Women in Islam: An exegesis

 

By Abul Kasem

 

Prologue: After the Islamic revolution in Iran many people became interested in Islam, which was, hitherto, a very obscure religion usually associated with the Arabs, the poor, and the Blacks. Although I was a born Muslim and was indoctrinated in the faith in a very rigid manner in my childhood, I had very little idea about the ‘real Islam.’  Just like most Bangladeshis, I thought Islam to be peaceful, tolerant, and very positive towards women. After the Iranian revolution, I read a lot about Islam. The advent of Internet brought me the greatest opportunity to learn about Islam in a short period of time.  I scanned innumerable essays in various Islamic web sites written by Islamic scholars mostly residing in the Western countries.  Their essays on women gave an impression that Islam has many goodies for them. Like an ordinary gullible Muslim, I also believed in whatever they wrote.  Then I found a great discrepancy in what these Islamic scholars (read Islamists) wrote and the unspeakable barbarity and gross unfairness perpetrated on the women in the Islamic paradises like, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and certain parts of Nigeria and Malaysia.  If the present trend continues, then, soon Bangladesh would be in the list of Islamic paradises.  I thought about my aging mother. I thought about my working sisters. I thought about my loving wife.  I was greatly distressed when I thought of what could happen to these dearest relations of my life if Bangladesh goes Islamic and Allah’s laws (read Sharia) are enforced in Bangladesh. This forced me to dig deeper and deeper into Islam and especially the Sharia provision/s for women. I made a microscopic dissection of Islam from its very root. What I found was shocking. Sometimes, I just could not believe what I was reading. Thus, I completely discarded the explanations, apologies, and tafsirs from the erudite Islamic scholars and started to use my own brain, common sense, and judgment to find the truth. After I found the ‘real Islam’, I could not look straight into the eyes of my mother.  I could not sit comfortably with my sisters.  I could not be at ease with my wife. I was forced to pick up the pen (read keyboard) to tell all the mothers, sisters, and wives of Islamic faith what Sharia/Islam means for them.  We must let our women folk know the truth about the treatment of Islamic women before many so called ‘moderate’ Muslim countries bring this Trojan Horse into their lives and become another Afghanistan, Iran, or the Northern parts of Nigeria and Malaysia. As I write, I heard the news that a Nigerian woman would be stoned to death after her newly born so called illegitimate daughter is weaned, probably after a period of two years.  Please think of this barbarity.  Please remember your mother, remember your sisters and your loving wife when you read this essay.  Won’t you? 

This essay is quite lengthy. I apologize for writing such a prolix article, but I could not help it. No matter how much I tried, I could not shorten further. It had to be very lengthy, for there is so much to tell.  For convenience, I have divided the essay in 7 (seven parts). 

To begin with, let us start with the unfairness of Allah towards women.

 

Allah prefers men and you know it! 

The interdependency of men and women is recognized in Islam. This is because of the importance of women as a preserver of human species.  However, a thorough examination of Qur’an, ahadith and the Islamic Sharia clearly demonstrates the heavy bias of Allah towards men. 

Why men are considered superior?  It is because of their physical strength, financial ability to pay dower and to spend on women.  The Qur’an is very clear about the superiority of men over women.  Let us review a few verses from Qur’an to demonstrate this fact. 

Men have a degree over women...2:228 

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YUSUFALI: Divorced women shall wait concerning themselves for three monthly periods. Nor is it lawful for them to hide what Allah Hath created in their wombs, if they have faith in Allah and the Last Day. And their husbands have the better right to take them back in that period, if they wish for reconciliation. And women shall have rights similar to the rights against them, according to what is equitable; but men have a degree (of advantage) over them. And Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise. 

This verse establishes the supremacy of men over women, although Qur’an ambiguously claims to bestow similar rights for both men and women. This verse never mentions what those rights are; neither do we find the clarification on this matter in the entire Qur’an. Therefore, a variety of interpretation can be made out of this verse. This verse can really be used to justify anything that a man can find convenient to establish his superiority over women. Of course, the Islamic apologists take this opportunity to make Qur’an look very fair and non-discriminatory to women. It could be true that Muhammad really wanted to see some improvement of status of women in Arabia during his time. However, he was reluctant to enforce a radical change for fear of a backlash from the male dominated Arab society. This verse may look a little benign for it does mention about certain rights of women although not being so specific. To see the real Islamic treatment of women we need to look elsewhere. 

Let us examine the following verse up close: 

Men are protectors and maintainers of women; women must be devoutly obedient, if not then beat them...4:34

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YUSUFALI: Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allah has given the one more (strength) than the other, and because they support them from their means. Therefore the righteous women are devoutly obedient, and guard in (the husband's) absence what Allah would have them guard. As to those women on whose part ye fear disloyalty and ill-conduct, admonish them (first), (Next), refuse to share their beds, (And last) beat them (lightly); but if they return to obedience, seek not against them Means (of annoyance): For Allah is Most High, great (above you all). 

The above verse is quite clear about the superiority of men over women. The verse is lucid in telling the reason for the superiority of men.  It is because of their physical strength and their ability to support women financially.  Islamists often use this divine decree to justify the subjugation of women in Islam.  But their logic falls flat if we recognize today’s reality that physical size and strength does not mean a thing.  Many animals are much stronger physically than men.  How about an elephant?  An elephant is hugely stronger than a man is but that does not make it superior to a human.  Similarly, a woman may be weaker in physical strength (with proper training a woman can be as strong as any man, if not more) but her physical weakness, in no way make her inferior to men.  Financial dependence?  This could be true for some ancient societies; but surely not true any more.  We have many examples of single women leading a financially independent happy life. There are plenty of single mums (either widowed, divorced or unmarried) who steadfastly support her family without the help of any man. 

This verse also prescribes physical punishment for disobedient women.  I shall write more on Islamic wife beating later.  Why does God have to prescribe this torture on wives?  Isn’t it because men make women dependent on them?  Imagine what would happen to a man if he were completely dependent on a woman for his financial support?  Will he dare to raise his hand against her? 

Please note the comment (lightly) inserted by the translator Yusuf Ali. He deliberately did this keeping in mind that beating is a gross indecency and a criminal offence in western societies. His purpose of translation of Qur’an was primarily aimed at the western people and the non-Muslims.  That is why he softens Qur’an from its extremely harsh statements.  The original Qur’an and the translation by other authors do not contain the comment  (slightly) insert.  Here is the translation of Pickthal and Shakir. While Pickthal translates to whip women, Shakir translates as plain beating without specifying the method.

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


SHAKIR: 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 the sleeping-places and beat them; then if they obey you, do not seek a way against them; surely Allah is High, Great.
 

When Qur’an treats women in such a disgraceful manner, one may wonder why almighty Allah created women after all. Was it not better to have no woman at all?  Actually, Qur’an does not really know the reason for creation of women because Qur’an is not really from God. Muhammad himself with the help of a few of his scribes wrote it.  Therefore, in Qur’an we simply find the mention of what people believed in those days regarding the creation of human albeit in a new format. 

Here is the verse that tells the reason for the creation of women 

God created us from a single person and made mate of like nature; pregnancy is a light burden to women...7:189

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YUSUFALI: It is He Who created you from a single person, and made his mate of like nature, in order that he might dwell with her (in love). When they are united, she bears a light burden and carries it about (unnoticed). When she grows heavy, they both pray to Allah their Lord, (saying): "If Thou givest us a goodly child, we vow we shall (ever) be grateful."

The verse is rather very ambiguous. It says that God created a single person first. What was the sex of that single person? Islamists often use this verse to portray the sexual equality of Islam and how Islam differs from the Christianity and Judaism.  In the Bible God says that He created Adam first then He created Eve from Adam’s rib.  Do not be fooled by this simple-minded interpretation of the Islamists. The key word in this verse is ‘you’. Who is this ‘you’ that God seems to be talking to. Is it a man or a woman?  Remember, whom did God reveal the Qur’an? It was not a woman but a man. Moreover, elsewhere in the Hadith we read that women were created from a rib that is why they are crooked (See Shahih Muslim 8.3467). Therefore, the meaning of this verse is no different from the verse in the Bible. In this verse, the Qur’an says that women were created to give companion and pleasure to men.  Please take a moment to read and think about the meaning of this verse once again. We do not really need exegesis/mullahs/Islamists to tell us the “Real” Tafsir of this verse.  Simple common sense tells us that God created women to give men companionship and pleasure and to bear children.  God did not create women as his primary reason.  One may conclude that God made women on second thought to alleviate the loneliness and the dullness for men.  Women were merely created for men’s sensuous pleasure.  Pure and simple.  This is obvious from the following verse. 

God created mate for tranquil living and put love and mercy among sexes…30:21

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YUSUFALI: And among His Signs is this, that He created for you mates from among yourselves, that ye may dwell in tranquillity with them, and He has put love and mercy between your (hearts): verily in that are Signs for those who reflect.

 Does this verse seem to be contradicting the previous verse (7:189)?  Of course, it does.  This verse seems to suggest that God created women for men and vice versa. That is to say, God created two persons, and not one as was suggested in the previous (7:189) verse. Doesn’t it? Who was created first?  Man or the woman?  Surely, God did not create men to give pleasure and tranquillity to women.  It was the woman who was created for men. Thus, from the very beginning of creation of human we see the unfairness of God. Not only that God created woman as a second thought but also he burdened her with the task of child bearing. One may legitimately ask, ‘Why? Why God has to put women in such a burdensome position?’  The answer, if we go by the Islamic rule, is a simple one. Only God knows the answer. And that’s all.  But it is not that difficult to ponder on the real reason. All religious books are written by men (religionists say that they are the messages sent by God through His postman like Gabriel).  It is, then a simple matter to realize that these prophets of God could never displease men by giving them a secondary position (like women) in the process of creation. Therefore, the women must accept without question the superiority of men.  After all, pregnancy and giving birth are dirty/painful jobs that fit only slaves.  Doesn’t it make sense to realize that when these ‘messengers of God’ wrote their holy scriptures they viewed women as nothing more than sexual pleasures and slaves to carry the burden of sex (pregnancy)? Read the ancient history of Arabia that will confirm of what I have written. 

Can you then guess what would have been the story of creation of Adam and Eve if God’s messengers were women? 

Another reason given by Qur’an as to why God prefers men is simply laughable. Have a look at the following verse. 

Men love to purify themselves…9:108

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YUSUFALI: Never stand thou forth therein. There is a mosque whose foundation was laid from the first day on piety; it is more worthy of the standing forth (for prayer) therein. In it are men who love to be purified; and Allah loveth those who make themselves pure.
 

In this verse, the Qur’an says that God prefers men because they (the men) love to purify themselves. Are we then to assume that the women does not know how to purify/cleanse themselves?  In other words, are women unclean?  Of course, the apologists will say that the meaning of purify means spiritual/mystical, sublime etc.  Nowhere in the verse, it says what is the meaning of purification. It could be both spiritual as well as physical (meaning ablution before prayer). Let us take examples from the real world. Are there differences in cleanliness/purification between men and women?  The answer is ‘No.’ Then, why should Qur’an use such inane argument to justify the divine superiority of men?  Some may say that the verse did not say that the women do not know how to purify; it simply says that God loves those men who go to the mosque and purify themselves. This argument is simply not unacceptable.  Are not women allowed in the mosque?  If it is so, then the unfairness of God becomes more inexcusable.  Why does God blatantly show his preference for men when both sexes are equally praying in the mosque?  Isn’t it a kind of religious apartheid? 

This kind of Islamic bias for men is again demonstrated in the following verse. 

Men are true to their covenant…33:23

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YUSUFALI: Among the Believers are men who have been true to their covenant with Allah: of them some have completed their vow (to the extreme), and some (still) wait: but they have never changed (their determination) in the least:

How about the believing women?  Are they not true to their faith and are they not ready to die for it?  We shall, later in this article, see that women are equally commanded by God to go for Jihad and lay down their lives, if required. Why then God has a clear bias for men? Does not God trust women believers regarding their truthfulness and fealty in faith? 

Only men receive revelation from God 

The Qur’an and God are absolutely adamant that only men are capable of handling revelations from God.  God always sends revelations to men. Thus, we have all the prophets to be men. God has never selected a woman as a prophet and in future also, he will not do so. Here are two verses that demonstrate amply this unreasonable desire of God.  Have you ever wondered what would have God decided if women were financially strong in the Arabian Desert?  What would have God chosen? Do you remember many extant tribal societies where the women ruled supreme?  I wonder why God overlooked them. 

For more unfairness of God, look at the following verses. 

Revelations are sent to men only…12:109

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YUSUFALI: Nor did We send before thee (as messengers) any but men, whom we did inspire,- (men) living in human habitations. Do they not travel through the earth, and see what was the end of those before them? But the home of the hereafter is best, for those who do right. Will ye not then understand?

Only men are chosen by God to be His messengers…16:43

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YUSUFALI: And before thee also the messengers We sent were but men, to whom We granted inspiration: if ye realise this not, ask of those who possess the Message.

God chooses messengers from men and angels…22:75

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YUSUFALI: Allah chooses messengers from angels and from men for Allah is He Who hears and sees (all things). 

Let us briefly review those three verses.  In 12.109 God says that he had never sent any messenger before Muhammad who was not a man. Muslims believe that Muhammad is the last prophet and messenger from God.  Therefore, the natural conclusion is that there will never ever be woman messenger from God.  In verse 16:43, God confirms his commitment of selecting only men as his messenger before Muhammad was selected to be his Prophet and messenger.  This is to say that God had never selected a woman in the past to be his messenger. In 22:75, God confuses us.  This time he says that he sometimes chooses men and sometimes chooses angels as his messengers. We have heard the name of a few messengers of God including Muhammad. Who were the angels sent as messengers? Was it Gabriel, Michael, Azazil, Azrael, Malik, Harut or Marut? Or does God mean that men and angels are at the same level in the eyes of God as far as the reception of his messages are concerned? Why were women excluded from the list of angels?  This, too, is answered in the following verse. 

Men are superior in the worshipping of God …24:37

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YUSUFALI: By men whom neither traffic nor merchandise can divert from the Remembrance of Allah, nor from regular Prayer, nor from the practice of regular Charity: Their (only) fear is for the Day when hearts and eyes will be transformed (in a world wholly new),- 

Well, the above verse tells it all.  Men are simply miles ahead in the worshipping of God than the women folks. Need no further explanation. 

Here is a hadith that tells us that there never were perfect women although there were many perfect men.  Since God is the only authority who reserves the right to bestow perfection to whomever he pleases, we must, therefore, conclude that only men are given perfection and not women no matter how much they (the women) may try.  Perfection by women is simply out of question. 

There are many perfect men but there are no perfect women except Mary, Asiya (Pharaoh’s wife) and Aisha (Muhammad’s wife)… (Shahih Muslim 31.5966) 

Book 031, Number 5966:

Abu Musa reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: There are many persons amongst men who are quite perfect but there are not perfect amongst women except Mary, daughter of 'Imran, Asiya wife of Pharaoh, and the excellence of 'A'isha as compared to women is that of Tharid over all other foods. 

Having established the indisputable superiority of men, God now elevates a man to the position of a kind of smaller god in the eyes of women.  Here is what Islam thinks a woman should do for a man.
 

A man is next to God for a woman

This concept of absolute superiority of men in Islam is very similar to the Hindu practice. In Hinduism, women are asked to worship their husbands as Devota (demi God). Islam is no different on this. A woman’s single purpose in life is to please her husband. Nothing is holier than this. In fact, if a woman were required to worship any one other than God it would be her husband. In hadith we read: 

If a woman is to prostrate to another person (besides Allah) it will be her husband.

.(Sunaan Abu Dawud 11.2135) 

Book 11, Number 2135:

Narrated Qays ibn Sa'd:

I went to al-Hirah and saw them (the people) prostrating themselves before a satrap of theirs, so I said: The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) has most right to have prostration made before him. When I came to the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him), I said: I went to al-Hirah and saw them prostrating themselves before a satrap of theirs, but you have most right, Apostle of Allah, to have (people) prostrating themselves before you. He said: Tell me , if you were to pass my grave, would you prostrate yourself before it? I said: No. He then said: Do not do so. If I were to command anyone to make prostration before another I would command women to prostrate themselves before their husbands, because of the special right over them given to husbands by Allah.

 

 

Part 2

Women are downright inferior!

 

Islamists often write prolix essays showing the merciful and glorious treatment of women under Islam.  If you have read one of this extremely lengthy rhetoric with mind-boggling logic, you have read them all. Because they are all written in almost the same format, so much so that sometimes you may wonder whether all these essays are written by the same writer or not.  Their pens are absolutely fluent in describing the half-truth and twisted, convoluted logics.  However, they will never tell the true status of women in ‘real Islam.’ Here I am citing a few examples from the roots of Islam, that is, Qur’an and hadith.

 

Women witness is half of men...2:282

This is a very well known fact in Islam. Even if a woman is the Prime Minister of an Islamic Paradise she is still inferior to the dumbest of men when it comes to legal matters. Her evidence by herself is never acceptable in an Islamic court of law. It is because of her deficiency in intelligence and lack of memory. What a disgrace to women and their ability of judgment! What happens if a woman becomes a judge? I really do not know the answer. Not only that a single woman’s evidence is unacceptable in an Islamic court, but also the women witnesses are completely unacceptable in Sharia where Hudud punishments are involved such as adultery, apostasy, theft…etc. This means that if a woman is raped her evidence or the evidence of any other women (even though there were thousands of women who witnessed the very act with their own eyes) will not be accepted unless four adult Muslim men give evidence that they saw the actual act of fornication with their own eyes. What a justice! I think even a Kangaroo court is better than this type of Islamic court. Now, let us hear from the Qur’an. This verse is very lengthy, in fact, the longest verse in the Qur’an. Therefore, I shall quote only the relevant part.

 

 

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YUSUFALI: O ye who believe! When ye deal with each other, in transactions involving future obligations in a fixed period of time, reduce them to writing Let a scribe write down faithfully as between the parties: let not the scribe refuse to write: as Allah Has taught him, so let him write. Let him who incurs the liability dictate, but let him fear His Lord Allah, and not diminish aught of what he owes. If they party liable is mentally deficient, or weak, or unable Himself to dictate, Let his guardian dictate faithfully, and get two witnesses, out of your own men, and if there are not two men, then a man and two women, such as ye choose, for witnesses, so that if one of them errs, the other can remind her.

 

 

This verse is nothing but a slap on the face literally to every woman in this world.  In today’s world, we have women in almost every profession, even in the tough professions like Law, Medicine, Engineering, Education, Professor, even Astronaut.  If we go by ‘real Islam,’ then all those professional ladies who are not only highly qualified, but also superbly capable of managing the affairs of a company or even a nation are simply lacking in intelligence (read stupid).  It’s a small wonder that we see the most of the wretched women in Islamic paradises.

 

 

Could it be that I probably made some mistake in commenting on verse 2:282?  Could it be that there may be some divine/secret reason for sending down verse 2:282 that only God knows?  May be, God really did not mean to insult the women.  May be our interpretation is all wrong.  If you are thinking in this fashion, then perish that thought.  See Shahih Bukhari confirms women’s lack of intelligence in the very words of Muhammad.

 

 

Majority of women are in hell...( Shahih Bukhari 1.6.301)

Volume 1, Book 6, Number 301:

Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri:

Once Allah's Apostle went out to the Musalla (to offer the prayer) o 'Id-al-Adha or Al-Fitr prayer. Then he passed by the women and said, "O women! Give alms, as I have seen that the majority of the dwellers of Hell-fire were you (women)." They asked, "Why is it so, O Allah's Apostle ?" He replied, "You curse frequently and are ungrateful to your husbands. I have not seen anyone more deficient in intelligence and religion than you. A cautious sensible man could be led astray by some of you." The 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."

 

This hadith not only confirms what I wrote previously, but also goes one-step further in saying that hell is the abode for most of the women in hereafter.  Why should it be so?  The reason is also explained in this hadith.

 

Are you still appalled?  No, not yet?  Look at this hadith.

Women are like animals and slaves.

Women, slaves and camels are same; must seek Allah's refuge from all these...(Sunaan Abu Dawud 11.2155)

 

Book 11, Number 2155:

Narrated Abdullah ibn Amr ibn al-'As:

The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: If one of you marries a woman or buys a slave, he should say: "O Allah, I ask Thee for the good in her, and in the disposition Thou hast given her; I take refuge in Thee from the evil in her, and in the disposition Thou hast given her." When he buys a camel, he should take hold of the top of its hump and say the same kind of thing.

 

Here is another insult to women.  In the following hadith a woman is as impure as a dog and a monkey.  In fact, there is a very little difference between the treatment of a dog and a woman if we really go deeper to get the latent meaning of this pernicious hadith.  What words do we have to use to express our disgust?  What would be the feeling of a modern, educated, working, respectable lady reading this authentic hadith?

 

A prayer is annulled by a passing woman, dog and a monkey...( Shahih Bukhari 1.9.490)

Volume 1, Book 9, Number 490:

Narrated 'Aisha:

The things which annul the prayers were mentioned before me. They said, "Prayer is annulled by a dog, a donkey and a woman (if they pass in front of the praying people)." I said, "You have made us (i.e. women) dogs. I saw the Prophet praying while I used to lie in my bed between him and the Qibla. Whenever I was in need of something, I would slip away. for I disliked to face him."

All women have natural menstruation cycle.  This is completely normal and almost 100% women are fully at ease with this natural phenomenon.  It is not something for which a woman has to see a doctor every time she has her period unless there are complications.  However, Islam is different.  What the world thinks as simple and natural phenomenon, Islam thinks otherwise.  It considers menstruation as a pestilence.  Here is yet another the verse from the Qur’an.

Menstruation is a disease...2:222

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PICKTHAL: They question thee (O Muhammad) concerning menstruation. Say: It is an illness, so let women alone at such times and go not in unto them till they are cleansed. And when they have purified themselves, then go in unto them as Allah hath enjoined upon you. Truly Allah loveth those who turn unto Him, and loveth those who have a care for cleanness.

 
Whenever this verse is cited as anti-feminine and derogatory to women, our Islamic brothers get very defensive. They would twist and turn, and beat around the bush by saying that this verse is really meant to protect women during her period by warning people that it is a difficult time for women.  How merciful!  See how great Islam is!  No science could discover that menstruation is a disease, but look at Islam.  It is truly great.  It can discover which no science or medicine could find! Let me ask our Islamic brothers a simple question.  If menstruation is a disease, then why do we not ask the women to see a doctor?  Why should the women be ostracised during her period?  Sex during period is not advisable, although medical evidence shows that it is ok.  This simple fact does not need any intervention from the almighty God through His mighty Qur’an.  Even the primitive people had the knowledge of this natural periodic cycle of women and knew how to tackle it without insulting and ostracising women. Why did Muhammad do that?  It was all based on the old Jewish/Zoroastrian practice of segregating women to a secluded place during her period. Muhammad did not have the guts to completely reform this discriminatory treatment of women but maintained that age-old tradition.

 

Here is a hadith that further confirms the gross insult (and gross miscarriage of justice too!) to women due to her physical makeup and biology.  Please note that this hadith restricts a woman from doing her religious obligations because of her natural biological phenomenon. If we go by this hadith, then I wonder how would a workingwoman manage to go to work during her period.

 

Menstruation is a defect in women for they cannot fast and pray during their periods... (Shahih Bukhari 3.31.172)

 

Volume 3, Book 31, Number 172:

Narrated Abu Said:

The Prophet said, "Isn't it true that a woman does not pray and does not fast on menstruating? And that is the defect (a loss) in her religion."

 

In today’s world, there are a few countries ruled by women including Bangladesh. This is what Islam has to say about a nation being ruled by women.

People ruled by a woman will never be successful...(Shahih Bukhari 5.59.709)

Volume 5, Book 59, Number 709:

Narrated Abu Bakra:

During the days (of the battle) of Al-Jamal, Allah benefited me with a word I had heard from Allah's Apostle after I had been about to join the Companions of Al-Jamal (i.e. the camel) and fight along with them. When Allah's Apostle was informed that the Persians had crowned the daughter of Khosrau as their ruler, he said, "Such people as ruled by a lady will never be successful."

 

Imam Ghazali is one of the greatest Islamic scholars of all times.  Some Muslims would even say that his position is next to Muhammad.  This ‘great’ Islamist was one the most anti-woman scholar I had ever read.  Here are a few ‘gems’ from this greatest of all Islamists.  I wonder how is it possible for a woman to be more pious than a man is when both Qur’an and ahadith find so many faults in her and relegate her position in society to that of a slave and an animal.  To make sure that a woman is inferior to a man and she is always below him Imam Ghazali categorically advises Muslims not to marry rich women forgetting the fact the founder of Islam (Muhammad) himself married one of the richest lady in Arabia (Khadija) and without her immense wealth Muhammad could never have been what he dreamed of.  Talk about double standard in Islam!  Why does Imam Ghazali have to prescribe such a marital prescription?  A prescription for disaster, may I add?  He knew the power of money and wealth.  He knew that a rich lady would never accept the degrading treatment of hers in the hands of her husband; she will simply desert her man if ever any man dares to dehumanise her.  Nevertheless, the gross sexism of Islam must prevail.  Therefore, he had no choice but to recommend marrying poor women, for, their financial dependence on men will ensure their inferiority and servitude.  Here are the quotes from Ghazali’ famous book.

 

Women should be beneath men on four things (Ref: 7.Vol II p373)

And someone else remarked: “ A wife should be beneath her husband in four things or else she will despise him: age, height, wealth and lineage. She should be better than him in four others: beauty, manners, character and scrupulousness in matters of religion.”

 

 

Do not marry a rich woman, marry a poor woman (Ibid,  p373)

Someone once said: “The man who marries a rich woman will find five things in her, an expensive dowry, a delayed wedding, a lack of service, constant expense and an inability to divorce her should he wish to do so, because of his fear of losing her money. The case of poor woman, however, is quite the opposite.”

 

 

The matter of inheritance in Islam is quite a lengthy issue and it is downright contentious too!.  It is not an appropriate matter to be discussed in this essay, which is solely devoted to women related issues.  However, let us not forget the unfairness of Islam towards women on this matter.  Women get only half that men get.  Many Islamists justify this rule by saying that a woman does not contribute anything to the creation of a family wealth.  All the money she gets is for hers to keep.  They also contend that other religions gave no rights of inheritance to women. Islam was/is the only religion that gave women some rights of inheritance.  The first argument can be countered by the reasoning that the man who inherits something from his relatives also did not put an effort to the creation of wealth of the relative concerned.  So, a man or a woman inheritor is in the same footing.  So, why shouldn’t they have equal share in inheritance?  The second argument is simply not relevant in today’s world. No other religion follows their age-old/antiquated inheritance rules any more.  Most of them follow the secular rules.  It is only the Islam that still persists on keeping this gross unfair inheritance rules.

 

 

Rules on inheritance women get half of men: (Note as per Shah Waliullah these verses abrogate 2:180)...4:11-12

 

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YUSUFALI: Allah (thus) directs you as regards your Children's (Inheritance): to the male, a portion equal to that of two females: if only daughters, two or more, their share is two-thirds of the inheritance; if only one, her share is a half. For parents, a sixth share of the inheritance to each, if the deceased left children; if no children, and the parents are the (only) heirs, the mother has a third; if the deceased Left brothers (or sisters) the mother has a sixth. (The distribution in all cases ('s) after the payment of legacies and debts. Ye know not whether your parents or your children are nearest to you in benefit. These are settled portions ordained by Allah; and Allah is All-knowing, Al-wise.

 

 

Part 3

Women are harmful/devilish/crooked and damaging 

The holy scriptures of Islam is full of mindless, unbelievably misogynic contents. Islam considers women to be crooked, evil, devilish, damaging, Satanic, harmful, portents of bad luck, and what not.  One may be greatly surprised at what I just mentioned.  I am listing a few statements below from the principle sources of Islam.  After reading these citations, it is difficult not to be disturbed.  We may wonder¾why is Islam so misogynic?  I sometimes wonder what wrong the women have done to be treated in such a harsh, derogatory and in dehumanized manner.  It seems as if Islam is out to prove that women are/were created to be bad and they are devilish inherently.  It is not in their upbringing, education, family background…. etc. that are responsible for their badness, dummy!  Therefore, there is no way of improving their status, no matter how much a woman wishes or tries.  It is her fate and destiny as determined by God.  Allah/Islam has relegated her to permanent servitude.  It is a great tragedy to be born as a woman especially in an Islamic paradise.  The only path for a Muslim woman is accepting the sexual slavery or death.  Islamic apologists often take pride by saying that Islam improved the lot of women from those prevalent in the ‘dark days’ of Arabia, such as abolishing the live burial of girl infants.  What a great achievement!  After you peruse the following demeaning provisions of Islam for women, you may wonder whether it is worth living as a woman (in an Islamic paradise under Sharia) or not.

 

It is true that Muhammad did make some improvement to the status of women in Arabia, such as the right of inheritance, abolition of burial of girl babies, etc.  However, he did not go further, for he did not want to upset the men of Arabia through a radical change in the then existing status of women.  Furthermore, we cannot compare those reforms of women with the time before Islam.  We are no longer living in those so-called ‘dark’ days of Ayame-Jahliat, are we?  The world is moving forward and all the secularist countries guarantee the rights of women.  It is only the Islamic countries that want to live in their ‘golden period’ of the past and still subscribe to their ‘Gender Apartheid’ policy.  I would like to ask anyone reading the following ‘holy’ citations to bring in statements from any secular law more misogynic than what is quoted down below. 

 

A woman is like a rib---that is why she has the crookedness...(Shahih Bukhari 7.62.113) 

Volume 7, Book 62, Number 113:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah's Apostle said, "The woman is like a rib; if you try to straighten her, she will break. So if you want to get benefit from her, do so while she still has some crookedness." 

Women were created crooked;. if you try to straighten her you will break her and breaking her is divorcing her…( Shahih Muslim 8.3467)

 

Book 008, Number 3467:

Abu Huraira (Allah be pleased with him) reported: Woman has been created from a rib and will in no way be straightened for you; so if you wish to benefit by her, benefit by her while crookedness remains in her. And if you attempt to straighten her, you will break her, and breaking her is divorcing her.

Women, house and horses are evil omens..( Shahih Bukhari;7.62.30)

Volume 7, Book 62, Number 30:

Narrated Abdullah bin 'Umar:

Allah's Apostle said, "Evil omen is in the women, the house and the horse.'

 

Portents of hour are drinking, sex , 50 women per men...(Shahih Bukhari 1.3. 81)

Volume 1, Book 3, Number 81:

Narrated Anas:

I will narrate to you a Hadith and none other than I will tell you about after it. I heard Allah's Apostle saying: From among the portents of the Hour are (the following):

1. Religious knowledge will decrease (by the death of religious learned men).

2. Religious ignorance will prevail.

3. There will be prevalence of open illegal sexual intercourse.

4. Women will increase in number and men will decrease in number so much so that fifty women will be looked after by one man.

 

Nothing is more harmful to men than women...(Shahih Bukhari 7.62.33)

 

Volume 7, Book 62, Number 33:

Narrated Usama bin Zaid:

The Prophet said, "After me I have not left any affliction more harmful to men than women."

 

Please read the following hadith if you still thought that Islam has a lot of kind words reserved for women and is very merciful to them.  In this hadith, Muhammad clearly declares that a woman is actually a devil in the guise of a human (albeit a female) being.  There is no confusion on this matter.  Is there any contextual issue for this hadith?  I would really like to hear from the Islamic apologists who are always looking for contexts as to what they have to say on this hadith.  Is the provision of this hadith applicable today or not?  Shall we not consider a woman as an extension of the devil?  What punishment Allah has reserved for the devil?  Does not this hadith say that our mothers, wives, sisters, and daughter are actually devils?  Could any one show me any secularist provision more misogynic than the content of this hadith?

 

A woman advances and retires in the shape of a devil; so when one of you sees a woman, he should come to his wife and have intercourse with her…(Shahih Muslim 8.3240)

Book 008, Number 3240:

Jabir reported that Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) saw a woman, and so he came to his wife, Zainab, as she was tanning a 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.

 Here is another gem from Imam Ghazali.

 

Women are half devils (Ref: 7.vol. II, p367)

Someone once said: “The devil says to women: ‘You are half my army! You are my arrow with which I do not miss! You are my confidante! You are my messenger with whom I achieve my wants!’ Thus half of his army is desire, the other half being anger.” 

The house, the wife and the horse are bad luck…(Shahih Muslim 26.5523)

 

Book 026, Number 5523:

'Abdullah b. 'Umar reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: If there be bad luck, it is in the house, and the wife, and the horse.

Women are more harmful to men than anything else…(Shahih Muslim 36.6603)

 

Book 036, Number 6603:

Usama b. Zaid reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: I have not left after me any (chance) of turmoil more injurious to men than the harm done to the men because of women.

Avoid the allurement of women…(Shahih Muslim 36.6606)

 

Book 036, Number 6606:

Abu Sa'id Khudri reported that Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: The world is sweet and green (alluring) and verily Allah is going to install you as vicegerent in it in order to see how you act. So avoid the allurement of women: verily, the first trial for the people of Isri'll was caused by women. And in the hadith transmitted on the authority of Ibn Bashshar the words are:" So that He should see how you act."

 

Never walk behind a woman (Ref: 7vol. II, p370)

Said ibn Jubayr said: “Temptation came to David (peace be upon him) merely through a glance. Therefore. He told his son (Solomon) (peace be upon him): “O my son! Walk behind a lion or a black cobra, but never walk behind a woman.”

 

Women are damaging (Ibid, p371)

And the Messenger of God (peace and prayer be upon him) said: “A gaze is a poisoned arrow from Satan. Whoever abstains from it in fear of God shall receive from Him increase in faith, the sweetness of which he will feel in his heart.”

He (peace and prayers be upon him) also said: “I leave behind me no temptation damaging to men than that of women.”

 

Women are to be feared most (Ibid, p375)

And ibn Al Musayyid said at the age of eighty four when he had lost the use of one eyes, and was almost blind in the other: “In my opinion, women are to be feared more than anything else.”

 

A few traditions on Muhmmad about women (Ref. 6, pp678-679)

“I have left no calamity more detrimental to mankind than women.”

“Look to your actions and abstain from the world and from women, for verily the first sin which the children of Israel committed was on account of women.” 

 

Finally here is a warning for men. If your boss is a woman then think of changing your job.

 

p28.1 (1) (Ref. 8, p672)

The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said,

(1)   “Men are already destroyed when they obey women.” 

Women are ungrateful; therefore, can’t trust them.

 

The foundation of a family is the mutual trust among the family members especially between the husband and wife.  Lack of trust will make it almost impossible to have a congenial environment to raise a family.  So, how much trust a Muslim husband should put on his wife/s?  The Islamic apologists no doubt will tell us that Islam puts the highest priority on family.  So, this question is rather a stupid one.  Well, let us see what the ‘real Islam’ has to say on trusting a woman.

