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Habib Ali al-Jifri addressing Women’s Rights in US and UK Muslim Communities

Habib Ali al-Jifri, a Yemeni Muslim scholar, emphasized the importance of engaging in constructive, serious action to address the problem of abuse against women in Muslim communities in the Western world rather than merely making grand statements about ideals:

“Abuse of women and [even] sexual assault against women has become common in our communities…Enough of this talk that ‘Islam gave the women her rights’ and Islam empowers women. Yes, certainly Islam as a religion has done all that. But this is not the primary question of concern. The real question is, if Islam has indeed done this, then why have Muslims in our own time failed to implement this in society? Why has the language of women’s rights been only employed by Muslims as a way of countering narratives and in grand speeches or in apologetics? Place yourself in the position of an abused woman. When she comes to you seeking help, O Muslim, all she hears you do is speak about how great Islam has been for women’s rights. But when she goes to the human rights organizations, she finds that they actually defend her and assist her.”–Shaykh Habib Ali al-Jifri

(taken from a longer speech: