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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…

Hijab is from modesty

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SHAFAQNA- Hijab which is known for the covering of Muslim women has been recognized by various philosophers, historians and sociologists around the world, specially the westerns. There are five main theories which have been mentioned by the…

Ayatollah Khamenei: Islam doesn’t demand women obey their husband on everything

SHAFAQNA - It is not that the woman should obey her husband in all cases. Not at all. There is no such command in Islam or Sharia. The Qur’anic verse 4:39 which says men are supporters of women, does not mean that woman should obey her husband…

Islamophobia, populism, and the West’s headscarf conundrum

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SHAFAQNA - Who knew that a few yards of fabric plonked onto one’s head would send western democracies spinning onto their axis - threatening to bring “Society” as we, western folk, know it, and in the clutches of Islam see western civilization…

SHAFAQNA: Fighting Islamophobia - the Debate

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SHAFAQNA - Austria’s President has revealed a controversial plan to fight Islamophobic sentiments. Alexander Van der Bellen is suggesting that EVERY woman should wear a head-scarf - in a show of support to Muslim women.

Saudi Arabia was just elected by the UN ... to promote women's rights

SHAFAQNA - Saudi Arabia was recently elected to the 54-member United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, drawing the ire of many commenters and watchdogs alike. The CSW is about "promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality…

Bahraini Al-Khalifa strongly criticized over misconduct with women

SHAFAQNA - Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) fiercely censured Al-Khalifa’s misbehaviour against Bahraini female citizens. In its Saturday twitter message, BCHR said, “ICYMI Women in Bahrain: inequality and discrimination.” BCHR…

Juncker’s party calls for EU-wide ban on Muslim veil

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SHAFAQNA - The EU Parliament’s biggest group, the European People’s Party, has expressed support for a Europe-wide ban of the Muslim veil citing both cultural and security concerns. “The EPP calls for… A ban on full-face veils…

"Time to show who we are": Speaking out for Muslim Women's Day

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SHAFAQNA - When Maysoon Khatib first moved to Murray, Kentucky, with her husband back in 2012, it was a big change. The 44-year-old grew up in Southern California and was used to seeing people of all different races and religions, but in…

Vogue Celebrates Muslims In Special Feature On American Women

SHAFAQNA - Vogue is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year with a dazzling feature on the diverse lives and stories of American women around the country. Among the subjects featured is a community of Muslim women in Maryland, whose stories…

One Muslim Girl on What It's Like to Live in Trump's America

SHAFAQNA - Amani Al-Khatahtbeh is the founder of Muslim Girl, a website for young Muslim American women and the author of Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age. She's smart and funny and thoughtful, and great at communicating to non-Muslims her experience…

Value of women in Society

SHAFAQNA- Islam has made the man and the woman equal in their will and action so far as the management of their lives is concerned. Allah said: The one of you being from the other. (3:195) She is independent in her will and intention and…

Canadian women join massive march on Washington

SHAFAQNA- Hundreds of Canadian women who carted signs and flags to the U.S. capital for a massive rally for women's rights were greeted Saturday with cheers and shouts of gratitude by Americans supporting the march. As the group…

Ahl al-Bayt (‘a) World Assembly Lady Zahra Competition

SHAFAQNA - On the occasion of auspicious birth anniversary of Lady al-Zahra’ (may Allah’s peace be upon her), an international contest titled the methods of lessons-learning from Fatimah’s lifestyle will be held.  Dear sisters On…

How a modest clothing line is helping empower women

SHAFAQNA - ZAHRA ALJABRI DESCRIBES THE MOTIVATION BEHIND CREATING HER MODEST FASHION SHOP, MODE-STY, AND HOW SHE’S HELPING WOMEN ACROSS FAITHS AND BOUNDARIES. I started a fashion company so I could be my true self- an American and a woman…

Saudi Arabia and women – the intolerable cruelty of Wahhabism

SHAFAQNA - I was reminded these words upon reading an article in The Independent on one Saudi woman’s decision to brave the regime and stand in the streets of her city in a state of resistance: without the mandatory headscarf and her abbaya…

US Muslim teacher receives an anonymous note about her headscarf: ‘Hang yourself with it’

SHAFAQNA - A US Muslim teacher in a Georgia high school said someone left her an anonymous note in her classroom on Friday, telling her that her “headscarf isn’t allowed anymore.” The note, scribbled in black ink, also told her to…