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54 Powerful Tweets Explaining What It Means To Be An Empowered Muslim Woman

"#EmpoweredMuslimWomen define themselves. They don't need you to define them."

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Last week, Sabina Khan-Ibarra, creator of the website Muslimah Montage, where Muslim women meet to "share stories about their triumphs, influences, and aspirations," tweeted this:

I want to have tweet party #empoweredmuslimwomen, what do you all think? discuss its importance @aishacs @jazobair @Faineemae @Muslim_Fems

Sabina Khan-Ibarra@MuslimahMontage

I want to have tweet party #empoweredmuslimwomen, what do you all think? discuss its importance @aishacs @jazobair @Faineemae @Muslim_Fems

06:56 PM - 26 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

She built awareness and hype for it all week:

#empoweredmuslimwomen tweet party coming soon, watch out for it! :)

Sabina Khan-Ibarra@MuslimahMontage

#empoweredmuslimwomen tweet party coming soon, watch out for it! :)

06:58 PM - 26 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And recruited outspoken Muslim women to help:

YA author @aishacs and founder of @ComingofFaith @lulainlife will be helping Mulimah Montage moderate #empoweredmuslimwomen tweet party! :)

Sabina Khan-Ibarra@MuslimahMontage

YA author @aishacs and founder of @ComingofFaith @lulainlife will be helping Mulimah Montage moderate #empoweredmuslimwomen tweet party! :)

08:59 PM - 26 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Are you joining us for the ultimate #Twitterparty on Tues March 4 @ 11 am PST? @MuslimahMontage #EmpoweredMuslimWomen http://t.co/0C22y15tF0

Brown Girl Magazine@BrownGirlMag

Are you joining us for the ultimate #Twitterparty on Tues March 4 @ 11 am PST? @MuslimahMontage #EmpoweredMuslimWomen http://t.co/0C22y15tF0

11:15 AM - 3 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Look fwd to HT convo #empoweredmuslimwomen Tuesday at 2pmEST @MuslimahMontage: Read about #EmpoweredMuslimWomen http://t.co/8oj5Tu69Oc

Aisha Saeed@aishacs

Look fwd to HT convo #empoweredmuslimwomen Tuesday at 2pmEST @MuslimahMontage: Read about #EmpoweredMuslimWomen http://t.co/8oj5Tu69Oc

11:49 PM - 2 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Finally, on Tuesday afternoon, Sabina kicked off the #EmpoweredMuslimWomen conversation with some important questions:

What is the definition of 𠇎mpowered”? empowerment means to different things to women from different backgrounds. #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

Sabina Khan-Ibarra@MuslimahMontage

What is the definition of 𠇎mpowered”? empowerment means to different things to women from different backgrounds. #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

02:00 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

What are some of the issues that arise with talk of empowering women? #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

Aisha Saeed@aishacs

What are some of the issues that arise with talk of empowering women? #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

03:00 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And the internet was eager to respond. At one point, #EmpoweredMuslimWomen was trending in the United States.

So... @buonasahra and @Faineemae are responsible for trending #EmpoweredMuslimWomen in America. I should know as a robot.

Who Trended it ?@WhoTrendedIT

So... @buonasahra and @Faineemae are responsible for trending #EmpoweredMuslimWomen in America. I should know as a robot.

02:51 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

As is common in social justice conversations, those whose power was being threatened showed up to troll and derail the conversation.

Gave her the opportunity to find me a second wife. #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

Jibby@JibbyD

Gave her the opportunity to find me a second wife. #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

04:12 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

She asked for a new hot pot. I bought her a new dinner set too. #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

Zain Bin Imran@ChocolateCharsi

She asked for a new hot pot. I bought her a new dinner set too.
#EmpoweredMuslimWomen

04:07 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I bought her a fully automatic washing machine cause I care about her delicate soft hands #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

Saad@msaadkb

I bought her a fully automatic washing machine cause I care about her delicate soft hands #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

04:25 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#EmpoweredMuslimWomen have the power to switch the cooker on and off as and when they please.

Sohail@Soha1l

#EmpoweredMuslimWomen have the power to switch the cooker on and off as and when they please.

04:24 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Cooking is a job and should be paid for regardless off the taste. WE WANT HIGHER WAGES! #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

B. A. D(ouche)@TheGutterfly

Cooking is a job and should be paid for regardless off the taste. WE WANT HIGHER WAGES! #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

04:13 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

But their voices were quickly quelled by the thousands of intelligent and thoughtful women tweeting to empower one-another. Here are some of the most insightful and thought-provoking tweets from #EmpoweredMuslimWomen.

1.

If you have a voice, you have power. Empowerment is when you use your voice to elevate the voices of those unheard. #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

Mubnii Morshed@mubnii

If you have a voice, you have power. Empowerment is when you use your voice to elevate the voices of those unheard. #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

04:42 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

2.