 

Women should give charity and forgiveness because the majority of women will be in hell. The reasons are 1. women curse too much 2. they are ungrateful to their husbands 3.they are lacking in common sense 4. they are failing in religion 5. they rob the wisdom of the wise…(Shahih Muslim 1.0142)

 

Book 001, Number 0142:

It is narrated on the authority of 'Abdullah b. Umar that the Messenger of Allah observed: O womenfolk, you should give charity and ask much forgiveness for I saw you in bulk amongst the dwellers of Hell. A wise lady among them said: Why is it, Messenger of Allah, that our folk is in bulk in Hell? Upon this the Holy Prophet observed: You curse too much and are ungrateful to your spouses. I have seen none lacking in common sense and failing in religion but (at the same time) robbing the wisdom of the wise, besides you. Upon this the woman remarked: What is wrong with our common sense and with religion? He (the Holy Prophet) observed: Your lack of common sense (can be well judged from the fact) that the evidence of two women is equal to one man, that is a proof of the lack of common sense, and you spend some nights (and days) in which you do not offer prayer and in the month of Ramadan (during the days) you do not observe fast, that is a failing in religion. This hadith has been narrated on the authority of Abu Tahir with this chain of transmitters.

 

Because of Eve women are unfaithful towards their husbands…(Shahih Muslim 8.3471)

Book 008, Number 3471:

Abu Huraira (Allah be pleased with him) reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: Had it not been for Eve, woman would have never acted unfaithfully towards her husband.

The above two hadiths have sealed the fate of a Muslim woman for good.  Firstly, the hadith says that women are ungrateful to their husband, and they cannot observe fully the religious rituals (like fasting) because the way Allah has created them.  It is not the fault of a woman to have menstruation period.  Why should then she be blamed for not fasting during her period?  Who imposed this ban?  Why was this prohibition obligatory, after all?  What would a modern workingwoman think when she learns that Allah penalises her for the attribute that He himself gave her.  Why is this devilish and whimsical Allah so cruel and unjust to her?  Can some erudite pedagogue come forward and explain to us all?  

 

All those are the questions that any sensible human being will ponder upon.  Is it fair to relegate women to hell for the crime that they did not commit in the first place? How insulting is it when a wife hears that she is unfaithful to her husband just because Muhammad had said so?  It is absolutely a gross injustice to women to label them as a bunch of ungrateful sinners who are at the mercy of their supposedly godly husbands. There is nothing a woman could do in her power to purge this derogatory treatment of her.  It is because Allah has created her to be ungrateful.  What a blunder Allah did at the time of Genesis?  How absurd! How insulting! How about the fidelity of men to their wives?  Surprisingly, both Qur’an and ahadith are completely reticent about this. Does this silence imply that men are always faithful to their wives?  Shall we assume that men are created sinless and Allah imbued the women with all the sins?  [One Bangladeshi professor who is now in Canada had retorted the other day in NFB that he is now a believer because Allah made opposite things such as day-night, hot-cold, man-woman, etc.  I guess in the same vein, Allah made man sinless and to counter balance that He made women with all the sins!]  Can we trust our wives in matters of wealth and property?  These are silly questions, one would say.  However, Islam is not silly with women.  This is what the Dictionary of Islam cites about putting trust on your dear wife/s on matters of wealth and property.

 

Can’t tell a wife secrets, amount of property…etc. no musical instruments for her (Ref: 6 p675)

As to the three things to be avoided in husband towards his wife:-

  1. Excess of affection, for this gives her the predominance and leads to a state of perversion. When the power is overpowered and the commander commanded, all regularity must infallibly be destroyed. If troubled with redundance of affection let him at least conceal it from her.
  2. Let him not consult her on matters of paramount importance; let him not make her acquainted with his secrets, nor let her know the amount of his property, or the stores he possesses, beyond those in present consumption, or her weakness of judgment will infallibly set things wrong.
  3. Let him allow her no musical instruments, no visiting out of doors, no listening to men’s stories, nor intercourse with women noted for such practices; especially where any previous suspicion has been raised

 

What do all the women of the world feel when they read those three provisions of Islam? Women are not worth to be loved in excess, they are unintelligent to manage the affairs of property, wealth and business, no learning of musical instrument for them, they are not even be allowed outside home.  I would just like to know the reactions from Megawati Sukarno Putri, the President of Indonesia, Begum Khaleda Zia, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh and Mrs. Helen Clark, the Prime Minister of New Zealand if they ever read this ‘golden’ treatment of women in Islam.  If a woman cannot be trusted with the basic family matters, how can the world trust these women leaders to lead their nations- if we really go by Islamic way?

 

Part 4

 

Sharia is on men’s side and make no mistake about it! 

Islam has shocked the world with the its best kept secret, that is, Sharia laws, especially its provision on matters of sex, marriage, gender rights, polygamy…etc.  Islamists are dying to enact these barbaric laws wherever they see their potential of success.  A few of the once secular countries (such as Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, and certain parts of Malaysia and Nigeria) have come under these medieval, uncivilized, barbaric rules of Islamic Sharia.  Words fail to describe the inhumane, tormenting, and mind boggling cruelty and despicable provisions contained in the Sharia laws.  More importantly, this Sharia has totally robbed the Muslim women of whatever little rights they could exercise during the ‘decadent’ secular rules.  The worst and the largest victim of Sharia had been the women, unquestionably.  Quite often, we find a woman is to be stoned to death for being raped by criminals.  A victim is to be executed for the crime committed by the culprits!!  This is what is ‘true’ Islamic justice. 

Why is it so?  Isn’t Islamic justice the perfect justice system on earth?  After all, the Sharia is Allah’s laws.  Allah could never do such abominable injustice to women.  What a load of rubbish!  Sharia is designed to protect men all the way. Through and through.  It is simply because tyrannical men who call themselves prophets of God wrote those laws.  Didn’t they?  That is precisely why Sharia is always and will always remain on men’s side when it comes to sex, family, matrimonial—any matter where both sexes are involved.  In making Sharia, these prophets never consulted women.  Imagine what would be the provisions of Sharia if the prophets were women and not men. 

Here I am citing a few examples of the bias of Sharia for men.  

Men can punish rebellious wives by beating them. However, a woman cannot punish a rebellious husband in a similar manner. If the man is cruel then the woman must seek to please him and compromise with him as per verse 4:128 

Men are greedy; if women fear cruelty from men then they can make an amicable settlement...4:128

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YUSUFALI: If a wife fears cruelty or desertion on her husband's part, there is no blame on them if they arrange an amicable settlement between themselves; and such settlement is best; even though men's souls are swayed by greed. But if ye do good and practise self-restraint, Allah is well-acquainted with all that ye do.

 

Women should beg a man not to divorce her (Shahih Bukhari 7.62.134)

Volume 7, Book 62, Number 134:

Narrated Aisha:

regarding the Verse: 'If a wife fears cruelty or desertion on her husband's part ...') (4.128) It concerns the woman whose husband does not want to keep her with him any longer, but wants to divorce her and marry some other lady, so she says to him: 'Keep me and do not divorce me, and then marry another woman, and you may neither spend on me, nor sleep with me.' This is indicated by the Statement of Allah: 'There is no blame on them if they arrange an amicable settlement between them both, and (such) settlement is better." (4.128)

 

Polygamy by men is divine.  Don’t we know this already? 

Many Islamic writers take great pride to announce to the world that Islam was the only religion that put a limit on the number of wives that a man can have at any given time.  They always cite very ancient, biblical customs when many men used to have unlimited wives.  They even go one step further in saying that ‘actually Islam promotes monogamy since Qur’an says that it is impossible to be fair with all the wives—and that is a requirement by Allah to have multiple wives, therefore, it is not possible to have more than one wife at any time’.  What a convoluted logic!  Even a primary school kid will laugh when this type of inane argument is presented.  Another issue they always try to avoid is that they never talk about the modern secular matrimonial laws.  They are always living in the past --very distant past indeed, at least a few thousand years behind.  A further tactic used by these “erudite” Islamic scholars is that they will exhort hundreds of virtues of polygamy when asked why they do not compare their rules with secular ones. 

What a bizarre situation. Think of it.  At one point, they are adamant that monogamy is the way to go—and Islam is actually for monogamous marriage.  At the same time, just like a chameleon they quickly change color to eulogize polygamy for infinite reasons.  They will even tell you that the best cure for today’s promiscuous society is actually the practice of polygamy by men.  According to them, polygamy is a divine provision for men.  It is because men, by nature, desire to have multiple sex partners.  So, instead of turning to the prostitutes for this excess libido, they should marry more women.  How about multiple husbands at any time by a woman?  Does not women also desire to have sex with many men?  Nope.  No way.  Allah is absolutely against this.  Why?  Have any Islamist ever asked any woman on this matter?  If they have not, then let me say that the desire to have sex with multiple partners is equally strong in women as it is with men if not more.  Have a look at nature. You will see plenty of examples.  In fact, prehistoric societies were matriarchal where a woman was the center of everything.  She used to have many sex partners without any problem just as Islamic men have multiple wives today.  

Can we not, therefore, conclude that Islamic polygamy is just a sexist phenomenon, unfair and an utterly illogical provision on the pretext of enforcing divine sanction?  

Let us look at some of the provisions of Islamic polygamy in the Holy Scriptures. 

Four free women wives (some say nine) at a time and any number of slave girls are permitted...4:3

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YUSUFALI: If ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly with the orphans, Marry women of your choice, Two or three or four; but if ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly (with them), then only one, or (a captive) that your right hands possess, that will be more suitable, to prevent you from doing injustice. 

People with very little knowledge of Islam often think that the provision of four wives at any time is all that Islam allows for having multiple sex partners.  Perish this thought. The reality is that a Muslim man can have sex with as many women as his heart desires at any time whether through marriage or not.  In fact, the holy man of Islam, Imam Hasan had up to 300 wives, believe it or not (more on this will be found in a subsequent section). Besides four legal wives at any one time, Islam permits a man to have unlimited number of concubines as long as they are slave women or captive women.  More on sex with captive women will be found in a later part of this essay. 

So, Muslim men, rejoice! You do not need to carry the burden of four wives. When Islam takes over the world, slavery will be re-introduced. Slave markets will be re-established in all the important parts of the world. If you are tired with your old wives, then just go to the nearest slave market and buy a slave-girl/s.  Have sex with her for as long or as much as you like, then when you are tired of her, you can sell her off to recover your principal.  All you need to do is to feed and cloth the sex-slave for the duration of your desire.  See, how beautiful the Islamic rule is!  A free unlimited sex is also possible with captive women.  Where can you get captive women in today’s world?  If you think that this is impossible, then you have not understood Islam.  Remember, when the Jihadis conquer the Western countries, all non-Muslim women there become their captives, at least in theory.  The Jihadis then can distribute them to all the Muslim residents and among themselves.  Then they can enjoy these petite infidel women to their hearts content.  This is the provision of Allah.  In Iran and the Taliban controlled Afghanistan, the Mullahs did just that. Whenever, an atheist, secular, socialist, communist woman was captured for waging war against God, she was given to a prison guard to use her as he pleased.  The guard made sure that he had sexually enjoyed her before she is executed.  Unbelievable, huh?  See (http://www.homa.org/wings/irisituation.html )

Here is Holy Scripture on sex with slaves and captives.

Sex with captive women and slave women is permitted…23:1-6

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YUSUFALI: The believers must (eventually) win through,-
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YUSUFALI: Those who humble themselves in their prayers;
023.003
YUSUFALI: Who avoid vain talk;
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YUSUFALI: Who are active in deeds of charity;
023.005
YUSUFALI: Who abstain from sex,
023.006
YUSUFALI: Except with those joined to them in the marriage bond, or (the captives) whom their right hands possess,- for (in their case) they are free from blame,

As I wrote before, that many Islamists are adamant that Islam does not encourage polygamy although there is no harm if someone wants to resort to it.  These Islamists are simply hiding the truth.  The fact of the matter is that the Muslims are openly encouraged to have multiple wives. This is evident from the following hadith.

The best Muslims had the largest number of wives...( Shahih Bukhari 7.62.7)

Volume 7, Book 62, Number 7:

Narrated Said bin Jubair:

Ibn 'Abbas asked me, "Are you married?" I replied, "No." He said, "Marry, for the best person of this (Muslim) nation (i.e., Muhammad) of all other Muslims, had the largest number of wives." 

It is not only that the best Muslims had the largest number of wives but they also had incredible sex drive.  Imagine having sex with all the wives in one’s harem in a single night and that also when you are past fifty!  Well, you may say this is almost an impossible task. Then you are not a good Muslim.  See the founder of Islam did just that.  Allah’s Qudrat, no doubt.

The best Muslim men should have incredible sex power (Shahih Bukhari 7.62.142) 

Volume 7, Book 62, Number 142:

Narrated Anas bin Malik:

The Prophet used to pass by (have sexual relation with) all his wives in one night, and at that time he had nine wives.

 

The best women to marry as per Islam 

Have you noticed that most of the Islamic Paradises (like, Pakistan, Nigeria Bangladesh, Sudan…etc) are incredibly poor and unbelievably over populated?  Why is it so?  Does Islam have anything to do with this poverty and overcrowding?  It is true that in the past, the government of those Islamic Paradises used to emphasize a lot on birth and population control.  The exploding birth rate in these countries is a time bomb ticking away.  It is one of the root causes of the backwardness, poverty, and unhygienic/unhealthy living conditions of these teeming millions. When the Islamists took over the control of these nations, population control was no longer a top priority.  Why?  The reason is that the Islamists have a secret agenda.  The agenda is that they want to Islamize the whole world by exploding the population bomb albeit through Islamic population. They are pursuing this issue quite adroitly.  Their method of subjugating the world through a terrible Islamic population bomb negates all the attempts by various national and international agencies to improve the living conditions of these ‘Islamic Proletariat’.  On this matter, they are quite close to the communistic ideology.  The Islamists want to replace the communist idea of ‘dictatorship of the Proletariat’ with the ‘dictatorship of the Islamic Proletariat’.  Where did the Islamists get this idea from?  Did they borrow from Karl Marx’s ‘Manifesto of the Communist Party’ or his classic work ‘Das Kapital’?  Nope.  The Islamists found this strategy in the very words of Muhammad himself.  Here is the advice by Muhammad on how to select a woman carefully to be used as a baby-making factory. 

Muhammed advised not to marry barren women, but to marry only those women who can give birth to plenty of children...( Sunaan Abu Dawud 11.2045) 

Book 11, Number 2045:

Narrated Ma'qil ibn Yasar:

A man came to the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) and said: I have found a woman of rank and beauty, but she does not give birth to children. Should I marry her? He said: No. He came again to him, but he prohibited him. He came to him third time, and he (the Prophet) said: Marry women who are loving and very prolific, for I shall outnumber the peoples by you. 

The above hadith clearly explains the agenda of the Islamists.  Doesn’t this hadith make a woman as some kind of a child-making factory?  You see, in an Islamic marriage, mutual love, understanding, companionship is not so important.  The most important reason for marriage is procreation (the production of unlimited number of children) without any regard for the health or the welfare of the women (mothers in this case).

It is not only that a woman is quite similar to a baby-making factory; she is also a machine for enjoyment.  Read this disgusting hadith to see for yourself how merciful and sympathetic Islam is towards women!

If you marry a pregnant woman, then her vagina is lawful if you pay the dowry, after she gives birth, flog her; the child becomes your slave...( Sunaan Abu Dawud 11.2126)

 

Book 11, Number 2126:

Narrated Basrah:

A man from the Ansar called Basrah said: I married a virgin woman in her veil. When I entered upon her, I found her pregnant. (I mentioned this to the Prophet). The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: She will get the dower, for you made her vagina lawful for you. The child will be your slave. When she has begotten (a child), flog her (according to the version of al-Hasan). The version of Ibn AbusSari has: You people, flog her, or said: inflict hard punishment on him. 

How about the women who are secularists/freethinkers and feminists?  These women can forget about getting married, as they are totally haram for any Muslim man. Can they marry non-Muslims? Don’t even think of that, for, that is haram too.  If any woman violates this rule, then she and her husband faces possible stoning to death as this type of union will be regarded as adultery.  If you are not a beautiful woman, your chances of marriage with a Muslim man are also very slim.  These women are all condemned to remain spinster until they die, —if we go by the ‘real Islam’ here is what Imam Ghazali says. 

Women not legal for marriage. Already married, apostate, atheist, feminist, permissive, Zoroastrian, idol worshipper, a fifth wife, accused of adultery whether proved or not, and others prohibited due to kinship. (Ref: 7 vol. I, pp 226-228)

 

She should be beautiful Ibid, p228)

She should be beautiful, this is also desirable as with it you will preserve your chastity. As for her nature, she should not be ugly, as much as she should be beautiful so her nature should be beautiful, as the two should go hand in hand.

 

The definition of the best woman (Ibid, p228)

The prophet said, “The best of your women is the one who if her husband looks at her she pleases him, and if he orders her something she obeys, and if he is away she keeps him in herself and his wealth.”

 

She should be beautiful and cheap (Ibid, p228)

Her dowry should be reasonable. The Prophet said: “The best of the women are the beautiful in face and the least in dowry.”

 

She should be fertile (Ibid, p228)

She should be fertile, so if she was known to be barren, she should not be sought in marriage. The Prophet said: “Marry the fertile and amicable.” If she was not married and her condition was unknown, then watch her health and youth as if she is healthy and young and she will be fertile.

 

She should be virgin if not previously married (Ibid, p229)

She should be virgin. The Prophet said to Gaber when he married a deflowered woman: “It would have been better if you had married a virgin you would have enjoyed each other better.” 

Choose carefully for your sperm (Ibid, p229)

The prophet said: “Stay away from the flower which grows in the sewerage.” So they said: “ And what is the flower which grows in the sewerage?” he said: “She is the beautiful woman of bad origin.” He also said: “Choose carefully for your sperm, because bad traits are inherited.” 

Asking men to look for beautiful women may be benign.  How about ugly and unsightly men?  While the beauty of a woman is a desirable feature for a Muslim man, there is gross injustice for a beautiful woman who ends up with an ugly man.  If a woman marries an ugly man, then surprisingly the fault still lies with the woman and not with the ugly man!!  Some justice, huh! 

As per Imam Ghazali, an ugly husband is a woman’s punishment. 

