Tackling Nigeria’s Beast of Child Marriages
In March, social media woke up to a really startling story: a young girl, a 13-year-old child that had been kidnapped from Bayelsa, taken to Kano state, rechristened Aisha in an apparent conversion to Islam, and married off to a young man. The girl? Ese Oruru. The man? Yunusa Dahiru, […]
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French Hostility to Immigration and Minorities: It’s the economy, stupid?
Across Europe, governments in recent years have been increasingly hostile to immigration. British Prime Minister David Cameron was noted for a factually-questionable anti-immigration speech in March and German Chancellor Angela Merkel the same month vetoed Bulgaria and Romania’s accession of the Schengen Area of free movement of persons. As Corina […]
Will There Be A Rollback On Democracy In Egypt ?
Egypt is currently under official Islamist rule. Following a proud revolution that promoted ideals of human rights, democracy, opportunity, and better living for all, the Egyptian society across the spectrum seems to be at the behest of a ruling force that accommodates human rights in their lexicon only when it […]
Freedom of Expression and Protest in Peace and War
Al Salam Alaykoum (Peace be with you!) The greeting above, used among Muslims across the globe, calls for peace. Over a billion people say the word, Al-Salam or Peace countless times a day. By inviting us to greet others with the word Peace, religion, knowing our tendency to opt for conflict, […]
Women’s Careers and Islam
Islam in its essence is a very open-minded religion and yet it keeps the ground realities into perspective. Islam has a benchmark teaching of “not putting extra strain on a soul what it can not bear”. An amazing statement, which embodies the whole dilemma, we face today. I believe from above examples every one of those three women had to take this decision of how much burden she is ready to take. While Maggie Thatcher was lucky to have a faithful husband and twins, Madeline Albright had to cope with the insecure husband and three daughters birth and bringing them up. Both of these women decided to take the burden they thought was necessary.