Asra Nomani earned her title by praying in the main hall of her mosque rather than in the segregated women’s section, alone and surrounded by men attempting to intimidate her. A jihadi’s threat to slit her throat if she did not stop promoting human rights and gender integration in America’s mosques could not make Nomani stop speaking about injustice in the community she loves. After the Paris and San Bernardino attacks, Nomani founded the Muslim Reform Movement, and in December posted their bill of rights on the door of the Islamic Center of Washington, a major mosque on Washington DC’s Embassy Row. The men and women in her group then prayed—together—in the mosque’s main hall.
Click below to hear Asra’s daring attempts to combat inequality and intolerance in Islam: