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IS calls for attacks on the West during Ramadan in its new audio message

“Get prepared, be ready to make it a month of calamity everywhere for the non-believers.”

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Two deadly attacks have taken place recently in Kuwait and Tunisia. One can undoubtedly say that ISIS is once again is trying to capitalize fear among individuals during the month of Ramadan.

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  • In a recent Video published by ISIS, Abu Muhammad told extremists that “Get prepared, be ready to make it a month of calamity everywhere for the non-believers.” His message was especially for supporters of the caliphate in Europe and America.
  • Encouraging Muslims to take up arms in their hand, the extremists are trying to channelize an attack in the West during Ramadan which is supposed to be starting from 7th June.
  • Speaking his heart out to the left migrants in Europe, he clearly said “All you believers and unifiers, if the tyrants have closed off to you the gates of migration, you open in their faces the gates of jihad and make their actions become a regret. The smallest action you do in their heartland is better and more.”
  • Ramadan is a holy month for Muslims and people celebrate it with great happiness around the world. It all starts with the morning. People fast all day and eat only in the night. Quran readings followed by extra prayers are some of the traditions that are followed in this 30 days month of Ramadan.
  • The 31 minutes ISIS video was released by ISIS’s media unit Al-Furqan. Many Muslims have also expressed their fear that ISIS is trying to portray Ramadan as a month of Jihadists attacks. However there was no mention of the Egyptian passenger jet in the speech titled “That They Live By Proof”.
Al-Furqan, Wikimedia commons
Al-Furqan, Wikimedia commons
  • The world is still searching for the mysterious 804’s black box since no terror group organisations have claimed responsibility for that.
  • Despite these warnings by ISIS, it is well known to all of us that ISIS’s hold on Syria and Iraq is weakening. Iraqi Prime minister Haider al-Abadi told that “Iraqi soldiers would try to take back the city of Fallujah, to the west of Baghdad and the troops were approaching a moment of great victory.”
  • ISIS’s weakening can be also well understood from the fact that they declared a state of emergency in their self-proclaimed areas such as Raqqa. Moreover, several ISIS fighters have even tried to flee the extremist stronghold.

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Pritam is a 3rd year engineering student in B.P. Poddar institute of management and technology, Kolkata. You can contact the author at @pritam_gogreen

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For Plea Against Polygamy Supreme Court Takes Centre’s Response

personal laws must meet the test of constitutional validity and constitutional morality

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought a response from the Centre on a fresh plea that challenged the constitutional validity of the practice of polygamy and ‘nikah halala’ among Muslims in India.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought a response from the Centre on a fresh plea that challenged the constitutional validity of the practice of polygamy and ‘nikah halala’ among Muslims in India. Flickr

The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought a response from the Centre on a fresh plea that challenged the constitutional validity of the practice of polygamy and ‘nikah halala’ among Muslims in India.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud issued the notice to the Centre and tagged the plea with similar petitions pending before it.

The fresh plea filed by Women Resistance Committee Chairperson Nazia Ilahi Khan, a practicing advocate at the Calcutta High Court, has challenged the practice of polygamy, ‘nikah halala’, ‘nikah mutah’ (temporary marriage among Shias) and ‘nikah misyar’ (short-term marriage among Sunnis) on the grounds that these were violative of the Constitution’s Articles 14, 15 and 21.

Under ‘nikah halala’, if a Muslim woman after divorce by her husband three times on different instances, wants to go back to him, she has to marry another person and then divorce the second husband to get re-married to her first husband.

“Declare the dissolution of the Muslim Marriages Act, 1939 unconstitutional and violative of Articles 14, 15, 21 and 25 of the Constitution in so far as it fails to secure for the Indian Muslim women the protection from bigamy which has been statutorily secured for Indian women from other religions,” said her plea filed through advocate V.K. Biju.

The apex court has been hearing pleas filed by Sameena Begum, Nafisa Khan, Moullium Mohsin and BJP leader and advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay on the issue.

Article 14 guarantees equality before law, Article 15 prohibits discrimination on the grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth and Article 21 guarantees protection of life and personal liberty.

Telling the court that though different religious communities are governed by different personal laws, Upadhyay had contended that “personal laws must meet the test of constitutional validity and constitutional morality in as much as they cannot be violative of Articles 14, 15, and 21”.

Pointing to the “appalling” affect of polygamy and other such practices on the Muslim women, senior counsel Mohan Parasaran had earlier told the apex court that the 2017 judgment holding instant ‘triple talaq’ as unconstitutional had left these two issues open and did not address them.

Polygamy, Man along with his 5 wives
Polygamy, Man along with his 5 wives. Flickr

A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by then Chief Justice J.S. Khehar (since retired), by a majority judgment in 2017, had said: “Keeping in view the factual aspect in the present case, as also the complicated questions that arise for consideration in this case (and, in the other connected cases), at the very outset, it was decided to limit the instant consideration to ‘talaq-e-biddat’ or triple talaq.

Also read: Goa Common Civil Code forbids neither Oral Divorce nor Polygamy among Muslims: Governor

“Other questions raised in the connected writ petitions, such as polygamy and ‘nikah halala’ (and other allied matters), would be dealt with separately. The determination of the present controversy may, however, coincidentally render an answer even to the connected issues.” (IANS)