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    Egypt's Mosques Fight Sexual Harassment

    CAIRO -- Egypt has finally decided to fight the rising phenomenon of sexual harassment on its streets, choosing mosques as the launching pad of its war against stalkers.

    "There must be some serious action to curb it and our ministry has decided to take this action."

    The Ministry, which is responsible for mosques and places of prayer, has distributed a booklet about sexual harassment in what appears to be a new bid to curb sexual harassment which continues to claim new victims on the crowded streets of Egypt.


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    The 35-page booklet contains important definitions about harassment and an analysis of the reasons why this phenomenon has risen in the largely conservative Egyptian society.
    Among many other things, the authors blame unemployment and provoking clothes worn by some women for the increase in the number of harassment cases.

    "Clothes are important for man in general, but they are more important for women because they protect them against molestation," it says.

    The booklet urges women to wear the headscarf and be fully covered so that stalkers would not be tempted to approach them.

    In 2005, officials at the Egyptian Centre for Womens Rights - a local organization that gives legal aid to women - were showered by complaints from women who experienced harassment on the streets.

    In one of the studies the center conducted, 83 percent of female interviewees said they undergo harassment every now and then.

    Nearly 62 percent of the male respondents said they harassed women more than once.

    Center officials say 69 percent of harassment cases happen on the streets, 42 percent on public transport, 22 percent on the beach, while only 6 percent in work places.

    A recent crackdown by the government resulted in the arrest of a big number of men who were harassing women on the street.

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    Mosque imams would start to read out the contents of the new booklet before and after prayers with the aim of warning worshippers against the dangers of harassment.

    Some of the imams said they would specify whole sermons for harassment and its consequences, especially before the Friday prayer.

    Others said they would discuss the issue on a daily basis so that men stop harassing women.

    "Mosques are the most appropriate places for fighting this phenomenon," believes Sheikh Ahmed Hashim, the imam of a small mosque in the crowded residential district of Shubra, west of Cairo.

    "Mosque imams have credibility and Im sure theyll help a lot to make men stop harassing women."

    Acer Yasser, a social researcher and a specialist on sexual harassment, believes mosques will be effective in fighting harassment, but not to a very big extent.

    "The problem is that people always draw a strong line of demarcation between religion and their day-to-day dealings," she told IOL.

    "I mean those males who pray may sometimes harass females and this is the problem."

    Law Needed

    Yasser, the social researcher, is yet critical of the booklet's linkage between harassment to how women are dressed.

    "The book gives meaningless excuses for harassers," she argues.

    "The fact that some women wear un-Islamic attire shouldnt be excuse that people make her life hard."

    Acer had conducted several researches on sexual harassment on the streets of Egypt.

    She says that most of the women she met wore the hijab but were sexually harassed none the less.

    Wafaa Nabil, a 27-year-old bank accountant, is one of those who is never out on the street without being catcalled at by men.

    "Its becoming so horrible," she laments.

    "Men bother me all the time although I cover my hair and my body."

    Egypt does not have a law to criminalize sexual harassment.

    The Egyptian Centre for Womens Rights has presented a draft bill to the Parliament so that harassment would be criminalized.

    Although centre officials expect the law to take a long time to be approved by Parliament, they are hopeful harassment would disappear one day.

    "We need to join hands to bring this ugly practice to an end," says Rasha Hassan, the lead researcher in the center.

    "Harassment has very negative consequences. Some of the women who undergo the experience feel afraid to go out."

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    Women shouldn't be outside their homes in the first place, expect in necessacity and when accompanied by a Mahram.
    And women "covering" themselves these days doesn't mean jack !?%$.
    Many of them imitate the Kuffaar in their fashion-culture, with the scarf around the head, and wearing "clothes" as if it was painted on their bodies!
    It's really sickening!

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    ^^ ?

    What?

    Brother, you have missed the whole problem of what is going on there, and put the blame back onto the sisters. Even if lets assume some of them are dressed incorrectly, it does not justify what happens,

    And anyhow it happens to sisters who cover correctly as well.

    SubhanAllah akhi wallahi i found your message strange....

