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Lady Zainab (S.A) propounded Justice 1400 years ago

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SHAFAQNA- The subject of women and Ashura has been a matter for Shiite scholars in the last half century. This group of scholars has introduced prominent religious women to demonstrate religious patterns of attracting Muslim women to spaces.  In…

The main problem of Muslim women is not Western societies, but the Islamic countries-Interview

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SHAFAQNA- "Because of the function of the mass media in the west, Europeans think that Muslim women are illiterate and marginalized and they are not able to make any decision," The head of the European Union of Shia Women, Hovideh Jobagh said. Nowadays,…

For the first time in Karbala – university for women to be open soon

SHAFAQNA- The Imam Hussain Shrine has announced obtaining the Iraqi Ministry of Education’s approval to open a university for women in the holy city of Karbala. Deputy Secretary-General of the Imam Hussain Shrine Afdhel EshShamei said,…

The Arab States region has had a prevalence of violence against women

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SHAFAQNA- Violence against women is a global pandemic. It affects women of all ages, classes and races. The Arab States region has had a prevalence of violence against women. According to UN Women, 37 per cent of Arab women have experienced…

Men causes subordination of women/Women oppressed over the history +photos

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SHAFAQNA- The first round of the chain-jurisprudence conferences titled “Women Legal Challenges in Jurisprudence” held at Imam Khomeini research academy this morning by Feqhus-sa-Qalain institute associated with great Ayatullah  Sane`ai.…

Video: Afghanistan's First Lady Rula Ghani explains why Women are the agents of change

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SHAFAQNA- Afghanistan's First Lady Rula Ghani explains why women are the agents of change.   Read more from Shafaqna: Video: Suicide-Bomb kills, injures Dozens in Afghanistan Afghanistan: 250 Families Displaced to Bamyan…

Why aren’t Muslim women allowed to marry non-Muslims?

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SHAFAQNA- Salam Islam: There is a consensus among almost all Islamic jurists according to which Muslim women are forbidden to marry non-Muslims. This is clearly stated in Surah Baqarah: “do not marry polytheistic men [to your women] until…

Israel detained 74 minors among 511 Palestinians in October

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SHAFAQNA- Israeli forces detained 511 Palestinians during the month of October, including 74 minors and 15 women, three Palestinian prisoners advocacy groups confirmed in a joint statement released on last Thursday. The Palestinian Prisoner’s…

Is Working as Fashion Models allowed for Women in Islam?

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SHAFAQNA- Salam Islam: One way to answer this question is to consider it by itself and regardless of any side issues. One may thus say that Muslim women –together with the rest of the world– need clothes! women in Islam, too, deserve…

Is it Allowed to Convert to Islam And not Wear Hijab?

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SHAFAQNA- Salam Islam: In order to answer to this question about wearing Hijab, firstly we should  understand why God has sent down religion to man and why He orders man what to do and what to avoid. Imagine a person who invents an electronic…

Nobel prizes awarded to fighters for sexual violence and human rights

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SHAFAQNA- Denis Mukwege , the "man who mends women", and Nadia Murad, a 25-year-old Yazidi activist, are the winners of this year's Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to end the scourge of sexual violence against women. Mukwege, a gynecologist…

An Egyptian woman activist jailed for speaking out on sexual harassment

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SHAFAQNA- An Egyptian woman human rights defender, Amal Fathy, who has already spent 141 days in prison, has been convicted for posting a Facebook video decrying sexual harassment and criticizing the Egyptian to two-year jail sentence. Amal…

Al-Azhar: harassment of women is religiously forbidden and should be punished

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SHAFAQNA- Egypt’s top Sunni Muslim authority, Al-Azhar, has issued a statement expressing harassment of women is religiously forbidden and should be punished 'regardless of the context or conditions'. Al-Azhar, which has huge influence…

Can Muslim Marriage be covered by English law?

