“The Light in Her Eyes” Sheds Some Light on the Women of Syria

We are bombarded with images from Syria every day — flashing across our television screens and updating in our Facebook newsfeeds. They are horrific pictures of the carnage left in the aftermath of massacres. It has been over a year now since the beginning of the Syrian uprising and there seems to be no relief from the continuing assaults on the Syrian people. At a time when we risk becoming desensitized to this ongoing horror, it is important to truly see the people in the images playing out in … [Read more...]

Friday Links | September 2, 2011

It's been a busy Eid week, readers. We're sorry to divert from the normal Friday links, but are presenting a shortened version this week. We'll be back to our regular programming next week!A Latina fights stereotypes in her own community about what happens when a woman converts to Islam: "As soon as I started wearing [the hijab] I got a lot of stares," said Fikri, 27, who was raised as a Christian in East Harlem's Thomas Jefferson Houses and became a Muslim seven years ago."Even my own … [Read more...]

Friday Links | August 26, 2011

Success magazine looks at Moroccan Olympic runner Nawal El Moutawakel.Nazish Noorani was murdered after finishing iftar, allegedly under the authority of her husband. May God give her justice. Read more on domestic violence and Nazish at AltMuslimah and MuslimVoices.In the Philippines, several Muslim religious groups and organizations have signed a manifesto advocating Muslim women to breastfeed their children.The All India Muslim Women Personal Law Board backs Anna Hazare's … [Read more...]

Friday Links | August 19, 2011

Okay, so our readers have spoken! Our original Friday link format is back! We'll do our best to keep it this way!Somali women face immense battles: famine, political instability, and rape.An interview with Anjum Zamrooda Habib, a prominent Kashmiri resistance fighter.The Washington Post profiles an Egyptian woman who's gaining fame by teaching Egyptians how to prepare food they can actually afford.A Muslim schoolgirl in Mangalore, India, is fighting for the right to wear hijab at … [Read more...]

Friday Links | August 12, 2011

NPR looks at how religious leaders in Pakistan are misleading women about birth control and family planning: Zakaria says being poor should in no way limit having babies. Referencing the Quran, he says, "God will provide the resources and no one will starve.""There are clear instructions in the Holy Quran, in which Allah says, 'We give you food, and we will also give food to your children. Food is not your responsibility, but God's,' " he says.The mufti says the Quran also instructs … [Read more...]

Friday Links | July 5, 2011

We're exploring a Friday Links format here at MMW. It's different than our usual. Let us know what you think in the comments! And, as always, feel free to include links to news about Muslim women from the past week in the comments!News coverage of Muslim women in New Zealand is rare, but the Herald on Sunday ran a great piece on local Muslim women. It was supported by the hard work of Anjum Rahman and a great editorial from the paper itself: It would take a special meanness of spirit not to … [Read more...]

Friday Links | July 22, 2011

Somalia's women's minister, Asha Osman Aqil, has been kidnapped by Al Shabab. God keep her safe.Egyptian women take a stand against harassment with HarassMap.Emirati women will enjoy full participation in an upcoming election to be held in September; they may both vote and run in the election.How the Muslim community rose to Rumana Monzur's defense after her husband attacked her.Pakistan appoints its first female foreign minister. More from the BBC.The Obedient Wives Club not … [Read more...]