Islam

What is Wrong with Saying that Islam is Right About Women?

Executive Summary

  • Many western women are torn between rejecting politically incorrect criticisms of Islam while denying the statement that Islam is right about women.
  • How can this inconsistency be explained?

Introduction

Women in the west are often careful not to critique Islam or Islamic ideas because they do not want to appear “gross and racist.”

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Some of the Rules Around Sharia as it Relates to Women

Most Sharia sources suffer from not being an enumerated list, making it difficult to keep track of exactly what is illegal and the punishments under Sharia.

The following table outlines some of the more common Sharia rules or laws as they relate to women.

What Islam Says About Women Through Sharia

Rule #LawPunishment
3Child Marriage / PedophiliaThe child is always a girl to a much older man. Mohammed married a 6 year old girl.
4RapeRapist can often escape punishment through marrying their victim.
5Women's InheritanceWomen can and do inherit property at roughly 1/2 stake to men.
6SlaveryAllowed and still active in several Muslim countries. Borderline slavery is rampant in the Gulf states, and western countries are happy to keep strong relations with these countries. Islam has a long history of sex slavery.
15Rape victimsRape victims are punished for adultery, and sometimes killed. Any uncovered woman is normally interpreted as having brought the rape on herself.
16Protection for fathers and brothers that commit honor killing.Women can often bring dishonor the family by not marrying the man they are promised to, or by dressing in a way that is not sufficiently modest.
19Muslim men can have 4 wives, and an unlimited number of slaves.N/A
20Women is accorded 1/2 the weight as men in court.N/A
21AdulteryStoning is a favorite for adultery. It is normally the women who is punlshed. Sometimes this is performed in a very impromptu manner, but on other occasions the adulterer is buried in sand up to their neck and their head is stoned until they are dead. "Article 88 of Qatar's criminal code declares the punishment for adultery is 100 lashes. Adultery is punishable by death when a Muslim woman and a non-Muslim man are involved." - Wikipedia
24Wearing immodest clothingFlogging in Qatar
26Divorce: It is very easy for a man to divorce his wife, but often close to impossible for a woman to divorce their husband.In most cases, the court and the Imans will order women back to their husbands, even if they are abusive.
27Wife BeatingAllowed, According to Mohammed, even if the woman's skin is green from the beating.

Interesting Quotes About Women From Islam

Item #1: The Reason for Covering Women in Islam Historically

Slave women did not veil and like prostitutes were exempt from a lot of the gender restrictions upon upper-class women. While free women were regulated by higher standards of modesty, most Islamic jurists stated that female slaves were not required to cover their arms, hair or legs below the knees. Some did not require them to cover their chest either. – Wikipedia

Item #2: What Mohammed Said About Women Being Brought to the Front Lines

The Banu Thaqif and Banu Hawazin tribes decided to go to war against Muhammad under the leadership of Malik ibn Awf. Malik had the unfortunate idea of bringing the women, children and livestock with his army. He believed that by bringing their women and children with the army, all his soldiers would fight more courageously to defend them. When Muhammad was informed that the Hawazin had brought their women, children and livestock with them, he smiled and said “Inshaa Allah, all these will become the booty of war for the Muslims.”

The Muslim army defeated the Hawazin and captured their women and children. The pagan soldiers fled.[67] The war booty which the Muslims obtained was 24,000 camels, more than 40,000 goats, 160,000 dirhams worth of silver and 6,000 women and children.[68] Muhammad waited ten days for the Hawazin to repent and reclaim their families and properties. However, none of them came. Finally, Muhammad distributed the war booty among the Muslim soldiers.[69] The Muslim soldiers initially hesitated to have sex with the married female captives, until a verse was revealed giving them permission to have sex with them: – Wikipedia

Item #3: Sex Slavery as a Virtue of Slavery

In 2016, a British imam who claims to be anti-extremist, affirmed the legitimacy of sex slavery to his followers. The next year, a Kuwaiti Sheikh called enslaving unbelievers “one of the virtues of Islam.” There have also been several modern-day fatwas endorsing the sexual abuse of non-Muslim women following capture.

In 2016, a scholar at Egypt’s al-Azhar, the most prestigious Islamic school in the Sunni world, stated that non-Muslim women could be captured in a time of war become “property” and can be raped “in order to humiliate them.” – Wikipedia

Item #4: What the Koran Says About Beating Women: Beating Wives: Men Are In Charge of Women

Men are in charge of women, because Allah hath made one of them to excel the other, and because they spend of their property (for the support of women). So good women are obedient, guarding the secret that Allah hath guarded. As for those from whom ye fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to beds apart, and scourge them (beat them). Then if they obey you, seek not a way against them Lo! Allah is ever high, exalted, great. – Koran 4:34

Item #5: What the Hadith Says on Women: Women are 1/2 of Men and are Women Are Deficient In Intelligence

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.” – Hadith 304

Islam is Right About Women?

While western women normally immediately defend criticism of Islam, they appear to have Islamophobic reactions to statements that Islam is correct about women. Naturally, things bring up the question of how widespread is Islamophobia among women in western societies.

This is expressed in the following quotation. This is demonstrated in the following video.

The entire video brings up the question, “how many western women are Islamophobes?” 

As Islam’s influence grows in Western countries, more women will be faced with a difficult decision between aligning with Islam or aligning with western values, which are “racist and gross.” Western women may have to actually increase their Islamophobia.