The Oxymoron of ‘Islamic Feminism’

Feminism has done its job in destroying Western culture, now its set its perverted eyes upon Islam. What a load of rubbish.

Although this group may have some legitimate concerns regarding the upkeep of female prayer areas in certain masajid, the means they employ and manner in which they conduct themselves is far from acceptable, not to mention their open disregard for certain hadith of the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasalam).  In the end, this seems to be more the product of highly inflated ego’s than a genuine concern for the Muslim community.

Thoughts on a few excerpts from the article:

…Thompson is leading group members in what she calls acts of “civil disobedience” – praying behind the men at local area masajid, disregarding any specially designated prayer areas for women.

Their first “Pray In” protest at the Islamic Center of Washington DC took place in late February. About ten  women prayed outside the women’s space behind the men’s congregation; men who came in late formed lines behind the protesting women

Not only do these women and their supporters completely disregard the existing harmony in the Muslim communities they visit, but by breaking the protocol of these masjids they deliberately set up situations where  the salah of late-arriving worshipers is put into question regarding its validity.

As if this in itself wasn’t enough, I’m sure these “revolutionaries” must also be feeling the great honor of Islamic modesty by putting their rear-ends on display to the dozens of men who are unfortunately stuck praying behind them.

Although Dar Al-Hijrah has a second floor mezzanine overlooking the main prayer hall designated for women, Imam Shaker Elsayed allowed the protesters to pray in the main prayer area but only in the very back, citing a hadith which states the back most rows are the best for women. The group refused, demanding to pray with only a few rows of space between them and the men. Thompson told the Muslim Link asking the women to pray at the back wall was “essentially an attempt to humiliate” the group.

This clearly shows that these people are not at all interested in following the teachings of the Holy Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasalam), but rather are attempting to reinvent the religious traditions according to their diseased ego’s.  A question for Ms. Thompson – do you honestly think that our beloved Prophet (sws) was attempting to humiliate all women by stating that the best rows for them are those in the back?  Think long and hard about this, don’t just vomit out the first response your naffs gives to you – you may just lose your faith.

Muslim leaders of masajid in Maryland and Northern Virginia were roundly critical, even upset, that Pray-In is making what one board member called a “big drama” out of barriers in the masjid.

“Our own community sisters who come and pray [throughout the week] at our masjid have never had a problem with the barriers. And now this outside group is coming with their reporters from Fox News and [other media] to make the community a laughing stock in front of everyone. It is irresponsible and … selfish. It is totally against what Islam teaches,”

Exactly.  These people are going to peaceful, happy communities and causing an uproar – dictating to the local Muslims of that community that they must be angry and ready to fight for an issue that the majority there aren’t even concerned with or believe in.  The Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasalam) said that fitna is asleep, and the curse falls upon those ones who awaken it.

Thompson told the Muslim Link she invites reporters along to be witnesses if there are any verbal or physical threats made against the protesters; the group also believes mass media coverage of their protests is the only way to force Muslim community leaders to address their concerns.

…A revert Muslimah like Thompson, Okoye said it’s “bad da’wah” when she brings her female non-Muslim relatives to the masjid and they discover women pray behind a partition.

Yes, of course. The barriers between the male and female portions of the masjids serve as “bad dawah” to non-Muslim guests who come visit.  However, by openly inviting kafir media outlets, such as Fox News, to come into our masjids and record these verbal and sometimes physical conflicts that break out for the whole world to see on the evening news – that would be a much better way to get across the message of Islam.  Genius!

Pray-In maintains that prayer barriers between the genders are a “bida’”, or a “religious innovation” that did not exist at the time of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

And the skin-tight jeans and designer tops these women have been seen parading around in were.  Right, right.

Citing a fatwa on the issue, Fatima Thompson insists that not only are barriers un-Islamic, but a space larger than a few rows between the men and women invalidates the women’s congregational prayer. She could not recall the name of the scholar who issued the ruling; the fatwa is also not on the group’s Facebook page

Hahahaha .. wow.  seriously?  You’re basing your entire movement upon an seemingly non-existent fatwa from a seemingly non-existent scholar.  Only in the 21st Century could something this absurd be pulled off.  SubhanAllah.

Many Muslims familiar with the Pray-In group consider them “progressive Muslims”, a moniker which came into use over the past decade to describe Muslims who advocate for free interpretation of the Qur’an, the Imamship of women, and the permissibility of homosexuality … a homosexual man who calls himself an Imam accompanied the first pray-in protest in Washington DC

Nothing to say to this one.  I’ll let you come to your own conclusions.

At one Maryland masjid, women heard about the Pray-In group but were not interested.

“We don’t know them. They don’t come here. Our needs are being met [at our masjid] … we have classes and a lot of activities, some with the brothers, and some just for sisters. We have needy, single mothers [in our communities] who don’t have money to feed their kids [properly]. And these sisters are worried about prayer barriers? They need to get over it,” said one sister on her way to a weekend class.

