American Muslims Stand Behind Sister Mukhtar Mai
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.