Islamic art in India this day 17th June 1631

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY – On 17th June, 1631, Mumtaz Mahal died during childbirth. Her husband, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan I, spent the next 17 years building her mausoleum – the Taj Mahal. Mumtaz Mahal was the second and favourite wife of Shah Jahan, with whom she had a deep and loving marriage. During her lifetime, poets would extol her beauty, grace and compassion. She was Shah Jahan’s trusted companion, travelling with him all over the Mughal Empire. Leading court historians went to great lengths to document the intimate and erotic relationship the couple enjoyed. In their nineteen years of marriage, they had fourteen children together, seven of whom died at a young age. Historical chronicles report that Shah Jahan was inconsolable in the immediate aftermath of Mumtaz’s death. He went into secluded mourning for a year, and when he appeared again, his hair had turned white and his face worn. Mumtaz was temporarily buried in a walled pleasure garden known as Zainabad on the Tapti River, before being moved into the Taj Mahal. The white marble mausoleum is widely recognized as “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage”

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Taj Mahal


Jahiliya today in #Saudi. How many of you tolerate it and why?

At 3:26 Princess Sahar says “This is 21st century, Jahiliya committed right in front of the world”…. Princess Jawaher “The world is also responsible and complicit…”
Muslims would consider Jahiliya either a thing of the past Mekkan tradition or referring to idol worship and non-Islamic practise.  I am writing this as an appeal to fair minded people who follow a path they regard as the only truth and humbly ask them to search in their heart.

Is it true, Jahiliya today in #Saudi. How many of you tolerate it and why?

I’ve  heard of Jahiliya before but never paid any attention, flippantly dismissing it as “Oh Yeah! Things they did in days of yore”   It was only while watching a video [linked below] when I heard it in a context that just did not sit comfortably.  The only way I can describe it – like a grain of sand in your shoe.

This video is part of a story in itself.  About the four adult daughters of the King of Saudi Arabia, the custodian of the holiest place for global Islam.  In case you are not aware of Jahiliya I’ve copied a little from HubPages [link]

What is Jahiliyya?

Jahiliya Arabia

The Tribes of Pre-Islamic Arabia

Jahiliyya- The Days of Ignorance

Jahiliyya is the Arabic term used to refer to the period of time before Muhammad received his first revelation of the Qur’an. It literally means the Days of Ignorance since Makkan society in pre-Islamic Arabia was morally bankrupt and ignorant of the one true god Allah.

The Main Features of Jahiliyya

The period of Jahiliyya was marked by a distinct lack of morals- people practised polytheism and worshipped idols and statues housed in the Kab’ah. The status of women was very poor and women were treated as second class citizens. Unlimited polygamy was practised as well as female infanticide. Gambling, the charging of interest (usury) and the consumption of alcohol was also commonplace………

At 3:26 Princess Sahar says “This is 21st century, Jahiliya committed right in front of the world”

Why would she use the word Jahiliya? When she describes her father the King of Saudi Arabia and the male guardians of her family. [Please also familiarise yourself on Male Guardianship] or here [jump to link] sorry it’s only wikipedia.

In case you are wondering why on earth am I writing about one tiny little word. Please read on, but first, may I suggest that you watch this video. They need help and who knows, you, might be the person that unlocks this conundrum.

Islamic Insights has this to say on Jahiliya [please read the full article linked here]


The era preceding the message of Islam was one of the most important eras to study. It is that era that Islam fought first and aimed to change. That era is known as the Age of Jahiliyya (Ignorance).


At first look, one might say that Islam fought and changed the people during Jahiliyya, but given our current technological and scientific era, things are different. Upon examining Jahiliyya deeper, it will be very evident how our world today is very different from the world back then on the surface, but at their cores they are exactly the same. Understanding these similarities is key if we are to follow the right path, enjoin the good, and forbid the evil.

Tribalism and Nationalism

During Jahiliyya, people used to take pride in belonging to a specific tribe. This strong sense of belonging was translated into belittling those who belonged to other tribes. Each tribe started seeing itself as the best for whatever reason. These reasons can include pedigree, wealth, power, army force, trade, recognition, and so on.

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#Saudi cleric – Devil present in online chats = Physical mingling

chat Haram The Kingdom of dark ages will have a nasty shock one day, as more and more young people turn away from such ridiculous edicts.



