Nashville- In December, The Muslim Women’s Council was received by Mayor Karl Dean and staff for a fruitful meeting. Karl Dean is the sixth mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. His priorities are improving schools, making neighborhoods safer and bringing more and better jobs to Nashville. He also works to sustain and improve Nashville's high quality of life through numerous initiatives that promote health, sustainability and volunteerism.
On the other hand, The Muslim Women’s Council is a voice of diverse Muslim women that believe women including Muslim women have a vital role to play in many aspects of public and private life.
Considering Muslims are fellow Americans and Tennesseans, more than ever understanding is needed about America’s fasting growing religion and its adherents. Our nation is increasingly more ethnically and religiously diverse and establishing relationships based on inclusion, understanding, respect and appreciation of these different cultures is a hallmark of our nation and vital to its success.
For too long throughout the United Sates and right here in Tennessee, Muslims have found themselves propelled into a spotlight shone mostly through stereotypes and misinformation. This is especially true concerning the Muslim woman. This constant fear and misinformation impedes opportunities to foster productive relationships and open communication.
Through the mayor’s meeting, the Muslim Women’s Council sought to engage on issues of concern affecting not just Muslims but their fellow Nashvillians. Encouraging meaningful engagement, building long term relationships and collaborating to making a healthy, vibrant, inclusive community was the meeting’s goal. The meeting was informative and promising.
"Serve Allah, and join not any partners with Him; and do good - to parents, kinsfolk, orphans, those in need, neighbors who are near, neighbors who are strangers, the companion by your side, the wayfarer (you meet) and what your right hands possess: For Allah loveth not the arrogant, the vainglorious." -Quran 4:36
The Muslim Women’s Council goals are addressing some of the education, social, and personal development needs of Muslim women. They accomplish this by supporting existing community initiatives, organizing education workshops, social activities, community service projects and interfaith programs.
In addition, their goal is to foster understanding, tolerance and cultural awareness of Islam and Muslims to the public by providing accurate information on Islamic practices and beliefs to the public with a view to correct misconceptions about Muslims, particularly the Muslim woman.