Sharia News Watch 32
- Sharia News Watch 32 : a collection news quotes on Sharia News,
for research & educational purposes only. [*]
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Islamic militants join forces for global struggle 09 Jan 03
well-placed sources in Afghanistan maintain that US designs on Iraq
have already caused a U-turn in the situation in Afghanistan.
Guerrilla activities previously restricted to Khost, Paktia and
Paktika have now been expanded to Jalalabad, Ghazni, Kunar, Logar,
Kandahar and even Kabul.
Sources said that an alliance of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar's Hezb-i-Islami
(HIA), the Taliban and al-Qaeda has virtually changed the political
and military landscape. HIA and the Taliban have divided the zones,
with the Taliban fighting in Khost, Paktia and Paktika, and HIA in
Kandahar, Jalalabad, Ghazni, Logar and Kabul. The Taliban and al-Qaeda
are using religious sentiments to attract followers, while the HIA is
fighting under the banner of nationalism.
Sources said that in many places - and especially in Jalalabad - local
administration has turned a blind eye to visible HIA camps and
operations. The same situation exists in Kabul, where even the
International Security Assistance Force commander has now admitted the
presence of a considerable number of "terrorists".
Sources maintain that this U-turn was only made possible after the
US's attention began to shift from Afghanistan to Iraq.
Bahraini women demand unified civil status law 06 Jan 03
Scores of Bahraini women yesterday organized a silent sit in, in the
courtyard of the ministry of justice in Manama demanding a unified
civil status law.
A member of the women "Banner" committee, Ghada Jamshir, said that the
committee organized the sit in to confirm its determination to
continue requesting its demand to "enacting a unified civil status
law, reforming the Sharia judiciary, appointing qualified Sharia
judges who are academically qualified." She explained that the women's
Banner will propose to the parliament a draft civil status law
prepared in collaborations of lawyers.
She indicated that the committee issued a statement "renewing our
demands: like increasing due spending for the divorcees, the right of
the woman to divorce, her right to housing and raising marriage age to
22 for both women and men and issuing a unified civil status law."
Special Panel to take up women's issues 10 Jan 03
The concerns of women about the Sharia Court are to be taken up by a
special committee, it was revealed yesterday. The committee will be
formed of members from different women's societies and will bring up
worthy cases with Members of Parliament (MPs).
The announcement came after six MPs met 60 members of the Women's
Petition Committee, which has been calling for the introduction of a
personal status law. This law would result in family and other
personal issues being dealt with by civil courts, rather than
Bangladeshi women bear brunt of misguided `fatwa' 07 Jan 03
It is not the first time that mullahs in a far-flung village in
Bangladesh have warned women against going out to vote in upcoming
elections, but critics say the latest such calls show how hard it is
to counter the issuance of misguided `fatwa' or religious edicts.
Some mullahs in Madargonj sub-district of Jamalpur district, about 200
km north of the capital Dhaka, have said that women who go to public
polling stations without a veil to vote would be violating Islam.
Public lashings, though illegal, continue to happen, according to
rights campaigners who cite figures saying that up to 200 `fatwa'
prescribing lashings were issued by mullahs across the country from
1993 to 2000. These statistics were taken from newspaper reports,
which means the real figures could be higher.
Women were the victims of `fatwa' in 99 percent of the cases,
according to the Ain O Salish Kendra (Law and Arbitration Centre), a
human rights organisation in Dhaka. Because of the issuance of
`fatwa', at least 18 women committed suicide in different parts of the
country from 1993 to 2000, it added.
The `khatib' or chief priest of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque,
Maulana Obaidu Haque, says that there are misconceptions of `fatwa',
an Arabic word that means decision or resolution.
"The purpose of `fatwa' is to explain the laws of `shariah' (Islamic
law)," he added. Therefore, he said, an Islamic scholar can pronounce
`fatwa' but none has the right to punish anyone. "Punishment can be
given only by a court, not the people who utter `fatwa'," he maintained.
Critics say some mullahs, especially those with inadequate knowledge
or training in Islamic jurisprudence, appear to be ignoring a January
2001 High Court judgement that outlawed the issuance of `fatwa'.
In that landmark judgement, Justice Golam Rabbani and Justice Najmun
Ara Sultana - the first woman high court judge in Bangladesh ruled
that any `fatwa' by any unauthorised person is illegal. The judges
urged the national parliament to enact a law making issuance of
`fatwa' by unauthorised persons a punishable offence. However, no one
has been reported to have been penalised as yet for issuing `fatwa'
and ordering public whippings.
