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French convert highlights top ten rights women experience in Islam

Loujayne also highlighted some of the benefits of Islamic rituals for human body

Saturday April 27, 2019 6:09 PM, UNA-OIC

Mathilde Loujayne

Abu Dhabi: Converted Muslim and French author Mathilde Loujayne while highlighting the positive messages of Islam and its beauty, urged people to research Islam and not rely on Western media's false and negative image of Islam.

In an interview with the Union of OIC News Agencies (UNA) on the sidelines of the 2nd OIC Festival in Abu Dhabi, Loujayne talked about her journey into Islam, which she has summarized in her book, "Big Little Steps".

The book, published last year in the UAE, strives to serve as a woman's guide to finding a balanced lifestyle and a glowing heart in Islam, as well as clarifying some of the misconceptions regarding Islam.

Asked about some of the misconceptions she tackles in her book, Loujayne said: "The book tackles misconceptions regarding women's rights in Islam. It highlights the role of Muslim women at the time of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and their role in society. I wrote about our exclusive rights in Islam, and my book has a section with top ten rights women experience in Islam."

"I also tried to shed light on the things that are not always talked about, and they should be, because of their positives, for example, the many women who contributed to Islamic discoveries during the Golden Age of Islam," she added.

Loujayne also highlighted some of the benefits of Islamic rituals for human body, such as the benefits of performing prayers, and the benefits of fasting in her book, saying that such benefits were also proven by today's modern science.

On misconceptions regarding Islam, she said: "Islam is a religion of logic, and if people try to understand it, they will come to see that there is always a reason behind every verse and Hadith, and they are always for the benefit of Muslims and humankind."

Responding to a question about the reasoning behind her book's name "big little steps", Loujayne said: "It is derived from the Hadith 'Take one step towards me, I will take ten steps towards you. Walk towards me, I will run towards you'."

"So it is a message that even if you think the steps you are making towards God are small, they are a huge deal and God will reward us for our efforts", she added.

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