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Letter to the Editor: Muhammad the feminist

on January 17, 2014 10:20 AM

Muslims all around the world are celebrating the birthday of the prophet Muhammad.

As an Ahmadi Muslim, I’d like to use this historic date to clear up one of the prevailing misconceptions about Islam and shed light on the Holy Prophet’s noble character.

Growing up with three older sisters, I consider myself to be a feminist. Being a Muslim, however, I realize some consider the two to be mutually exclusive. But contrary to popular belief, the prophet Muhammad was a feminist himself.

The Holy Prophet himself stated, “The best among you is one who treats his wife best” and “Paradise lies under the feet of mothers.” Finally, he even promised paradise to those who raised their daughters properly and with kindness.

The prophet Muhammad practiced his preaching and led by example. His compassionate teaching on the treatment of women as a means to dispel misconceptions is crucial on such a historic day.

Yahya Tariq

Indiana

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