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A female impersonator or gynaemimetic in the Indian subcontinent, who may have had partial surgical sex reassignment. Hijras belong to a traditional social organisation, part cult and part caste; they worship the goddess Bahuchara Mata. Their sexuoerotic role is that of female with men
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As youngsters, many run away from home, eventually joining Hijra communities, said Dr Gilada.
Dolly comes from a very conservative Brahmin family and was thrown out of the house at the tender age of 7 years when her father came to know about her Hijra status.
On the 10th day of Muharam in the early years of the Hijra, they beheaded the prophet's grandson and Yajid's troops displayed the head in public to threaten others who wanted to be leader of the government.
The popular understanding of the Hijra as an alternative sex and gender is based on the model of the hermaphrodite, a person having both male and female sex organ.
Zia Jaffrey, in her book, The Invisibles , confronts a hijra on the issue of castration.
These cities are Karachi 42%, Sargodha 40.5%, DG Khan 49.6%, Gujrat 46.2% and Faisalabad 52.5%.2 Melesse and Blanchard used the UNAIDS Estimation and Projection Package (EPP) software to conduct modeling and they projected that in Karachi by 2015 the estimated prevalence of HIV among IDUs in Karachi can reach 50% and may continue to rise whereas the model also indicated a rising trend of HIV among male and hijra sex workers.3 These are astounding figures even for high risk groups.
I am perplexed at the way you explain how the Hijra calendar works.
Security source told NINA that SWAT force raided the house of Hijra Mosque's Imam and Preacher, Salam Selbi al-Fahdawi, taking him to a security center.
Muscat: Sayyid Khalid bin Hilal bin Saud Al Busaidi, Minister of the Diwan of Royal Court, Chairman of the Civil Service Council yesterday issued a decision declaring holiday on the Holy Prophet's Hijra Anniversary (peace be upon him) and the advent of the New Hijri year 1435AH.
He also confirmed the department's efforts and keen interest on maintaining the mosques to promote the true Islamic culture that stems from the Holy Quran and Sunnah, following the example of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) after the "Hijra".
"They have been Muslims all the time even as early as the first century of Hijra and they should be supported to continue to live as Muslims in full dignity and attain their complete rights."
We discovered several factors that persuade one to join the hijra community; they include a passion, a desire to express their feminine identity more explicitly, poor economic conditions and, above all, to live a carefree life.