We need to also create a space where LGBTQ Muslim women are welcomed, their voices matter too. #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

Arnesa@_arnesa_

We need to also create a space where LGBTQ Muslim women are welcomed, their voices matter too. #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

03:31 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

3.

Before passing away, my Bangladeshi grandfather prayed that my mother would have all daughters. I'm one of three. #empoweredmuslimwomen

Namira@NI0987

Before passing away, my Bangladeshi grandfather prayed that my mother would have all daughters. I'm one of three. #empoweredmuslimwomen

03:27 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

4.

#EmpoweredMuslimWomen would rather have their mind opened by wonder and love than have one closed by belief and power.

ilana alazzeh@OccupiedMuslim

#EmpoweredMuslimWomen would rather have their mind opened by wonder and love than have one closed by belief and power.

04:37 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

5.

#EmpoweredMuslimWomen To be fully empowered, women have to take power for themselves. Lead by example!

Nadia Ali@NadiaAlie

#EmpoweredMuslimWomen To be fully empowered, women have to take power for themselves. Lead by example!

02:25 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

6.

You telling me music is haram is a reason for me to teach lots of #EmpoweredMuslimWomen to produce art, perform, kick ass & claim narrative

Rajae El Mouhandiz@rajae

You telling me music is haram is a reason for me to teach lots of #EmpoweredMuslimWomen to produce art, perform, kick ass & claim narrative

04:40 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

7.

#EmpoweredMuslimWomen don't need men to speak for them but we're here to help if asked and needed.

Wajahat Ali@WajahatAli

#EmpoweredMuslimWomen don't need men to speak for them but we're here to help if asked and needed.

04:31 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

8.

Telling me I get street harassed bc I don't wear the hijab? No I get street harassed bc men are pigs. #EmpoweredMuslimWomen #Harassmentis

Maureen@maureen_ahmed

Telling me I get street harassed bc I don't wear the hijab? No I get street harassed bc men are pigs.

#EmpoweredMuslimWomen #Harassmentis

04:31 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

9.

Stop worrying abt non-Muslim gaze & "dirty laundry"-more honest, open, intrafaith conversations only make us stronger #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

Ayesha Mattu@Ayesha_Mattu

Stop worrying abt non-Muslim gaze & "dirty laundry"-more honest, open, intrafaith conversations only make us stronger #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

04:35 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

10.

We aren't meant to be anything less than kickass heroes in every sense of the word. It's in our history. #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

Laila Alawa@lulainlife

We aren't meant to be anything less than kickass heroes in every sense of the word. It's in our history. #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

04:35 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

11.

So proud to come from a long line of #EmpoweredMuslimWomen who ran households, raised generations and stood strong in the face of adversity

Nur Amer@NurAmer

So proud to come from a long line of #EmpoweredMuslimWomen who ran households, raised generations and stood strong in the face of adversity

04:29 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

12.

#EmpoweredMuslimWomen I don't need you talking about the hijab to me, especially if you're a man. Know your place!

Halima@Amilah09

#EmpoweredMuslimWomen I don't need you talking about the hijab to me, especially if you're a man. Know your place!

04:28 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

13.

#EmpoweredMuslimWomen don't wait for permission before speaking.

Taz Ahmed@TazzyStar

#EmpoweredMuslimWomen don't wait for permission before speaking.

04:26 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

14.

Wearing hijab does not turn each of my normal daily activities (jogging, working) into acts of dissent/courage. #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

Pearl B. Lawrence@PearlBLawrence

Wearing hijab does not turn each of my normal daily activities (jogging, working) into acts of dissent/courage. #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

04:26 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

15.

#EmpoweredMuslimWomen define themselves. They don't need you to define them.

Zahraa@loredsaviour

#EmpoweredMuslimWomen define themselves. They don't need you to define them.

04:24 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

16.

#EmpoweredMuslimWomen come from different backgrounds and are united. Hijab or no hijab, we matter.

Halima@Amilah09

#EmpoweredMuslimWomen come from different backgrounds and are united. Hijab or no hijab, we matter.

04:24 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

17.

Making a living doing what I want and supporting the causes I care about #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

Katie Miranda@KatieMirandaArt

Making a living doing what I want and supporting the causes I care about #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

04:23 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

18.

#EmpoweredMuslimWomen does not have a "look." Is not an "oxymoron." Is not a "sensation." Is not an "oddity."

Raquel E Saraswati@RaquelEvita

#EmpoweredMuslimWomen does not have a "look." Is not an "oxymoron." Is not a "sensation." Is not an "oddity."

04:22 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

19.

Anticipating a day when 'Empowerment' and 'Muslim Women' in the same sentence/ hashtag - is redundant. #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

Tasneem Chopra@TasChop

Anticipating a day when 'Empowerment' and 'Muslim Women' in the same sentence/ hashtag - is redundant. #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

04:22 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

20.

