Welcome to
the home of the
International
Union of
Muslim
Women
Some past
accomplishments of the
International
Union of Muslim
Women
Assalamu Alaikoum and
greetings to those of
you who have missed
being able to contact the

International Union of
Muslim Women
.  The
purpose of this website
is one step towards
keeping Muslim Women
informed about, aware of
and ready to respond to
the ongoing challenges
faced by Muslimas.
As we have seen in the
media and in our own
neighborhoods, attacks
on women in general
and Muslim women in
particular, have been on
the rise.  But by uniting
together, we have made
great things happen.  
There is a reason why
the Prophet (PBUH)
admonished his
followers (MEN and
women) about the
respect due to Mothers
in particular and women
in general.  Women ARE
the teachers an
nurturers of future
generations and when
society forgets this basic
concept, civilization falls.
Insha'Allah, this page will
help Muslim Women and
Ansari come together to
educate, enlighten and
sometimes entertain
each other.
  • Cancellation of a training
    exercise that had defenders
    +protecting" a military facility
    near Reno, Nevada,  from Arab
    garbed Muslim "Terrorists" from
    the fictitious country of "Lydia."
  • Providing letters of explanation
    and information to schools and
    employers about the rights of
    Muslim girls and women to cover
    Islamically and how to handle
    cases of harassment.
  • Getting millions of signatures on
    petitions that were presented to
    the United Nations in support of
    the women of Bosnia who were
    being raped and terrorized
    because of religious persecution.
  • Implemented the campaign that
    led to the creation of the first U.
    S. stamp that  acknowledged
    Muslims in the U.S., the Eid
    stamp.
Asalaamu alaykom wa rahamatAllahu wa barakatu.
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Tell Us About Islam in
Seven Words

We live in a time of
complexity.  Our lives
consist of lists of chores.  Is
it time to pick up kids?  Can
I make it to the store? What
will I fix for dinner tonight?
How can it be time for
Prayer?  We forget about
taking time for us. We need
to take time to reflect. We
need to make the complex,
simple.

There is a story about
Ernest Hemingway.  Once,
he was sitting in a bar.  A
fellow drinker made him a
bet.  “You can’t write a six
word story.” Hemingway
replied that he’d take that
bet. Here is the tale that he
wrote;
“For Sale, Baby Shoes.
Never Worn.”

A short story with lots of
meaning.  But what about
the meaning in our lives.  
Can a few words tell our
story?  Islam to the point?
Just the basics?  But using
seven words instead of six?

IUMW invites you to share
your faith. Tell us your Islam
in seven words.  It isn’t as
simple as it sounds!  Seven
little words: No More, No
Less.  You can use any
punctuation you like.  Or do
without any punctuation at
all.  Your story should be
from the heart.  Something
that can go on bumper
stickers.  An short
explanation of Islam for
seekers.  Writing down the
Believers relationship with
God.

Please take a look at these
examples

I was born Christian.  Found
God.  Allah Akbar.

Existed.  Found Allah.  
Received Peace and Love

I’m responsible for my
actions.
I’m Muslim.

Muslims are not Terrorists.  
Terrorists are Terrorists.

Born Muslim. Didn’t Know.
Now I do.

Bear Witness, There’s No
God except God.

Saved but unsure. Kept
looking.  Became Muslim.

Now it’s your turn to write
one.   You can make it a
family project.  Share seven
words of faith with friends.  
Ask people in your Masjid to
participate.  And send the
best ones to us.  IUMW
would like to post your
submissions.  Don’t you
want to share your
insights?  You can do
dawah with seven words.  
Maybe you can even open a
heart.
Aminah Assilmi
Director IUMW
b.1945 - d. 2010
Click Below for
Aminah's Corner and
Memories, Tributes,
Photos and Information
on the Passing of Sister
Aminah Assilmi
May the showers of
Allah's mercy be on
you,
and may all your
good words by
which you defended
Islam stand for you.
First Day of Issue:
August 12, 2011
Columbus, OH 43216
AlhamduAllah,The
Eid Stamp is now
"FOREVER"
Asalaamu alaykom wa rahamatAllahu wa
barakatu.

The Eid stamp has been a part of the American
Postal Service Postage offerings for almost 10
years now.  First issued on September 1st, 2001
at the ISNA Convention, it has survived many
detractors, much confusion
(Oh, isn't that for the
Moslim Christmas?
 It kind of looks like a
Christmas tree...)
and attempts by more than a
few people to equate it with terrorism.
 (Look, it
says "Die" Backward!)
In spite of the nonsense, the Eid Stamp has
now become a "FOREVER" Stamp.  What this
means is that it will be valid for first class
postage for a one ounce (or less) standard
sized letter, regardless of future price increases.

The original Eid Stamp was first promoted by
the International Union of Muslim Women, led
by Sister Aminah Assilmi,
(late Director of the
IUMW)
, and supported by THOUSANDS of
Muslim Women and Children who helped by
writing letters and creating pictures of what an
Eid stamp should look like and sending them to
the U.S. Postmaster General.
This new Eid stamp features the Arabic phrase Eid mubarak in gold
calligraphy on a reddish background. Eid mubarak translates literally
as “blessed festival,” and can be paraphrased “May your religious
holiday be blessed.” English text on the stamp reads “EID
GREETINGS.”

This new Eid stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp. Forever
stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-
ounce rate. The new background color and calligraphy on this stamp
will help customers and postal clerks distinguish the Forever stamp
from the original Eid stamp, which was first issued in 2001 with gold
calligraphy on a blue background.

Employing traditional methods and instruments to create this design,
calligrapher Mohamed Zakariya chose a script known in Arabic as
thuluth and in Turkish as sulus, describing it as “the choice script for a
complex composition due to its open proportions and sense of
balance.” He used homemade black ink, and his pens were crafted
from seasoned reeds from the Near East and Japanese bamboo from
Hawaii. The paper was specially prepared with a coating of starch and
three coats of alum and egg-white varnish, then burnished with an
agate stone and aged for more than a year. His black-and-white
calligraphic design was then colorized by computer.
Text from the Press Release for the
new "Forever" Eid Stamp.