Anti-Muslim bigotry is on the rise in this world and it’s a big problem for Muslims like myself who time and again are attacked and vilified on public forums for raising their voices on issues affecting human rights, women’s status and so on.
Being a Muslim feminist that has declared herself publicly an advocate for women’s rights cause , each day passes with one or other unpleasant and horrible experience that I have to endure just because there are certain “white western groups” refusing to accept that I a Muslim woman can also a feminist.
This dismal of women of color on hands of westerners is not new and it won’t end. Yet again events happened that reiterated the very fact that I am right in calling out those that disregards the fact that whiteness is a privilege that is not afforded to all women. Certainly I haven’t been afforded this. Then there are those that insists that Saving Muslim Women is their most important mission that is done without acknowledging that cultural differences and applying culturally specific approaches to feminism and equality. Then refusal to accept that there are countless Muslim women feminists that are fighting for the women rights issues. The exact same type of people also justify bombings, drones, illegal invasions and the virus — “Savior versus Invader” is something the world bears.
Exactly on November 10, 2014 I wrote and posted the “Trying to Understand Journey of Glasgow Girl to an ISIS Bride”.
As usual, some unknown people used my work without permissions, see here:
I see people reading my work and dismissing me credentials and jumping on the bandwagon of bashing all Muslims. Was I wrong to think that White feminism is a set of beliefs that allows for the exclusion of issues that specifically affect women of color. Probably not. After I came to be made aware of this above scenario,I wrote a very candid and angry response thereby requesting the blog to remove my work that was used without my permissions and also telling the misguided lady that Muslim feminists exist and I am enough proof of it.
The comment was not approved obviously but I received an email from the person who posted my work on their blog and probably found my comment awaiting moderation. Just for public knowledge I did not reply to the message. Please see the email now:
So. I have to justify and been taken to task, vilified and attacked by such civilized white men and women who think attacking Muslim women and deliberately silencing our voices is all good and part and parcel of the saintly values only they claim to own, quoting some here the myths of “freedom of expression, speech and liberty.”
Don’t dare use my work and try to slap me down.
This attempt by the “civilized first world” myth shall be continued to be exposed at The Human Lens.