By Asaad Alepti, Australian Coptic rights activist.
There has been much debate about the status of women in Islam. Much of that debate surrounded the mandatory covering of women in rags called “Burqas”. Opponents of the burqa argue the clothing is demeaning and a religious sanctioned symbol of male supremacy. France was the first country to protect Muslim women by legislating a ban on public wearing of the burqa contesting “women are ‘effectively under house arrest’. French politicians recognised the imposition placed on Muslim women by the dominating males in the family and acted to protect the “gender equality” and “dignity” of women.
The French position is vindicated when you witness the horrors emerging under the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. In a derogatory vile attack on the dignity of women and their status in society, Egyptian Islamic cleric, Mohammed Abdullah, said women who go to protests “were going there to get raped.”
That comment sums up perfectly and corroborates the numerous arguments that women are treated as virtual slaves and sexual objects in Islamic teachings.
It is frustrating to witness the ignorance of western Muslim women that reject the latter, their ignorance is a major disservice to Muslim women struggling for equality in Islamic countries. The ignorance also serves to confirm these women know little or nothing about Islamic teachings concerning women.
In Egypt, the women are fed up, they have had enough of the public ridicule by clerics and their abandonment by the Muslim Brotherhood who refuse to enact laws to enshrine quality of the sexes and criminalise sexual attack and rape. The Egyptian women have taken matters into their own hands, “At marches against sexual harassment in Cairo, women have brandished kitchen knives in the air. Stenciled drawings on building walls depict girls fighting off men with swords. Signs threaten to “cut off the hand” of attackers”
To understand why a society like Egypt, political groups like the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic clerics are oppressing women in a manner that appears totally acceptable to them, you must visit the teaching of their prophet Mohammed. Below are a sample of Islamic teachings attributed to Mohammed, to the non Muslim they are vulgar, outrageous, demeaning and explain why Islamic men feel they must “control and regulate” everything their women do.
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Mohammed’s teachings are included in what is called “Hadith.” The “Hadith” is a record of Mohammed’s words and deeds Next to the Quran, it is the most important text in Islamic law; its teachings are just as binding. The following quotes are from “Sahih Al-Bukhari”, (Al Bukhari is accepted as the authentic words of Mohammed).
The purpose in highlighting the following examples is twofold –
Firstly to provide a voice to the voiceless and powerless women subjugated under Islam.
Secondly to empower the non Muslim reader by providing a basic understanding 1600 years of Islamic teachings and their consequence on those society. An understanding of Islam will allow any person to counter the distorted propaganda Muslim advocates use to propagate Islamic teachings. Any person “selling Islam” will always omit to mention any teachings they are fully aware are diametrically opposed to enshrined rights that both genders enjoy in secular societies. The abhorrent incidents of sexual assault and rape since the fall of Mubarak, the justification of rape by Islamic clerics by blaming the women and the blatant inaction and unwillingness of the Muslim brotherhood all speak for its self.
Some of the sayings and teachings listed below will shock those with no knowledge of the true teachings of Islam, and explain the impossible struggle all women face in Islamic countries.
Women are deficient in mind and religion.
o Mohammed asked some women, “Isn’t the witness of a woman equal to half that of a man?” The women said, “yes,”He said, “This is because of the deficiency of the woman’s mind. “ Vol. 3:826
o Mohammed to women: “I have not seen any one moredeficient in intelligence and religion than you.” Vol. 2:541
The majority of people in hell are women.
o Mohammed said, “I was shown the Hell-fire and that the majority of its dwellers are women. “ Vol. 1:28, 301; Vol. 2:161; Vol. 7:124
Women are a bad omen.
o Mohammed said, ” Bad omen is in the woman, the house and the horse.” Vol. 7:30
Women are harmful to men.
o Mohammed said, “After me I have not left any affliction more harmful to men than women.” Vol. 7:33
Women may not wear wigs.
o Mohammed said, “Don’t wear false hair for Allah sends His curse upon such ladies who lengthen their hair artificially.“Vol. 7:133
2. The Primary role of women is SEX
Mohammed’s sexual strength is equal to 30 men.
- Anas said, “The prophet used to visit all his wives in an hour round, during the day and night and they were eleven in number.” I asked Anas, “Had the prophet the strength for it?” Anas replied, “We used to say that the prophet was given the strength of thirty (men). ” Vol. 1:268
Mohammed married a 9 year old girl.
o “Narrated Aisha that the prophet married her when she was six years old and he consummated his marriage when she was nine years old.”Vol. 7:64
Allah hurries to please Mohammed’s sexual desires.
o When the Quranic verse that allows Mohammed to postpone the turn of any wife was revealed, and when Mohammed said that Allah allowed him to marry his adopted son’s wife, Aisha (one of his wives) told him, “O Allah’s Apostle I do not see but that your Lord hurries in pleasing you. “ Vol. 7:48
When a woman is divorced, she can not return to her husband until she marries and has sexual intercourse with another man.
