An ‘Islamic feminist’ on why she’s not an oxymoron

Source: Yahoo News

By Savita Iyer

Sherin Khankan is misunderstood. Ever since launching Denmark’s first and only woman-led mosque in 2016, she’s been regularly accused of being a radical Muslim. But that’s something the self-described “Islamic feminist” says could not be further from the truth.

“I believed it was time to change the patriarchal structure of Islam for a new generation of Muslims by rereading the Koran with a focus on women’s rights, on gender equality, and by promoting female Muslim leadership in the mosque,” the country’s first female imam, or mosque prayer leader, tells Yahoo Lifestyle, about her Mariam Mosque in Copenhagen.

Khankan, 43, is, in fact, the poster-child example of a modern Muslim woman who fits neatly into Western society — where many not only view Islam as oppressive, male-dominated, and threatening to long-standing democratic institutions, but may also have a negative view of Muslim women as being restricted in their own free will, from pursuing education to choosing what they can wear.

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  1. THE ANCIENT ISLAMIC LAW IN MODERN ERA?
    I agree with Women Imam in Mosque or as President of a states. Yes Muslim really need a reformation from ancient Islamic law where wimen had treated as slave or second class, etc

    GENERAL GUIDANCE OF ISLAMIC LAW.
    General Guidance how to follow Syariah Laws rightly and professionally in Era 21st Century..
    Definition of lawful ( Halal) and unlawful (Haram ) as Allah and Prophet Muhammad (saw) said in Holy Quran; Allows them as lawful what is good and prohibits them from what is bad. QS 7;157. ( It is very logical religion.)
    He has chosen you and has imposed no difficulties on you in religion of Islam. Quran. 22;78. (Only your extremist clerics impose difficulties on you in religion of Islam.)
    And such are the Parables We set forth for mankind, but only those understand them who have Knowledge. QS 29; (43). (Clerics lack of knowledge of about health, Science and technology.)
    Therefore, we, Muslim really need to change the old interpretation to the Modern interpretation on 21 st. Century.

    Muslim should also make great progress and produce super works of science, culture, art and aesthetics, as well as Islam in the best way, and thus represent to the world.

    These are messages that we must give the children and the next generation.
    May Allah guide all my Brothers & Sisters to the right path.Amen
    “Our Lord, give us Paradise in this world and Paradise in the Hereafter, and save us from the punishment of Fire.”
    QS 2: (201)
    For You from My Heart.
    All those who read shall pass on my words to others and those to others again; O Allah, be my witness, that I have conveyed your message to your people.

    Wassalamu’alikum–With all my love

    • I do not know whether Somi is male or female. Muslim men should pray behind Muslim women? The way we are praying? Seems to me Somi is either asexual or really a total SAINT.

      • @Rafiq. Allah say: If you love people Allah will open your eyes and heart, but if you hate me Allah will blind your eyes and your heart, you can see me as a good Muslim, who love every one and support Ahmadiyya belief.
        It is very good feeling to have a lot of love in our heart, instead of hatred.

        Love is the seed of peace, happiness and Paradise
        But hatred is the seed of evil, conflic and unhappiness.

        With love❤️

  2. OUR QUESTION IS; CAN WE CHANGE ISLAMIC LAW? YES AND A MUST!
    The extremist clerics or Scholars or islamic conservative view say that the ancient Islamic laws cannot be changed forever as Terrorist ISIS, Taliban implement in Syria and Iraq. Afghsnistan.

    THE PROGRESSIVE ISLAMIC CLERICS CAN PROVE THAT ISLAMIC LAWS CAN BE CHANGED.
    Example:
    According to Al Quran:
    The time for fasting from the sun-rise until the sun-set Q.2:187.
    Saudi Arabia has a day time and a day night is about 12 hours. Allah send down His rule according to local condition. Allah is All Wise.

    If Muslims around the world still follow the ancient Islamic Law, so Muslims who live in the Arctic will fast 22-24 hours, but Muslims who live in Saudi Arabia fast more and less 11-12 hours. It is not logic at all, Muslims who live in Arctic fast 22 hours or 24 hours, it is impossible.

    The Progressive Islamic clerics advice Muslim do not follow the ancient Islamic law from the sun- rise to the sun-set. But Muslim can fast 12 hours from 6 am to 6 pm.

    It means that the rule of Islam should be changed otherwise people who live in Arctic can not fast for 22-24 hours.

    Therefore, The ancient Islsmic laws can be changed according to condition of the ground and the progress of technology.

    Hopefully Ahmadiyyah agree that Islamic laws can be changed.

    With ❤️

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