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Woman Delivers 'Khula', ‘Divorce Initiated By a Muslim Woman’ On Mail, Clerics
Say Follow Rule
A 42-year-old Muslim woman from Lucknow on Saturday, announced divorce from her
husband using the Islamic procedure of 'khula', claiming her marriage stands
dissolved. Ten days ago, she had declared 'khula' (divorce initiated by a
Muslim woman) on WhatsApp, email and post to her husband.
couple had a love marriage 12 years ago, but they drifted apart after four
years and moved high court for divorce last year. The court put them through a
mediation process, after which they separated. However, they agreed on terms
and conditions for their daughter's custody and reconciliation.
woman claimed her husband was alcoholic and would torture her at gunpoint, so
she approached an organisation working on Muslim divorce cases.
their advice, the woman sent a stamp paper 'khulanama' to the husband through
email and post. After her husband didn't respond for 10 days, she made the
public announcement, claiming 'khula' was her Islamic right.
and Quran give women the right to divorce. The Quran doesn't say a cleric has
to be involved. For long, clerics have tried to curb women's rights by saying
husbands have to give consent for such a divorce. This woman has used her
Quranic right and tried all mediums of reconciliation which didn't work,"
said social worker Naish Hasan.
'khulanama' states her husband did not support her for two years, paid school
fees of their daughter for only three months and didn't agree to divorce or
work on the marriage.
clergy, though agreeing on 'khula' being a woman's right, said the process for
dissolving the marriage had not been followed in this case as the husband has
to be heard. Otherwise, clerics said, such a 'khula' is like 'instant triple
talaq' pronounced by a man.
the marriage was performed according to Shariat, the divorce will be valid only
by following its procedure. This involves the woman writing her reasons for 'khula'
and submitting an application to the Darul Qaza. The husband is then summoned,
a mediation window is opened and the man's side is heard. If no headway is
made, divorce is granted," said All India Muslim Personal Law Board
(AIMPLB) member Maulana Khalid Rasheed Farangi Mahali.
all goes well, the process can take less than a month, but it has to be duly
completed. Just conveying your message through post or email and not
communicating mirrors instant triple talaq," he said.
cleric who also oversees Darul Qaza at Farangi Mahali also said a number of
women know about their right to 'khula' and approach clerics. "It is a
stereotypical majoritarian view that only Muslim men pronounce divorce. Women
have the right to initiate too, but both have to follow procedure," he
Naish, who has been helping the woman, said, "She tried reconciliation and
as per Islamic law will let go off her 'mehr' (money paid by groom). A woman
can initiate divorce and take it to its conclusion. A Sitapur-based woman had
initiated 'khula' in 1946 to set an example."
O’Connor has described how she felt “at home” after reading the Quran and
subsequently embracing the Muslim religion.
singer, who has returned following a five-year hiatus from touring, announced
her decision to “revert” to Islam almost a year ago and says she often wears
the hijab as a means of signalling her new-found beliefs.
word ‘revert’ refers to the idea that if you were to study the Koran you would
realise that you were a Muslim all your life and you didn’t realise it. That’s
what happened to me,” she said on Friday night’s Late Late Show.
am 52. I grew up in a very different Ireland to the one that exists now and it
was a very oppressed country religiously speaking. And everybody was miserable;
nobody was getting any joy in God.”
singer, who has long captivated audiences with her views on Irish life, spoke
about reading the scriptures as a child and later exploring other religious
texts “trying to find the truth about God”. She left Islam until last because
she held her own prejudices about the religion, she said.
[then] realised oh my God I am home, I have been a Muslim all my life and I
didn’t even realise it.”
O’Connor wore a hijab during her appearance on the show and gave performances
of Shane McGowan’s A Rainy Night in Soho and Nothing Compares 2U, the latter
song written by the late Prince to whom she said she was dedicating the
Late Show host Ryan Tubridy asked the Bray singer if she was enjoying being 52
and if she was happy in life, to which she said she now felt like a
experience of ageing is that as my body is getting older, I am getting
younger,” she said.
regards the notion of a “comeback”, Ms O’Connor said she was unsure if she
still had an audience.
was really working so hard for years, I was burnt out. So it is a bit of a, I
suppose a comeback,” she said.
actually thought nobody would be interested anymore. I really thought nobody
was going to buy any tickets to the shows. I really thought I wouldn’t even get
any shows, that nobody would hire me.”
achieving global fame in 1990 with her recording of Nothing Compares 2U, Ms
O’Connor has released numerous albums and remains one of Ireland’s
highest-profile artists. She is due to perform at Féile ’19 in Co Tipperary
later this month.
