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Professor Suspended for Sexual Harassment

Aligarh Muslim University SymbolThe Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Thursday suspended a Law Department professor following a complaint of sexual harassment against him by a girl student of LLM first year.  

AMU registrar Group Captain Shahrukh Shamshad confirmed that Professor Mohammad Shabbir has been suspended on charges of misconduct following complaint by a student pursuing LLM first year. 

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Professor Shabbir could not be reached for comment. 

According to sources, the university had suspended Professor Shabbir on similar charges of sexual harassment eight years ago on a complaint of US-based university girl student who had come on a visit. After going back to the US, she had lodged a complaint with the US embassy in this regard which was forwarded to the AMU authorities. Shabbir was suspended on the charges then as well. After four months, the inquiry had given him a clean chit and his suspension was revoked. 

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Educated Muslim Females Don’t Have Greater Freedom

Women Muslim Students in Kerala
One of Kerala’s most influential Sunni leaders has said that just because women are now educated, it does not mean that Islam has allowed them greater freedoms, especially in their relationship with men.

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“…Islam has not changed its decrees regarding the life of women. Muslim women should not work in a place where only a woman and a man are present. They should work only in a place where there are enough number of women and trustworthy men. Ninety per cent of jobs do not require men and women to mingle. These rules cannot be changed,” he said.

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Taslima Nasreen On Fatwas, Women and Free Speech

Taslima NasreenA meeting between Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal and Islamic cleric Maulana Tauqeer Raza has sparked a controversy. Taslima Nasreen on Tuesday criticised Kejriwal for meeting Tauqeer Raza.

Meanwhile, Raza and Kejriwal denied that the fatwa, that had been announced against Taslima, had been issued by him.

Taslima, reacting to the meeting on Tuesday, tweeted, “A politician asks for support from anti-women, anti-free speech, Muslim fanatic, who illegally sets price on people’s heads.”

In another tweet, she noted, “The criminals who issue fatwas against women don’t get punished in India.” In a third tweet, she wrote, “Politicians should go to ordinary Muslims if they need their votes, not to Muslim fanatics who are responsible for Muslim community’s backwardness.”

Read the rest: Taslima Nasreen Denounces Fatwa.

Taslima Nasreen, from Bangladesh,  was sentenced to death by fatwa for the blasphemy of telling the truth about Islam.  She is now fair game to kill for jihadis, an apostate who denied her religion and culture in order to be a witness for the higher laws of life that govern all free humans and their expression.  Read her book “Shame” Taslima is perceptive and brave.  She is a female treasure.

Muslim Women: Fatwa Against Photography is Medieval Mindset

Burqa-clad-woman-taking-photoA group of six women are seated in a spacious hall, their sights trained at a bunch of photographs adorning a wall. The photographs were shot during various field trips these women undertook over the last few years. “They tell stories of women’s emancipation, their struggle to find their space in society,” explains Ayesha Shaikh.

Shaikh is part of 16 women whom Kurla-based Aawaaz-e-Niswaan, a women’s advocacy group, helped train as photographers. Though Darul Uloom Deoband’s recent fatwa calling photography unIslamic rattled rationalists, it has pained these women photographers more. “The fatwa reeks of the medieval mindset. Just as writing brings catharsis to writers, photography is a way of feeling liberated,” says Aawaaz-e-Niswaan’s founder Haseena Khan.

Women are surprised that the seminary’s fatwa department, replying to an engineering student’s query on whether he should choose photography as a career, said: “Photography is unIslamic. Do not do this. You should search any suitable job based on your engineering course.” The women collectively ask a question: “What do they tell some of India’s leading clerics who attend sessions of All India Muslim Personal Law Board and happily get captured on videos and cameras?”

Read the rest here.  (h/t to Jihad Watch)

More on Underage Marriage

Veiled Child BrideUnderage marriage among Muslims has ignited a debate in Kerala [India], with the community’s most influential organisation vowing to get legitimacy for the practice while political parties and women’s groups have said it would be a setback when Muslim girls have been making strides in education.

Striking a fine balance between family and class

It was triggered by a government effort to ratify underage marriages that have already taken place, because many such couples were finding it difficult to get their marriages registered. In June, the social welfare department, run by the Indian Union Muslim League in the UDF government, issued a circular asking local bodies to allow registration of marriages of girls below 18 and men below 21.

Eight states where over half the women are married as children

Political parties and Muslim women’s organisations alleged this would promote child marriage, forcing the government to amend the circular. Under the new circular, underage marriages only before June 28, 2013, could be registered under the Kerala Registration of Marriages (Common) Rules 2008.
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Outraged clerics who have pledged to fight for legitimacy say underage marriages are not common but sometimes inevitable. “We are not promoting underage marriages,” says Musthafa Mundupara, who is with Samastha Kerala Jamiyyathul Ulema and is general secretary of the state coordination committee for the protection of Muslim personal law. “But certain situations may demand such marriages. The Shariah law allows Muslim girls to marry when they attain puberty.”

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Yes, sharia law is based on sacred Islamic doctrine, which is based on the Koran and the sunnah (the words and deeds of Mohammed.  Mohammed married his wife Aisha when she was six and consummated the marriage when she was nine.  Thus, pedophilia is made sacred in the Islamic ideology.

Muslims in India Want to Lower Minimum Age for Girls to Marry

Muslim SchoolgirlsWhy?  So Muslim men can follow the example of Mohammed.  Allah said Mohammed was the perfect pattern to follow, and he married a six year old girl and consummated the marriage when she was nine. 

