“THE Daesh (so-called IS) group doesn’t represent Islam indeed and, in fact, I feel that Islam is the anti-dote to IS,” Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, the first Scottish Muslim woman Member of Parliament in Westminster, has said.
In an exclusive interview to Al Arabiya English, Tasmina said that we need to make sure that women across the world have an opportunity to work together and try and find a solution to combat whatever is driving people to these actions that are certainly not representative of Islam.
“One of my plans is to introduce an annual international Muslim women parliamentarian summit. The idea is to bring Muslim women parliamentarians from all over the world to talk about how we can share our good policies in action and what we can do to alleviate poverty and have a different narrative about Islam and about what Muslim women stand for,” she said.
“I think space needs to be created for women across the world, and particularly women in the Muslim world, because we have a sense of validity when we talk about our religion,” Tasmina said.Hard to reconcile their "sense of validity" when sharia law accords 'em second class status and when their menfolk are given leave to administer a physical punishment should a wife hesitate to follow her husband's orders.
And instead of convening a get-together of female parliamentarians, why don't they delve into the "narrative" of the Quran and other holy texts, from whence the call for violent jihad--and the example of Islam's founder, the faith's first holy warrior--springs?
Any "antidote to DAESH" must surely start with that.