(EGYPT) Sharia Research Dept Report: During a recent live Facebook broadcast in Arabic, Dr Ahmed Mamdouh, director of the highest religious authority, the Dar al-Ifta, said that “in some cases, patching of the hymen is required and legitimate for a girl who has been raped or deceived and wants to repent and turn a new page #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.14: This new fatwa — the name given in Arabic to legal decrees or opinions handed down by leading Islamic religious figures — was issued on August 30. It expands his ruling from a 2015 study in which he opposed hymen repair in the case of “promiscuous” women, a stance based on a 2007 fatwa issued by Sheikh Ali Gomaa.

#AceDailyNews says that a new ruling on hymen repair stirs up controversy, under a new religious decree in Egypt which allows for more women than before: While it has been welcomed by rights activists and women’s organisations, some critics fear that it might lure women into premarital sex.

A medic holding a plastic vulva in her hand
DW REPORT:

During a recent live Facebook broadcast in Arabic, Dr Ahmed Mamdouh, director of the Sharia Research Department of Egypt’s highest religious authority, the Dar al-Ifta, said that “in some cases, patching is required and legitimate for a girl who has been raped or deceived and wants to repent and turn a new page.”

While Mamdouh didn’t give any examples of further explicit limitations or exceptions, he did point out that “there are some cases in which it is forbidden by Sharia to carry out the procedure of hymen repair.” 

Mamdouh’s ruling came in response to the question by an obstetrician on whether hymen reconstruction surgery is permissible in Islam.

A veiled woman looking at a bridal gown

Virginity is still linked with family honor in Islam, and brides are expected to bleed during their wedding night

Between criticism and hate speech

Only moments after his words, first comments below the Facebook broadcast were published. The majority of the commentators were critical and argued that hymen repair, also called hymen reconstruction surgery or hymenoplasty, might make sex out of wedlock more attractive for women since they would be able resort to a “quick fix” before marriage.  

“There have been people who upheld this fatwa and others who saw it as inconsistent with the conditional credibility of completing marriage,” Habiba Abdelaal, fellow of the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy and an expert on sexual and gender-based violence in Egypt, told DW.

According to executive Egyptian law, neither performing such an operation nor receiving one is considered illegal. Prices in private and public clinics start from €1,000 (around $1,200). However, having an intact hymen is still closely linked to purity and morality in the perception of many in Egypt.

“In Egypt, family honor is still linked to female virginity. Mothers continue to devote a great deal of mental energy to instilling in their daughters the fear of a ruptured hymen, warning them away from anything that might compromise that vital membrane, such as masturbation or the ubiquitous water hose found in bathrooms across the Arab world,” she added.

Professor Amna Nosseir of Cairo’s prestigious Al-Azhar University, which is affiliated with Dar al-Ifta, welcomes the fact that Mamdouh’s ruling allows the surgery for women in certain difficult situations.

She told the online magazine Al-Monitor that “exposing or scandalizing girls or women who have been raped or were lured into engaging in premarital sex is harmful as it leaves them with no hope.”

“When they are shunned by their families or society, they are left out in the cold and are not given an opportunity to seek decent lives. The [hymen reconstruction] surgery may give them a second chance and they may move on to become wives and mothers,” she said.

Women’s rights support or simply a workaround?

A second reason for the urgency of the latest ruling on hymen repair is the increase of unregistered marriages, called “urfi.” Divorcees from these marriages lack any right to alimony and regularly resort to hymen surgery so they can remarry without bringing shame on their family.

Egyptian women protest against the military council violations and virginity tests on women

Women’s rights activists in Egypt appreciate the new ruling despite the controversy on social media

Religious scholars in Egypt, meanwhile, disagree over whether a woman is morally obliged to tell the future husband about such a surgery.

According to the report on Al-Monitor, a call was made to the Dar-al-Ifta hotline that prompted the answer that girls do not need to inform their future husband, as it may past “a pall on the marriage.”

However, other religious scholars disagree and argue that honesty and truthfulness are the basis for a successful marriage.

