Editorial

The world will witness the end of yet another calendar year. It's the time to look back and reflect upon the past year, relish the accomplishments, learn from the mistakes and set novel goals to move forward. Here is another issue of Aura with an array of engrossing...

Is the Minority Even Human?

The Holy Qur’an encapsulates, however, the inalienable humanity that cannot be denied to anyone, no matter how vulnerable or marginalized: “Indeed, We honoured the progeny of Adam, and bore them across land and sea and provided them with good things for their...

Face to Face with Nasreen Saiad

Nasreen Saiad is former President, Sisters’ Wing of UKIM and is currently a member of its Central Shura. UK Islamic Mission (UKIM) is a registered charity organization formed in 1962 to “cater for the needs of a new growing Muslim community” in the UK. It works in...

HIV/AIDS: A Painful Barrier to a Healthy Lifestyle

The stress of living with a serious condition such as HIV not only damages mental well-being but also poses a great risk of developing mood, anxiety, and cognitive conditions. Mental health and AIDS are positively correlated. Several mental health issues including...

Nabeela Syed

Nabeela Syed is the 23 year old Advocate and a Muslim woman of Indian origin, was elected to Illinois General Assembly in the 2022 United States midterm elections. At her victory speech, she spoke of her historic victory: “My name is Nabeela Syed. I’m a 23-year-old...

B Srimathi

B Srimathi is a 20-year old Adivasi woman from the Irula community of Thumbibettu village in Tamil Nadu. She has become notably the first member of her community to get a medical seat, and she has taken admission in Tirunelveli Government Medical College and wants to...

Ela Bhatt Passes Away

SEWA, the Self Employed Women’s Association set up by Ela Bhatt in 1972 was a trade union of women with dozens of sub-institutions that worked on the principle: “the poor do not need charity, they need an enabling mechanism to strive and come out of the vicious circle...

The Prayer of Maryam (AS)’s Mother

Oh Allah, grant us, by your grace, righteous offspring. Bless us and our offspring with a pleasant upbringing the way you had blessed Maryam (peace be upon her). Entrust us and our offspring the way you had entrusted Maryam (peace be upon her) to the best people and...

A Visit to a Mosque…

Until I visited Masjid-E-Khadria in Benson Town (Bangalore), I never thought women were allowed in mosques. It all started with an invite that I saw on Facebook asking people from all faiths to visit the mosque regarded as one of the most beautiful mosques in the...

I am Successful, but Unhappy

Translation: Al Jamia Al Islamia, Santhapuram (2018-24 Batch)I said: Observe a child who seems extremely joyful when he possesses his favourite toy which he craves for. But when he was dreaming about it, he was less happy. Also, he becomes silent and thoughtful. Do...

The Errand of Mercy

Every one of us has surely experienced the sweetness of the fragrance of a beloved passerby. Even if the person has passed, some strongly smelling perfumes leave their prints on the memory of the people on the way and for some moments, we indulge in it. Have you ever...

The Shape Of Water

I said, to my daughter,‘My dear! Be like water!’Shapeless, amorphous,Fluid, formless, sinuous,The epitome of a leader! Prepare to alter your shape,Poured into pitcher or carafe.The world is your stage.You can be a cottony cloud.You can be the shower of rain,That...

Who are You to Judge Us

To some, you are to dominate the audience. To some, you act as a cultural canvas.To some, you are a mediation of religion,And of course, I am “mass media”, your so-called friend.We live in a world filled with hatred and far,And ‘you’ are acting as petroleum jelly, a...

Unraveling ‘The Kerala Story’

The social media handles in India are again abuzz with a sensational story. A story that is initiated to further disturb peace in the society and spark a fresh controversy. In recent times, India has witnessed continuous efforts by some vested interests to keep the...

Editorial

As November rolls around, there is an invariable association with the idea of Children’s Day. In today’s India this is even more profound. In the Global Hunger Index 2022, India has slipped six places, landing at 107 out of 121 ranked countries. The Global Hunger...

Child Rights in India: NCPCR & Recent Developments

Things like status of child care institutions in India, children with special needs, safety and security of children of government schools and pre-matric hostels, drugs and substance abuse among children, illicit trafficking, education status of children of women...

Face to Face with Dr Ashwini KP

United Nations Special Rapporteur for racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia & related intolerance1) Tell us a little about your academic background, work and current engagements, including how your recent appointment as Special Rapporteur came about. I hail...

