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The Rights of a Child

In this series of khutbas we look at the rights of children. We start with verse 66:6 of the Holy Quran which Commands parents to save themselves and their families from fire. As there are many rights to be considered this topic may spread over two sermons. Next week we will look at the reasons why the children’s rights are so grossly [...]

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Women’s rights in Turkey

In Europe it is generally thought that Islam is repressive to women and any rights Muslim women have are due to Western influence. The writer of this article, a Turkish female political analyst, explodes this myth. First, she gives the source of the Women’s rights: Turkish women have enjoyed equality in the law of marriage since Ottoman [...]

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Civil Rights Advancement in Pakistan

Last month marked a positive milestone in Pakistan’s civil rights legislations. Transgendered citizens, known as hijra or eunuchs, were allowed for the first time identify themselves as transgendered when registering to vote. The new legislation came after a much debated constitutional case in 2008 regarding the humiliation and ill treatment [...]

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Pakistan’s future is tied to rights for minorities

In 1947, Muhammad Ali Jinnah gave a speech to the New Delhi Press Club, setting out the basis on which the new State of Pakistan was to be founded. In it, he forcefully defended the right of minorities to be protected and to have their beliefs respected: “Minorities, to whichever community they may belong, will be safeguarded. Their religion, [...]

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