Europe’s First Woman Imam

The Al-Sahaba mosque in the northern Belgian city of Verviers has granted female Muslim professor Hawaria Fattah to fulfill the position of imam at the mosque. The move is the first of its kind both in Belgium, and in greater Europe. Fattah, along with two male imams, will supervise the preaching activities for women at the mosque. However, she will not deliver the sermon of Friday prayers or lead prayers, stressed Abdel Jalel Al-Hajaji curator at the mosque. The Belgian Justice Ministry has approved of Fattah’s selection. She was born to an Algerian father and a Belgian mother, is 35 years old, and a professor of social and Islamic studies.

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Judge allows Muslim woman’s life story book

A book by a 30 year old Muslim woman named Karima may be told and sold according to a decision by a judge in Verviers. The parents and sisters of the women took legal action to prevent the book from being sold, afraid that it would infringe on their privacy. In the book, Karima tells of how she turned away from her family, alleging beatings from them, humiliation, and a forced marriage in the name of religion. The judge’s ruling was based on the right for Karima to tell a life story, and there was no justification for deleting passages that her family wanted to delete, citing the importance of freedom of expression.