How Does It Feel To Be A Problem By Bayoumi

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What does equality truly mean? Is equality practiced commonly among the western civilization? How are people affected by the way they are treated? Bayoumi wrote in “How Does it Feel to be a Problem?” the short story of “Yasmin.” It shows how a young girl is treated unequally amongst her classmates. It addresses the religious issues of a young girl versus her school. The difficulties she goes through as her school administration will not change a rule for her due to her religion. She holds the secretary position of a leadership club and the rule is that they must attend all school events. Her father will not let her attend the school dances because he believes this is against their religious beliefs. The girl must choose to resign from her new …show more content…
She is especially upset because a group of Jewish students did not have to attend a school dance due to a religious event and another girl missed an event because she wanted to throw her birthday party the same night as a school dance. Through the reading, it is obvious that the school system is prejudice towards the girl and her religious beliefs. Through the course of her four years in high school, the girl struggles to find equality. After a long fight with the school she runs for president her senior year. She had tried running for a position every year but the school refused to have her on the board because she could not attend events. She wins the presidency position and inspires the student body to stand up for what they want. She almost becomes an icon to the students. The young girl, who wanted to become a doctor, went to law school and became a successful lawyer. Her situation taught her that nobody should back down for what they believe in, they must fight for what is right. Equality is not a word that should be taken …show more content…
She talks about the confusion and power of equality. She states, “The Qur’an had settled the question once and for all: women and men have equal moral agency in their quest of the good and righteous life in this world for which they reap identical rewards in the afterlife. Gender had no role to play in the other-worldly, salvific efficacy offered by the Qur’an through its prescription for the well-orders moral existence on earth.” (Afsaruddin 87). She talks about how looking inside the Muslim culture might seem abstract to most and the difficulties inside the culture. She states, “Not surprisingly, the well-known elevate from the late twelfth century Fakhr al-Din al-Rizi (d. 1210) embellishes his narrative with the story of woman’s creation from the rib of Adam to drive home the point that the female is secondary to the male as a human being, a biblical literary motif that by his time had taken deep root in Muslim exegeses.” (Afsaruddin 89). This can be interpreted as men having dominance over a woman. The book goes on to say that a man must control his

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