“Women Friendly” families – the next frontier?

By now we have all heard of the ‘women friendly’ mosque – a drive spearheaded by ISNA through a publication by the same name. ┬áNot too soon to un-burden ourselves from our cultural baggage and harken back to the Prophetic tradition of a mosque where men and women prayed in the same physical area, observing etiquette taught by the Prophet himself, where the Caliph Sayyidina Umar admitted his mistake when challenged by a women in the mosque audience. Not only she was there in public view, but spoke loud and clear to challenge the most powerful man in the world on the authority of Divine revelation!

The struggle to return American mosques to compliance with the example set by the Prophet himself continues.

So, we look to the next frontier. Again, not too soon to un-burden ourselves from our cultural baggage and harken back to the Prophetic tradition of a family where husband and wife played complementary roles with full respect and recognition of each other’s rights and responsibilities. Considering the rising incidents of domestics mistreatment of wives, ranging all the way from simple neglect to physical abuse, it is time to call for ‘Women Friendly’Families.

‘Women friendly’ families – families in which men and women are protectors one of the other, and are like garments unto each other. Families in which women do not fear patriarchal tyranny, in which prophetic example trumps cultural hangovers.

Let’s root for ‘Women Friendly Families’! We owe it to all victims of families that are from un-friendly to hostile to women today.

Let’s hear from you – comments, experiences, suggestions, what have you.

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The sun will rise on Wednesday, but will there be sunshine?

Indeed, the sun will rise on Wednesday, November 7, as it always does. But, will there be sunshine or will it be all cloudy? Who will be in the sun and who will be in the shadow? These are questions that we cannot answer until perhaps the wee hours of Wednesday morning. Perhaps not even then. One question we must attempt to answer, though, and that question is “Whither Muslim Americans?”

With the gradual, some will say steep, rise of Islamophobia in the country, Muslims will continue to be tested in their ability to respond but not retaliate, engage the un-informed but not allow themselves to be enraged by them. Will that be easier or more difficult past coming Wednesday? We don’t know. We do know that this is a long road to travel, and the end may not be in sight for some time to come. All we can do is to push ahead with the confidence that patient persistence will win us friends along the way.

Tuesday is the key to what Wednesday will usher in.