Feminism and Islam can they be compatible?

Feminism and Islam can they be compatible?

Islam and Feminism?

Asra Nomani discusses this in this video and it leads to questioning whether she is on the losing side, as the voices of Muslim reformers like her are not even taken seriously by the mainstream media never mind conservative Muslim leaders.  We should support Muslim reformers as much as we can but never leave it just to them as this would be disastrous for Western society.  They are an important tool in the fight against radical Islam, or as I argue conservative Islam, but only one tool.  This is a war for the soul of our societies and we need to work together in mutual support but ensuring we don’t sit back thinking others will win the fight for us.

Hiba Krisht: On Sexual Purity, Hijab and the False Dichotomy of Choice

Hiba Krisht: On Sexual Purity, Hijab and the False Dichotomy of Choice

A look into what it is like to be an ordinary woman in Islam

The best way to learn about anything is either to experience it yourself or learn from someone that has experienced it.  No one would wish any women to experience Islam’s true nature when it comes to women but at least we can learn from those that have and seek to ensure that Western society does not accept Sharia law in all its forms in our societies.

Islamic gender segregation coming to a sports centre near you

Islamic gender segregation coming to a sports centre near you

Swimmers are told to wear burkinis

Under the rules, swimmers – including non-Muslims – are barred from entering the pool in normal swimming attire. Instead they are told that they must comply with the “modest” code of dress required by Islamic custom, with women covered from the neck to the ankles and men, who swim separately, covered from the navel to the knees.

I am sure many remember this article from the Telegraph from 2009 describing how British swim centres are coming under Sharia law – all at taxpayers expense.  I went back and read this piece again since it had been on my mind after taking my son to a swimming gala held by Swim Ulster.  It reminded me of my times in Muslim majority countries where most things were gender segregated and what we would see as normal social interaction is virtually non-existent.

It also reminded me of a business meeting I had in Freetown Sierra Leone with a Lebanese businesswoman (dressed in Western clothing) refused to shake my hand when the meeting concluded.  This surprised me because Muslim women that do not adhere to Islamic dress codes usually have no problems with shaking the hand of a man.  I talked to the friend that introduced me (a Muslim himself) what the issue was and he just laughed and commented that she was torn between Islamic culture and western culture and felt the clothes were acceptable, i.e. no head covering, but the handshake was going too far.

When you travel you expect such things and even in the UK you expect it when you see a Muslim woman adhering to Muslim dress code.  What you don’t expect in the UK, or in Europe, is that the Muslim dress code being imposed on non-Muslims in a public setting.  We have the attitude that if a person wants to dress in a certain way go for it (if it is their own choice and not imposed on them by peer or family pressure).  What we don’t expect in the UK is that publically funded facilities enforce Muslim dress code on anyone.

After all Sharia law is not the law of the land the last time I checked.  Yet we see this increasingly more common and we must ask the question where does it stop?  For example, am I going to be told that I can’t put ham in my children’s lunches because it would offend Muslim pupils?  It is already happening in some parts of the UK and do we expect it to spread as the influence os Sharia law increases in the UK?

Parents launch petition to stop their school serving only halal meat to pupils

Islington Council scraps pork from menus in all primary schools

Muslim Hours at Municipal Swimming Pools in the West

The Myth of the Muslim Feminist

The Myth of the Muslim Feminist

Theresa Corbin, CNN, and the Myth of the Muslim Feminist

Some readers may have read my recent piece on Muslim immigration and our children’s future where I considered how things would change for our children in the West as Islam’s influence and power increased due to simple demographics (the more Muslims there are in a country the more influence they will wield).  In this piece, I talked about how the increasing influence of Sharia law in the West would change our societies in a negative way.

Having researched the subject a little more over the last few days I have come across some very interesting articles from various women that maintain that they converted to Islam because it appealed to their feminist leanings.  Obviously, this struck me as very strange given the fact that Islam is very clear on the place of women in Islam and any self-respecting feminist would recoil from Islam.  The piece on the place of women in Islam (according to Islam) The place of women in Islam – Hijab, The Dress of Modesty in Islam is very instructive and is worth reading by any who foolishly believe that Islam and feminism are compatible.

The above title is taken from the attached video by David Wood on an article written by Theresa Corbin.  You can see much of her writings here.  Obviously a vocal proponent of Islam and one that seems in a state of self-delusion and total ignorance of what Islam really is and what it really means for a woman when Sharia is the law of the land.

It has always been of great interest to me (as someone who has lived and worked in Muslim majority countries and whose wife grew up in one as a non-Muslim minority) how `feminists’ can have an informed opinion of life for a woman under Sharia law when they have never lived under Sharia law.  Instead, they enjoy the benefits of societies that reject Sharia law and thus do not have to comply with Islam’s position on women.  Would Theresa Corbin have the same views if she lived under Sharia as a woman?  How would her feminist principles hold up then?

The article that David wood is responding to in his video is I’m a feminist and I converted to Islam and can be found by following the link embedded in the title.  The statement that struck me in the article was:

Surprisingly, Islam turned out to be the religion that appealed to my feminist ideals.

I have to say I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read this.  It seemed so incredulous that an intelligent woman living in the West could actually say this about Islam.  It led me to ask the questions that David Wood asks in his video about her knowledge of Islam and the place of women in Islam.

In a recent piece introducing a video on the subject of women in Islam – looking at the experiences of three ex Muslim women – it was said:

Our culture is full of wisdom in the ordinary things.  One of the pearls I love is the saying that goes: The proof of the pudding is in the eating.

The piece in question is Islam, Modesty, and Feminism – how will this affect women in the West?  The video attached to this piece gives the experiences of three young ex Muslim women and it reflects the above saying.  David Wood responds from the Islamic official position on women and these three women share their personal experiences of Islam.

 

Islam, Modesty and Feminism – how will this affect women in the West?

Islam, Modesty and Feminism – how will this affect women in the West?

Islam, Modesty and Feminism – Sarah Haider, Hiba Krisht & Ghada

In recent weeks I have been thinking a lot about the place of women in the West if Islam increases its influence and Sharia gradually gets a foothold in our societies and ends up controlling the lives of our grandchildren.  I considered this in my piece on Muslim immigration and our children’s future.

Our culture is full of wisdom in the ordinary things.  One of the pearls I love is the saying that goes: The proof of the pudding is in the eating.

In many ways, I have lived this as I have lived and worked in Muslim majority countries for a significant amount of time and my wife hails from a Muslim majority country in Asia (as a non-Muslim minority).  Yet I lived there as a male non-Muslim and because I worked for international organisations I was in many ways isolated from the personal control of Sharia in my life (but still had to obey Sharia in public).  But you never really understand something unless it is dominant in your life.  You can only judge the quality of something after you have tried, used, or experienced it.

So what is it like for a woman to live under Sharia regulations?   What would it be like for women living under Sharia and stripped off all the rights provided by Western society?

These three women discuss it and give their personal experiences of it.  It is part of the work of Ex Muslims of North America – an organisation well worth following.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asra Nomani – the hijab in Islam

Asra Nomani – the hijab in Islam

Politics & Clothing: The Hijab

This is the title given by the organisers of this dialogue between  Asra Nomani and Hoda Katebi on the hijab.

Published on 8 Jun 2016

When Italian designers Dolce & Gabbana announced its first hijab collection, it wasn’t just the fashion world that took notice. In many ways, hijab is becoming part of mainstream Western culture, worn by characters on television series, Olympic athletes, even a new Barbie doll. Still the wearing of hijab continues to spark other responses, from attacks on women in Paris, to calls from some Muslim women to end what they view as an oppressive form of dress. CHF convenes a conversation to discuss the complex and sometimes contradictory responses to hijab, including Asra Nomani, journalist and author of “Standing Alone in Mecca” and Hoda Katebi, activist and author of “Tehran Street Style,” moderated by Duaa Eldeib of the Chicago Tribune. This program was recorded on Apr 30, 2016 as part of Chicago Humanities Festival’s inaugural spring festival, Style: http://chf.to/Style2016
I have to say that I found this video to be very informative, not only concerning the hijab (and how it is used in Islam) but my understanding and appreciation of Asra Nomani.  Articulate, intelligent and very clear and gracious – the opposite of her fellow speaker who comes across as shallow and intolerant of anything that does not suit her own narrative (sound familiar when it comes to Islam?) who focuses on identity politics and her own sense of personal victimisation.
Muslim immigration and our children’s future

Muslim immigration and our children’s future

Outside of marketing who really cares about demographics

The Cambridge Dictionary defines demographics as:

the number and characteristics of people who live in a particular area or form a particular group, especially in relation to their age, how much money they have and what they spend it on

I have to admit that up until about five years ago demographics was one of those subjects that sounded as if you never wanted to look into unless you were in marketing because the whole concept seemed so dry and boring.  Yet after living overseas for so long the concept gradually entered my consciousness and I began to realise that this is something that will change our culture forever.

Being based in Belfast in Northern Ireland, which is the smallest province of the UK by far we are probably 10 years behind the `mainland’ (as we call the rest of the UK) when it comes to the changes in society.  We have started to see immigration but not to the extent that the rest of the UK has seen so in reality, we are in many ways insulated to the whole `multicultural’ debate.

For my family and I, we are a bit different as we would be seen as the perfect example of multiculturalism because my wife and I are from two very different cultures (one being an Ulster Scot and the other from an Asian heritage), our children being a product of two ethnic and cultural backgrounds and traditions.  Yet our children are just like every other teenager in the UK and the cultural differences of their parents are not even a topic of discussion as it is taken for granted and accepted. Our children do not see themselves as any different from any of their peers because they are not.  They grew up in the UK and they are British but British with an Asian influence in the way they think and act.

How will demographics change our children’s lives?

I am no stranger to different cultures and religions as I have lived and worked in Asia, Africa and the Middle East (with a lot of time spent in Mulsim Majority countries).  So I do not bat an eyebrow when I see people dressed in different cultural or religious dress.  Being used to seeing women with head coverings, whether it is the Hijab, Niqab or the Burkar (although you can see from this link there are more than just three versions of the Muslim women’s headdress) so most times I do not give women who wear them a second thought.

Yet the rise in women wearing them in the UK gives rise to many worries concerning what this means for the future of our children, but especially for their children. The reason these questions have been on my mind particularly the past weekend was the sight of two Somalian women on one of my local streets, near my daughters swimming classes.  Unlike most in the UK that are not of Somali origin, I know a little about Somalian culture as I lived and worked there in recent years.

A book everyone should read

What struck me was not that I was seeing two Somalia women dressed in full Muslim attire on the streets of Belfast (the sight is becoming more and more common) but the number of children that accompanied the two women (approximately ten I would guess).  I don’t know why this stuck in my mind this day but it did and I started to run over in my mind Douglas Murray’s book The Strange Death of Europe.

Murry is one of the clearest thinkers and commentators in Europe today and having lived in many Muslim majority countries (many of which provide us with the majority of the Muslim migrants coming into Europe today), I find his commentary and arguments very persuasive.

After starting thinking of demographics and Murray’s commentary on the cultural and social suicide of Europe because of mass Islamic migration (a huge change in our demographics); I went with my son to the last swimming gala of the year (as at 14 years of age he is just coming good as a competitive swimmer).  I was acting as a volunteer turn judge for the Swim Ulster gala and I could not get out of my mind would we see such gala’s in Europe in 50 years time.  Seems a strange thing to be thinking about but today I am wondering if it is so strange. According to a recent Pew Report:

Europe’s Growing Muslim Population Muslims are projected to increase as a share of Europe’s population – even with no future migration

According to this report, the UK has just over four million Muslims (6.3% of the population), but of course, with regional variations, i.e. certain parts of the country have denser concentrations of Muslims.  What struck me this past weekend was the growing influence of Muslims in the UK and how their culture and ethical norms are slowing being incorporated into British society – slowing replacing our culture and heritage.

It reminds me of a story involving a swimming pool in Luton in 2016 where the local authorities started men only swimming sessions in order to accommodate local Muslim `culture and practice’.  The Daily Mail Online reported the issue by quoting a local Imman:

Ajmal Masroor told talk radio that women “prefer a segregated pool where they can enjoy themselves without being an object of desire”.

This goes to the heart of the issue.  According to Islam women should cover up because they are an object of men’s lust and thus should not tempt men by revealing any part of their body.  It is not the man’s fault that he looks at women in a sexual way but their fault because she did not cover up, thus tempting him. If the reader wants a good Islamic explanation of the purpose of women covering up see Allamah Sayyid Sa’eed Akhtar Rizvi’s article:

The future of British swimming pools?

Hijab, The Dress of Modesty in Islam

An object of desire

I have included an interesting Channel Four debate on women covering up and it is very enlightening.  If you look at many of the female defenders of covering up in Islam today you will hear the same rhetoric that is presented in this TV debate.  Muslim women cover-up in devotion and obedience to Allah.  So to say that they do it by choice is hardly the whole truth.

They do it by choice because they chose to submit to Allah and his prophet.  It can hardly be empowering if you are required to do it by Allah and Allah’s word is cast iron – you disobey and you suffer hellfire.  It’s like a husband saying to his wife, `you have the choice to obey me or not but if you disobey me I will kill you’.  There are choices and there are choices!

