“Why I Don’t Use the ‘F’ Word” – saniasufi.wordpress.com

Just wanted to share this….it has some interesting insights on Western Feminism and its implications for women of color and Muslims across the world.

Check it out: http://saniasufi.wordpress.com/2012/05/24/why-i-dont-use-the-f-word/
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Excerpt:

Why are Western values the yardstick to which other society’s morals and principles are to be judged by?

"We can definitely see the discourse of “Feminism” as a tool of modern day imperialism through examining the ongoing “War on Terror”. While the US and its allies use military warfare against those who resist their authoritarian and unconscionable rule, another tactic is cultural warfare, or to alter the “hearts and minds” of its subjects through Imperialist motivated cultural and political centers (Human Rights organizations, Financial Institutions such as the IMF & World Bank, Charity/Educational Organizations such as USAID, etc.). Thus, most of these Western institutions and ideas currently act as an “ideological wing” of the War on Terror. By using “Feminism” to critique the Muslim world, the underlying perception is that the Muslim World is an underdeveloped and uneducated region, consisting of medieval concepts exemplified through treatment of women, and thus are in dire need of a Western and lofty (both adjectives are synonymous) “civilizing mission” in the form of laws, education, religion, culture, and just about everything else."

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Homosexuality: scientific studies and therapy. by Sehar Sufi

In an effort to broaden the discussion on homosexuality on this blog, I tried to look for resources that expounded on homosexuality through a purely scientific lens, with no religious or opinionated bias. By no means have I researched it extensively, but I wanted to share what I found that so far I thought was a significant source for educational information and scientific studies on the subject.

http://narth.com/ is a website full of educational information on homosexuality and they also offer therapy for people who are trying to fight their urges…people who may be of the belief that it is not natural to have homosexual urges. This excerpt is from the "about" portion of the website:

http://narth.com/docs/addresses.html

Other members simply feel a scientific and ethical responsibility to present what science can and cannot say about homosexuality as well as to foster psychological care consistent with the best outcomes for those who seek it. Such care should be extended to all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation. In the spirit of diversity and anchored to the ethical principles of client self-determination and client autonomy, NARTH members are committed to providing scientifically grounded psychological care rendered in the context of compassion. While NARTH may disagree with a more popular worldview, and assert that homosexuality is not invariably fixed in all people, disagreement is not discrimination. Such attempts to label NARTH’s position as "bigoted" or "hateful" are straw man attacks and are unsound.
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Browse through the website’s articles and feel free to let us know what you think. Could something like this be used in Muslim communities for those who seek this kind of therapy? What would our therapy comprise of?

Also, check out what one well-known and knowledgeable American scholar says about the view of homosexuals in the Muslim community: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HisIwWhyU34

"We don’t classify people by tendencies, we classify people by actions."

“I Am Not Haraam” – A New Blog Celebrating The Diverse Lives Of LGBTQ Muslims And Their Families

S Hasan

I heard about this new platform for LGBTQ Muslims, Allies and supportive families to blog on the simple theme "I am not Haraam" on the AWID website. A safe space for individuals to break down barriers and impact positive social change. So naturally, I feel the need to share it with you! They write:

"We are not kafirs, we are not deviant, our existence is not a sin. This is our space to say: WE ARE NOT HARAAM."

And a personal disclaimer, if I may be so audacious and inadvertently offend anyone: No matter what your stance is with regards to LGBTQ issues in our communities, please remember to approach with a broad mind, respect peoples’ freedom of speech and set any wild expectations (or fantasies!) aside.

Ready?? If ya think so, check out the blog at http://iamnotharaam.tumblr.com/

Perspective

S Hasan

The often quoted, often misunderstood verse of An-Nisa [4:34]:

Men are the support of women as God gives some more means than others and because they spend of their wealth (to provide for them). So women who are virtuous are obedient to God and guard the hidden as God has guarded it. As for women you feel are averse, talk to them suasively; then leave them alone in bed (without molesting them) and go to bed with them (when they are willing). If they open out to you, do not seek an excuse for blaming them. Surely God is sublime and great.

An inner, esoteric translation. Matter of perspective?

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