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Resources on Feminism

And whoever purifies himself does so for the benefit of his soul;

and the destination (of all) is to Allah. (Surah Fatir, 35:18)

One of the most common requests I receive is a list of resources about feminism and Islam, specifically why the two are incompatible, what Islam says about women's rights, and what Muslim sisters today can and ought to think about when considering the extent to which feminism is an ideology worth subscribing to.

Disclaimer: I am not an expert on this matter. What I share here (and in all my public work) is merely my own research, learning, and understanding of the matter.

If you are struggling with the question of compatibility between Islam and feminism, I think it is important to first self-reflect. Ask yourself why you are grappling with this issue. As with anything, we arrive at junctures in life based on a series of events and conditions, some of which prompt us to confront our beliefs. So, ask yourself, what is leading me to confront this topic? Why does this matter bother me? The answer will likely include more than one reason. Nevertheless, if you are honest with yourself, you may well find that one of those reasons is that you are struggling with your imaan. It is not uncommon that sisters (and brothers) who identify with feminist ideology possess weak faith. Is it weak faith that leads to doubts, or do doubts lead to weak faith? I'll leave that question for the giants of Twitter to debate.

What is important here is for you to recognize and acknowledge that you may need a holistic overhaul of your spirituality. In other words, in the process of dealing with the Islam-and-feminism question, you may need to devote time to exploring other, perhaps more fundamental questions. This effort is none other than tazkiyah, or purification of the self. It is a blessing from Allah (SWT) in so many ways, because it propels you to move closer to Him and that which matters most.

Thus, what I am including below is a short list of categorized resources. These categories relate to feminism in different ways. Again, ask yourself self-reflective questions: What is leading me to consider feminist ideology? Why does this issue matter to me? The reasons will vary, like the categories below, and there is likely a range of reasons, rather than one single reason, for your exploration of this issue.

For parents in particular, I have also included a list of additional resources here.



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Nour Goda, MS Ed.

Ex-atheist striving to improve each day

اَلتَّاۤـئِبُوۡنَ الۡعٰبِدُوۡنَ الۡحٰمِدُوۡنَ السّاۤـئِحُوۡنَ الرّٰكِعُوۡنَ السّٰجِدُوۡنَ الۡاٰمِرُوۡنَ بِالۡمَعۡرُوۡفِ وَالنَّاهُوۡنَ عَنِ الۡمُنۡكَرِ وَالۡحٰـفِظُوۡنَ لِحُدُوۡدِ اللّٰه ِ​ؕ وَبَشِّرِ الۡمُؤۡمِنِيۡنَ‏


Those that turn (to Allah) in repentance; that serve Him, and praise Him; that wander in devotion to the cause of Allah, that bow down and prostrate themselves in prayer; that enjoin good and forbid evil; and observe the limit set by Allah;- (These do rejoice). So proclaim the glad tidings to the Believers.

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