Pakistan appoints first female judge to sharia court

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 … Continue reading Pakistan appoints first female judge to sharia court

Islamic Jihad: Is Islam the first target?

Radical Islam, which today is growing in numbers all over the world, could ruin traditional Islam. The “Jihad for the purity of faith” proclaimed by the fanatics is trying to destroy not only the non-Muslim population of the planet, but even Muslims themselves. Radicalism has nothing in common with the Prophet Muhammad's religion and is … Continue reading Islamic Jihad: Is Islam the first target?

Pakistan’s first sect-free mosque calls for end to discrimination

Darul Iman Jamia Masjid Qurtuba’s story is as dramatic as the sectarian history of Pakistan. The newly-built mosque in Islamabad’s Margalla foothills is calling upon its followers to stop discriminating along sectarian lines and to start praying together – in whichever way they like – under the same roof. Zahid Iqbal is a local businessman … Continue reading Pakistan’s first sect-free mosque calls for end to discrimination

The first British Muslim woman to have visited the Holy Cities of Madinah and Makkah

During the 19th century, many women, particularly Englishwomen, were fascinated by the Arab world. Most of these female travelers, like Lucie Duff Gordon, Lady Ann Blunt, Gertrude Bell, Isabelle Eberhardt and Freya Stark, to name but a few, are known to us through their impassioned travelogues. However, one name, Lady Evelyn Cobbold (1867 - 1963) … Continue reading The first British Muslim woman to have visited the Holy Cities of Madinah and Makkah