 

The essence of Islam is “Submission to the Will of Allah”, to make one’s opinions, inclinations and actions subservient to the commands of Allah.

”And it is not for a believer man or believer woman to have any choice in their affair when Allah and His Messenger decided a matter; and whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger, indeed he has strayed a manifest straying.”1

Therefore, if one asks why Hijab or Purdah is necessary, the only proper reply would be, ‘because Allah and His Messenger have so decided’. And that should be the end of all arguments, so far as the believing men and believing women are concerned. But in this age, Hijab has been equated with backwardness of society and is regarded as a symbol of servitude of women.

Many preachers think it is safer to avoid this subject in their lectures. But the Holy Prophet has said: ”When Bid’ats appear and an ‘Alim does not say what he knows (against that Bid’at) then he is cursed by Allah, the angels and the men.” 2 Islam is a compact religion in which all rules and regulations are well-synchronized, and if one wants to tamper with a certain part, the whole system would disintegrate. You have to accept the whole machinery as it is; you cannot choose from it.

According to Islam Muslim women have no choice in the matter if they wish to be obedient to Allah.  Allah and the prophet said it, so it is settled.  This explains the attitudes of the British Mulsim women in the video.  This is frightening, especially when you think of the last words quoted above: `Islam is a compact religion in which all rules and regulations are well-synchronized, and if one wants to tamper with a certain part, the whole system would disintegrate. You have to accept the whole machinery as it is; you cannot choose from it.’  This goes beyond women’s headdress but to every aspect of society and a person’s life.

Are we committing suicide as a society?

Murray is correct when he says that by importing this set of beliefs we are committing cultural and societal suicide and unlike the Muslim migrants we have nowhere to go.  Where can our children and grandchildren go?

These questions are asked because our society is already adapting to accommodate 6.3% of the British population and Muslim communities are very focal when it comes to their rights to impose Sharia-based practices in the UK. We have many Islamic/Sharia courts running a  parallel legal system in the UK and these are part of the problem of spreading  Sharia law in the UK.  One Law for All gives a devastating commentary and response to the government’s recent review of the Sharia court system in the UK:  Sharia Laws are part of the extremist threat and not a solution.  They conclude their criticism in this way:

A forensic examination of the operation of Sharia in Britain lays bare what fundamentalists do to achieve their goals, not merely what they think. We do not accuse them simply of ‘thought crimes’ but of promoting crimes and human rights violations.

The review is a botched attempt at consultation established with flawed terms of reference and an explicit disregard for gender discrimination. The government and the reviewers have failed the women most affected and ignored the concerns of rights advocates.

We will be providing a more detailed submission. Meanwhile, we call on you, as Home Secretary, to ensure that none of the recommendations contained in the review are implemented without consultation with those advocates who are able to make clear connections with extremism, fundamentalism and inequality. The government has, so far, failed in its duty to make an equality impact assessment, which it needs to do with the full weight of evidence before it. Continued indifference to the government’s duty to respect, protect and fulfil human rights will leave us in no doubt that there is no change to the social contract in which women’s rights are traded off as part of a process of appeasement of fundamentalists and extremists.

It seems obvious that this is a perfect example of what Murray means when he calls our politicians cowards.

With the projections showing rapid growth in the Muslim population across Europe (including the UK), it is hard to see a situation where there will not be an increase in the calls for the implementation of more Sharia-based practices and laws that will negatively impact our culture and heritage.  Practices and laws that will severely restrict not only our cultural heritage but our freedoms as well.

This is more dangerous than the many terrorist attacks that we face – although evidence is mounting that Islamists use terrorism to play on the cowardice of our politicians who are increasingly giving more and more concessions to Islam.   Under no circumstances can we afford to offend Muslims, is this not what we hear nearly every day in the UK and Europe?  If we offend them will we not drive them into radicalisation, and we know where that leads to, yes?  We offend them, they radicalise, they radicalise and they kill us.  So it is better not to offend but to accommodate and give them what they want.

I fear that our children’s children will live in a very different country than what we live in today as our freedoms and way of life is gradually eroded and replaced by Islamic Sharia law.  David Wood’s The Three Stages of Jihad seems very adept.  As is quoted above:

The essence of Islam is “Submission to the Will of Allah”, to make one’s opinions, inclinations and actions subservient to the commands of Allah.

Are we destined to submit to the will of Allah as defined under Sharia law?  Will this be the fate of our grandchildren? It is heartening that the British courts are ruling against gender segregation in the UK:  Court of Appeal finds gender segregation can amount to unlawful sex discrimination Yet this is only one of many battles that we face in the UK to protect the long history of individual freedoms that we now have.

The place of women in Islam – Hijab, The Dress of Modesty in Islam

The place of women in Islam – Hijab, The Dress of Modesty in Islam

The place of women in Islam

In considering what life is like for women under Sharia law it is good that we consider what Modern Islam teaches on the matter.  Here is the position clearly laid out by Sayyid Sa‘eed Akhtar Rizvi. 

Nothing has been changed or edited and following the link brings you to the original article.

 

Hijab, The Dress of Modesty in Islam

 

Preface

My friend, late Haji Yusuf Husayn Sheriff of Arusha (Tanzania) had asked me to deliver a lecture on the subject of Hijab (Purdah) at the 8th annual seminar of the Golden Crescent Group, which was to be held at Lushoto on the 22nd and 23rd October 1977. At that time I was busy making arrangements for our hajj journey and wanted to be excused. But on his insistence I had to agree. The result is the Part One of this booklet, which contains the lecture and the questions and answers which followed. Just 3 months later, Haji Yusuf suddenly expired at Mombasa (Kenya). We belong to Allah and to Him is our return.

This part’s Swahili translation (by Shaykh Dhikiri O. M. Kondo, Editor, Sauti Ya Bilal) was published by the Bilal Muslim mission of Tanzania long ago. But the original remained pending because I wanted to make it more comprehensive. Once postponed, it remained forgotten until recently when the situation in the society in Africa and elsewhere demanded its publication.

Now I have added the Part Two, which contains further details. And as they say in Arabic, everything is pledged to its time, the booklet is now published – after 14 years. I dedicate the thawab of writing this booklet to late Haji Yusuf H. Sheriff. May Allah give him a high place near the 14 Ma’sumin (as).

It is being published on the initiative of Haji Kurbanali Khaki, of Dar es Salaam, who has also borne the expenses of its printing. May Allah subhanahu wa Ta’ala give him its reward and bestow on him prosperity and success in both worlds. Amen.

Sayyid Sa’eed Akhtar Rizvi
Chief Missionary
Dar es Salaam
10th Dhur’l-hijja, 1412
12th June, 1992

Introduction

 

The essence of Islam is “Submission to the Will of Allah”, to make one’s opinions, inclinations and actions subservient to the commands of Allah.

And it is not for a believer man or believer woman to have any choice in their affair when Allah and Hiss Messenger decided a matter; and whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger, indeed he has strayed a manifest straying.1

Therefore, if one asks why Hijab or Purdah is necessary, the only proper reply would be, ‘because Allah and His Messenger have so decided’. And that should be the end of all arguments, so far as the believing men and believing women are concerned.

But in this age, Hijab has been equated with backwardness of society and is regarded as a symbol of servitude of women. Many preachers think it is safer to avoid this subject in their lectures. But the Holy Prophet has said:

When Bid’ats appear and an ‘Alim does not say what he knows (against that Bid’at) then he is cursed by Allah, the angels and the men.” 2

Islam is a compact religion in which all rules and regulations are well-synchronized, and if one wants to tamper with a certain part, the whole system would disintegrate. You have to accept the whole machinery as it is; you cannot choose from it.

Islam believes in keeping men and women apart. It has entrusted males and females with completely separate responsibilities, according to their natural ability. Man is obliged to earn livelihood for himself and his family. Woman has been entrusted with responsibility of managing domestic affairs, and upbringing the children in Islamic background.

The proponents of the “liberty” of women sneer at this division of labour, implying that proper upbringing of children is an inferior duty which degrades women. They do not realize that their new social order, which deprives the children of parental care and control, is a major factor in increasing juvenile delinquency, which in its turn is tearing the society apart.3

Hijab as we know it was not in Arabia before Islam. It was introduced in Madina by specific injunctions of the Qur’an, long before non-Arabs came into the fold of Islam.

Ummu’l-muminin ‘Ayeshah is reported to praise the women of al-Ansar in these words:

I did not see any women better than those of Al-Ansar, in their confirmation of Allah’s Book and the faith in the revelation. As soon as the chapter of an-Nur was revealed, containing the words, and they draw their head covers over their neck slits, {and they were informed of it by their men} everyone of them without exception took her robe (shawl) and wound it around her head, in conformity with, and faith in, what Allah had revealed in His Book.

They came next morning behind the Messenger (s.a.w) with those wound robes on heads as if a crow was sitting on their heads.” 4

Therefore, the attempts of some self-appointed non-Muslim experts of Islam, to show that Hijab came to Islam when the Arabs conquered neighbouring countries, have no leg to stand. Modesty is one of the fundamentals of Islamic Shari’ah. Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s) said:”Modesty is a part of Iman.” 5

Verses of Hijab

First let us read the verses of the Qur’an on this subject:-
There are three verses in Sura An-Nur:-

Say unto the believer men that they cast down their gaze and guard their private parts; that is purer for them. Verily, Allah is well Aware of all that you do.

And say unto the believing women that they cast down their gaze and guard their private parts, and they display not their “Zinat” (adornment) except what becomes apparent of it; and they draw their “Khumur” (head covers) over their “Juyub” (neck-slits); and they display not their “Zinat” except to their husbands, or their fathers, or the father of their husbands, or their brothers, or their sons, or the sons of their husbands, or their brothers, or their brother’s sons, or their sister’s sons, or their women or those whom their right hands possess, or the male servants void of sexual desires, or the children who have not yet attained the knowledge of women’s secrets (or nakedness), and they should not strike their feet so that what they hide of their “Zinat” becomes known; and turn you all unto Allah, O you believers, so that you may be successful.” 6

Explanation of Important Words

Zinat: What a human being uses to adorn himself/herself like ornaments, clothes and similar things.

Khumur: With their khumur i.e. with their head covers; plural of khimar.
Juyub: Plural of jayb, i.e. neck-slit. Before the revelation of this verse, Arab women did not cover their necks and neck lines were usually low (they anticipated the 20th century fashion). So, they were ordered to cover their necks with their head covers.

Mahram: The relatives before whom a woman is allowed to display her Zinat are listed in this verse. They are called Mahram. Mahram means those relatives (by birth, fostership or marriage) with whom marriage is perpetually forbidden. Thus, father-in-law is Mahram; but sister of wife is not mahram, because one may marry her after death of the wife or after divorcing her. The phrase, “their fathers” includes paternal and maternal uncles.
Illa ma Zahara Minha”: except what becomes apparent of it. It will be explained later.

The third verse in the same Sura exempts a very old woman from putting on veil:-

Such elderly women as are past the prospect of marriage, there is no blame on them if they lay aside their outer garments, provided they make not a display of their adornment; but it is good for them if they restrain themselves; and Allah is All-hearing All-knowing..7

Explanation of Words:

Al-Qawa’id: Those women who have passed the age of menses and child-bearing and are not desirous of marriage because of their old age.

Yada’na: It denotes laying aside an outer garment like shawl or chadar, and not removing a dress like shirt or frock from body.

This exception presupposes a general rule. That the elderly women may lay aside their veil, shows that other cannot lay at aside. And even elderly women have been encouraged not to lay aside their veil, because it is good for them (and perhaps to set a good example to the younger generation!).

Then there are 4 verses in Surah Al-Ahzab:-

O Women of the Prophet! You are not like any other woman, if you fear (Allah); so be not soft in your speech, lest lusts after you he in whose heart is disease; and speak a good speech;

And stay in your houses and display not yourselves like the display of the Ignorance of Yore…” 8
Explanation

Women of the Prophet”: This verse is addressed to the women of the Prophet but all Muslim women are included in it; as so many verses addressed to the Holy Prophet are meant for the whole Ummah. For Example, there is a verse:

O Prophet! When you divorce (your) women, divorce them at their prescribed period.” 9

It is an accepted principle that the rules of the Qur’an are for the whole Ummah, except where there is a clear indication that it is not meant for others.
You are not like any other women”: Muslim women are not like non-Muslim women. So, they should maintain their distinction and dignity.

