Uzbekistan: Tashkent women jailed for teaching Quran

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Uzbekistan Jails Women for Teaching Qur’an

Brits, Americans Among ISIS’s Feared Burqa Brigade

Varanasi’s Muslim Women Want Ram Mandir at Ayodhya


5 December 2014

TASHKENT – A group of Muslim women has been jailed by Uzbek authorities in the capital city of Tashkent, in the district of Yangiyul, for teaching Muslims’ holy book, the Qur’an, to young girls.

The news, reported by World Bulletin on Thursday, December 4, said that women were teaching children Qur’an at home when they were arrested.

The state television reported that the defendants will face charges of “radicalism” for teaching the Qur’an.

The arrested women included Hanife Mirganieva, who was said to be “the group leader” along with other women.

A few number of women managed to escape police, with Uzbek officials expecting them to seek refuge in Turkey.

“Ozodlik” radio, the Uzbek service of Radio Free Europe, said that Mirganieva’s husband has been previously caught as Hizbut Tahrir member.

Uzbekistan, Central Asia’s most populous nation, is at the heart of a geopolitical power struggle between the West and Russia.

Rights groups have long accused Uzbekistan of suppressing religious freedoms as part of a campaign against Islamic extremism.

In a 2012 country report, the New York-based Human Rights Watch accused the Uzbek authorities of continuing “their unrelenting, multi-year campaign of arbitrary detention, arrest and torture of Muslims who practice their faith outside state controls”.

In March 2012, Uzbek authorities prohibited the sale of religious clothing, specifically hijabs and face veil, at several Tashkent markets following a secretive ban on sales.

There is no legal provision banning sales of hijab, but legislation passed in 1998 sets out fines and short jail terms for wearing religious clothing in public. Punishment ranges from a fine of five to 10 times the monthly minimum wage to 15 days in jail.

In the first known prosecution under the law, a court in Syrdarya region fined a woman the equivalent of 155 US dollars for wearing hijab.



Report: Brits, Americans Among ISIS’s Feared Burqa Brigade

5 December 2014

Armed and dangerous women covered in full Islamic body veils and led by a six-foot-tall Amazon are brutally enforcing strict religious laws and managing brothels with sex slaves in the self-declared capital of the Islamic State.

The Al-Khansa female secret police in Raqqa, Syria carry weapons under their veils and arrest and torture women for the slightest infraction of Sharia Law, London’s Daily Mail newspaper reported Thursday, as it revealed that at least 60 British women are members of the feared Burqa brigade.

The newspaper named Aqsa Mahmood, 20, of Glasgow, Scotland, Khadijah Dare, 22, of London and the “terror twins,” Zahra and Salma Halan of Manchester, among the enforcers who have identified themselves as ISIS supporters over social media sites. The Mail said the female force also includes women from the United States, the Netherlands and Russia. They are mostly Western educated and speak little Arabic.

Dare, believed to be a nom de guerre, has appeared in ISIS recruitment videos and is among the top terrorists wanted by Britain’s MI6 secret service. After ISIS beheaded American journalist James Foley in August, Dare sent out a Twitter message saying she hoped to be the first female terrorists to cut off the head of a Western hostage.

“Her notoriety has evolved so rapidly that she has achieved a celebrity-like status among jihadists fighting in Syria and those who are thinking of traveling abroad to join ISIS,” a security source told the Mail.

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The leader of the Al-Khansa force is reportedly a six-foot-tall woman named Umm Hamza, who hides a cattle prod, a gun and daggers under her veil.

“She’s not a normal female. She’s huge,” a woman who fled from Al-Khansa told CNN in October.

Along with imposing Sharia Law on women who might wear the wrong-colored shoes or unapproved Burqas, Al-Khansa manages brothels with sex slaves kidnapped from the minority Yazidi sect, which ISIS accuses of devil worship.

Yazidi women between the ages of 40 and 50 are sold for about $40, but female children under nine go for $160.

Al-Khansa takes it name from a 7th century female poet who was a contemporary of Muhammad, the founder of Islam.

Female fighters have a long history in Islam, said Dalia Ghanem-Yazbeck of the Carnegie Middle East Center. Some join jihadist groups because the pay is good. Others have religious reasons.

“There are also those who join for ideological reasons,” she wrote. “A large number of these evoke their desire to “glorify the word of God on earth” or to demonstrate “their love for God and the desire of raising the banner of Islam.”


Varanasi’s Muslim Women Want Ram Mandir at Ayodhya

5 December 2014

VARANASI: Mohammad Hashim Ansari, the litigant in Babri Masjid case, who doesn’t want to pursue the matter any further and wants ‘Ram Lalla’ to be free, gets support of Muslim women of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Varanasi.

Supporting Hashim Ansari’s stand, these women associated with Muslim Mahila Foundation and Bharatiya Awam Party sent a petition to PM requesting the construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. They said that the construction of Ram Mandir would end hatred and strengthen the bond of unity and harmony between Hindu and Muslim. They will also go to Ayodhya to meet Ansari.

The president of MMF Nazneen Ansari along with Najma Parveen, president of BAP, and others submitted the petition at the local office of Modi in Ravindrapuri colony on Thursday. The petition was also sent to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and senior RSS functionary Indresh Kumar.

“Yadi Musalman Apni Tarakki Chahate Hain Aur Hinduon Se Ijjat Chahate Hain To Ram Janmbhoomi Par Mandir Nirman Ke Liye Pahal Kare Kyonki Duniya Janti Hai Ayodhya Sri Ram Ki Hai,” (If Muslims want prosperity and respect from Hindus they should come forward to build the temple at the birthplace of Ram, as all know that Ayodhya belongs to Sri Ram), said Nazneen adding that the construction of temple would be the permanent solution of ending the hatred between the two communities.

“Ram Se Yudh Karne Wale Ravan Ko Logon Ne Maf Nahi Kiya Toh Ram Mandir Todne Wale Babar Aur Uske Samarthakon Ko Log Kaise Maf Karenge,” (When people did not forgive Ravana for fighting with Ram, how could they forgive the Ram Mandir destroyer Babar and his supporters), wondered Nazneen. Describing Babar as Mongol invader, she wrote that his ancestor Halaku killed thousands of Muslims and Khalifa in Baghdad in 1258, and Babar sowed the seeds of hatred by destroying Ram Mandir in 1528. “Everybody know that the Indian Muslims have no connect with Mongols,” she said adding that those who oppose the construction of temple really are not well wisher of Muslims.

The BAP President Najma Parveen said that time has come when Muslims should present an example of communal harmony by contributing their share to the construction of Ram Mandir. “No one can play with the sentiment of crores of Hindus attached with Ram,” she said.

It may be mentioned here that the Muslim women associated with MMF and BAP openly campaigned for Modi during the parliamentary election. Besides, these women had also sent Rakhi to Modi on the occasion of Rakshabandhan and prayed for his well being during the holy month of Ramzan.

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