Spurring Reform: Who Says It’s Supposed To Be Easy?
Sometime in January I had an idea for a collection of essays, statements, and fatwas, if you will, to be written for women’s rights and compiled at The Equality Project. It was February 4, 2007 that I had written this:
Currently, I am working on a project in which I am hoping to draw attention to the suffering of women’s rights within the Islamic community. At this moment, I am putting together a letter for distribution among Muslim Imams, scholars and leaders calling for reflection in regards to our status and for actions to be taken. I am also hoping to have endorsement of this project before the letter/emails go out.
It is my intention and hope to see some progress prior to March 11, 2007 as it will be 5 years since the 15 girls had burned to death in Saudi Arabia. I would like to take this project a step further and ask all of you to in some way remember these 15 girls and reflect upon the incident. I ask not that you write about these girls, I ask that you reflect. I ask that you in some way focus upon the injustices commited upon Muslim women by their fellow Muslims and I ask you to commit yourself to making a change in this regard.
Am I asking for too much?”
I won’t say that I asked for too much as I really do not know the reasons why, but after what must have been hundreds of emails (you can click on the picture to get to the site) did not generate any essays, statements or fatwas. Nothing, nada, nista, zip, nula, zilch.
What it did recieve was many wonderful emails of encouragement, praise and apologies and reasons (time constraints) for not being able to submit. I would also like to thank those that took the time to refer me to others who may like to join the project, unfortunately time did get short and I recieved few replies from those leads. Nonetheless, this still leaves me with a project that I’m not quite sure what to do with now. How do I move forward when the initial call for essays basically went by unanswered? How do I give up when it is just not my nature to do so (and in normal circumstances I wouldn’t wait for someone else to do it, I would go and do it, but I just can not write essays on behalf of other people). I will have to wait until I am done sulking and the disappointment subsides to really think about this, so stays around until I have the courage to go back and think about what went wrong.
On a similar but separate track, I would like to refer you to debate and discussion that has been going on at Eteraz: States of Islam in regards to Irshad Manji at the Secular Islam Summit. I have never really taken the time to become familiar with Irshad Manji up until this point. I knew little about her and admittedly still do. However, I hold this opinion and that is that I believe that when Irshad Manji says that she is a Muslim that I am not Allah to judge that which is in her heart and to declare her otherwise.
For my Muslim friends – I have these two comments 1 and 2 which state my thoughts on Irshad Manji. Please do yourselves a favor and reacquiant yourselves with Irshad Manji and what she has been doing. Articles 1 2 3 at Eteraz.org
For those of you who have no idea who Irshad Manji is, she is another voice of the varying Muslim faces in the world, go learn.
And all of you – go learn about Irshad Manji’s Project Ijtihad.