her dress! <3
Muslims doing beautiful stuff!
No, I don’t bomb your houses. I help you build them instead.
No, I am not a terrorist. I think terrorism is horrible and I want terrorism to end.
No, I don’t force my religion on anybody. I want people to at least know what Islam is.
No, I don’t want to kill non-Muslims. I think people have the right to whatever they want to believe
No, I don’t hate on gay people. I think they are allowed to like whoever they want.
No, I don’t think women are of lesser value than men. I think they are very important and are equal to men.
No, I don’t force my mother, sisters, daughters, cousins or nieces to wear traditional religious clothing. I let them choose if they are emotionally comfortable to wear it.
No, I don’t think the Taliban and Al Qaeda have it right. I want to help stop their evil acts of hurting and killing others, which is not, in any way, tolerated in Islam.
Stuff more than 1,569,990,000 Muslims don’t do.
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Huda Shaarawi was a pioneering Muslim feminist from Egypt and the founder of Egyptian Feminists Union. One of the events related to her life in 1923 remains a milestone in the history of Arab/Muslim women standing up for their rights and dignity, challenging the orthodox religious establishment and the prevailing male-dominant culture. She grew up in a well-known family, where parallel to commitment to women’s education, strict adherence to dress code prevailed. As Muslim girls/women, they were required not just to wear a long outergarment, but also face-covering (niqab). As she grew up and availed the opportunity to educate herself about Islam with an open and independent mind, she discovered as many Muslim men and women do that face-covering was not mandated by Islam. Knowing the fact and convincing herself of it were easy. Unveiling herself was not. It would be a revolutionary step, with potentially serious social consequences in a traditional society.
In 1923 Shaarawi went to attend an international feminist conference in Rome and her picture shows her with friends without any niqab (face covering). [Harem Years, p. 128] While she was quite free in Rome in this regard, due to an entrenched orthodoxy and the domestic culturalmilieu, it was still quite different in Egypt. A milestone was set upon return from the conference, when at the Cairo rail station, she and one of her friends deliberately and publicly took off their veils (face-covering, niqab). [p. 8] The momentous event shook the entire country and its reverberations reached far beyond.
Another “episode in the summer of 1923 is telling: she was sailing to Egypt on the same boat that carried Saad Zaghlul, accompanied by his wife, home from exile. Huda’s veil now simply covered her head; her face was free. Observing this, Saad asked Huda to help his wife arrange her veil the same way.” [Harem Years, pp. 129-130]
Huda makes me a proud, content Muslim feminist.
Muslims doing feminist stuff.
An absolutely astronomical number of Muslims love doing just one thing: EATING. What is the best food in the world, Muslims and non-Muslims?
Some Muslims love to write important, good stuff, and chill out on the couch. And give the camera a slightly-sassy expression. ♥
We have awesome beards and talk about everything!
(kay so this is stereotypical, but welcome to a village in the middle of Bangladesh) :D
Stuff Muslims do: have beautiful beards!
A few years ago, someone from the Feminist Majority Foundation called the Muslim Women’s League to ask if she could “borrow a burka” for a photo shoot the organization was doing to draw attention to the plight of women in Afghanistan under the Taliban. When we told her that we didn’t have one, and that none of our Afghan friends did either, she expressed surprise, as if she’d assumed that all Muslim women keep burkas in their closets in case a militant Islamist comes to dinner. She didn’t seem to understand that her assumption was the equivalent of assuming that every Latino has a Mexican sombrero in their closet.
We don’t mean to make light of the suffering of our sisters in Afghanistan, but the burka was—and is—not their major focus of concern. Their priorities are more basic, like feeding their children, becoming literate and living free from violence. Nevertheless, recent articles in the Western media suggest the burka means everything to Muslim women, because they routinely express bewilderment at the fact that all Afghan women didn’t cast off their burkas when the Taliban was defeated. The Western press’ obsession with the dress of Muslim women is not surprising, however, since the press tends to view Muslims, in general, simplistically. Headlines in the mainstream media have reduced Muslim female identity to an article of clothing—“the veil.” One is hard-pressed to find an article, book or film about women in Islam that doesn’t have “veil” in the title: “Behind the Veil,” “Beyond the Veil,” “At the Drop of a Veil” and more. The use of the term borders on the absurd: Perhaps next will come “What Color is Your Veil?” or “Rebel Without a Veil” or “Whose Veil is it, Anyway?"
Stuff you can’t assume all Muslims do.