Sunday, July 10, 2005

Women Friendly Mosques: A Note

Salaam 'Alaikum

To clarify, for our readers' benefit:

Shahina Siddiqui, the principal author of the recent "Women Friendly Mosques" initiative that was released jointly by three organizations (not solely by CAIR) also wrote and published on the issue of masjid access and fairness long before Asra Nomani did. Many are unaware of this fact, possibly because Ms. Siddiqui's original research is not widely available (and certainly not from one of the big publishing houses).

As far as we know, until Nomani took up the issue, the editor of this blog, Umm Zaid, and Shahina Siddiqui were the only two in North America who had written about and been published on this specific issue (in 1999 and 2001, and in 2001, respectively).

CAIR's release of this paper (not brochure), then, is not "Jamal Come Lately" but rather, an example of an organization obstensibly dedicated to civil rights teaming up with two long term, established women's and family's rights groups, Women in Islam (headed by Aisha Adawiya) and Islamic Social Services Association (which Ms. Siddiqui works for) to address an issue that had already been discussed and talked about by at least two of those organizations.


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Can the editors please remove the above comment? Just a hateful anti-religion site with little to no research.

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