"The legal system of Bangladesh empowers only the courts to decide all
questions relating to legal opinion on Muslim and other laws in
force," the judges' verdict had said.
Islamic militants join forces for global struggle 09 Jan 03
On January 1, Guide-General of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammad
Ma'moun el-Hodaibi, called on the leaders of Arab and Islamic
countries to rearrange their homes and pressure the Arab League and
the Organization of Islamic Conference to stand up to the United
States. In his statement, el-Hodaibi described the US as the heir of
Many of Egypt's Muslim Women Turn to the Veil 07 Jan 03
Encouraged by an Islamic revival and a rise in religious programs on
Arab satellite channels, Maha and a growing number of young women
among Egypt's wealthier classes have augmented their Western wardrobes
with variations on the veil, or "hijab," such as colorful headscarves
and long flowing shirts.
Conservative robes, scarves and veils have been a part of the culture
in Egypt's rural and poorer areas for centuries. But the veil is now
on the rise among the country's urban and traditionally more liberal
classes, who a few decades ago wore daring mini-skirts and strapless
A century ago, the Egyptian intellectual Qassim Amin wrote "The
Liberation of Women" and called for new interpretations of the Koran.
He suggested that the "yashmak," or flimsy face-covering prevalent at
the time, was not mandatory.
Today, liberal thinkers are stirring new controversy by calling for
"ijtihad," or development in religious thought, on the entire idea of
hijab, which many Muslims consider a "fard," or religious obligation,
for women who have reached puberty.
"What we need is serious religious ijtihad on hijab to see if what was
applicable many years ago is still feasible today. But launching
ijtihad on hijab is a taboo," said Hala Mustafa, an analyst at Cairo's
al-Ahram Center for Strategic Studies.
Egyptian Police Entrap Gay Men Through Internet 10 Jan 03
.. [Gay Financial Network]
Egyptian police arrested a 30-year-old gay man after chatting with him
on an Internet site he used to seek potential partners and, posing as
gay men, lured him to meet them, police said Thursday.
Police, in an undercover operation, chatted with the man over the
Internet passing themselves off as a potential lover and arranged to
meet with him.
Although homosexuality is not explicitly prohibited under Egyptian law
which is based on sharia or Islamic law, authorities use "public
morality" statutes as a ruse to harass, arrest and prosecute gay men.
Anesthetization of Oblation Angers German Muslims 10 Jan 03
The biggest two Muslim organizations in Germany threatened to lodge a
complaint with the Higher Constitutional Court against a draft bill to
stop Muslims of the northern Ryan State [North-Rhein Westphalen?]
from slaughtering animals without anesthetization.
In a joint statement, a copy of which was received by IslamOnline
Thursday, January 9, the Higher Council for Muslims and the Islamic
Council refused a new draft law to organize the slaughter laws,
prepared by the state's Environment and Consumer Protection Minister
Biere Bill Huhin.
Huhin, in a press conference last week, declared that the suggested
draft law made it compulsory for slaughtering to be mechanic and after
anesthetization unless an individual offered a document to the effect
that it was necessary, from a religious point of view, for oblation to
be carried out without anesthetization.
Head of the Higher Council for Muslims in Germany, Dr. Nadeem Ilias ..
reminded Huhin that the Higher Constitutional Court had stressed that
the German authorities should not interfere with the Islamic Law
(Sharia) in any way.
According to [Sheikh Yusuf] al-Qaradawi, any method of slaughtering
that leads to "a swift and less painful slaughter of the animal,
serves the aims of Sharia, unless that method causes any kind of harm
whether to the animal or to the human who will eat its meat".
[Death Fatwa] Two brave, moderate Muslims speak out 08 Jan 03
Mr Ulil, head of the Liberal Islam Network, which champions a moderate
interpretation of Islam, said Indonesian Muslims faced shrinking space
for discussion. 'It is dangerous because the space is dominated by
He should know. In an article in November, he said practices like
headscarves for women and chopping off the hands of thieves came from
Arabic culture and were not necessarily part of Islam. Offended
clerics issued the fatwa.
Mr Ulil is unfazed by the death sentence hanging over his head. 'The
fatwa creates a bad environment for debate and discussion,' he said in
a matter-of-fact manner on the sidelines of the forum.
[Java] Islamic activists protest price hikes in Indonesia 11 Jan 03
Around 1,000 Islamic activists marched through the East Javanese
capital [Surabaya] on Saturday to demand the government overturn
recent hikes in fuel and utility prices.