An ugly husband is a punishment for a beautiful woman (Ibid, p235)

It was narrated that Al Asmo’ai said: “I entered a scrub land who had the ugliest face, so I asked her: “O you, how did you accept to marry some one like him?” she said: “Hold your tongue, you have uttered a wrong thing, he may be best in what is between himself and his creator, so He made me a reward for him, or it may be that I am the worst in what is between myself and my creator, so he made him my punishment.” 

 

Dower (Mahr) for women 

Marriage is an important institution in Islam.  With marriage, a family unit, the basic building block of a society is founded.  An Islamic marriage is not a legal marriage without mahr.  And what is mahr?  Mahr is the dower a prospective groom pays to contract a woman for marriage.  No Islamic marriage is valid without a mahr.  If we condemn the dower demanded by grooms (in India and Bangladesh) to marry a woman, then we must also do the same for Islamic mahr.  Why should a man pay a woman to get married to her? 

The plain answer is that a man pays to his wife/s to have sexual intercourse with her.  What?  This is outrageous, you say.  Here is the truth.  As per Islam, the mahr is the price a man pays to use a woman’s private parts.  Are you enraged and furious?  Of course, you are.  Now, before you call me an ‘Islam basher’ please read on. 

Let us search the Qur’an first. 

Give dower to women as a free gift...4:4

004.004
YUSUFALI: And give the women (on marriage) their dower as a free gift; but if they, of their own good pleasure, remit any part of it to you, Take it and enjoy it with right good cheer.

This verse looks very innocent indeed until we dig deeper.  After all, giving some present to some one is nothing so special. We all do that. Sons give present to their mothers. Mothers give presents to their children. Friends give present to friends and so on. Husbands give present or gift to wives and vice versa. This custom is very much a social etiquette. Now, what is so different in giving mahr to a woman for marriage?

To get the real reason for a mahr we need to look at hadith and Sharia. Read the following hadith from Shahih Bukhari.and Shahih Muslim

Marriage gives the man the right to enjoy a woman's private parts...( Shahih Bukhari;7.62.81)

 

Volume 7, Book 62, Number 81:

Narrated 'Uqba:

The Prophet said: "The stipulations most entitled to be abided by are those with which you are given the right to enjoy the (women's) private parts (i.e. the stipulations of the marriage contract)."

 

The most worthy condition that must be fulfilled in a marriage is that sexual intercourse becomes lawful…(Shahih Muslim 8.3302) 

Book 008, Number 3302:

'Uqba b. Amir (Allah be pleased with him) reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The most worthy condition which must be fulfilled is that which makes sexual intercourse lawful. In the narration transmitted by Ibn Muthanna (instead of the word" condition") it is" conditions".

These two ahadith are still not convincing that mahr is a payment to have sex with a woman (wife, in this case).  After all, no one can deny the fact that sexual enjoyment of each other’s private parts is, indeed, an important part of a marriage.  Now, if some man pays a woman to have sexual intercourse with her, what do we call her?  An Islamic scholar from Nigeria, Abdur Rahman I. Doi admits that the mahr is indeed a remuneration (Ref: 9, p 162). Remuneration for what?

See how Muhammad prevented Ali from sleeping with Fatima until he (Ali) paid the mahr.

Ali could not have intercourse with Fatima (Muhammed’s daughter) until Ali paid her dowry (the coat of mail)...( Sunaan Abu Dawud 11.2121 )

 

Book 11, Number 2121:

Narrated A man from the Companion of the Prophet:

Muhammad ibn AbdurRahman ibn Thawban reported on the authority of a man from the Companions of the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him): When Ali married Fatimah, daughter of the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him), he intended to have intercourse with her. The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) prohibited him to do so until he gave her something. Ali said: I have nothing with me, Apostle of Allah. The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: Give her your coat of mail. So he gave her his coat of mail, and then cohabited with her.

A more elaborate reason for mahr is given in the Dictionary of Islam. 

Dower is the payment for usufruct of wife (Ref: 6, p91)

Dower is considered by some lawyers to be an effect of the marriage contract, imposed on the husband by the law as a mark of respect for the subject of the contract – the wife; while others consider wife, and its payment is necessary for the usufruct of the wife, and its payment is necessary, as upon the permanency of the matrimonial connection. 

So, what price a man should pay a woman to have an Islamic marriage (read for sexual intercourse)? Surprisingly, it is not that expensive. There is a minimum mahr that can be as little as a pair of shoes (Ref: 9, p163). And there is no limit to the maximum. It is even possible to contract an Islamic marriage without paying any money or any object of pecuniary value. If a woman agrees then a man can marry in exchange for reciting a verse from the Quran (Ref: 9, pp163, 164). Sex from a woman could be as cheap as that.

 

Minimum dower is ten dirham (Ref: 6, pp 91, 314)

Dower need not invariably be in currency or even in metal; everything except carrion, blood, wine and hog. Also the bridegroom’s own labour, if he is a freeman, being held by the law to be a good dower. 

When one pays dower for having sex with wives then that indicates that women’s sexual organs have some money value i.e. they are some sort of product or services for which payments are necessary to derive their benefits. This is exactly how it is mentioned in 4:24. The dowry is also called a duty (as per Pickthal) or a wage as per verse 4:24. 

PICKTHAL: And all married women (are forbidden unto you) save those (captives) whom your right hands possess. It is a decree of Allah for you. Lawful unto you are all beyond those mentioned, so that ye seek them with your wealth in honest wedlock, not debauchery. And those of whom ye seek content (by marrying them), give unto them their portions as a duty. And there is no sin for you in what ye do by mutual agreement after the duty (hath been done). Lo! Allah is ever Knower, Wise.

 This verse clearly states that mahr is a payment that gives the man the right of ownership of sex organs of a woman.  This blunt statement will, no doubt, offend many Muslims who blindly follow Islam.  We must accept the fact that the Islamic system of payment of mahr to a woman is nothing but a price that is put on her sexual and reproductive organs.  We may or may not like this unpleasant statement but this is the truth.  I shall discuss more on this matter in later sections. 

So, Islamic mahr represents nothing but the exploitation of women of the highest order.  It is nothing but the ownership of the body of female slaves by a master.  I raise my previous question again.  If a man pays a woman to have sexual intercourse with her, what do we call her?  

 

 

Part 5

 

Husband’s rights 

If you still doubted of what I just wrote in the previous section, please read the following provision of Sha’ria on the rights of a man on his wife/s.  The Sha’ria is crystal clear that by paying mahr, a man secures the ownership of a woman’s body from top to bottom including her private parts (i.e., sexual and reproductive organs).  The Sha’ria also treats her private parts just like a product/machine that needs to be kept in perfect working order through regular maintenance and service much like the maintenance of an instrument. Therefore, Muslims desperately need a manual.  Those Muslims who are reading the Sha’ria (read the manual) for the first time will be simply stupefied at the content of this so-called divine laws of Allah.

  

Ownership of a woman’s body to do as he likes including beating

m5.4 (Ref: 8, p526) husbands rights

A husband possesses full right to enjoy his wife’s person (A: from the top of her head to the bottoms of her feet, though anal intercourse (dis: p75.20) is absolutely unlawful) in what does not physically harm her.

He is entitled to take her with him when he travels.

 

m5.6 (ibid) wife must keep her private parts clean

The husband is entitled to insist that his wife undertake both the measures necessary for having sex with her such as the purificatory bath (ghusl) after her monthly period, and those necessary to full enjoyment of her such as the purificatory bath after major ritual impurity (janaba), shaving her private parts, and removing filth.

 

Whenever ‘Islam bashers’ (read secularists) point out the despicable act of wife beating as per Qur’an, Islamic apologists spare no pain to exhort that Islamic wife beating is really no beating at all but simply a light touch with a tooth pick!  They will even tell you that a man cannot do this ‘light touching’ without a valid reason.  Sometimes, they will even go to the extent of proving that Islamic beating of women is actually very good psychologically for all parties.  They reason that this beating satisfies the human desire of ‘sadomasochistic’ role-play.  What a load of rubbish!  The truth is that a Muslim man can beat his wife/s for no reason or no good reason.  Let us see what the hadith and Sha’ria say on beating wives in an Islamic fashion. 

 

A man will not be asked as to why he beat his wife...( Sunaan Abu Dawud 11.2142 )

 

Book 11, Number 2142:

Narrated Umar ibn al-Khattab:

The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: A man will not be asked as to why he beat his wife.

 

The above hadith gives the husband an absolute right to beat his wife/s whenever he pleases.  He can even beat her, at least in theory, almost every day for any number of hours as long as the beating is not directed on her face and no bleeding takes place.  See how tender the Islamic game of sadomasochism is! 

 

Duties of a wife 

The most important duty of an Islamic wife is to satisfy the sexual desire/s of her husband.  This may seem unbelievable at first, but wait!  Isn’t the purpose of paying the mahr to a woman is to obtain the right to use her sexual organs for carnal gratification?  An Islamic woman should never say ‘no’ to her husband’s demand for sex unless she has a natural reason like having her period or sickness.  Even this natural menstruation cycle is considered a disease (Qur’an 2:222).  How disgusting.  I wrote about this in a previous section.  Let us briefly review the hadith and Sha’ria on this issue.

 

If a woman abandons her husband’s bed for the night then the angels curse her until morning…(Shahih Muslim 8.3366)

Book 008, Number 3366:

Abu Huraira (Allah be pleased with him) reported that Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him) said: When a woman spends the night away from the bed of her husband, the angels curse her until morning. This hadith has been narrated through the same chain of transmitters (with a slight variation):" He said: Until she comes back."

 

Allah gets displeased with the woman who does not respond when her husband demands sex from her…(Shahih Muslim 8.3367) 

 

Book 008, Number 3367:

Abu Huraira (Allah be pleased with him) reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) 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.

 

Imam Ghazali

A woman must keep her sexual organs ready for service at all times (Ref: 7: vol. I, p235)

 

“She should prefer her husband before herself, and before all her relatives, she should keep herself clean and ready at all times for her husband to enjoy her whenever he wishes.” 

Be sad during husband’s absence (Ibid, p236)

“And from the ethics of the woman is that she should adhere to righteousness, and sad in the absence of her husband, and to return to play and happiness and be the cause of enjoyment when he is present”. 

 

Here are some merciful Sha’ria laws for women.  Please note that if a woman has received her mahr or agreed to its deferment to a future date, which is a normal custom in the present day, then submitting her sexual organs for husband’s use/desire is rather obligatory.  If she refuses to this type of sexual slavery, then she will not be entitled to her daily maintenance allowance (see section on maintenance).

 

  1. Duties of a wife

m5.1 (Ref: 8, p525)

It is obligatory for a woman to let her husband have sex with her immediately when

(a)    he asks her;

(b)   at home (O: home meaning the place in which he is currently staying, even if being lent to him or rented);

(c)    and she can physically endure it.

(d)   (O: Another condition that should be added is that her marriage payment (mahr, def: m8) has been received or deferred to a term not yet expired.

As for when sex with her is not possible, such that having it would entail manifest harm to her, then she is not obliged to comply.)

 

If she asks him to wait, she is awaited, to a maximum of three days. (O: She does not ask to wait because of not having finished period or postnatal bleeding, for there is no physical harm entailed in her complying as she is, though if she fears that such foreplay with him will lead to actual copulation) A: which is unlawful under such circumstances), then she may refuse, as that is not obligatory). (n: w45 discusses wives’ other duties to husbands.) 

m5.6 (Ibid, p526) wife must keep her private parts clean

The husband is entitled to insist that his wife undertake both the measures necessary for having sex with her such as the purificatory bath (ghusl) after her monthly period, and those necessary to full enjoyment of her such as the purificatory bath after major ritual impurity (janaba), shaving her private parts, and removing filth. 

m10.4 (Ibid, p538) wife can’t leave home

The husband may forbid his wife to leave the home (O: because the hadith related by Bayhaqi that the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said,

“It is not permissible for a woman who believes in Allah and the Last Day to allow someone into her husband’s house if he is opposed, or to go out if he is averse”).

 

But if one of her relatives dies, it is preferable to let her leave to visit them.

w45.1 (Ibid, p948) wife’s obligation

(Abu Ishaq Shirazi:) A woman is not obliged to serve her husband by baking, grinding flour, cooking, washing, or any other kind of service, because the marriage contract entails, for her part, only that she let him enjoy her sexually, and she is not obligated to do other than that. (A: Rather, it is considered sunna in our school for the wife to do the house work, and the husband (who is obliged to support her) to earn the living, since this is how the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) divided the work between Fatima and Ali (Allah be well pleased with them)) (al-Muhadhdhab fi fiqh al-Imam al-shafi’i (y125),2.68)

Hanafi school

w45.2 (Ibid, p949) (Nahlawi)) The wife’s serving her husband at home –by cooking, cleaning, and baking bread-is religiously obligatory for her, and if she does not, she is committing a sin, though it is not something that she may be forced to do by the court (al-Durar al-mubaha fi al-hazr wa al-ibaha (y99), 172). 

  1. Fasting

p42.2(3) (Ibid, p682) can’t fast without husband’s permission

“It is not lawful for a woman to fast when her husband is present, save by his leave. Nor to permit anyone into his house except with his permission.”.

 

 Excuse of no sex due to period  

e13.5 (Ibid, p94) If a woman claims to be having her period but her husband does not believe her, it is lawful for him to have sexual intercourse with her. 

Who do you think knows best the working of private parts of a woman? Yeah, it is her husband, of course. You’ve guessed it right, didn’t you?  A woman is not even to be trusted regarding the statement about her own body function!  How insulting!  It seems as if that every Muslim husband must examine the private sex organ of his wife/s if he has some doubt about her period.  He must do this to comply with Islamic Sha’ria.  Shall we call this ‘Islamic Gynaecology’? 

 

Support of wives 

As stated earlier, the primary job of an Islamic woman is to satisfy her husband sexual appetite as well as to do some household chores.  A mahr is the down payment to exercise husband’s inalienable right of ownership of her sexual/reproductive organs.  However, a woman cannot live by mahr alone.  She needs regular maintenance allowance to keep her alive and to keep her sexual organs in good working condition.  Islam does recognize this fact and makes the maintenance of wife/s almost compulsory for a husband.  On the surface of it, this rule seems to be fair and merciful to women.  However, scratch the surface and you are bound to see the ugly and mind-boggling unfairness in this maintenance provision for Islamic women.  Please note that an Islamic woman earns her maintenance on a day- to-day basis and there is no guarantee that she will be always entitled to her living expenses.  Also note that the usual allowance for an Islamic woman is about two loaves of bread and some extra dishes like meat, sugar, salt…. etc.  If you are a rice eater, then please calculate how much do you need to provide your wife/s with to conform to Islamic Sha’ria laws.  I am certain that you are grossly overpaying your wife.  It is because you do not follow Islam to the letter.  It is because you follow your natural innate human conscience.  When you do follow Islam and Sha’ria, your conscience dies, to say the least.  Therefore, as per Sha’ria, we may be greatly surprised that we are paying rather too much to our life partners, at least according to Islam.  If you are a true Muslim, then you should adjust according to Islamic law!  The Sha’ria even permits you to pay daily allowance in cash instead of food and beverages!!  Calculate the price, if you don’t mind, of two loaves of bread and the supplementary items that goes with it.  That is what our wives are entitled to as a daily allowance to keep them alive and to keep their sexual machine in tuned-up condition a la machine.  How disgusting, come to think of it!  Has any Islamist ever told you this naked truth?  Never will they do that; and this is for sure.  The Muslim women will know about this truth only when an Islamic paradise is established and Sha’ria laws are enacted and enforced vigorously.  Another amazing but surprising fact is that a wife is not entitled for the payment of water for ghusl (bathing) unless that water is used to clean her sex organs for intercourse.  Please read the following marvelous rules of Islamic Sha’ria!  I am confident that you won’t find them boring at all because you never thought that these provisions existed in Islam¾the incredible religion of peace, mercy, and tolerance! 

  1. Support

m11.2 (Ibid, p542) Food

The husband is obliged to provide his wife’s sustenance day by day. If affluent, he must daily furnish her with one litre of the grain that is the staple food of the town in which they live. (O: By the grain that is the staple food of the town, the author means if people eat it. If not, then whatever they eat, even if it is hardened, dried white cheese. If the wife asks for something other than the staple food of the town, the husband does not have to provide it for her, and if he gives her something besides the staple, she need not accept it. The staple food is what is obligatory.) If he is not affluent, then he is obliged to provide 0.51 litres of grain a day for his wife; while if between affluence and non-affluence, he must provide 0.77 litres per day. 

He is also obliged to cover the expenses of grinding it into flour and baking it into bread (O: even when she is used to doing it herself, as there would otherwise be need for this expenditure), and to buy the foods that normally accompany bread to make it savoury and agreeable, as much as is customary in the town of meat, oil, and so forth (O: such as dates, vinegar, and cheese. The obligatory measures differ with the seasons, it being necessary in each season to provide that which is proper to it. Fruits might predominate in one season, and thus be obligatory. As for the obligatory amount of meat, one sees how much is customarily consumed in town per week). 

