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Featured in the International Museum of Women

I am very happy to participate in this initiative of IMOW; it is an opportunity to showcase the diversity among Muslim women and the different areas in which we are participating. I hope that more Muslim women in Latin America are motivated to make their voices heard and tell the world what they do and their hopes and goals .

As it was possible to send a photo with a story, I wrote the following and I share with you:

Back Story:

"I am Muslim because I am feminist. And I think this is natural. Everyone who identifies him/herself as Muslim must not have problem to be called also a feminist. Islam was the first feminist revolution in human's history. Quran came with a message of Freedom, Social Justice and Liberation.

I am activist for women rights in Islam because I'm tired of being stereotyped, belittled and despised. I am tired of ignorance of people and of hearing the men’s views on women as if they were holy revelation.

My struggle is aimed at empowering Muslim women to claim back their place and share in the building of their societies and communities. As a Muslim and a feminist, I believe in our potential to become scholars, teachers and theologians. We have the ability and the right to obtain and disseminate knowledge, to lead a prayer and be in charge of our communities. Muslim women aren’t voiceless; our voice has been ignored by generations.

It’s time to speak up loud. We Muslim women have to stop being awrah (in arabic, something or someone must be kept in disguise). We can- and we have to- be the change we want to see. And at the same time we recognize the legacy of our sisters from the past, it’s important to acknowledge our role in the present history and take back our caliphate (share in the society) without hesitation.

Islam has honored women and women have honored Islam. It’s in our hand to create a new legacy for the future.

Link: http://muslima.imow.org/stories/feminist-will-allah

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Y's picture

Singing for The Sacred Spirit

The Church long stopped speaking to the sacred in me;
More than anything, I've long for them to set my soul free.
I have finally realized that this dream is not to be.

I've missed and mourned the rituals of my youth,
But I fell that they stood in the way of the truth,
And to find it, I have to set my soul loose.

It is time to stop waiting for The Church to make amends,
As I begin to gather with my faithful friends,
And share what has been, to our spirits' sails, the winds.

There have been many manifestations of the sacred in my life,
And so many shared their holiness in my worst times of strife;
To none of their beliefs, am I ready to take the knife.

Every bit of creation has a part - every breath, every seed,
But humans have designed ways to pervert this with our greed.
Do we really think there's not enough to fill all our need?

I want to hear the tales of how individual souls sing,
And these varied voices, to Sacred Scripture bring;
Only then will the bells of The Holiest Spirit ring.

All the universe, we are taught, has one beginning,
And the world of matter has no actual ending;
All energy will ultimately receive a final blending.

So, back to The Genesis all Creation will go.
How it will all be made right, is not ours to know,
Until, back to the Alpha and Omega, all of us go.

Let's put our bonds of individualism onto the pyre.
It is only with many varied voices in the choir
That we get the Celestial Sounds that we so admire.

We were meant to be part of a Universal Plan,
But we limit our dreams by the limits of man.
This has kept us from peace since human life began.

Most of us follow the loud and the strong,
Never imagining that they could be wrong.
It is not too late to heed different songs.

So sing out every child, every woman, man, and beast;
It is time to hear from the ones we've heard least.
Surely, their small voices will not hatred increase.

The strongest of minerals have been tempered by flame,
And by other stressors that go by many names.
Perhaps, out of this too, The Spirit's strength, we'll reclaim.

from my blog OneFamilyManyFaiths.blodspot.com

Yvette

nasreenamina's picture

Thank or this Beautiful Poem!

Thank or this Beautiful Poem! I am sorry I didn't see it before. I wish I could translate in spanish for my readers could I?

One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion

Follow me @DivinaFeminista

Y's picture

I would be honored if you

I would be honored if you translated and shared my poem, as long as you give me credit and include my book information "We're Already eternal" available on Amazon.

Yvette

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