The protesters also called for the imposition of Islamic Shariah law
in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation. They claimed
its application would prevent prices rising beyond the reach of the
country's legions of poor.
The government hiked fuel, electricity and telephone tariffs by up to
22 percent last week to meet demands by the country's international
lenders to reduce budget deficits and increase economic growth.
West Sumatra reinvents its original roots 08 Jan 03
Each province responds in a different way to the reform movement that
evolved four years ago and led to the implementation of regional
autonomy on Jan. 5, 2001.
Mochtar Naim, a sociologist from Andalas University in the West
Sumatra capital of Padang, said the movement of returning to nagari
was an attempt by Minang (native West Sumatra) people to reinvent
their own identity.
This identity is enshrined in the basic philosophy of the Minang,
known as Adat basandi syarak, syarak basandi Kitabullah (custom law is
based on religion (Islam), religion is based on the Koran). The
4.2-million population of the province, formerly known as Minangkabau,
is predominantly Muslim
"One option is a type of nagari administrative system adopted after
the arrival of Islam in the 14th century and before the (second)
arrival of the Dutch in the 19th century, which is identical to the
1946-1958 administrative system, with some improvements here and
there," H. Asbir said.
Experts differ on the arrival of Islam in Minangkabau. Dien Rice, in
1998, wrote that Islam, in the form of sufi cults, arrived on the
coast in the mid-16th century but was not yet firmly entrenched nor
present in the interior when the Dutch arrived early in the 17th
century, while Minangkabau civilization reached the height of
prosperity around the middle of the 15th century. The period also
served as a golden age for the formulation of Minangkabau matrilineal
The shared goal to return to nagari received full support from the
West Sumatra administration by promulgating new laws and decrees in
order to accelerate the process of returning subdistricts and desa
(villages) to nagari. As of last December, 450 nagari had been formed,
said assistant to the West Sumatra governor Yulrizal Baharin.
Minangkabau youths used to live in surau (communal buildings), not
with their parents. There they learned silat (traditional martial
arts) and memorized the Koran under a guidance of a teacher.
The Minang are also famous for their oral culture, a tradition of
discussing at length current issues such as culture, the economy,
politics, education and social affairs in coffee shops and at formal
places in the community. This tradition helps them sharpen their
intellectual skills and curiosity as this habit requires them to
critically observe and analyze events before making a decision.
Khatami 'bid to curb hardliners will fail' 09 Jan 03
President Mohammed Khatami's bid to curb hardline opposition to his
reform policies with two new laws is doomed to failure, Iran's most
influential conservative commentator said yesterday.
But Hussein Shariatmadari, head of the hardline Kayhan publishing
group, dismissed warnings by Khatami's allies that failure of the
bills could plunge Iran into a crisis that would undermine the
foundations of the Islamic system.
The legislation targets two bastions of the conservative establishment
- the judiciary and an unelected constitutional watchdog known as the
Guardian Council. One bill would give the president greater power to
sanction judges deemed to have overstepped the constitution. Hardl-ine
courts have jailed scores of reformist activists and shut down dozens
of liberal newspapers in the past three years.
The other bill would remove the Guardian Council's power to veto
election candidates - a tool which Khatami's allies argue has been
used to bar many reformists from standing for office.
Registration ends for Iran city council elections 07 Jan 03
Unlike other elections, candidates are not required to survive a
strict vetting process by the hard-line Guardian Council. That means
liberal dissidents can test their rising popularity amid growing
disillusionment with reformers, who have largely failed to live up to
promises of institutionalizing democracy and protecting freedoms.
Khosrow Mansourian, a candidate and member of the outlawed Freedom
Movement, said about a dozen members of his group have registered
The Freedom Movement of Iran opposes the country's 23-year-old
clerical rule, but seeks nonviolent democratic change. A hard-line
Islamic court banned it in July, and ordered 33 leaders jailed for as
long as 10 years each saying they acted against national security with
the intention of "overthrowing the establishment."
Signs of War in Northern Iraq 11 Jan 03
This week, ABCNEWS was allowed to interview eight prisoners at a
security prison in the city of Sulaimaniah, the headquarters of the
Patriotic Union of Kurdistan.
The informant described village life behind the fortified and mined
positions of Ansar al-Islam.
