Underneath all that pretty prose, she still recites the same old patriarchal mantras that everyone else says.
Oddly, before reading this article I had a conversation about this with my Imam, and he basically completely disagreed with what’s written in this article.
Both men AND women want to be respected AND loved.
To all those suffering from sadness or depression, know that it isn’t your fault. It isn’t because you’re weak. It isn’t because you’re just not grateful enough. It isn’t because you’re just not religious enough. It isn’t because you don’t have enough faith. It isn’t because God is angry with you. To all the well-meaning people who tell you this, just smile. And know deep in your heart that the tests of God come in different forms to different people. And know that, by the help of God, every test can become a tool to get closer to Him. And that, verily, with hardship come ease—and like all things of this world—this too shall pass.
I think that’s why I’m not entirely attracted to her articles. I never got into Oprah Winfrey, and although Yasmin Mogahed’s articles are written for a mass audience, particularly for those in my age group, I just can’t get into it.
I still would recommend her to other people though, since her articles do speak to a lot of Muslims I’ve met.
If you don’t know her here are two of her more popular articles:
1.) Why do people have to leave each other?
2.) Is This Love I’m Feeling?
Lecture on Overcoming Sadness and Depression–Halaqah by Yasmin Mogahed (1 plays)