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Tunisia : A Campaign: Equal inheritance for Muslim women

Sunday 9 September 2018, by siawi3

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Campaign: Equal inheritance for Muslim women

September 6, 2018

Attention: Muslim faith-based, faith inspired, human rights organizations, institutions, religious and community leaders, and scholars of Islam.

Salaam,

Apparently, Tunisia has not finished with its revolution!

Recently a committee was formed at the request of the Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, COLIBE, and they have published a list of recommendations, and one of which we are building a campaign around is on equal inheritance for women and men. We at Alliance of Inclusive Muslims (AIM) think, if successful, Tunisia will be the beacon of hope for many of us advocates of human rights, particularly, women’s rights in Muslim societies, and as such, we think it is important to show our solidarity of this effort. Traditional and conservative Muslims have argued that this issue of inheritance have been settled 1400 years ago. But, 1400 years ago women didn’t have to work, and if they did, families could afford to not dip into the women’s income. In the 21st century, it takes two house hold incomes to support the family, and in some societies, women are the sole-bread winners! To use "ijtihad" for the purpose of a just society is what the Qur’an calls on us to do and to live by. It is about time we live up to these ideals of justice.

Below is a letter to President Essebsi, which we have confirmation it will be read by the President. We will also be working our media and social networks for maximum visibility. If you agree, please sign on to this letter by September 21st, 2018. We hope the two weeks will give you enough time to consult with your Board, Executive team and members of your community.

We hope you will share this letter and ask your network of organizations to sign on as well. We also hope you will participate in the video testimonial campaign. Please see details below.

And, if you are of Muslim heritage and concerned with human rights issues, please join our network Alliance of Inclusive Muslims at https://aim.ngo/

Sincerely,

AIM Board


Letter to the President of Tunisia

Your Excellency Mr. Beji Caid Essebsi President of the Republic of Tunisia,

The Alliance of Inclusive Muslims (AIM), and the undersigned organizations and individuals from across Muslim societies, full-heartedly support and praise Tunisia for the report of COLIBE and its recommendations, particularly on equality of inheritance between men and women, that are aligned with gender equality and universal human rights principles.

By doing so you have taken a strong lead in the Muslim world and will encourage Muslims around the world to follow in instituting political and juridical reform, and adopting a form of Islam that more accurately reflects the principles of al ‘adÄ lah (justice) and al maslaḥah (social needs). It is important to protect women from economic disadvantages and empower them to contribute fully in the human, political, social, economic, and cultural development of the society, shoulder to shoulder with men.

We fully understand the challenges that Muslim-majority countries face in implementing democratic reforms, especially in matters pertaining to women in Islam. Reforms will not be effective without public awareness; they must go hand in hand with amplifying counter narratives through education, thereby breaking long-held mindsets promoted by fundamentalist individuals and groups.

We condemn the negative and hateful campaign against the members of COLIBE by those who claim to speak in the name of Islam. Islam, after all, does not promote injustice and discrimination. We affirm that Tunisia does not stand alone; like-minded community and religious leaders, academics and civil societies around the world can formally assist in counter-narrative initiatives. This includes developing fiqh al mu’aṣirah al taqaddumiah (progressive Islamic jurisprudence) and educating the general public and vulnerable groups with an intersectional Islamic understanding of gender equality and universal human rights values.

We applaud the exemplary progressive steps Tunisia has taken and wish for other Muslim-majority countries to quickly follow suit. With these positive developments in Tunisia, we hope your country be granted with consistent political, social, economic stability and prosperity. We would be very pleased to work with Tunisia on strategies to ensure that the recommendations made by COLIBE come to fruition.

Respectfully,

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كوالا لامبور10 سبتمبر2018

٠خامة الرئيس الباجي قائد السبسي، رئيس الجمهورية التونسية

نكتب إليكم بالنيابة عن منظمة تحال٠المسلمين الغير اقصائيين (AIM) ، والأ٠راد والمنظمات من الموقعين والموقعات من مختل٠المجتمعات الإسلامية.

