We support women’s entry to Shani Shingnapur temple

Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan through its 70,000 plus muslim women members supports the women group Bhumata Brigade’s step of entering the chabutra or the sanctum sanctorum at the Shani Shingnapur temple in Ahmednagar. We salute the women activists for their democratic protest and assertion of their right to worship in the face of all odds…

Discrimination at Haji Ali Dargah cannot be passed off as Islamic

(Originally published on Firstpost: http://www.firstpost.com/india/discrimination-at-haji-ali-dargah-cannot-be-passed-off-as-islamic-bharatiya-muslim-mahila-andolan-2555176.html) Haji Ali dargah is a landmark in Mumbai city. Scores of women and men visit it daily from Mumbai, from across the country and the world. The Dargah is the tomb of Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, the patron saint of Mumbai. Many of us have grown up with memories of…

Uniform Civil Code: But what about Gender Justice?

(As published in Deccan Chronicle: http://www.deccanchronicle.com/151025/commentary-op-ed/article/uniform-civil-code-what-about-gender-justice) Gender justice in the modern Indian nation was amongst the key concerns for our founders, as was secularism and social justice. These and such other concerns found reflection in our Constitution. The idea of Uniform Civil Code as put forward by Nehru and Ambedkar emanated from this. However, there was…

Muslim Women’s Views on Muslim Personal Law

(As Published on Economic & Political Weekly: http://www.epw.in/journal/2015/51/notes/muslim-womens-views-muslim-personal-law.html) A survey of Muslim women and their views on Muslim personal law reveals that the women feel the rights enshrined in the Quran have not reached them; an overwhelming number of the women want personal law to be reformed. As it exists today, Muslim family law is piecemeal…