Sharia News Watch 70
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Sharia (Islamic Law) & related subjects, as appearing on the major
news- searchengines. All editions :
Taliban reviving, recruiting in Afghanistan - 09 Sep 03
According to the report from Kandahar region of Afghanistan, students
from religious seminaries across the border in the Pakistani province
of Baluchistan have joined the war within Afghanistan, and are ready
to take part in suicide missions, the report in The Telegraph said.
The scarcity of reconstruction work in Afghanistan's southern regions,
where people lack healthcare, education or even wells for drinking
water, has boosted the Taliban's recruitment drive, the report said.
While hundreds have already joined the fight, Taliban leaders claim
that many more religious students from Pakistan are ready to go.
The politics of accommodation : Bangladesh experience - 04 Sep 03
The ulama chiefly became unhappy over the AL[Awami League] government
because of the cut down of grant to the madrashas (religious school).
The people were highly critical of police overdoing in the National
Mosque Baitul Mukarram, particularly Police entering the mosque with
their boots on to arrest political opponents that took sanctuary
within the mosque premise to evade arrest. At this time, six persons
got killed in Brahmanbaria because of police firing on the peaceful
procession of the ulama who were demonstrating against the court
verdict to curtail their right to issue Fatwa. The ulama became
furious at being the target of AL government vengeance when they were
arrested and tortured for every bomb blast in the country, notably the
Ramna Botomul, Udichi Jessore, Narayangonj and Kotlipara. The ulama
also disliked pro-government media playing caricature with beard and
cap, the symbol of Muslim identity that is highly regarded in the
Political analysts believe that it is important that the present
alliance between the nationalist and Islamic forces is maintained, for
any setback of the alliance will bring AL to power which is thoroughly
secular and widely suspected for its link with India.
Muslim writer: Jerusalem not sacred - 04 Sep 03
[Official Egyptian weekly reinterprets Muhammad's 'Night Journey']
Egypt TV 'bans veiled presenters' - 06 Sep 03
The issue of Islamic dress code has long been controversial in Egypt
and now the conflict is taking place against a quietly changing social
landscape in Egypt with more and more professional women deciding to
wear the veil. The presenters say they are being denied the right to
choose and nothing in their contract with the state broadcaster bans
them from wearing the veil. Strictly speaking what they wear is not a
veil, but a headscarf that covers their hair.
Al-Azhar on air - 09 Sep 03
Al-Azhar University is studying the possibility of launching a new
religious satellite channel sometime in the near future. .. The idea
for the new channel seems to fit snugly into the framework of
increased government interest in promoting a modern and tolerant
Islamic discourse, as well as controlling messages conveyed through
religious channels. .. According to Cairo University mass
communications professor Safwat El-Alem, there are already too many
government-owned channels on air. Al-Azhar University, he suggested,
should make use of existing satellite channels such as Nile TV and
Al-Tanweer instead of launching into the business themselves.
First Muslim [private High] School Opens in France - 03 Sep 03
The private Lycee Averroes, named after a prominent 12 th-century
Islamic philosopher from Spain, welcomed a dozen teenagers - six boys
and six girls - in its five-room premises above a mosque in the
northern city of Lille. "Our teaching is in French, the teachers are
all accredited, the program is the same as elsewhere, the class is
co-ed and wearing the veil is allowed for girls but not obligatory,"
said Makhlouf Mameche, deputy principal of the school. The school,
which hopes to expand in coming years and is open to non-Muslims as
well, is financed mostly by donations from the faithful "without any
foreign support," he added.
Sheikh Nuamah Chalks Another Feat - 02 Sep 03
http://allafrica.com/stories/200309020860.html [Accra Mail - Accra]
Sheikh Ishaak Nuamah is a popular TV personality whose Islamic
evangelism especially on marriage counseling attracts audience from
both great religions as manifested by callers into the programme. At
the Teachers' Hall last Saturday he launched his video and audio
cassettes on the vexed subject of marriage and how to sustain it.
Sheikh Nuamah's work is a major departure from what can pass for a
normal practice in the Islamic community especially, Accra and Kumasi
where sermons and preaching are done in Hausa. His works on the video
and audio cassettes are in Twi, a clear message about the universality
of the Islamic religion.
Hajj 2003: Kebbi Pilgrims to Undergo Screening - 29 Aug 03
http://allafrica.com/stories/200308290848.html [Daily Trust - Abuja]
This year's intending pilgrims in Kebbi State have to undergo series
of screening to ascertain their knowledge on the performance of
pilgrimage in the Holy Land. Governor Adamu Aliero who dropped the
hint while receiving the report on the conduct of last year's hajj
operation by the 2002 Hajj Committee at the Government House,
Birnin-Kebbi, said henceforth all intending pilgrims from the state
have to be enlightened on the conduct of the hajj. He added that in
previous years there were reported cases of display of ignorance by
the pilgrims. According to him, Islamic scholars would be recruited to
educate pilgrims while in camp to achieve the desired objective.
