From her home in the Indian city of Bhopal, Safia Akhtar listens in on her neighbors’ most intimate dramas.
As often as three times a week, women pass through her door to complain of deceitful husbands, evil in-laws, abandonment, and abuse. Akhtar, a grandmother, hears from both sides of each dispute before dispensing justice, according to the teachings of the Quran.
She is a female Sharia judge.
The Lahore Ahmadiyya UK branch has led the way in women taking a leading role mosques by having a woman give the Friday Khutba on more than one occasion. We have always stressed the importance of the role of women in society, not just as wives and mothers, but as leaders of the community.
Now it seems that the Muslim Women’s Council (MWC) is following in our footsteps and is consulting on the idea of having a female led Mosque, based in Bradford.
It wants Bradford’s communities to lead the way in empowering women to play a leading role in revitalising places of worship, in which Muslim women have been marginalised by mostly male-dominated mosques for many decades.
MWC’s chief executive Bana Gora said access was the biggest problem for women.
In an era in which many young people feel that their faith is no longer relevant, or are going to extremes, we want to be able to provide a safe space for them to question, learn and grow whilst having an appreciation of their heritage as well as the opportunity to make informed choices relevant to the 21st century.
Lets hope that the MWC can gain confidence from our lead and push this forward from just an idea being consulted on to a reality which will benefit thousands of women in and around the Bradford area.
National sharia court, which hears cases under the country’s Islamic legislation, on Monday appointed a female judge for the first time in its 33-year history.
Ashraf Jehan, 56, who was serving as an additional judge at the high court in southern Sindh province, made history as she took the oath in Karachi.
Slowly but surely progress is being made in removing discrimination faced by women in Pakistan. A surprising development is the appointment of the first woman judge to the shariat court in Pakistan. This combined with the comment of the chief judge of the court that there is no discrimination in Islam against women shows progress being made.
Original Source: Brecorder
Pakistan Female Fighter Pilot Wins Battle of Sexes
With an olive green head scarf poking out from her helmet, Ayesha Farooq flashes a cheeky grin when asked if it is lonely being the only war-ready female fighter pilot in the Islamic republic of Pakistan.
Farooq, from Punjab province’s historic city of Bahawalpur, is one of 19 women who have become pilots in the Pakistan Air Force over the last decade – there are five other female fighter pilots, but they have yet to take the final tests to qualify for combat.
“I don’t feel any different. We do the same activities, the same precision bombing,” the soft-spoken 26-year-old said of her male colleagues at Mushaf base in north Pakistan, where neatly piled warheads sit in sweltering 50 degree Celsius heat (122 F).
A growing number of women have joined Pakistan’s defense forces in recent years as attitudes towards women change.
China’s Hui Muslims are unique in many respects. The country’s second-largest ethnic minority share linguistic and cultural ties with the majority in China that have allowed them to practice their religion with less interference and fewer restrictions than others, like Uighur Muslims and Tibetans. Outside of China, the Hui practice of installing women as the head of female-only mosques has been viewed with criticism and admiration. In this video, ChinaFile look inside the lives of Hui women and what the practice, and the religion, means to them.
Education being a command of Allah and has been made incumbent on all muslims male and female by the Holy Prophet. In the light of this why was Malala shot? Why is this happening today? We should not associate this incident with the Holy Quran or Islam but should distinguish it from Culture.
Where is the Muslim Ummah going in terms of Education?
Another shooting in Pakistan aimed at stopping girls from being educated. Not content with shooting children Sunni extremists are now taking aim at the school teachers.
Keep women down, do not let them learn or they may get equal rights – This is todays Pakistan.