Why is it always Muslim women that constantly argue how they’re not oppressed, choose to wear their hijab, are allowed to leave home etc. when obviously these actions are assumed to belong to male Muslims? Islamophobes are accusing Muslim men of degrading women, yet the women, the…
The fact that Abu Eesa Niamatullah has not been fired by AlMaghrib Institute yet for his disgusting, misogynistic comments concerning International Women’s Day shows how much we need islamic feminism. Muslim leaders tolerate and practically celebrate this behaviour. All I see are men defending him … it makes me absolutely sick. You know nothing about respecting women or the rights that the Prophet gave us if you think that this man is in any way justified in his sexist remarks.
And people think that we don’t need feminism.
People think there isn’t a massive problem with misogyny in the ummah today.
Wake up please
HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY!!!
Neither saints, nor whores. Just women.
Happy March 8th.
“boys will be bo-“
*punches you in the face*
bOYS WILL BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS LIKE EVERYONE ELSE
I’m scared of the rage inside me
When a man says
'Islam gave women their rights 1400 years ago'
on the minbar
but I’m listening to him from a room
in another area of the masjid
away from the men
where I can’t hear
these so-called rights.
I hate myself for the rage.
Because a “good Muslim girl” doesn’t make waves,
doesn’t critique the masjid,
doesn’t speak up,
doesn’t speak at all.
A “good muslim girl” is a wife, a mother and nothing else
I wonder how these men call themselves Muslims
if they’re going to blatantly ignore the example of the prophet
who talked to women face-to-face
who never hid them away in closets
who valued their opinions, advice and wisdom
in every aspect of his life.
My body is not haraam.
My voice is not haraam.
I want to scream and spit and rage at these men
who talk a big game about women’s rights in Islam
when it makes them look good
but when you look around the masjid
there isn’t a woman in sight.
I travelled down to the Thorncliff area the other day to visit one of my friends for lunch. They have a masjid near the restaurant where I was eating with my friend (Bamiyan, what, what!!) and so I decided to go there for Zuhr. I had never been there before but my husband warned me that it was a smaller masjid and so there might not be a woman’s area.
So, of course, I’m heading to the masjid, ready to walk into whatever door I see and if there is indeed no women’s section, then I hoped to run into someone so I could voice my concern that it is -25 out and I have nowhere to pray.
Happily, there was a women’s section. Sadly, it was the worst one I’ve ever seen. It was barely three rows and my tiny basement apartment is bigger than the whole space. While praying, the speakers where we’re supposed to hear the Imam were crackling and static, making it hard to know when to change position.
But I did meet a really lovely woman there. I went there for both Zhur and Asr and when she saw me again at Asr she said salaam and we talked for a bit. She showed me some videos on her phone from her recent trip to Mecca for Umrah. Mash’Allah, the pictures were amazing and she had such a wonderful story.
When I got home, my husband was bracing for my usual rant about the horrible conditions for women which I’m sure he knew was coming. Instead I was talking about this woman and how she made my day with her kindness.
At the end of the day, do masjids need to make adequate space for women? Do they need to include women in their boards, in their meetings, in their community? Do they need to send a message that our bodies are not haraam and therefore do not need to be locked away in some closet, away from the eyes of men? Yes, yes, yes, a million times yes. But even though our masjids need improvement, women praying in these spaces with me always amaze me. They are warm and caring and dedicated and it breaks my heart the masjid doesn’t want anything to do with them.
#GirlsCan: Women Empowerment | COVERGIRL: Girls can’t? Yes, they can. Rap, be funny, be off-the-wall, rock, be strong, run the show, make the world a little more easy, breezy and beautiful. (x)
Alhamdulelah I have such good neighbords/landlord as well <33 Hindu and Sikh (the family is half/half) and we love each others the same way as you do with your landlord lady ! <3
she sounds like a very sweet lady :)
Biryani, brownies and apple crisp all in one day….what what! Re-creating this apple crisp again for potluck with the in-laws tomorrow…it was that damn good people
Yes, I feel you. I’m sure their intentions are good. But just because someone’s intentions are good doesn’t mean you can’t educate them on the actual issue at hand, which is that converts generally do feel alienated by born-Muslims when born-Muslims insist on introducing them as a convert even years after their conversation or asking a million personal questions upon meeting them for the first time, especially when it’s like a scope for how much you know (e.g. ‘recite al-Fatiha for me’ or ‘so how many rakaat do you pray for zhur?’). Every time I post something related to frustrations of how I’m treated as a convert, I always get other reverts reaching out to me about how they feel the exact same way. So I’m definitely not alone in feeling this.
This is my personal blog so I’m free to write about the frustrations of being a convert on here when I’m feeling frustrated. Insha’Allah born-Muslims who follow me can learn something from my rants. Even if they, personally, treat converts like normal Muslims, maybe they know someone who might not and can tell them. Just because I’m writing about my frustration isn’t an attack on those people who treat converts strangely, it’s my personal struggle and I hope that born-Muslims are listening and will hopefully treat converts differently insha’Allah, if they are the ones demanding convert stories or peppering someone they just met with questions about how they pray. And, yes, everyone can be open-minded, but you do need converts/reverts to speak up and say ‘please stop treating us like we’re so different’ in order for people to open their minds.
Salaam, peace, and have a nice day anon =)
The real meaning of “I’m not like the other girls” is, I think, “I’m not the media’s image of what girls should be.” Well, very, very few of us are. Pop culture wants to tell us that we’re all shallow, backstabbing, appearance-obsessed shopaholics without a thought in our heads beyond cute boys and cuter handbags. It’s a lie – a flat-out lie – and we need to recognize it and say so instead of accepting that judgment as true for other girls, but not for you."
Honestly, if anyone ever has low self esteem they should come live in my apartment for a day with my landlord. I live in a basement apartment so my landlord lives right above me and she is the sweetest human on the planet.
Every time she comes to give me mail or anything, she tells me how beautiful my name is. Half my mail comes in my birth name and half of it comes as Zahra and no matter which name it comes under, she always tells me how beautiful it is.
She also tells me she loves me just because she knocked and I come to the door all sweaty because I was doing a workout and she’s proud of me for taking care of myself.
And she bakes me random stuff and tells me she loves me again.
And on Christmas, she came down to our door and asked me, Do Muslims believe in angels? And I was like, of course. And then she gave me a beautiful angel crystal thing. Like damn, she could have given me a Bible or a Jesus statue or something kind of pushing Christianity on me, but in a nice way because it would have been a gift, but she actually thought about what my religion has in common with Christianity and gave me that instead!
Like seriously, Allah bless her please.