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    Can you be an independent woman and a good Muslim?

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    Can you be an independent woman and a good Muslim?
    6 February 2018


    TV presenter Mehreen Baig wants to know if you can be an independent woman and a "good Muslim".


    "Some people will say you can't be a strong woman because Islam is oppressive, others say you can," the former English teacher tells Newsbeat.


    In a new programme called Islam, Women And Me, the 28-year-old hears from women who claim Islam is a feminist religion and others who believe it's inherently sexist.


    "In a world where often Muslim women are spoken for and spoken about, it's good to speak to women first-hand," she says.


    Mehreen says that growing up her family were not practising Muslims but they were strict - and before she raises kids she wants to know whether that was because of religion.


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    Mehreen Baig and Muslim feminist activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied
    "I wasn't allowed to do a lot of things my friends were doing, things like going on school trips or sleepovers or wearing my school skirt.


    "I never questioned if it was my religion or culture or just my parents, but as you get older you start to question things," she says.


    "It may even be worse for girls growing up now, they hear so many things in the news about being a Muslim woman and being a British woman, almost like the two can't go hand-in-hand."


    Mehreen, who appeared in the Bafta award winning Muslims Like Us, feels her religion "empowers me as a woman", but during the programme meets a woman who has left the faith.


    "I found that conversation to be quite challenging - but it raised all the relevant questions, which set me off on my journey to find answers too."


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    Mehreen attends a Sharia Council to witness women trying to divorce their husbands
    "The question I get asked a lot is 'how can you be part of a religion that is so sexist or inherently misogynistic?'


    "It's really upsetting. Islam is a major part of my life and I am no way the Muslim representative of the world, but the way I have been brought up, I feel my faith empowers me as a woman."


    She says she hopes the programme will reach out to other Muslim women but also educate non-Muslims.


    "I could have created a show that was really fluffy and positive and showed loads of girls who wear a hijab and they're all really empowered. But that wouldn't have achieved anything."


    You can watch, Islam, Women And Me on BBC One on 6 February at 10.45pm.


    Listen to Newsbeat live at 12:45 and 17:45 every weekday on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra - if you miss us you can listen back here

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    Re: Can you be an independent woman and a good Muslim?

    Thanks for sharing......!

    Only Islam honours the women. This bitter truth isn't digested by many people

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    Re: Can you be an independent woman and a good Muslim?

    Salaam

    Interesting piece but strikes me as another government propaganda attempt to converge Muslims to think 'correct' thoughts.

    Whenever I hear the phrase 'Independent empowered women', I get this reaction



    Feminists uhhhhhh.
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    Re: Can you be an independent woman and a good Muslim?

    Of course in Islam women can be independent women. Look at Khadijah r.a. , she was a strong independent business woman.


    "women who claim Islam is a feminist religion and others who believe it's inherently sexist."
    Feminist muslimahs are a joke. Islam is not a feminist nor a misogynist religion as these idiots claim.

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    Re: Can you be an independent woman and a good Muslim?

    salaam

    There is clear attempt by so many people in trying to equate modernism with Islam, dont get me started on left wing politics trying to Hijack Muslim thought for there own gain. Its a pity so many people fall for it without actually analyzing the different metaphysical, epistemological and ethical views and what they are grounded on.
    Can you be an independent woman and a good Muslim?

    Do you think the pious don't sin?

    They merely:
    Veiled themselves and didn't flaunt it
    Sought forgiveness and didn't persist
    Took ownership of it and don't justify it
    And acted with excellence after they had erred - Ibn al-Qayyim

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