Introduction to this Blog
In this blog I hope to be able to expose the truth about Muslim women. Not the flawed version of the truth that is so desperately being sold to everyone through the media, but the actual truth; the truth that shows the diversity and true beauty of Muslim women. I regard myself as extremely fortunate (Alhamdulila) because my life experiences have allowed me to meet a variety of different Muslim sisters. I know women who are intelligent and kind, women who are feisty and stubborn, there are those who are quiet and serene; and then there are those who are loud and vivacious. I have met women who are unafraid and bold, women who enjoy debating and sharing their opinions, I have associated with women who are perfectionists in everything that they do and those who are chilled and relaxed, taking things as it comes. There are those who are fun-loving and adventurous, mischievous and naughty, and there’s no way I can forget to mention those women who make me laugh continuously because of their great sense of humour.
These women come from all walks of life, from different cultures, and social backgrounds ; they have different careers and occupations, different interests and ideas, but they are all Muslim women!
The funny and yet extremely important thing is that none of these women match the stereotype of sullen Muslim woman, dressed completely in black, chained to the stove and forced to have dozens of children. Yes, there are those who dress in complete black and who cover themselves completely, but this seems to have given them more confidence and courage, allowing them to love and appreciate their choice of dress.
The thing that stands out the most about the Muslim women I have met is their faith and their conviction, and their appreciation and true understanding of what it means to be a woman. You see, people have reduced women to objects of desire, believing that what they see on the outside is what defines the woman, but Islam teaches us that a woman deserves to be regarded as a complete human being; one that is respected and honoured, not only for her physical beauty, but for the beauty that lies within her as well, and for her intelligence and character. SO the truth is that when Islam is practised properly, then Muslim women are afforded the highest status, respect and honour.
I cannot deny that there are Muslim women who do feel oppressed and stifled, but there are also non-Muslim women who feel oppressed and stifled. To box all Muslim women up into one category is unjust, because as you’ll see, Muslim women are diverse and unique, and no stereotypes are ever going to be able to capture the true essence of these amazing human beings.
In addition, the history of Islam clearly shows us that Muslim women were active members of their society; they were esteemed, consulted and respected. They were at the fore front of society - in business, politics, social and religious issues, family issues, and even in warfare- and through all this they maintained their dignity, chastity and honour, and because of this they will always be respected and honoured by men and women alike.
These are the truths that are not told to people, people are not told about the great Muslim women in Islamic history and the importance of their contributions in society. Neither are people told about the dynamic Muslim women of today.
Inshallah this blog will succeed in exposing the truth about Muslim women, even if this is done in a small way. Not only will the stories and experiences of normal Muslimah’s be focused on, but Inshallah the stories of our great Mothers in Islam will also be exposed.
It is my sincere duaa that Allah Almighty guides this effort and allows some truth to be brought to the fore through this, inshallah!
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