In February, #JamalKhashoggi kindly shared the Arabic version of an oped I wrote for Washington Post about #MosqueMeToo which I started for Muslim women to talk about sexual harassment and assault in Sacred spaces, including Hajj in Makkah, #Saudi Arabia
Immediately after Jamal shared my column, i was inundated with one of the worst and most coordinated attacks by #Saudi regime trolls I have ever experienced. For days. It was a window into how much shit he and other Saudis who are critical got and continue to get.
Also, fyi, Neelofa and Vivy Yusof are not muslimah icons for empowerment. Successful and smart business women, yes, symbol of empowerment or muslimah icon, no. Lemme show u a list of muslim women who have inspired me and I think are actual icons of empowerment.
1. Fatima Mernissi (Sept '40-Nov 2015), muslim feminist and sociologist who questioned the role of muslim women in Islam, the lack of democracy in the succession of Islam, separating the structures of Islamic governments from what Islam actually teaches. Defo my feminist idol.
2. Zainah Anwar, one bold Muslim woman who basically asked, why are syariah courts in Malaysia treating women like crap? What kind of Islam are they practicing? Also the woman boss enough to wave her hand to prove a point to Nazri Aziz in front of photographers.