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Sabina Iqbal featured in The Times: Most Powerful Muslim Women in Britain

Photo credit: Jude Edginton, The Times

The Times has a feature on the Meet the 13 Most Powerful Muslim Women in Britain. The article features Sabina Iqbal, chair and founder of Deaf Parenting UK:

Sabina Iqbal, 33, chair/founder Deaf Parenting UK

“Being Muslim and deaf makes me a unique role model for other Asian deaf women. Many Muslim people are very ignorant about deafness; it is like a taboo. But my family and my husband’s family helped me a lot. I went to a school for the deaf where the support was fine, but when I went to college it was appalling. I almost had a breakdown. But I always had to prove wrong those patronising people who thought, ‘Ah, you’re deaf, you can’t do this.’ My parents treated me and my brothers equally; they were great.

“Being Muslim is part of my identity, the same as being deaf and being a woman. What I wear is about individual choice. I don’t wear a headscarf, but I make sure that I look respectable. I don’t wear anything too revealing. You never really see deaf women in the Muslim community working their way up the ladder, so for me to say, ‘Yes, I’m deaf and I’m a Muslim,’ is very empowering.”

Congratulations to Sabina. Good to see some positive press for Deaf Muslims, and celebration of a bottom up initiative.

See also:
Muslims in a Deaf World

Muslim Women Power List 2009
Meet the 13 most powerful Muslim women in Britain
Deaf Parenting UK
Deaf Muslims
Muslim Deaf Group (UK)
Gallaudet - The Deaf Muslim Experience: Education and Islam
Deafness About: Deaf Muslims

Comments (3)

Great, now you're Deaf dhimmis. Just what we needed: more dhimmis. Submit to your new masters.

@Infidel Deaf - your comment does nothing but attack Muslims and provocative. The article was just about Muslim women who've made a great contribution to life in the UK. Not even sure why you've dragged in a legal system here, which our jurisprudence does not subscribe to. Granted there has been some debate for the place of Sharia law within say a tribunal set up, but with any tribunal, parties are not compelled to use as a means of dispute solving.

And it is not for me to pass comment on other countries' legal systems; for me to do so would be arrogant, at best. The same should go for you, as an American (the location of your IP address).

Its interesting you or anyone else has not made a similar comment, when I've say blogged about a man who has achieved. Feminist jurisprudence will attest that we subscribe to a male dominated legal system (in the UK, US, etc), and within this how women are oppressed. cf. how crime is treated in law and the defence of provocation. I as a female, could have something to say about ....!

And for the record, I'm not Muslim but I'm not going to stand back and watch someone stirring hatred for the sake of it.

well said Alison!!!!!

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