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MalalaMalala is right about women’s education. This little girl eloquently says what we all should agree on- that girls need to be educated. She’s even been attacked for saying something that has such strong roots within Islam.

Had it not been that Aisha (RA) was a scholar or that Fatima (RA) was a scholar, we would not have known explanations of many verses in the Qur’an.

Malala deserves to be lauded within our community.

Why the West is so excited about her struggle and her suffering, is an entirely different matter.

The suffering of Malala will be used again and again to kill her fellow citizens and fellow Muslims- her brothers and sisters. Her story will be told every time a bomb is dropped from drones, and more hearts stop beating.

Drone attacks that played a part in creating the TTP.

In every newspaper, every TV channel, whenever Malala comes up, pundits shake their heads at the brutality of the TTP- an organization that their government planted the seeds of in the 80’s.

A very close parallel is the brave Malalai Joya, who’s been touted before as the voice of Afghan women when she condemned the Taliban. As soon as she started demanding West withdraw from her country, Western media started ignoring her.

Malala Yusufzai can make sure she will be heard, loud and clear, if she goes up to that podium and says no thank you.


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Many Muslims are switching to homeschooling. NYT did a story on them.

As usual they cherry picked quotes to feed prejudices. A Muslim homeschooling mom responds.

They, somehow, are also very concerned about the Muslim woman. So they don’t like it when they are not oppressed. So they look for evidences against Muslim women being oppressed. If they don’t find them, they conjure up evidence- like the hijab killing (Aqsa Parvez) case.

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A case in Saudi has caught much attention.

The case was like this: a married woman was talking to her ex. Some other men came and raped her.

The rapists have been found and jailed. (They should actually be punished to death.)

The woman has been punished to lashes for being with a non-related man.

Now, she has been violated and that’s a major crime against her. She has already suffered a lot. Why punish her then? I mean she’s already suffered!


Media Headline: “Rape Victim Punished

What does that mean? It suggests that the woman was punished because she was violated. That’s (not) nonsense. (It’s a well conceived twist of words.)

She was not punished because she was raped. She was punished because she was guilty (according to UAE law) of something else.

Now, we can debate for days whether punishing a woman for being with non-makruh person or husband for millenia. But what I am trying to say is that she was not punished for being a rape victim.

I have heard that the Prophet used to preach to lone women.(Can somebody please confirm that?) But then he did not gossip or flirt with them.

And God knows best.


People have suddenly become very concerned about the well-being of Muslim women. Fun is United States is behind Sri Lanka in gender equality index.

Sarson mein bhoot… (rough translation: “when a devil plays god”).

Let us sort our problems out.

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I am quite impressed with Zainab Salbi. It is very difficult and perhaps inappropriate to pass a judgement about someone in just one encounter, but I really liked her efforts to rebuild woman’s lives.

Another thing that made me very happy is that a lot of women, who lost their husbands in the September the 11th attack, gave in charities to rebuild the lives of women devasted in the Afghan war. “It is our way of bringing peace and mutual understanding”, said they.

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