Kerala’s nine prominent Muslim organisations led by the Muslim League have decided to approach the Supreme Court to exclude Muslim women from the law prescribing minimum marital age. According to them, the present Prohibition of Child Marriage Act 2006 which prescribes 18 as women’s legal marital age and 21 for men, violates Muslims’ fundamental right to practise their religion.

The Muslim groups’ move has angered reformers, social activists, women’s groups from even Muslim community. Interestingly, Muslim Students Federation (MSF), the student wing of the Muslim League too has attacked the move saying it would only take the community back. “This move will block Muslim girl’s educational progress” said T P Ashrafali, President, MSF.

V P Suhara said Muslim clerics and orthodoxy were behind the move.  “We too will approach the supreme court to defeat this move. This is  orthodoxy’s attempt to drive back the Muslim women who have come a long way in education and other fields in recent times. The clergy and the orthodoxy want Muslim women to remain uneducated so that they can continue with their traditional ways of exploitation like having multiple wives, divorce at their free will or denying the divorced women maintenance etc”.

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When Women Are Considered Chattel

say-no-to-dowryThis is what happens.

The latest incident of forced marriage of a minor Muslim girl to an Arab national has once again brought to focus vulnerability of women from poorer sections who continue to be victims of sexual exploitation.

The infamous “Arabbi Kalyanam” (Arab wedding), a social malady prevalent in parts of Kerala, has stirred a raging debate over the evil practice, which has devastated the lives of young girls in the wake of recent episode in which a 17-year-old girl from Kozhikode, living in orphanage, was forced into marriage with an Arab national.

The Ras al-Khaiamh (UAE) resident Jasim Mohammed Abdul Kareem, after spending two weeks with the girl, returned home and pronounced “talaq” [divorce] over the phone.

Despite universal education and commendable social sector indices, women from underprivileged sections in Kerala still appear to be victims of circumstances beyond their control.

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Indian Village Bans Love Marriages and Cell Phones for Young Women

love-jihadUnmarried women under the age of 40 can no longer marry for love, visit the market unaccompanied or use mobile phones in a northern Indian village, media reported Friday. 

Asara village council in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh – 70 kilometres from New Delhi – introduced the bans to protect “naive” young men and women from corrupting influences, according to the Times of India and other newspapers. 

The Hindu daily described the ruling as a “Taliban-style diktat” in its online edition, adding that Asara was Muslim-dominated.

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Wakf Board in India Bristles at Advice on Child Marriages

Teen bride from India looks into camera sadly. The AP State Women’s Commission’s (APSWC) advice to the wakf board on tackling the “persisting problem of girl child marriages” among Muslims has raised the hackles of the community elders. The panel asked the board to take “punitive action” against qazis who are guilty of solemnizing the marriage of the girls below the age of 18.

A letter sent by the commission to wakf board has triggered a widespread outrage with top officials of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) reacting strongly against the ‘advice’ saying it was an infringement of the personal laws of the community. While APSWC officials said the letter was sent to the board on June 25 after hearing tales of woes from around 200 Muslim ‘grassroot self-help groups’, senior national Muslim leaders said the commission’s authorities had gone too far.

“This is a direct interference in the Muslim Personal Law (Shariat) Application Act of 1937. The act says a girl can be married once she attains puberty. A girl can attain puberty at the age of 15,” AIMPLB general secretary Abdul Raheem Qureshi told TOI on Friday. “The Delhi high court had held the marriage of a 15-year-old girl valid last year,” he added.

Read the rest: Indian Muslim Authorities Bristle at Suggestion to End Child Marriages.

All Girl Rock Band Violates Sharia Law

BandOne of the members of an all-girl rock group [called Pragaash]  in Indian-administered Kashmir has queried why they have been described as “un-Islamic” when male bands are allowed to perform.

She told the BBC that their intention was not to disrespect Islam, as alleged by the region’s most senior cleric. The teenager confirmed reports that the group, Pragaash, had disbanded.

Meanwhile, police are investigating allegedly intimidating comments posted on Facebook against the group. “We will identify them through their IP addresses,” a police official told the BBC.

The girls say they have received abuse and hate mail on Facebook since they made their first live appearance at the Battle of the Bands music festival in Srinagar in December.

“Music was our passion. We did not know it was haraam [un-Islamic],” the girl band member told BBC Hindi by telephone on Tuesday.

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Music violates Islamic sharia law.  And music made by females?  Double haram.  From the Reliance of the Traveler:

The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said:

(1) “Allah Mighty and Majestic sent me as a guidance and mercy to believers and commanded me to do away with musical instruments, flutes, strings, crucifixes, and the affair of the pre-Islamic period of ignorance.”

(2) “On the Day of Resurrection, Allah will pour molten lead into the ears of whoever sits listening to a songstress.”

(3) “Song makes hypocrisy grow in the heart as water does herbage.”

(4) “This Community will experience the swallowing up of some people by the earth, metamorphosis of some into animals, and being rained upon with stones.” Someone asked, “When will this be, O Messenger of Allah?” and he said, “When songstresses and musical instruments appear and wine is held to be lawful.”

(5) “There will be peoples of my Community who will hold fornication, silk, wine, and musical instruments to be lawful ….”

All of this is explicit and compelling textual evidence that musical instruments of all types are unlawful (Kaff al-ra’a’ ‘an muharramat al-lahw wa al-sama’ (y49), 2.269-70).