I couldn’t agree more.  Get over yourself Ms. Thompson.  Your despicable attempts to change 1400 years of Islamic traditions aren’t fooling anyone but yourself and those like you – the ones  that would gladly sell their religion at a cheap price.  The doors of repentance are open now, but wont be forever.  I urge you to drop this foolish act to gain attention and return to the honorable position that has been granted to Muslim women by Allah and His Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasalam)


7 responses to “The Oxymoron of ‘Islamic Feminism’

  1. if actions are by intention – what are they praying to when they do a pray-in ? Self-worship is probably the most popular form of religion these days

  2. higherstations

    Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim,


  3. Assalaamu aleykum,

    I don’t understand how this is changing 1400 years of Islamic tradition. In the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa salaam’s time, women prayed behind the men in the masjid. We were not relegated to women’s spaces which are usually poorly kept and unaccessible. I cannot pray at the masjid because I am disabled and women are forced to pray upstairs – so I do not attend prayers at the masjid, and Alhamdulillah, I hope Allah swt accepts the intention in my heart that I would like to one day. I don’t think it’s “changing Islam” at all to expect people to pray in the way of the sunnah – the way the Prophet held prayer – with women being permitted to pray behind the men, in equally accessible and well-kept prayer spaces. Allahu alim.

    Sister A’ishah.

  4. higherstations

    Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim,

    In the Prophet salallahu alaihi wasalam’s time the women were also fully covered in loose, modest clothing. Not like the skin tight jeans we see many hijabis parading around in today. Along with this, the women in that time would all leave the masjid before the men even got up. So you see, there is a context to all of this.

    However, as time passed the masjids began to implement these barriers because the conditions for women to be praying right behind the men were no longer being met. The Muslim community was no longer as strong in faith as they once were, so extra measures needed to be taken to prevent fitna.

    Even by not being able to pray at the Masjid due to your disability you are not at a loss as the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasalam) said ‘The best mosque for the women is the inside of her home’.

    It’s foolish to pick and choose which sunnah you decide to follow and which you discard. If this group wants masjids to go back to looking the way they did during the time of the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasalam), then maybe they should begin to dress and act like the the women of that time.

    Salam aleykum

    • Bismillahir rahmanir rahim.

      I feel the idea that we cannot pray according to the sunnah because some women do not dress properly to be a poor excuse for not following a sunnah. You accuse me of picking and choosing which sunnah to follow, but are you not doing the same by choosing not to pray according to the sunnah? I dress according to the sunnah, as do most of the women in my community, yet we are not permitted to pray according to the sunnah. Some of the men in our community (as well as many others) do not dress properly, but they are permitted to pray where they choose and do not face constant reprimand for “not dressing according to the sunnah.” The double standard is further exacerbated when you consider the fact that at our masjid we pray according to the sunnah during maghrib, isha, and tarawih during Ramadan, but no other time. How is it that it is permissible to pray as the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa salaam prayed only during Ramadan, but the rest of the time one can choose to segregate the community in whatever way one wishes to do?

      I may not be at a loss where prayer is concerned, Alhamdulillah, but as a revert who is concerned with learning more about the deen and helping out in the community any way I can, I hope one day to be able to participate in events that go on in the masjid as well as be able to hear khutbas in my own community instead of merely looking things up online. There are some scholarly events in which I can occasionally participate because they are held at a different location (where men and women are permitted to sit together and there is not a separate, unaccessible area for women), but I cannot attend the sisters’ halaqas or other events at the masjid outside of Ramadan. Alhamdulillah I am learning on my own as I am able, but as a revert, it’s very isolating to not be permitted to be involved with the local Muslim community except for one month out of the year. It is a sad commentary on the state of our communities that they refuse to address these issues.


  5. higherstations

    Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim,

    I think you missed the point – there are conditions for there to be no barriers between men and women in the Masjids. If all those conditions are met then perhaps it would be time to take down those barriers, but I have yet to find a Masjid that has met the requirements – Enlighten me if you know of any. Also, placing a barrier in the Masjid has nothing to do with ‘picking and choosing sunnahs’, rather it is something that has been deemed necessary by the Ulema of the past and present due to the societal situation.

    Mashallah, Im glad to hear that you are dressing in accordance with the Sunnah in these times, but as you stated, even if there is a majority in your masjid dressing inappropriately, this would be reason enough to put up barriers. If there are men not dressing appropriately in your community this would only give more reason to implement the barriers to block a degree of visibility to them. Its on the Imam, or those in authority of the masjid to approach these men and remind them of proper Islamic dress code.

    I dont know the size of capacity of your masjid, but in certain cases such as Ramadan the barriers may just be taken down to accommodate for the greater number of people attending the masjid. I dont think its a double standard per se – this has never been a problem at the Masjid I attend.

    Note that I have never said it was impermissible to pray without barriers, but we cannot throw aside the fact that they have been supported by the Majority of scholars and shaykhs throughout our history, and the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasalam) said to stick with the majority. So when I see a fringe group of non-scholars coming forward and claiming that they are right while the majority is wrong – I take caution.

    It is unfortunate that your community doesn’t better accommodate the needs of its women, but I don’t see this as a reason to support such an absurd movement.

    Salam aleykum

  6. A sister made mention of the security situation at many mosques and that mosques have to be locked up. It would be nice if Muslims bought homes or rented near their mosques. Security would be less an issue if people were coming and going at all hours from our mosques (prayer, zikir etc..).

    In all fairness, sisters must have a clean, secure place to pray and be spiritual without the men to distract them.

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