We are neither feminists nor MGTOWs. We are Muslims.
We are neither womanists nor meninists. We are Muslims.
We are neither red-pilled nor blue-pilled. We are Muslims.
We are neither Democrats nor Republicans. We are Muslims.
We are neither liberal nor conservative. We are Muslims.
We are neither based nor woke. We are Muslims.
We are neither social justice warriors nor proud boys. We are Muslims.
Everything we believe in our hearts and minds and do with our limbs is grounded firmly in Islam. We refer to the Quran, the sunnah of Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم , and the scholarly tradition and consensus. We follow our own deen, not the deen of others borne of some inferiority complex or some sycophantic desire to please or hope for acceptance or approval. We don’t run pathetically after others.
As Allah says in the Quran:
أَيَبْتَغُونَ عِنْدَهُمُ الْعِزَّةَ فَإِنَّ الْعِزَّةَ لِلَّهِ جَمِيعًا
“Do they seek with them honor? Definitely, all honor is with Allah alone.” (Surat An-Nisa, 139)
We don’t turn this way or that looking for honor. Allah says in the middle of Surat Al-Baqara:
وَكَذَٰلِكَ جَعَلْنَاكُمْ أُمَّةً وَسَطًا لِّتَكُونُوا شُهَدَاءَ عَلَى النَّاسِ وَيَكُونَ الرَّسُولُ عَلَيْكُمْ شَهِيدًا…
“And it is thus that We appointed you to be the community of the middle way so that you might be witnesses to all mankind and the Messenger might be a witness to you…” (Surat Al-Baqara, 143)
Our عزة (`izza: honor and dignity) comes only from Islam and corresponds to our degree of adherence to it. We don’t search outside of Islam for `izza. As Umar ibn Al-Khattab said,
“نحن قوم أعزَّنا الله بالإسلام فمهما ابتغينا العزَّة في غيره أذلَّنا الله”.
“We are a people whom Allah has granted honor through Islam. And whenever we try to seek honor through other than it, Allah humiliates us.”
All the -isms that some people try to follow and use to try to gain honor are false and will ultimately vanish, if they are not based in Islam. As Allah says:
وَقُلْ جَاءَ الْحَقُّ وَزَهَقَ الْبَاطِلُ ۚ إِنَّ الْبَاطِلَ كَانَ زَهُوقًا
“And say, “Truth has come and falsehood has vanished. Certainly, falsehood was ever bound to vanish.” (Surat Al-Isra’, 81)
Muslims, have the self-respect and dignity to adhere to Islam and Islam alone. You are a Muslim. Do not try to attach arbitrary labels to it, like “Muslim Feminist” or “Liberal Muslim” or “Progressive Muslim.” Do not run panting after anything or anyone else chasing `izza; this is the surest way to be humiliated and lose all `izza.