The Issue

Here, TMWT talks to random Muslim women on diverse issues plaguing Muslim women in Muslim communities. We get to hear their thoughts and perspectives.

The Hidden History of Women's Participation in the Transmission of Hadith
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The Hidden History of Women’s Participation in the Transmission of Hadith

It goes without saying that women were the primary narrators of the customs related to matters pertaining to women. However, there are many instances where women narrated on general issues. One renowned Ḥadīth is narrated by al-Rubayyi’ bint Mu’awwidh in which she describes the Prophet’s wuḍhūʾ. Her knowledge on this was so accurate and detailed that various scholars travelled to great lengths to hear this Ḥadīth from her.

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On the Representation of Muslim Women in Mainstream Media
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On the Representation of Muslim Women in Mainstream Media

Growing up, I thought I had to suppress my identity as a Muslim because I felt like it made me stick out like a sore thumb. I grew up watching Disney Channel and Cartoon Network, where Muslim characters were non-existent. As I got older, I only saw Muslims portrayed as terrorists. At 22 years old, I am yet to see a Muslim woman in a TV show or movie, who has not been forced into the Hijab or felt trapped by her religion and family. I am yet to see a Muslim woman who is happy, thriving, and living life to the fullest, like so many of the Muslim women I know personally.

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Ramadhan, Period Shame and The Critical Male Gaze
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Ramadhan and Period Shame: Decentring the Critical Male Gaze

It is no secret that girls and women need special care during menstruation. Some girls and women can go through it without a lot of intervention but majority of girls and women do need some sort of special care. Add girls and women who have conditions like PCOS and Endometriosis into the mix and it becomes even more nonsensical that we have to hide it from the very people that we love.

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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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Re-examining Polygyny in Islam
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Re-examining Polygyny in Islam: Exegesis and Clarification

It is important to state that what this essay does is to highlight the theoretical framework of polygyny. It is not a reflection of the realities of Polygyny in Muslim societies. It is only a reflection of the “intent” of the shari’ah and not polygyny as practised.

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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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Why More Women Need to acknowledge that Motherhood is not for everyone
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Why More Women Need to Acknowledge that Motherhood is Not for Everyone

While most mothers admit that having children is a lot of hard work and sacrifice, they are quick to point out that the rewards outweigh the challenges. For a number of women across the world, this is not the case.

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Police Investigates 'Hate-Motivated' Attack in Edmonton
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Women Bear the Brunt of Islamophobia: Police Investigates ‘Hate-Motivated’ Attack in Edmonton

There has been a troubling rise in Islamophobia and racism in the city. “They’re being targeted by their identity, what they show,” Suri said. “These are hijab-wearing women whose identity is very visible, and what is happening is happening out of hate.”

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Austria Constitutional Court Overturned a Discriminatory Legislation
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Hijab Ban: Austria Constitutional Court Overturned a Discriminatory Legislation

The legislation did not specify that the ban referred to headscarves. Instead, it forbade the wearing of “religious clothing that is associated with a covering of the head”. The Austrian court thus found that this legislation was clearly aimed at Muslim headscarves, contravening the principle of equality in relation to freedom of religion, belief and conscience.”

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2 Muslim Women Talk About Their Experience with Financial Abuse
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Trapped and Controlled: 2 Muslim Women Talk About Their Experiences with Financial Abuse

He had a spreadsheet with all the family’s bank details and passwords and would enter our online accounts to check our banking activities. When eventually I could no longer tolerate living with my father. I left. He thereafter used my bank activity to trace me and followed me in the streets.

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