A senior Saudi Arabian cleric has issued an edict against online chatting between the sexes, equating such activity to the prohibitions on the physical mingling of unrelated men and women, the news agency Al Arabiya reported Thursday. It said the cleric, Sheikh Abdullah al-Mutlaq, a member of the Saudi Committee of Senior Scholars, had warned that such conversations were religiously forbidden and might lead to sin. Al Arabiya quoted the cleric as saying “the devil would be present when women talk to men” on social media network sites. It was unclear how seriously the cleric’s declaration would be enforced in Saudi Arabia, where roughly half the population of 27.3 million are Internet users, an estimated six million use Facebook, and online chat forums appear to be common. Social media for political messaging in Saudi Arabia is strictly forbidden, however. Reporters Without Borders, a press freedom advocacy group, has classified Saudi Arabia as among the most repressive countries in a global ranking on news and information censorship.

Copied here from New York Times and found on Twitter via @SaudiWoman

Picture courtesy of Pakistantribe “Chatting online is Haram”

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#YesAllWomen “Maneater” song is about money? Read the lyrics and don’t hum the tune. It’s not funny

Or does it portray this woman as predator

Ultimate Classic  Rock suggests

Oates, who also recently disclosed that Hall & Oates’ ‘Rich Girl’ isn’t actually about a girl, went on to reveal that although it seems to be about a predatory woman, the duo’s 1982 smash ‘Maneater’ was really written about New York City. “‘Maneater’ is about NYC in the ’80s,” he explained. “It’s about greed, avarice, and spoiled riches. But we have it in the setting of a girl because it’s more relatable. It’s something that people can understand. That’s what we do all of the time.”


She’ll only come out at nights
The lean and hungry type
Nothing is new
I’ve seen her here before
Watching and waiting
Ooh, she’s sittin’ with you
But her eyes are on the door

So many have paid to see
What you think
You’re gettin’ for free
The woman is wild
A she-cat tamed
By the purr of a Jaguar
Money’s the matter
If you’re in it for love
You ain’t gonna get too far

(Oh-oh, here she comes)
Watch out boy
She’ll chew you up
(Oh-oh, here she comes)
She’s a maneater
(Oh-oh, here she comes)
Watch out boy
She’ll chew you up
(Oh-oh, here she comes)
She’s a maneater

I wouldn’t if I were you
I know what she can do
She’s deadly man
Amd she could really rip your world apart
Mind over matter
Ooh, the beauty is there
But a beast is in the heart

(Oh-oh, here she comes)
Watch out boy
She’ll chew you up
(Oh-oh, here she comes)
She’s a maneater
(Oh-oh, here she comes)
Watch out boy
She’ll chew you up
(Oh-oh, here she comes)
She’s a maneater

[Instrumental Interlude]

(Oh-oh, here she comes)
Here she comes
Watch out boy
She’ll chew you up
(Whoa-oh, here she comes
(Watch out) she’s a maneater
(Oh-oh, here she comes)
(She’s a maneater)
Ooh, she’ll chew you up
(Oh-oh, here she comes)
Here she comes, she’s a maneater
(Oh-oh, here she comes)
(Watch out)
She’ll only come out at night, ooh-oh
(Oh-oh, here she comes)
Here she comes
She’s a maneater
(Oh-oh, here she comes)
(She’s a maneater)
The woman is wild, whoooa
(Oh-oh, here she comes)
Here she comes
Watch out boy, watch out boy
(Oh-oh, here she comes)
Oh, watch out, watch out
Watch out, watch out
(Oh-oh, here she comes)
(Yeah, yeah) she’s a maneater
(Oh-oh, here she comes)
(She’s a maneater)
She’s watching and waiting, ooh-oh
(Oh-oh, here she comes)
Oh, she’s a maneater

Lyrics have been copied from AZLyrics

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Saudi Arabia solves growing divorce. Teach the women to be more obedient. Simple

Ok, I’m being a bit naughty. But in a country with Human Rights abuses and Male Guardianship how else are they going to cope with women demanding their freedom.

Saudi divorce

“the man is mostly responsible for the divorce, especially today’s men who are temperamental, selfish and self-absorbed. They demand a lot from a woman and do not respect her rights”.Talal Sa’ad said differences in age, culture and education, in addition to one partner being irresponsible, are the main reasons for divorce.Dr. Abdullah Bin Saif, Islamic Studies professor and a marriage official (See text below from Saudi Gazette)


Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Social Affairs is reportedly considering making pre-marriage courses compulsory for couples about to tie the knot. BBC Learning

Divorce rates in the Kingdom are alarmingly high. To put an end to that, young couples must attend marriage counseling sessions before getting married,” says Dr. Aliyah Hani Hashim, a Jeddah-based marriage counselor.

Quote taken from ArabNews


Saudi Gazette has this to say


In 2008 there were 28,867 divorces in the country, at a rate of 80 cases every day. These cases included 24,608 cases of divorce; 1,344 cases of khula’ where a judge divorces the wife at her request after she pays the husband money; and 2,915 cases of marriage contract revocation, which takes place before the wedding.