Court refuses to let Advani off the hook in Babri Mosque Case
http://www.timespk.com/2003/september/02/top9.htm - 02 Sep 03
India's Supreme Court Monday refused to stay proceedings against
Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani and others accused of
involvement in the demolition of a mosque [Ayodhya] in northern India
[Uttar Pradesh], a report said. The court also issued notices to
Advani, Human Resources Development Minister Murli Manohar Joshi and
federal detectives probing the controversial demolition, asking why
they had sought to drop conspiracy charges in the case, an Indian news
agency reported. Advani, Joshi and other Hindu hardliners are accused
of inciting thousands of Hindu zealots to pull down the 16th century
Babri mosque in 1992, saying it was built after a temple to their
mythological warrior god Ram was destroyed.
NC condemns J&K Govt's takeover of Muslim Auqaf Trust - 09 Sep 03
Strongly condemning the Jammu and Kashmir government's takeover of the
Muslim Auqaf Trust, the National Conference, which controlled the
body, on Tuesday described the move as "vindictive" and said it would
fight this politically and legally. "We strongly condemn the
vindictive action of the Mufti government. Attempts to harm the Muslim
Auqaf Trust have been made in the past too but they have failed," an
NC statement said in Srinagar.
Mufti takes keys to trust in charge of key J&K shrines - 08 Sep 03
So far run by the National Conference, the [Muslim Auqaf Trust] owns
properties worth crores across the Valley and wields considerable
political clout because of its control over shrines like Hazratbal,
always at the centrestage of Kashmir politics.
Baashir gets four years in plot to overthrow government - 02 Sep 03
The alleged spiritual leader of the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) regional
terror network, Abu Bakar Baashir, was Tuesday sentenced to four years
jail after the Jakarta Central Court found him guilty of taking part
in a plot to topple the government of the world's most populous Muslim
nation. .. The cleric had denied the charges, saying that the trial
was carried out to satisfy the United States and other "infidel
enemies" of Islam in an attempt to foil his struggle to introduce
syariah in the country. He even denied that JI did exist at all,
saying that the so-called clandestine organisation was the concoction
of the US to go after him. The court also found him guilty of two
immigration offences, by falsifying his presence in Indonesia when he
was actually living in Malaysia between 1985 and 1999, and failure to
report to the Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur then.
Obscure cleric who dreamed of regional Islamic rule - 03 Sep 03
..[The story of how Bashir rose from an obscure cleric to embody the
militant Islamic movement in South-East Asia goes back to the 1970s].
Indonesian court sentences Imam Samudra to death for Bali bombing
.. - 10 Sep 03
An Indonesian court sentenced Islamic militant Imam Samudra to death
for masterminding the Bali bombings which killed 202 people last
October. "We sentence the defendant...to the death penalty," said
chief judge Wayan Sugawa, saying Samudra had been proven guilty of all
four charges against him.
Radicalism atypical of Indonesian 'pesantren' - 05 Sep 03
When questioned on the religious justification for their openness to
outsiders - including non-Muslims - santri [Islamic boarding school-
students] immediately refer to the Prophet Muhammad's saying, that
whoever believes in God and in the hereafter must respect his guests.
This prophetic saying (hadith) is a strong basis indeed for the
santri's hospitality and does not limit such inclusion to Muslims
only. A limitation applies only in terms of time - three days -
whereby if a guest stays longer than this period, the host is not
obliged to treat them specially.
The teaching of "brotherhood" in santri - that is prevalent among
members or followers of Nahdlatul Ulama, or NU, (literally "the
resurgence of ulema") the largest Muslim organization in Indonesia -
can also be referred to. The teaching advocates three levels of
brotherhood that should be embraced in the pursuit of the peaceful
coexistence of humankind. First is brotherhood among Muslims (ukhuwwah
Islamiyah); second, brotherhood among people of the same nation
(ukhuwwah wathoniyah), and third, brotherhood among all human beings
(ukhuwwah basyariyah) - regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or
One unique characteristic of moderate pesantren [Islamic boarding
school], enabling them to produce tolerant and pluralistic people, is
their balance in teaching Islamic legal aspects (fikih) and
spirituality (sufism). This approach derives from the nine saints
(wali songo) who spread Islam in Java. The spiritual dimension is
probably what is missing from radical pesantren that prefer to stand
in a binary position: Right-wrong, halal-haram, me-the other,
[Drug Addiction] From Jungkies to Jihad - 02 Sep 03
Proactive movements have widespread public support, but all take a
militant stance in managing what the authorities obviously cannot.
