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The 6th Annual National Conference of the Muslim Lawyers Association of Nigeria is currently on going at Ilorin.

The Conference Started yesterday 28th June, 2012, with a cocktail get together hosted by Mallam Yusuf Olaolu Alli, SAN. The Conference is expected to end on Sunday, 1st July, 2012.

The Theme of the Conference is THE CHALLENGES OF TERRORISM IN NIGERIA: LAW AND RELIGION TO THE RESCUE.

The Opening Ceremony is on going. Follow this page and we will keep you updated.

UPDATE 1

Alh. (Dr) Ibrahim Sulu- Gambari (CFR) humbly represented just gave an opening remark. He described Ilorin as a City of Scholars and Lawyers. He also stressed the rich history of providing great scholars who are of religious, academic and intellectual prominence.

He talked about the multi religious nature of the country as opposed to a secular state. The word “secular” is not found anywhere in the constitution.

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Gregory C. Cochran

 

Christians are not the only courageous people in the world. Here on my blog and at our ministry to the persecuted church (Project 13:3), we often highlight cases of Christian courage, telling the stories of those unwilling to yield their faith in Christ to the threats of police, parents, and employers. Such stories of conviction under fire are not uncommon anymore, given the increase in hostility against religion.

 

It’s easy for us to forget that all people of good courage and righteous convictions are subject to opposition. Such opposition is now a reality for Muhammad Dadkhah, a Muslim lawyer working for religious freedom in the Islamic Republic of Iran.  You may have heard of Dadkhah during the trial and consequent protest campaign of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. Dadkhah represented Pastor Youcef and has stood up for 20 Christians who have been sentenced to death in Iran.

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Arabic Literature (in English)

Now isn’t that a touching image?

A recent hesba case against Yousef Ziedan’s “Arabic Booker”-winning Azazeel apparently has brought together book banners from both Christian and Muslim camps. According to the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) , “Christian  lawyers have joined the neo actio popularis team in Egypt and demanded a five year imprisonment for Youssef Zeidan.”

This is soon after the same team was seeking to jail the venerable and talented Gamal al-Ghitani, among others, and ban A Thousand and One Nights.

For those unfamiliar with hesba, this is from The Guardian:

Hesba is a long-established (and originally honourable) principle in Islamic jurisprudence. In the words of the Egyptian scholar, Gamal al-Banna, it was “used to promote the good and criticise the bad. Every individual in an Islamic society is responsible for the actions of the society”.

More recently, though, it has begun to have…

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ADNISA

Legal advisers and solicitors may wear the Islamic veil in court unless it interferes with the “interests of justice”, judges have been told. The judiciary were told to use their discretion to interpret the temporary guidance, which covers all courts. The advice was issued by immigration tribunals chief Mr Justice Hodge after a case had to be halted when a legal adviser refused to remove her veil.

The Lord Chief Justice said full rules on the veils issue were being drawn up. Earlier this week it emerged legal adviser Shabnam Mughal had refused to remove her headwear during an immigration tribunal in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. She had been asked to do so by Judge George Glossop, who said he could not hear her properly.

Eventually Judge Glossop adjourned the hearing to seek advice from president of the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal (AIT) Mr Justice Hodge. It is understood the hearing will…

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