Like the display of the Ignorance of Yore”: To “stay in your houses” is the dignity of Islam; and to display oneself is the trade-mark of the pre-Islamic Ignorance and Kufr.
There is a hadith in Tafsir of Al-Qummi (with his chain of narrators) from Imam Ja’afar as-Sadiq (a.s) from his father (a.s) that he said about the clause, like the display of the Ignorance of Yore: “It implies that there surely will come another era of Ignorance.”
Allamah At-Tabatabai’s comments: “It is a fine inference.” 10

A Question: Has that predicted era of the latter days, ignorance already arrived?
“And if you ask from them any goods, ask you of them from behind the curtain; purer it is for your heats and for their hearts.” 11

Explanation: This verse is about the wives of the Holy Prophet. It shows the ideal of Purdah or Hijab for a Muslim woman, that she should remain inside her house; and Ghair-Mahram men should talk to her, if necessary, from behind a curtain.
When the above verse was revealed, the companions asked the Prophet whether they should remain hidden from their daughters, mothers and sisters also. Then the following verse was revealed:-

There is no blame on them (women) about their fathers, nor their sons, nor their brothers, nor their brothers’ sons, nor their sisters’ sons, nor their own women, nor whom their right hands possess, and fear you (O women) Allah: Verily Allah is Witness on everything.” 12

O Prophet! Say unto your wives, and your daughters and the women of the believers that they let down upon them their ‘Jilbab’ (robe which covers head, face and shoulders); so that they may be distinguished, so that they will not be troubled; Allah is Oft-Forgiving the most Merciful.” 13

Explanation: 

Jalabib: it is a plural of Jilbab is a robe bigger than headcover and shorter than shawl. The woman puts it on her head and it covers up to her breast. Jilbab means blanket and all things which cover the body like shawl etc. And the meaning is that they should let down their robes upon them so that it covers their faces, and shoulders.

Jilbab should not be confused with Khimar (head cover) mentioned above, because Jilbab is the outer robe worn over Khimar. 14 In fact it is what is variously called chador, abayah or purdah.

The above verses guide the women as follows:

a)    They should stay in their houses.
b)   They should not talk is soft words with Ghair-Mahram men.
c)    There should be a curtain on the door.
d)   They should not show their Zinat except to their Mahram.
e)    If they have to come out of their house (for any valid reason) they should cover their bodies with veil.

Also it appears from the above verses that there are two stages of Hijab:

1. Hijab of Eyes
2. Hijab of Dress
  

Hijab of Eyes

The believer men must cast down their gaze and believer women must cast down their gaze. None is allowed to look at the opposite sex, unless he or she is within the prohibited degree (mahram).

As the man is required to struggle for earning the livelihood, he is not told to hide his body (except to a certain extent). Still he is obliged to cast down his gaze; and not to look at Ghair-Mahram women.

Woman can easily keep herself covered and hidden because her sphere of activity is her home; therefore, she was told to cover her entire body, as well as cast down her gaze and not to look at Ghair Mahram men.

There are many ahadith which say that:

Glance is a poisoned arrow from the arrows of Shaitan.” 15

Beware of glancing, because it sows lust in the heart of the glances, and enough is it for a mischief.”16

Another hadith says that the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a) said:

Whoever fills his eyes looking at women unlawfully, Allah will raise him on the day of resurrection with nails of fire driven in (his eyes), until judgment is given concerning the whole mankind; then he will be ordered to be driven into the Fire.” 17 

Numerous ahadith declare that the glance after the 1st glance is an arrow of Shaitan; and is Haram. Our boys and girls should ponder on these verses and traditions, in order to realize that wearing hijab or scarf is not a license to look freely at the opposite sex.

  Hijab of Dress

We may discuss this subject under the following headings:-

Extent of Covering

The dress must cover the woman’s whole body, except what has been specifically exempted. According to authentic Ahadith of both Shi’a and Sunni books, “the whole body of woman is ‘awrah.”

The woman is ‘awrah.” 18

And what is the meaning of ‘awrah? The genitals are called ‘awrah, because it is a shame to look at them; and everything which a man hides (because of pride or shame) is called ‘awrah; and the women are ‘awrah.”

According to Al-Urwatu ‘l-wuthqa (by Sayyid Kazim Yazdi on which are footnotes of all great Mujtahids of recent times) covering is of two kinds:

1.  First: The covering which is Wajib in itself at all times and it means:

a. Hiding of ‘awratain (private parts, front and behind) from all people, male and female, Mahram and Ghair-Mahram, Baligh and Ghair-Baligh.

Exception: Husband and wife may look at each other. Also a very small child is exempted from this restriction.

b. As it is haram to uncover those parts before any person, so it is haram to look at them.

c.  It is wajib for a woman to cover her whole body (except face and hands up to wrists, which will be explained later) from all persons except her husband and Mahram.

d.  Face and Hands:

i. If there is possibility that someone will look at her with lust, then it is Wajib to cover the hands as well.

ii. If there is no such possibility, then it is Ahwat to cover them, according to Fatwa of Sayyid Kazim Yazdi, Sayyid Muhsin Hakim Tabataba’i, Sayyid Mahmud Husaini Shahrudi, Sayyid Abul-Qasim Khui, Sayyid Muhammad Kazim Shari’atmadari, Sayyid Muhammad Rida Gulpayegani and Sayyid Hadi Milani.

iii. It is haram to look with lust at the body, face or hands of a man or woman, be he or she a Mahram or Ghair Mahram.

(Exception: Wife and Husband).

2.        The second kind of covering concern the Salat.

a.      Man must cover his awratain even if there is no one there to look at him. And it Ahwat to cover between navel and knees.

b.      Woman must cover her whole body including hair and ears except face (from forehead upto the chin in length, and between the thumb and middle finger in width), hand (from wrist downwards) and feet up to ankles. It is Wajib to cover a portion of these excepted parts “Min Babil Muqaddamah”.

c.      It is not necessary for her to cover in prayer her ornaments or make up on face.

d.     If there is someone who is looking or may look with lust at her face, hands or feet during Salat, then it is Wajib for her to cover these parts also, not because of Salat, but because of the general rule mentioned earlier.19

Face and Hands

In the first verse it is said that the women display not their Zinat (adornment) except what becomes apparent of it. There is a difference of opinion about the meaning of this exception.

There is a group (both in the Sunni and the Shi’a sects) which says that ‘Ma Zahar Minha’ means the face and hands, which according to them a woman is allowed to keep open. Another group says that it refers to only that incidence when any part of her body adornment becomes uncovered because of uncontrollable factors such as blowing of wind, or out of necessity such as the outer clothes themselves.

Leaving aside the Sunni traditions, there are four ahadith in Shi’a books which directly or indirectly support the first interpretation.

First hadith is from Mardak bin ‘Ubayd from ‘a man’ from Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) that this exception covers face, hands and feet (below ankles).

Second is from Qasim bin ‘Urwah from Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) that it means antimony and ring (implying eyes and hands).

Third is from Sa’dan bin Muslim from Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) that the exception is of ring and bracelet (implying hands only).

Now ‘a man’ in the first hadith, Qasim bin ‘Urwah in the second and Sa’dan bin Muslim in the third are “un-known” persons. Nobody knows how much reliance can be put on their words.

The fourth hadith is from ‘Amr bin Shimr from Jabir al-Ansari, that Jabir said that he went with the Prophet to the house of Fatima (a.s.) and saw that she had become pale. This ‘Amr bin Shimr was an ardent liar and Sunni and Shi’a ‘Ulama unanimously say that he used to forge ahadith and attribute them to Jabir Ju’fi and others. Moreover, this hadith goes against the authentic ahadith which prove that Fatima (a.s.) covered herself before allowing a blind companion of the Prophet to enter her house, and that she did not want her dead body to be put on an open plank (as was the custom at that time) because people would know her height.

Anyhow, it is only an academic difference, coming to practical side, all ‘Ulama (without any exception) say that if there is a danger that people will look at her face with lusty intention, then it is wajib for her to cover her face. And if there is no danger then according to one group it is wajib to cover the face, and according to the other it is Ahwat.

Now, it is for a woman to decide between Allah and herself whether such a danger exists in this enlightened society or not.

 Thickness

The dress must be thick enough so as not to show the colour of skin or the shape of the body.

It is necessary to remind our women folk that the purpose of hijab is not putting on any cloth but to hide the body. Transparent or thin clothes which reveal the colour of skin or shape of body are absolutely forbidden.

The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) said, inter alia, in a hadith:

“….Their women will be dressed, yet naked; on their heads will be like the humps of lean camels; do curse them, for they are truly cursed.” 20 

The Holy Prophet on seeing a bride in a thin dress said:

A woman who dressed like this, is not the one who believes in the Surah an-Nur.”

Looseness

The dress must not be tight to describe the curves and shape of a woman’s body.

Overall Appearance

1.   The purpose of the dress is to conceal ‘Zinat’. It naturally follows that this cover itself should not be of a kind to attract onlookers to the woman inside. ‘Zinat cannot be hidden by a dress which makes people turn their eyes towards the wearer. It is this type of dress which is forbidden in this ayat of the Qur’an: Bedizen not yourselves with the bedizenment of the Ignorance of Yore.”

2.   Woman should not wear a dress which is generally known to be a male costume, nor vice versa. The Holy Prophet has cursed the men who act like women and the women who act like men. 21

3.  It should not be a dress of fame, pride and vanity. Wearing excessively dirty or rugged cloth to demonstrate denial of ‘Self’ or one’s rejection of the norms of society is not allowed. The showiness and pride are improper in the eyes of Islam and are rejected by Islamic ethics. The Prophet said: ”Whoever wears a dress of fame in this world, Allah will cloth him with a dress of humiliation on the Day of Resurrection, then set it on fire.”

 Importance of Hijab

To see how much importance is give to Hijab in Shariat, it is enough to see how other rules and regulations are modified and changed to preserve the principle of Hijab:

1.  Praying in the mosque is better than in house, and its reward goes on increasing as the gathering increases. But for the woman, the opposite is correct. There is more reward in house than in the veranda of the house.

2.  Jamaat prayer: One of the basic conditions of Jamaat prayer is that there should be no barrier between Imam and Ma’mum, and between one Ma’mum and the other. But his order is not for the women. If they want to pray with Jamaat, they should pray behind a barrier.

3. Adhan and Iqamah before the daily five prayers are very much emphasized. But women are exempted from it. If they opt to say Adhan and Iqamah, they can do so, when there is no Ghair Mahram to hear their voice. Otherwise, it is not allowed. (Though they may say it in whisper).

4.  It is wajib for men to recite first two rak’ahs in Fajr, Maghrib and ‘Isha prayers loudly. Women are required to pray in whisper only.

5. Friday prayer is Wajib ‘Aini in the presence of the Imam (a.s) or his appointed deputy and wajib takhyiri according to many ‘Ulama during the Ghaibat. But women are exempted for this wajib.

6.  Ghusl-e-Mayyit: it is necessary that the person giving funeral bath be a Muslim; but if a Muslim woman dies and there are male ghayr mahram Muslims and female Christians, then the Christians woman should be asked to take a bath and then give Ghusl to the Muslim woman.

Another ‘Alim, Muhaqiq Hilli, does not agree with it. He says the Ghusl-e-Mayit is an ‘Ibadah’, and it needs intention of Qurbatan ilallah which from a Kafir in not correct; so instead of allowing Mulsim men should give her Ghusl, he says that the dead body should be buried without Ghusl.

7.   There is great reward in carrying the bier of a Muslim and walking in his funeral procession. Women are exempted from it.

8. In Ihram, the woman is not allowed to cover her face, but, as Muhaqiq Thanik Karaki has written, this rule does not mean that seeing or being seen by Ghayr mahram is allowed. Ayatullah Abul Qasim Khui writes that when the woman wants to hide herself from Ghair Mahram in Ihram, she may pull down a corner of her Ihram on her face and chin; but it is ahwat that she put her hand or some other thing to keep the cloth away from her face.

9.   Jihad (fighting in the way of Allah) is the most liked ‘Ibadah (act of worship) but women are exempted from fighting.

So, we find that whenever any general rule comes in conflict with the rule of Hijab, it is not the Hijab which gives way. It is always the conflicting rule which is sacrificed for the principle of Hijab.

Hijab for Men

It is good to draw the attention of the audience to the requirements of dress of man also. These basic requirements have been mentioned above, and they may be enumerated as follows:-

1. Man must cover his ‘Awratain at all times, from all persons except his wife or a very small child.

2. He must cover his ‘Awratain in the prayer.

3. His cloth should not be tight so as to describe what it is supposed to hide.

4. It should not be thin so as to show the colour of the skin of the parts which should be covered

5. The dress should not be like a costume generally considered a female costume.

6. They should not be clothes of fame, pride of vanity.

7. They should not be made of pure silk.

8. Man is not allowed to wear even impure gold.

Questions & Answers

1.  Is it allowed for a veiled girl to attend co-education Schools?

Answer: If she observes all the rules of hijab and is sure that no one would look at her with lust, then it is allowed.

2.  If yes, then she would not be able to answer the questions put forward to her by the teacher, she would have to whisper?

Answer: Talking to Ghair Mahram becomes haram (forbidden) when there is a danger that the said Ghair Mahram may get lustful ideas by hearing the voices of the women.

3.  Can a woman participate fully in social and economic life remaining in purdah?

Answer: Yes, provided she does not exceed the limits laid down by the Shari’ah of Islam. Remember that Islam does not allow free mingling of males and females.

4.  In many societies both men and women have no work. For example, in an agricultural society, as in Tanzania, both men and women have to work in fields without which the family would starve. What would you suggest under this condition?