o “Narrated Aisha: The wife of Rifaa Al-Qurazi came to Allah’s Apostle and said, ‘O Allah’s Apostle, Rifaa divorced me irrevocably. After him I married Abdur-Rahman bin Az-Zubair Al-Qurazi who proved to be impotent.’ Allah’s Apostle said to her, ‘Perhaps you want to return to Rifaa? Nay (You cannot return to Rifaa) until you and Abdur-Rahman (the impotent man) engage in sexual intercourse!” Vol. 7:186
|Tabari IX:113||“Allah permits you to shut them in separate rooms and to beat them, but not severely. If they abstain, they have the right to food and clothing. Treat women well for they are like domestic animals and they possess nothing themselves. Allah has made the enjoyment of their bodies lawful in his Qur’an.”|
|Tabari I:280||“Allah said, ‘It is My obligation to make Eve bleed once every month as she made this tree bleed. I must also make Eve stupid, although I created her intelligent.’ Because Allah afflicted Eve, all of the women of this world menstruate and are stupid.”|
|Qur’an 4:3||“If you fear that you shall not be able to deal justly with orphans, marry women of your choice who seem good to you, two or three or four; but if you fear that you shall not be able to do justice (to so many), then only one, or (a slave) that you possess, that will be more suitable. And give the women their dower as a free gift; but if they, of their own good pleasure, remit any part of it to you, eat it with enjoyment, take it with right good cheer and absorb it (in your wealth).”|
|Qur’an 4:11||“Allah directs you in regard of your Children’s (inheritance): to the male, a portion equal to that of two females…. These are settled portions ordained by Allah.”|
|Bukhari:V1B22N28||“The Prophet said: ‘I was shown the Hell Fire and the majority of its dwellers were women who are disbelievers or ungrateful.’ When asked what they were ungrateful for, the Prophet answered, ‘All the favors done for them by their husbands.'”|
|Muslim:B1N142||“‘O womenfolk, you should ask for forgiveness for I saw you in bulk amongst the dwellers of Hell.’ A wise lady said: Why is it, Allah’s Apostle, that women comprise the bulk of the inhabitants of Hell? The Prophet observed: ‘You curse too much and are ungrateful to your spouses. You lack common sense, fail in religion and rob the wisdom of the wise.’ Upon this the woman remarked: What is wrong with our common sense? The Prophet replied, ‘Your lack of common sense can be determined from the fact that the evidence of two women is equal to one man. That is a proof.'”|
|Qur’an 2:282||“And get two witnesses out of your own men. And if there are not two men (available), then a man and two women [a man is worth two women, and one man is always needed], such as you agree for witnesses, so that if one of them (two women) errs, the other can remind her.”|
|Qur’an 4:43||“Believers, approach not prayers with a mind befogged or intoxicated until you understand what you utter. Nor when you are polluted, until after you have bathed. If you are ill, or on a journey, or come from answering the call of nature, or you have touched a woman, and you find no water, then take for yourselves clean dirt, and rub your faces and hands. Lo! Allah is Benign, Forgiving.” [The Qur’an claims women are unclean and polluted – worse than dirt.]|
|Bukhari:V4B55N547||“The Prophet said, ‘But for the Israelis, meat would not decay, and if it were not for Eve, wives would never betray their husbands.'”|
|Qur’an 33:59||“Prophet! Tell your wives and daughters and all Muslim women to draw cloaks and veils all over their bodies (screening themselves completely except for one or two eyes to see the way). That will be better.”|
|Qur’an 4:15||“If any of your women are guilty of lewdness, take the evidence of four witnesses from amongst you against them; if they testify, confine them to houses until death [by starvation] claims them.”|
|“When we reached Khaybar, Muhammad said that Allah had enabled him to conquer them. It was then that the beauty of Safiyah was described to him. Her husband had been killed, so Allah’s Apostle selected her for himself. He took her along with him till we reached a place called Sad where her menses were over and he took her for his wife, consummating his marriage to her, and forcing her to wear the veil.'”|
|Bukhari:V5B59N524||“The Muslims said among themselves, ‘Will Safiyah be one of the Prophet’s wives or just a lady captive and one of his possessions?'”|
|Ishaq:593||“From the captives of Hunayn, Allah’s Messenger gave [his son-in-law] Ali a slave girl called Baytab and he gave [future Caliph] Uthman a slave girl called Zaynab and [future Caliph] Umar another.”|
|Bukhari:V3B48N826||“The Prophet said, ‘Isn’t the witness of a woman equal to half of that of a man?’ The women said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘This is because of the deficiency of a woman’s mind.'”|
|Ishaq:584||“Tell the men with you who have wives: never trust a woman.”|
|Ishaq:185||“In hell I saw women hanging by their breasts. They had fathered bastards.”|
|Qur’an 24:31||“Say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty except what (must) appear; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display them except to their husbands…”|
|Qur’an 24:34||“Force not your slave-girls to whoredom (prostitution) if they desire chastity, that you may seek enjoyment of this life. [And here’s the freedom-to-pimp card:] But if anyone forces them, then after such compulsion, Allah is oft-forgiving.”|
|Ishaq:469||“The Apostle said, ‘Every wailing woman lies except those who wept for Sa’d.'”|
|“Ali [Muhammad’s adopted son, son-in-law, and future Caliph] said, ‘Prophet, women are plentiful. You can get a replacement, easily changing one for another.'”|
|Ishaq:496||“Ask the slave girl; she will tell you the truth.’ So the Apostle called Burayra to ask her. Ali got up and gave her a violent beating first, saying, ‘Tell the Apostle the truth.'”|
|Qur’an 24:1||“(This is) a surah which We have revealed and made obligatory and in which We have revealed clear communications that you may be mindful. For the woman and the man guilty of adultery or fornication, flog each of them with a hundred stripes. Let not compassion move you in their case, in a matter prescribed by Allah. And let a party of the Believers witness their punishment.”|
|Qur’an 24:6||“And for those who launch a charge against their wives, accusing them, but have no witnesses or evidence, except themselves; let the testimony of one of them be four testimonies, (swearing four times) by Allah that he is the one speaking the truth.”|