#EmpoweredMuslimWomen are subject to hostility from all sides. Our strength comes from within, our power from above. We will not be deterred

Raquel E Saraswati@RaquelEvita

#EmpoweredMuslimWomen are subject to hostility from all sides. Our strength comes from within, our power from above. We will not be deterred

04:21 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

21.

We will not allow the media to represent our men like terrorists & us like victims nor will we stay quiet about sexism #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

~@AncientEmpress

We will not allow the media to represent our men like terrorists & us like victims nor will we stay quiet about sexism #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

03:21 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

22.

I love baking. I also love dismantling institutions of oppression. Get at me. #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

Zahraa@loredsaviour

I love baking. I also love dismantling institutions of oppression. Get at me. #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

04:16 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

23.

My mom, a once devout Baptist, served as a volunteer principal, teacher, cook & janitor of our Islamic Sunday school #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

Mohammed Shamma@mohammed_shamma

My mom, a once devout Baptist, served as a volunteer principal, teacher, cook & janitor of our Islamic Sunday school #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

04:14 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

24.

Whether you wear a burqa, niqab, hijab or are uncovered - #EmpoweredMuslimWomen come in all shades, sizes and levels of religiosity

Linda Sarsour@lsarsour

Whether you wear a burqa, niqab, hijab or are uncovered - #EmpoweredMuslimWomen come in all shades, sizes and levels of religiosity

04:13 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

25.

#EmpoweredMuslimWomen knowing that the Muslim Woman is not homogeneous and the "ideal" standards are arbitrary in addition to misogynistic

Nadoosh@UmAlMa7rama

#EmpoweredMuslimWomen knowing that the Muslim Woman is not homogeneous and the "ideal" standards are arbitrary in addition to misogynistic

04:13 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

26.

When I say this my choice--believe me or get the fuck out. #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

Pearl B. Lawrence@PearlBLawrence

When I say this my choice--believe me or get the fuck out. #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

04:12 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

27.

Some call me bossy, I think it's more that I am part of a large group of #EmpoweredMuslimWomen and you can't handle it.

Linda Sarsour@lsarsour

Some call me bossy, I think it's more that I am part of a large group of #EmpoweredMuslimWomen and you can't handle it.

04:11 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

28.

#EmpoweredMuslimWomen know that body-positivity and self-care are key to creating a world without ableism

ilana alazzeh@OccupiedMuslim

#EmpoweredMuslimWomen know that body-positivity and self-care are key to creating a world without ableism

04:08 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

29.

Anything but one-dimensional stereotypes you see on TV, #EmpoweredMuslimWomen are your colleagues & classmates, CEO's & elected officials

Khaled Bey@KhaledBeydoun

Anything but one-dimensional stereotypes you see on TV, #EmpoweredMuslimWomen are your colleagues & classmates, CEO's & elected officials

05:41 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

30.

We are journalists, lawyers, doctors, teachers. Nuff said. #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

Pearl B. Lawrence@PearlBLawrence

We are journalists, lawyers, doctors, teachers. Nuff said. #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

04:07 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

31.

I want to see mosques that allow men and women to pray side-by-side & allow women to give sermons and lead prayer #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

Mohammed Shamma@mohammed_shamma

I want to see mosques that allow men and women to pray side-by-side & allow women to give sermons and lead prayer #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

04:05 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

32.

#EmpoweredMuslimWomen know that when our voices shake against oppression that's when we need to speak and act the loudest

ilana alazzeh@OccupiedMuslim

#EmpoweredMuslimWomen know that when our voices shake against oppression that's when we need to speak and act the loudest

04:05 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

33.

Creating an open and accepting environment for young girls to be themselves, not being told what to do #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

pellattyl3@pellattyl3

Creating an open and accepting environment for young girls to be themselves, not being told what to do #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

03:59 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

34.

#EmpoweredMuslimWomen are not threatened by the way other women-ppl dress whether naked, hijab, jilbab, niqab, mini skirt or short sleeves.

ilana alazzeh@OccupiedMuslim

#EmpoweredMuslimWomen are not threatened by the way other women-ppl dress whether naked, hijab, jilbab, niqab, mini skirt or short sleeves.

03:59 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

35.

Sit where you want to sit. Pray where you want to pray. Lead the conversation. Create your space #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

Faeza@FaezaMoghul

Sit where you want to sit. Pray where you want to pray. Lead the conversation. Create your space #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

03:30 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

36.

The person who created the first ever university was a muslim woman. #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

~@AncientEmpress

The person who created the first ever university was a muslim woman. #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

03:49 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

37.

News Flash to the world: Being a woman and a Muslim does not mean you are or destined to be oppressed. #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

Ahmed Kadry@AhmedKadry

News Flash to the world: Being a woman and a Muslim does not mean you are or destined to be oppressed. #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

03:45 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

38.

