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When it is said to them: "Follow what God has revealed:" They say: "No! we shall follow the ways of our ancestors." What! even though their ancestors did not use their intellect nor achieved guidance? The parable of the ungrateful is that of a shepherd calling out with what he hasn’t heard, other than unintelligible calls and cries: Deaf, dumb, and blind, they do not use their intellect. (2:170-71)

We are dedicated to advancing Muslim women’s education at all levels of education and society.

“High above all is God, the King, the Truth! Be not in haste with the Qur'an before its revelation to thee is completed, but say, "O my Lord! advance me in knowledge." (20:114)

“Acquire knowledge, it enables its possessor to distinguish right from wrong; it lights the way to heaven. It is our friend in the desert, our company in solitude and companion when friendless. It guides us to happiness, it sustains us in misery, it is an ornament amongst friends and an armor against enemies." (Hadith)

We are dedicated to defending Muslim women’s freedom to interpret, think, and express, especially concerning Islam’s primary texts.

The male believers and the female believers are each others allies, they enjoin good and forbid harm, they establish prayers, practise charity, and obey God and His Messenger. On them will God have mercy, for God is Exalted in power, Wise.(9:71)

“Seeking knowledge is a religious duty for every Muslim, man or woman” (hadith)

“Seek knowledge, even if it is in China.” (Hadith)

We are dedicated to promoting Muslim women’s rights to pursue their talent.

"God is beautiful and He loves beauty." (Hadith Muslim)


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Since early Islam, women have used the power of their voices to become leaders around the world. Aisha, Jahanara and Tansu Ciller are just a few names in the long line of Muslim women leaders. With the freedom to think, interpret and express themselves, women are able to advance themselves through education, becoming leaders and role models for others.

Women today are more frequently using various channels to express themselves. They are writing for newspapers, magazines, and websites, as well as using social networking tools such as blogging and Twitter. An Arabic media training course in blogging led by Ghaida'a al-Absi, designed for female politicians, activists and human rights workers, is giving women in Yemen an opportunity to share their opinions and shape public debates. Through Azizah magazine, WISE woman Tayyibah Taylor has provided a space for Muslim women to express themselves and address current issues. Rima Khoreibi uses the medium of comic books to tell the story of Iman, a teenage Muslim woman who address social issues through Islam. For women interested in voicing their opinions through op-eds, read the International Center for Research on Women's op-ed training tips; for women interested in becoming a journalist, read the on-line training courses of News University and the Press Institute for Women in the Developing World.

Opportunities for women to pursue their talents have also increased as new education and leadership training programs are developed. A number of such programs are worth mentioning. Dar el Hadith el Hassania in Morocco is breaking new ground with the inclusion of women in trainings to become mourchidats. In fact, trainings throughout the Middle East, including the Yemen Women's Leadership Program (YWLP), are providing women with critical leadership skills through an Islamic framework. The Women's Learning Partnership (WLP) has developed e-courses for women in the Middle East and North Africa that emphasize the leadership skills required to create effective social change. WLP's Leadership Training Packet highlights the steps required to build such skills and is available in several languages. Similarly, White House Project trainings give women the necessary leadership skills to run or lead a political campaign. Karamah, a Muslim women's lawyer's organization in Washington DC, runs a Law and Leadership Summer Program for young Muslim women working in various fields, with courses on Islamic Jurisprudence, Comparative Law, Conflict Resolution, and Leadership Development.


Articles

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Al-Arabiya, 'Morocco's Muslim women leaders in US combat extremism' 30 May 2009