Answer: If you want to follow Islam you must change. In fact the notion that in an agricultural society a woman must work in the fields is based on short-sightedness. We see women working in Tanzania and then generalize it as a principle of sociology. We forgot that the countries which are feeding the world, like U.S.A., Canada, Australia etc. are agricultural countries, but their agriculture does not depend on their women working in the fields.

So, it is not agriculture, per se, which demands women’s back breaking labour; it is backwardness which compels Tanzania women to work in the fields, and not its agricultural society. And we may say that Islam does not like this backwardness; it wants these ladies to return to their proper place that is home. In other words Tanzanians society will have to change by following Islamic principles if it wants to march forward.

5.  Alims have been told to oppose Bid’at. At what stage should they do it? At early stage or later stages?

Answer: At every stage.

6.  Muslim Women in different countries put on different types of veil. Which type of veil is in keeping with the principle of Islam?

Answer: Any type that would suit them provided the main purpose of hijab, i.e., hiding of their bodies, is served.

7.  Is it not necessary for our women to go and obtain knowledge in medicine or pharmacy etc.? A woman patient would prefer to be examined by a female doctor rather than a male one. She should also express herself more freely to a female doctor. There are only two women’s colleges in the world in medicine; and due to the shortage of women doctors, it is necessary for our women to go and join other colleges and therefore they have to come out of Purdah.

Answer: She should try to go to a women’s college only.

8. Some ladies, without veil have kept their dignity. So why all this?

Answer: Purdah of eyes and Purdah of dress, both are compulsory for all Muslim women. The dignity of a Muslim woman in the eyes of Allah depends on Purdah; for example, see the Ayat which says, You are not like any other women”.

It is the distinction and dignity of Muslim woman to “stay in your houses”. If we try to separate their dignity form Purdah, then our out-look is not in conformity with God’s preference.

By observing only the Purdah of Eyes, the ladies mentioned in the question are obeying only part of the divine law.

9.   I believe in Islam that man and women will be treated equally tomorrow on the Day of Judgment. Now if that is the case, in view of the present inflation, why cannot a woman work and help the man in running a home?

Answer: Do not be extravagant and try to remain within the limits of the income earned by the husband. However a woman can help increasing the income by such means which do not require her to discard hijab. Equal treatment on the Day of Judgment does not mean equal burden in this life.

10.  Should parents abstain from recommending Purdah to their daughters lest she is forced after marriage by her in-laws to take it down?

Answer: As far as she is with you, you are to perform your duties and responsibilities. What happens at a later stage when she is with her husband is not your responsibility. If you are afraid that after one week you will not get any food, would you start starving from today?

11.  Is it respectable for a girl to have her veil removed by her in-laws?

Answer: No. It is haram. She has to refuse.

12.  Purdah is wajib for a girl, but if the husband forbids her to do wajib things, what can she do then? Is it wajib to listen to her husband?

Answer: No. She is not to listen to him if he tells her to commit a sin. And the husband gets twice the sin for forcing her to remove Purdah or do any haraam thing.

13. Accepting that woman’s place is at home, should a wife in western countries be allowed to work in order to help her husband whose income alone is not adequate?

Answer: I think one thing must be clarified here before answering this question. Al-Tauba baed al-hijra is one of the seven great sins. If someone is living in a place where he is free to practice his religion, and he willingly migrates to a place where he will not be free to observe religious commands, it is called Al-Tauba Baed Al-Hijra (literal meanings: To become a nomad after hijrat).

Many of our brethren had to go to western countries because of the circumstances beyond their control. They should not be blamed. But there are others who have opted for such countries just for worldly gains. They bear the great responsibility, not only of their own Akherat, but of their children and future generation also.

Now, coming to the question, the first advice to such people is not to go to such countries where they cannot meet their expenses without wife’s earning. If they are there, and it is unavoidable, then the answer to question No. 9 is applicable here.

 The Islamic Society

The part one was written in October 1977. Fifteen months later, came the Islamic revolution of Iran, and Islamic rule was established there on 11/1979. It was a world-shaking phenomenon which changed the direction of history throughout the world. Not only did it create religious awakening in every Muslim community, but also gave courage to down-trodden and oppressed masses everywhere and up against the exploiters and oppressors.

One the visible effect of the Islamic Revolution was to turn the direction of the youths from western culture to Islamic norms. Young Muslims boys now feel proud to keep beard and young girls have rediscovered the dignity of Islamic Hijab. And it is happening not only in the eastern countries but even in the West.

So far so good, we, of the older generation, are really happy to see this pleasant change. At the same time, it is necessary, rather essential, to guide the youths to the proper Islamic path, charting for them the full course of their spiritual journey. It will enable them to see how much they have progressed and how far they have to go yet.
Before going ahead, I should mention an important principle of Islamic ideology, and that is the inter-relation of Islamic Laws and Islamic Ethics. Islamic Laws teach the minimum a person is required to do, and transgression of which entails sins and is sometimes considered a crime. Islamic Ethics take a man from that starting point to the highest peak of spiritual perfection.

If a man is sick and weak, he first needs treatment to cure his disease; after that he needs special regimen of diet, exercise and tonics to restore his body, to bring him to the peak of his health and strength. The same principle applies in the spiritual field. Islamic laws keep man free from ills of sin and crime, wile Islamic Ethics show him the way to noble spiritual perfection and strength.

From Islam’s point of view, it is not enough to merely ordain some basic laws to protect the believers from sins, and leave them at that. A weak patient, even when cured of a disease, is an easy target of further attacks unless his strength is restored. Nor has Islam merely exhorted its followers to strive to reach high moral standards, without prescribing some rules to prevent them from negative influences.

Of what use will be tonics if body is riddled with debilitating diseases. Thus Islamic Laws and Islamic Ethics are inter-linked; they are different stages of the same spiritual journey. Islam knows that spiritual level of all people is not the same. Therefore, it has chosen for us the highest ethical and spiritual ideas, at the same time it has laid down minimum requirements which one cannot transgress without exposing himself to spiritual peril.

Let us, look, for example, at the concept of charity. A Muslim is responsible for providing sustenance to his immediate family (parents, self, wife and children). It is only after meeting those obligatory expenses, that he is exhorted to spend on charity. Allah says in the Quran:

And they ask you as to what they should spend. Say: What you can spare.”22 

This is the starting point of charity. But suppose you have some food just sufficient to satisfy the hunger of your own family, and your brother’s or neighbour’s family has nothing to eat. Islamic Ethics exhorts you to share that little food with them. Of course, your family will remain half-hungry; but it not better that ten people should share in that little food, rather than five eating their fill while the other five remain starving? Allah says:

“…and they prefer (other) over themselves though poverty may afflict them.” 23 

This stage of charity is high commendable and is a hallmark of Islam. Yet, it is not the ultimate destination, the final goal. If we want to see the ideal charity, we will have to study the lives of the Holy Prophet and his family members (peace and mercy of Allah be on them all). Look at the verses of the Chapter 76 ad-Dahr, and you will see ‘Ali, Fatimah, al-Hasan, al-Husayn and the maid Fiddah, fasting three days consecutively without taking any food and every night giving their breads to a poor man, an-orphan and a captive. Three nights they fed hungry persons and stayed for more than 72 hours without a single morsel. Allah praises them in these words:

They fulfill vows and fear a day the evil of which shall be spreading far and wide. And they give food out of love for Him to the poor and the orphan and the captive. We only feed you for Allah’s sake; we desire from you neither reward nor thanks.”24

Many orientalists, who are generally oblivious or ignorant of this inter-relation of the Islamic Laws and the Islamic Ethics, take it upon themselves to pronounce judgment on Islam, unfavourably comparing it Laws (i.e. the minimum requirements) with “the highest ethical stand points” of Christianity, and then pontificating that Islamic “moral teachings” have “shortcomings”.

And unfortunately the same disoriented outlook is inculcated in most of those students who study Islam directly or indirectly under these non-Muslim orientalists. They look at Islam not as a single living entity, but as a lifeless collection of disjointed limbs. Not surprisingly, when such people look at Fiqh (jurisprudence), they do not see it as an essential part of the whole Islam, but consider it the Alpha and Omega of Islam, the total Islam.

 The Jurists’ Views on Hijab

Be as it may. Now let us come back to our original topic, Hijab or Purdah. Like all the Islamic tenets, its starting point is given in the fiqh (jurisprudence), which has been described in Part One. To refresh the memory, I give here some relevant rulings of three of our great mujtahideen.

Ayatullah al-Uzma as-Sayyid Abu ‘l-Qasim al-Khou’i writes:

Mas’alah 1233: It is wajib for a woman to hide her whole body (except face and the two palms) from all men (except her husband and mahrams); rather it is wajib for her to hide her face and the palms too even from mahrams (except the husband) if the mahram may look at her with sensual pleasure; rather it is wajib for her to hide her even face and palms from ghair mahram at all times and in all conditions – as a matter of ihtiyat wajib. And it is not wajib at all on a man to keep himself in purdah.

Mas’alah 1232: It is haram for a woman to look at a man (except at his face, head, neck and the feet); apparently she may look at these parts provided it is not done with sensual pleasure nor is there any danger of falling into haram, although it is ahwat not to look at these too even without sensual pleasure. 25

These rulings tell us three things:

1. About the whole body (except face and palms): It is definitely wajib to cover.
2. About face and palms (when there is a possibility of someone looking at her with sensuous desires): It is definitely wajib to cover them.
3. About face and palms (when there is no such danger): It is Ihtiyat wajib to cover.

Thus according to Ayatullah al-Uzma al-Khou’i, it is ihtiyat wajib for a woman to cover her face and hands from ghair mahram men in all conditions. Now a muqalid has the option of either following this ihtiyat or referring to the next a’lim mujtahid and then to the next, if he has given fatwa on that matter. Ayatullah al-Uzma al-Komeini is said to allow the woman not to cover their faces and hands if there was no danger of any man looking at her with lustful intention or of falling into haram. Thus many of our girls acted on that fatwa.

However, the same al-Komeini says that men are totally forbidden to look at a ghair mahram woman’s face and hands. He writes:

Mas’alah 18: There is no doubt that a man is not allowed to look at the hair and body of a ghair mahram woman (except her face and palms), be it with or without sensual pleasure or danger of falling into haram. Likewise it is haram to look at her face and palms too if it is with sensual pleasure or the said danger. As for looking at her face and palms without sensual pleasure or danger of falling into haram, there are two, rather three, opinions:

1.   That is allowed unconditionally.
2.  That is haram unconditionally.
3.  That the first glance is allowed but the second one is haram.
And the middle opinion (i.e. it is haram unconditionally) is ahwat (wajib). 26

Unfortunately, those who reported the fatwa about the women’s responsibility did not think it necessary to even mention that it is obligatory for men not to look at her face and hands at all. A serious question may be asked loudly: Even if an organizer of a mixed gathering is sure of himself, how can he be sure of the others?

As for Ayatullah al-Uzma Sayed Muhammad Rida Gulpaegani, his fatwa is as follows:

Mas’alah 2442: It is haram for a man to look at the body or hair of a ghair mahram woman, whether it is with intention of sensuous enjoyment or not; likewise it is haram to look at the body or hair of a girl below nine years of age if such a glance may usually incite lusty feelings. And it is haram to look at their faces and hands with intentions of sensuous enjoyment rather the prohibition of looking at their face and hands, even without intention of sensuous enjoyment, is not without strong proof.

Likewise, it is haram for a woman to look at the body of a ghair mahram man.” 27

This is the minimum hijab and it is the starting point. Now that our girls in East Africa and Western countries have started wearing scarf and covering their bodies, they have taken the first step on the path of Islamic Hijab. But they should realize that it is only the first step. They should follow and implement the second part of the ruling by covering their faces and hands every time there is a danger of someone looking at them with sensuous intention.

Remember, it is the definite ruling, not a matter of Ihtiyat. They should try their utmost to proceed on this path keeping the ultimate goal in their view. It is very regrettable that many preachers and speakers never present the ideology of hijab in its true perspective; and do not explain even this minimum requirement fully and completely. As a result the ladies do not realize that they at present are at the starting line of this spiritual journey and that they should strive to proceed further ahead.

 Ideal Hijab

The ultimate or ideal hijab may be understood from the following traditions:

Once when the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) was in his house and the mothers of the believers, Ummu Salimah and Maymunah, were with him, a blind Companion, ‘Abdullah Ibn Maktum, sought permission to come to the Prophet (s.a.w.a.). The Prophet (s.a.w.a.) told the above-mentioned Mothers of the believers to hide themselves. They said:  “But he is blind” The Prophet (s.a.w.a.) said: Are you too blind? Would not you see him?” 28

Ali (a.s.) said: “Once a blind man (in company of the Holy Prophet s.a.w.a) asked permission of Fatimah (a.s.) to enter her house. She stopped him (until she covered herself). The Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.a.) said: “Why did you stop him? He cannot see you.” She said: “Although he cannot see me, but I can see him; and moreover, (if I do not hide) he might feel my scent.” The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) said: “I bear witness that you are a part of me.” 29

Once the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) asked her: “What is the best for a woman?” She replied: “That she does not see a man and no man sees her.” The Prophet (s.a.w.a.) said: “Offspring, one from the other.”30

Ali (a.s.) said: “Once the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.a.) asked his companions about woman what she was. They said: “She is awrah (a thing to hide).” He said: “At what time does she come nearest to her Lord?” They did not know. When Fatimah (a.s) heard (the question), she said: “She becomes nearest to her Lord when she adheres to the innermost part of her house.” The Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.a.) said: “I bear witness that you are a part of me.” 31

Also we know that she had asked ‘Ali (a.s.) to put her dead-body in a covered coffin, as she did not like the idea of strangers looking at her dead body and knowing her height.