The Ministry of Labor and Social Development announced the graduation of the
second batch of women enrolled in the "Leadership Training and
Guidance" initiative. In September, 31 female trainees graduated in
mid-level leadership, and 30 others in senior leadership. In July, 59 trainees
initiative comes within the initiatives of the National Transformation Program
2020, aiming at training up to 1,700 females working in the private and public
sectors to be promoted to leading positions. The training is offered through
INSEAD business school. The initiative aims to develop leadership skills of
women working in the private sector and empower them to lead Saudi companies.
it raises awareness of women’s leadership and conveys an accurate picture of
the ministry’s support for women’s capacities.
program also aims to build a network of professional relationships among
participants to provide professional support, advice and motivation, thus
ensuring effective professional development in the future.
training course focuses on several themes: Women and leadership, strategic
planning, influence and motivation, motivating others through feedback, making
decisions in confusing and high-risk situations, making group decisions,
applying leading change and implementing strategies.
program will train women working in the governmental sector in the near future.
ministry is pleased to invite private sector facilities to support women’s
participation in the labor market and promote their presence in leading
positions, through nominating their female employees to the program on the
platform’s link: https://wl2030.pnu.edu.sa/ar/Documents/Home.aspx.
A young braveheart from Kerala, Sifiya Haneef, was conferred with the Neerja
Bhanot Award in a solemn ceremony here on Saturday.
award was presented to her by Wendy Sue Knecht, who also worked with the Pan
American World Airways in the ’80s and had trained Neerja Bhanot in 1986.
Knecht specially came here from Los Angeles for the award function. The award
consists of Rs 1.50 lakh, a citation and a trophy.
award was instituted in 1990 in memory of Neerja Bhanot, who saved hundreds of
lives while sacrificing her own when a Pan Am flight from Mumbai to New York
was hijacked at the Karachi airport on September 5, 1986.
specially constituted jury comprising three Rotarians — Sneh Popli, Manjit Kaur
and Anu Dhingra — selected Sifiya for the honour after she met the criteria
laid down by the Neerja Bhanot Pan Am Trust, which stipulates that the awardee
has to be an Indian woman who when faced with social injustice, overcomes it
with guts and grit.
Bhanot, managing trustee at Neerja Bhanot Pan Am Trust, said: “Sifiya got
married when she was 16 and her studies were stopped. Unfortunately, her
husband died when she was 20. She had two children by then. Sifiya wished to
continue her studies, but did not get any support. Not willing to give up, she
took on a part-time job and resumed her studies.
a lot of struggle and realising that life was very tough not only for her, but
also for other widows as well, she started spending her salary on helping
started a Facebook page called ‘Chithal’ where she wrote about the issues
also met a lot of sick mothers, kids, elderly people and cancer patients, among
others. She would update her page on the problems these people were facing and
get public support to solve their issues.
she is helping more than 300 families by providing them shelters, constructing
toilets in colonies, distributing medicines and giving them pension, Bhanot
emotional Knecht said: “Though a lifetime has passed, Neerja’s generosity, her
humanity and her sacrifice will never be forgotten.”
fighting for justice, Neerja proved that you can re-write your story from being
called a ‘victim’ to a ‘hero’. The message that Neerja imparted upon the world
was ‘do the right thing, come what may’. This is what all of us must do. I too
have been inspired to follow Neerja’s path,” she added.
LUMPUR: Malaysia honored Chairperson of Kuwait’s Women’s Cultural and Social
Society Lulwa Al-Mulla with the Muslim World Rania award in recognition of her
contributions to women rights in Kuwait and Muslim world. The award was
received by Al-Mulla’s son, Saleh Al-Nafisi, during a ceremony held at the
conclusion of the Muslim World Business and Investment Zone on Friday. Layla
Rani, director of the event, said that Mulla has major social and cultural
contributions in Kuwait as well as in Muslim worlds and internationally. She
commended Mulla campaigning for women’s rights and empowerment. Rani also
praised Kuwait’s contributions to Muslim countries and the rest of the world.
