Let us begin by asking a question, what do you think when we mention the term, Muslim women?
Some individuals have a stereotypical or biased view of this terminology in their minds. Well, it is the truth that some people are oppressed in the world regardless of their gender or race. But Muslim women are a source of immense inspiration for millions of people around the world. Islamic history, as well as the current global sphere, has a lot of stories of Muslim women inspiring people. Here are the top 5 inspiring Muslim women:
1) Anousheh Ansari:
Astronauts represent capability and an immense passion for seeking things beyond our world. Well, did you know that the first-ever self-funded woman that went into space is a Muslim woman? Anousheh Ansari is considered as an ambassador for thousands of Muslim girls who inspire to become astronauts. She was the first Muslim woman to go into space as well and since then has never looked back. She's of Iranian descent and spent days at the International Space Station.
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2) Asma Jahangir:
Asma Jahangir, a Pakistani politician, is a feminist icon for millions of girls around the world, especially Pakistan. She is also an acclaimed lawyer and a human rights activist. Furthermore, she founded an NGO and worked her entire life to elevate people and help them identify their rights.
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3) Ibtihaj Muhammad:
The list for inspiring Muslim women will not do any good if Ibtihaj Muhammad isn't included in it. She became famous for being the first Muslim woman who wore a Hijab in the Olympics. She is a five-time medalist who proves that modesty, values, and sports can go hand in hand. Another interesting fact is that the famous Hijab Barbie is also inspired by Ibtihaj Muhammad. She's a Muslim woman who will continue to inspire millions of women and girls around the world.
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4) Malala Yousafzai:
A feminist icon and loved by people around the world for her heroics in education advocacy. She is the youngest Nobel Prize Winner, achieving this feat at the age of 20. She's been advocating access to education for all girls in Pakistan. Since then, she has a mission that comprises of liberation for women and easy access to education for girls and women.
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5) Mona Haydar:
Mona Hayder is a Syrian American rapper that is shaking it up like a BOSS. Mona Hayder has some pretty great music and hit singles like Wrap My Hijab which puts a smile on your face straight away. The positive messages in her rap, plus the amount of skills showcases how inspiring Muslim women can be.
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6) Rashida Talaib
This American-Palestinian congresswoman made history in 2018 when she became one of the first two Muslim women elected to the United States House of Representatives.
As reported by Vogue in their article, wearing her heritage proudly during the historic ceremony, Rashida Tlaib donned a traditional Palestinian thobe handed down from her mother as she was sworn in on a Qur’an.
Tlaib’s platform talks about environmental and economic justice, along with equal rights for all citizens, especially the ethnically-diverse immigrant population her district is home to.