GERAM (the People's Anti-Addiction Movement) is comprised of 400
martial-arts fighters "ready to fight to the death in the jihad
against drugs." GANAS (the Anti-Narcotics Movement) monitors court
hearings and decorates the proceedings with antidrug banners. Both of
these grass roots organisations take threatening acronyms for their
names: GERAM means "furious" or "raging" and GANAS means "" cruel,"
"wild," "savage," or "vicious." Much larger than GERAM or GANAS is
GRANAT (the National Anti-Narcotics Movement), which in Indonesian
means "grenade." GRANAT was founded by Henry Yosodiningrat, a former
lawyer, who spent three years attempting to help his son overcome his
addiction to putauw. When his attempts failed, Henry lashed out
against dealers and suppliers as a one-man army. .. With thousands of
volunteers, GRANAT searches out drug activity and sets up posts where
residents can report suspicious activity.
The most militant of all such vigilante groups are the Islamic groups.
Fundamentalist Islamic forces claim the drug epidemic is caused by "an
attack on freedom by the ideologies of the capitalist-secularist
Western nations." In their view, drug dealers are greedy capitalists
lusting after ever-increasing profits. But drug dealing also
strategically weakens a generation of young Muslims. "With damaged
lifestyles, bodies, minds, intellects, and with their social skills
weakened, capitalist nations can easily enslave Muslim societies in
the future." Any self-respecting Muslim, they claim, can not sit in
silence and witness the destruction of the younger generation.
the lack of political will and the general state of social breakdown
lead to such a proliferation of excesses: emotional responses and
violence on the one hand and helplessness, silence, and prayer on the
other. Public dialogues emphasize the problems, never the solutions.
'Regional autonomy on the wrong track' - 10 Sep 03
The implementation of regional autonomy has turned both provincial and
regental legislatures into oligarchic entities eager to fight for
their own interests, a survey says. A five-year survey chaired by
noted sociologist Daniel Sparringa [Airlangga University, Surabaya]
showed that local legislatures were also prone to anarchy. "There are
five big groups of people's perceptions to regional councillors,"
Daniel Sparingga said on the sidelines of the VIII National Congress
of Science 2003.
Another image was that regional councillors in most cases were
becoming free-floating elite as they were not attached to the
community they were supposed to represent. "They become insensitive
and careless with many real problems faced by the people in their
regions." He also said that local councillors were prone to becoming
"moral brokers" as they were forcing certain value among the people,
although the values were not wanted by the community. As an example,
he mentioned the tendency of some regional councillors to close
amusement places during the fasting month and establishing sharia law.
Towards an Understanding of the Shiite Authoritative Sources - 10 Sep
USIP rapport : Islamist Politics in Iraq after Saddam Hussein
http://www.usip.org/pubs/specialreports/sr108.html - Aug 03
In Iraq, women fight a separate war for freedom - 09 Sep 03
[Badr] Once-outlawed group patrols Iraqi holy city - 07 Sep 03
.. [The Columbian]
Militiamen carrying assault rifles and wearing arm bands of a
once-outlawed Islamic group patrolled in the holy city of Najaf on
Saturday, a week after a key Shiite cleric was killed in a bombing
followers blamed on the failure of U.S. security efforts. In a major
if temporary policy shift, the top U.S. civilian administrator in
Iraq, L. Paul Bremer, said the armed Iraqis have the blessing of the
American occupation force. .. most of the armed men in Najaf wore
black arm bands emblazoned with the word "Badr" identifying them as
members of the Shiite Badr Brigade Militia [Supreme Council for the
Islamic Revolution in Iraq].
Al Azhar Fatwa regarding council ''shameful'', politically motivated
.. - 28 Aug 03
Iraqi parties blasted al Azhar - Islam's most revered authority - at
the backdrop of its Fatwa (religious ruling) banning Arab and Islamic
countries from dealing with the Iraqi Governing Council, calling the
US- backed body illegitimate. The Iraqi parties have also rejected the
decree from the Arab-world's highest-ranking Sunni Muslim institution,
describing it as a "shame". They suggested that it would be more
useful for al Azhar not to indulge in political issues that concerned
Ansar Media: Mala Krekar is sacked by Ansar Al- Islam -10 Sep 03
Mala Krekar , the founder of the Islamic extremist group, Ansar
Al-Islam has been dismissed from the group, an Ansar Al-Islam media
chief announced. The news was announced on one of Ansar Al-Islams
websites on 8th of September 2003. The announcement is dated to 15th
of August 2003.
The announcement says that Mala Krekar publishes from time to time,
declarations and meetings in the media under the name leader of Ansar
al-Islam. These comments contained faults to the Sharia law,
infidelity comments and directions which opposed the prospects and the
program of Ansar Al-Islam. The alleged announcement confirms that the
members of Ansar Islam Shura have signed on the sacking of Mala Krekar
in the end of the second month (February) of 2003. The announcement
continues and says that the reason for this action is because Krekar
has violated the agreed terms such as, not publishing any declarations
to the media. .. It is not known whether this is a trick by Ansar
Islam to release pressure on Krekar in Norway or a serious matter.