Biarrah is one of about 10 hamlets in a small enclave of 60-80 square
miles controlled by the guerrillas. The informant, who wore a ski mask
to conceal his identity during several hours of interviews, detailed a
Taliban-like existence behind the Ansar lines.
He said the Biarrah society was under the strict Islamic rule of
"sharia", where music and videos were outlawed, women were forced to
wear the veil and public beatings were given to anyone found in the
possession of alcohol. He testified to the presence of al Qaeda
operatives, and he said he attended the funeral of a well known Arab
commander who was killed in battle.
Religious edict bans killing non-Muslims 08 Jan 03
Kuwait has revived a religious edict forbidding the killing of
non-Muslims, reinforcing existing laws after recent attacks on U.S.
troops in which one Marine was killed, local newspapers reported on
The edict, or "fatwa" was issued by the ministry of justice,
endowments and Islamic affairs at a time of heightened tension over a
looming U.S.-led military campaign against Iraq in which Kuwait is
likely to be one of the main launching pads.
The edict comes on top of civic and religious laws which forbid
murder, a crime which can be punishable by death. Diplomats say it is
apparently aimed at countering calls by Islamic militants who have
urged Muslims to kill Western "infidels" and rid the Arabian Peninsula
The English-language Arab Times daily said the edict prohibited
Muslims from harming foreigners in Kuwait because their residence
visas entitled them "to live in peace and security".
PM defends cutting foreign TV link 03 Jan 03
Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri defended his order to cut the
international satellite link of an opposition TV station saying he was
protecting vital economic ties with Saudi Arabia.
Lebanese authorities cut the link of New Television (NTV) ending its
foreign transmission although the station's terrestrial service
remains on the air in Lebanon.
The decision to cut back the service was sparked by a planned show on
how the threat of a US war on Iraq affects domestic politics in Saudi
(Islamic) Group warns against stirring sectarian tensions 09 Jan 03
In a statement issued after the [Higher Islamic] council's meeting,
presided over by Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Qabbani, the
council said that efforts to exploit individual incidents for
sectarian purposes should be refused by all parties.
The statement, which focused on the controversy over New Television,
said that Lebanon should not undermine relations with Saudi Arabia in
any way, especially since that Gulf country has always supported it
both economically and politically.
A show about the opposition in Saudi Arabia was banned from being
broadcast on NTV last week. According to the statement, the council
was in support of freedom of speech, but not "chaotic practices nor
Facing the fundamentalist challenge in Malaysia
BY ZAINAH ANWAR [director of Sisters in Islam]
Tough laws for incest 10 Jan 03
Incestuous rape will carry a prison term of between 15 and 30 years
and a minimum 10 strokes of the rotan, the Cabinet has decided.
With the proposed new Section 376C, expected to be tabled in
Parliament this March, there will be three categories under rape in
the Penal Code, said the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department.
Currently, Sections 375 and 376 deal with rape and Sections 376A and
376B deal with non-consensual incest. A rape conviction carries a jail
term of between five and 20 years and whipping and the provision for
incest as a separate offence which was passed by Parliament only in
2001 - carries a penalty of between six and 20 years' jail and whipping.
"The Penal Code will also be amended in order to punish family members
or others who fail or try to cover incidents of incest, with a minimum
of three years' jail.
Current provisions in the Penal Code relating to rape and incest: [..]
[Kelantan] Malaysian leader calls for rapists to be stoned 11 Jan 03
The spiritual leader of Malaysia's Opposition Islamic party .. Nik
Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, who is also chief minister of eastern Kelantan
state ruled by the hardline Islamic Party of Malaysia (PAS), follows
tougher penalties to be imposed against offenders.
Mr Nik Aziz says extending jail terms is insufficient. "Even if a
convicted rapist is sentenced to 50 years' jail, the punishment is
still not in accordance with Islam," he said. "Some people may say
sentencing to death by stoning is outdated. "But we must bear in mind
that rape, illicit sex and incest are also uncivilised."
PAS tried in 1993 to impose Sharia law in Kelantan but the move was
vetoed by the Federal Government.
Govt mulls over standardisation of syariah laws 11 Jan 03
The government will consider proposals to standardise the syariah laws
in the states, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad
Badawi. He said the government had to look at several aspects on the
matter because it was the responsibility of the syariah courts in the
states to formulate syariah laws.
"I understand that Islamic syariah laws are formulated by the syariah
courts in the respective states, but for the sake of uniformity
because the country is small, we should adopt common procedures and
laws as far as possible," he told reporters Saturday.
