We, Muslim organizations, FGM/C Survivors, Islamic scholars, and leaders, strongly condemn the remarks made in the video of Imam Shaker El Sayed where he clearly distinguishes between Female Genital Mutilation or Cutting (FGM/C) and female circumcision, and recommends the performance of female circumcision on young girls “when needed” to prevent…Read More
There is currently a conversation raging in the American Muslim community about female genital mutilation (FGM). First there were the arrests of Bohra Muslim doctors in Michigan accused of performing this procedure on young girls. Then came the public lecture, and online video of said lecture, of an imam talking…Read More
Last month, prosecutors brought charges against two Bohra physicians in Michigan for allegedly performing female genital mutilation on several young girls. Read more about the story here. altM’s, Samar Kaukab, shares her thoughts: Here is a well-known aphorism: It is hard to see that which is invisible. Take oxygen. It…Read More
*This article will appear on AltMuslimah and The Times of Israel to promote continued partnerships between Muslim and Jewish communities. Dear Community, The month following President Trump’s inauguration has seen Muslim and Jewish groups come together like never before. In addition to existing collaborative efforts between our faith communities,…Read More
As a scholar, activist, and Muslim woman, I find it necessary to critique Jonathan Brown’s recent statements regarding sexual consent and the institution of slavery. On February 7th, 2017, Brown delivered a lecture at the International Institute for Islamic Thought entitled “Islam and the Problem of Slavery.” While the lecture…Read More
His hand slides up under the hem of my ruffled cotton dress. We are waiting in the car for my aunt to come out of the store, and her husband’s hand goes from my skinny knee to the inside of my thigh. He smiles and tells me I have very…Read More
“You don’t know me, but you’ve been inside me, and that’s why we’re here today,” said a 23-year-old woman in a victim impact statement in which she directly addresses former Stanford University student Brock Turner who assaulted her in January 2015. “You took away my worth, my privacy, my energy, my time, my intimacy,…Read More
TRIGGER WARNING This article or section contains information about sexual assault and/or violence which may be triggering to survivors. Up until a few years ago, Jian Ghomeshi was known to many Canadians as a singer, musician and radio broadcaster. In 2014, he gained notoriety for a much more sinister reason….Read More
On Tues., Aug. 16, 2011 Nazish Noorani was shot and killed while on an afternoon stroll in the suburbs of Boonton, NJ. Nearly three and a half years after her death, a jury has found her husband, Kashif Parvaiz, guilty of her murder. Finally. Not that you’d know this if you’ve been…Read More
In retrospect, it wasn’t that unusual of an event but would be one that finally broke the silence surrounding violence against women in the world’s second largest country.
On December 16, a 23-year-old medical student travelling with a male companion on a bus in New Delhi was beaten and gang raped by a group of 6 men for over an hour as the bus traveled across the city. When they were done, they threw her from the bus onto the road leaving her in critical condition.