Israel must end its policy of closures and restriction of movement
.. - 08 Sep 03
"Israel must put an end to the imposition of disproportionate and
discriminatory restrictions on Palestinians' movement in the Occupied
Territories which have crippled the Palestinian economy and caused
widespread poverty, unemployment and increasing health problems,"
Amnesty International said in a report published today. Closures,
blockades, checkpoints, curfews and a barrage of other restrictions
imposed by the Israeli army on Palestinians have made even short
journeys between towns and villages difficult, dangerous and often
impossible - effectively confining some three and a half million
Palestinians to a form of town arrest.
The report Surviving under siege - The impact of movement restrictions
on the right to work, examines the impact of these restrictions :
Board criticizes treatment of Arab Israelis in 2000 protest - 02 Sep
An Israeli commission has found the government and police guilty of
negligence and brutality during Arab Israeli protests that left 14
people dead in October 2000.
In the report, the panel of two judges and an academic criticized the
prime minister in 2000, Ehud Barak, and his public security minister.
It said: "The state and its various governments failed in dealing with
... the problems of a large [Arab] minority within the Jewish
majority. The government treatment of the Arab sector was
characterized by prejudice and neglect." The panel said Sharon must
improve the lives of Israel's Arabs through more equal budgetary
allocations for education, housing and job creation.
At The Dewan Rakyat Yesterday: No out-of-court divorce - 04 Sep 03
The Government has directed all religious departments to prosecute
Muslim men who divorce their wives outside the court, including via
the short messaging service. Only after action was taken could the
divorce certification (surat cerai) be issued, said Parliamentary
Secretary in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Noh Omar. He said
the days when husbands were able to get away scot-free after divorcing
their wives without per-mission of the court were over.
Those found guilty can be fined a maximum of RM 1,000 [EUR 235,-] or
six months' jail, or both, as provided under the Islamic Family Law.
Noh said the decision to prosecute was reached at a meeting last month
between the Islamic Development Department and Syariah Judiciary
Department following an outcry after a syariah court affirmed a
divorce declaration made via the SMS. Asked when the directive would
be enforced, he said it would be applicable to couples wanting to
certify their divorce which had been made out of court.
Syariah Advisory Council For Uniform Views On Takaful And Islamic
http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v3/news.php?id=14090 - 02 Sep 03
The setting up of a Syariah Advisory Council as the sole adviser on
issues relating to the Islamic or Syariah Law is important to ensure
uniform views on Takaful and Islamic banking sector.
The council would be the highest authority on the Syariah Law,
advising not only the Central Bank but also all Islamic banking
institutions in the country, he said.
Earlier when tabling the amendment bill in the Dewan Rakyat, [Finance
Ministry Parliamentary Secretary] Hashim said the setting up of the
council would further streamline the Syariah and legal framework for
the Islamic financing and banking sector as well as expanding the
scope of Central Bank's activities. In addition, he said the Central
Bank would also be empowered to issue written instructions to
financial institutions on issues relating to the Syariah Law after
referring them to the council.
Ex-Terengganu police chief defends the force - 07 Sep 03
Penang police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Othman Talib has defended the
police force following an accusation by the Terengganu Mentri Besar
Datuk Hadi Awang.
Othman said he regretted that the PAS state government was still
nursing a grudge against Terengganu police for not co-operating in the
enforcing of the Hudud and Qisas bill passed in the state assembly in
July last year. He said the police could not enforce a law which was
believed to be ultra vires the Federal Constitution. "They (state
government) have yet to gazette the Hudud and Qisas which means that
the two are not laws yet," he said.
Othman, who was Terengganu Chief Police Officer for 18 months, said:
"Instead of splitting hairs on whether Hudud is legal or not, let
someone take the case to the Federal Court to see whether it is ultra
vires the Federal Constitution."
Benchmark: When non-Muslims are affected by syariah courts
.. - 03 Sep 03
Another conflict of the law following conversion, is that under
Islamic Law the wife who did not convert to Islam is not entitled to
inherit the estate of the deceased Muslim husband. The civil courts,
however, have held that if the marriage remains subsisting under the
1976 Act, the widow is entitled to the husband's derivative pension.
What then of the rights of the Muslim widow to the pension? Under the
Federal Constitution, the syariah courts "shall have jurisdiction only
over persons professing the religion of Islam and in respect only of
any of the matters included" in paragraph 1 of the State List
(legislative powers of the States). Under Islamic law, all persons
whether Muslim or non-Muslim have right of access to the syariah
courts. This was so even in this country for 400 years before the
advent of the British who marginalised the syariah courts.
It is submitted that this restriction of the syariah court to Muslims
only should be removed because there are occasions when non-Muslims
may be affected by decisions of the syariah courts especially with
regard to family matters.
