Islam is Antithetical to feminism.
Very often while skulking around the internet you come across a story that not only frustrates you but actually makes you laugh out loud, or vomit in your mouth. It is only fitting that it was brought to you by the great folks at HuffPost.
Before I let loose on the insanity which is this preposterous article, here it is in all its glory.
As American women, many of us have an idea of what feminists are; freelancing women with all the sexual freedom in the…www.huffingtonpost.com
Hip Feminist campaigns like Free the Nipple only encourage a gullible behavior of disrespect for our own bodies, leading to everyone else around us disrespecting our bodies as well. If we want to be respected as women and taken seriously in all our endeavors we should look to a new source; Muslim women.
The first portion of the article gets off to an inauspicious start. The first mistake it makes is the hyperbole of the “Hip Feminist”. These “free the nipple” feminists are not the mainstream of the movement. While their point is fair and rooted in the freedom for women to choose what to do with their body, it is rather ridiculous, but most certainly not the mainstream movement.
After that, she then blames western women who freely choose to do what they want with their bodies for the “disrespect” men show to women. Based on all of my experience reading and listening to feminist/women’s rights speeches or videos, that is what they call blaming the victim. It doesn’t help an argument when in the first two paragraphs you blame the victim of disrespectful behavior, whatever that means.
Contrary to American popular belief, Islam has a culture and history of women empowerment. In the Qur’an, which is believed to be God’s word told to Prophet Muhammad, women and men are described as equals in everyday actions and responsibilities.
I know people love to blame America for the anti-Islam stance that has been a perpetual constant throughout it’s entire existence, but, as you know Gabby Aossey, America was founded in 1776. This is isn’t an American popular belief, it’s a known fact around the world that Islam DOES NOT empower woman. Islam is antithetical to woman’s rights. Here are a couple of examples of the wisdom of woman’s rights in Islam.
- A traditional Islamic saying is that, “A woman’s heaven is beneath her husband’s feet.” One of the world’s most respected Quran commentaries explains that, “Women are like cows, horses, and camels, for all are ridden.” (Tafsir al-Qurtubi)
- The revered Islamic scholar, al-Ghazali, who has been called ‘the greatest Muslim after Muhammad,’ writes that the role of a Muslim woman is to “stay at home and get on with her sewing. She should not go out often, she must not be well-informed, nor must she be communicative with her neighbors and only visit them when absolutely necessary; she should take care of her husband… and seek to satisfy him in everything… Her sole worry should be her virtue… She should be clean and ready to satisfy her husband’s sexual needs at any moment.”
- The fourth Caliph, who was Muhammad’s son-in-law and cousin, said just a few years after the prophet’s death that “The entire woman is an evil. And what is worse is that it is a necessary evil.”
If you would like to learn more about how Islam views woman please visit the website mentioned below. All three points mentioned above are pulled from this website.
Islam teaches that a woman is worth less than a man.www.thereligionofpeace.com
If you can find one specific example of where Islam treats men and woman as equals, anywhere, I would love to see it.
Early Islamic women kept this idea alive. The first Muslim woman was Khadija, Mohammed’s first wife. Without her influence, Islam might not have emerged as successfully as it did. Khadija was a business woman and a land owner in the lands of Arabia. When Mohammed was given revelations, it was Khadija that ensured him that he was not going insane, but that he was a chosen one. It was Khadija that pushed Mohammed to listen to God and the angels that were trying to communicate with him and to not run in fear. It was Khadija that gave Muhammad the support and confidence in his development as becoming God’s last prophet. Khadija, a woman, was the strength that allowed Islam to fully bloom. Just this one example gives us a view on how true Muslim women are; outspoken, driven, certain and courageous, the epitome of a feminist.
If she wants to use a woman who created the most anti-woman religion as an example of a successful Muslim woman, she almost proves the point I’m trying to make. His first wife WAS a successful business woman BEFORE Mohammed’s revelation, which is the beginning of Islam. Khadija was 15 years older than Mohammed and as the quote above clearly states she encouraged him to believe his revelations. What this quote doesn’t mention or dare to explain is all the misogynistic practices that developed FROM the creation and evolution of Islam. Maybe when it all began there was a much more “progressive” attitude towards women than the world had at the time, but that by no means should be used as an example of “Why Muslims Are the True Feminists” like this article erroneously claims.
They have the power to self-liberate as well as the courage to diverge from the American norms. And they do not get attention from showing off their figure, but they get attention by how they present themselves. Muslim woman get respect and are looked at beyond aesthetics; they are actually taken seriously in their communities.
Women in Islam do not have the power to self-liberate and their religious beliefs DO NOT allow them to accept Western norms, not American norms, let alone diverge from them. To claim that women in Islam are taken more seriously in their communities compared to women is western cultures is not only absurd, but disingenuous, and frankly disrespectful to non-Muslim women. Just because a woman chooses to show her figure, big, small, short or tall, that does not devalue them as a person. If that is something that you believe than you are no feminist.
So I urge my Free the Nipple gal pals to take a look at your Muslim sisters and collaborate with them to create a feminism that treats the female body as a temple and not as a toy. Let us see feminism in a different light — through modesty and the courage to savor our sugar. Let us call on the Muslim feminists of the world.
To finish my analysis of this appalling article let me agree with at least one thing that she said, women should be working with Muslim women, and visa versa, to create a feminism that is truly about the empowerment of women. The best way to empower women is to allow them to be free. A woman should be able to choose to FREE THE NIPPLE or to CHOOSE to wear a Hijab/Burqa. Let me be clear, CHOICE, the freedom to choose. The most abhorrent statement in this entire piece is one sentence.
Hijab is the headscarf that is worn by Muslim woman and no; it is not supposed to be forced on them by their fathers and husbands.
That’s it…one sentence saying it is not supposed to be forced on them. If you were to do a quick count of Muslim women in the world, let’s make it half of 1.7 billion, so 850 million women who are followers of Islam. How many of them are free to choose to wear a Hijab/Burqa? How many women are treated like property? How many women are abused in the name of Islam? How come this ridiculous article did not mention any of those REPREHENSIBLE actions happening world wide against women in the name if Islam? The answer is simple, it doesn’t fit the narrative.
Muslim women should NEVER be considered the TRUE feminists. I have never read a statement so absurd. All feminists should be offended that they would publish an article that is antithetical to what the movement is all about. If any woman honestly believes that Muslim women are the TRUE feminists just look around the world where Islam reigns supreme and ask yourself, where are the feminist leaders. Exactly, there are none.