The ‘Press and Media’ team is a part of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Association UK – aka Lajna UK. In today’s world, there are many misconceptions surrounding our faith. Does Islam give women equal rights? Does it promote hatred and division? Is it a threat to the modern world? In order to contribute to the dialogue on Islam, we make use of all the digital age has to offer, from Twitter to Instagram, from blogs to interviews, and break down the negative image of Muslim women and Islamic dress that pervades the mainstream media. In doing so, we look to the true, peaceful teachings of Islam and denounce all forms of extremism.
Muavina Sadr for Press & Media
Mrs Shermeen Butt
We promote the work of other departments within Lajna via regional Twitter accounts and local press, and highlight national events of the Community. Overall, our work is one of Jihad, Jihad of the pen. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community was founded in 1889 by the one we consider to be the Promised Messiah and Imam of the Age, who prescribed a ‘Jihad of the Pen’ to defend and articulate the beautiful teachings of Islam and the personage of its Noble Founder.
In this connection, our worldwide spiritual head, the Fifth Successor to the Promised Messiah, His Holiness Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V said in an address to Ahmadi Muslim women, “It is the job of every woman today to become Umme Ammaarah ؓ and respond to every allegation made against the person of the Holy Prophet SAW and Islam and thus try to fulfil her obligations towards the defence of his person and Islam.”
Umme Ammaarah ؓwas one of the many brilliant female Companions of the Holy Prophet SAW, whose courage and passion we are being encouraged to foster.
HIGHLIGHTS IN THE PAST THREE YEARS
A dedicated campaign was planned and put into action for International Women’s Day in March 2019; a series of graphics were posted across all three platforms with the theme of “Muhammad, the Liberator of Women”.
The Lajna Press and Media team are active every Jalsa Salana. From inviting journalists to giving interviews, our Jalsa work is key to what we do and Jalsa Salana 2018 was a highlight year for us.
A few days after the Westminster Bridge attack a vigil was arranged by Women’s March UK on Sunday 26th March 2017 at which members of the press and media team, Shermeen Butt, Sarah Waseem, Saadiyya Khan, Tooba Khokhar, and Ayesha Malik took part alongside Dr Fariha Khan, her young daughters and five other Lajna members.
In January 2016, the then Prime Minister David Cameron commented on the “traditional submissiveness of Muslim women” in the context of radicalisation. His comments were met with a flurry of responses from members of the Press and Media team whose letters to editors and articles on the Lajna blog spoke up for Muslim women.