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    Yeah, according to what I heard all women get harassed in Egypt whether they are covered or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DhulQarNain View Post
    Women shouldn't be outside their homes in the first place, expect in necessacity and when accompanied by a Mahram.
    And women "covering" themselves these days doesn't mean jack !?%$.
    Many of them imitate the Kuffaar in their fashion-culture, with the scarf around the head, and wearing "clothes" as if it was painted on their bodies!
    It's really sickening!
    your partially right that women shouldnt be where it isnt required of them..... but still its a public harassment of women(like asking for mobile numbers,staring,folowwing them etc etc and not the serious kind which happens in west) is wide spread and rampant in arab world... blame it on high mahr which prevents men from marrying early....

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    assalaamu alaikum

    When i was in Egypt a few years ago, i just thought the social situation was just like a time bomb waiting to explode. Vast numbers of unemployed men who were unable to afford to marry, yet at the same time, any sheesha cafe that you would pass, or any grocery store, would constantly be showing music videos of Lebanese female singers, dancing just like they do on BET. So on the one hand you have the TV provokng all the desires, and on the other, no outlet for it.

    On a number of occasions i would see exactly what this article describes, women being watched, followed, phone numbers being requested. Its a sad situation and i pray that Allah makes things easy for the men and women in that part of the world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AbdulMatin View Post
    And anyhow it happens to sisters who cover correctly as well.
    I admit, that there are men who have nothing better to do than harassing, staring and whistling at women whether they are covered or not, but many of the women harrased are NOT the women who cover themselves correctly, and obviously NOT the women who stay in their homes!

    By God - Verily - you know that I know you are lying.

    -
    ˤAmr b. al-ˤās's response to Musaylimah al-Kadhāb (Bidāyah Tafsir Surah al-ˤAsr li Ibn Kathir)

    "He is only called insān (human being) because of his nasyān (forgetfulness) -- And it is only called al-qalb (the heart) because it constantly varies (yataqallib)."



    From ˤAbbās ibn ˤAbd al-Muttalib that he had heard the Messenger of Allāh - peace and blessings of All
    āh be upon him - say:
    "Whoever is pleased with Allāh as his Rabb; with al-Islām as his Dīn; and with Muhammad as his Prophet and Messenger has tasted the sweetness of faith."
    [Musnad Ahmad Hadith #1682]


    The Messenger of Allāh - peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him - said:
    "Oh Allāh, be pleased with ˤUthmān, for I am pleased with him." [al-Sīrah al-Nabawiyyah li Ibn Hishām 2/517]


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    Quote Originally Posted by DhulQarNain View Post
    ... but many of the women harrased are NOT the women who cover themselves correctly, and obviously NOT the women who stay in their homes!
    Brother, it happens to almost all women (of all ages too) - even sisters correctly covered. So there is more to this issue than many think.

    But I admit, things in Cairo are getting worse... not just when it comes to harassment (and stalkers!) but also with regards to the womens' sense of dress - it has deteriorated a lot in the last few years (... and I'd like to know the sad individual who decided to introduce skinny jeans here).

    "... And the last of their call will be, "Praise be to Allah, Lord of the worlds." [10:10]

    Imam Malik (rh): Do not look to the sins of people as if you are Lords, but look to your own sins as if you are slaves. Have mercy on the people of affliction and praise Allah for your well-being, and never say, This person is from the people of Hellfire, and this person is from the people of Paradise. Do not be arrogant over the sinners, but rather ask Allah to grant them hidayah and rashad (i.e. guidance).


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    Quote Originally Posted by Fajr View Post

    But I admit, things in Cairo are getting worse... not just when it comes to harassment (and stalkers!) but also with regards to the womens' sense of dress - it has deteriorated a lot in the last few years
    That's interesting...I'd heard more than once that things were improving....

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    Depends on the areas I guess. Some are really good, while others are going downhill (e.g. college areas, high streets etc - they didn't used to be this bad).

    "... And the last of their call will be, "Praise be to Allah, Lord of the worlds." [10:10]

    Imam Malik (rh): Do not look to the sins of people as if you are Lords, but look to your own sins as if you are slaves. Have mercy on the people of affliction and praise Allah for your well-being, and never say, This person is from the people of Hellfire, and this person is from the people of Paradise. Do not be arrogant over the sinners, but rather ask Allah to grant them hidayah and rashad (i.e. guidance).


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