If husband and wife agree that he give her compensation in place of the above-mentioned (O: grain and other things she is entitled to, the compensation being in money or clothing), this is permissible. 

m11.3 (Ibid, p543) Articles for personal hygiene

The wife is entitled to what she needs of oil for her hair, shampoo, (lit.”sidr”), and a comb (O: to keep her hair clean, of the kind and amount that is customary in town, in order to prevent harm to herself. If oil scented with rose or violet is the custom of the town, it must be provided, though not things which are merely cosmetic and not for cleanliness, such as eyeliner or henna, which need not be provided, though the husband may provide them if he wishes. It is also obligatory for him to provide deodorant (lit. “litharge”) or the like to stop underarm odour if water and soap will not suffice), and the price of water for her purificatory bath (ghusl) when the reason for it is sexual intercourse or the end of postnatal bleeding, though not if the reason is the end of her monthly period or something else (dis:m11.1) 

m11.5 Ibid, p 544) Clothing

A wife is entitled to the kind of clothing that is customary in town for dressing oneself (O:and not just anything termed clothing will suffice. What is obligatory is the amount necessary for the woman, which varies according to whether she is tall or short, thin or fat, and with the hot or cold climate of various towns. In the summertime, it is obligatory to provide her with a head covering, shift, underdrawers, shoes, and a shawl, because of her need to go out; and the same in the winter-time, plus a cloak quilted with cotton to protect her against the cold. If she needs two cloaks because of the extreme cold, it is obligatory to provide them. If she needs fuel because of the severity of the winter, it is obligatory to buy the necessary wood and coal) and (O: he must also provide the amount customary in town of the) bedding, blankets, and pillows that are suitable for someone of his income. (O: She also deserves cooking implements, and utensils for eating and drinking). 

 

m11.7 (Ibid, p544) not obliged to provide if clothing wears out before the end of season.

If he gives her clothing for a season and it wears our before the end of the season, he is not obliged to furnish new clothing, though if it lasts beyond season, he is nevertheless obliged to provide new clothing for each new season. The wife is entitled to dispose of the clothing as she wishes, whether by selling it or other (O: means of disposal, such as giving it away, the reason being that it is her own property).

 

  1. m11.8 (Ibid, p545) Housing and servants

The wife is entitled to housing of the same quality as that of similar women. (O: The standard of housing depends on the wife herself, while the standard for her clothing and support takes the state of the husband into consideration. The difference is because the expenditure for her support and clothing became her own property and are not merely for her use, while housing is solely for use (N: meaning that while she can take compensation in place of food or clothing and buy some other kind, she cannot rent a different house). In any case, she is obliged to stay in the lodgings her husband arranges for her.)

If she had servants in her father’s house, the husband is obliged to provide servants for her. 

 

m11.9 (Ibid, p545) Support is conditional

The husband is only obliged to support his wife when she gives herself to him or offers to. Meaning she allows him full enjoyment of her person and does not refuse him sex at any time of the night or day. She is not entitled to support from her husband when:

(1)   she is rebellious (nashiz, def: m10.12(N:)) (O: meaning when she does not obey him) even if for a moment;

(2)   she travels without his permission, or with his permission but for one of own needs;

(3)   she assumes ihram for hajj or ‘umra (def:j3);

(4)   or when she performs a voluntary fast without her husband’s permission (O: though if he allows her fast and does not ask her to break it. He must provide her support). 

What happens when the wife/wives get sick and need medication?  Unbelievable, though it may sound, the religion of Islam does not make it obligatory for a man to bear the medical expenses of his wife in her sickness. The only exception is the childbirth.  Here is what the Sha’ria says.  

m11.4 (Ibid, p544) cosmetic and medicine

The husband is not obliged (N: but rather is recommended) to pay for his wife’s cosmetics, doctors fees, the purchase of medicine for her, and similar expenses (A: though he must pay for expenditure connected with childbirth). 

Daily allowance is payable on a daily basis

m11.6 (Ibid, p544) daily allowance at the first of each day

It is obligatory for the husband to give his wife the expenditures for her support at the first of each day, and to provide her clothing at the first of each season (O: meaning the beginning of winter and summer). 

m11.10 (Ibid, p546) support for divorced and pregnant wives.

As for a woman in her post marital waiting period (def: n9), she is entitled to housing during it no matter if it is because of her husband’s death, a divorce in which the husband may take her back, or a threefold, finalized divorce. As for her support (A: in terms of food) and clothing:

(1)   it is not obligatory to provide her with it during the waiting period after (N: a threefold divorce, a release for payment (def: n5), or) her husband’s death;

(2)   it must be provided in the waiting period of (A; not yet threefold) divorce in which her husband may take her back;

(3)   and if a woman in the waiting period of a three fold divorce is pregnant, she is given support each day (A: until the child is born, after which she is entitled to support and wages for taking care of it), but if not pregnant, she is not entitled to support. 

 

Why did I quote such lengthy provisions of Sha’ria regarding the maintenance of one’s wife/s?  It is because I want all women, especially the Muslim women to digest what Sha’ria means for them.  Let our mothers, sisters and wives and daughters find out the truth about the merciful Sha’ria laws for them.  Let them see for themselves what Islam will bring in their lives, if they are duped by the Islamists and are complaining about the secular system that guarantees them a decent family living at the least. 

 

Divorce by husband 

Divorce in Islam is very simple and straightforward. A man says to his wife ‘you are divorced’ in front of two male witnesses (either verbal or written) and that is all it requires to get rid of a woman whom a man does not want to keep any more.  The only requirement is that the husband must maintain her until her idda (waiting period to confirm see whether she is pregnant or not) is over.  If you are familiar with Islamic rules on divorce, then of course you do not need to read this section. 

Divorced women wait 3 monthly periods...2:228 

002.228
YUSUFALI: Divorced women shall wait concerning themselves for three monthly periods. Nor is it lawful for them to hide what Allah Hath created in their wombs, if they have faith in Allah and the Last Day. And their husbands have the better right to take them back in that period, if they wish for reconciliation. And women shall have rights similar to the rights against them, according to what is equitable; but men have a degree (of advantage) over them. And Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise.

Many apologists try to camouflage the unfairness in Islamic divorce by saying that divorce is the most disdainful action in Allah’s eyes.  So, a man must not divorce his wife/s without a good reason.  How true is this rhetoric from the point of view of ‘real Islam’?  Let us see. 

No reason required for divorce (Ref: 7, vol. I, p234)

He should not expose her secrets whether in divorce or during the marriage. As it was narrated regarding exposing the women’s secrets, that it is a great threat, and it was narrated of one of the righteous people, that when he wanted to divorce a woman, he was asked what reason he had for divorcing her, he said: “The man of sound mind does not disclose his wife’s secrets.: so when he divorced her he was asked: “Why did you divorce her”? he replied: “I have no right to speak about the wife of someone else.” 

 

Even the Sha’ria expert, Abdur Rahman I. Doi writes that as per Hanafi rule no reason is required to divorce one’s wife/s (Ref: 9, p173). 

Divorce belongs to men and women have the idda…(Malik’s Muwatta 29.24.70) 

Book 29, Number 29.24.70:

Yahya related to me from Malik from Yahya ibn Said and from Yazid ibn Abdullah ibn Qusayt al-Laythi that Said ibn al-Musayyab said, ''Umar ibn al-Khattab said, 'If a woman is divorced and has one or two periods and then stops menstruating, she must wait nine months. If it is clear that she is pregnant, that is that. If not, she must do an idda of three months after the nine, and then she is free to marry.' "

Yahya related to me from Malik from Yahya ibn Said that Said ibn al-Musayyab said, "Divorce belongs to men, and women have the idda."

 

If a man said to his wife ‘you are haram for me ‘ then it is counted as three pronouncements of divorce…(Malik’s Muwatta 29.1.6) 

Book 29, Number 29.1.6:

Yahya related to me from Malik that he had heard that Ali ibn Abi Talib used to say that if a man said to his wife, "You are haram for me," it counted as three pronouncements of divorce.

Malik said, "That is the best of what I have heard on the subject." 

If you say “ I cut myself off from you” or “ you are abandoned” then it is considered as three pronouncements of divorce; if marriage is consummated then three pronouncements; if not consummated then one pronouncement…(Malik’s Muwatta 29.1.7) 

Book 29, Number 29.1.7:

Yahya related to me from Malik from Nafi that Abdullah ibn Umar said that statements like "I cut myself off from you",or"You are abandoned", were considered as three pronouncements of divorce.

Malik said that any strong statements such as these or others were considered as three pronouncements of divorce for a woman whose marriage had been consummated. In the case of a woman whose marriage had not been consummated, the man was asked to make an oath on his deen, as to whether he had intended one or three pronouncements of divorce. If he had intended one pronouncement, he was asked to make an oath by Allah to confirm it, and he became a suitor among other suitors, because a woman whose marriage had been consummated, required three pronouncements of divorce to make her inaccessible for the husband, whilst only one pronouncement was needed to make a woman whose marriage had not been consummated inaccessible.

Malik added, "That is the best of what I have heard about the matter." 

It is all but abundantly clear that divorce in Islam is really a matter to be decided by the husband.  He has the absolute authority of when and for what reason (or no reason) he could get rid of his unwanted wife/s. 

The implication of all these is that a Muslim man could simply reorganise his harem at any time he desires.  He could divorce all his four wives in one sitting and replace them with new ones, just like replacing old cars with new models.  

Many Islamists try to fool the gullible Muslims by writing that a divorced wife is entitled to alimony/maintenance. This is absolutely false.  The only time period for which a divorced wife gets her alimony is during her period of ‘Idda’ (provided the divorce is not final: see rules on Sha’ria above).  Please read the following rules from Sha’ria.  Now contrast these ‘divine laws’ of Allah with the secular laws on alimony where a dependent spouse is, by law, receives regular maintenance allowance/alimony from his/her earning partner.  In fact, in Australia, the government authority automatically deducts this alimony and sends the money to the dependent spouse before the earning partner receives his/her paycheck.  Now, think for a while, what is the recourse for a divorced woman in an Islamic society?  How is she going to live when her husband deserts her?  Where shall she go?  Whom shall she turn to?  Please think of this if your brother-in-law divorces his wife (your sister) or your son-in-law divorces your daughter.  What choice/s do they have?

 

There is no maintenance allowance or lodging for the wife who has been given an irrevocable divorce (case of Fatima bint Qais)…(Shahih Muslim  3514) 

Book 009, Number 3514:

Fatima bint Qais reported that her husband al-Makhzulmi divorced her and refused to pay her maintenance allowance. So she came to Allah's Messenger (may peace he upon him) and informed him, whereupon he said: There is no maintenance allowance for you, and you better go to the house of Ibn Umm Maktum and live with him for he is a blind man and you can put off your clothes in his house (i. e. you shall not face much difficulty in observing purdah there). 

There is no provision for lodging and maintenance if the divorce is through pronouncements…(Shahih Muslim 9.3530) 

Book 009, Number 3530:

Fatima bint Qais (Allah be pleased with her) reported: My husband divorced me with three pronouncements and Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) made no provision for lodging and maintenance allowance. 

Maintenance is applicable only when the divorced wife is pregnant…(Shahih Muslim 9.3518)

Book 009, Number 3518:

'Ubaidullah b. 'Abdullah b. 'Utba reported that 'Amr b. Hafs b. al-Mughira set out along with 'Ali b. Abi Talib (Allah be pleased with him) to the Yemen and sent to his wife the one pronouncement of divorce which was still left from the (irrevocable) divorce; and he commanded al-Harith b. Hisham and 'Ayyash b. Abu Rabi'a to give her maintenance allowance. They said to her: By Allah, there is no maintenance allowance for you, except in case you are pregnant. She came to Allah's Apostle (may peace he upon him) and mentioned their opinion to him, whereupon he said: There is no maintenance allowance for you. Then she sought permission to move (to another place), and he (the Holy Prophet) permitted her. She said: Allah's Messenger, where (should I go)? He said: To the house of Ibn Umm Maktum and, as he is blind, she could put off her garments in his presence and he would not see her. And when her 'Idda was over. Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him) married her to Usama b. Zaid. Marwan (the governor of Medina) sent Qabisa b. Dhuwaib in order to ask her about this hadith, and she narrated it to him, whereupon Marwan said: We have not heard this hadith but from a woman. We would adopt a safe (path) where we found the people. Fatima said that when these words of, Marwan were conveyed to her. There is between me and you the word of Allah, the Exalted and Majestic: Do" not turn them out" of their houses. She asserted: This is in regard to the revocable divorce what new (turn can the event take) after three pronouncements (separation between irrevocable). Why do you say there is no maintenance allowance for her if she is not pregnant? Then on what ground do you restrain her? 

Islamists often take pride in saying that an Islamic woman also has the right to divorce his husband. I shall write more on this so-called ‘khul’ in a later section. 

Hila marriage

Once a husband divorces his wife irrevocably or with three pronouncements, that woman becomes totally ‘haram’ for him.  He cannot remarry her until she marries another man and the marriage is consummated and that temporary husband divorces her.  Only after this second divorce takes place and the woman goes through her normal idda (3 periods) then only the former husband can re-marry her.  Islamists often cite this as a deterrent for the husband to think carefully before divorcing his wife/s irrevocably.  If that is the case, then why should the woman be penalised?  After all, it was the husband who caused the divorce.  Therefore, he should receive the punishment, if any, for re-marriage. Why not the ‘hila’ marriage be imposed for the husband?  Why should the woman receive the ignominy of the temporary marriage?  Hila marriage is sanctioned in Qur’an in verse 2:230

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YUSUFALI: So if a husband divorces his wife (irrevocably), He cannot, after that, re-marry her until after she has married another husband and He has divorced her. In that case there is no blame on either of them if they re-unite, provided they feel that they can keep the limits ordained by Allah. Such are the limits ordained by Allah, which He makes plain to those who understand.

This is what the founder of Maliki School of jurisprudence says.

A three times divorced woman must marry another man and must taste the sweetness of intercourse (hila marriage) before she can remarry her former husband…(Malik’s Muwatta 28.7.18) 

Book 28, Number 28.7.18:

Yahya related to me from Malik from Yahya ibn Said from al-Qasim ibn Muhammad that A'isha, the wife of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said when asked whether it was permissible for a man to marry again a wife he had divorced irrevocably if she had married another man who divorced her before consummating the marriage, "Not until she has tasted the sweetness of intercourse."

 

Women’s right for sex 

Up to now, we only saw the husbands absolute right over his wife/s sexual organs.  How about the wife/s right for sex?  Islam recognizes that women do need sex as well.  However, they must not be too demanding on this.  They must wait until her husband has the mood to satisfy her.  Look at the unfairness.  We saw in earlier sections that a woman should never say ‘no’ when her husband demands sex from her.  But her husband is not obliged to entertain her request at her call.  She must remain controlled and docile and be patient when it comes to her appetite for sex.  A husband is allowed to have sex with up to four women at a time and with unlimited number of sex-slaves and female captives.  How about the wife?  Nope.  She cannot have those indulgences.  If the husband is not available to satisfy her, she must remain chaste at all cost.  She can never turn to any alternative means to satisfy her (like male slave, male captives etc.).  It’s a no no!  The Sha’ria forbids it and it will put her to death by stoning if this kind of forbidden indulgence is proven in an Islamic court.  How fair Allah’s laws are! 

Women’s right to intercourse

 

m5.2 (Ref: 8, p525) (Imam Ghazali:) One should make love to one’s wife every four nights, as is fairest, since the number of wives one may have is four, and one may wait this long to do so, though one should make more or less than this, according to the amount she needs to remain chaste and free of want for it (N: if one is able), since it is obligatory for a husband to enable her to keep chaste (ihya’ ‘ulum al-din (y39), 2.46). 

   

Part 6

A wife’s right to divorce

In part 5 of this essay, I briefly mentioned about the right of an Islamic woman to divorce her husband through a process called ‘khul.’ Do not be fooled by the Islamists’ propaganda that a Muslim woman has the similar rights like an Islamic man in matters of divorce.


Firstly, we must realize that this ‘khul’ is an expensive process on the part of an Islamic woman to get rid of her unwanted husband. She must pay an amount that may (or may not) exceed the amount of mahr that she received from her husband after the consummation of marriage. Even when a husband beats her severely by breaking her bones, she still has to pay the husband to get rid of the tyrant. What a miscarriage of justice! The victim has to pay the tormentor for inflicting the pain! There can be no injustice worse than this type of Islamic tyranny, come to think of it. Under any secular law, the tyrant will be arrested immediately for the assault and physical abuse and the perpetrator would be sentenced to jail after the due process of law.


Secondly, she herself cannot annul the marriage (unlike the husband, who can); the Islamic judge must decide if she has a valid reason for the ‘khul’ or not. That is to say that she does not have the same right that an Islamic man enjoys in getting rid of his unwanted wives at his whims and fancies. Get it, readers?

Here is what Malik’s Muwatta says on divorce by a woman.
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A woman has to ransom herself to be free from her tyrannical husband; she can ransom herself from her husband for more than he gave her…29.10.32

Book 29, Number 29.10.32:
Yahya related to me from Malik from Nafi from a mawla of Safiyya bint Abi Ubayd that she gave all that she possessed to her husband as compensation for her divorce from him, and Abdullah ibn Umar did not disapprove of that.
Malik said that divorce was ratified for a woman who ransomed herself from her husband, when it was known that her husband was detrimental to her and was oppressive for her, and it was known that he wronged her, and he had to return her property to her. Malik added, "This is what I have heard, and it is what is done among us."
Malik said, "There is no harm if a woman ransoms herself from her husband for more than he gave her."
If the wife initiates the divorce then she must return the dower.

A man can take back dower if the woman divorces him...(Sunaan Abu Dawud 12.2220)
Book 12, Number 2220:
Narrated Aisha, Ummul Mu'minin:
Habibah daughter of Sahl was the wife of Thabit ibn Qays Shimmas He beat her and broke some of her part. So she came to the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) after morning, and complained to him against her husband. The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) called on Thabit ibn Qays and said (to him): Take a part of her property and separate yourself from her. He asked: Is that right, Apostle of Allah? He said: Yes. He said: I have given her two gardens of mine as a dower, and they are already in her possession. The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: Take them and separate yourself from her.

The divorce of a man by his wife is not a right on her but a privilege. The women cannot by herself divorce her husband. The wife needs a judge to annul the marriage.


m11.13 (Ref: 8, p546) wife needs a judge to annul the marriage
The wife is entitled to annul their marriage whenever the husband is unable to provide her with the support obligatory for a nonaffluent person to pay (def: m11.2) and provide clothing or housing for her.
If she wishes, she may choose to bear with him (O: supporting herself with her own money), and it (O: the amount the husband is unable to pay) remains a financial obligation that he owes her (O: if she does not wish to tolerate his financial incapacity, she cannot annul the marriage by herself, but must establish her husband’s inability to support her before the Islamic judge, who annuls the marriage or allows her to do so, since he is the one judges the matter (A: and if there is no judge, she has two persons (def: o21.4) decide))).


However, when the basic food is provided, then the wife cannot seek the dissolution of marriage.

m11.14 (Ibid, p547) wife cannot annul marriage when the basic food is provided
The wife is not entitled to annul the marriage when the husband is unable to provide foods besides the staple food, support her servant, or provide the support that must be provided by an affluent person or person between affluence and non-affluence (def: m11.2).

m11.11 (Ibid, p546) if in court then husband’s testimony is accepted as for sexual enjoyment
If the husband and wife disagree (A: in court, when neither has proof (dis: k8.2)) about whether she received her support from him, her word is accepted over his. If they disagree as to whether she allowed him full enjoyment of her person, then his word is accepted over hers unless he admits that she first made herself available to him, but claims she then refused, in which case her word is accepted over his.


Here are few more important features of ‘khul’ for those who thought that Islam gives the similar rights to women as that of men (Ref: 9, p192)


Maliki school—khul is a divorce by giving something in return.
Hanafi school—khul is end of marriage with the utterance of the word ‘khul’.
Shafii school—khul is a separation sought with something given in return and with the pronouncement of the word ‘khul’. Can be through mutual agreement or through the order of Kadi on payment by wife to the husband a certain amount not exceeding what was given to her as dower (mahr).
If the husband forces the ‘khul’ then the wife can keep the mahr.
Khul can be demanded only in extreme cases. Can’t be on flimsy grounds. (My note: the husband does not need any reason to divorce a wife!)
Hadis “The women asking for separation and ‘khul’ are hypocrites”.( My note: Men are not)
Khul is makruh ie it is disliked.



It is very much possible for a tyrannical man to marry a pretty lady in Islamic way. Pay her the mahr and enjoy her sexual organs. After some time when he gets tired of her, he starts beating her regularly and mercilessly in Islamic way so much so that she has no choice but go to an Islamic court for a ‘khul.’ The Qazi (the Islamic judge) asks the lady to return her husband the mahr he gave her; then the Qazi dissolves her marriage. This way the tyrant man got free sex from a lady. All he needed was to provide her with some living expenses for a limited period of time. Then he can start his game again and repeat as many times as he likes. See the beauty of Islam for men!



Women’s right of freedom of movement

It is a fundamental right of all creatures to have free movement. Without this freedom, it is impossible to have a civilized society. What we take for granted as an inalienable right of all human beings is not so with Islam. It is rather strange that Allah himself is so displeased with women that He must restrict their movement. What kind of merciful God is He? Imagine what would happen if a man is restricted from his freedom of movement. However, an Islamic woman tolerates such a gross violation of basic human rights in silence hoping that Allah will reward her for enduring such a jungle rule. How is it possible for an Islamic woman to be a professional career-oriented lady when her religion itself denies her the very basic right to move around? Islamists often give convoluted logic that these rules are formulated to protect women from molestation, rape, prying eyes blah, blah, blah. How silly and repugnant those logics are! Can they tell us with statistics how many women are raped and violated when they are commuting to work in places like Japan, Germany, US, UK, Canada, etc. We see women going in rockets to outer space to conquer the unknown with their male colleagues. How come they are not raped and molested? We see women conquering towering mountains and the deepest oceans along with their male counterparts. How many of them were raped and sexually assaulted? If we go by the Islamists logic, then the safest places for women should be the Islamic paradises like Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Sudan, Nigeria…etc. The women there must be the happiest women in the world. Let us hear from a woman from an Islamic Paradise:

“To be a woman in Pakistan is a terrible thing”
(Pakistani woman suspended from her job in a hotel in 1990 for shaking hands with a man; quoted from the book ‘Why I am not a Muslim’ by Ibn Warraq, p321)


Here are a few excerpts from the Qur’an and hadith to demonstrate how Islam tramples the women’s fundamental rights of movement.


Qur’an
Women are not to strike their feet to draw attention to their hidden ornaments…24:31


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YUSUFALI: And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband's fathers, their sons, their husbands' sons, their brothers or their brothers' sons, or their sisters' sons, or their women, or the slaves whom their right hands possess, or male servants free of physical needs, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex; and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments. And O ye Believers! turn ye all together towards Allah, that ye may attain Bliss.

Women are to stay quietly at home and not to show their allurement …33:33

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YUSUFALI: 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.

Shahih Muslim
A woman can’t travel a day’s journey without her mahram…(Shahih Muslim 7.3105)

Book 007, Number 3105:
Abu Huraira (Allah be pleased with him) reported Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him) as saying: It is not lawful for a woman who believes in Allah and the Hereafter to undertake a day's journey except in the company of a Mahram.
A Muslim woman can’t travel the distance of a night and a night without her mahram…(Malik’s Muwatta 54.14.37)

Book 54, Number 54.14.37:
Malik related to me from Said ibn Abi Said al-Maqburi from Abu Hurayra that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "It is not halal for a woman who believes in Allah and the Last Day to travel the distance of a day and night without a man who is her mahram."

Let us now ask our Islamic apologists what would happen to those millions of female factory workers in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand …who work night shift. How could they maintain their livelihood if Islamic laws are enforced in these places? How about Megawati Sukarno Putri, the President of Indonesia; Begum Khaleda Zia, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh going for overseas trips and sitting and talking with their male counterparts in the host countries? Are they not breaking the Sha’ria laws? The world had actually witnessed these Islamic rules when the Talibans took over Afghanistan. Didn’t they implement the Sha’ria provision for women immediately after they enslaved them with Islam?

So, let our Islamic women see for themselves what a great future awaits them under Islam. Islam will surely put fetters on their legs and feet so that they have little choice but to stay within the four-corners of their homes. This is what Islam has done for them. How about their career? Forget about career. These women would be lucky if they had the chance to see the outside world!


Here is what the Mullahs have for Islamic women.

“Let these women be warned. We will tear them to pieces. We will give them such terrible punishments that no one in future will dare to raise a voice against Islam” (Pakistani mulla addressing the dissenting women of Rawalpindi. Quoted from ‘Why I am not a Muslim’ by Ibn Warraq, p321)


Let us do more digging (of Islam).

Many Islamists try to fool the gullible Muslims by writing that Islam allows Muslim women to be educated. What a great deceit! Read the following Sha’ria and you will learn about the truth. The Sha’ria is clear that the only education allowed for women is the religious education and nothing else!

p42.2(4) angels curse (Ref: 8, p682)
Whoever leaves her husband’s house [A: without his permission], the angels curse her until she returns or repents.”

; m10.3 (Ibid, p538) Leaving home
(A: A husband may permit his wife to leave the house for a lesson in Sacred Law, for invocation of Allah (dhikr), to see her female friends, or to go to any place in the town. A woman may not leave the city without her husband or a member of her unmarriageable kin (def: m6.2) accompanying her, unless the journey is obligatory, like the hajj. It is unlawful for her to travel otherwise, and unlawful for her husband to allow her to.) (n. In the Hanafi school, it is not unlawful for her to travel beyond city limits without a husband or member of her unmarriageable kin unless the distance to her intended destination exceeds ca 77 km/48 mi (al-Lubab fi sharh al-Kitab (y88(, 1.105).)
m10.4 Prohibition on travel (Ibid, page 538)
The husband may forbid his wife to leave the home (O: because of the hadith related by Bayhaqi that the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said,

“It is not permissible for a woman who believes in Allah and the Last Day to allow some one into her husband’s house if he is opposed, or to go out if he is averse”).

But if one of her relative dies, it is preferable to let her leave to visit them.


Worshipping, beautifying, greetings, mourning by women

We often hear from modern Islamists that a woman is welcome in a mosque. On the surface of it, this looks pretty fair and innocuous. But, wait! What they do not tell you is that not all Islamic women are welcomed in a mosque. What? I must have told you a lie, you may think. However, consider the following rules of Sha’ria on women’s right to visit a mosque. The truth is this:

Mosques are not for the pretty, young ladies. Mosques are for ugly and old ladies. See for yourself.

f12.4 (Ref: 8, page 171)
…….It is better for women to pray at home than at the mosque (A: whether they are young or old). It is offensive for an attractive or young woman to come to the mosque to pray (O: or for her husband to permit her), though not offensive for women who are not young or attractive when this is unlikely to cause temptation. This is why ‘A’isha (Allah be well pleased with her) said,
“Had the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) seen what women do now, he would have forbidden them the mosque as the women of Bani sra’il were forbidden,” a hadith reported by Bukhari and Muslim.

f20.3 (Ibid, p214) (regarding eclipse prayer)
It is recommended to be performed in a group at the mosque.
It is recommended for women without attractive figures to attend (O: in their household clothes, that is, women advanced in years and the like. As for women who have attractive figures, it is desirable for them to perform it in their homes.

p42.2 (3) (Ibid, p682) Allah will not look at a woman
The prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said:It is not lawful for a woman to fast when her husband is present, save by his leave. Nor to permit anyone into his house except with his permission.”


One may legitimately ask why not ban the handsome, young men from visiting the mosque so that the women present there will not be tempted, if this is the reason for banning attractive, young ladies from visiting a mosque? No, that is impossible. Why? Don’t you remember that Allah prefers men and women are inferior (see part 1 of this essay)? Therefore, Allah can never be equal to both sexes when it comes to showing divinity to Him.


The real truth is that Muhammad was a very sexist person, just as most of the Arabs were during his time (or even now). He could never upset the Arab men by giving equal rights (like in a secular society) to both the sexes. Deep inside him was the mind of a Bedouin Arab who knew rather well that his ambition could never be materialized if he sided with women. It is too much for Arab men to see women at par with men. They will simply not accept that. We can see in many ahadith that when it came to give decision between men and women, Muhammad, almost always gave decision in favor of men. The above ahdaith that I quoted at the beginning of this part of essay are just a few samples.



Here is another hadith that shows how far an Islamic woman should go to please her husband returning from a long trip. Is it a small wonder why Muhammad did not ask the men to do the same for a returning woman?

Wife must shave her pubic hair if husband returns home at night after a long journey…(Shahih Bukhari 7.62.173)

Volume 7, Book 62, Number 173:
Narrated Jabir bin ‘Abdullah:
The Prophet said, “If you enter (your town) at night (after coming from a journey), do not enter upon your family till the woman whose husband was absent (from the house) shaves her pubic hair and the woman with unkempt hair, combs her hair” Allah’s Apostle further said, “(O Jabir!) Seek to have offspring, seek to have offspring!”

Wearing cosmetics by an Islamic woman and beautifying her face is haram in Islam. Those Muslim women who indulge in such sinful activities cannot be considered as Muslim at all. Therefore, all Muslim gals and women who have tons of lipstick, mascara, eye shadow, and many other beautifying things should empty their cosmetic box right away, lest they would burn in hellfire after the day of judgment. Look at these Shahih ahadith.
Muhammad has no concern for a woman who cries loudly, shaves her hair and tears her clothes in bereavement…(Shahih Muslim 1.0187, 0188)

Book 001, Number 0187:
It is narrated on the authority of Abu Burda that Abu Musa fell unconscious and his wife Umm Abdullah came there and wailed loudly. When he felt relief he said: Don't you know? -and narrated to her: Verily the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: I have no concern with one who shaved her hair, lamented loudly and tore (her clothes in grief).

Book 001, Number 0188:
This hadith is narrated on the authority of Abu Musa with this change only: That (the Holy Prophet) did not say that he had no concern but said: He is not one of us.
Women can visit mosques but must not wear perfume...( Sunaan Abu Dawud 2.0565)
Book 2, Number 0565:
Narrated Abu Hurayrah:
Do not prevent the female servants of Allah from visiting the mosques of Allah, but they may go out (to the mosque) having not perfumed themselves.

Please contrast this with the recommendation to men to wear perfume while attending prayers in a mosque. But for Islamic women there is no perfume. This is the gender equality, Islamic style.



A young and beautiful Islamic woman is a real problem for Islam and its Ummah. She does not even deserve a greeting! See the following provision for such women from the founder of Maliki School of Islamic jurisprudence.

Malik’s Muwatta

Greet an old woman but not a young woman…53.1.2

Book 53, Number 53.1.2:
Yahya related to me from Malik from Wahb ibn Kaysan that Muhammad ibn Amr ibn Ata said, "I was sitting with Abdullah ibn Abbas when a Yemeni man came in. He said, 'Peace be upon you, and the mercy of Allah and His blessing' (as-salamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu), and then he added something more to that. Ibn Abbas said (and at that time his eyesight had gone), 'Who is this?' People said, 'This is a Yemeni who has come to see you,' and they introduced him. Ibn Abbas said, 'The greeting ends with the word blessing.' "
Yahya said that Malik was asked, "Does one greet a woman?" He said, "As for an old woman, I do not disapprove of it. As for a young woman, I do not like it."

Female circumcision

Tawba, tawba! Wastagfirullah! What am I hearing? Is it necessary for a Muslim woman to be circumcised? The Islamists will tell you all kinds of misleading stories to confuse the gullible Muslim women. After all, what is there to circumcise in a woman? This type of genital mutilation is suitable for men and not for women, many will say. Let us see what the ‘real Islam’ says about this female genital mutilation.
e4.3 Female circumcision (Ref: 8, p59)
Circumcision is obligatory (O: for both men and women. For men it consists of removing the prepuce from the penis, and for women, removing the prepuce (Ar.Bazr) of the clitoris (n: not the clitoris itself, as some mistakenly assert). (A: Hanbalis hold that the circumcision of women is not obligatory but sunna, while Hanafis consider it a mere courtesy to the husband.)

Female circumcision; do not cut severely as that is better for a woman and more desirable for a husband…( Sunaan Abu Dawud 41.5251)

Book 41, Number 5251:
Narrated Umm Atiyyah al-Ansariyyah:
A woman used to perform circumcision in Medina. The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said to her: Do not cut severely as that is better for a woman and more desirable for a husband.
Now, if you are an Islamic woman and not circumcised yet, then please make your choice; do you want to go through this barbarity to be a true Muslim woman or remain the so-called ‘moderate’ Muslim by ignoring this Sha’ria provision. Mind you that when the Islamic Paradise is established you may have to undergo the surgery that you never ever dreamed of even in a nightmare.

Fundamental rights like association, personal freedom, freedom of attire…etc.

Islamic marriage rule permits a male Muslim to marry a woman of the Book (Jews and Christians, although some school of jurisprudence says that the Sabiun’s and the Zoroastrians are included too—but I shall exclude them for this essay) though this type of inter-religious marriage is not encouraged. However, Islam strictly forbids an Islamic woman to marry any male who is not a Muslim. If an Islamic woman contravenes this divine rule, then her marriage is illegal and she is committing the act of Zina/adultery that may be punishable by 100 lashes or stoning to death.


Please think for a while. Firstly, instead of promoting inter-religious harmony/tolerance, Islam is promoting hate and intolerance, and secondly, it is severely restricting the choice of an Islamic woman in the selection of her spouse. It is impossible for an Islamic woman to fall in love with a non-Muslim man and marry him to raise a family unless the man converts to Islam. Compare this with the secular system of marriage where the religion of the spouses is irrelevant. Yet, the Islamists are beating the drum saying, ‘Islam is peaceful, Islam is merciful, Islam is tolerant.’ Please show us where is the tolerance in Islam when it comes to marrying spouse from other religion?


Here is merciful and tolerant Qur’an
Do not get your girls married to unbelievers until they believe...2:221

002.221
YUSUFALI: Do not marry unbelieving women (idolaters), until they believe: A slave woman who believes is better than an unbelieving woman, even though she allures you. Nor marry (your girls) to unbelievers until they believe: A man slave who believes is better than an unbeliever, even though he allures you. Unbelievers do (but) beckon you to the Fire. But Allah beckons by His Grace to the Garden (of bliss) and forgiveness, and makes His Signs clear to mankind: That they may celebrate His praise.


Please read the following hadith and figure out what is the meaning of a woman who dresses but appear to be naked. To me, it means wearing a thin transparent dress or may be underwear that may be visible. I really do not know the clear meaning of this hadith. However, what strikes me the most is an inherent misogynic content of this hadith. Why men are not included? We know that many men wear very little dress at home like, shorts, singlets, etc. Some men even sleep with underwear only. What would Allah do if a woman sleeps with underwear or worse, sleeps naked? Who is going to watch her except her husband? Does this hadith mean that Allah sends down angels to watch every woman who sleeps with only underwear or thin/transparent nightgowns on? How silly, huh? Islam had to invade even the very private bedroom of a woman. There is no respite for her. I guess Allah/Islam follows her even when she visits the toilet!

Those women who are naked even in their dresses and lead their husbands to astray will go to hell…(Shahih Muslim 24.5310)

Book 024, Number 5310:
Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) having said this: Two are the types of the denizens of Hell whom I did not see: people having flogs like the tails of the ox with them and they would be beating people, and the women who would be dressed but appear to be naked, who would be inclined (to evil) and make their husbands incline towards it. Their heads would be like the humps of the bukht camel inclined to one side. They will not enter Paradise and they would not smell its odour whereas its odour would be smelt from such and such distance.

