A speech by Debra Dirks given in Salt Lake City, Utah, on March 1, 2003 to a group of women converts to Islam and their non Muslim mothers.
"Women in Islam" is perhaps the most controversial and misunderstood topic today.
A sad reality of our community is that there are Muslims, inside and outside of the Muslim world, who often fail to live up to Islam’s ideals when it comes to half of the Ummah, i.e. Muslim women. Muslim men and women’s ideal relationship in the context of the community is one of brother-and-sisterhood in faith. These are ideals that must be revived today.
In addition to practical tips in this section on dealing with and addressing Muslim women and their issues, here are two excellent must-read online books on this subject: