Sorry girls I could not continue with business as usual after reading Jessica Aisha’s article "Stop acting so oppressed: a message to my sisters". Her article got me thinking, I felt that she was crying out loud for us to take action. And this question kept popping in my mind all the time ‘what can I do to help?’
I started to analyse the situation and realized it was no different to Rosa Parks’s plight.
After her arrest, Parks act of defiance became an icon of the Civil Rights Movement and an International icon of resistance to racial segregation.
Though she suffered hardships as a result of her defiance, she stated in her book ‘Quiet Strength’ "Our mistreatment was just not right, and I was tired of it. I kept thinking about my mother and my grandparents, and how strong they were. I knew there was a possibility of being mistreated, but an opportunity was being given to me to do what I had asked of others."
Today, the present Rosa is a Muslim Women. The discrimination has moved from blacks to Muslims. In particular Muslim Women targeted by Nazi and Apartheid mindset individuals working for our governments and public institutions.
We need to stand-up like Rosa Parks. We can no longer sit and watch our active and educated sisters subjected to this sort of discrimination. We need to change these Nazi Apartheid rules in order to protect and make us equal citizens, regardless of race and religion.
If your taxes are funding public institutions, facilities and salaries of civil servants, then why are you accepting or watching this mistreatment and injustice on women?
We need to end this outrageous racism against citizens, whose sole crime is clothing differently.
Allah Almighty says in the Holy Quran:
“Allah will not change what is in any nation, until they all collectively make a change occur in what is in themselves.” (Ar Rad 13:11)
Obviously you and I cannot do it alone, as the problem has spread in various countries. We need collective support to make change. We can start by gathering together on sisterswhoblog network or Facebook and brainstorm. We need strategies and ideas that will help us lift these discriminatory bans and preserve equal rights and freedom for all citizens.
If you have the courage to stand-up for your rights like Rosa in a smart and civil manner please join us, and spread the word.
Join us on facebook or sisterswhoblog network. Choose whichever platform you’re comfortable with and Support Muslim Rosa.
May Allah Almighty rest Rosa Parks’s soul in heavenly peace and incite in you her courage, Ameen :)
Images and reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosa_Parks