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  • View author's info Author Posted on Apr 07, 2005 at 06:33 AM

    On March 18, 2005 Amina Wadud led the first female-led Jumu
    ah Prayer. On that day, women took a huge step towards being more like men. But, did we come closer to actualizing our God-given liberation?

    What we so often forget is that God has honoured women by giving them value in relation to God-not in relation to men. But as Western feminism erases God from the scene, there is no standard left but men.

    As a result, the Western feminist is forced to find her value in relation to a man. And in so doing, she has accepted a faulty assumption. She has accepted that man is the standard, and thus a woman can never be a full human being until she becomes just like a man-the standard. When a man cut his hair short, she wanted to cut her hair short. When a man joined the army, she wanted to join the army, and so on. She wanted these things for no other reason than because the "standard" had it.

    What she didn't recognize was that God dignifies both men and women in their distinctiveness, not their sameness. And on March 18, Muslim women made the very same mistake.

    For 1,400 years, there has been a consensus of scholars that men are to lead Prayer. As a Muslim woman, why does this matter? The one who leads Prayer is not spiritually superior in any way. Something is not better just because a man does it. And leading Prayer is not better just because it is leading. Had it been the role of women or had it been more divine, why wouldn't the Prophet have asked Lady
    A'ishah or Lady Khadijah, or Lady Fatimah-the greatest women of all time-to lead? These women were promised heaven and yet they never led Prayer.

    But now, for the first time in 1,400 years, we look at a man leading Prayer and we think, "That's not fair." We think so, although God has given no special privilege to the one who leads. The imam is no higher in the eyes of God than the one who prays behind. On the other hand, only a woman can be a mother. And the Creator has given sp...
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  • View author's info Posted on Aug 26, 2006 at 11:15 AM

    well that depends if the women led the prayer for the women or the men...i really dont know or have the reasons as to why that women felt that she did what she did but i think that it would be wise only to comment with the full details...otherwise if it was the womens prayer she was leading then i really dont think that there was a problem
  • View author's info Posted on Jul 19, 2006 at 09:46 PM

    us citizen...why are u on here whene u are not muslim?
  • View author's info Posted on Jul 06, 2006 at 09:51 AM

    although I am not muslim -I praise and support all women standing up for themselves. whether it be for the topic of prayer as you spoke of or anything else. I agree with part of your comments -that we are equal in gods eyes-I do feel that women should be able to do anything men do. Who are men to decide what we as woman do? they are not -like you said- any better than us. I dont think god cares who leads in prayer- just that we pray. but again I am not a muslim-and dont know whatis expected.
  • View author's info Posted on Mar 06, 2006 at 01:01 PM

    I do fear you are among those of our brothers who live in a blinkered world where everything and everyone who does not conform to your concept is bad and unworthy.
    You raise the subject of a couple of very emotive crimes in America, but, pro rata to the population, how does this compare to, for example, Pakistan? Or Afghanistan before the anti Taliban war?
    I very much urge you to visit America and really get to know the ordinary people and learn to really understand their way of life, their religions and their friendly attitudes.
    Lose your prejudices, be a man of the people - ALL of the people, everywhere.
    Just remember - You can be wrong just as easily as others - unless your pride and prejudices refuse to allow you to admit that.
  • View author's info Posted on Feb 22, 2006 at 10:27 PM

    Yes, we applaud her efforts and her position. I wonder how we fit in, in a world halfway between men and women?
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