Dear Editor of Baltimore Sun

I wonder why your paper provided such uncritical acclaim to the Feminist Expo in Baltimore. The occasion was used in a very hamhanded way to attack Prophet Muhammad (peace be on him), the Qur'an and Islam. Such attacks offend all people of faith and certainly ignore the fact that Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam, is the greatest liberator of women and of all humanity.

The Muslim women at the Expo, from a variety of backgrounds, protested but were not recognized. Prof. Riffat Hassan (Louisville, Kentucky), wrote a rebuttal to the attacks which I am forwarding with this.

Change in every society must come from within its authentic roots. Islam is a revolutionary force around the world which liberates women and gives them equality, justice and decision-making power. Tens of thousands of American women have embraced Islam and Islam is spreading like wildfire in Africa inspite of the frantic attempts of Christian missionaries to propagandize against it.

Abuse such as that witnessed at the Feminist Expo will strengthen the resolve of Muslim women to bring Islam into their lives.


Kaukab Siddique, Ph.D
4624 York Road
Baltimore, MD 21212
Phone: 410-638-5965

2000-04-03 Mon 12:21ct