Another disgusting way an Islamic woman is violated in exercising her fundamental right of choice of attire is the veiling of her in the most unattractive, ugly way. The ‘real Islam’ by the Talibans shocked the world when they imposed forced Burqa (read mobile prison) on their women. Anyone who had seen the TV footages of hundreds of thousands of those hapless ‘ghost’ creatures running for their lives from the hands of Taliban Islam, cannot help but sigh in disgust, sorrow and pain the suffering those women were put through. This is Islam, pure and clean. I invite the Islamic men to try out this Burqa on a hot summer day! See how enjoyable this piece of attire is; how comfortable it is! Whenever I see the Islamic women in ugly hijab, I recall those days of Cultural Revolution of Chairman Mao in China. Do you remember those tumultuous days of China? Do you remember how Chairman Mao forced all women to wear Mao coat (a la female style) as their outfit? Do you remember wearing anything other than that proletarian dress was considered as a adopting a ‘decadent’ capitalist (read Western) culture? Do you remember how women were punished in China for wearing anything that did not conform to party rules? I find a strange similarity between the Chairman Mao’s brand of communism and today’s Islam gone mad. This is what awaits the Islamic women when a country goes Islamic. Make no mistake about this. Women will be the first and the worst victims of Islamic tolerance and mercy! Here is what Sha’ria has to say about veiling a woman.

f5.6 Veiling a woman (Ref: 8, p122)
It is recommended for a woman to wear a covering over her head (khimar), a full length shift, and a heavy slip under it that doesn’t cling to the body. (O: She should not wrap it so tightly about herself that it hinders standing, sitting, and other postures connected with the actions of prayer. She is recommended to pray in three garments even though the head cover and shift alone are sufficient as a covering.)

m 2.3 (Ibid, p512) …..A majority of scholars (n: with the exception of some Hanafis, as at m2.8 below) have been recorded as holding that it is unlawful for women to leave the house with faces unveiled, whether or not there is likelihood of temptation. When there is likelihood of temptation, scholars unanimously concur that it is unlawful, temptation meaning anything that leads to sexual intercourse or its usual preliminaries. As for when there is real need (dis: m2.11), looking is not unlawful, provided temptation is unlikely).


Cannot wear a thin garment
w52.1 (108) (Ibid, p973) An inward enormity, wearing a thin garment
A woman wearing a thin garment that reveals her body contours, or her inclining (N: showing desire for others) and making others incline towards her;

w52.1 (272) (Ibid, pp98-99) An enormity leaving house wearing perfume
A woman leaving her house perfumed and adorned, even with her husband’s permission;

m2.3(A)(Ibid, p 512) unlawful to be alone with a marriageable man.
(A: Being alone with a woman who is not one’s wife or unmarriageable kin is absolutely unlawful, though if there are two women and a man, the man and the woman are no longer considered alone.)



Participation in Jihad

Islamists write that the best form of Jihad for an Islamic woman is the hajj. It is true that there is a hadith that says that the best Jihad is hajj Mabrur (see Shahih Bukhari 2.26.595) What the Islamists do not tell you though are that that hadith is the half-truth. This hadith is related with Aisha’s (Muhammad’s child bride) wish of joining a jihad. Muhammad told her that the best jihad for her was the hajj. The translator then inserted the words (for women) in the bracket. Read this hadith for yourself.

Volume 2, Book 26, Number 595:
Narrated 'Aisha:
(the mother of the faithful believers) I said, "O Allah's Apostle! We consider Jihad as the best deed." The Prophet said, "The best Jihad (for women) is Hajj Mabrur. "

This is similar to the Islamists double game on Jihad for men. When the Islamists live in western countries, they say that Jihad means struggle to purify oneself spiritually. What a big joke! Whenever they are in an Islamic paradise, they will surely call Jihad as a means of armed war against the infidels to bring the entire world under Islam. In recent times, we have seen a few Palestinian women suicide bombers used as Jihadis to kill innocent Israeli civilians. Why did our Islamists in the West not condemn those acts as being un-Islamic? Why did they not say that those Palestinian woman Jihadis should have performed hajj instead of suicide bombing? Well, the truth to the matter is that hadith (Shahih Bukhari 2.26. 595) was truly related to a particular woman, Aisha.

Let us look at Sha’ria for the truth.

1. Jihad is obligatory for women
o9.3 ((Ref: 8, p601) Jihad is also (O: personally) obligatory for everyone (O: able to perform it, male or female, old or young) when the enemy has surrounded the Muslims (O: on every side, having entered our territory, even if the land consists of ruins, wilderness, or mountains, for non-Muslim forces entering Muslim lands is a weighty matter that cannot be ignored, but must be met with effort and struggle to repel them by every possible means. All of which is if conditions permit gathering (A: the above-mentioned) people, provisioning them, and readying them for war. If conditions do not permit this, as when the enemy has overrun the Muslims such that they are unable to provision or found if captured is obliged to defend himself in whatever way possible. But if not certain that he will be killed, meaning that he might or might not be, as when he might merely be taken captive, and he knows he will be killed if he does not surrender, then he may either surrender or fight. A woman too has a choice between fighting or surrendering if she is certain that she will not be subjected to an indecent act if captured. If uncertain that she will be safe from such an act, she is obliged to fight, and surrender is not possible.


The above Sha’ria rule on Jihad by Islamic women is quite clear that a woman can sacrifice her life in a Jihad. This is fair enough, for, men are also encouraged to sacrifice their lives in a Jihad. So, what is the unfairness? The unfairness is that the women Jihadis do not get a share in the booty or plunder. How ridiculous! A woman Jihadi is exhorted to fight on an equal footing like a man Jihadi and sacrifices her life. Alas! When it comes to sharing the fruits of Jihad she is not allowed to take a part of it. She only receives a present as a token for her service, and that is all. The women Jihadis have no right to demand a share in the spoils that are distributed amongst the male Jihadis only. See the following hadith


Woman Jihadis take care of the wounded, they are to be given a prize but not a regular share in the booty …Shahih Muslim 19.4456)

Book 019, Number 4456:
It has been narrated on the authority of Yazid b. Hurmuz that Najda wrote to Ibn Abbas inquiring of him five things. Ibn Abbas said: If I had not the fear of committing (sin) for concealing the knowledge I would not have written to him. Najda wrote to him saying (after praising the Almighty and invoking blessings on the Prophet): Tell me whether the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) took women to participate with him in Jihad; (if he did), whether he allotted them a regular share from the booty; whether he killed the children of (the enemy in the war how long an orphan would be entitled to consideration as such and for whom the Khums (fifth part of the booty) was booty. Ibn Abbas wrote to him: You have written asking me whether the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) took women with him to participate in Jihad. He did take them to the battle and sometimes he fought along with them. They would treat the wounded and were given a reward from the booty, but he did not assign any regular share for them. And the of Allah (may peace be upon him) did not kill the children of the enemy, so thou shouldst not kill the children. Also you have written to me asking me when the orphanhood of an orphan comes to an end. By my life, if a man has become bearded but is still incapable of getting his due from others as well u meeting his obligation towards them, (he is yet an orphan to be treated you such), but when he can look after his interests like grown-up people, he is no longer an orphan. And you have written to me inquiring about Khums as to whom it is meant for. (In this connection) we (the kinsmen of the Messenger of Allah) used to say: It is for us, but those people (i.e., Banu Umayya) have denied it to us.

 

Part 7

Women taken as captives in a war

Islam permits unlimited sex with women taken as prisoners in a war. This was (or is) the practice of the Muslims including Muhammad during the ‘golden’ days of early Islam.  Muhammad himself took Raihana a pretty young thing, who happened to be a married Jewish woman, captive (after the slaughter of Bani Quraiza male captives) as his concubine when she refused to marry him.  Muhammad even presented many of his friends as well as his own sons-in-law (Ali and Othman) with pretty young captive women to be used as sex slaves.  You talk about morality and good judgment! This was the respect and kindness that the Prophet of “mercy” had for the helpless women! Besides Raihana, Muhammad also took Jurawyirah (from the raid on Bani al Mustaliq) and Saffiya (a Bani Nadir Jewess from the raid on Khaibar) as his mistresses.  Islamic apologists can’t wait to announce that Muhammad was so merciful that he married these two helpless women to free them from being sold as slaves. They will even let you believe that those helpless women, whose relatives were killed, were actually very happy to marry Muhammad as they fell in love with him after the slaughter. Was Muhammad a virile man in his early fifties? How disgusting and revolting it is that the prophet of Islam had inured this filthy practise of using the captives to satiate his libidinous urge!  The apologist will most certainly give you the impression that marrying them absolves all the culpability of Muhammad in slaughtering their male relations. What is the big deal in marrying a captive woman?  What kind of bravery and chivalry is this?  In fact, it is an act of great cowardice and absolute meanness and an exposition of uncontrolled lust of the highest order.  What choice did those pitiful women had?  Even if Muhammad wanted to kill them or sell them as sex slaves, what could they do?  Practically, they could do nothing. 

 What do the Muhammad’s followers are supposed to do today?  Are they not supposed to emulate him to the letter in every respect?  No wonder that we witness such beautiful treatment of women in all the Islamic Paradises as I pen this essay in the dawn of the twenty first century. 

You see, whenever, the Muslim army conducted a raid, they always had the thirst for the succulent body of infidel women. Their desire to have sex with those captured women was so compelling that even Allah had to intervene to decree that these women could be raped after their menstrual periods were over. This uncivilized and despicable sexual urges of those Islamic soldiers were so barbaric that they would not even show sense of decency by having sex with their women prisoners in privacy. They would not hesitate to copulate with these hapless women right in the presence of their husbands who were infidels.  How outrageous! How despicable! 

Read the following two hadith and judge for yourself the divinity in Islamic rules when you compare those with the rights of the POW as conferred by the Geneva Convention. 

The first hadith indicates that some Muslim soldiers were quite ashamed to perform sexual act with the captive women while their husbands were present. Are we not supposed to assume that most of the Jihadis were having sexual intercourse with the captive women right in front of their fallen (prisoner) husbands? How beautiful!! In recent times, we have seen this type of sexual perversions perpetrated by the Islamic army of Pakistan on their captive booties (captured women) in the genocide of Bangladesh in 1971. Isn’t it that the Pakistan army was just carrying out the contents of these ahadith? 

Some Jihadis had sex with the captive women in the presence of their husbands and some were reluctant to do so (Sunaan Abu Dawud 11.2150)

Abu Said al-Khudri said: "The apostle of Allah sent a military expedition to Awtas on the occasion of the battle of Hunain. They met their enemy and fought with them. They defeated them and took them captives. Some of the Companions of the apostle of Allah were reluctant to have intercourse with the female captives in the presence of their husbands who were unbelievers. So Allah, the Exalted, sent down the Qur’anic verse, "And all married women (are forbidden) unto your save those (captives) whom your right hand possesses". That is to say, they are lawful for them when they complete their waiting period."" [The Qur’an verse is 4:24].

One can have sexual intercourse with a captive woman after she is clear of her period and/or delivery. If she has a husband then her marriage is abrogated after she becomes a captive (Ref. 4:24)…(Shahih Muslim 8.3432) 

Book 008, Number 3432:

Abu Sa'id al-Khudri (Allah her pleased with him) reported that at the Battle of Hanain Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) sent an army to Autas and encountered the enemy and fought with them. Having overcome them and taken them captives, the Companions of Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) seemed to refrain from having intercourse with captive women because of their husbands being polytheists. Then Allah, Most High, sent down regarding that:" And women already married, except those whom your right hands possess (iv. 24) 

One might think that this type of sexual predatory practice was limited only to the ordinary Muslim soldiers who were sexually starved due to the war. The holiest of the holy men of Islam could have never indulged in such kind of depravity. Well, let us have a serious look at the following hadith that says that the holiest of the holy, Hazrat Ali, did do sexual intercourse with captive women even when he himself was married to Fatima, the daughter of Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam. What a beauty!  In fact, the prophet of mercy and tolerance, instead of condemning and reprimanding Ali, even said that his son-in-law deserved more than that, perhaps meaning to say that he (Ali) deserved more sex from captive slave-women! The banality of Muhammad’s foray into sex with captive women knows no bounds and still then, the Muslims all over the world even today think that he is the ideal person whose life should be emulated by all Muslims.   

Ali had sex with booty captive women...(Shahih Bukhari 5.59.637)

Volume 5, Book 59, Number 637:

Narrated Buraida:

The Prophet sent 'Ali to Khalid to bring the Khumus (of the booty) and I hated Ali, and 'Ali had taken a bath (after a sexual act with a slave-girl from the Khumus). I said to Khalid, "Don't you see this (i.e. Ali)?" When we reached the Prophet I mentioned that to him. He said, "O Buraida! Do you hate Ali?" I said, "Yes." He said, "Do you hate him, for he deserves more than that from the Khumus." 

A natural question is, what happens if a captive woman gets pregnant as a result of having sex with the Jihadis? Many of those Islamic Jihadis did ponder over this unwanted pregnancy and wanted to practice coitus interruption (withdrawing before ejaculating) but Muhammad was quite against it, at times and was neutral at other times. Here are some beautiful ahadith. If you read these ahdith carefully, you will notice that the Jihadis did do coitus interruption not only to avoid unwanted pregnancy but it was also a method of giving them intense sexual pleasure and that was why they loved doing that! This means that those hapless captive women were meant not only to satisfy the normal sexual urge but were also a means to satisfy their captor’s sexual fantasies and perversions, which, perhaps they could not do with their married wives. 

Muhammed did not approve coitus interruption with the captive women of Banu-al-Mustaliq, but he allowed the women to be raped...(Shahih Bukhari 5.59.459) 

Volume 5, Book 59, Number 459:

Narrated Ibn Muhairiz:

I entered the Mosque and saw Abu Said Al-Khudri and sat beside him and asked him about Al-Azl (i.e. coitus interruptus). Abu Said said, "We went out with Allah's Apostle for the Ghazwa of Banu Al-Mustaliq and we received captives from among the Arab captives and we desired women and celibacy became hard on us and we loved to do coitus interruptus. So when we intended to do coitus interruptus, we said, 'How can we do coitus interruptus before asking Allah's Apostle who is present among us?" We asked (him) about it and he said, 'It is better for you not to do so, for if any soul (till the Day of Resurrection) is predestined to exist, it will exist." 

Some Jihadis practiced coitus interruption with captive women...(Shahih Bukhari 7.62.137)

Volume 7, Book 62, Number 137:

Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri:

We got female captives in the war booty and we used to do coitus interruptus with them. So we asked Allah's Apostle about it and he said, "Do you really do that?" repeating the question thrice, "There is no soul that is destined to exist but will come into existence, till the Day of Resurrection."

Muhammad’s followers used to practice coitus interruption while the Qur’an was being revealed…( Shahih Muslim 8.3386) 

Book 008, Number 3386:

Jabir (Allah be pleased with him) reported: We used to practise 'azl while the Qur'an was revealed (during the days when the Holy Prophet was alive). 

Many Islamists are ashamed of the provision of taking captive women as sex slaves. They try to soften this barbaric practice by pretending to say something like,  ‘you must consider the time and the context. There is a misconception on this. Those days it was all right to have captive women and to have sex with them because many Muslim soldiers were despatched to the war zones. So, to satisfy their sex appetite God permitted them to have such sex. The captive women also needed sex. So it was a win-win situation. See how beautiful the Islamic rules are!’ If we ask them whether this provision still applies today or not, they simply try to evade this question by saying something like, ‘You see, we must look at the context, when the Muslims conquer any nation they will always treat the vanquished fairly with Islamic laws. Islam will surely protect their women and children…. etc.’ They simply avoid a straightforward answer.  

Have you ever thought about what will happen to the infidel American women if the ‘Great Satan’ is defeated in an Islamic Jihad? 

Let us hear what the ‘real Islam’ has to offer on this matter. This is what a well-learned Mullah says about the captive women: 

From an Islamic Q & A site:

Right Hand Possessions
http://www.binoria.org/q&a/miscellaneous.html#possessions
Question:
What is the meaning of right hand possession and what was the purpose of having them. Some brothers in America think it is okay to have right hand possessions now in the USA.

Answer:
Right hand possessions (Malak-ul-Yameen) means slaves and maids, those came in possession of Muslims through war or purchase. After having the possession of slave maid it is lawful and correct to have sexual relation with them. Even today if Muslims get possession over infidel country, this condition is possible, lawful and correct.
 

 

Please peruse the above statement once again. What is the implication of this Mullah’s opinion? I must appreciate the Mullah for his utter honesty with respect to ‘real Islam.’ He did not beat around the bushes. He has given a straightforward, unadulterated, pure and unambiguous answer that clearly conforms to the rules of Qur’an and hadith.  May I ask the Islamic apologists to say a few words about this honest reply from this Mullah? 

Now, let us look at the wider implications of this ‘Islamic rule.’ Imagine that Islamic army invades America, Britain and all infidel lands.  Also, imagine these infidels being defeated in a catastrophic war. What do you think the Islamic soldiers will do to all the male infidels?  What do you think the Islamic soldiers would do to all the pretty/young women they would capture as captives?  Do you think that these Islamic soldiers will honour the covenants of the Geneva Conventions on POW?  You must be out of your mind if you thought so. The soldiers of Islam will do exactly what the above Mullah has said.  Yes, they will sell all the male captives as slaves and take the young/pretty women as sex slaves to satisfy their sexual urge. The old women would probably be killed, as they become a burden to the Muslim invaders.  For married women, their marriage will be immediately made null and void. To humiliate the great ‘Satan’ further, the Islamic Jihadis will probably do sexual act with the captive women right in front of their men who were just a short while ago their husbands. 

You may still think this to be impossible. But, wait!  The Pakistani Islamic army did just this in Bangladesh in 1971. They killed about 3 million Bangalees terming them as not so good Muslims, took 250,000 Bengali women as concubines, and raped them, many of them repeatedly and not very far off from their near and dear ones. In recent times, we have heard many such reports from the Taliban ruled Afghanistan. These disturbing acts may enrage a lot of people, including many Muslims. Think again. Have the Islamic soldiers committed any crime/sin as far as Islam is concerned. The answer is a simple “NO.”  Therefore, doesn’t it make sense to realise that it is the Islam itself that is the motivating factor for the rape of the captive women?  In Iran a woman charged with adultery/blasphemy/apostasy carrying death penalty become a captive of the Islamic state. Therefore, an Islamic guard is appointed to have sex with her repeatedly before she is executed. This is a beautiful and “humane” treatment of infidel women prisoners in Islam! 

