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We seek to cultivate a community of women who are committed to the growth of themselves and their communities; a community of women who engage meaningfully and sincerely with their histories; a community of women who bravely address the injustices they identify; a community of women who are inspired by conversation, dialogue and debate; and a community of women who are continuously seeking new horizons.
Our name, inspired by Surat Al-Mujadilah (She Who Discourses), intentionally invokes the legacy of Khawla bint Tha’labah, a companion of the Prophet who sought to rectify her improper divorce. Her grievance resulted not only in the revelation of the beginning of Surat Al-Mujadilah, but a change in the laws of divorce that continues to have impact on Islamic law until today.
Khawla embodies the legacy of women in Islam who identify problems and beseech Allah directly for assistance. In the stories of Hajar, Maryam, Asiyah, we witness women who faced seemingly insurmountable challenges, and in their moments of greatest need, implored Allah directly. In each case, their prayers were answered, and their actions left an indelible mark not only on their immediate communities, but on society more broadly.
Building on the rich history of Muslim women's contributions and the dynamic nature of the Islamic intellectual tradition, Al-Mujadilah’s Programming and Events integrate Islam with the contemporary context and the multifaceted needs of women.
This holistic approach to programming facilitates women's self-growth, enhances their capacities, deepens their understanding of the Islamic intellectual tradition, and promotes religious development.