day after two aliens arrested on a road block were
handed over to APTU for more probe.
said police have intensified surveillance in all areas that seem prone to
terror attacks in the cosmopolitan town.
“Police shall continue with regular patrols in
various localities highly frequented by locals. We are also calling on the
public to always share with us information of suspicious characters as a way of
fighting terrorism,” said Mr Matu.
year, Nakuru launched County Action Plan for Preventing and Countering Violent
Extremism and Nakuru County Violence Prevention Policy to curb terrorism and
to the document, violence in and around Nakuru has increased gradually over the
years with an increase in organized crimes, land related violence, sexual violence,
armed robberies and election related violence.
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It is narrated by Ibn Masud that Allah’s Messenger
(peace be upon him) said, “surely the devil has an influence over the son of
Aadam and the angel has an influence (over him). The devil’s influence is to
incite him to evil and to reject the truth. The angel’s influence is to invite
him to piety and confirmation of the truth. So whoso finds that (the angel’s
influence), it is from Allah and he must praise Allah. But whoso finds the
other condition (the devil’s influence) must seek refuge in Allah from the
accursed devil”. He then recited: (Satan threatens you of poverty and enjoins
you into indecency” (2:268)
This hadith indicates that the angel invites man to
piety with an assurance of reward. The devil causes him to hesitate and
impresses upon him how difficult is to follow religion.
It is well experience argument that for the believers
bereft of Satanic influence, those things are not difficult which are
considered difficult by those who are overwhelmed by the devil’s influence.
After all, we are human beings and commit both sins
The devil creates doubts in the minds even when a Muslim
is in the state of Namaz or recitation of the Quran. Hazrat Uthman ibn Abdul
Aaas once said, “O Messenger of Allah! the devil interrupts me while I am
offering the Salah (Namaz) or reciting the Quran and he raises doubts (waswasa)
in my mind. Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said, “That is the devil
called Khinzib. When you sense him, seek refuge in Allah from him and spit to
your left-side—three times!” (Hazrat Uthman said) I did so and Allah put the
devil away from me”
This hadith indicates that the devil has power to
create doubts even when a person is in the state of prayer or recitation of the
Quran. What about the state beyond Namaz or such spiritual prayers? Of course
the devil creates doubts outside the prayer as well. One should be very active
in dealing with such situation.
Today most of the people embrace volley of doubts
in their minds regarding other creatures. Most of the doubts create tensions
and damage humane relationship. Seeking refuge in Allah is the best solution
for such situation. Let us spiritually train our mind to leave doubts for that
which does not make us doubt.
There is none to stop women from the courtyard of
the transcdental. Saying that the clergy stops them from mosques is either a
baseless claim, or requires evidence or simply a pretext to attack on the
clergy. It has become a heavily-funded environmental agenda to create such
pretexts to defame and target the clergy, as if the non-clergy were the angels
on the earth!!!
The non-clergy have not yet been able to make any
persons spiritual. They should first look within. They are simply emotional and
make things difficult and paradox. Prayers with Jamaat are obligatory on men including
both the clergy and the non-clergy, but most of the non-clergy do not attent
the congregational prayers even when they are not at office hours.
Women have houses to worship at home. Prayers with
congregation (jamaat) are not obligatory on women. They are free to perform
A separate place for acts of worship can be built
for women. This is not impermissible in Islam and no clergy considers it