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December 21, 2016

Pantsuit Nation book: divisions and the audacity to hope

The pantsuit has become the Democratic candidate's unofficial symbol. David Maris/Univision

It was Tuesday evening when I first became aware of the buzz surrounding Maine native Libby Chamberlain's announcement that she intends to publish a book based on the collaborative contributions of the nearly 4-million member strong secret Facebook group, Pantsuit Nation, founded by Chamberlain during the 2016 election campaign.

This morning I Googled Pantsuit Nation, clicked on the news tab, and was stunned to find how widespread backlash over the book announcement had spread overnight.

The listing of articles with inflammatory titles proclaimed: "Pantsuit Nation members revolt after operator cashes in with book deal" - "The [secret] Pantsuit Nation Facebook Group Is Being Turned Into a Book" - (As published) "DELETE YOUR ACCOUNT Pantsuit Nation Is the Worst: Why a Book of Uplifting Facebook Posts Won't Heal America" - "Pantsuit Nation Is A Sham" - "Revolt in Pantsuit Nation!"

I don't need to copy and paste quotes from articles that you can, and should, read for yourselves to be able to state that, clearly the divide that engulfed our nation throughout the election campaign — infecting even those who rallied together in support of one another — rages on.

Personally, I sincerely hope that Chamberlain will take the time to read these post-book-announcement articles too, and not just those supporting her endeavor.

If Chamberlain can push past the admitted pain and disappointment evoked by the onslaught of negative commentary, noting relevant points from the articles and taking sufficient time to evaluate the merits — both pro and con — perhaps we can hold onto the hope that the end product will ultimately serve the greater good.

November 26, 2016

URGENT: Standing Rock Tribal Chairman Requests Our Help

BREAKING: Army Corps of Engineers shutting down DAPL protest camp due to concerns for public safety

"We ask that everyone who can appeal to President Obama and the Army Corps of Engineers to consider the future of our people and rescind all permits, and deny the easement to cross the Missouri River just north of our Reservation and straight through our treaty lands." -Standing Rock Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II

Now the Standing Rock Chairman is asking for what I read between the lines what was going to happen.
But the problem is they are not following the paper trail; or the looming January 1 deadline.

Sept 30th DAPL meeting with SRST

September 01, 2015

A Life Example of Surah At-Talaq 65:3

So why am I posting this? I'll tell you why.

وَيَرْزُقْهُ مِنْ حَيْثُ لَا يَحْتَسِبُ وَمَن يَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى اللَّهِ فَهُوَ حَسْبُهُ إِنَّ اللَّهَ بَالِغُ أَمْرِهِ قَدْ جَعَلَ اللَّهُ لِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدْرًا {3 

And He provides for him from (sources) he never could imagine. And if any one puts his trust in Allah, sufficient is (Allah) for him. For Allah will surely accomplish his purpose: verily, for all things has Allah appointed a due proportion.

All day I was planning to go outside as the weather had taken a change for the better (as in being about 10 degrees cooler than it has been in weeks), but one thing after another delayed me and it turned out by nightfall I was still at home. So, with the last 100Le I had, I sent the doorman to retrieve a few things for me from the market. Well, that took care of that 100Le. lol

Then what happened?

I was looking for something in a bag I had hanging in the bedroom, and, subhan'Allah...I found 150Le - that I didn't know/remember I had.

Allah Akbar.

VIDEO: Muslim Women Expressing Views and Clearing Some Misconceptions About #Niqab

I like this video because it helps people who are willing to hear with an open mind, the reasons why some Muslim women wear niqab.

Although I personally disagree that it is required vs. being optional, I also saw and felt with my own eyes, heart and mind, the very same things that the sisters speak of in this video about wearing it.

I wore niqab for one year in 2005, during the period when I lived in Saudi Arabia. And I will never forget the feeling of liberation I experienced in its protection from eyes boring through me by men so foolish as to break their necks for the sake of seeing any sign of the color of my skin, or even the green of my eyes (I wore the  triple layer version with the eye screen; loved it!).

Wearing niqab in Saudi Arabia was empowering in that it gave me the option to say to those wishing to stare, "Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah! You can't see me!" It was glorious. And I don't regret one minute of the time I spent wearing it. In fact, upon reentering the U.S. in 2006, it took me three months to be able to go outside again without it. Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala knows Best.

Islam teaches us that a smile is charity, so why should the reward for such a thing be restricted to men? And why would they be instructed to lower their gaze if everyone was walking around completely covered from head to toe, including faces? So, I have opted to share my smile.

Even a Smile is Charity: A Life Example
By Aishah Schwartz for

Muslim women expressing their views and clearing some misconceptions about #Niqab. Video by Campaign Islam.
Posted by Islam port on Sunday, April 26, 2015

January 18, 2015

Happy Birthday Habibty (Aishah Schwartz)

Happy Birthday Aishah! Love, Janette

January 15, 2015

Aishah Schwartz in Rouge Magazine - Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

MWA Director Aishah Schwartz Activist-Writer discovered an end of 2014 surprise publication in Rouge Magazine, based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Subhan'Allah, it was published on her deceased father's birthday, 22 December 2014. The photo was taken in Tahrir Square (Cairo, Egypt), while attending the 100th International Women's Day celebration, March 8, 2011. STORY LINK:بعد-ثورتين-قامتا-على-أكتافهن-المصريات/