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Say: "Come, I will rehearse what God has prohibited you from": Join not anything as equal with Him; be good to your parents; kill not your children on a plea of want;- We provide sustenance for you and for them;- come not nigh to shameful deeds. Whether open or secret; take not life, which God has made sacred, except by way of justice and law: thus does He command you, that you may learn wisdom. (6:151)

We are dedicated to promoting the mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health of Muslim women.

O humankind! Reverence your Lord, who created you from a single person, and from her created her mate, and from them both scattered many men and women;- reverence God, through whom you ask demand your mutual (rights), and (reverence) the wombs: for God ever watches over you (4:1)

"O men, it is true that you have certain rights with regard to your women, but they also have right over you. If they abide by your right then to them belongs the right to be fed and clothed in kindness. Do treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners and committed helpers." (Hadith from Prophet’s last sermon)

We are dedicated to eliminating violence against Muslim women.

"On that account: We ordained for the Children of Israel that if any one slew a person - unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land - it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people. Then although there came to them Our messengers with clear signs, yet, even after that, many of them continued to commit excesses in the land.” (5:32)

Men are the providers for women, with what God has privileged some over others and with what they spend from their means. Righteous women are devout, and preserve the supernatural truth with what God has preserved. As for those women on whose part you fear desertion, counsel them, abandon them in bed, and stay away from them; but if they obey you, then do not oppress them in any way: For God is Most High, great (above you all) (4:34)

If a wife fears desertion or neglect on her husband's part, there is no blame on them if they affect reconciliation between themselves. Reconciliation is good; however, niggardliness is present in people, but if you deal kindly and God-consciously, God is well-acquainted with all that you do. (4:128)

“None but a noble man treats women in an honorable manner. And none but an ignoble treats women disgracefully.” (Hadith Tirmidhi)


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The right to life is both a universal human right and one of the main principles of Islam. Women's physical, mental, spiritual and emotional health must be preserved, especially as their critical roles in society are diverse. Not only do women act as leaders and protectors of families, communities, and nations, but they are mothers, wives, sisters, and friends. Thus, Muslim women today are promoting a woman's right to life in numerous areas, from preventing such atrocities as honor killings, to creating a 'greener' Earth, to protecting healthy minds and spirits.

Women are taking on such global challenges as creating a greener Earth. For example, Shireen Pishdad established an eco-friendly halal cooperative, Taqwa Eco-Halal, which provides sustainably raised halal meat and poultry in the U.S. Haseena and Tajunnisa from the Agatti Island in Lakshadweep, India received 2008 Earth Heroes 'Young Naturalist' awards for their efforts to mobilize a fishing community.

Several large-scale initiatives and programs are also in place to improve women's health and eliminate violent practices. In 2006, women religious leaders came together to address women's health, signing the Tripoli Declaration of Women Religious Leaders in the Arab States in Response to the HIV/AIDS Epidemic. Another group, the International Women's Tribune Centre, provides suggestions for using the media as an advocacy tool to tackle violence against women. Furthermore, as counseling and social services become more available, women's mental and emotional health is being addressed throughout the world. Louise Becker's Cologne, Germany-based ZIF (Zentrum fur Islamische Frauenforschung, the Islamic Women's Center for Research and Encouragement) provides counseling to women on family and marriage problems. Similarly, the Moroccan mourchidats offer counseling services to women on various social and religious issues.

A number of women are launching programs to encourage healthier bodies, minds, and spirits. Mubakarah Ibrahim, for example, created Fit Muslimah Health and Fitness Summit, a retreat program for Muslim women in the U.S. which offers interactive workshops and outdoor activities like hiking, sports, and fitness classes. Anthea Kissoon in the UK has designed "Rakha" classes, also known as "Islamic yoga." The Beautiful Women Gym Project in Australia gives Eritrean women the opportunity to exercise while respecting cultural and religious values, while the London-based Muslim Women's Sport Foundation provides women with culturally-sensitive sports training. In Iran, women can now join the national team and attend the Islamic Federation of Women Sport quadrennial games.


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