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OIC, al-Azhar reacts to Taliban’s recent decisions on women

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Kabul: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) condemned the Afghan Taliban’s announcement, which ordered all local and foreign non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to stop their women staff from working, saying that the ban is “self-defeating and disserving the interests of Afghan people”.

Hossein Ebrahim Taha, the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation has expressed concern over the decision of the Taliban to ban women from working in non-governmental organizations and called it “self- defeating and ignoring the interests of the Afghan people”.

Mr. Taha said that this “disturbed decision” not only deprives women of a source of livelihood, rather the humanitarian and relief activities of a wide network of domestic and international non-governmental organizations for vulnerable people will be seriously affected.

Earlier, Ahmed Al Tayeb, Sheikh al-Azhar of Egypt also called the Taliban’s action in conflict with Islamic Sharia and said: Sharia teaching has asked men and women to seek learning from the cradle to the grave.

He said that this decision “has shaken the conscience of Muslims and non-Muslims” and such an order should not have been issued by any Muslim.

He is also mentioned in the book “Encyclopedia of Women’s Faces” by Zainab Ameli, which contains the biographies of more than 450 prominent Muslim women scholars, linguists and writers.

These broad reactions that have been expressed to the recent policies of the Afghanistan care taker administration regarding the education of girls and women’s work, show that these decisions are never approved by the Muslim community, religious authorities, and Islamic governments. And it is not implemented in any Muslim country except Afghanistan.

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