The message of the Qu'ran is one of freedom, not one of enslavement. It condemns those who fail to listen, to see and to speak out.
Dr. Amina Wadud critiqued that my recent blog only contained male voices. This is a legitimate criticism. I had the title changed to include the word "male." In a similar vein, I'd like to highlight ten Muslim women, who face huge resistance for pushing boundaries.
Recently, Dr. Amina Wadud was in a social media controversy when people started commenting on her 2013 blog post accusing her of blasphemy against the Prophet Abraham. Such are often opportunities for zealous masses to prove their Muslim credentials.
In 2005, Muslim scholar Dr. Amina Wadud led Friday prayers despite bomb threats. Curiously, 12 years later, a Muslim consultant, Yasmin Mogahed, invoked consensus that men should lead prayers and that women should stop mimicking men.
Recently, reports surfaced of an Islamic book sold in a Toronto store that contained advice on disciplining one's wife. The book caused an outrage within the Canadian Muslim community. Despite the Qur'anic text on disciplining disobedient wives, it seems that an overwhelming majority of Muslim leaders had rendered the command obsolete. Many faithful Muslims struggle with the Qur'anic verses on women including those that prescribe twice the inheritance share to men and equate the testimony of two women to one man. Several of my religiously observant friends have privately expressed that they would have rejected such prescriptions had they come from a human Imam rather than the Divine Qur'anic text. However, my friends are neither the first nor the only ones to have a "crisis of conscience."