Sex with slave women

This one is also a hot topic worthy of discussion.  So far, we learnt the truth about the sexual exploitation of women taken in a war.  This is not the only means by which unlimited sexual gratification is possible in a ’halal’ way.  Buying and selling of women as sex slaves are absolutely permitted in Islam.  It is a perfectly legitimate way to acquire as many sex-slaves as possible.  Sky is not the limit, though.  The only limitation is the affordability.  One may say that this type of trading in slave is no more practiced today.  This is true. Why is it not practiced today?  Did Islam ban this vile and disgusting trade in female flesh trade?  Nope.  It was because of the propagation of liberal and secular idea of human rights and the realization of the rights of women.  If Islam conquered the world, slavery could have never been eradicated because Islamic laws are written on granite stone and are absolutely unchangeable.  The entire population of a nation may perish; the Islamic laws must prevail, nonetheless.  So, if Islam conquers the infidel countries, there is nothing that could prevent the Islamic zealots from re-introducing the slavery system and the slave markets around the globe for trading in female bodies of infidel women. 

Here are a few more gems from ahadith. Please peruse the following divine sanctions and judge for yourself the mercy, blessing, tolerance, and last but least, fairness towards women in Islam. 

You can have sexual intercourse with two slave girls at a time without ghusl (bath) but can’t do like this with free women…(Malik’s Muwatta 2.23.90) 

Book 2, Number 2.23.90:

Yahya related to me from Malik from Nafi that the slave girls of Abdullah ibn Umar used to wash his feet and bring him a mat of palm leaves while they were menstruating.

Malik was asked whether a man who had women and slave girls could have intercourse with all of them before he did ghusl. He said, "There is no harm in a man having intercourse with two of his slave girls before he does ghusl. It is disapproved of, however, to go to a freewoman on another's day. There is no harm in making love first to one slave girl and then to another when one is junub."

Malik was asked about a man who was junub and water was put down for him to do ghusl with.Then he forgot and put his finger into it to find out whether it was hot or cold. Malik said, "If no filth has soiled his fingers, I do not consider that that makes the water impure."

 

 Here is something that will break your conscience as it did even the conscience of stonehearted, cruel Hazrat Umar.  This hadith tells us that before banning by Umar, it was okay to have sex with a slave mother and her young daughter one after the other.  How disgusting!  How revolting!! 

If a woman and her daughter were both slave (or captive) then you can’t have sex with one of them after the other. Umar forbade this practice…(Malik’s Muwatta 28.14.33) 

Book 28, Number 28.14.33:

Yahya related to me from Malik from Ibn Shihab from Ubaydullah ibn Abdullah ibn Utba ibn Masud from his father that Umar ibn al-Khattab was asked about a woman and her daughter who were in the possession of the right hand, and whether one could have intercourse with one of them after the other Umar said, "I dislike both being permitted together." He then forbade that. 

How about having sex with two slave-girls who are sisters.  Read this despicable hadith. Where is your conscience?  Has it died?

If both sisters are slave (or captives) then you may or may not have sex with them depending on the interpreter…(Malik’s Muwatta 28.14.34) 

Book 28, Number 28.14.34:

Yahya related to me from Malik from Ibn Shihab from Qabisa ibn Dhu'ayb that a man asked Uthman ibn Affan whether one could have intercourse with two sisters who one owned. Uthman said, "One ayat makes them halal, and one ayat makes them haram. As for me, I wouldn't like to do it." The man left him and met one of the companions of the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, and asked him about it, and he said, "Had I any authority and I found someone who had done it, I would punish him as an example."

Ibn Shihab added, "I think that it was Ali ibn Abi Talib. "

And here are a few more gems from Islam

Father can give his slave-girl to his son to do conditional things…(Malik’s Muwatta 28.15.38) 

Book 28, Number 28.15.38:

Yahya related to me from Malik from Ibrahim ibn Abi Abla from Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan that he gave a slave-girl to a friend of his, and later asked him about her. He said, "I intended to give her to my son to do such-and-such with her." Abd al-Malik said, "Marwan was more scrupulous than you. He gave a slave-girl to his son, and then he said, 'Do not go near her, for I have seen her leg uncovered .' "

A master can have sex with the slave-girl of his male or female slave…(Malik’s Muwatta 29.17.51) 

Book 29, Number 29.17.51:

Yahya related to me from Malik from Nafi that Abdullah ibn Umar said, "If a man gives his slave permission to marry, the divorce is in the hand of the slave, and nobody else has any power over his divorce. Nothing is held against a man who takes the slave-girl of his male slave or the slave-girl of his female-slave." 

Slave-girls are like fields if you wish then water it by ejaculating inside them or leave it thirsty i.e. coitus interruption with slave-girls is optional…(Malik’s Muwatta 29.32.99) 

Book 29, Number 29.32.99:

Yahya related to me from Malik from Damra ibn Said al-Mazini from al-Hajjaj ibn Amr ibn Ghaziya that he was sitting with Zayd ibn Thabit when Ibn Fahd came to him. He was from the Yemen. He said, "Abu Said! I have slave-girls. None of the wives in my keep are more pleasing to me than them, and not all of them please me so much that I want a child by them, shall I then practise coitus interruptus?" Zayd ibn Thabit said, "Give an opinion, Hajjaj!" "I said, 'May Allah forgive you! We sit with you in order to learn from you!' He said, 'Give an opinion! 'I said, 'She is your field, if you wish, water it, and if you wish, leave it thirsty. I heard that from Zayd.' Zayd said, 'He has spoken the truth.' " 

 

Contract (M’uta) marriages: The best kept secret in Islam! 

In part 4/7 of this essay I briefly mentioned about Imam Hasan to have obtained up to 300 wives. How was that possible?  Here is what an Islamic web site writes about this holy man of Islam. , "Hasan often married 4 wives in one sitting and then divorced 4 wives in one sitting" (http://www.al-islam.org/al-serat/imamhasan.htm) (Please note that the above information has recently been expunged from this Islamic website) So, how is it possible to acquire up to 300 wives in ones lifetime? This is not impossible when we consider the system of M'uta marriage in Islam. This type of contract marriage is based on verse 4:24

004.024
YUSUFALI: Also (prohibited are) women already married, except those whom your right hands possess: Thus hath Allah ordained (Prohibitions) against you: Except for these, all others are lawful, provided ye seek (them in marriage) with gifts from your property,- desiring chastity, not lust, seeing that ye derive benefit from them, give them their dowers (at least) as prescribed; but if, after a dower is prescribed, agree Mutually (to vary it), there is no blame on you, and Allah is All-knowing, All-wise. 

Although the Sunnis have banned the M'uta system, it is very much in practice among the Shias. It is quite possible to have a M'uta marriage every night and kick out the woman next morning. There is no need of divorce in a M'uta marriage.  For all practical purposes, this type of marriage is a contract to sleep together and that is all.  Also, remember that though there is a restriction of up to four permanent wives at any time, there is no such restriction on the number of temporary wives that one can have at any time.  In modern language, we call this 'one night stand.'  M’uta marriage has absolutely no time limit. So, "one-night's play" is perfectly Islamic. M'uta marriage is the Islamic version of 'one night stand.'  See, Islam has the solution even for the playboys of the Muslim World.  How about that?   Imam Hasan was definitely an Islamic 'Playboy' of his time.  Is it a fair assessment of him?  

Readers, please think for a while how does M’uta marriage differ from common prostitution except some utterance of some "holy" words?  There is no difference.  Allowing it by the prophet or anybody is a serious blow on the philosophy of a family with wife and kids. 

So, how much one needs to pay to buy the sexual organs of a woman for a short duration in Islamic way?  It can be very cheap indeed.  Read the following ahadith and you would be wondering whether you should move to Iran to enjoy women. 

The dower for contract marriage can be as little as a handful of flour…(Shahih Muslim 8.3249) 

Book 008, Number 3249:

Jabir b. 'Abdullah reported: We contracted temporary marriage giving a handful of (tales or flour as a dower during the lifetime of Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) and durnig the time of Abu Bakr until 'Umar forbade it in the case of 'Amr b. Huraith. 

Recently, I read a news despatched by AFP (Monday, July 29, 2002 - 2002 IranMania.com )
that the Islamic government of Iran is considering legalising prostitution (a la m’uta style) because of immense poverty amongst the women there. The number of women turning to sell their body under the Islamic regime has become incredible.  Three hundred thousands in Tehran alone!  According to this news report, the Islamic name of the whorehouses will be ‘decency house.’ These ‘decency’ houses can be located in hotels, motels…etc., wherever suitable.  This is what Islam has done to the women of Iran; reduced them to destitute and prostitutes all at the same time.

Enjoy women in Paradise 

The use of women for carnal gratification does not end in this mortal world.  The unlimited orgy of sex, drinking, and pleasure continues in the life hereafter.  Here also we find blatant gender discrimination.  Only the men are allowed to have such pleasures.  For women it is a no go.  As we have seen in the previous sections that most women will be in hell, we wonder where this unlimited supply of sexy, young, and petite virgins (houris) will be from.  This non-stop pleasure is reserved only for those believers who will go to paradise.  Allah has to create such female pleasure machines to satisfy the lust of the pious believers and the Jihadis who have sacrificed their lives in the process to kill the innocent unbelievers.  

What would these sex maniacs do with the shapely, young virgin girls in paradise?  Many Islamic apologists often try to hide the extreme graphic description of sexual ecstasy in Islamic paradise by saying something like, ‘you see, there are a lots of misconceptions about these houris. These houris are actually symbolic and the wine is not really the kind of wine we find in this world. The meaning of drinking wine is actually purifying the soul’. How laughable those explanations are!  

 Here are some verses from Qur’an that explicitly describes the sensuality of the paradise that is reserved for men.

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YUSUFALI: Verily the Companions of the Garden shall that Day have joy in all that they do; 

What will the companions of the garden enjoy?  Will the believers in paradise really have sexual intercourse with houris besides their wives? That is to say, they will have sex orgies in paradise with 72 houris (Tirmidhi 4.21.2687)? How come the wives accompanying their husbands are not allowed the same rights?  

Let us hear from some authorities of Islam and you would surely discover the dishonesty of the Islamic apologists to fool those who have very little knowledge about the ‘real Islam.’ 

(Please note that the following passages were obtained from an Islamic website that answers questions on Islam. The passage is quite lengthy. I have included those portions that are relevant to my essay.  Please visit the following website if you want to read the full text. Also note that the houris are virgin, as it is specifically mentioned that no Jinn or men has opened their hymen.) 

 or  this one

 

Will men in Paradise have intercourse with al-hoor aliyn? - Islam

Questions & Answers

http://www.islam-qa.com/  (or http://6.175.194.25) Question Reference Number:: 10053

Title: Will men in Paradise have intercourse with al-hoor aliyn?  

Question:

I'm wondering will the men from amongst the human race that enters paradise, will they have sexual intercourse with the "HOURIS" women in the paradise.    

Answer: 

Among the blessings that Allaah has prepared for His slaves are al-hoor al-'iyn. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

"So (it will be). And We shall marry them to Hoor (fair females) with wide lovely eyes" [al-Dhukhaan 44:54] 

"They will recline (with ease) on thrones arranged in ranks. And We shall marry them to Hoor (fair females) with wide lovely eyes

[al-Toor 52:20]  

Al-hoor al-'iyn are extremely beautiful, such that the marrow of their shins will be visible from beneath their garments. Every man who enters Paradise will have two wives from among al-hoor al-'iyn. Allaah says, describing them (interpretation of the meaning):

"Therein (Gardens) will be Khayraatun‑Hisaan [fair (wives) good and beautiful];

Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinn and men) deny?

Hoor (beautiful, fair females) guarded in pavilions;

Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinn and men) deny?

With whom no man or jinni has had Tamth [opening their hymens with sexual intercourse] before them.

Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinn and men) deny?  

Reclining on green cushions and rich beautiful mattresses."

 [al-Rahmaan 55:70-76] "And (there will be) Hoor (fair females) with wide lovely eyes (as wives for Al-Muttaqoon - the pious).

Like unto preserved pearls" [al-Waaqi'ah 56:22-23] 

It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "The first group will enter Paradise looking like the moon on the night when it is full, and those who follow them will be like the brightest shining star in the sky.

Their hearts will be as one, and there will be no hatred or jealousy among them. Each man will have two wives from among al-hoor al-'iyn, the marrow of whose calves can be seen from beneath the bone and flesh." (Narrated  by al-Bukhaari, no. 3014)  

It was narrated that Anas ibn Maalik (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: "I heard the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say: 'Going out and coming back for the sake of Allaah is better than this world and all that is in it. And a spot the size of the bow of one of you in Paradise - or a spot the size of his whip - is better than this world and all

that is in it. If a woman from among the people of Paradise were to look at the people of this earth, she would light up all that is in between them and fill it with fragrance. The veil on her head is better than this world and all that is in it.'" (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, no. 2587)  

A man will have intercourse in Paradise with his wives from among al-hoor al-'iyn and his wives from among the people of this world, if they enter Paradise with him. A man will be given the strength of a hundred men to eat, drink, feel desire and have sexual intercourse.  It was narrated from Anas (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "The believer in Paradise will be given such and such strength for sexual intercourse." He was asked, "O Messenger of Allaah, will he really be able to do that?" He said, "He will be given the strength of one hundred (men)." (Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, no. 2459. He said, (it is) saheeh ghareeb).  

The mufassireen said concerning the phrase "busy in joyful things" (Yaa-Seen 36:55 - interpretation of the meaning):    'Abd-Allaah ibn Mas'ood and Ibn 'Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with them both), and Sa'eed ibn al-Musayyib, 'Ikrimah, al-Hasan, Qutaadah, al-A'mash, Sulaymaan al-Taymi and al-Oozaa'i said concerning the aayaah (interpretation of the meaning), "Verily, the dwellers of Paradise, that Day, will be busy in joyful things" [Yaa-Seen 36:55] they said, (it means) they will be busy deflowering virgins. Ibn 'Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) said, according to a report narrated from him, that "busy in joyful things" means listening to stringed instruments. 

 Abu Haatim said: he misheard the phrase iftidaad al-abkaar (deflowering virgins) and thought it was samaa' al-awtaar (listening to stringed instruments). In fact the correct phrase is iftidaad al-abkaar (deflowering virgins). (Ibn Katheer, 3/564)

 

With regard to children, the scholars differed as to whether children would be born as a result of this intercourse or not. Some said that there would be children if the man wants them, but the pregnancy and birth would take just one hour. Abu Sa'eed al-Khudri (may Allaah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "If the believer wants a child in Paradise, the pregnancy and delivery will take only an hour,then the child will be the age that the man wants." (Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, no. 2487; al-Daarimi, no. 2712; Ahmad, no. 11339; Ibn Maajah, no. 4329). And Allaah knows best.  

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Final conclusion: 

It took me a considerable amount of time and energy to write this prolix essay.  The reason for my involvement in this project was explained quite adequately in the prologue of my essay.  The writing of this essay was not taken lightly either.  It is not a politically correct essay.  That I know darn well.  It is my understanding that many Muslims (men women alike) will be greatly shocked reading this essay and will, no doubt, shake their heads in utter disbelief.  There is an element of shock in my article.  I myself was in a state of shock when I learned about the ‘real Islam’ for the very first time.  We cannot bury our head like an ostrich and pretend that everything is fine and dandy with Islam because some uneducated Mullahs have said so.  It is necessarily not so.  The truth must be told no matter what price one has to pay.  

We must realize that without women we will not be in this world. They gave us life; no doubt that male are also involved but without the nurture of our mothers we would all have perished. Besides this, we cannot simply dismiss the 50% of humankind as simply pleasure machines and burdensome. The prospect, of a happy, prosperous, meaningful, and financially independent life for a woman is indeed impossible in an ideal Islamic society.  If we really care for those who bore us in their wombs, our sisters, our wives and daughters, they do not deserve such inhuman treatment espoused in the Islamic Sha’ria.  We need to let our women folks be aware that there is very little for their advancement in their lives if Islamic laws are enacted in a society.  Women have everything to lose and nothing to gain from repressive Islamic Sha’ria, but they have everything to gain and very little to lose if they become financially independent.  Financial empowerment is the only solution for the women in Islam to break the chains of Sha’ria tyranny.  It is up to the Muslim women to take charge of their lives. They could achieve a million things in this mortal world not one of them is sexual enslavement.  The earlier we realize this, the better it is for an estimated 0.6 billion women a majority of whom are enslaved in their own home.  Is there any reprieve from this tyranny?      

 

References

1.      The Holy Quran; Translation by A. Yusufali

2.      Shahih Bukhari; Translation by Dr. Muhammad Mohisn Khan

3.      Shahih Muslim; Translation by Abdur Rahman Siddiqui

4.      Sunaan Abu Dawud; Translation by Prof. Ahmad Hasan

5.   Malik’s Muwatta Translators A’sha Abdurrahman at-Tarjumana andYa’qub Johnson

6.    A Dictionary of Islam, 1994 by T.P Hughes; Publisher Kazi Publications, Inc. 3023-27 West Belmont Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618

7.   Al-Ghazali’s Ihya’ Ulum al-Din (abridged by Abd el Salam Haroun), 1997; Revised and Translatd by Dr. Ahmad A. Zidan; Published and Distributed by: Islamic Inc. P.O. Box 1636, Cairo, Egypt.

8.   Reliance of the Traveller (Revised edition), 1999 by Ahmad ibn Naqib al Misri; Edited by Nuh Ha Mim Keller; Published by Amana Publicatios, Belltsville, Maryland U.S.A

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Abul Kasem writes from Sydney, Australia.  His e-mail address is – abul88@hotmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

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