The Great Debate: Women's Rights & Roles in Islam ( Opening Statements - 1 of 3 )

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What is the status of women in Islam? How do the Qur'an view women? Are Muslim Women Oppressed? In a jam packed auditorium at the University of Milwaukee, WI. organized by MSA on Nov. 7, 1992, Aminah Assilmi responds to a series of nationally syndicated anti-Islamic articles "Women of the Veil" by Deborah Scroggins. Sr. Aminah Assilmi spoke on the topic of women's rights and roles in Islam. She described how Islam have given the rights to women 1400 years ago. Muslim history is full with women scholars, educationalist, property owners and business women, all these rights are granted by Islam. She also explained how Hijab is the badge of honor for Muslim women not the symbol of oppression. Representing the Muslim perspective was Sister Aminah Assilmi; Sister Assilmi was a renowned female scholar of Islam she traveled around the United States to give lectures , her personal story had admired hundreds of individuals , she was also President of International Union of Muslim Women, the organization that has many achievements under its belt. She used to be a Southern Baptist, a radical feminist and a broadcast journalist. then she became an ambassador of Islam. Sister Aminah traveled the country speaking on college campuses, increasing public awareness and understanding of the faith. She passed away on the 5th of March 2010 in a tragic automobile accident.. May Allah grant her firdaus, ameen Representing the Christian side was Deborah Scroggins; Deborah is an American journalist and author. A graduate of Tulane University and Columbia University, she was a reporter and editor for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution from 1987 to 1998, Her book Emma's War: An Aid Worker, Radical Islam and the Politics of Oil - A True Story of Love and Death in the Sudan is about Emma McCune, a British aid worker who married Sudanese warlord Riek Machar. It won the 2003 Ron Ridenhour Award for Truth-Telling. Tony Scott plans to direct a film based on the book and initial reports indicated that Nicole Kidman would star as McCune The Topic of Debate: Women's Rights & Roles in Islam Aminah Assilmi (ra) vs. Deborah Scroggins (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA, November 7th, 1992) 

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