After the tragedy of Karbala, the family members of Imam Husayn (a.s.) were taken captive, and paraded in the markets of Kufa and Damascus without veil. When the Lady Zaynab (a.s.), sister of Imam Husayn (a.s.), was made to stand – together with other ladies and children before Yazid in a court attended by 700 “dignitaries” and hundreds of onlookers. Zaynab (a.s.) at one point got her chance to deliver her famous Khutbah (speech) stingingly attacking Yazid exposing his barbarism, perfidity and debauchery. One of the indictments was contained in these words:

Is it justice, O son of the freed slaves! That you have kept your woman and slave girls in seclusion, and have paraded the daughters of the Messengers of Allah (Mercy of Allah be on him and his Progeny), their veil torn away and their faces visible to all; their faces are peered at by all, be he far or near, lowly or noble.” 32

Some people have taken it upon themselves to preach to the ladies that if they cover their bodies, keeping the faces and hands open, then they are free to mingle with gents in religious gatherings and elsewhere. But as a matter of fact, Islam does not approve mingling of ghair mhram men and women at all. After all, hijab of dress does not exempt one from hijab of eyes.

Also it has been described above that it is unanimously wajib for a woman to cover her face if there is any possibility that someone would look at her with lusty enjoyment, or if there is any danger of falling in haram. Even if an office-bearer of a Jamat, union or association is sure of himself that he would not look at any lady with lusty intentions or sensuous enjoyment, how can he be sure about other men in the gathering, especially the young folk?

There is an interesting point to ponder upon. We know that a man is obliged to cover from his navel to the knees only. Then why don’t we exhort the gents to come to the community gathering (if not in the markets and streets) wearing half pants only? Why is that they are not preached against wearing shirts, full trousers, coats, ties and socks?

If the men are not told to stick to the minimum covering, why the women are exhorted to stick to the minimum or even less than minimum? Why are not they explained the complete fatwa in its true perspective? Religiously speaking, is such preaching progressive or retrogressive?

The Muslim ladies and gents must observe the hijab of the eyes as well as hijab of the dress. It would be travesty of hijab for a girl to mix freely with ghair mahram boys, while wearing a scarf or head cover.

May Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala give all of us tawfiq to observe and obey His commandments with sincerity and devotion.

  • 1. Holy Quran, 33:36
  • 2. Safinatu’l Bihar, vol.1,p. 63
  • 3. For detailed description of this topic, please, see my book, The Islamic Family life, Revised edition published by W.O.F.I.S., Tehran, Iran. [DILP] Available on line at: http://www.al-islam.org/islamic-family-life-rizvi
  • 4. Ad-Durru ‘l-manthur, vol. 5 p. 42; al-Kashshaf: vol.. 3, p. 62
  • 5. Safinatu ‘l-Bihar, vol. 1, p. 360
  • 6. Holy Quran, 24: 30-31
  • 7. Holy Quran, 24: 60
  • 8. Holy Quran, 33: 32-33
  • 9. Holy Quran, 65: 1,  See al-Kashshaf, vol. 4, p. 117
  • 10. Al-Mizan, vol. 16, p. 316
  • 11. Holy Quran, 33:53
  • 12. Holy Quran, 33:55
  • 13. Holy Quran, 33:59
  • 14. Ad-Durru ‘l-manthur, vol. 5, p. 42
  • 15. Safinatu ‘l-Bihar, vol. 2, p. 596 , Ad-Durru ‘l-manthur, vol. 5, p. 42
  • 16. Safinatu ‘l-Bihar, vol. 2, p. 596
  • 17. Ibid, p. 171
  • 18. Kanzu ‘l-‘ummal, vol. 16, ch. 6, p. 411, hadith no. 45158
  • 19. Al-‘Urwatu ‘l-wuthqa
  • 20. Kanzu ‘l-‘ummal, vol. 16, ch. 6, p.401, hadith no. 45106; see also hadith no. 45013 on p. 383.
  • 21. Ibid, p. 385, hadith no. 45020
  • 22. Holy Quran, 2:219
  • 23. Holy Quran, 59:9
  • 24. Holy Quran, 76:7-8
  • 25. Minhaju ‘s-salihin, vol. 2, p. 260
  • 26. Tahriru ‘l-wasilah, vol. 2, p. 243
  • 27. Tawzihu ‘l-masa’il, 61st ed., Muharram 1410, Qum, pp. 412-413
  • 28. Ad-Durru ‘l-manthur, vol. 5, p. 42
  • 29. Biharu ‘l-anwar, vol. 43, p. 91
  • 30. Ibid, p. 84
  • 31. Ibid, p. 85
  • 32. al-Ihtijaj, vol. 2, p. 308
Women in Islam: Was Muhammad a Misogynist?

Women in Islam: Was Muhammad a Misogynist?

Ms. Atiya Khan is a Pakistani television personality. After the Islamic terrorism of 9/11, instead of wondering what derives her co-religionist to commit such crimes against other humans and deepen her knowledge, which would have likely led her to leave Islam she decided to deepen her faith instead. When good people learn the truth about Islam they can no longer believe in it.

Islam attracts people inclined towards violence. From the biographies of Muhammad we learn that most early Muslims were thugs and criminals prior to their conversion. They did not reform, they used their traits to raid, rape and promote Islam. They found in Islam justification for their actions.

The fact that Muslims’ faith is strengthened after some of them commit an act of terror is strange, but it goes back to the time of Muhammad.  Ibn Ishaq writes that the Quraish, the population of Mecca, ignored Muhammad until he began insulting their religion and telling them that their forefathers are in hell. [[1]] As the result, tension in Mecca was high and hostility was ready to erupt into violence.

One day, a group of youths from Mecca found a few Muslims of their age praying in a glen outside the town. They mocked them, and Muslims jumped at them and Sa’d ibn Abu Waqas smote and wounded one of the Meccans with a camel jawbone.

It’s well known that Muslims feel free to ridicule and malign all other faiths but have zero tolerance if their religion is slighted. Ibn Ishaq says, “This was the first blood to be shed in Islam.” [[2]] He also claims that as the result of this aggression, Muslims became stronger.
Another story is when Hamza, the rugged uncle of Muhammad, went to the mosque in Mecca. , took Abul Hakam who was sitting with a few other men off guard, and smote his head with his bow, which made his head to bleed. and again Ibn Ishaq gloats that as the result, everyone feared Muslims and the believers’ faith increased.

Other cases are the assassinations of Ka’b ibn Ashraf, the centenarian Abu Afak, and Asma bint Marwan, a mother of five children in Medina. After Asma was brutally murdered at night, Muhammad wanted to show off his power. He ordered her assassin, Salim ibn Umayr, to go back and taunt her small children for everyone to see the strength of Islam.  Ibn Ishaq says, “Now there was a great commotion among Bani Khatma that day about the affair of Bint Marwan. She had five children, and when Umayr went to them from the apostle he said, “I have killed Bint Marwan. That was the first day that Islam became powerful among Bani Khatma; before that those who were Muslims concealed the fact… The day after Bint Marwan was killed the men of Bani Khatma became Muslims because they saw the power of Islam.”[[3]]

The above stories, not only show how Islam expanded through fear and threat of violence, they also tell us about the society in which it had emerged. Although cultures are different, human nature is the same everywhere. Those of us who live in free societies find it incomprehensible to submit to a religion or any ideology by force. That is only a delusion. Under duress and threat of death, almost anyone will eventually surrender and submit to force.

The fact that Muslims’ faith increase as Islamic terrorism grows is a psychological phenomenon. In my book, “Understanding Muhammad and Muslims” I demonstrated that Muhammad was a psychopath narcissist and his followers, to the extent that they believe in him and try to emulate him, evince his psychopathology. The psychopath becomes bolder with every victory and will increase his violence. On the other hand defeat makes him recoil. The psychopath is a bully when strong but a coward in heart.

The reason for the rise of Islamic zealotry today is the victory of Islam in many fronts, starting with the 1979 revolution in Iran, the defeat of the Russians in Afghanistan and the massacre of 3000 Americans 9/11. All these victories make Muslims more resolute, and as the result, more terror and violence ensue. The reverse is also true. Nothing dampens the bully’s zealotry more than defeat. The response to a bully who slaps you is not turning the other cheek nor to slap him back, but to cut off his hand so can slap you no more.  The bully cannot help it. If he is not under your boot he will be at your throat.  He speaks and understands only the language of violence. To stop, he must be utterly crushed.

Back to Ms. Khan!  After watching the savagery of her co-religionists, this modern Canadian raised lady became so enthusiastic about Islam; she donned the veil and became its ardent promoter.  In an interview she disclosed that the reason she decided to cover her hair was because by looking at women’s hair, non-maharam men will rob her of her energy.  I am sure an Islamic university must have scientifically proven this phenomenon.

In recent years, thousands of young Muslim women have joined the jihad to provide sexual service for Muslim fighters.  Voltaire said, those who make you believe in absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.

This is not rational, but Islam is not a faith based on reason. It is based on bravado and vain glory.  All it takes for a moderate Muslim to become radicalized is the news that Islam is winning, for them to jump on the bandwagon of jihad.

This is happening again, as the terrorist of ISIS, have taken to butchering innocent people, many Muslim youths from all over the world have gained a new zeal to join them. The parents of these youths are shocked to learn that their kids have become terrorists, but they should not be. Moderate Islam is a breeding ground for terrorism. All terrorists were once moderate.   Even those who are Muslim by name alone and nothing else are in danger.  Ms. Khan is a good example. She was not a practicing Muslim, until 9/11. Today she runs a television show dedicated to promote Islam.

I have repeatedly stated that moderate Islam is the cradle of radical Islam. Islam is radical, and once the seed of this faith is sown, it will eventually grow into terrorism. Anyone who believes Muhammad was a prophet of God can become radicalized and even a terrorist.  Give me a young impressionable secular Muslim and I will transform him into a terrorist in one day. All I will do is to show him the teachings of Muhammad in the Quran and hadith and show him if he wants to be a true Muslim he has to kill non-Muslims. Of course there is no guarantee, because humans are free to choose good or evil.  After seeing the truth about Muhammad, he may decide to leave Islam. That was what I did and millions of others have done.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Kahn is sowing the seed of terrorism in her kids.  Her children are still young. When they grow up, it will take no effort for someone to show them that a true Muslim is one who fights for Allah and Ms. Khan may join the list of countless other distraught parents whose children become suicide bombers and terrorists. If that happens, she will have no one to blame but herself.  It was she who misled her children into accepting Muhammad as a prophet of God and groomed them to be scooped by the terrorists who can easily show them the real Islam is in fighting and killing non-Muslims and make Islam dominant.

As far as I can see Ms. Khan is not a scholar of Islam.  Like most Muslims however, she believes her conviction and zealotry make scholarship redundant. It doesn’t.

I generally don’t debate enthusiastic Muslims who have not read my book nor have any knowledge of their religion.  I make an exception this time since Ms. Khan is a public figure in Pakistan. She seems to have been in search of meaning and spirituality, but unfortunately in the wrong place.  My duty ends by showing her the truth. The rest is up to her.

Ms. Khan replied to several of my charges.  Here I am going to her rebuttal of the charge of misogyny that I laid on Muhammad. She wrote,

Misogyny is the hatred or dislike of women or girls. Misogyny can be manifested in numerous ways, including sexual discrimination, denigration of women, violence against women, and sexual objectification of women.” (From Wikipedia)

He [Muhammad] gave women the right to inherit property, right to divorce, right to choose a partner, right to work, right to public life, [and] he was loved by his wives and children, he gave [to] what woman said great importance and respect, [and] he was kind and playful with them.

He called his daughter Umma Abiha meaning mother of her father. He got up every time she entered the room gave her his seat and asked her to finish his sermons. He said that Fatima is of me and I am of Fatima. Whoever hurts her hurts me and whoever hurts me hurts God. This does not sound like a misogynist to me.”

 

Ms. Khan’s rebuttals are all short. You can read them in here:

She says Muhammad gave women the right to inherit property.  Didn’t women in Arabia have that right before? Khadija inherited the wealth of her two deceased husbands and continued their business hiring men to work for her. Muhammad reduced that inheritance and the power of women. Contrary to what Muslims claim, Islam did not improve the status of women in Arabia. It actually took everything they had and denigrated them to such an extent that some years after Muhammad’s death Aisha complained, “Do you make us (women) equal to dogs and donkeys?” [[4]]

The following story, narrated by Abdullah ibn Abbas reveals how Arab women lost their freedom, thanks to Islam.

