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
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 diverse group of over 450 women came together at the 12th Annual Peace Symposium held by Lajna
Ima’illah, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Association UK, on Sunday 11th June to celebrate and further the
journey women have made towards achieving a more equitable and empowering society for women, following
the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Association is also
celebrating its centenary year since its establishment in 1922.
The Voice of British Muslim Women Podcast, a feature of our blogsite, is the Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Association UK’s official podcast. Here, we discuss the different aspects of faith and womanhood in the context of living here in Britain. We aim to examine and interrogate what it means to be a Muslim woman living in the 21st Century with guests ranging from many professional backgrounds and spheres of life.
Available on our website www.voiceofbritishmuslimwomen.co.uk and now on Soundcloud!
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, 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.