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Lots of interesting things going around the blogsphere - Check out this blog entry by Ninhajaba on the divine feminine in Islam, a couple of excerpts:
One of the things that has been on my mind a lot is the differences between how the heroins of Islam are treated in literature and in popular Muslim culture. One of the things that I find most interesting is that almost every female heroine in Islam is praised for the very characteristic that could bring her dishonor and/or death today, rebelliousness.
With the exception of Zulaikha, all of these women are praised for either outright rebellion against tyranny (always male) and/or undergoing extreme hardship for the sake of Allah (swt). Women undergoing similar struggles, that is attempting to reclaim true Islam, today are gossiped about, discredited, shamed or threatened into silence when they attempt to follow similar paths. What happened? We see in so many traditions of the Prophet (saawaws) and his ahl al bayt (as) that racism, clacissim, ageism and tribalism were amongst the primary evils that they came to combat.
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