إن الموقعين والموقعات على هذه الرسالة، وبعد دراسة متأنية لتقرير لجنة الحريات ال٠ردية والمساواة وتوصياتها، ولا سيما بشأن المساواة ٠ي الميراث بين الرجال والنساء ، يعلنون عن دعمهم وتأييدهم وثنائهم لتونس لإطلاقها قوانين وسياسات تتماشى مع مبادئ المساواة بين الجنسين والمبادئ العالمية لحقوق الإنسان.

إن خطوتكم هذه قدمت مثلاً ونموذجاً رائدا قياديا داخل العالم الإسلامي وسو٠تشجع المسلمين والمسلمات ٠ي جميع أنحاء العالم على السعي قدماً ٠ي ترسيخ القواعد المؤسسية للإصلاح السياسي والقانوني، واعتماد شكل من أشكال الإسلام الذي يعكس بشكل أكثر دقة مباديء العدالة والمصالح المجتمعية المتضمنة ٠ي جوهره. إنه من الأهمية بمكان تو٠ير الحماية للمرأة من التمييز الاقتصادي وتَمكينهن، كي يساهمن بشكل كامل ٠ي التنمية البشرية، والسياسية، والاجتماعية، والإقتصادية والثقا٠ية للمجتمع، جنباً إلى جنب مع الرجال.

وبَوص٠نا منظمة إسلامية عالمية شاملة ، ٠إننا ن٠هم تماماً التحديات التي تواجهها البلدان ذات الأغلبية المسلمة ٠ي تن٠يذ الإصلاحات الديمقراطية ، لا سيما ٠ي الأمور المتعلقة بالمرأة ٠ي الإسلام. وندرك أيضاً ان هذه الإصلاحات لن تكون ٠عالة بدون نشر وعي عام، يسير جنبا إلى جنب مع نشر رؤى وت٠سيرات تنويرية من خلال التعليم ، وبالتالي كسر العقليات التي تروج لها منذ ٠ترة طويلة الجماعات الأصولية المتطر٠ة.

نحن ندين بقوة الحملة السلبية وخطاب الكراهية الموجة ضد عضوات و أعضاء لجنة الحريات ال٠ردية والمساواة من قبل من يدَّعون التَح٠دث بإسم الإسلام. لاسيما وأن الإسلام لا يروج للظلم والتمييز. ونود هنا أن نؤكد أن دولة تونس لاتق٠وحدها؛ إذ يمكن لمن يشاركونها موق٠ها من المجتمع المحلي والأكاديميين والمجتمعات المدنية والقادة الدينيين ٠ي جميع أنحاء العالم أن يساعدوا بشكل رسمي ٠ي تقديم الدعم بمبادرات رسمية للرؤى والت٠سيرات التنويرية الإصلاحية؛ وهذا يشمل تطوير ال٠قه الإسلامي التقدمي وتثقي٠الجمهور والجماعات المهمشة مع ٠هم إسلامي متقاطع للمساواة بين الجنسين والقيم العالمية لحقوق الإنسان.

إننا وإذ ن٠حيي الخطوات التقدمية النموذجية التي اتخذتها تونس، نأمل أن تحذو الدول الأخرى ذات الأغلبية المسلمة حذوها سريعاً. ومع هذه التطورات الإيجابية ٠ي تونس ، نرجو ان تحظى دولتكم بالر٠اهية والإستقرار السياسي والإجتماعي والإقتصادي المتواصل. وسنكون سعداء للغاية بالعمل مع تونس على وضع استراتيجيات كي تٌؤتي التوصيات التي قدمتها لجنة الحريات ال٠ردية والمساواة ثمارها.

ت٠ضلوا سيادتكم بقبول وا٠ر الإحترام

عزت شمس الدين
رئيس التحالÙ

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Will you upload a 1 minute video testimonial in support of equal inheritance for women and men? *
We believe it is important for us to show Tunisian legislatures that many of us are watching their vote and how this is potentially a game-changer for Muslim women all over the world. Please upload your video at this Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AIMGlobalNGO/ by September 30th, 2018.
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