“I asked Umar, “O Chief of the believers! Who were the two ladies from among the wives of the Prophet to whom Allah said: ‘If you two return in repentance (66.4)? He said, “I am astonished at your question, O Ibn ‘Abbas. They were Aisha and Hafsa. Then ‘Umar explained, “We, the people of Quraish, used to have authority over women, but when we came to live with the Ansar, we noticed that the Ansari women had the upper hand over their men, so our women started acquiring the habits of the Ansari women. Once I shouted at my wife and she paid me back in my coin and I disliked that she should answer me back. She said, ‘Why do you take it ill that I retort upon you? By Allah, the wives of the Prophet retort upon him, and some of them may not speak with him for the whole day till night.’ What she said scared me and I said to her, ‘Whoever amongst them does so, will be a great loser.’” [[5]]

This is a long Hadith. Umar expressed his concern that the women of Medina were influencing the women of Quraish and teaching them to be more independent.

Mecca was a religious hub. In religious centers, people are often fanatic, and in patriarchal religions, women are discriminated. Mecca was no exception. It was natural that women in Mecca had a lower status than other Arab women. When these women migrated to Medina and saw the freedom that women enjoyed there, they wanted it too. This did not sit well with Umar and Muhammad, the two misogynist men of Mecca. The above conversation between these two central figures of Islam shows that they were not pleased to see their wives enjoying the taste of freedom.

Arabs were not used to writing their history. Very little is left of pre Islamic culture and way of life. Whatever was written, Muslims destroyed.  What Muslim historians wrote of that time is all derogatory. Muhammad called anything pre-Islamic “jahiliya” (days of ignorance) and claimed that until he started his religion all Arabs (in fact all mankind) were ignorant. Muslims think Arabs buried their daughters alive and were constantly in war. They say that a woman prior to Islam was worth less than a camel and it was the Prophet who gave them the status of human being. The above hadith depicts a different story. We can see that Arab women had more rights prior to Islam.

Muhammad grew old, impotent and paranoid. He was strict with his wives, fearing the rivalry of young virile men.  The verses that he revealed to frighten his wives lest they go astray became the norm for all women.  Islam is a misogynistic religion because Muhammad was a misogynist.

Anytime that the Prophet needed to say the ultimate word and make others shut up, he would make his Allah reveal a verse. He was an old man, having a harem of a score of wives and concubines. His wives were young and beautiful. In his old age he became chieftain, and could afford to marry anyone. Some even came and offered themselves to him. He would choose only the young and the pretty. But political power is not a substitute to physical stamina. He was aware of the age gap between his young wives and himself. He was jealous and would warn his wives to not betray him.

30 “O Consorts of the Prophet! If any of you were guilty of evident unseemly conduct, the Punishment would be doubled to her, and that is easy for Allah. 31.  But any of you that is devout in the service of Allah and His Messenger, and works righteousness,- to her shall We grant her reward twice: and We have prepared for her a generous Sustenance. [[6]]

He would often remind his wives to behave in a way as not to attract the attention of other men and cover themselves so they don’t become desired by strangers.32.  O Consorts of the Prophet! Ye are not like any of the (other) women: if ye do fear (Allah), be not too complacent of speech, lest one in whose heart is a disease should be moved with desire: but speak ye a speech (that is) just. 33.  And stay quietly in your houses, and make not a dazzling display, like that of the former Times of Ignorance; and establish regular Prayer, and give regular Charity; and obey Allah and His Messenger. And Allah only wishes to remove all abomination from you, ye members of the Family, and to make you pure and spotless.[[7]]

Are these verses from God or the concerns of an impotent aging man with a bevy of young and attractive wives? Muhammad needed to control his wives and that is the reason behind the Islamic veil.  What was originally meant for his wives became part of the Sharia and is imposed in all Islamic countries on all Muslim women.

Muhammad repeatedly emphasized the importance of women to obey their husbands. Did this have something to do with the fact that most of his wives were teenagers that he needed to control?  His wives were uppity, as all teenagers are.  To frighten them into submission he made his own wishes expressed by his imaginary friend in the heavens. Any time he had some domestic problems, Allah would rush to the rescue and reveal a verse or two to help him out. The following was used to put his wives in their places.

“It may be if he divorced you (all) that his Lord will give him instead of you, wives better than you, Muslims (who submit to Allâh), believers, obedient to Allah, turning to Allâh in repentance, worshiping Allah sincerely, fasting or emigrants (for Allah’s sake), previously married and virgins.”[[8]]

Is the maker of the universe so petty as to be concerned about the domestic affairs of Muhammad and wives?

The truth that women in Arabia had more liberty and authority before Islam, rather than after it, can also be evinced from the fact that Khadijah had a business of her own and had men at her service. Muhammad was but one of her employees. Do we have any tale of women after Islam running their own business and hiring men to work for them?

Women are Deficient in Intelligence

Muhammad said women are deficient in intelligence, and the majority of them will go to Hell by being ungrateful to their husbands.

Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri,

“On ‘Id ul Fitr or ‘Id ul Adha Allah’s Apostle went out to the Musalla. After finishing the prayer, he delivered the sermon and ordered the people to give alms. He said, “O people! Give alms.” Then he went towards the women and said. “O women! Give alms, for I have seen that the majority of the dwellers of Hell-Fire were you (women).” The women asked, “O Allah’s Apostle! What is the reason for it?” He replied, “O women! You curse frequently, and are ungrateful to your husbands. I have not seen anyone more deficient in intelligence and religion than you. O women, some of you can lead a cautious wise man astray.”[[9]]

Does a man who thinks women are responsible for leading men astray, that the majority of them go to Hell because they are ungrateful to their husbands, and are deficient in intelligence, respect women? Various versions of this hadith are repeated in several places. In another hadith he explained the reason for which he believed women are deficient in intelligence:

When women asked, “O Allah’s Apostle! What is deficient in our intelligence and religion?” He said, “Is not the evidence of two women equal to the witness of one man?” They replied in the affirmative. He said, “This is the deficiency in her intelligence. Isn’t it true that a woman can neither pray nor fast during her menses?” The women replied in the affirmative. He said, “This is the deficiency in her religion.” [[10]]

So according to Muhammad, women are deficient in intelligence because the witness of two of them is equal to the witness of one man. And they are deficient in religion because during their menses they cannot pray or fast. What did he mean by “deficient in religion?” Perhaps he meant that women are spiritually less evolved than men?

The question is who made these laws?  Wasn’t it Muhammad who said that women cannot pray during their menses and that their testimony is worthless? The logical fallacy consists in trying to prove one absurdity by the authority of another.

Hell is filled with women.

Muhammad used fear as a means to drive home his point.  Like, Allah would allegedly send women to Hell for the most trivial of things, like displeasing their husbands.

He said, “I also saw the Hell-fire and I had never seen such a horrible sight. I saw that most of the inhabitants were women.” The people asked, “O Allah’s Apostle! Why is it so?” The Prophet replied, “Because of their ungratefulness.” It was asked whether they were ungrateful to Allah. The Prophet said, “They are ungrateful to their husbands and ungrateful to good deeds. If you are benevolent to one of them throughout the life and if she sees anything (undesirable) in you, she will say, ‘I have never had any good from you.’ “[[11]]

He must have said this to intimidate his own wives who most likely were reluctant to have sex with an old infirm man, who sweated and smelled foul, as I have shown in my book, “Understanding Muhammad”. There is no mention of men going to suffer any consequence for mistreating their wives.

Jabir ibn Abdullah narrated when Muhammad told women that the majority of the inhabitants of Hell were women and they asked why, the messenger of Allah said: “For you grumble often and show ingratitude to your spouse”. And then they began to give alms out of their ornaments such as their earrings and rings which they threw on to the cloth of Bilal. [[12]]

 

Beating Women

Men are allowed to abuse their wives verbally, emotionally and physically. The Quran says:

“Men are the maintainers of women because Allah has made some of them to excel others and because they spend out of their property; the good women are therefore obedient, guarding the unseen as Allah has guarded; and (as to) those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in their bed and beat them; then if they obey you, do not seek a way against them; surely Allah is High.” [[13]]

This verse established the position of women in Islam. It denies their independence, makes them subservient to men, states that men are masters and owners because they are the breadwinners.  It implies that women are incapable of and should not be allowed to work and become providers. It assumes women’s work at home and taking care of children and house is worth nothing and she must be grateful for the food that her husband gives her.

Note that a woman does not have to disobey her husband to be beaten.  She may not have to even think of it. The mere fact that he fears that she is thinking of disobeying him licenses him to beat out of her.  Will he be answered for beating her? No!  Umar narrated, “The Prophet said, ‘A man will not be asked as to why he beat his wife.’” [[14]]

Several hadiths report that Muhammad and his close companions beat their wives.

Aisha narrated, “He (Muhammad) struck me on the chest which caused me pain.”[[15]]

Umar found the Prophet sitting sad and silent with his wives around him. … (He) decided to say something which would make the Prophet laugh, so he said, “Messenger of God, I wish you had seen (the treatment I meted out to) the daughter of Kharija when she asked me for extra money and I got up and slapped her on the neck.” God’s messenger laughed and said, “They are around me as you see asking for extra money.” Abu Bakr then got up, went to Aisha and slapped her on the neck, and Umar did the same to Hafsa. [[16]]

Narrated Aisha: A necklace of mine was lost at Al-Baida’ and we were on our way to Medina. Abu Bakr came to me and hit me violently on the chest and said, “You have detained the people because of a necklace.” [[17]]

Iyas ibn Abdullah reported God’s messenger as saying, “Do not beat God’s handmaidens;” but when `Umar came to God’s messenger and said, “The women have become emboldened towards their husbands,” he gave license to beat them. Then many women went round God’s messenger’s family complaining of their husbands, and he said, “Many women have gone around complaining of their husbands. Those are not the best among you” [[18]]

When a woman who was beaten severely by her husband went to Muhammad to complain he ignored her request.

Aisha said, “I have not seen any woman suffering as much as the believing women. Look! Her skin is greener than her clothes!” When ‘AbdurRahman heard that his wife had gone to the Prophet, he came with his two sons from another wife. She said, “By Allah! I have done no wrong to him but he is impotent and is as useless to me as this,” holding and showing the fringe of her garment, ‘Abdur-Rahman said, “By Allah, O Allah’s Apostle! She has told a lie! I am very strong and can satisfy her but she is disobedient and wants to go back to Rifa’a.” Allah’s Apostle said, to her, “If that is your intention, then know that it is unlawful for you to remarry Rifa’a unless Abdur-Rahman has had sexual intercourse with you.” Then the Prophet saw two boys with ‘Abdur-Rahman and asked (him), “Are these your sons?” On that ‘AbdurRahman said, “Yes.” The Prophet said, “You claim what you claim (i.e.. that he is impotent)? But by Allah, these boys resemble him as a crow resembles a crow,” [[19]]

So the fact that this woman was beaten to such an extent that her body had turned green was not enough excuse for her to ask for divorce. The only time a woman is entitled to ask for a divorce is when her husband is impotent.  The good news is however, that a woman has the right not to be hit in the face.

Hakim ibn Muawiya al-Qushairi quoted his father as telling that he asked, “Messenger of God, what right can any wife demand of her husband?” He replied, “That you should give her food to eat, clothe her when you clothe yourself, not strike her on the face, and do not revile her or separate from her except in the house.” [[20]]

To be fair, we should be grateful to Muhammad for saying women should not be reviled in public. At home it is okay.

Women are toys

Umar was once talking when his wife interjected, so he said to her: ‘You are a toy, if you are needed we will call you.’”[[21]]

And ‘Amru Bin al-’Aas, also a Khalif, said: “Women are toys, so choose.”[[22]]

According to the great Islamic philosopher Imam al Ghazali, “In the company of women, looking at them, and playing with them, the soul is refreshed, the heart is rested, and the man is strengthened to the worship of God…this is why God said: ‘That he might rest in her.’ (Q. 7:189)”[[23]]

These men were not stating their personal opinions but rather echoing that of their prophet who said, ‘The woman is a toy, whoever takes her let him care for her (or do not lose her).”[[24]]

Barra’a narrated, “The Prophet sent message to Sauda informing her that he had divorced her.” He married her in Mecca. No one among the Quraish would marry him and Sauda was the only woman eligible among his followers.  Barra’s says, “When Sauda heard the news, she sat in the way of the Prophet to Aisha’s house. When she saw the Prophet she told him, I beseech you by the one who has revealed to you the Quran and has exalted you above all the creation to tell me why you divorced me. Have I done something wrong that has offended you? The Prophet said no! Sauda said, I then beg you for the sake of the same God to not divorce me. I am getting old; I don’t need to be with a man. You can use my turn to stay with Aisha, but I wish that in the day of resurrection to be counted amongst your wives. The Prophet agreed and Sauda said that since then the Prophet spent the nights that were her turn with his favorite wife Aisha.” [[25]]

Muhammad decided to divorce Sauda because she was not attractive.  He had now a harem of young wives and Sauda had outworn her usefulness. No mention of Sauda’s age is made.  Ibn Sa’d says she died during the rule of Muaviyah in the year 54 Hijra.[[26]] Muhammad married her about a month after the death of Khadijah, i.e. three years before Hijra. Therefore, Sauda died 57 years after she married Muhammad. What is the normal age of a person? Larger overweigh people don’t live long. But let us say Sauda died at the age of eighty.  80-57=23.  This means she was 23 years old when she married Muhammad who was 50 years old at that time. She must have been young since despite having become a widow, she still did not have a child. If she died at the age of 90, which is unlikely, she could not have been older than 33 years when she married Muhammad.

