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:: EDUCATION :: The challenge of educating Muslim girls

The challenge of educating Muslim girls By Hanna Ingber Win The air feels cool at this early hour in in Vihoor village about 100 miles south of Mumbai. As roosters yap away, a small truck delivers a crate of plastic bags filled with fresh milk to a roadside shop. A …

Muslim women say Deoband edict goes against the Quran

Muslim women say Deoband edict goes against the Quran By Neeta Kolhatkar The Darul Uloom Deoband’s edict restricting women from working with other men has not gone down well with Muslim women in the city. They say the fatwa, posted on the Deoband’s website, is specific and cannot be a …

:: WOMEN :: Saudi women giving it back to moral police

Saudi women giving it back to moral police Saudi Arabian women are reportedly fighting back against the country’s ‘religious police’, with one married woman opening fire and another punching an officer. According to media reports, the incident involving the woman happened when she was caught in an “illegal seclusion” with …

Everybody loves a bad fatwa

Everybody loves a bad fatwa By Kashif-ul-Huda Everybody loves a bad fatwa. And why not? It fills column space for newpapers; It brings in viewers for Television channels; it plays into the image of Muslims as a backward community for communalists; and it gives activists a chance to reinforce their …

Afghan woman built her businesses from the ground up

At 31, Hassina Syed holds an advanced degree in business that few can rival. It’s not one that she received through formal studies at a university. She earned hers by being a young female entrepreneur who has managed to amass a mini-conglomerate in war-torn Afghanistan and a male-dominated Muslim business …

National Meet On Women’s Reservation Bill 2010

National Meet On Women’s Reservation Bill 2010 Greetings for peace, Women’s reservation Bill that was passed in the Rajya Sabha using Marshals for some of the members of Parliament has received critical responses in India. There are organizations who feel that a major milestone has been achieved with regard to …

:: SHARIAH :: Divorced from the will of God

Divorced from the will of God By Arif Mohammed Khan The Islamic idea of marriage is best expressed in the following Quranic verse: “It is He who created you from a single person and made his mate of like nature in order that he might dwell with her (in love). …

:: WOMEN :: Doubly deprived

Doubly deprived By Sabiha Hussain A quota for Muslim women in the 33 per cent reservation is necessary to prevent their exclusion from the development process. Had Muslim women been represented in the Lok Sabha to the same extent as their share in the population, their number would have been …

Niqab for Muslim women banned in Canadian province

After France, Muslim women have been banned from wearing niqab in Canada’s French-speaking Quebec province. A bill tabled Wednesday (March 24, 2010) will not allow government services to women wearing the niqab. The bill comes after protests triggered by an Egyptian immigrant’s refusal to remove her niqab in her French …