Malaysia exports its Islamic Family Law expertise - 07 Sep 03
Malaysia's Islamic Family Law is gaining popularity to the extent that
even Muslims in South Africa are keen to adopt the system.
International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)'s Law Faculty Dean
Prof Dr Nik Ahmad Kamal said the South African Muslim Personal Law
Board had seeked Malaysia's expertise in the field.
"Their (South African) parliament is debating on the Family Laws and
the board has asked for our assistance to train their lawyers, court
officers and judges. They want our help to implement the laws once
they are passed," Dr Nik told reporters after the presentation of
diplomas and certificates to law graduates of the IIUM here Saturday.
"The Islamic laws are not implemented and they are still relying on
civil laws. They don't have the expertise to operate the Syariah
courts and they need to train the kadi and counsellors," he said.
Besides South Africa, other Muslim nations like Oman and Maldives had
also requested IIUM's assistance to train their legal officers.
Master English, Syariah judges told - 09 Sep 03
Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Samsudin Osman said this was
important as they might need to make references to law books written
in English when handling cases. He said by mastering the language,
they would be able to increase their general knowledge, especially
since the world was heading towards globalisation. "You should keep up
with current affairs as it will help when you are dealing with certain
cases," he said at the opening of the fifth annual conference of
Syariah court officials today. Samsuddin said the same applied to
prosecutors, lawyers, research officers and others involved in the
Syariah courts. [New Straits Times]
National Fatwa Council bans teachings of Azhar Wahab Group
The National Fatwa Council has banned the teachings of the Azhar Wahab
Group which was found to have continued to promote the teachings of
the disbanded Al-Arqam Group.
Azhar Wahab, in his 30's, is said to be a founder of a company
involved in the practice of traditional medicine. It has been
operational throughout the country since 1998. Among the practices of
the group found to be against the teachings of Islam is the reciting
of verses which contained words contrary to Islam before a reflexology
session. Shahir said that Azhar Wahab, who was a member of the
Al-Arqam before it was banned several years ago, is also said to have
supernatural powers and his followers were required to obey all his
decisions and instructions.
Islam respects human rights Asghar Ali - 03 Sep 03
http://www.mtrustonline.com/dailytrust/islam030920 XXX 03.htm
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Jigawa Traditional Ruler Supports Polio Vaccination - 02 Sep 03
http://allafrica.com/stories/200309020787.html [This Day - Lagos]
Just as traditional rulers in some states in collaboration with the
Supreme Council on Sharia have directed muslims to disallow their
children from taking the polio vaccine, a traditional ruler in the
Hadejia Emirate of Jigawa State had urged his people to give the
forthcoming exercise their total support.
Mai-Shahada said that, traditional rulers have a role to play in the
success of the programe. He directed all village and ward heads in the
area to embark on the enlightenment campaign on the importance of the
exercise. Also, the district head proised that all village heads under
his domain willbe involved during the exercise to ensure wider
coverage. However, polio vaccines have bcome controversial especially
in the muslim populated areas inthe country. The sharia council had
recently directed that muslims should boycott the vaccines immediately
for what it called recent finding about the vaccines being poisonous.
National Assembly Tells JNI, SCSN to Investigate Polio Vaccine
http://allafrica.com/stories/200309090668.html - 09 Sep 03
.. [Daily Trust - Abuja]
Worried by the growing controversies surrounding the polio vaccine in
the country, the National Assembly has called on the Jama'atul
Nasril-Islam and the Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria (SCSN) to
engage independent scientists to investigate the efficiency of the
polio vaccine in the country.
The committee, he added, has met with traditional rulers, ulamas and
governments of Bauchi and Jigawa States and will be meeting Katsina
and Kano governments to find ways of taking the nation out of the
[BBC] Q&A: Sharia in Zamfara state - 02 Sep 03
.. [Zamfara governor:]
" the essence of Sharia law itself is to deter people from committing
offences. That is why there a lot of provisions in the law for appeals
and if proper procedures are followed, you hardly find any people
given such sentences. .. For example, it is the responsibility of the
government and the society at large to ensure the basic needs of the
people are provided. And once you provide society with basic needs,
you will hardly find anybody stealing.
Muslims believe that the holy crime is supreme and once there is any
problem associated with the killing of a human being, the penalty is
death for those who have killed other people. "
[TNSM] Defunct outfit vows to fight for enforcement of Islamic law
Two shoemakers held on blasphemy charges in Lahore - 05 Sep 03
Police on late Thursday arrested two shoemakers in Badami Bagh late
Thursday on charges of blasphemy because the shoes they sold bore
decorations which resembled the word "Allah."