We can see how Muhammad viewed his wives and women in general. When the greatest scholars of Islam say women are toys, it is because Muhammad said it.

Jabir bin ‘Abdullah, one of the companions of Muhammad, narrated “I was with the Prophet in a Ghazwa (raid/terrorist ambush). He asked me, have you got married?” I replied in the affirmative. He asked, “A virgin or a matron?” I replied, “I married a matron.” The Prophet said, “Why have you not married a virgin, so that you may play with her and she may play with you?” Jabir replied, “I have sisters (young in age) so I liked to marry a matron who could collect them all and comb their hair and look after them.”[[27]]

 

Women are inferior

The superiority of men over women is ratified in verse 2:228 where it says: “and men are a degree above them (women).”

While the Quran recognizes that the works of men and women are interdependent, it does not regard them as having equal worth.  Men are a step above the women and superior to them. “And it is for the women to act as they (the husbands) act by them, in all fairness; but the men are a step above them.[[28]]

Commenting of the verse (Q. 4:34) Ibn Kathir says, “Men are superior to women, and a man is better than a woman.”

Razi, commenting on Q. 4:11, says, “(The males share is that of two females). Man is more perfect than the woman in creation, and intelligence, and in the religious sphere, such as the suitability to be a judge, and a leader in worship. Also, the testimony of the man is twice that of the woman. So that whoever is given great responsibilities must be given correspondingly great privileges. As the woman is deficient in intelligence and of great lust, if she is given much money, much corruption will be the result. The male is mentioned first in Q. 4:11 because the male is better than the female.”

This superiority as Razi understands the Quran, is due to man’s natural superiority in “knowledge and power, and because the man gives his wife the dowry and spends on her.”

Women are sex objects

For Muhammad; women were nothing more than sex objects. It is reported that he refused to shake hands with them. To get their allegiance he plunged his hand in a bowl of water and then asked the women to do the same.  What is so sexual about a simple handshake? Was he torn between his sexual impulses and his religious ideals? Something must have happened in his mind that made him feel guilty when he touched women.

Jabir also reported that Allah’s Messenger saw a woman, and so he came to his wife, Zainab, as she was tanning leather, and had sexual intercourse with her. He then went to his Companions and told them: the woman advances and retires in the shape of a devil, so when one of you sees a woman, he should come to his wife, for that will repel what he feels in his heart. [[29]]

I wonder how a wife would feel knowing her husband is fancying another woman and is using her to relieve himself.  This is the morality of the prophet of 1.2 billion people!

The Quran and hadith are full of derogatory remarks on women. The following is an example.

Narrated Abu Huraira: “Apostle said, ‘If a husband calls his wife to his bed (i.e. to have sexual relations) and she refuses and causes him to sleep in anger, the angels will curse her till morning.’” [[30]]

Doesn’t Allah have anything better to do than worry about the sexual pleasures of his male servants? It seems quite absurd that God would employ so many angels to sit around and curse the women who do not please their husbands sexually. Hadiths like this are repeated so many times that one starts to suspect whether Allah is a dirty old pervert voyeur who gets pleasure watching people having sex.

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger as saying: By Him in whose hand is my life, when a man calls his wife to his bed, and she does not respond, the One who is in the heaven is displeased with her until he (her husband) is pleased with her. [[31]]

“If a woman spends the night deserting her husband’s bed (does not sleep with him), then the angels send their curses on her till she comes back (to her husband).” [[32]]

Th`e Quran says, “Women are your fields: go, then, into your fields whence you please. [[33]]

Why Muhammad was so concerned about sex? It’s because he was an old man, his teeth were decaying and at least two of them were broken. His mouth had a foul smell. (These are not wild claims. I have backed them all in Understanding Muhammad.)  But his wives were attractive courtesans. They must have enjoyed their status as the wives of the Prophet and the first ladies of Arabia, but as I have shown in my upcoming book, The Life of Muhammad under the Light of Reason, they were reluctant to sleep with him. The warnings about the angels’ curses and Allah’s wrath were to coerce his wives to sleep with him.

Here is another of his obscene statements regarding women.  He said, “After me I have not left any affliction more harmful to men than women.” [[34]]

In every occasion he found an excuse to poison the minds of his followers with ridiculous talks like the following.

“Woman is like a rib. When you attempt to straighten it, you would break it. And if you leave her alone you would benefit by her, and crookedness will remain in her. [[35]]

How can Muslims respect their women when their prophet was so scornful of them, so contemptuous of their faith, so derisive of their intelligence, so dismissive of their rights and so disdainful of their status?

He said, “Many amongst men reached (the level of) perfection but none amongst the women reached this level except Asia, Pharaoh’s wife, and Mary, the daughter of ‘Imran. And no doubt, the superiority of ‘Aisha to other women is like the superiority of Tharid (i.e. a meat and bread dish) to other meals.”[[36]]

Here Mohammad is confusing Miriam, (in Arabic Maryam) daughter of Imran and sister of Moses and Aaron with Mary (also Maryam in Arabic) mother of Jesus. He made the same mistake in the Quran. Miriam is not an important religious figure. She even disobeyed God once.

Muhammad had no regard for women. To him women were sex objects created only to satisfy men.

Women are like domestic animals

In his last sermon Muhammad said, “Now then, O people, you have a right over your wives and they have a right over you. You have [the right] that they should not cause any one of whom you dislike to tread on your beds; and that they should not commit any open indecency (fā ishah). If they do, then God permits you to shut them in separate rooms and to beat them, but not severely. If they abstain from [evil], they have the right to their food and clothing in accordance with custom (bi’l-ma‘rūf). Treat women well, for they are [like] domestic animals (‘awānin) with you and do not possess anything for themselves. You have taken them only as a trust from God, and you have made the enjoyment of their persons lawful by the word of God” [[37]]

Commenting on the Quranic verse Q. 30:21 which states “And of His signs is that He created for you, of yourselves, spouses, that you may repose in them” Fakhr ad-Din ar-Razi wrote:

His saying ‘created for you’ is a proof that women were created like animals and plants and other useful things, just as the Most High has said ‘He created for you what is on earth’ and that necessitates the woman not to be created for worship and carrying the Divine commands. We say creating the women is one of the graces bestowed upon us and charging them with Divine commands to complete the graces bestowed upon us, not that they are charged as we men are charged. For women are not charged with many commands as we are charged, because the woman is weak, silly, in one sense she is like a child, and no commands are laid upon a child, but for the grace of Allah upon us to be complete, women had to be charged so that they may fear the torment of punishment and so follow her husband, and keep away from what is forbidden, otherwise corruption would be rampant.”[ [38]]

Another eminent Muslim thinker, Hadi Sabzevari, in his commentary on Sadr al-Mote’alihin wrote:

“That Sadr ad-Deen Shirazi classifies women as animals is a delicate allusion to the fact that women, due to the deficiency in their intelligence and understanding of intricacies, and due to their fondness of the adornments of the world, are truly and justly among the mute animals [al-haywanti al-samita]. They have the nature of beasts [ad-dawwab], but they have been given the disguise of human beings so that men would not be loath to talk to them and be compelled to have sexual intercourse with them. That is why our immaculate Law [shar’ina al-mutahhar] takes men’s side and gives them superiority in most matters, including divorce, “nushuz,” etc.” [[39]]

 

Women are the symbol of disease and affliction

When Muhammad dreamed a black woman, he interpreted it as the sign of disease.

Narrated Salim’s father “The Prophet said, “I saw (in a dream) a black woman with unkempt hair going out of Medina and settling in Mahai’a. I interpreted that as (a symbol of) epidemic of Medina being transferred to Mahai’a, namely, Al-Juhfa.” [[40]]

Even in religious matters he asserted the symbolic inferiority of women.

Narrated Sahl bin Sa’d: “The people used to pray with the Prophet tying their Izars around their necks because of their small sizes and the women were directed that they should not raise their heads from the prostrations till the men had sat straight. [[41]]

In the following hadith he sealed the eternal enslavement of women.

Narrated Abu Huraira: “The Prophet said, “It is not permissible for a woman who believes in Allah and the Last Day to travel for one day and night except with a Mahram .”[[42]]

As for Muhammad’s great respect for her daughter Fatima, which Ms. Khan stated, it is all made up by Shiites.  The historians report that while Muhammad had given Aisha a slave girl, she gave none to Fatima. She came to complain but Muhammad was not home. His wife Zeinab bint Jahsh told him about it and he went to her home at night. Ali and Fatima were in bed. He told them not to get up. He then placed his foot on the chest of Ali and told the couple that they have no right to complain.  This was the source of enmity between Fatima and Aisha who was ten years her junior.

Muhammad had no respect for Fatima or her husband Ali.  Ali knew it. When Muhammad was on his deathbed, his uncle Abbas pulled Ali aside and said, “Ali, three nights hence you will be a slave. I swear by God that I recognized death in the apostle’s face as I used to recognize it in the faces of the sons of Abdu’l-Muttalib. So let us go to him; if authority is to be with us, we shall know it, and if it is to be with others we will request him to enjoin the people to treat us well.’ ‘Ali answered: ‘By God, I will not. If it is withheld from us none after him will give it to us.’ The apostle died with the heat of noon that day.” [[43]]

This story should put to rest any claim that Shiites have regarding Ali. Apparently Ali had more hope that the believers may elect him as their leader than Muhammad giving him the authority. As history proves, he was so disliked that after the death of Fatima he remained isolated, no one wanting to associate with him. It also answers Ms. Khan’s unsubstantiated and undocumented claim that Muhammad had a lot of respect and love for his daughter. Narcissists don’t love anyone. They use people.

I can write a book on Muhammad’s misogyny. How can any self-respecting woman believe in a man who called her deficient in intelligence and faith, a crooked rib, inferior by degrees, and a tilt upon which her man can enter from whichever way he likes?

My question to Ms. Khan is whether she agrees with the above statements of her prophet.  If she does then there is no point to continue this debate. No one is interested to read the opinion of one who is deficient in intelligence. And if she does not agree, then why she is still a Muslim!

———————

Ali Sina is the founder of faithfreedom.org, a site created to help Muslims see the reality of Islam. He is the author of  “Understanding Muhammad and Muslims”. He is looking for a publisher for his new book The Life of Muhammad under the Light of Reason.

Women before and after Islam

 

Persian women before Islam
An Achaemenid Unit of Persian Female Warriors 1000 Years Before the Invasion of Islam

Persian women before Islam 1

Women serving in Persian Sassanid elite cavalry

 

Iranian women after Islam

Women in Islamic Republic of Iran beaten for exposing their hair

Afghan women beaten
Afghani Women under Taliban Regime

Lat Uzza Manat

Pre Islamic Arabs had such high regards for women that they worshipped three female deities. As with all triple goddesses, a religious concept found worldwide, Al Lat has three manifestations, each one connected to a phase of the moon and simultaneously to a phase in a woman’s life.  The waxing, crescent moon is represented by the maiden Qur,  the young girl and virgin (the Greek Kore, from which Quraish is derived); Al Uzza (the strong one) is the full moon or mother aspect (the mature woman corresponding to the Greek Demeter); and Al Menat is the waning moon or the crone, a wise old woman concerned with fate and skilled in prophecy and divination..

Black stone
The sacred black stone was a symbol of al Lat’s Yoni. The Goddess resided in her aspect of Earth Mother, creatrix of life and helper of women in childbirth.  People came to pray, to ask for offspring and protection, and to celebrate life.

Saudi women

21st Century Saudi Women

Saudi women 1

Under the Sharia a man has complete power over his wives and his right hand possessions (slaves)

 

[1] Ibn Ishaq p. 118

[2] Ibn Ishaq p.118

[3] Ibn Ishaq, 676; Ibn Hisham p. 582

[5] Bukhari, 3:43:648

[6] Quran 33.30

[7] Quran 33.32

[8] Quran. 66: 5

[9] Bukhari 2: 24: 541

[10] Bukhari 6: 301

[11] Bukhari 2: 18: 161

[12] Sahih Muslim 4: 1926

[13] Quran.4:34

[14] Dawud 11:2142

[15] Muslim: 4: 2127

[16] Mishkat Al-Masabih: vol. 2, p. 690; Muslim: 9: 3506

[17] Bukhari, 6: 60: 132

[18] Mishkat Al-Masabih: vol. 2, p. 692

[19] Bukhari, 7: 72: 715

[20] Mishkat Al-Masabih: vol. 2, p. 691

[21] Al-Musanaf by Abu Bakr Ahmad Ibn ‘Abd Allah Ibn Mousa Al-Kanadi who lived 557H., Vol. 1 Part 2, p. 263. See also Ihy’a ‘Uloum ed-Din by Ghazali, Dar al-Kotob al-‘Elmeyah, Beirut, Vol II, Kitab Adab al-Nikah, p. 52.