A myriad of fatwas and satellite sheikhs

In Egypt, executive law is divided from religious law, and fatwas are officially issued by the Dar al-Ifta authority.

However, in the past, many so-called satellite sheikhs have published uncontrolled fatwas, often on sexuality and relationships. Some of them have addressed rather unconventional topics, such as men breastfeeding from women, or part-time marriages.

A man shops for traditional bride of Moulid dolls at a street market

A rise in inofficial marriages and divorces leaves more and more women without any legal right to receive alimony

Despite the fact that such an unofficial ruling has been mockingly dubbed as a “fatty,” which is short for fatwa, they still regularly stir up controversies.

In turn, Al-Azhar has been leading a campaign against the spread of uncontrolled fatwas in Egypt and has opened the Al-Azhar International Center for Electronic Fatwas to serve as a platform for moderate them.

The affiliated superior body, Dar al-Ifta, publishes questions and fatwa answers online on their website and on Twitter, in English as well, to provide transparency on new rulings, such as the new hymen repair fatwa. 

Change only for some

Although the new ruling can be considered a success for women, it also highlights the limited gains of advocacy work for women’s rights in Egypt in the past decade.

“I think this is not enough, as Egypt has other religious groups that also need protection. There should be clear and detailed laws and policies to protect Egyptian women, regardless of their religious affiliation, with sustainable and inclusive strategies,” Habiba Abdelaal told DW.

Her wish is that the Egyptian community as a whole works on changing perceptions of women’s rights and provides services to assist women: “I believe that this fatwa is a good start for creating more options for women and opening a channel for women to have the medical access and support they need for those surgeries and break the stigma and shame around them,” she said.

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: Sept.14: 2021:

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(NIGERIA) Hate Speech Report: Senate has passed a bill on Tuesday over any person using hate speech for them to be imprisoned and also finded #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.25: The Senate has passed a bill that proposes a 10-year jail term for purveyors of hate speech in the country: The bill which was passed during plenary on Tuesday, also mandates a fine of N20 million or both to any suspect found guilty of trading hate speech….

#AceDailyNews says Nigerian Senate passes bill proposing 10-year jail term for ‘religious hate speech’ by Dachen Isaac, Ripples Nigeria, July 14, 2021:

Parts of the contentious bill reads:

“Any person who uses hate speech to stir up ethnic, religious or racial hatred, social or political, insecurity or violence, against anyone or group or person, is liable to 10 years in jail or N20 million fine or both.”…

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: July.25: 2021:

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(INDONESIA) JUST IN: Thousands of worshippers trudged up an active volcano Saturday to cast livestock and other offerings down its smouldering crater in a centuries-old religious ceremony #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.28: Every year people from the Tengger tribe gather from the surrounding highlands to throw fruit, vegetables, flowers and even livestock such as goats and chickens into Mount Bromo’s crater as part of the Yadnya Kasada festival.

Thousands climb Indonesian volcano for ritual sacrifice of offerings in ancient religious festival of Yadnya Kasada

A long line of worshippers, some with goats slung across their backs, made their way to the top in the hopes of pleasing ancestors and Hindu gods — and bringing prosperity to their communities.

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#AceNewsDesk report……..Published: Jun.28: 2021:

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JAKARATA: ‘ MINISTRY OF MANPOWER BANS FOREIGN WORKERS FROM TEACHING RELIGIOUS THEOLOGY ‘

#AceWorldNews – JAKARTA:Jan.05: The Ministry of Manpower banned foreign workers to teach their religious theology in schools and universities, saying that his policy was aimed at preventing possible radicalism in the country NU online reported.

“We have to prevent any religious radicalism,” Minister of Manpower Hanif Dhakiri said recently.

The move will avoid any idea of radicalism to emerge in religious institution.

The policy has been implemented for two months. It is regulated under the revised Regulation of Minister of Manpower no 40/2012. The ministry has cooperated with other related sectors, such as the Ministry of Religious Affairs.

Though any teacher unable to speak Bahasa will not be able to teach religious theology either.

