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News :: Human Rights
Woman imam gets death threats, venue changed
17 Mar 2005
Woman imam gets death threats, venue changed
Woman imam gets death threats, venue changed

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_17-3-2005_pg7_2

LAHORE: Dr Amina Wadud, who is all set to become the
first Muslim woman to lead a Friday prayer to a mixed
congregation on March 18, has received death threats,
leading to a change of venue. The new location will
now be kept secret until the last moment. Dr Wadud,
who teaches Islamic Studies at Virginia Commonwealth
University, is aiming to achieve spiritual equality.
Talking to Naseeb Vibes, a Pakistani webzine, she said
the idea of having a woman imam (prayer leader) was
not a revolutionary step, but a return to the true
spirit of Islam. “Islam is growing, and it is an
ongoing situation, and Muslims need to be proactive
members of this experience,” she said. “The Quran and
Sunnah operated in a system requiring human
interactions, ideas and changes to implement those
ideas can better demonstrate the Quranic mandate for
justice; not its patriarchal interpretation of the
past where women were submissive,” she added.
Rejecting Islam’s alleged patriarchal overtones, she
said Islam was a liberator of women. yasser hamdani

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