On the complaint of Bhatti Gate resident Shabbir Hussain, a police
team headed by Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), City Division
Dr Tahir Chohan raided a shoe-manufacturing factory in Badami Bagh
late Thursday night and arrested factory owner Munir Chawala and his
nephew Azim Chawala. The complainant said the shoes he bought from
Shah Alam Market had a shape like the word "Allah." "God's name was on
the shoes and therefore it hurt my feelings and I reported the matter
to the police," a police official quoted Mr Hussain as saying. Mr
Hussain is illiterate and earns a living as a kiosk food seller.
Maulana Mufti from the Jamia Ashrafia said four clerics gave the
'Fatwa' (edict), adding the shoes did not have clear imprints of the
word "Allah" and therefore the Jamia declared the two men innocent.
He said it was necessary to seek clerics' advice in such matters
because only they could decide the innocence or guilt of the accused.
Calligraphers' opinion sought in blasphemy case - 07 Sep 03
The investigators of a blasphemy case who took Fatwas (edicts) from
four clerics of different sects who declared the accused innocent,
have contacted calligraphers now, Daily Times learnt on Saturday.
Muslim cleric accused of blasphemy killed in Pakistan - 07 Sep 03
Maulana Sanullah Dogar, 38, died instantly when four attackers shot
him on Saturday near a court in the town of Kasur, about 45 kilometres
Southeast of Lahore, said Babar Bajwa, a deputy superintendent of
police. Dogar was released on bail about five months ago after being
arrested last year when another cleric reported to police that he had
allegedly "used abusive words" against the Prophet Muhammad, Bajwa
said. .. It was not known exactly what Dogar said. Dogar, who
belonged to a small political party of Sunni Muslims, Jamaat
Ahle-Sunnat, was walking to the court for an appearance in connection
with the trial when he was attacked, Bajwa said.
[editorial] Yet another Women's Commission - 03 Sep 03
The National Commission on the Status of Women under the chairmanship
of Justice Majida Rizvi has once again recommended that the Hudood Law
be repealed as it degraded women, deprived them of their full rights
and made the law of evidence iniquitous. Two members of the Commission
- one of them is understandably Dr S.M. Zaman from the Council of
Islamic Ideology - have not agreed to the recommendations as against
16 members who have backed them. .. The Commission has recommended
not only the repeal of the Hudood laws but also repeal of sections of
the Penal Code that carry enabling provisions.
The most unjust provisions against women exist within the ambit of
Criminal Law because under it women attract the mischief of the FIR.
In cases where a woman is witness to murder, her testimony is half
that of a man's under 'hadd'. If the same case is heard under
the judge can impose maximum punishment without reducing her testimony
to half. Logic (qiyas) and 'ihsan' (human sympathy) say that 'tazir'
is a better mode of Islamic adjudication than 'hadd' wherein the judge
is bound by the law of 'shahadat' (witness) and can't use his
discretion to maintain justice.
If a woman is raped she is under obligation to bring four male pious
eye-witnesses to prove her charge. Rape is equated with fornication
whereunder Islam wants to prevent wrongful accusation. If the victim
can't prove rape she is punished under 'qazf' (wrongful accusation).
This really means that a raped woman is ill-advised to make an
accusation under the Zina Ordinance.
The relevant 'ayat' compensates for the totally un-Quranic way the
husband is allowed under Islam to divorce his wife with three
simultaneous pronouncements of 'talaq'. The state should also stop the
current malpractice in the courts to demand evidence from women asking
for 'khula' (divorce), which the Quran forbids. 'Ijtehad' on two
well-known Quranic references to polygamy, including the one which
says, 'Ye are never able to be fair and just as between women even if
it is your ardent desire', (Nisa:129) is urgently needed. This
interpretation has been made the basis of the ban on polygamy in
Tunisia and Turkey.
Women Don't Want Islamic Law to Be Repealed - 07 Sep 03
About 100 women activists demonstrated in Islamabad yesterday against
the repeal of the Islamic Hudood law which is considered by some as
oppressive to women. They assembled outside the Parliament building
and condemned the Commission on the Status of Women for recommending
the repeal of the law. .. An editorial in the country's liberal
newspaper Dawn said the number of female prisoners in Pakistan's jails
suddenly shot up in the years following the introduction of Hudood
law. More than half of them were in prison on the charge of "zina"
(illegal sex), the editorial said. Rapists often escape punishment as
it requires a female victim to produce four eyewitnesses to her
NGOs demands repeal of Hudood ordinance - 11 Sep 03
The various Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and progressive
elements in the society Monday strongly reiterated their support for
the Pakistan National Commission on the status of Women (NCSW).
They commended the findings and recommendations of the Review
Committee regarding repeal of the Hudood including Zina Ordinance and
NCSW's subsequent endorsement by an overwhelming majority. The
supporters of the repeal of the ordinance lead by various
womenorganizations were flanked by MPs of all the parties except MMA.
