Scientists at the California Institute of Technology have developed transparent mice, and the question that asks itself, quite naturally is, why? Read the rest of this entry
Monthly Archives: August 2014
An Exhibition on the Beautiful Names of Allah was held in Madinah. Not sure if it is an ongoing exhibition. I visited it when I went for Umrah sometime in the month of May. Took a few pictures. But it does not give the full picture of the beautiful exhibition…you have to visit it if you are planning to go to Madinah.
Taken from: Friday Magazine
Suresh Menon: This is clearly a silly idea…
The transparent mouse – clearly a silly idea?
I don’t have interest in politics nor am I supporting any politician. Alhamdulillah =)
But as my father watches Pakistani news channel I do get to know certain things happening back home. What irritates me always is that people suffer so much. They go through a lot. Still who ever gives them false hopes, makes some promises they get up and go with him! Read the rest of this entry
Just now posted two posts related to this book. Actually summary of two chapters. Would recommend reading this book not only to women but to men too. Reading it and passing it on is important too. We should not be selfish to keep knowledge only confined to our self.
The author says, “The description of a woman as a ‘bent rib’ is not derogatory to women. It comes from the hadith of the Prophet (Peace be upon him), who exhorted men not to try to change, or ‘straighten’ women by force but to accept them as they are created by Allah, and to follow his example by interacting with women on a basis of respect and compassion.”
It covers the following issues:
Chapter 1: Going by the Book: Qur’anic Interpretations
Chapter 2: Partners for Life or Three Strikes and You’re Out? Marriage and Divorce
Chapter 3: Domestic Slaves and Baby Factories? The Role of Muslim Women
Chapter 4: (Abuses of) Polygyny
Chapter 5: Domestic Violence
Chapter 6: Abuse of Non-Muslim Women
Chapter 7: Purdah to the Max-Home as Prison?
Chapter 8: The Unkindest Cut-Female Circumcision
Chapter 9: Beyond Home Economics: Education for Girls and Women
The Unkindest Cut: Female Circumcision
Summary (of the the chapter pg 133)
In conclusion, we can say that female circumcision is not a requirement of Islam the way that male circumcision is. Although it is mentioned in one hadith, it is not a practice that is encouraged. In societies where it is a major part of the culture, simply eradicating it is not enough because FGM (Female genital mutilation) does not exist in isolation; it is part of a network of beliefs and practices surrounding virginity, marriage and ‘honour’. The societies concerned require positive education that is rooted firmly in Islam. This a need that must be addressed.
Chapter Seven: Purdah to the Max- Home as Prison?
Summary (of the the chapter pg 118)
‘Total purdah’- Keeping women shut up in the house and denying them the opportunity to fulfill their potential and make a contribution to society- is not even Islamic. Women have a lot more to offer then producing babies and cooking fancy meals. Our skills, intellect, insight, and so forth, are vital to the well-being of the community roles of the male and female. Why should we shut off 50% of our human resources? Men and women are allowed to have contact when necessary for the purposes of education, work, and furthering the Islamic cause. Hijab and the clearly laid out restrictions define the limits within which we can work; these restrictions, in fact, are meant to and often prove to be liberating, in that we are no longer objects on display, and we can just get on with the work on hand.