Ingrid Mattson won’t rock the boat?

Take a look at this article.

This is the particular part that bothered me:

“University of Delaware political scientist M.A. Muqtedar Khan gives Mattson mixed reviews. He calls her “an angel” and “the queen of American Muslims.” But he adds, “She’ll never rock the boat.

“She’s not radical on anything. She’s allowed ISNA to take strong positions against terrorism, but she’ll never be at odds with the government. You won’t see any criticism of U.S. policies. You’ll see her continue the talk about the diversity within Islam. She’ll make her mark as an activist with things like her chaplaincy program but not as a scholar with influential ideas or someone who modernizes thinking within Islam,” says Khan.

Won’t rock the boat?

Mattson rolls her brown eyes. Headline-making, provocative individual action holds no attraction for her.

“That’s the ‘great man’ theory of history. Look where that’s gotten us. I want to build something. I’m interested in long-term institutional strength,” she says.”


Go Ingrid! She won’t rock the boat. What kind of a comment is that? People always give Ingrid Mattson grief because they say she’s disappointed with her and that they wanted her to change the situation of Muslim women. Why? Just because she won’t push to lead the prayer?

I’m so glad that Ingrid Mattson showed that Muslim women can be leaders without being radical. Ingrid Mattson is staying true to her beliefs and she doesn’t believe she can lead men in prayer. Bravo! Accept that. Many of the women that agree with Ingrid are happy about that. She’s not making the front headlines everyday like Irshad and Amina Wadud but I think she’s done a lot more to advance Muslims in Ameria than these women. Even when she was not the President I know fro a fact that she was doing most of the work that it took to hold ISNA together. Maybe she hasn’t done much for womens in general but she has given back to the community as a whole n a very valuable way. She might not have made the front page, but if you google her name there are numerous articles about her where she explained Islam. and denounced terrorism.

She works tirelessly for Islam in America she doesn’t write books complaining about Muslims and push to lead the prayer and yes the latter rocks the boat but it benefited the community as whole, how? Maybe it’s those that do not constantly “rock” the boat are the ones that are going to have a lasting effect and really make changes. Changes are gradual.

May Allah Preserve Ingrid Mattson and everyone else that works for Islam in America.



  1. Umm Layth Said:

    I really want to meet her insha’Allah.

    I live ‘here’.

  2. Danya Said:

    Muslims don’t really take Khan seriously anyway… and rocking the boat is not her job.

  3. UmmZaid Said:

    Salaam ‘Alaikum

    Exactly what Danya says! I love the eye roll too.

  4. Ali Said:

    Dr. Khan is an indo-pak immigrant muslim of the elitist persuasion.

    Leave America to the Americans.

  5. […] Here are some of my previous writings on Sheikh Nur and the sister at Tradicionalista’s recent writing on Dr. Mattson. […]

  6. H. Yusuf Said:

    AA. I think Professor Khan makes a point that is self evident really. Sr. Mattson was elected because she was seen as one who would toe the party line and not rock the boat. Can anyone enlighten me as to what new initiative she has taken at ISNA which was not in place even before she joined the institution?

    As far as the great man theory is concerned, it is a very Islamic idea. Islam is a religion and tradition of great men, Prophets: Adam, Ibrahim, Musa, Isa, Muhammed [may peace be upon all of them], the khulafa-e-Rashidoon, the great founders of Islamic legal schools, Hanafi, Shafi…the idea of the Mujaddid, and the ideas of sufi silsilas founded and maintained by the Peers..Sr. Mattson’s response rejects the value of this great tradition?

    On a lighter note, she will naturally reject that great man theory since she can never be a great man.



    PS. Br. Ali, I thought most Americans were immigrants from somewhere or children of immigrants. Elitism is not limited to South Asians, in fact we still have Lords and a darul-Lords in our country.

  7. Elysium Said:

    To the guy above me, your comment ultimately dynates more harm than good. She will “never be a great man?” Wow, you really are a great muslim, aren’t ya!

    Ingrid Mattson has worked incredulously hard for Islam. And she has done it with the direction of true Islam. Hence, she doesn’t need to lead prayer to make a statement. She is mature, poised, and knows that real change is in the example of the prophet.

    Great post. Kudos.

  8. Elysium Said:

    Is the interview on youtube or any other website by chance? I would love to see that eye roll. =D

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