Open Letters: Click here to view the Open Letter to the Officials of Pakistan and Human Rights groups. You may use this as a template and send it to the following individuals:
- Chief of Pakistan Army (General Ashfaq Kayani)
- Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (Iftikhar Chaudhry)
- Prime Minister of Pakistan (Raja Pervaiz Ashraf)
- To all Human Rights Organizations (Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International etc)
Phone Campaign: We appeal to believers and all people of conscience to express their resentment and outrage of the killings of our brothers and sisters by calling these officials at the earliest.
Following is a sample of what one can say:
“I am calling from (name of city) to protest the cold-blooded killing of countless innocent Pakistanis at the hand of terrorists. The Pakistani government has failed miserably in its basic function of governance and is fully responsible for the loss of life.”
Chief Justice of Pakistan’s Supreme Court
Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry
202-243-6500 ex. 2009……Muahammad Aslam Awan
202-243-6500 ext. 2010……Khalida Parveen
202-243-6500 ext. 2011……Abdul Hafeez
202-243-6500 ext. 2013……Javaid Akram
Fax: 202-686-1544 firstname.lastname@example.org
Hon. Consul General – Mr. Barry D. Hoffman
Canada High Commission – Ottawa:
(604)569-1743; (604)569-1415; (604)569-1720
MyJihad is a public education campaign that seeks to share the proper meaning of Jihad as believed and practiced by the majority of Muslims. Jihad means “struggling in the way of God”. The way of God, being goodness, justice, passion, compassion, etc. It is putting up the good fight against whatever odds or barriers you face in your life.
It is a central tenet of the Islamic creed that has unfortunately been widely misrepresented due to a) first and foremost, the actions of Muslim extremists, b) attempts at public indoctrination by Islamophobes who claim that the extremists are right and the rest of us are wrong, and c) a selective media that understandably focuses on the sensational.
This campaign is about reclaiming our faith and its concepts from extremists, both Muslim and anti-Muslim. It’s about our voice, our lives, our reality. MyJihad includes displaying public ads on buses & trains, the use of #MyJihad hashtag on twitter, outreach on Facebook and Youtube, as well as speaking events and other initiatives.
Susan Carland: Why she kicks ass
- She is a Muslim Sociologist.
- She is a lecturer in politics, sociology and gender studies at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.
- She is a founding member and presenter on the comedy TV show Salam Cafe which presented views on life as a Muslim in Australia and the Islamic way of life. It won many Antenna Awards from 2005-2007; Best Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Program, Best Faith Based and Spiritual Development Program and Best Program that Supports New and Emerging Communities.
- In 2004, she was named Australian Muslim of the Year.
- She is listed as one of the international ‘Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow’ by the UN Alliance of Civilisations.
- She is the co-creator of the Victorian Convert Support Service, and has managed the Islamic Council of Victoria’s youth wing, Grassroots.
- In 2003, she gave the International Women’s Day address at Parliament House in Victoria. She has also spoken at Chatham House in London, the Muslim Professionals Forum in Malaysia, and has been a panellist for Issues Deliberation Australia, a public policy think-tank.
- Susan has completed a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science and in 2007 she was completing her PhD, researching leadership challenges facing Western Muslim women.
- She is a researcher for the Centre for Muslim Minorities and Islam Policy Studies at Monash University.
- You can watch of her panel appearances here and her interviews here and here.
- You can read some of her transcripts here (just scroll to the bottom).
If you are a Muslim who is asexual and has an AVEN account, please be wary of the Hot Box topic “Freedom of Speech Rant.”
The Islamophobia in there is rampant and really disgusting. Just a warning.
No. White feminists. Stop.
Dear White Feminists™,
This is why nobody likes you.
Every decent human being on Earth.
hey y’all apparently the photographer is boushra almutawakel, a yemeni muslim woman, and her intention with this series was not to stereotype islam or muslim women but rather to show that wearing the hijab or niqab or burqa can be super complex.
because the photoset is not adequately sourced, people are assuming it’s a work done by a white feminist to show that muslim women are oppressed etc. etc. after having looked up the photographer and some of her other work, i’m not sure that would’ve been her intention. it really doesn’t seem like it because some of her other work challenges stereotypes about muslim women, especially those who wear the niqab or burqa, so i think more than anything the original purpose of the work was to be complex/multifaceted.
HOWEVER, the reason people have no trouble believing it was the work of a white feminist is because white feminists DO all the time perpetuate ideas about how muslim women are oppressed and islam is terrible and sexist etc. so just because in this one individual case, the photographer is an arab muslim woman, does not negate the fact that white feminism tends to be shitty and orientalist and islamophobic as hell.
ALSO, i would like to make the point that the OP automatically assumed this was a statement about the vanishing role of women in islamic society is problematic and islamophobic in its own right considering 1) they didn’t bother to properly source the photoset and 2) that wasn’t the intention of the photographer, it was much more complex than that.
here is more about this piece and her work here. The photographer of these pictures is Boushra Almutawakel, a muslim woman. It also looks like the last frame is blank because she didn’t have another model…
edit: If you just clicked the picture you could have gone to this website, the same one I linked.
The Navy has stopped using targets featuring Muslim women in hijabs at the new SEAL training range in Fort Story, reports The Virginian-Pilot.
According to The Blaze, the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ (CAIR) National Director Nihad Awad wrote a letter to Leon Panetta, Secretary of Defense stating concerns against using such training methods.“Using a Muslim woman wearing a religious head scarf with [verses from the] Quran behind her as a target for our nation’s military personnel is offensive and sends a negative and counterproductive message to trainees and to the Muslim-majority nations to which they may be deployed. This is yet another example of why the Department of Defense needs to fix what appears to be an ongoing problem by consulting credible scholars and experts to review all training and training materials related to Islam or Muslims.”
