Imani Abdul-Haqq, a North Corolina student, recently started the countries first Muslim Sorority Gamma Gamma Chi . In the article CNN published about her, it states that she’d been looking for a full, fun college experience, but she found it hard to be a good Muslim in the standard Greek world. Abdul-Haqq states that, “To not be part of something because you’re Muslim just shouldn’t be,”. So instead of rebuffing her school’s Greek system, and opting for Islamic organizations, she decided to start the first Muslim sorority.
Many non-Americans may not know about the reality of sorority and fraternity life. Let me enlighten you. Sororities are known to participate in drug & alcohol parties, fornication, rascism and hazing. For more information about them, just read the book Pledged by Alexandra Robbins. In the book, Robbins documents all of the above activities while following a sorority for a year. Hazing, is an initiation ceremony. Hazing rites vary from having to stand half-naked in a bikini while women circle your “trouble spots” with a black marker, to being made to have sex with a brother from a linked fraternity. Some sorority rushees have died from hazing ceremonies that have gone awry. Eating disorders and drug usage are also a part of modern day sorority life. In Pledged, Robbins writes about one sorority house that had to have their pipes replaced becuase the women participated in frequent binging and purging sessions, leaving the pipes erroded from stomach bile.
While I’m sure that Gamma Gamma Chi doesn’t participate in the dark side of Greek life (inshallah), they do wear greek letters and have a “secret ceremony” and “special handshake.”
I am confused as to why a Muslim would want to align herself with groups that are shrouded in such negativity. Sisterhood, and brotherhood, is an ideal that is already inherent in Islam. Personally, I have found sisterhood with Muslimas from many races and ages. I’m not sure how I feel about an organization that would seek to emulate greek secular organizations. If the goal is sisterhood, that this is something that could be accomplished in groups other than sororities. Groups like MSA (Muslim Student Assoc) encourage sisterhood.
The Qur’an states, ” And hold fast, all together, by the rope which Allah (stretches out for you), and be not divided among yourselves (Al-Qur’an 3:103).” This was commanded before there were such things as sororities and fraternities. I think the only letters i’ll wear are alif-lam-lam-ha…Allah.