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Dirty Laundry

My point is that Muslim women and other marginalized groups within Muslim communities (i.e., Ahmadiyah, African Americans, other non-Arab groups, converts, Shi’a, LGBT, etc.) will have to continue taking unpopular steps to ensure that we fight for justice within our communities and in our country. Just like the American Muslim women who contributed essays to the new book, I Speak for Myself: American Women on being Muslim, we must give voice to our experiences without seeing it as airing dirty laundry, thus adhering to a false idea of loyalty. What kind of victory will it be when we win some civil rights cases on behalf of religious rights in the US but LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) Muslims are still not even recognized as Muslims in many of our communities? Or if women are still not even allowed in a few mosques?

Jameelah X Medina

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