Saturday, April 22, 2017

Perspective: Let's dispel myths about Muslim women | Syeda Ahmed


Instead of feeling down about the misconceptions around us, let us women of all faiths come together to tear down walls and build bridges.

The First Lady of Pennsylvania, Frances Wolf (2-R) and National President of the
Ahmadiyya Muslim Women Association USA, Saliha Malik (3-R) joined the event
officers during the Ahmadiyya Muslim community’s 67th annual conference in
Harrisburg, PA (Photo: Nusrat Qadir)
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Source/Credit: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
By Syeda Ahmed | April 21, 2017

Women in general have felt threatened by the recent political climate. Muslim women in particular have come under fire. There is a general perception that they are bound up in the hijab, confined to their homes and overall restricted from opportunities for advancement. I am a Muslim woman belonging to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, and I would like to debunk those myths.

At an address in February to a large gathering of women, my worldwide leader, the khalifa of Islam, His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad, said, “Let it be crystal clear that in no respect is a woman’s status [in Islam] less than that of a man.”

I don a headscarf, move around freely and pursued higher education during my youth. So have the other female members of my Ahmadiyya Community. Instead of feeling down about the misconceptions around us, let us women of all faiths come together to tear down walls and build bridges.

Join me at my mosque (747 South Ave., Wilkinsburg) for a women’s-only interfaith gathering on Saturday, May 6, at 2 p.m. Please email ahmadiyyapittsburgh@gmail.com or call (412) 294-8208 for information.

SYEDA AHMED
Indiana Township

The writer is vice-president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Ladies Auxiliary Organization of Pittsburgh.


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