I tell my own stories since I can't find me in media. #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

A Crafty Arab@acraftyarab

I tell my own stories since I can't find me in media. #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

04:23 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

39.

#EmpoweredMuslimWomen can rock the abaya like a superwoman's cape, and today's hottest fashions right underneath it, or alone. #werk

Drost Kokoye@drostk

#EmpoweredMuslimWomen can rock the abaya like a superwoman's cape, and today's hottest fashions right underneath it, or alone. #werk

03:29 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

40.

#EmpoweredMuslimWomen Acceptin that my values may be different from those of others.Nevertheless our values are important to us individually

Nadia Ali@NadiaAlie

#EmpoweredMuslimWomen Acceptin that my values may be different from those of others.Nevertheless our values are important to us individually

03:32 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

41.

We need role models for our young girls, so be that role model. #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

~@AncientEmpress

We need role models for our young girls, so be that role model. #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

03:26 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

42.

Communities must acknowledge the potential for growth and prosperity that can be achieved when women are included #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

Nadia Ali@NadiaAlie

Communities must acknowledge the potential for growth and prosperity that can be achieved when women are included #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

03:20 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

43.

The MW I know are educated, intelligent, outspoken, devout, accepting, kind, supporting, strong, witty & snarky. #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

Arnesa@_arnesa_

The MW I know are educated, intelligent, outspoken, devout, accepting, kind, supporting, strong, witty & snarky. #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

03:19 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

44.

Professions of a few of my female cousins in Bangladesh: three doctors, an engineer, a professor, a fashion designer. #empoweredmuslimwomen

Namira@NI0987

Professions of a few of my female cousins in Bangladesh: three doctors, an engineer, a professor, a fashion designer. #empoweredmuslimwomen

03:15 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

45.

Prophet Muhammad(PBUH)"The most perfect in faith amongst believers is he who is best in manners & kindest to his wife"#EmpoweredMuslimWomen

Hasnia Bekkadja@bekkadjah91

Prophet Muhammad(PBUH)"The most perfect in faith amongst believers is he who is best in manners & kindest to his wife"#EmpoweredMuslimWomen

03:10 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

46.

We've to understand that empowerment may mean different things for different women. #empoweredmuslimwomen

Nadia Ali@NadiaAlie

We've to understand that empowerment may mean different things for different women. #empoweredmuslimwomen

03:08 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

47.

Being empowered means being authentic. Childless by choice not circumstance is a non-issue. Respect different views. #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

Farida@adiraf

Being empowered means being authentic. Childless by choice not circumstance is a non-issue. Respect different views. #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

03:02 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

48.

The three most populous Muslim-majority countries have had women as leaders: Indonesia, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

Namira@NI0987

The three most populous Muslim-majority countries have had women as leaders: Indonesia, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

02:59 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

49.

#EmpoweredMuslimWomen comes from accepting our sisters and supporting them, not tearing each other down.

Sarah@buonasahra

#EmpoweredMuslimWomen comes from accepting our sisters and supporting them, not tearing each other down.

02:55 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

50.

Support other sisters, we are not competitors, a door opening for one is a door opening for all #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

Ainee Fatima@Faineemae

Support other sisters, we are not competitors, a door opening for one is a door opening for all #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

02:10 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

51.

Black Muslims exist. LGBTQ Muslims exist. Gender non-conforming Muslims exist. Their voices cannot be ignored #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

Zahraa@loredsaviour

Black Muslims exist. LGBTQ Muslims exist. Gender non-conforming Muslims exist. Their voices cannot be ignored #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

02:48 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

52.

Muslim men are so afraid of 'Muslim feminists' because they KNOW that their sexism isn't allowed in Islam. #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

~@AncientEmpress

Muslim men are so afraid of 'Muslim feminists' because they KNOW that their sexism isn't allowed in Islam. #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

02:50 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

53.

Transgendered sisters are ignored, shunned, denied resources and sometimes even basic human dignity. Let's fix that. #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

Eman.@emaaanc

Transgendered sisters are ignored, shunned, denied resources and sometimes even basic human dignity. Let's fix that. #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

02:47 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

54.

I'm not Muslim, and it's so valuable to hear #EmpoweredMuslimWomen talk about THEMSELVES instead of being talked about like they always are.

mama shaw@aquariumguns

I'm not Muslim, and it's so valuable to hear #EmpoweredMuslimWomen talk about THEMSELVES instead of being talked about like they always are.

02:44 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

At the time of writing, hundreds of tweets are still being added to the hashtag.

The Party is coming to an end but the conversation is not. Too much to say about #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

Sabina Khan-Ibarra@MuslimahMontage

The Party is coming to an end but the conversation is not. Too much to say about #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

03:24 PM - 4 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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