What is the role of Women in Islam? Usually, we hear words such as oppressed or unequal thrown around, but nothing can be further from the truth. These stereotypes confuse Islam with cultural practices and fail to recognize that Islam has empowered women with the most progressive rights since the 7th century. Join us as we explore the role of women also known as Muslimah’s and how they have been integral in building the foundation of life as a Muslim in Philadelphia. This program presents teachings of Islam regarding the rights, roles, and responsibilities of women, with a special focus on the Nur (light), honor, and leadership shown by the indigenous community. This program will feature lessons and gems by Sister Fatimah Ahmad and Sister Bashira AbdusSamad as they have been mothers, educators, and leaders in our community for over 40 years. Alhamdulilah.
This virtual program is part of In the Path of Islam, a project brought to you by The Free Library of Philadelphia and The Building Bridges Program of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.
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Sister Bashirah M.B.AbdusSamad has been an active member of the Islamic community for over 40 years and her activities include Islamic pastoral care and janazah (Islamic funeral) preparation and skills training in Philadelphia and Delaware Valley. She also served as one of the original Women of Peace Board members. Additionally, she has been an educator at several institutes of learning including Aqsa Islamic Academy, and a curriculum development specialist for children with Autism and social development differences. While she’s currently retired, she still works tirelessly towards interfaith peace and understanding efforts and supplying healthy nourishment to perpetuate strong spiritual development and mental health for women and families across the states.
Sister Fatimah Ahmad has been an active member of advancing the Islamic community for over 40 years in many capacities including acting as the Chair of the Women’s committee for the Majlis Ashura of Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley and a member of many Islamic organizations locally, nationally, and internationally. Her activities also include being an educator/curriculum specialist and a community activist in Chester PA where she assisted in establishing Masjid Fajr. She continues to advocate for the rights of women and families in her many communities.