Author: Fadilah Ali

Fadilah Ali is the Feature Editor for The Muslim Women Times. She has a B.Sc in Microbiology and she is passionate about reading, writing, women's rights, and tafsir.
The Ideal Muslimah Does Not Exist: Shattering the Unrealistic Archetype of the Muslim Woman
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The Ideal Muslimah Does Not Exist: Shattering the Unrealistic Archetype of the Muslim Woman

Women need not be held to the unrealistic standards of the Ideal Muslimah, who by the way, is a fictional character with roots not unrelated to passive misogyny. The Ideal Islamic culture is not one of cancel culture, but one of constant repentance and improvement.

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The Lioness of Makkah: A Glimpse into the Life of Lady Hafsah bint Umar
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The Lioness of Makkah: A Glimpse into the Life of Lady Hafsah bint Umar

Her marriage to the Prophet (PBUH) took place in Sha’aban on the third year of the Hijra (and not after Uhud as commonly thought) at the age of 21 or 22 till his death when she was 27. She loved the Prophet (PBUH) dearly. After her marriage to the Prophet (PBUH), she had an inquisitive nature, often immersed herself in studying the deen, and would engage him and ask him questions about the deen. On one such incident, during Hajj, she asked the Prophet (PBUH) why he was still in Ihram, while he had instructed the sahabah to take off their Ihram. Then the Prophet (PBUH) replied that he couldn’t remove his Ihram until his sacrificial animals were slaughtered. And from this incident the fatwa was obtained, about a type of Hajj (Qiran) where the one doing Hajj couldn’t remove the Ihram, until the animals were sacrificed, as opposed to another type of Hajj called Tamattu’.

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'What Ramadhan Means to Us': 8 Muslim Women Talk About the Joys and Challenges of Ramadhan
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‘What Ramadhan Means to Us’: 8 Muslim Women Talk About the Joys and Challenges of Ramadhan

I’ve never actually experienced much of mosques during Ramadan. Where I live, there aren’t any big mosques that cater well for women, except for one. I went to one iftar and it was nice to be around other people. Our eid prep starts very early! Usually we’ll make sure the big thing (clothes/presents) are done well before Ramadan.

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Lady Hind bint Abi Umayya: The Fierce Woman Who Asked the Difficult Questions
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Lady Hind bint Abi Umayya: The Fierce Woman Who Asked the Difficult Questions

Hind bint Umayya asked questions that God responded to by way of revelation. She once asked the prophet why men were always mentioned in the Quran and not women, and God answered her question by revealing the famous ayah 35 of surah Ahzab.

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On Institutionalised Misogyny: Why Muslims Need to go back to the Essence of True Islamic Spirituality
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On Institutionalised Misogyny: Why Muslims Need to go back to the Essence of True Islamic Spirituality

What we’ve done with the Qur’an is unforgivable. It has taken the backseat in our daily lives while controversial issues have taken over. We don’t study the Qur’an enough. We don’t study the message conveyed in beautiful poetic synergy, the history of past nations, the scientific miracles, all of it. We take it all for granted. We don’t reflect upon the sunnah of the prophet, which is the lived practice of the spirit of the Qur’an.

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The Period Shame: Dissecting the Stigma Around Menstruation in Muslim Communities
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The Period Shame: Dissecting the Stigma Around Menstruation in Muslim Communities

Since time immemorial, women have been shamed for absolutely everything about their bodies. If they’re not being objectified and hyper-sexualised, then they’re body-shamed and mocked, and even blamed for men’s fetishes and obsessions. From the distasteful jokes to the innuendos and the lust-driven songs sung about them, everything about women has been public domain.

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The Sexist Politics of Cooking: Who Wears the Apron in a Muslim Household?
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The Sexist Politics of Cooking: Who Wears the Apron in a Muslim Household?

Women have been made to feel and believe that they are not allowed to do anything with their lives apart from cooking. They have been made to believe that it is a religious obligation and by so doing, they have been condemned to the kitchen. This goes against the lifestyle of the Prophet (PBUH) himself who was fully active in doing household chores.

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The Age of Aisha (RA)
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The Age of Aisha (RA): Countering Historical Revisionism through Contextual Analysis

For much of history after the advent of Islam, multitudes of figures arose who wrote several invectives against the Prophet, yet none of them had any problem acknowledging his marriage to Aisha (RA). It just was not a concern until the early 20th century.

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The Dynamics of Rape Apologism in Muslim Spaces
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Dismantling the Analogy of the Unwrapped Candy: On the Dynamics of Rape Apologism in Muslim Spaces

At the heart of rape-apologism is the narrative that hijab protects women from predatory men. I wish it were that simple. I wish that the countless reports about rape victims in full hijab and niqab weren’t true. I wish there were no reports of sexual abuse against old women who have lost their youth; that the narrative about infants and school-age children being raped simply didn’t exist. I wish covering up was the magic wand to stopping men from these crimes.

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The Reductionist Perception of Women - The Muslim Women Times
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Tackling the Elephant: On the Reductionist Perception of Women in Muslim Communities

The fact that these points are all taken and understood out of context, and that they cannot be found in the Qur’an and Sunnah as the only markers of the status of women in Islam must make one wary of lists like this.

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