Why Boys Fail By Richard Whitmire

However, the biggest learning take away was how Whitmire does not settle for easy excuses for the problem he set out to solve – WHY were boys falling behind in American schools at the foundational level. He found lazy answers from teachers and administrators – like...

Nutrition for Women & Children

“The first wealth is health.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson. “This is what people don’t understand: obesity is a symptom of poverty. It’s not a lifestyle choice where people are just eating and not exercising. It’s because kids – and this is the problem with the school lunch...

Hashika Ramachandra, A National Star

14-year old Hashika from Karnataka has made waves in the best possible way by clinching six golds and one bronze at the recently concluded National Games in Gujarat. Hashika was adjudged the best female athlete – at her first National Games! In a country where women...

Filling the Gaps in Women’s Science History

One can only imagine how many Indian women in science too have been similarly forgotten! November marks the birth anniversary of one of India’s most significant plant scientists, Janaki Ammal, also known as the first Indian woman botanist. In 2019, a newly discovered...

Filling the Gaps in Women’s Science History

Far away from India, 33-year old Jessica Wade, a physicist, is filling the gaps of history by writing over 1750 Wikipedia pages for women and minority scientists who would otherwise be forgotten. She said that “Not only do we not have enough women in science, but we...

Hana Rafeeq Develops ‘Hanas’ Storytelling App

A 9-year-old Dubai-based Indian girl, Hana Muhammad Rafeeq has become the youngest iOS developer by creating the “Hanas” storytelling app, which lets parents record stories for their children. Hana received an email from Apple CEO Tim Cook complimenting her on the...

Raising Our Children Right

“If you don’t find me beautiful, please close your eyes or avoid looking at me because I find myself beautiful and worthy in every manner.” After being associated with the teaching and training profession for years, watching and observing many children of every age...

Adoption Current Debates & the Islamic Perspective

Additionally, the Islamic perspective safeguards against two things 1. isolation or cutting off the child from his or her biological family, which is common in closed adoptions across the World, thus psychologically and mentally affecting them and. 2. the...

Education & Loss of Values: Ideals & Reality

Freedom to think and do, has been the biggest casualty of our education system today. Ideally claimed as the cornerstone of education but it remains stereotyped sloganeering only. As a result, the educated products are the best executors and planners of their system...

Making India Safer For Women

“The best of you are those who are best to their womenfolk.” --Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)India has achieved massive advancements in technology and urbanization. Yet violence and prejudice against women prevails in our nation. Regrettably, the crime lists against women is...

India & Women: The Rising Concern for Safety

“India ranks 148 out of 170 countries in the Women, Peace and Security Index 2021.” Our concern about the safety of women in India always ends with a basic but genuine question - Why is India’s condition when it comes to women safety gruesome, when the nation itself...

Canvases of Dreams

She couldn’t wait till her little son at home was old enough to paint. She’d teach him all about colours and shading and which brushes to use. And to use his talents for doing good in the world. But most of all, she thought as she put the finishing touches on her...

Palestine & Recent Developments

“What is home: It is the shade of trees on my way to school before they were uprooted. It is my grandparents’ black and white wedding photo before the walls crumbled. It is my uncle’s prayer rug, where dozens of ants slept on wintry nights before it was rooted and put...

Nine Ways To Stay Happy

English translation of selected articles from Assa’ada Dr. Jasim Al Mutavva Translated by: Students, Al Jamia Al Islamiya, Santhapuram – 2018-24 Batch Every one of us wishes to have lasting happiness in our lives. But how is it possible to achieve it? Is there any way...

An Abused Child

I see a well of eternal darknessA childhood spent in sadness,Yet hope to come across a marvellous lightWith an unheard feeling of fear and fright. Yes, this is a survivor of sexual abuseBut it wasn’t something that I choose. My innocence was taken awayDespite whatever...

The Tinted Lens

Her hijab is red, her words are stained, her apparition is blurred! She was ripped, they said ‘she ripped’She was torn, they said ‘she tore’She was left with nothing but her faith, they said ‘she took everything with her faith’ She was muted, they spoke herShe was...

A Month for Civil Liberties…or the Lack Thereof!

Split verdict on hijab brings little relief but renewed hope; Justice Dhulia’s judgement hailed for clarity and empathyThe long-awaited hijab verdict with regards to the Karnataka hijab ban arrived – but with little respite for the thousands of school and college...