Abdullah said in matters pertaining to religion, Malays in Malaysia
who were Muslims who practised the Ahli Sunnah Wal-Jamaah and followed
the teachings of Imam Shafie, were all the same.
No point uniform syariah laws if no enforcement 12 Jan 03
Having a uniform syariah law in the country will be ineffective
without the enforcement of such laws, Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd
Khir Toyo said here today.
He said some state religious departments lacked manpower to enforce
the laws, pointing that in Selangor, the religious department, had
addressed this problem by taking in about 100 new enforcement
officers. He added that proper training on syariah laws and ways to
enforce them should also be given to the enforcement officers, syariah
court officials and also to police personnel.
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Abdul Hamid Zainal
Abidin had also said that efforts to coordinate and standardise
syariah laws in the country had been made long ago with five basic
laws having been standardised. He said standardisation that had been
approved by the Rulers' Council in March 2001 were the Islamic Family
Law, Mal Procedure, Islamic Evidence Law, Syariah Criminal Offences
Law, and Administration of Islamic Law.
Fatwa council bans cloning, okays embryonic stem cell research
.. 07 Jan 03
The National Fatwa Council is against human cloning for any purpose
but welcomes the use of embryonic stem cells in medical research.
This is provided the cells are not harvested from cloned embryos.
Its chairman, Datuk Dr Ismail Ibrahim, said the cloning of humans went
against Islam's teachings on the sanctity of human life and the
supremacy of God as creator. "The status of human beings should not be
lowered to that of animals. This is what cloning does," he told a
Press conference at the Malaysian Islamic Advancement Department.
The cloned child's status would be difficult to determine, and for
Muslims, this would complicate marriage and inheritance issues. If
human cloning took off as a trend, it would add to the problem of
single mothers, Dr Ismail added.
http://www.crosswalk.com/news/1180158.html 09 Jan 03
Fatwa council chairman Ismail Ibrahim said the ruling on the 120-day
cutoff point was in keeping with the view in Islam that, until a fetus
reaches that age, it has no soul and therefore can be aborted.
Not all Muslim scholars accept that opinion, which is based on
secondary texts called hadiths, rather than the Quran.
Noting that a senior Vatican scholar had called on humanity to "defend
itself from scientific experimentation, [Manila Bulletin columnist]
Cristobal wrote: "Perhaps what's needed is for humanity to defend
itself from credulity."
Also scoffing was Malaysian media commentator Abdul Razak Ahmad, who
said the Raelians shouldn't hog the limelight. Noting Malaysia's
notorious reputation for the pirating of music, videos and other
copyrighted items, he said the country was better prepared than the
cult was for the cloning revolution.
Presidential race hots up in Nigeria 07 Jan 03
Correspondents say former northern military ruler Major-General
Muhammadu Buhari is regarded as the favourite to be selected by the
All Nigeria People's Party (ANPP).
Mr Obasanjo, a south-western Christian, has lost the support of the
northern power brokers who backed his successful 1999 campaign.
And his opposition to the introduction of Sharia punishments has
alienated many ordinary northern Muslims. They may rally behind a
strong northern candidate, such as Mr Buhari.
Mohammed Buhari won the All Nigeria People's Party nomination after
the five challengers abruptly withdrew from the contest minutes before
midnight Tuesday, calling the process unfair. Mr. Buhari, a Muslim,
has spoken in support of strict Sharia (Islamic law) being implemented
in a dozen of the northern states, where his party is strong.
[Bauchi] A leg for a leg, orders sharia court 07 Jan 03
.. [The Mercury - SA]
A Muslim court in northern Nigeria has ordered that a 45-year-old
man's leg be amputated as punishment for doing the same to his wife.
The Upper Sharia in the town of Bauchi made the order against Adamu
Hussaini Maidoya, who cut off the right leg of his wife, Amina. He
accused her of infidelity, after "over exposing" herself to a doctor
to get an injection.
Judge Alhaji Abdu Yerima ordered that the convict's right leg be
amputated at the knee and that the person or doctor who executes the
sentence should not administer anaesthetic or painkillers.
Islamic militants join forces for global struggle 09 Jan 03
on January 3, the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (United Action Front), an
alliance of six religious parties that won almost 20 percent of the
seats in the Pakistani parliament, held strong countrywide
demonstrations against a US attack on Iraq.
