Cotroversy over Azizah covers

December 7, 2002

Source: The Dallas Morning News

On December 7, 2002 The Dallas Morning News reported that "the mother of Amadou Diallo shared the story of how she turned to the strength of her Muslim faith after her son was shot and killed by new York police officers in 1999... Ms. Diallo's account of perseverance is typical fare for Aziaah, a Muslim quarterly women's magazine whose Arabic title translates to dear, bold, noble and strong... But its covers, all like the one featuring Ms. Diallo, have drawn rebukes from conservative Muslims for whom religious rules of modesty prohibit putting women on such display. That's precisely why [the publisher and editor] says the cover cameos won't go away. The time has come, she said, to clarify what she says are misconceptions of Islamic law."