[22] Kanz-el-‘Ummal, Vol. 21, Hadith No. 919

[23] Ihy’a ‘Uloum ed-Din by Ghazali, Dar al-Kotob al-‘Elmeyah, Beirut, Vol II, Kitab Adab al-Nikah, p. 34.

[24] Tuffaha, Ahmad Zaky, Al-Mar’ah wal-Islam, Dar al-Kitab al-Lubnani, Beirut, first edition, 1985, p. 180.

[25] Tabaqat V. 8 p. 53-54

[26] Tabaqat V.8  page 56

[27] Bukhari: 3: 34: 310

[28] Quran, 2:228

[29] Bukhari 1: 6: 301

[30] Bukhari 4: 54: 460

[31] Sahih Muslim 8: 3367

[32] Bukhari 7: 62: 122

[33] Qur’an 2:223

[34] Bukhari 7: 62: 33

[35] Sahih Muslim 8; 3466

[36] Bukhari 4: 55: 623

[37] Ṭabarī, The Last Years of the Prophet

[38] Tafsir al-Kabir, Razi, commenting on Q. 30:21

[39] Quoted in Soroush, Abdolkarim, _Farbehtar az ideoloji_, Serat, Tehran, 1373 A.H.S.

[40] Bukhari 9: 87: 163

[41] Sahih Bukhari 1.778

[42] Sahih Bukhari 2.194

[43] Ibn Ishaq 682

Was Muhammad a Pedophile? – By ALI SINA

Was Muhammad a Pedophile? – By ALI SINA

Bassam Zawadi has written a series of “rebuttals” to several of my articles. I have ignored them because they are so shallow. However, Amir, who was once a Muslim and left it after reading my book has been insisting that I respond to them. I promised him that I would and he has held me to my promise even though I have a lot to do.  Anyway a promise is a promise. Here is my second response to Bassam Zawadi’s “rebuttal”.  I wished someone with a bit more knowledge would write a rebuttal to my articles.

Ali Sina’s problem here isn’t with the Holy Prophet (S), but in fact it is with Aisha (R). The reasons why this accusation is itself lame are because:

1)       Back then, it was perfectly normal for a girl at young age to marry. We know this because before Aisha was married to the Holy Prophet (S), she was engaged to someone else

 

At no time it was “perfectly normal” for an old man to marry little girls. In the old days parents use to betroth their children, sometimes in their infancy. This was done until very recently (70 years ago) in some villages in Iran.  Gandhi and his wife were ten and nine years old when they married. That is not what we are talking about. We are talking about an old man having sex with a little girl. We are talking about pedophilia.  It is normal for children to fall in love.  They fall in love with another child of their own age. But it is not normal for a fifty year old man to fall in love with a six year old girl.

 

2)       Who are we to tell Aisha now what is right for her and what is wrong for her? Aisha (R) remained all her life married to the Holy Prophet (S), and even when she was given the chance to divorce the Holy Prophet (S), she did not divorce him! A case like this shows that both of them loved each other

 

A six year old child is not in any position to choose her life partner. In the case of Aisha she probably thought this is normal because even her benighted parents had consented to this shameful betrayal of their trust.

We are not concerned about Aisha. She is dead. We are concerned about millions of little girls who are victimized today because of this tradition set by Muhammad.

To say Aisha was given the choice to divorce Muhammad is a silly argument. Divorce him and were to go? Medina had become the compound of Muhammad and every Muslim had become a cultist. The atmosphere was full of terror. How could she live a normal life after divorcing Muhammad? Anyway, this did not apply to Aisha who was brainwashed since childhood. This applied to Safiyah, Rayhanah and Juwariyah who were captives, whose relatives had been slaughtered and their villages destroyed. Where could they go?

Cultists do stupid things. Many cultists allow their wife or daughter to have sex with their beloved leader. This does not mean that they do it with conscience. Cultists lose their conscience and can no longer be regarded as responsible people.

 

3)       Noone objected to Aisha’s marriage with the Holy Prophet (S), infact everyone was happy! It seems the only person who has a problem, is Ali Sina and his crowd.

 

In a cultic atmosphere no one objects to the despicable deeds of the leader.  The cultist becomes befogged and those few who see something is wrong do not dare to question.  I have explained this phenomenon with many examples of modern day cults in my book Understanding Muhammad.

 

4) It was Aisha’s parents who approved of this marriage. They deemed it good to marry their daughter to the Holy Prophet (S), and indeed they did a great thing, as Aisha grew up to be a great scholar of Islam!

 

The followers of David Koresh let him sleep with their wives while they themselves were told to practice celibacy. Cultists do very stupid things. They are no longer in control of what they do.

This man says he saw Khomeini solicited one of his devout followers to let him have sex with his five year old daughter. The man agreed. The little girl screamed and cried all the night and the father heard everything and smiled. Does that mean what Khomeni did was okay because that foolish father agreed?  You must read my book to understand cultic mentality and hence you will understand Islam.

Aisha was no scholar. She was someone who remembered what Muhammad did and said and narrated them. That does not make her a scholar. But then again, all Muslim scholars are of that kind.  They are a bunch of ignoramuses who have memorized the hadith and the Quran mindlessly, but understand nothing and cannot reason like normal people.  I have not memorized any of that garbage, but I can defeat all Muslim scholars because I understand Islam.  Anyone can do that. If you understand Islam you can defeat all Muslim scholars.  If you read my book, you will understand Islam.

 

5)       When one looks up the definition of a “pedophile”, you will find that pedophiles have: “”Low self esteem. Many pedophiles, although by no means all, do not have a great sense of capacity for adopting a sexual demeanor towards adults or those of their own age or older. They feel unhappy and fearful at the prospect of sexual behaviour with adults and hence turn to children due to the fact that they are unable to have the strength of personality to seek adults for sexual demeanor. When considering treatment therefore it is important to establish and develop a higher sense of self-esteem in such individuals.” (Source). Obviously that is not the case with the Holy Prophet (S), as his other wives were older then Aisha, two of his wives were older then him, specifically Sauda (R) and Khadijah (R).

 

Muhammad had a very low self esteem. That is why he developed narcissism. Narcissism is a reaction to hide the low self esteem. I have explained this in my book extensively.

Muhammad was unable to have a normal relationship with women of his age. Khadijah was to him a sugar mommy.  She took care of all his needs like a mother would do. That woman had her own psychological problems. She suffered from co-dependency aka inverted narcissism.  After her death Muhammad did not marry a woman of his own age. Sauda was at least half his age and then he kept collecting teenagers.

 

6)       If the Holy Prophet (S) was a pedophile (Astaghfirullah), then one must ask why didn’t he consummate his marriage with Aisha right there and then when Aisha (R) was six years old? Infact, this source says: “Lack of impulse control. Many pedophiles find it extremely difficult to deal with the impulsive nature which inclines them towards sexual behaviour to children. They simply cannot control their need for engaging children in sexual practices. They might be said to suffer from an obsessive-compulsive condition. Here again treatment would involve developing better impulse control and of course redirecting the sexual inclinations.” (Source, same as above). Thus, if the Holy Prophet (S) was a “pedophile”, according to the definition of a pedophile, he would have no control over his sexual desire. On the contrary, the Holy Prophet (S) waited 3 years after the marriage contract to consummate his marriage with Aisha.

 

Muhammad wanted to consummate his “marriage” with Aisha right away. Abu Baker pleaded with him to wait.  Muhammad did not want to lose the trust of his foolish follower and complied.

We must also remember that Muhammad was not just a pedophile. He wanted to be a prophet and hence he had to preserve an image of propriety. We see him in Jaun, after raiding that town and killing people, a little girl with her wet nurse are brought to him and he tells her to give herself to him. The girl says can a princess give herself to an ordinary man? Muhammad raises his hand to beat her and she screams, “I beseech Allah from you.” Muhammad stops. That is because his followers were watching. He had to balance between his animal instinct and his deception of being a prophet and portraying an image of holiness.

Of course pedophiles exert some self control.  They don’t jump on all children they see. They wait for an appropriate time when they cannot be caught.  All predetor animals know when it is not safe to attack. The fact that Muhammad waited for three years was to appease Abu Bakr and it is not an indication that he had self control.

It is unbelievable that a person becomes so bereft of reason that would defend such a perversity and bring up these silly excuses to justify such a hideous crime. That is what blind faith does to cultists.  Poor Zawadi is a cultist. Even he may leave Islam if he reads my book.

Muhammad did suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I have dedicated a whole chapter in my book to this topic alone.

 

7)       Can we honestly say Aisha (R) would’ve remained with the Holy Prophet (S) after she was allegedly “molested”? We must remember that Aisha (R) was very wise, and a great orator and she was quick to comment when she saw something wrong. If she was in any way, shape or form “molested” by the Holy Prophet (S), then she would’ve never remained married to him!

 

Having sex with a child is molesting her. There is no other way to put it. The fact that the victim is not aware of the abuse does not mean that the abuse does not take place.  There are many cases of children that are abducted and abused for years and they get used to it and do not escape even when they have a chance. The case of Elizabeth Smart is a good example.

She was kidnapped raped daily but when found by police she was not cooperating and claimed to be someone else.    You must read the chapter titled Psychology of Fear in the latest edition of my book to understand this phenomenon.

 

8)       The women who spoke to Aisha (R) when she was marrying the Holy Prophet (S) were happy for Aisha. When she married the Holy Prophet (S), they praised her, they didn’t cry for her, or pity her for marrying a person who is, allegedly, as Ali Sina claims a “pedophile” (Astaghfirullah!).

 

This is cultic behavior. The followers of Jim Jones cheerfully gave the poison laced Cool Aid to their children and drank it themselves. Does this make what they did normal? Listen to this horrifying last tape in Jamestown.  Everyone is happy to commit suicide.  This is cultic mentality that describes Muslims’ behavior who praise “martyrdom” and murder.

 

9)       Even the Non-Muslims who were quick to yell and shout when they saw something they didn’t like in Islam didn’t think anything was wrong with this marriage. After all, how can they say this marriage was wrong, when in the Arab culture it is normal for a girl at a young age to marry?

 

It is not normal for 50 year old men to have sexual feelings for little girls. This is part of human psychology and has nothing to do with culture.  It is simply not possible for normal men to have any other feeling for little girls other than parental feeling.  If an adult feels sexual feeling for little girls he is a sick person that has to seek psychological help or shoot himself quickly before causing harm to innocent children.

Not even Arabs with such a low morality married little girls when they were that old.  For a normal man it is not possible to feel sexual by a little child.  What part of this Zawadi does not understand? Even though pedophilia is legitimized, most Muslims don’t practice it. It is legal, but they don’t do it because they don’t get aroused by children. Muhammad gave legitimacy to pedophiles.

Didn’t the enemies of Muhammad criticize him for it? How does Zawadi know? They were all subdued and no trace of their criticism was left.

 

10)   Do we honestly think if Aisha (R) were alive today, she would support people like Ali Sina, who claim she was molested, and that her husband was a “pedophile”??

 

Probably not! Aisha was so victimized that she had no understanding of what is normal.  Many Muslims are unaware of the abuse that they suffer. But when they leave Islam and start seeing the abuse, it is then that they come to despise Muhammad. This does not happen with ex-Christians, ex-Jews or ex-Hindus. Only ex-Muslims see the extent of abuse. Others simply leave their faiths and say it was a lie. Muslims see more than lie. They also see the abuse. Brainwashed people don’t see the abuse.

 

Lastly, we end this section with some quotes from Aisha (R):

Sahih Al-Bukhari

Volume 1, Book 6, Number 299:

Narrated ‘Abdur-Rahman bin Al-Aswad:

(on the authority of his father) ‘Aisha said: “Whenever Allah’s Apostle wanted to fondle anyone of us during her periods (menses), he used to order her to put on an Izar and start fondling her.” ‘Aisha added, “None of you could control his sexual desires as the Prophet could.

 

I have quoted this hadith in my book and explained it. Muhammad was impotent. It is not that he controlled himself. He simply could not do it. He satisfied his lust by fondling his wives but was unable to perform intercourse.

 

Sahih Muslim

Book 006, Number 2439:

‘A’isha (Allah be pleased with her) reported: Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) used to kiss (his wives) while fasting and embraced (them) while fasting; but he had the greatest mastery over his desire among you.

Thus, according to the words of our Mother Aisha (R), the Holy Prophet (S) had the greatest control over his desire amongst the people. Thus, Aisha (R) herself has refuted the Christian missionaries, and anti-Islamic haters like Ali Sina with these quotes of hers!

How Aisha would know that?  Did she have any experience with other men to compare Muhammad with them?  That is another subject. She did have a fling with Safwan.  However, what she interpreted as “mastery over desire” was due to Muhammad’s inability to perform.  He contented himself with foreplay, and fondling. He “drank their honey” as one hadith puts it,  but he could not perform intercourse.  I have dedicated several pages in my book to Muhammad’s impotence.

Pin It on Pinterest