Dangers of the internet

This is a section taken from a longer speech by Brother Mudassar who looks at the dangers of simply “googling it”, and how the misunderstanding of how google, facebook and twitter work can lead to mis-information being quickly spread.

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Prayer can surmount all calamities

At this very moment members of our jamaat in some parts of the world are under threat and under attack. We look at some instances from the life of the Promised Messiah (as) where an individual was at death’s door but when the Promised Messiah prayed to Allah for his recovery the person recovered. This shows that when faced with great calamities, people sincerely turn to Allah, He listens to their supplications and protects them. This applies to us and our brothers facing these attacks on their existence. May Allah protect them all.

Afghan women in danger again

In a country where ‘honour’ killings and forced marriages are rife there was a belief that the Western occupation would help bring in laws which would protect women and girls, and give them greater rights then under the brutal Taliban regime.

But a new law is being passed in the country which will allow men to attack their wives, children and sisters without any fear of criminal prosecution, bringing into sharp focus the plight that women in the country are still facing.

The change to the criminal prosecution code bans the relatives of an accused person from testifying against them. With the majority of family violence against women this change effectively silences the victims as well as any potential witnesses.

The change is in a section of the criminal code titled “Prohibition of Questioning an Individual as a Witness”. Others covered by the ban are children, doctors and defence lawyers for the accused.

The law having been approved by both houses of Parliament in Afghanistan, is now just awaiting the signature of the President, Hamid Karzai.

Campaigners are now putting all their efforts into trying to shame the President into suspending the new law, a tactic which worked successfully five years earlier when Karzai was forced to soften a family law which enshrined marital rape as a husband’s right.

With most foreign troops leaving before the end of this year and relationships between Western Governments and Afghanistan being frosty, it seems that Taliban or not, the women of Afghanistan will never see the rights that Islam gives them.