photo by Lynsey Addario (Afghanistan / December 16, 2001)
since the fall of the Taliban and the subsequent loosening up of restrictions for women in Afghanistan, many women came out in public for the first time to pray at the mosque, rather than in their homes.
as a Muslim woman, whenever I hear or see prejudiced and unjust cultural, superstitious or political practices being carried out at a Muslim household, I am always inclined to say, “that is not Islam, that is Culture…” which is true – but let me tell you why saying this does not fix the problem, AT ALL. instead, it serves as a fleeting plaster and does very little to nothing to address and/or fix the concern which is being raised. Continue Reading