A family of fishermen in the river, catching fish.
Those of you who’ve followed me for a long time know that I consider myself a Muslim feminist.
Its funny, when I say that to people they expect me to be like “DOWN WITH ALL MEN!!!! WOMEN ARE SUPERIOR!!! MUAHAHAHAHAHA”
But really- thats because feminists have such a bad name. The only media coverage feminists get is coverage of Femen. Now if you know me, you’ll know that I hate Femen with a passion. Femen as an organization by white feminists, for white feminists, founded by a white man. The irony in it is that this guy who founded femen actually said that he wants only “attractive women” to lead the campaign. He wanted to USE women and oversexualize them to be the representatives of a campaign for women’s rights. Ummmmmmm degradement much?
Femen feminists are the ones who want to “liberate” Muslim women, to “free” us of our hijab. Femen feminists are the ones that run onstage during fashion shows and sexually harass the models by forcing their clothes off in order to run around topless. These are the same feminists that ran into an islamic convention disrespecting islamic dresscode and interrupting a lecture to run around topless holding anti-islamic signs.
THIS. IS. NOT. FEMINISM.
If you are a privileged white woman, and you use women of colour or lowerclass women as a stepping stone for your campaign,
YOU. ARE. NOT. A. FEMINIST.
If you find it in you to disrespect the religion, culture, and choices of other women,
YOU. ARE. NOT. A. FEMINIST.
Feminism is a movement that acknowledges the rights of all women.
Feminism wants to eliminate male privilege. We want to see women treated equally, given respect and honesty, given equal pay, having the ability to make choices over our own bodies, and being valued as more than just eyecandy.
Feminism is about rape prevention, and prevention of both physical and verbal harassment (sexual and non). Feminism is about blaming the rapist, rather than justifying the actions of the rapist by blaming the victim.
Islamic feminism is no different- I have quoted the Quran numerous times with verses that promote gender equality and how in the sight of Allah, we are not judged according to our chromosomes. Here are some of my favourites:
- “As for those who lead a righteous life, male or female, while believing, they enter Paradise; without the slightest injustice.” [4:124]
- "Whoever works righteousness whether male or female, while he (or she) is a believer- We will surely cause him (or her) to live a good life, and We will surely give them their reward (in the hereafter) according to the best of what they used to do" [16:97]
- “And their Lord responded to them: ‘I never fail to reward any worker among you for any work you do, be you male or female - you are equal to one another.’” [3:195]
The prophet (pbuh) also teaches men that “the best of you are those who are best to their wives”
Islam teaches us that men are not superior to women. Actually, we are taught that paradise is beneath the mothers feet, that your wife completes half your religion, and that the treatment of your daughter is what opens the gates to paradise.
I have the right to be educated
I have the right to work
I have the right to drive
I have the right to own land and property
I have the right to keep my own last name
I have the right to inheritance
I have the right to speak
I have the right to to stand up for myself
I have the right to vote
I have the right to be treated as an equal, not as inferior
My rights are mine from Allah. No one will take that away from me.
My religion is my choice. My feminism is my choice. My hijab is my choice.
Stop relating the actions of sexist men to Islam. Sexist men exist in every religion, race, and culture. Islam was the first religion to give us rights.
From a Cover Girl to Covered Girl
اللهم اجعل أمـَي ممن تقول لها النار ‘أعبري فإن نورك أطفا نــاري’، وتقول لها الجنه ‘أقبلي فقد اشتقت إليك قبل ان أراك’
"Oh Allah, let my mother be one of those whom upon approaching Hellfire are told by it ‘Walk past me, your light has overshadowed me", and to whom Paradise says "come hither, I’ve been missing you even before seeing you.” (via nasserelamine)
A little prayer for the strugglers (I’m with you):
The Prophet (sa) would say every morning and evening, “Allah, I seek solace in you from hamm and hazn.”
Hamm means things we’ve experienced in the past that sadden and worry us. Hazin are things in the future that scare us and sadden us. Allah is al-Qadīr and al-Rahīm.
May Allah lift the hamm and hazin from us, relieve our burdens and grant us the faith to soar above dark times. Stay strong and know that there are others going through what you are going through, even Imams and activists. You are not alone!
With faith, worship and community, you can do it - with God’s help, you got this. “Indeed, Allah’s help is (constantly) close.”
Even though I don’t know you, consider my prayers as a crutch with you at every tear and sad feeling. My prayers are not strong - I’m in need of yours more. But everyone holding on to their faith amongst the rocky seas of life, I love you for the sake of Allah and I’m happy to share in the struggle with you. Have a great Sunday!
Sunday, March 30th, 2014
The explanation of hamm and hazn just blew my mind. I’ve known that dua for years and loved it when I read the translation but now it means so much more.
People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.
People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.
Kent M. Keith
I believe in this very firmly, especially today.(via arabarabarab)