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Rashida, Minneapolis - wrote on 7/16/2010 4:17:17 PM
Comment:Another thing to be aware of: I've heard Muslim men (from other cultures mainly) talking about women's value primarily in terms of the home and motherhood. It's important to take care in how you talk about women. These roles deserve honor, but when a man only mentions these things, to an American woman, they are likely to sound like things that are valued because they are things that women do that benefit MEN. ("We like women because we can get them to do things for us.") It's important to avoid implying that women's entire value comes from serving men and reinforce the stereotype that this is how Muslim men think of women(it's also important not to BELIEVE this!) If you reduce the conversation to these aspects, you devalue women and set up a barrier to women who do not fall into those roles. A single woman or a woman with no children still has value as a human being. She still deserves to be part of the conversation. A woman's value comes from her service to Allah, whether in the family or outside. In traditional Muslim societies, women may not be outside the family sphere that much, but even then, they are multi-faceted individuals with much to value on a personal level. It's not just that they are an extra set of hands or can fill a certain role, but because they light up the home from the heart.
Donelle~Nur, Evanston - wrote on 6/18/2010 8:38:26 PM
Comment:Masha'Allah great article, thank you for posting here!
Mirza, Mumbai - wrote on 4/6/2010 1:13:53 AM
Masha, TO - wrote on 9/28/2009 1:23:35 PM
Comment:Thank you for sharing this!
As a woman who is interested in Islam and have been facing some questions, I found this article very reassuring.
Amina, Switzerland - wrote on 4/7/2005 9:14:06 AM
Comment:At last! I think this article is great and I shall give it to my daughter and husband, to spread it further, just as I intend to do. Most of the muslim people I know. men and women alike, do feel insecure when someone asks something about our faith, especially the controversial issues; the number one controversy is, of course, the "gender issue".Over the years spent living here, I have also grown tired of answering the same question, ever and ever again, and in the end I started losing hope that we can fight and win against all the bad things written about us every day. What we need is what you've mentioned in your article: aware, educated, well informed, respectfull muslims and muslimas, who calmly explain and do not immediately fall in the classical trap of excusing us and our religion for every accusation, real or just imagined. You've given me new hope and strenght, and you motivated me not to give up, as it is our duty to make those things visible, that made us love this religion in the first place. Keep up the good work and may He bless your efforts.
Salam from Amina in Switzerland
Arasi, Nigeria - wrote on 3/19/2005 3:16:49 AM
Comment:The article is a great one.I wish more of our brothers will pay attention to issues raised therein.
Danzelle Nassar, Memphis, TN - wrote on 3/9/2005 9:22:33 AM
Comment:In the name of Allah(swt), the most beneficent - the most gracious...I enjoyed the topics discussed and I just wanted to point out a correction that should be made and remembered; when we are speaking of ourselves or others that were not raised in a Muslim Society, Allah(swt) says that everything that He has Created is a Muslim; therefore you are not converted but reverted. It's truly a blessing to be guided and returned to the Truth. I was reverted in 1996 and there was a time when I felt that the Hijab was the most important part of my identity as a Muslim Woman but now I have chosen not to wear it, doesn't mean that I intentionally want to disobey Allah(swt), but he possess All Understanding and sees our heart and desires. It's sad that other brother and sisters from here and there, seem to treat you different if you don't look or talk like them from head to toe. You have to grow with Allah(swt) for yourself and not others, just to blend into the Circle. It's sad that even if you give them Salams, they will say How are you doing?< instead of giving he honorable greeting in return. I come from a society that allows woman to have a voice in most and all matters. I just recently had this discussio with my husband, regarding sisters being able to interact during a Halaka or even translating for the Imam, because everyone is not a Leader, but a Follower and a Sitter in the Masjid. Even as a faithful and practicing Christian in my life before, I have a burning desire to see the Whole scope of who Allah(swt) is to me and our Community, and how He has no limits on Education and Spiritual Growth. Peace and Blessings to All.
Esha, Toronto - wrote on 8/9/2004 6:54:40 PM
Comment:This is a wonderful article that I believe should be read by all. Many of the brothers that I met despite sporting a decent education and an approach to Islam that they considered as being balanced, were full of assumptions and were the most stereotypical. When it comes to issues concerning muslim women it is the muslim woman that knows best! I believe it is issues from within that need to confronted and dealth with the most.
Khalid Khan, San Jose - wrote on 4/5/2004 7:12:51 PM
I think like wise it goes for sisters and all those who think they have any kind of knowledge. If brother or sister is saying something do not dismiss them as if you know better. Just because brother doesn't have a beard or sister doesn't wear Hijjab it doesn't mean they don't know enough. You will be surprise as they just might know more than your local Imam at the Masjid.
Sumiayah, pa - wrote on 3/20/2004 5:18:38 AM
Comment:If a brother is talking about women in islam - in what way? Famous women in islam such as brilliant Aisha? Or social/family issues? A brother could bring up the wonderful ways a mother or wife can play a part in islam. Or women who have interesting stories or have done awesome thngs. Thou it happens everywhere, domestic violence is depressing! And so is honor killngs. Bring up more then just that. That by the way, is also a man's topic since he is the one who usually starts this type of behavoir. I also don't like that sentence about women of yesterday. Like I said - take Aisha for example! Women were smart then and certainly now! Women are human beings and equal like men just in different ways. Anyway, women in islam is a broad topic and there are wonderful topics to talk about besides honor killings and domestic violence. It should be addressed in some talk but there is a lot more to say then just that. Women do wonderful and outstanding things as men do, and address that! Just look at islamic history and look at the prophets wives for a start.
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