in memoriam: samira salih al-nuaimi

September 25, 2014 at 10:05 pm 8 comments


while i was having lunch with my iranian friend, i commented how nice it would be to have a muslim wife.

“why would you say that?” he chuckled. “once the hijab is removed, you can see that they’re no different from other women. inside the house, they rule.”

i used to think that muslim women are non-confrontational, and submissive, and accommodating to men, but now i’m not so sure.

time and again, the news tells about muslim women who don’t fit the stereotype.

there’s malala yousufzai, the teenage girl who stood up against the taliban and championed the education of girls in the swat valley in pakistan. the militants shot her in the head and between the neck and chest. fortunately, she survived to continue her advocacy.

just this week, we read about samira salih al-nuaimi, a human rights lawyer in the iraqi city of mosul who was seized at her home, tortured, and publicly killed by firing squad. her offense was being critical of the militants’ destruction of mosques and shrines in the city.

according to nbc news, al-nuaimi was known for her courageous work promoting the rights of women and helping the poor. she would also be remembered as a lawyer who passionately defended people detained by u.s. forces for free.

in her short life, she represented the best of what a woman or even a man could be. she is survived by her husband and three young children. may she rest in peace.

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. lifeconfusions  |  September 26, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    I didn’t know about samira salih al-nuaimi, All I can say is she did a great work for humanity, She will always be remembered.

    And One thing I assure you being a Muslim woman myself, we are anything BUT any of those things you thought we were. Do not have any doubt that we are any different from other woman, we have all the rights and yeah as your friend said ‘We rule’ not just inside the house, outside too 🙂

    • 2. plaridel  |  September 26, 2014 at 1:11 pm


      i can assure you that i have no doubts for a long time now. my muslim friends who are married are so well-behaved. and oh, their kids, too. 🙂

      • 3. lifeconfusions  |  September 27, 2014 at 5:05 am

        That is good to know.
        Also I would like to clear another thing being from Pakistan myself. I get what Malala Yousafzae has to say but whats she says is only that one part our country which in international media is reflected on the whole country which is not at all true. I live here , I study here, being a doctor in making and seeing so many women in the same field. There are more women than men is my university alone. Malala yousafzae does not represent the whole country, it is very wrongly and falsely represented by her. Don’t believe everything media depicts. We live here , we know how it is.

        • 4. plaridel  |  September 27, 2014 at 11:52 am


          one of my best friends is a Pakistani who came to the u.s. to study and finally settled here permanently, so i know a little bit more about your country. i agree that pakistan has many layers and she’s only one of them. you have a beautiful country with so much to offer to the world.

          • 5. lifeconfusions  |  September 28, 2014 at 4:00 pm

            Thank you for understanding, I’m glad to know that you have a open heart 🙂

            • 6. plaridel  |  September 28, 2014 at 6:51 pm


              no, it’s me who should be thanking you. 🙂

              • 7. lifeconfusions  |  September 29, 2014 at 4:03 am

                And why is that? 🙂

                • 8. plaridel  |  September 29, 2014 at 9:04 am


                  because. 🙂


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