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Canadian female convert to Islam: Wife should know her place; husband is the only leader


Lu’lu ‘Mariam’ Habibi, a former Catholic, is an Edmonton resident of Trinidad descent who converted to Islam few years ago following the befriending of local Canadian Moroccans who left an enormous positive impression on her. She launched a YouTube channel and a personal website both dedicated to propagate Islam and dismiss misconceptions about her new faith.

In one of her videos (uploaded to YouTube on August 11, 2014) Lu’lu ‘Mariam’ Habibi explains the meaning of feminism in Islam and thus opening a window to understand what messages converts to Islam are being taught by their mentors. The following are excerpts of the video:

(07:05-09:48) “Feminism in Islam [slide]. When a man gets married his responsibility is so huge, like, when a man gets married, nikah (marriage نكاح), when a man takes a wife, ok, she becomes his responsibility, ok. He is taking on the role of parents, that’s now like her brother, her father, everything. Anything she needs, anything she wants, anything you can imagine, he supports her in every single way.

“We are not talking like, you know, in this day and age [we] got Western society telling you the woman wears the pants now, the women are completely equal and they can do if not more than the men, just as much as the men if not more. This is what they are teaching us these days. And I mean, the feminism and women’s [pause] women have taken women’s rights and just skewed everything and turned it into some kind of like, showboating, “women are boss”, I don’t know what it’s all about.

“But, all I know is, in Islam you, a woman has her role and a man has his role. The same way a woman can bear children, a man can’t. Do you know what I mean? Like, women are, women have their rights and men have their rights. And when you are married, same thing. Husbands have rights over the wife, and the wife has rights over the husband. And, one thing for sure is the man is supposed to lead, the man is the head of the household. In every way, he’s a man. Do you know what I mean? Like, he supports the family. It’s what it’s supposed to be.

“I’m not saying the women can’t work and bring home bread or she can’t be the breadwinner, because as we know, the Prophet’s first wife Khadijah (خديجة), he worked for her, she was the breadwinner in that relationship, he worked for her, let’s remember, she was a business woman. So nobody says you can’t, but in this day and age right now, you have women just taking it too far. Women should know their place.

Women need to know their place, cause that’s


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