So much for International Women’s Day.
Does anyone really think we have any shared values with these muslim folks around the world? Are we not regressing as far as our planet earth evolving forward in giving all inhabitants more enjoyment of life? The news this time comes from India and Egypt. The women in Egypt who were excited to participate in the day’s festivities were marred by attacks. “In Egypt’s Tahrir Square, women attacked at rally on International Women’s Day”.CS Monitor
“We fought side by side with men during the revolution, and now we’re not represented,” said Passat Rabie, a young woman who came with friends, after men aggressively dispersed the protest. “I thought Egypt was improving, that it was becoming a better country. If it’s changing in a way that’s going to exclude women, then what’s the point? Where’s the democracy?”
Read our earlier story: Egyptian Women and the practice of female genital mutilation to see how much farther there is to go.
Now the news from India: Women should not travel more than 48 miles from home without male chaperone’
Its ruling was based on the Hadiths – the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad during his lifetime. The 48 mile limit is believed to reflect the maximum distance one could then travel by camel or horse in one day through dangerous desert.
The ruling was made by the Darul Uloom Deoband, the leading Islamic university founded in northern India in 1866, which has millions of followers from Bangladesh and Pakistan to Muslim communities in Britain.
Its fatwa was issued after a female follower had asked: “Is a married woman permitted to travel to another country with her female sibling?”
In a reply on the Deoband website, she was told:”She cannot travel without a ‘mehram’ [male relative]. It’s mentioned in the Hadees that a woman should not travel for more than 48 miles except in the company of a ‘mehram’ relative.”
Its response, which was delivered on International Women’s Day, provoked anger among Muslim women activists who said it was based on conditions in the Arabian peninsula more than 1,400 years ago and no longer relevant in the modern world. Telegraph UK