"In our country where so many are eager to promote their own arrogant brand of Islam, SIS is doing vital work in bringing back the Islam preached by the Prophet (Peace be upon Him) - the Islam that teaches thinking instead of blind submission; the Islam that guarantees equality for all regardless of colour or gender; the Islam that wins followers by example, not by force. As a Muslim, I consider it my 'ibadah' (act of worship) to support this work." Rafidah Abdullah
Scripwriter, actress, TV personality and SIS individual donor
Late Cassandra Balchin
"I work as a freelancer and, therefore, need to be careful about prioritising any unpaid voluntary work. From my past collaboration with SIS, I know that they do a good job mobilising, energising and organising women's rights activists. I also know that they are able to bring together many extraordinary scholars and activists. I joined Musawah because I knew that being part of this global movement would be an effective use of my time and that what I learn would be valuable to the women with whom I network in the Muslim Women's Network-UK."
Musawah Planning Committee member and Board member, Muslim Women's Network-UK
Normah Binti Muhamad
"The workshop has left a deep impression on me. I am beginning to understand the issues involved and can now inform and help my family members and friends who have problems."
Participant in Sri Semarak workshop 2007
"Working with Sisters in Islam has been a challenging and enriching experience. Challenging in the level of commitment required irrespective of the many obstacles. Enriching in the knowledge gained and the ideas suggested to address the obstacles we encountered."
Executive Director, Kuala Lumpur Legal Aid Centre
Dr Noraida Endut
"The polygamy research is an invaluable collaboration for me because it not only helps me build my capacity as a researcher in doing large-scale national studies but also, and more excitingly for me, it can be anticipated that the research outcome will trigger divergent discourses in our contemporary society, which may, in turn, spur much needed reforms."
Director, Women's Development Research Centre (KANITA)
Universiti Sains Malaysia, and Lead Researcher, SIS Polygamy Research project
"SIS has helped many women all over the world to be confident and to claim their rights while staying intact with their identities and religious traditions."Roya Rahmani
National Human Rights Activist Award Winner, Afghanistan
"Sisters in Islam has approached Malaysian questions by firmly grounding itself in the country's different cultures and faiths. It is, therefore, a model of Islamic organisation and leadership that is not only exemplary and laudable but viable."
A Historian at the Institute of Malaysia and International Studies (IKMAS),
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
"Sisters in Islam's advocacy for justice and equality for women within an Islamic framework is a source of inspiration and hope to all who are struggling to realise and ethical and egalitarian vision of Islam."
An independent consultant, researcher and writer on Middle Eastern issues,
specialising in gender, family relations, Islam, law and development
Aida Melly Binti Tan Mutalib
"One of (SIS's Q&A) booklets explained that a man should never hit his wife. Prior to that, I was under the impression that a husband had some kind of right to do so ... The booklet certainly enlightened me that I was in the right and that I have a right to be treated fairly and with respect. SIS's members were very supportive throughout my years of ligitation ... It has been an amazing journey of self-growth and I would like to thank SIS for its unfailing support."
Assistant Director, International Islamic University Malaysia Press
"AMDF has always regarded SIS as the dear 'big' sister who played a vital role in our growth and development as individual women and as an organisaiton. THe advanced training courses, conferences, and workshops on Islam that SIS organised provided the sustenance that we badly needed as we confronted our dilemmas and confusions as Muslim women advocating human rights and women's rights within the context of Islam."
Executive Director and Founding President,
Al-Mujadilah Development Foundation (AMDF)
Marawi City, Philippines
Jacqueline Ann Surin
"SIS has provided me with a deeper understanding of Islam as a religion of compassion, justice, and fairness. It has also demonstrated that the faith is one that respects diversity and difference. Because of its workshops, conferences, advocacy, and research that have been inclusive of Muslims and non-Muslims, I have been empowered, as a journalist, to ask questions about and write on Islam in ways that reflect the relgion's true spirit."
Award-winning journalist and columnist
"The essence of Islam is peace, justice, and compassion, and the work of Sisters in Islam is a truly consistent, couragrous and mgnificient manifestation of that essence."
Recipient of the Right Livelihood Award,
popularly known as the 'Alternative' Nobel Prize
"Knowing that SIS exists in an extreme world today gives me hope that the image of a moderate, aceepting and nourishing Islam is possible, and what more powerful than the implementation by Muslim women! I love the open arms of the members of SIS and the inclusion of people from all walks of life. It is time that Muslims around the world aceept the realities of a changing world in front of our eyes."
Women's Rights Activitst in Afghanistan