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.
We read from the writings of the Promised Messiah. Mulfoozat Volume three, pages 90 to 91.
Allah sent Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Promised Messiah, because Muslims had strayed from the path of that the Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) followed.
Muslims had introduced new innovations into Islam and forsaken the example set by our beloved Prophet (pbuh). Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad came to re-establish the original teachings of Islam.
In the Big Questions, a programme aired by BBC1 on Sunday mornings at 10:00 am on 29th May 2011 a Christian preacher was asked whether the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s) was in heaven. His answer, and may Allah forgive us for saying so, was NO. There were a number of Sunnis present, one the imam of the Sunni mosque in the Tooting area of London, who were totally silent. They said nothing. They did not speak out to condemn this statement. They did not defend the Holy Prophet. In short, they did nothing at all. These are the people who accuse us of dishonouring the Holy Prophet (s). How disgraceful is such behaviour! It seems to us that the Sunnis are only concerned with using such excuses to further their political agenda and are not really bothered if our beloved prophet is dishonoured by people. May Allah save us all from such hypocrisy.
At the turn of the century India was a great platform for religious debate.
Seminars were organised at which each religion was asked to present its teachings. Sunnis failed to attend most such debates and it was left to Ahmadis to save the honour of Islam. This happened at the time of the Promised when his speech, later published under the title “Teachings of Islam”, was heralded at a great exposition of Islam. The same thing happened later on when it was left to Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Ali and Hazrat Khawaja Kamal ud Din to save the honour of Islam by brilliant exposition of its teachings, as admitted by even Sunni media.