Amani Al Khatabeh, founder of Muslimgirl.com is a feminist dedicated to empowering Muslim women and girls in the United States. Her activism aims to encourage Muslim women to speak up and participate in social dialogue.
She was recently interviewed on a talk show where she discussed Muslim feminism.
In that talk show interview, she called Islam the first feminist movement.
Below is video of my conversation with a friend of mine named “Reema” who is also an ex-Muslim. She is a native Arab speaker and devoted to learning. She discusses her journey of ascending from her faith using the Islamic scriptures. This was a great conversation! I learned a lot. Enjoy!
Coming from a Sunni-Sufi background, there was a great emphasis on dreams and visions in my religious upbringing. People would have conscious “visions” and dreams of Prophets, angels and jinns coming before them and sending them a message about the truth, dreams etc. This would have potentially dangerous effects because if a religious authority had a dream that someone he knew was fornicating, that person would get into unwarranted trouble. Even though it could easily have been just a dream.
We called these visions “Kashf” and they were believed to be messages from Allah and the Prophet.
In my college’s Muslim Student Association (MSA) there was a brother named Kawsar. Kawsar was a first generation Bangladeshi American. He had moved to the United States at age 17 and brought with him conservative Islamic values. He grew out his beard to honor Prophet Muhammad and dressed in traditional Islamic garments every day.
When I had met Kawsar he was very timid, shy. He would walk very nervously and always lower his gaze. He seldom spoke and had a strong Bangladeshi accent.
Kawsar’s confidence improved when he began to go to the gym. His style began to change from one of traditional Islamic garments to fitted T-shirts and jeans. He began to trim his beard to have a groomed clean look. Exercise gave him confidence. Click for more!
The following is my personal account of when I was a devout Muslim and having doubts. I was actively involved in the Muslim Student Association (MSA) of my college and would spend much of my free time in their rooms. Names have been changed.
My MSA Brother’s Advice
Allahu Akbar, shouted the brother leading the prayer. I got up from shizda and sat up, reciting my prayers.
“Does anybody even listen when you pray?”
No. No. NO! STOP IT! Astagfirullah. I need to get these thoughts out of my head. I need to get his voice out of my head. Zac gave in to Shaytan and left Islam. I can’t. I can’t let his questions harm my faith. This is Shaytan putting doubtful thoughts in my head. I need to get Zac’s doubts out of my head.
“Assalamu Alaikum WaRahmatullah,” the brother said twice. Prayer ended. I need to specifically ask Allah to give me guidance. Click to keep on reading!
In the video below, I explain the far left’s relationship with intersectionality theory, identity politics, and an exaggerated emphasis on victimhood and how that leads to liberals being protective of not just Muslims but Islam as well.