Join Our Second Annual #ThankfulForMuslimWomen Campaign!

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This season of gratitude and thanksgiving is always a wonderful time of year to reflect on everything you are thankful for: your job, your home and health, your family and friends, the great things you accomplished in 2018, the things you learned, the places you were able to travel, or even the books you were able to read.

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We are often so used to giving thanks for the material items that we possess, or the things we find comfortable and familiar, but it’s also important to be grateful for the people who have helped to positively shape the world around you in one way or another; even if you do not belong to their religious community.

It’s important to note that recent years have been difficult for many Muslim women around the globe, due to the rise of Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hate crimes. Throughout the month of November, many people in the United States and abroad will focus on showing their gratitude, counting their blessings and giving back to their communities. Last year, when we were formerly known as Middle East Collective, we created the hashtag #ThankfulForMuslimWomen in order to give thanks to the many inspirational Muslim women everyone can look up to, and to show how Muslim women have been prevalently shaping our society.

When we think about intelligent, creative and interesting Muslim women we often picture women such as Fatima al-Fihri, who founded the world’s oldest university in Morocco; or Prophet Muhammad’s wife Khadija, who was a successful merchant and the first convert to Islam; or Iranian-American Anousheh Ansari, who became the first Muslim woman to travel to space. As you can see, Muslim women passionately contributing a plethora of knowledge and wealth to our international communities is not a new phenomenon.

During this month of thanksgiving, when you’re sitting down with your family and friends, take some time to reflect on how much Muslim doctors, lawyers, teachers, students, activists, and artists have given back to our societies; despite the backlash they have received for their religious beliefs, garb, and practices.

Try talking with your family and friends about the issues Muslim women face, and why non-Muslims should support them. Build a dialogue with your loved ones and explain why you are thankful for the Muslim women in your community. Express why we should share our sentiments, and our gratefulness for their valuable contributions, with others during this month of gratitude.

You can begin doing so by sharing this post on social media and tagging the Muslim women you’re thankful for. Even if you do not have any friends or colleagues who are Muslim, you can still show your support by spreading news of the #ThankfulForMuslimWomen campaign.

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It is important that we convey our gratitude to those who have contributed so amply to our international communities. Thank you for your interest in Ruman Project and we hope you will join us in showing your appreciation!