Though Panetta’s office declined comment, according to the Virginian-Pilot, Lt. David Lloyd, a spokesman for Naval Special Warfare Group 2, confirmed the targets would not be used.
“We have removed this particular target and Arabic writing in question from the range in the near term, and will explore other options for future training.”
Yet, many are concerned that the issue of bias in military training goes further than this isolated scenario. “This is a welcome first step, but a serious and comprehensive review is needed to deal with the issue of Islamophobia in military training,”Awad said in a CAIR press release after the Navy announcement.
However, according to an earlier article by The Virginian-Pilot, the training site includes everyday, real life situations taken from actual raids where SEALs had to quickly decipher between real threats and innocent civilians.
The new Navy facility is a 26,500-square-foot building with 52 interconnected spaces costing 11.5 million dollars and display markets, schools, bathrooms, bus stations and other common scenes from combat zones.
so i was walking home from the metra after hanging out with fivelettered in chicago. i’m listening to music with my beats, which means i really can’t hear what’s going on past a certain point. an old black man comes up to me, wearing some aluminium foil looking dashiki and a black head wrap. he…
Usually, I’d ignore stuff like this. But this is just disturbing. This is what I’ve been saying about how hypocrite humans are. If you’re going to wear baju kurungs and wear headscarf don’t you dare fucking do this sort of things and sends out the wrong image of Islamic people. That is why I don’t wear scarf because if I like smoke and kiss or shits like that, wouldn’t people say ” Woah, she’s Islam and she’s doing that? ” I mean what the fuck, I’m not religious and everything, but show some fucking respect to your fucking religion will you? Fuck this makes me so angry.
The girl above me is pissing me the fuck off …
So I’m a Muslim and a gay rights supporter, so here’s my two cents.
If these girls are doing this for “fun” or just to stir controversy, sure, they’re disrespecting their religion and shaming the hijab.
BUT if they’re actual lesbians, if they really ARE in love, then who are we to say that they’re “disgusting” and not real Muslims ? Guess what, love doesn’t necessarily mean that a man and a woman procreating. It comes in all forms, INCLUDING homosexuality. Why would God put people who can’t help who they love on the earth and have his followers call them “repulsive” ? I doubt they’re going to Hell for loving each other.
So to the girl above me, your argument is invalid. You’re not God to judge these two girls. Don’t criticize them based on your own disgust and bigotry. Back your shit up with ACTUAL arguments, which probably don’t exist. They’re not staining their religion, YOU are, with your ignorance.
So please, not everyone is straight like you. Deal with it and move the fuck on. And how the hell is someone “Islam” ? Last time I checked, it’s impossible for a person to be a religion.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
CAIRO – Kenya’s Muslim imams have condemned the female genital mutilation, saying the common practice violates the Islamic teachings.
“There is no authentic or relevant Islamic evidence allowing FGM in all its forms,” Kenya Council of Imams and Ulema (KCIU) said in the statement cited by AllAfrica news website.
“And the practice is harmful and violates freedom, privacy, health and dignity of the Muslim woman.”
The imams reiterated that Islamic teachings and practice of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him) prohibit any practice that causes any form of harm to human beings.
FGM includes procedures that intentionally alter or injure female genital organs for traditional socio-religious and other non-medical reasons.
The practice involves using blades — often unsterilized and without anaesthesia — to slice off the clitoris and sometimes other parts of the external genitalia.
The procedure has no health benefits for girls and women, but instead causes severe bleeding, urinating problems, and later, childbirth complications and newborn deaths.
The practice is mostly carried out by traditional circumcisers, who often play other central roles in communities, such as attending child births.
Last year, Kenyan MPs passed legislation banning FGM, with offenders punished by a seven-year jail term or a $5,000 (3,700 euro) fine, and life imprisonment if the circumcision results in death.
However, FGM is still practiced in many areas of Kenya’s Upper Eastern and North Eastern provinces.
The Kenyan imams have called for concerted efforts to raise awareness about the FMG and to enforce laws to stop the harmful practice.
“To this end, KCIU undertakes to mobilize resources over the next five years to support advocacy and other interventions and call upon development partners to continue supporting us,” they said.
The council also called for enforcing all FMG-related laws and urged mosques and Muslim institutions to contribute to fighting the practice.
Though illegal, FGM is still practiced throughout the world.
In Africa, it is common in a geographical area that stretches from Senegal in West Africa to Ethiopia on the East Coast, as well as from Egypt in the North to Tanzania in the south.
It is also practiced by some groups on the Arabian Peninsula.
The country where FGM is most prevalent is Egypt, followed by Sudan, Ethiopia and Mali.
According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 100 to 140 million girls and women worldwide are currently living with the consequences of FGM.
In Africa, the WHO estimates that three million girls are at risk for the practice annually.
FGM is internationally recognized as a violation of the basic human rights of girls and women and is mainly carried out on young girls sometime between infancy and the age of 15.
Many countries have put in place policies and legislations to ban the practice.
There is a lot I started to say about this, but I’m just going to leave it. I’m glad that religious leaders are talking about it and breaking the myth that it is part of the religion. So long as the voices of women & girls it affects are centered in all the debate…
I’m glad that this is coming from within and not some white person from the outside writing books about FGM
Just a step at a time, in ways of being bold.
Love the skirt. ;)