She added the event’s magazine highlighted the scientific, economic and social
development in Kuwait. The Muslim World Rania Award is presented in recognition
of amazing efforts by great women leaders and to appreciate their feat in all
sections of life. Honored by the business and investment magazine ‘OIC TODAY,’
this year’s award was extended to 12 women from Kuwait, Malaysia, the United
Arab Emirates (UAE), India, Azerbaijan, Qatar and Iran. – KUNA
Saudi directors Haifaa Al-Mansour and Shahad Ameen brought a message to the
Venice Film Festival along with their movies: Women must be seen and heard.
“The Perfect Candidate” is one of two films by female directors out of 21
competing for the festival’s Golden Lion award, telling the story of a woman
doctor facing gender-based challenges while running for municipal council.
“Scales,” which screened out of competition, focuses on a young girl surviving
against superstitious villagers who believe she is a curse. Both directors hope
their films will convey a message of empowerment at a time when Saudi Arabia
has been easing male guardianship rules. “Showing a lead female character, it
is indirectly empowering women,” Mansour said.
one who will make most money in this film is the girl, she is not a supporting
role, she is the main role. You invest in her journey, love her and root for
her that is what is very important for a conservative audience to see.”
start of Mansour’s film reflects the changes in the Kingdom, with protagonist
Maryam driving her car to work.
what she wanted Saudi female audiences to take away from the film, Mansour,
also known for the English-language film “Mary Shelley,” said: “That it is
about time to put themselves out there and not to be afraid of failure or to be
come from a very traditional society so even with the liberties, like ...
(women) driving is legal but not a lot of women drive because it is not
accepted still socially. So it is very important for women ... to take
advantage of the new freedoms given to them because that is ... how to move
“Scales,” Hayat has been saved by her father from a village tradition of
families sacrificing their daughters to sea creatures, making her an outcast.
has previously described how she at times had to hide in a van while directing
her 2012 film “Wadjda” about a young Saudi girl determined to buy a bicycle.
changed a lot, I don’t have to be in the van anymore ... and accessibility ...
we shot in really remote areas and we were able to shoot,” she said.
Fearing that a Taliban-like fundamentalist government may return, many women in
Afghanistan are determined to vote in the upcoming presidential polls to defend
their hard-won rights enshrined since the collapse of the Islamist regime in
Muqadasa Ahmadzai, 25, was a child when the Taliban ruled the country for five
years from 1996. She works for women in Nangarhar, one of the most dangerous
provinces where the Taliban and the Islamic State (IS) insurgent groups
dominate vast territories, Efe news reported on Saturday.
women are teachers, doctors, pilots, they have the right to drive, take part in
elections, and advocate for their civil and fundamental rights," Ahmadzai
told Efe news, explaining the progress made in the past 18 years.
contrast, she said, under the Taliban regime "women were killed, flogged
in public for not wearing burqa, schools abandoned and hospitals
women still have challenges, the progress we have made is significant,"
starting almost from scratch, women now occupy 27 per cent of civil service
posts, and dozens of them hold senior positions in the government as Ministers
or Ambassadors in the country where 39 per cent of over 9 million school
students are girls.
has asked women to mobilize through democratic means, especially during the
elections set for September 28.
protect their achievements and defend their rights, women need to take an
active part in upcoming elections and should elect a president who can truly
defend their rights against the Taliban in the peace talks," said the
are 18 candidates in the fray, including incumbent President Ashraf Ghani, who
is seeking a second term, his CEO Abdullah Abdullah, former insurgent leader
Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and former intelligence chief Hanif Atmar.
of the 9.6 million registered voters, only 3.3 million, or 34.5 per cent, are women,
despite the efforts by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to increase
participation in urban areas is good, but due to family and cultural
restrictions, insecurity, and lack of awareness, the number goes down as we
move from cities to rural and remote areas," Abdul Aziz Ibrahimi, IEC
spokesperson, told Efe news.
for women like Lina Faiz, the Taliban's threats were not enough to deter them
from exercising their democratic right.
threats should not stop us. We should use ballots against the Taliban's
bullets," Faiz said.
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