What would you like to see more of here?

I’m curious, so feel free to leave suggestions or requests in the comments.

21 thoughts on “What would you like to see more of here?

  1. Narjis

    I’d love to hear more discussions of islamophobia, sexism either in the Muslim community or non-Muslim community, how annoying Christmas is for us Muslims, Zionism and other painful and controversial world events involving Islam, feminism of any type, I love to hear about your own life and struggles, those personal stories and the stories of Muslim Women You Never Hear About. Basically, anything you want to say, Nahida, it’s all fun to read :)


  2. Julian Morrison

    The bits where you reconcile Islam and feminism are really interesting because (1) I’m a feminist, (2) although I don’t believe in Islam, I don’t want to have unfair and mistaken ideas about it, and (3) I’m curious. However please feel encouraged to post whatever you like and ignore my opinion if it doesn’t suit.


  3. FloweryHedgehog

    The first answer that pops into my head (All of it! Everything you write!) is probably not all that useful. So, my second answer: the posts where you debunk patriarchal teachings that have been tacked onto Islam, and show how the inherently egalitarian nature of Islam has been twisted into something else. Those posts renew my faith.


      1. JDay

        No, I’m talking about CULTURE. You yourself have a quote about “shooting a man”. In the last 42 mass shootings, 41 of the shooters were men. Why does being a man predispose one to violence. In American, aren’t guns associated with 1) power and 2) masculinity? Or do you disagree?


        1. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that a great majority of the victims of the massacre in Connecticut were women, and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that this was the subject of some of the most sexist commentary I’ve ever heard, specifically Charlotte Allen’s outrageous contention that a lack of “male aggression” in our schools is the reason for the deaths, which (1) is highly offensive to the women who sacrificed their lives so that their students would survive and (2) conveniently ignores the fact that the shooter was on a “male aggression” rampage. Out of the overwhelming number of female faculty and “feminized” students at that school, the person who attacked just happened to be a dude, and from the outside–perhaps because he was so pissed off that “male aggression has been forced out of the culture of elementary schools”?

          Men, specifically white men, have a cultural a sense of entitlement. They believe everyone has a duty to accept their “male aggression” and submit to making room for it. They believe that anyone who doesn’t–anyone who has the audacity to create a “feminized space”–needs to be gunned down until they learn their lesson. They believe the violence would have never occurred if women catered to the men who are violent and abusive, just stayed where we belong and stopped harming “the poor male psyche” by acting like we don’t need “male aggression” in our space, and to prevent violence they want to introduce more of what caused it. (You need a man to protect you from men!)

          This is why we particularly hear about mental illness when the shooter is white and male. White men are the #1 beneficiaries of the epitome of affirmative action, of everyone’s sympathy. No man of color can gun down a school without being a gangster or a terrorist. (Maybe he did it because white men are such violent assholes de-masculinating their victims and so in response he developed a mental illness? Never!) When a white man acts violently it’s because THE COUNTRY IS DYING DAMMIT! ALL THESE FEMINIZED SPACES!


  4. Muslim Feminist

    Your thoughts/research on
    1) Sunnah Salat & Witr Waajib (Is it necessary to perform these?)
    2) Can we have a female wali for a wedding e.g. mother giving her daughter away? & Do we even need wali’s in the first place? (There was a hadith on this but I don’t like it- it’s anti woman)
    3) Muslim Feminist stuff- warriors/women you never hear about (love that stuff)


  5. Alejandra

    I would like to know what books you read, your method for choosing books. How can an ordinary Muslim woman get information. I feel there is so much I don’t know but I don’t know where to start.


  6. Alejandra

    I would like to know what books you read and what is your method for choosing books. What translation of the Quran do you use and why. If someone is starting to really think critically about Islam where do you recommend they start.


  7. JDay

    Found this in wikipedia under the search “Jariri”, thought it was interesting:

    Jariri is the name given to a short-lived school of Islamic jurisprudence (Fiqh) that was derived from the work of Muhammad ibn Jarir al-Tabari, the 9th and 10th-century Muslim scholar of Baghdad. Eventually, followers of the school dwindled until the Jariri school of law eventually died out.

    Principles: The Jariri school was frequently in conflict with the strict Hanbali school of Ahmad Ibn Hanbal. The Jariri school was notable for its liberal attitudes toward the role of women; the Jariris for example held that women could be judges, and could lead men in prayer. Conflict was also found with the Hanafi school on the matter of juristic preference, which the Jariri school censured severely.[1] In regard to consensus in Islamic law, the school also held the view that religiously binding consensus only included that of the first generation of Muslims and that such a consensus must be tied to an already existing scriptural text.[2]

    University of Oxford lecturer Christopher Melchert describes the Jariri school as semi-rationalist, similar to the Shafi’i school.[3] It also shared features with the Zahiri school in addition to the Shafi’ites.[4]

    1. Devin Stewart, “Muhammad b. Dawud al-Zahiri’s Manual of Jurisprudence.” Taken from Studies in Islamic Law and Society Volume 15: Studies in Islamic Legal Theory. Edited by Bernard G. Weiss. Pg. 135. Leiden: Brill Publishers, 2002..
    2. Stewart, “Muhammad b. Jarir al-Tabari’s al-Bayan ‘an Usul al-Ahkam and the Genre of Usul al-Fiqh in Ninth Century Baghdad,” pg. 339. Taken from Abbasid Studies: Occasional Papers of the School of Abbasid Studies, Cambridge, 6-10 January 2002. Edited by James Montgomery. Leuven: Peeters Publishers and the Department of Oriental Studies, 2004.
    3. Christopher Melchert, The Formation of the Sunni Schools of Law, 9th-10th Centuries C.E., pg. 69-70, 74-76, 80 and 83-86. Taken from Studies in Islamic Law and Society, Vol. 4. Leiden: Brill Publishers, 1997.
    4. Stewart, Tabari, pg. 339.



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