Assuring the gathering, the Prime Minister said that the present
Government's oft-repeated pledge to make Pakistan a modern and
progressive, enlightened state and society in the 21st century
requires the abolition of discriminatory laws.
Faced with evidence of Sampson's torture, Ottawa stayed quiet - 10 Sep
The William Sampson story: a timeline of events - 14 Aug 03
[comment] Women Driving: Not Any Time Soon - 10 Sep 03
Al-Riyadh newspaper published last month a survey about women driving
in Saudi Arabia. The paper closed the survey after 90 percent of the
total 33,000 votes turned out to be against.
Even if a law permitted women to drive, cultural barriers would kill
it instantly. Take the issue of driving licenses. For security reasons
there has to be a photo to identify the driver. But how would an
officer of the law be able to perform his duty? Would he ask the
veiled Saudi woman to uncover her face to identify her at a
checkpoint, for example? The small percentage of Saudi women who
uncover their faces would not have a problem with that, but what about
the majority of Saudis - both male and female - who believe that a
woman must never uncover her face to a man, even for security reasons?
Another option is for us to change deeply entrenched beliefs and draw
clear distinctions between customs and traditions on the one hand and
religion on the other. And that will take generations to do, provided
there are enough Saudis who believe that it should be done at all.
MP Byamukama Calls for Legal Sharia Courts - 02 Sep 03
http://allafrica.com/stories/200309021058.html [New Vision - Kampala]
Mwenge South MP Dora Byamukama has called for the establishment,
through legislation, of proper Khadhi courts to administer Sharia Law
in Uganda, saying the current ones that administer Sharia do it
illegally. Byamukama was yesterday presenting the preliminary findings
on the Law and Advocacy for Women (LAW-Uganda) Mpigi sample district
baseline survey of the Khadhi Court system at Nile Hotel in Kampala.
She said the 1995 Constitution provides for the creation of an
enabling legislation to regulate the administration of Sharia but
Parliament has not yet enacted the appropriate statute.
"It means Khadi courts, which are mandated to handle issues central
and critical to women's rights such as marriage, divorce, inheritance
of property and guardianship, as provided for in the Koran, have
continued to operate informally," she said.
Group hails 9/11 'Magnificent 19' - 10 Sep 03
Al-Muhajiroun leader discusses upcoming 11 September conference
.. [BBC Monitoring Middle East] - 08 Sep 03
Full Text of report by Muhammad al-Shafi'i in London entitled:
"Inclination to freeze fundamentalist 'Al-Muhajiroun' movement in
Britain," published by London-based newspaper Al-Sharq al-Awsat.
Muslim female comedians steal the show at Edinburgh - 10 Sep 03
.. last month's Edinburgh Festival dealing with the Middle East.
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival has become renowned for showcasing up
and coming stand-up comedy, and among the most popular shows this year
were two examples of that rarest of breeds, the Muslim female stand-up
comic, namely Shazia Mirza and Shappi Khorsandi. Mirza, a practicing
Muslim who always appears on stage with her headscarf, has won growing
attention, particularly in the United States, where she shot to
prominence after Sept. 11, 2001 when she introduced herself to the
audience as Shazia Mirza, before adding, "at least that's what it says
on my pilot's license."
A group of particularly irate and bearded gentlemen jumped on stage
during one performance and accused her of blasphemy and indecency.
She spoke entertainingly on the growing prejudices which Muslims are
facing in Western countries. "Muslims are the new blacks. We're blamed
for everything now My dad's name is Mohammed but he's
to Bob." She was at least able to find one practical advantage to
wearing the veil: "All the women in my family use the same bus pass."
Khorsandi, an Anglo-Iranian, was also on hand to joke about the
political crises in the Middle East, particularly the war in Iraq.
Ridiculing the assertion of Saddam Hussein's ability to launch a
missile strike within 45 minutes, she quipped, "Come on, any Middle
Easterner tells you he can do something in 45 minutes you know you've
got at least a week."
[Surrey] 10,000 set for new mosque opening - 10 Sep 03
The largest mosque complex in Western Europe, holding up to 10,000
worshippers, is to be unveiled in London next month, officials said.
The Ahmadi Muslims, who built the first London Mosque nearly 80 years
ago in Putney, are opening the massive architectural landmark in
[Indiana] IU Eases Policy On Muslim Head Scarves - 09 Sep 03
.. Women Can Wear Scarves For Student ID Photos.
Indiana University has eased a policy that required Muslim women to
remove their head scarves for student identification photos. IU
revised the 7-year-old policy after receiving complaints from four
female students, said Dean of Students Richard McKaig. All four women,
who wear the head scarves, or hijabs, for religious reasons, said they
were asked to remove the traditional Muslim garments when they tried
to obtain their student ID cards.
[California] Trend-Setting Outfits For Muslim Women - 08 Sep 03
The fashion show held at the Santa Clara Marriott On Sept 7 showcased
outfits for the traditional Muslim woman, for whom shopping in secular
society is a drag. The show will ease the pain for those hunting for
trend-setting outfits that don't violate Islamic rules of modesty.