Well-placed sources in the religious party Jamaat-i-Islami maintain
that these movements aim to consolidate their efforts so that the
campaigns bear the same theme in every country. The campaigns would be
aimed at forcing Muslim rulers to either take an anti-US stand or step
down. Furthermore, these sources reveal that prominent leaders of
Islamic movements from Egypt, Sudan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh,
India, Morocco, Algeria and Turkey will participate in a meeting in
Khartoum, Sudan, scheduled for the third week of January.
Focus on honour killings 10 Jan 03
According to Pakistan's Human Rights Commission (HRCP), honour
killings and other forms of violence against women are increasing.
"One of the main reasons why honour killings are increasing is because
people are getting away with it, and there is poor prosecution,"
Kamila Hyat, a joint director of the HRCP, told IRIN from the eastern
Punjabi city of Lahore. "Only 20 percent of cases are brought to
justice," she added, calling for tougher laws on domestic violence.
Under Pakistan's penal code, honour killings are treated as murder.
However, the law states that the family of the victim is allowed to
compromise with the killer (who is usually a relative). "We are
calling for this law to be changed," Hina Jilani, a human rights
lawyer, told IRIN from Lahore.
The victims range from pre-pubescent girls to grandmothers. They are
usually killed on the mere allegation of having engaged in 'illicit'
sexual relationships. They are never given an opportunity to give
their version of events: most significantly of all, often the making
of the allegation alone suffices to defile a man's honour and,
concomitantly, to justify killing the woman.
However, the threat of an honour killing is not confined to Pakistan.
Women from this Islamic country living abroad are not immune from this
violent method of death. In May 1999, the Nottingham crown court in
the UK sentenced a Pakistani woman and her adult son to life
imprisonment for murdering the woman's daughter, Rukhsana Naz, a
pregnant mother of two children. She had been perceived to have
brought shame on the family by having a sexual relationship outside
marriage. Her brother reportedly strangled Rukhsana, while her mother
held her down.
Regarding the implementation and review of the Hudud Ordinance (based
on the Islamic Shari'ah), which is said to discriminate against women
in domestic violence cases, the official said: "The National
Commission on the Status of Women has been reviewing these laws." He
added that the law had been under discussion for two years, and that a
report on ensuing recommendations was now being prepared by the
commission's chairperson. "This report will become the basis for any
modifications to the ordinance," he maintained.
According to activists, suppression and degradation of women are rife
in this Islamic society. A survey HRCP conducted in January 2001 found
the extent of women's ignorance of their rights to be alarming. A
total of 64 percent of female postgraduates interviewed by Karachi
University students were unaware of their basic legal rights, which
theoretically afford them equality in society. Some 50 percent felt
they were discriminated against due to social factors linked to tradition.
Repression of women in Pakistan 10 Jan 03
Cable TV shuts down after attacks in northwestern Pakistan 08 Jan 03
Cable TV operator Jahanzeb Khan said: "Some 20 men armed with
Kalashnikov rifles and pistols attacked my shop and destroyed
television sets, digital receivers, decoders and other equipment."
Zubair Khalid, president of the Cable TV network association, said:
"We have closed our services indefinitely in protest over the
incident." He demanded government protection.
Police in the provincial capital Peshawar last month detained some two
dozen video-shop and cinema owners as part of a campaign against
Qatari sisters seek asylum in Egypt 09 Jan 03
According to a front page report in the London-based Arabic daily Al
Sharq Al Awsat, Nayla and Zabia, 25 and 28, were married to Indians in
August without the approval of their family while they were on a trip
After they arrived in Qatar, the family arranged to send the two
sisters with their brothers to Egypt to have their foetuses aborted.
On arrival in Egypt, Nayla and Zabia called their husbands from the
Cairo International Airport and warn them of the developments.
The authorities, however, separated Nayla and Zabia from their
brothers who tried to take them home with the help of the Qatari
embassy in Egypt.
UNHCR sources said that their husbands had e-mailed the Commission
saying that they married to the two sisters according to Islamic
Sharia and stayed with them more than four months before they returned
to Qatar. .. the two sisters visited India frequently since their
mother is an Indian.
Briton accused of Saudi car bombings makes confession 07 Jan 03
James Lee has admitted to being involved in the explosions which
killed one Briton and injured several others. Relatives of the other
men claim that the Saudi authorities have been putting pressure on the
British prisoners. The group was detained following car bombs, which
the Saudis blamed on turf wars between illegal alcohol importers.
