Dispatches: Women Only Jihad

Just in case you missed it, I’ve uploaded the full program here so that you can make an informed decision. And a reminder to the brothers, lower your gaze that is purer for you.

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Author: Ify Okoye

Muslim woman, RN, & rebel with a cause.

13 thoughts on “Dispatches: Women Only Jihad”

  1. That was a great video, Mashallah. I was finally able to finish the whole thing. I hope that they were able to continue praying in the masjid after Ramadan.

  2. subhanallah! this film was definitely powerful and evocative. i actually cried out of frustration and disappointment. i pray things are made more equitable.

    ma’a salaamah,

    ha

  3. As a revert in America I am left speechless.

    Women in the states have access to the mosque however the conditions are less than desirable and my heart grieves that my husband and I can not worship together in congregational prayers.

    Years before coming to Islam I worshipped in a splended Mega Church that was typically full of more women than men, the trend in African American churches, so I’m always baffled when I go to the mosques and have to sit on a musty carpet crammed in a corner to worship my creator.

    How will I learn more about this great religion how will I come to a fluent understanding of Arabic. I have my husband and we will obviously have to better utilize our time together, for the glory of Allah.

  4. Assalamu Aleikum wa Rahmatulahi wa Barakatuhu,

    I have gotten to your blog from yearningforjennah.com’s blog. She is a personal friend. Although this movie is really hard to see as a Muslimah, I appreciate that you posted it. I wish we wouldn’t have to fight for our obvious rights.

    I will tell you, SubhanAllah, a tidbit from New Orleans and its suburbs (where I live). Hurricane Katrina destroyed two of our eight masajid. The two masajid that were completely destroyed by Katrina were the only two that did not allow women for their Jumah prayers. One of them, to be fair, had started to allow women for prayer during separate hours from the men, and to be honest, it was a tiny masjid. Maybe a 500 square foot hall. It was where the students of the University of New Orleans prayed. The other masjid which was frequented by mostly Muslim men of Indo-Pak origin, never allowed women to pray there. They were both damaged severely. Actually, the whole community in that area (Muslims and non-Muslims were so impacted by the storm that the whole area is still basically uninhabited over a year later.

    Now, I am not going to say this was a punishment or reward from Allah (SWT), but my point is this, many of these Muslims now pray at the other masajid n our community that do allow women and they have adjusted seamlessly. Some of them moved to Texas and I can’t say how it is in their new communities, but many have remained and have moved into the suburbs (where I live). The ladies continue to pray there and there has been no trouble, Alhamdulillah. Our mosques aren’t that large, but the men are polite and respectful.

    So it goes to show, in my humble experience, that some people won’t change because they are comfortable in their zone and don’t feel the need to accommodate others. Instead, they feel that others should accommodate to them. A status quo thing, if you will.

    Many of the Indo-Pak sisters that I know tell me that they never prayed in a mosque back in Pakistan. Only here, in the U.S. have they come to a mosque. So, they meet and have friends with many sisters from countries all around the world, who may have learned from other schools of thought, all of which are allowable, and learn more about their religion than they would have by staying at home.

    Not all of these sisters wear niqaab and stay at home, many have careers and work outside the home, so the mosque is not “taking them away from their home”. It is adding to their life as a well-rounded Muslim.
    Here in New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina made a swift impact of the lives of many, including those of Muslims. Everyone had to quickly adapt to survive. And praying in mosques where Muslim women from different nationalities also come to pray was one of the easiest changes they had to deal with.

    I have faith in the new generation of Muslim brothers and sisters who cling to the true words of the Quran and the Prophet (SAWS) and not blindly do what they saw their ancestors doing.

    Wa Allahu Alim.

    If I said anything inappropriate, it is your interpretation of it and not my intention. All good is from Allah(SWT).
    Once again, sister, good post.

    your sister in Islam,

    Muslim Apple: Edited as per your request.

  5. Asalaam alaikum dear sister,
    I cried also. As a member of Gamma Gamma Chi sorority Inc., I now see that there is a need for Islamic women’s organizaitons to STOP this hijacking of my religion. The religion that I converted to and am loyal too. The behavior of these brother’s is deplorable but insha~allah I pray that allah(swt) will open their hearts so they can see the error of their OWN ways. Thank you SOOO much for posting this..may allah(swt) reward you.
    Umm Amirah

  6. I dont have an account with google or youtube, so cant. Hence I asked you.

    I just thought if you were interested in uploading “Women Only Jihad” you might like their first programme and want to upload that one too.

    Did you not watch it yet? How come? Its even better than WOJ! IMHO.

  7. Its Funny How These Girls Know Nothing About The Deen. Its Funny How They Promote “Moderate” Islam Mainly Sufism. Its funny how these men who shave there beards and are the ones who are “standing up” for these women. I advise you to follow the path of the salaf and learn more about the deen then get into what the scholars of the Ahlul Sunnah( Not No Crazy Sufi “sheikh”). Ma3 salama May allah Guide them.Ameen

  8. These women need to fear Allah and stop causing fitna! There are some masjids that have space for women and some that don’t, go to the ones that do. I am a woman and I am ashamed of these women…they’re going about it the wrong way.

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