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SHAFAQNA - Muslim women in Britain have been “given hope” by High Court judge ruling that a Muslim woman can have a British court dissolve her religious marriage and was entitled to maintenance from her husband after they split even though…

The Atlantic's report on Banning Muslim Veils across Europe 

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SHAFAQNA- Denmark has passed a ban on face veils in public which widely understood to be targeting Muslim face veil like the burqa and niqab. The Atlantic reports about this law in Denmark and other European countries and its effect on Muslim community…

Women challenge social standards in Egypt by practicing Parkour on the streets

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SHAFAQNA - A group of women in Egypt collect at a park in a Cairo once a week , climbing up wall surfaces and jumping about in the strenous physical technique known as Parkour to form the first professional Parkour team in Egypt, while also…

More than 120,000 Saudi Women applied for driving license

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SHAFAQNA - More than 120,000 Saudi females had applied for driving license after Lifting ban on women driving as Saudi Arabia was considered as the last country on Earth to have a ban on women driving cars. The historic event is part of reforms…

The hate Muslim women face ...

SHAFAQNA - Toronto-based Somali Canadian poet Naeema Hassan recently posted a video in response to Punish A Muslim Day on April 3rd, offering support to Muslim women who face the threat of Islamophobic violence daily. The reality is that…

Imam Hussain shrine held Quran competition for women

SHAFAQNA - “The aim of organizing this competition is to build a Quranic generation committed to the divine texts, especially the women, considering them the incubator for future generations and representing half of society,” added Abbas. The…

Nike releases its first sports hijab for Muslim athletes

SHAFAQNA - Nike Pro Hijab has gone on sale all over the world and is being promoted with the tag line 'sport is for everyone'. The sports manufacturing giant announced earlier this year it was working on bringing out a headscarf for female…

Young Southeast Asian Muslim Women Are More Religious Yet More Progressive, Study Finds

SHAFAQNA - Young Southeast Asian Muslim women are more cosmopolitan and global and yet more religiously observant compared with the older generation of female Muslims, according to a recent study. The study -- conducted by the New York-based…

The First Women's Health Center Opens in Idlib

SHAFAQNA - The first women’s health center in Syria’s Idlib province, designed to accommodate up to 3,500 patients, has been opened near the Turkish border by an Istanbul-based NGO. Mehmet Cihat Aygun, a board member of the Alliance…

Saudi groom flees wedding after bride's dad demands she drives

SHAFAQNA- A Saudi groom walked out of his own 'melka' (wedding ceremony) after the bride's father demanded that his daughter should be allowed to drive after the marriage, Al Marsd reported on Sunday. According to the news site,…

Another woman stabbed in Karachi despite police claim of ‘important arrest’ in knife attacks

SHAFAQNA- As the city police chief on Thursday claimed to have made a key arrest in the mysterious ‘knifeman’ attacks in Gulistan-i-Jauhar and Gulshan-i-Iqbal, another woman was stabbed and injured in Gulistan-i-Jauhar in the evening despite…

The Role of the Women of Ashura

SHAFAQNA- Simindokht Behzadpoor In all the events that occurred before, during, and after the Day of Ashura, the role of the women was especially remarkable as they were exemplars in demonstrating how to resist against oppression. There were…

Muslim designers push forward modest fashion movement

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SHAFAQNA - Despite the arrest and subsequent release this week of a young Saudi woman wearing a miniskirt in a video that went viral, a growing number of Canadian fashion designers are looking to prove that fashion for Muslim women can be…

Being a Muslim woman in the West - Reflection

SHAFAQNA - A stain on the Judeo-Christian world Islam - and those who abide by its tenets, whether Sunnis or Shiites, remain the object of much ire and controversy.  Branded THE Terror among all terrors for a minority few chose to diverge,…

Quranic Course for Female Teachers Held in London

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SHAFAQNA - The London-based branch of the Holy Quran Institute affiliated to the Astan (custodianship) of Hazrat Abbas (AS) holy shrine held a Quranic course for female teachers in Britain. According to Al-Kafeel website, Sheikh Ziauddin…