As always, Muslimah Media Watch delivers a comphrehensive list of media about women and Islam in their Friday Links post. This week, I’m sharing with you those stories about Muslim women and men taking action against gender-based injustice.
* Arab news reports on the Saudi debate about women becoming muftis. The Grand Mufti of Syria has already opened some doors for women. The Council of Senior Islamic Scholars’ Sheikh Abdullah Al-Munai says that in Shariah regulations “the woman is like the man”, with “the exact same thinking and brain”. That’s not something we usually hear about Shariah law, now is it? He rejects the idea that women shouldn’t speak in public, and reminds us that during the time of the Prophet (pbuh) there was a “huge group of Muslim women who were considered among the Islamic scholars.”
* Noted Islamic scholars in Bangladesh call on Muslim leadership to work for women’s rights.
* Young Egyptian women and men ages 14-24 fight back against sexual harassment. The basic ideas? Not only should women and girls not be blamed for the harassment and assaults they’re targeted with, but they also need to be able to defend themselves. The campaign also believes that real men – those who don’t harass women – still exist. If you need proof, these guys are demanding that men “stand up to” those who harass women rather than ever letting their behavior slide. Men are literally calling on other men to “chase down” harassers!
* Saudi Arabia considers legislation against child marriage. It’s about time! While some leaders don’t quite seem to get it, others remind people that for a marriage to be valid, the female must express real consent.