[The Times.co.uk] Briton admits Saudi bomb murder 07 Jan 03
In recent weeks the other British detainees told diplomats that Mr
Lee, 40, a hospital engineer from Cardiff, had suffered a breakdown
while in prison. He was said to have kept bursting into tears and had
threatened suicide. Mr Lee was moved suddenly from the al-Hajr high
security prison to the secret police headquarters in Riyadh without
the British Embassy being told.
Mr Lee's lawyer said he had not explained his decision to change his
story. "I have asked him many times why he wished to change his story,
but all he would tell me is 'I just want to go home'," said Salah
Ministry forms panel to monitor evasion of zakah, Saudization
http://www.arabnews.com/Article.asp?ID=21844 10 Jan 03
The Commerce Ministry has set up a committee to discover which
companies and establishments are evading payment of zakah and failing
to employ the legally required quota of Saudi workers, according to a
source at the ministry.
The ministry's move follows the revelation that hundreds of companies
and establishments have been attempting to escape the related
regulations by not registering their subsidiaries across the country.
This practice has resulted in the concealment of their actual capital
and income, as well as concealing the total number of employees.
However, the committee has not been empowered to take measures against
violators, the source added. But it will be able to demand that any
company found to be in violation of its legal requirements gives an
undertaking in writing to cease such activity.
Sad Case of Muslim American Charities 09 Jan 03
Since those planes crashed into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and a
Pennsylvania field, virtually all Muslim charities in the US have been
designated as financiers of terrorism, and in some cases their
officers arrested and charged, including the Texas-based Holy Land
Foundation, the largest and most respected Muslim charity in the
country, the equivalent of the Christian United Way and the Jewish
United Jewish Appeal.
Spokesmen for the Muslim Public Affairs Council, a Long Beach,
California group that lobbies for Muslim causes, have told the press
that among American Muslims, particularly those from the Middle East,
there is a feeling that were they to write checks to their favorite
charities these days "the government will come after us." Though
Muslims in the US are not by any means a homogenous community, coming
as they do from different countries and ethnic backgrounds, with
different cultures and different languages, they now are beginning to
feel a homogeneity that they had not felt before, identifying with one
another in no small part because the US government, and in many cases
American society in general, are treating them as one.
As Peter Sherry, professor of government at Claremont McKenna College,
wrote recently in the Washington Post's Outlook section: "We are
pushing these groups together into a political coalition around
grievances against the government that will not soon be forgotten. The
outcome will almost certainly be a new minority group whose claims
against America will be a source of rancor and division long after the
current crisis has ceased."
Yo, Mohammed, lighten up: It was a joke! 07 Jan 03
So it goes in post-Sept. 11 America where Muslims have become the new
approved victim class. Here's how the knee-jerk drill goes: A
journalist writes or otherwise depicts Muslims or their Prophet
Mohammed in some way other than soft-focus, peach-toned Hallmark words
or images, and thousands of American Muslims become like a battalion
of whitewashers unleashed on urban graffiti.
Leading the charge is the special interest group CAIR (Council on
American-Islamic Relations), which runs a Muslim news Web site and
organizes letter-writing and e-mail campaigns. A recent fatwa against
political cartoonist Doug Marlette produced thousands of e-mails, many
of them threatening to varying degrees. At one end of the spectrum
were overt threats of death and mutilation; at the other were attached
viruses intended to sabotage Marlette's computer and, with any luck,
Marlette's offense? A joke. A cartoon. A humorous image of a man
dressed in Middle Eastern garb driving a Ryder truck with a nuke in
back with the caption: "What Would Mohammed Drive?" If you don't get
it, go back to sleep. Marlette's home paper, the Tallahassee Democrat,
never ran the cartoon in its print edition and, under pressure from
CAIR, quickly removed it from its Web site. So much for free speech.
The [Tallahassee] Democrat's decision to suspend Cotterell and to
withdraw Marlette's cartoon frankly smacks of caving in to special
interests at the expense of free speech.
Women need a ministry 01 Jan 03
Women's issues are in fact interlocked and connected with all sectors
and not confined to certain sector or administration, thus need broad
support. This requires opening direct channels with policy-makers at
those institutions to pay attention to women's plans and projects in
education, health, labor, and politics.
Despite our appreciation of some officials in ministries (ministers
and deputy ministers) who received us and facilitated our task and
deeply understood reasons of our presence, on most occasions our
meetings were not easy.
