Tue, 22 Feb 2011 19:06:53 GMT
As Muslims, we have rightly claimed that when it comes to women in Islam, the media has it all wrong.
Women are not oppressed, we argue passionately. Women were given property rights in 7th century Arabia, while prior to Islam, women were considered property.
Women have the right to education. Women have the right to earn money, which remains theirs. Women have the right to keep their last names after marriage. Islamic dress protects women, it doesn't hinder them. And on and on and on.
But in these discussions, Muslims compare Islamic ideals with Western reality. They do not look at the sad, sad reality of so many Muslim women today.
It's time Muslims revisited the true teachings of Islam about women and matched them with action. This requires a radical reorientation of the mind and action.
It's time we spoke out against the injustices being committed against Muslim women by some Muslim men at home and around the world.
It's time non-Muslims also studied the role of Muslim women and helped eradicate the phobia and misconceptions about them in the media and society at large.
Discover the success stories of countless Muslim women making a difference through leadership and activism in their communities.
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