Saturday, November 05, 2005

American Muslims Stand Behind Sister Mukhtar Mai



Salaam alaikum,

Various Muslim groups have taken action to support their sister Mukhtar Mai. She was recently awarded by Glamour Magazine as one of their 2005 Women of the Year. This is what they had to say about her.

Mukhtar Mai is barely literate, yet Nicholas D. Kristof, the esteemed New York Times columnist, says of her, "There is no one person who has been more courageous—or more effective—in the struggle for women's rights in the developing world." With her stunning act of defiance and her ongoing activism, says Amna Buttar, M.D., of the Asian-American Network Against Abuse of Women, Mukhtar has "singlehandedly changed the attitudes toward rape and women's rights in Pakistan, and given hope to survivors." Mukhtar says, "It's because of the support of the world that I feel brave."

(There's also website for her cause right here.)

American Muslims, moved by their sense of justice and search for righteousness, have created a group called Muslims for Mukhtaran. The proud list of signature groups include ISNA (the big, bad, Salafi, fundamentalist, evil punching bag of MWU.com), Women in Islam Inc., and the Muslim Public Affairs Council. It is wonderful to see Muslims combating violence, sin and injustice, even when it is against our own selves. We will keep you updated on this as current events progress.

6 Comments:

Blogger Aaminah said...

Asalaamu alaikum.

AlhamdulAllah.

Did IMRA also sign on this?

12:24 PM  
Blogger izzymo said...

Walaikum salaam,

I signed us up for it so insha'Allah, they will post our group.

9:32 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

Assalaamu alaikum,

I hesitate to write this, because I don't want to criticize Mukhtaran Mai... but I don't see anything clearly pointing out that these tribal councils are absolutely not acting according to Islamic law. Most of the people who hear about her through the New York Times or Glamour magazine or ABC News are going to assume that the problem is Islamic law, and that Pakistani women need to be "rescued" from Islam itself. I don't know whether she's making this point in her talks, but it's not being made by the ANAA on their website, as far as I can see. Their focus is on following UN human rights protocols like the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

1:00 AM  
Blogger DA said...

It's great that Muslims as a whole are supporting this sister, hopefully we can stem the tide of such events. Incidently, Muslim law also requires that her rapists be punished, something else that needs to be remembered.

MWU has about zero credibility as far as I'm concerned. I'm no giant fan of ISNA either, but at least they're not "cultural Muslims" trying to abrogate allah's word so we can win more western acceptance.

1:13 AM  
Blogger asifsheikh said...

Re: Ann

This was written in an article on her visit to chicago at DePaul.

She says:"'Where does it say in Islam that you should violate women? Our Islam does not allow this, absolutely not,' Mukhtar said, through her host and translator, Dr. Amna Buttar."

Full text of the article is here:

http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-rape30.html

Thanks for the support.

7:21 PM  
Blogger Shahed Amanullah said...

I hesitate to write this, because I don't want to criticize Mukhtaran Mai... but I don't see anything clearly pointing out that these tribal councils are absolutely not acting according to Islamic law.

The authors of the document are aware of this impression and are going to change the document to reflect this. I'll post it to the M4M site as soon as I get the changes.

10:02 PM  

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