Moderate Muslim Women in the Muslim Society have it hard.
Last Eid got me thinking about the state of Moderate Muslim families / non practicing Muslims particularly women.
We have an Arab mosque close to our house. We drove by it on our way to the traditional Eid lunch with the family. In the mosque courtyard there was some kind of bazaar/activities to celebrate Eid and it was busy with people and children.
Here in Canada Eid is viewed more as a religious affair. Most of the celebrations revolve around mosques and such things. So it makes it really hard for moderate people to participate in such activities.
I would have loved to participate in such events so my kids can feel the sense of community, to soak in the Eid experience that is full of joy for them.
But I was disheartened because even if she was to go, I can be no part of that experience. The combination if woman, no hijab and mosque don’t go together.
Men are allowed to go in mosques anytime and they don’t have to change themselves or hide anything, but I as a woman have to change, my clothes , my demeanor , almost everything to be able to participate. And I am not only talking about going into the mosque itself, I am talking about any activities organized by a religious entity.
Moderate Muslim women can be no part of such activities.
It’s hard for me to understand or define what is it to be an accepted moderate muslim woman. Does it mean you have to wear the hijab but not practice? Does it mean you do not wear the hijab but you practice. Or is it to be aware of the teachings but not practice or wear the hijab?
It’s harder for a woman to be moderate because while a man can hide his religion inside him, in his heart, the woman has to have it on public display.
What are your thoughts?