Holly Meyer Nashville Tennessean Published 11:34 AM EST Dec 9, 2018 NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Ayat Abu will never forget the time a complete stranger called her a "terrorist" in front of her children. The mother of four, a Muslim who covers her hair with vibrant scarves and wears modest fashions as part of her religious practice, was walking out of a Walmart in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in February with two of her boys when a man lobbed the insult at her. "My son was extremely aggravated," said Abu. "I said, 'Do not do anything because the best thing for these people is to ignore them.' Because I don't know them and they might have a gun." It was not the first time someone had harassed Abu for her religious beliefs. She chooses to wear the hijab, and that visibility can make her a target for hate. Indeed, many Muslim women across the nation have their own stories about the subtle and not-so-subtle hostility they face as … [Read more...] about Discrimination: Muslim women hope 2018 election helps curb bias
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Aamer Madhani and Deborah Barfield Berry USA TODAY Published 4:36 AM EST Nov 7, 2018 Editor's note: A previous version of this story mischaracterized Michelle Lujan Grisham's win as governor of New Mexico. She will be the state's first Democratic Latina governor. Native American and Muslim women are headed to Congress for the first time, as candidates of color notched a series of historic wins in Tuesday's midterm elections. Democrat Sharice Davids of Kansas became the first Native American woman elected to the House, beating incumbent Rep. Kevin Yoder in the district that includes part of Kansas City, Kan. Debra Haaland, another Native American, also won her seat in New Mexico’s solidly Democratic 1st District. Haaland will replace Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who was elected New Mexico's first Democratic Latina governor. Rashid Tlaib, a former Michigan state representative and a Muslim, cruised to victory in her race to represent parts of … [Read more...] about Election results: Native American, Muslim women elected to Congress
opinion Dalia Mogahed Opinion contributor Published 9:00 p.m. UTC Aug 10, 2018 The latest iteration of the so-called “Muslim ban” was upheld by the Supreme Court in a 5-4 ruling, leading many critics to call the decision a triumph of legal technicalities over principle. In this third version of the Trump administration’s attempt to ban citizens of several Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S., there were some key differences that may have ultimately swung some justices in favor of upholding the executive order. One example was the omission of “honor killings,” which legal analysts pointed to as proof of biased intent in an earlier version of the travel ban. But the perception of an allegedly inherent misogyny in Islam and its adherents is not unique to the Trump administration. A recent study I co-authored with John Sides as part of the Democracy Fund’s Voter Study Group revealed something few thought possible: there … [Read more...] about American Muslim women don’t need you to save them from Islam. They need your respect.
Women & Girls Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email Muslims circle the Kaaba, located in the Great Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, as part of their Islamic pilgrimage. Rasoul Ali/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Rasoul Ali/Getty Images Dressed in a hijab and covered from head to toe, she felt something. Someone — a man — had grabbed onto her butt and would not let go. The Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, called hajj, was supposed to be the holiest moment of Mona Eltahawy's life. When she was 15, she journeyed there with her family. The magnificence of the Great Mosque had taken her breath away. But that man turned the trip into a nightmare. Instead of telling the authorities, the young Eltahawy simply burst into tears. "Who wants to talk about sexual assault at a holy place? No one would believe it," she says, recalling the encounter, which took place in 1982. In early February, Eltahawy, an Egyptian-American activist and … [Read more...] about #MosqueMeToo Gives Muslim Women A Voice About Sexual Misconduct At Mecca
The first person I told about my decision to start wearing the hijab, the Islamic religious headscarf, was a Lutheran. She was my best friend since middle school and the slightest hesitation, discouragement, or worry from her would have made me reconsider. She paused, clearly caught off guard by my announcement. “Do they make Mickey Mouse headscarves?” she joked. Then she told me: “Whatever you want to do, I will support it.” Growing up in a small town in southern Iowa, diversity consisted of my Muslim family and the local Amish community. The Amish women covered their hair, despite the stares and negative comments they were subjected to by others. I admired their grace and composure. I envied their strong faith and confidence. As my religious study and practice increased, I knew that the hijab was a part of my Muslim faith. I respected Mary, mother of Jesus, and the piety and strength that she embodied. I wanted to emulate her. The decision to start wearing the … [Read more...] about Lori Saroya: Minnesota Muslim women share hijab experiences