On 30 September, #BlasphemyDay, we publish The Woman’s Quran (114 Pages for 114 Surahs). It is blank because religion is an offence against women and because the Quran, Islam and Islamism are the greatest stumbling blocks in the way of women’s emancipation. – Maryam Namazie (A reference to US Suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s “The Bible and the Church have been the greatest stumbling blocks in the way of women’s emancipation”.)
On 30 September, feel free to fill the pages of The Woman’s Quran with blasphemy. You can draw hearts with blasphemous messages on its pages, on your body or hand using #BlasphemerAtHeart #TheWomansQuran #BlasphemyDay #EndBlasphemyLaws. You don’t need to show your face if you aren’t “out” yet. See examples by award-winning body-painter Victoria Gugenheim and a sample blank page of the Woman’s Quran for downloading here.
Show Solidarity with Blasphemy Cases
On this day, continue to support those on death row and in prison on blasphemy charges including Junaid Hafeez in Pakistan, Mubarak Bala, Yahaya Aminu Sharif & 13 year old Umar Farooq facing death and long term imprisonment in Nigeria, Sina Dehghan and Soheil Arabi in Iran and many others.
Please also sign a petition calling for a ban on the Islamic regime of Iran from sports after its execution of young wrestler Navid Afkari on trumped up charges, including enmity against God.
Join and Support Us
Support groups led by Counselling Psychologist Savin Bapir Tardy are now being held twice a month. The next support group meetings are on Monday and Tuesday 5, 6 October and will continue to be online. Please email us if you want to join. If you are already in touch with Savin, contact her directly.
Our next meet up on 20 October hosted by Ali Malik is with Solicitor Ana Gonzalez on Apostasy and Asylum. You can also see that discussion live as well as previous meetups, including on Political Blackness, Islam and its impact on Childhood, and Identity Politics, Racism and Liberation here.
If you missed it, watch the discussion on Persecution, Shunning and Survival: Being Ex-Muslim/Muslim and LGBT in conjunction with Pride in London, including with our own Jimmy Bangash and Fay Rahman here.
Please don’t forget to donate if you can to CEMB’s work. Any amount helps. Thanks to those of you who have already done so. We are very grateful for your help.
Stay in touch and stay safe.