A new Silicon Valley company, Flippant, headed by a trio of Muslim
women, is offering its line to an untapped niche: second-generation
Muslim hipsters hungry to dress in something more than floor-length
Flippant - a purposely edgy and not-so-Muslim-sounding name - is the
brainchild of Shaikh and her mother, Kwon Shaikh of Cupertino, who
have Pakistani and Chinese backgrounds. The mother-daughter duo teamed
up with Reshma Farooqui, 30, of San Jose - the lead designer - who
owned a boutique in Mumbai, India. The three, who know each other from
Santa Clara County's largest mosque, the Muslim Community Association,
started their business plan in spring. For now, Flippant will feature
its line at exhibitions and fashion shows. Soon, the women say, it
will offer a catalog and online fashions. Clothes will be custom-
fitted, and turnaround should take two weeks to a month, including
shipping from India, where the clothes will be sewn. Prices range from
$50 to $200 per outfit.
ISESCO calls Islamic countries to firmly address illiteracy - 09 Sep
The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO/
based in Rabat) called Islamic countries' governments, Ngo's and
national institutions to address the plague of illiteracy with
"There can be no renaissance in any field as long as illiteracy is
still widely spread in the Islamic world at rates that range between
60 and 70%, or even 80% among women, particularly in the country side,
villages and remote areas," the ISESCO message reads.
[South Korea] LG Unveils Mobile Phone for Islamic World - 09 Sep 03
Equipped with location tracking software, the phone's wide screen can
be used as a normal compass but is especially intended for Muslims who
pray five times a day facing Makkah.
HSBC to open Islam-based banking service in Indonesia - 08 Sep 03
BNP Paribas launches Bahrain-based Islamic banking unit - 09 Sep 03
Qatar Plans to Sell Seven-Year Islamic Bonds in Dollars - 09 Sep 03
[Pakistan] MCB starts Islamic banking - 02 Sep 03
The Chairman Board of Directors, Muslim Commercial Bank Limited (MCB),
Mian Mohammed Mansha, said on Monday that now that Islamic banking has
been introduced by the MCB, it soon would launch Sharia housing
finance and export finance in the very near future too. While
inaugurating the opening of the MCB's first Islamic banking branch at
the Shaheen Complex, he said that Islamic banking would be totally
different from the current form of normal banking.
[Saudi] First Islamic hedge fund launched - 03 Sep 03
The Saudi Economic and Development Company (SEDCO) has launched the
world's first-ever hedge fund compliant with Islamic (Sharia'h) law.
As Khayat explained, derivatives in general, where one is transferring
risk for payment of something to another person, seem to fall
literally within the prohibitions of the Koran. .. Options,
meanwhile, encompass payment for a future "right" to do something, but
such a right, without obligation, makes it dependent upon future
events and therefore creates uncertainty, an element also forbidden
under Islamic law.
SEDCO has been working around these constraints, Khayat said,
examining possible alternatives such as "stipulated options", under
which a buyer makes an advanced partial payment for a good at a later
date, and if he decides not to buy this later, the seller keeps the
advance--this is the closest analogy in Islamic finance to an option.
It has also been researching the "Salam Sale", where one sells a
commodity to a buyer against full up-front payment for delivery at a
future date. An investor can hedge their downside risk by selling
stocks as a Salam Sale, with the same economic result as short-selling
but no borrowing element involved. The Salam sale price includes the
time value of money, but early delivery will not cause a fall in the
price, and no refund is allowed.
[Philippines] R.P. mulls $300-M Islamic borrowing - 05 Sep 03
The Philippine government appears to be leaning toward a modest
dollar-denominated Islamic debt offering, among various proposals on
the table, to meet the remainder of its funding requirement for the
year, people familiar with the plan said Thursday. A Department of
Finance official said the government has not made a decision, but
confirmed it is considering a proposal [Deutsche Bank] for an Islamic
bond or loan of between $200 million to $300 million with a maturity
of three, four or five years. "An investment bank has proposed to
arrange either a syndication or a bond float. The target market will
be Islamic institutional investors [in Middle East]," said the
official. "It's a special arrangement called Sukuk structure."
Philippines Eyes Brunei Backing For Al-Amanah Islamic Bank - 04 Sep 03
[President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo] said that during her meeting with
Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah in Brunei Wednesday, Bolkiah agreed to
look into the feasibility of the Islamic Bank of Brunei boosting the
capital of the Philippines' Al-Amanah Islamic Investment Bank.
Al-Amanah is the only Philippine bank authorized to perform banking,
financing and investment operations based on the Islamic banking
system. .. Al-Amanah has nine branches in southern Philippines, but
its network isn't fully operational due to a lack of capital.
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