The meetings were permeated with various hindrances. There were
changes in time of appointments for more than once and shortening of
the time of meeting. Sometimes the official would preoccupy themselves
with other matters like receiving other visitors or answering
telephone calls. Such behavior on part of some officials made the
meetings miss their goals and subsequently things became more
complicated and position of the WNC representative at those ministries
The feeling of superiority and the look of belittlement, which some
would not express frankly but rather implicitly, lead us to conclude
there is more of a need for a Ministry for Women Development in the
coming government formation in April 2003. [Al-Yamania Newspaper]
[al-Qeda] Bureaucracy of Terror 06 Jan 03
In December, the London-based Arabic newspaper Al-Sharq published a
multipart series of articles on the inner workings of the al Qaeda
network. The articles were based on documents taken from a computer
found in Kabul that belonged to Ayman al-Zawahiri, leader of the
Egyptian Islamic Jihad, Osama bin Laden's right-hand man and the
intellectual pillar of the al Qaeda movement.
The documents give insights into the problems of enforcing order on a
multimillion-dollar international conglomerate with no SEC standards
and accounting practices that would make Arthur Anderson look
virtuous, if it still existed.
The network employed internal auditors who conducted investigations of
financial or other irregularities. For example, a terrorist working
out of London was accused of extravagant spending on office equipment
and furnishings. (No matter what bureaucracy you work in, somehow it
will always come down to desks.) However, conducting this type of
investigation is extremely difficult in the terrorist milieu. One of
the investigators, a sharia judge named Abu al-Hasan, complained of
various impediments to completing his assignment:
- Terrorists are hard to find; they move around, use multiple
identities, give false addresses and phone numbers as a matter of
course, so it's hard to locate an individual even if he isn't trying
to hide from the investigator;
- Terror networks are highly dispersed and the need for the
investigator to travel long distances also contributes to these
difficulties, especially when multiple parties are involved;
- Long-distance communication is expensive;
- Terrorists, because of cell structures necessary for security, do
not all know each other, and Hasan did not know any of them, so it was
difficult to understand the relationships to build a case;
- Witnesses kept introducing details unrelated to the core investigation;
- The accused keep accusing the accusers in one case the person
being investigated kept maintaining he was in fact the plaintiff;
- The accused tend to be very slow in responding or completely
non-responsive, and it is very difficult to assemble a complete case.
[OIC] Islamic jurisprudence experts to discuss cloning at Doha meet
.. 11 Jan 03
The issue of human cloning is slated to come up for a threadbare
debate at a conference of Islamic jurisprudence (Fiqh) experts that
kicks off here this morning.
The conference is being held by the Islamic Fiqh Academy based in
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, under the aegis of the Organisation of Islamic
Conference (OIC). The academy is a prominent wing of the OIC.
Islamic jurisprudence experts from more than 50 countries around the
world are expected to take part in the convention, which will be the
14th in a row. The OIC has 57 Muslim countries as members and is
currently headed by Qatar.
Another subject that will be debated at length is whether televised
competitive shows that offer big money in prizes should be banned or
not under Islam. A prominent Arabic channel airs such a show called
"who wants to become a millionaire".
My Husband Does Not Satisfy Me in Bed: Can I Masturbate? 11 Jan 03
.. [Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and Islamic scholar at the
Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states: ]
Sexual fulfillment is an important part of the mutual obligations of
husband and wife.
Should he be suffering from a sexual dysfunction, he is required to
seek professional advice in order for your marriage to be a happy one.
If he cannot satisfy you through sexual intercourse, he is perfectly
justified in satisfying you through other avenues;
If in spite of your best efforts to convince your husband, he still
remains insensitive to your needs in this respect, you are justified
in taking whatever steps are necessary in terminating your marriage,
if you are unable to tolerate it.
Fatwa Bank - How to Give up Masturbation? 03 Nov 01
[Bahrain] Islamic banking conference on the way 08 Jan 03
The event, on March 2 and 3, is being jointly organised by the
Bahrain-based Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic
Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) and the World Bank, with the support
of the Bahrain Monetary Agency.
Conference discussions will focus on the following topical issues:
Islamic banks as a type of universal banking model; Standards for
regulation and supervision: soundness and stability; Recent corporate
malpractices: legal, regulatory and accounting lessons; Governance of
Islamic financial institutions and the role of Sharia boards: product
development and protection of stakeholders; Islamic financial centres
and economy-wide Islamic financial systems: institutional framework
and performance; Risk management practices of Islamic financial
institutions; Transparency and accountability: the twin aspects of the
modern financial reporting paradigm; Money laundering and its
prevention: what is required from Islamic financial institutions.
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