#ANS2015

#radicalism, #religious, #theology

REPORT: ‘ INTERNAL STRIFE WITHIN JEWISH PARTY MAY FINALLY BECOMING TO AN END ‘

#AceNewsServices – Featured Post: Dec.07 – Report: Jewish Home Strife on the Brink of Resolution

by Hezki Ezra

Internal strife within the Jewish Home party may finally be coming to an amiable close, sources within the party told Arutz Sheva exclusively on Sunday.

A weeks-long spat between Jewish Home’s two factions, Jewish Home proper and National Union/Tekuma, will be resolved in a final agreement which involves representatives from both factions being represented on the Jewish Home primaries list, sources said. 

However, the agreement between the parties has not yet been formally signed, and the exact model for its execution has yet to be finalized until the deal is signed. 

National Union-Tekuma representatives denied the existence of a deal to Arutz Sheva, however. 

“We will not address rumours and speculation,” sources stated. “No negotiations are being conducted in the media’s presence and they will not continue until [Economics Minister and Jewish Home chairman] Naftali Bennett returns from the US.” 

“Unfortunately there are still gaps on negotiations regarding the party’s values, and the issues clearly involve further clarification,” they added. 

Sources from within Jewish Home responded by noting that Bennett is busy addressing Washington’s pivotal Saban Forum conference on Middle Eastern affairs, and that he would answer all questions upon his return to Israel. 

Jewish Home: party at risk? 

Talk of a possible split between Jewish Home and National Union/Tekuma began surfacing several weeks ago, after rumours of a new deal with Tekuma consisting of a full combination between the parties caused considerable controversy within Jewish Home.  

The parties united prior to the previous elections, in a move hailed by most of the religious-Zionist public as an end to factionalism and which saw their joint Knesset showing rise from 7 to 12 seats. However, they did not formally merge, and talks to achieve such a merger have been a source of contention between the two camps.

The deal proposed by Bennett would consist of a full combination of the two parties in their legal, financial and political aspects, as well as a number two spot on the party’s Knesset list reserved for the Tekuma chairman.

It would essentially make Housing and Construction Minister and Tekuma Chairman Uri Ariel the only MK other than party chairpersons not required to take part in campaigning; it would also ensure Tekuma 120 members on the party central committee, which will be expanded to a total of 1,300 members, as well as spots in Jewish Home institutions in the next term.

Ariel, however, is insisting on a larger number of spots reserved for National Union MKs.

Then, last week, a tense exchange reportedly erupted between Bennett and Ariel in a party faction meeting.

The public spat led to rumors of not only a split, but to discord within the party as a whole, with several MKs trading barbs in full view of the media.

Rumors also surfaced of a new party entirely to be formed for the upcoming 2015 elections, which could consist of Ariel and former Shas Chairman, MK Eli Yishai.

Source: 

#ANS2014 

#internal-strife, #knesset, #religious, #zionist

‘ POLITICAL FORCES IN BURKINA FASO AGREE FRAMEWORK FOR TRANSITIONAL GOVERNMENT ‘

#AceNewsServices – WEST AFRICA(Burkina Faso) – Political forces in the West African nation of Burkina Faso agreed on a framework for a transitional government following talks between opposition parties, the military, religious leaders, and civil society groups.

' Herve Kam, a member of the Balai Citoyen civil society '

‘ Herve Kam, a member of the Balai Citoyen civil society ‘

The decision comes two weeks after President Blaise Compaore was ousted in a military coup.

The transitional government will be tasked with bringing the country back to civilian rule and getting it ready for elections.

Compaore was forced to resign on October 31 following mass protests against a move to change the constitution in order to extend his long-standing leadership.

“Today was the day of compromise,” Herve Kam, a member of the Balai Citoyen civil society group, said. Both soldiers and civilians agree on a civilian transition. The institutions of the transition will be led by civilians.”

RT – AFP – AP – Nigerian Media 

#ANS2014 

#civil, #forces, #framework, #military, #political, #religious

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