The highest number of divorces that year was recorded in Riyadh with 8,274 or 28.7 percent, followed by Makkah Region with 7,677 cases or 26.6 percent. Al-Baha was last with only 401 cases, or 1.4 percent.  The ministry also showed that 89.5 percent, or 25,847 cases, involved Saudi men and women.

Cases with one non-Saudi party totaled 3,020, or 10.5 percent of the total number of divorce cases in Saudi Arabia.Munira, a teacher, believes that “the man is mostly responsible for the divorce, especially today’s men who are temperamental, selfish and self-absorbed. They demand a lot from a woman and do not respect her rights”.Talal Sa’ad said differences in age, culture and education, in addition to one partner being irresponsible, are the main reasons for divorce.Dr. Abdullah Bin Saif, Islamic Studies professor and a marriage official, said that parents’ intervention, and the man or woman not respecting the requirements and rights of the other are the main reasons for divorce in many cases.

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Girls not Brides


GirlsNotBrides-LogoChild marriage could become law in Iraq this week, but it’s a global scourge
My organisation is fighting to secure the right of every child to be at school. It’s the only way to stop this barbaric practice

Gordon Brown
The Guardian, Tuesday 29 April 2014

Girl brides

When Iraqi voters go to the polls tomorrow they are likely to endorse parties that plan to legalise child marriage at nine years old. Based on Shia Islamic jurisprudence, what is called the Ja’afari personal status law was approved by the current Iraqi cabinet eight weeks ago. It describes girls as reaching puberty at nine, and therefore ready for marriage. The current legal age is 18…….

The facts are that the one secure way to prevent child marriage is to deliver the right of every child to be at school. A girl with some education is not only unlikely to be married at eight, nine or 10, but is also six times less likely to be married by 18.

Child marriage-free zones, where girls get together and refuse to be married, are springing up on the subcontinent – the first in Pakistan, with several now in Bangladesh, and others soon to be set up in countries such as Malawi. We see that girls are no longer prepared to succumb to the fate that others have decided for them, or to wait for others to protect them.

Together with a group of high profile individuals I am proud to be part of the Emergency Coalition for Education Action. The coalition is committed to zero education exclusion, and this means zero child marriage. We are linking up with girls’ rights movements across the developing world, including Nepal’s Common Forum for Kalmal Hari Freedom, the Nilphamari Child Marriage Free Zone in Bangladesh, the Ugandan Child Protection Club, and Indonesia’s Grobogan Child Empowerment Group.

Many are linked to the growing Girls not Brides movement spearheaded by Princess Mabel van Oranje of the Netherlands – more than 300 national organisations are already affiliated. They are attempting to stop child marriage by law, to register girls by their correct ages, to enforce existing banning regulations, and to get girls to school.

Children’s rights must be protected across the world, and we call on all countries to put an end to the barbaric practice of child marriage and to ensure all children are in school and learning.

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Kingdom of Male Guardianship criticises Norway over human rights record #FreeThe4

Those who can, do and those who can’t, teach.

Copied from article in the Independent Title Saudi Arabia critices Norway over Human Right record

Saudi Arabia has criticised Norway’s human rights record, accusing the country of failing to protect its Muslim citizens and not doing enough to counter criticism of the prophet Mohammed.
The gulf state called for all criticism of religion and of prophet Mohammed to be made illegal in Norway. It also expressed concern at “increasing cases of domestic violence, rape crimes and inequality in riches” and noted a continuation of hate crimes against Muslims in the country.
The Scandinavian nation came under scrutiny during the United Nations’ Universal Periodic Review, in which 14 States are scheduled to have their human rights records examined.

Russia meanwhile called for Norway to clamp down on expressions of religious intolerance and and criticised the country’s child welfare system. They also recommended that Norway improve its correctional facilities for those applying for asylum status.

Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende was in Geneva to hear the concerns from 91 other countries. He told Norway’s NTB newswire prior to the hearing: “It is a paradox that countries which do not support fundamental human rights have influence on the council, but that is the United Nations,” reported The Local.

Human Rights Watch last report noted that in 2012 Saudi Arabia “stepped up arrests and trials of peaceful dissidents, and responded with force to demonstrations by citizens.”

It continued “Authorities continue to suppress or fail to protect the rights of 9 million Saudi women and girls and 9 million foreign workers. As in past years, thousands of people have received unfair trials or been subject to arbitrary detention. The year has seen trials against half-a-dozen human rights defenders and several others for their peaceful expression or assembly demanding political and human rights reforms.”

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