Kashmiri woman running schools for girls and a welfare institute to help needy has been listed among the most influential 500 personalities in Muslim world. Her shot to global fame is stirring.
The historic umbilical cord connecting the two faraway conflict zones—Kashmir and Palestine—again came into prominence after Dr Mubeena Ramzan, an academic-activist from Kashmir recently made it to the list of the world’s 500 most influential Muslims—along with Ahed Tamimi, the Palestinian teenager whose slap (to an Israeli soldier) made her a new global resistance icon.
Just like Tamimi, Dr Mubeena wears dauntless attitude up her sleeve.
She recalls a decisive moment in her life when she stormed her residential room packed with male scholars, and sought explanation from everyone present: “Why can’t women be the part of such religious gathering?”
Despite facing the militant mood, she’s still wearing her mindset as a matter of pride.
The same intrepid nature of this scholar-activist from Sopore made her the second personality from Kashmir—after Mirwaiz Umar Farooq—to break into the coveted list compiled by the Jordan-based Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre this past October.
“Dr Mubeena Ramzan educates women in Kashmir,” her profile in the list reads. “She runs the Jamia Islamia Mahdul Muslimat, based in Sopore and in Srinagar and also heads a socio-religious organization, Ansar un Nisa. The former institute graduates Aalimahs, religious scholars, whilst the latter provides a helping hand to the needy, would be brides, widows, orphans, and also establishes vocational training centres.”
As rector of Jamia Islamia Mahdul, Dr Mubeena feels the dearth of Muslim women scholars in the field of religious sciences. “There’s a huge gap between knowing women’s rights and understanding them and then turn them practical,” she says.
To play her part, Mubeena has dedicated her life to the educational institutions, where currently 200 girl students are pursuing religious education. So far, three batches—after completing five year courses in different religious studies—have come out of her institutions.
In her late thirties, Dr Mubeena takes keen interest in social, political and religious activism. As an academic activist, she has participated in many international conferences in many parts of the world.
Her scholarly tastes and welfare nature has already made her a cult, equally known for her public counselling. Many see her shot to global fame as the recognition of the difference she created in her immediate society.
But, the activist says, she isn’t done yet.
Being a vocal cynic of the patriarchal interferences in the society, Dr Mubeena aspires to take her institution to the newer heights, and thus help the society to grow.
This story first appeared in November print issue of The Indus Post.