Sunday, 13 September 2009

The Muslim Women Power List 2009

The Muslim Women Power List 2009 has been unveiled by the The Equality and Human Rights Commission who partnered up with The Times and Emel magazine to invite entries on behalf of, or from, any Muslim women currently living and working in the UK.

The list was headed by Baroness Sayeeda Warsi Shadow Minister for Community Cohesion and Social Action and life peer.

The others in the top five were:

Farmida Bi - Banking Partner, Norton Rose LLP
Professor Farida Fortune - CBE Dean for Dentistry and Oral Health, Queen Mary’s School of Medicine
Mishal Husain - BBC News Presenter
Wasfi Kani OBE - Chief Executive, Grange Park Opera

You can see details of the other 50 here

I have to say I don't agree with all of the choices (I don't count Yasmin Alibhai Brown as Muslim to be honest) and I did think others such as Sarah Joseph could have been ranked higher. Despite this I think it's a good start to highlighting what Muslim women can do, challenging stereotypes and engendering some debate about the different roles of Muslim women.

You can read more here:
The Guardian - Muslim Women Power List
The Times - Meet the 13 most powerful Muslim women in Britain
The Times - Baroness Warsi named Britain's most powerful Muslim woman
The Guardian - Standards bearer


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  2. What Does "Islam" Mean?

    The word "Islam" itself means "Submission to Allah." The religion of Islam is not named after a person as in the case of "Christianity" which was named after Jesus Christ, "Buddhism" after Gutama Buddha , "Marxism" after Karl Marx, and "Confucianism" after Confucius.

    Similarly, Islam is not named after a tribe like "Judaism" after the tribe of Judah and "Hinduism" after the Hindus. The Arabic word "Islam" means the submission or surrender of one's will to the will of the only true god worthy of worship, "Allah" (known as God "the Father" in Christianity).

    Anyone who does indeed submit to the will of Allah as required by Islam is termed a "Muslim," which means one who has submitted to the will of Allah. Many people in the West have developed the sad misinformed trend of calling Islam "Muhammadenism" and it's followers "Muhammadins." This is a totally foreign word to Muslims and unrecognized by them. No Muslim has ever called his religion "Muhammadenism" or called himself a "Muhammadin."

    What Is The Basic Concept of Islam?

    Islam teaches us that this life is a life of worship. We are placed on this earth in order to worship Allah and obey His command. During this earthly life we are subjected to a series of trials. We have the option of enduring these trials and conforming to certain laws, and our reward will be great in the next life, or we may decline to endure these trials and choose to not conform to the law, then we will be made to regret it in the next life.

    Each person will be solely and completely responsible for their own final reward. We are also told that God has designed these laws to make this life a better, safer, and more tolerable one for us. If we elect to conform to them then we will see the result in this life even before moving on to the next.
    We are told that the earthly life is a life of faith and work, and the next life is one of reward and no work. We have been placed on this earth to worship God, fast, pray, be industrious, good, kind, respectful, and a source of uprightness and morality. We are told that God has no need of our worship. Our worship can not increase the kingdom of God nor add to His power, however, it is in our best interests both in this life and the next that we do.

    Unlike some other religions which claim that God entered in a covenant with a certain group of people and that this group is genetically better than all other human beings, or closer to God, Islam on the other hand teaches that no color, race, tribe, or lineage is better than any other. Islam teaches that all humans are equal in the sight of Allah and that the only thing that can distinguish them in His sight is their piety and worship.

    "O humankind! Verily! We have created you from a male and female, and have made you nations and tribes that you may know one another. Verily! the noblest among you in the sight of Allah is the most God-fearing. Verily! Allah is The Knower, The Aware." The noble Qur'an, Al-Hujrat(49):13.

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  3. why did the rabbi remove his comment?

  4. Assalam-alaikam Az,
    I was curious too as to what the comment said and why it was removed. But then when I followed the link, I wondered if Rabbi Lars Shalom is actually a rabbi at all (I think not)

  5. waleikum assalaam umm salihah, i too followed the link and thought the same. I was left bewildered after reading some of his blog then came to the conclusion that maybe he was not all there!

    on another note i think you are doing a great job with both your blogs, thankyou.