Brass Crescent Awards 2008 | 1429

// October 9th, 2008 // Blog

The Brass Crescent Awards are here again. I'm not sure who to nominate, except of course…

BEST GROUP BLOG: MuslimMatters.org!

We received a 'special mention' or something last year, but this year we must win, inshā’Allāh. New look, new writers, new competitions – a whole new MM!

Ijtema.net is not really a group 'blog', plus we have our own plans for blogosphere domination, inshā’Allāh. So I'd rather peeps nominate MM (if you even care about my opinion, that is!).

They have a BEST FEMALE BLOG category, which I think my dearest sister, Organica (previously known as Organic Muslimah) should totally win. Vote Organica!

But the description for that category irks me somewhat:

“The woman's voice in Islam is equal to the man's, and in the Islamsphere we seek to make sure the female perspective is highlighted and given its rightful due. Which Muslim woman's blog has done the most to explore the role that women play within Islam and society?”

If the woman's voice is equal to the man's, why isn't there a BEST MALE BLOG?

I think it's time we began to phase out such examples of “positive” gender discrimination; at least in the blogosphere where it is not necessary. I have not been made aware of any intentional efforts to suppress the female blogging community, that would require us to then “push back”. In fact, suppression of the free media comes across as pretty gender neutral: both authoritarian, and so-called “democratic” governments don't wish for their failings to be publicised; whether it be by men or women. How enlightened of them!

In fact, many women rely on blogging as an avenue to openly share the opinions that are being ignored by those in charge of their own communities. BC going out of their way to specifically highlight the female voice in this manner, whilst not balancing it out with the male voice, comes across as apologetic: “Look: Islam does not oppress woman!”. We don't need to go there, IMO.

Each gender has a special and unique insight to offer society; thus providing a separate category for “best male”, “best female”, and “best writer”, full stop, would be the most natural way to recognise the diverse talents of the blogging Ummah, without having to go so far as to make 'political' statements, that seemingly aim to placate the ignorant masses, who don't accept us anyway.

Okay, so maybe I've just made a mountain out of a molehill… but as a female, Muslim blogger, I don't actually appreciate being singled out like I'm part of some special breed, raised only to prove how progressive Islam can be. If anything, Muslims are the ones showing Islam up, not the other way around; pushing people away from the deen with our idiotic, yet very human, behaviour.

Oh you who believe! Stand back, step off, remove the frilly bows, and shiny wrapping paper – and let Islam prove itself.

(Oh, and if you're wondering: I do plan to forward this post onto BC; not much point complaining otherwise, eh?)

2 Responses to “Brass Crescent Awards 2008 | 1429”

  1. AnonyMouse says:

    Huzzah!
    I agree 100%…
    *Jumps in to rip off frilly bows and shiny wrapping paper, waving huge scissors threateningly*

  2. gess says:

    The Best blogger should go to our Faraz [http://irrelevantopinions.blogspot.com/] :)

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