TO COUNTER terrorism and distortion of Islamic views, the women’s wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) would begin a campaign for educating Muslim women and spreading awareness among them on the use of social media to understand concepts of Islam .
“We would be holding a nationwide programme of peace and communal harmony from August 21 to September 4. In Bengal, we will join hands with other organisations to reach out to the rural areas and spread awareness among women about the true spirit of Islam. This will ensure that the first instruction they give to their children about Islam is about peace, thus resisting the religious misconceptions that are used to brainwash young minds,” said Naima Ansari, president of the women’s wing of JIH.
She added that the recent attacks at different places of the world such as Paris and Dhaka had brought to the fore the need of such an initiative.
Ansari said they would have to rely heavily on Internet and social media to spread awareness among women, which in the long run would help to eradicate the widespread misconception about Islam. “Number of women using the social media is a lot less, especially in the rural areas. We would try to spread awareness among them and help different websites and apps propagate the right ideas of our religion and pass it on to the next generation,” Ansari said.
As part of the programme, JIH would conduct camps and workshops across the state, particularly targeting rural areas. “They (women) should be in a position to correctly answer the queries of their children about Islam so that no outsider can brainwash them. We believe that platforms such as Facebook, WhatsApp and YouTube should project the truer picture of Islam,” he said.
The JIH initiative also plans to increase the involvement of female members of the family in activities of the male members. “Whenever any untoward incident happens, the housewives seem to be unaware of the whereabouts or the business of the male members of the family. This needs to change,” Ansari said.
Md Nooruddin, president of the Bengal chapter of JIH, echoed similar emotions. “Our prophet encouraged the equal involvement of women in all walks of life but now we have made it a taboo, which is one of the biggest reasons of the lacerating social fabric. We need to educate the female members of the family and encourage use of social networking sites among them,” Nooruddin said.
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