Humanity vs. Muhammad bin
Dec. 7, 2003
This is the long overdue trial of Islam and here are
Defendant: Muhammad bin Abdallah
Plaintiff: Humanity (The non-Muslim portion)
Defense Attorney: Raheel
Shahzad (Any one else is welcome to join)
Courtroom: Public Opinion
Ali Sina: Prosecutor
In this session the charge
that the prosecution is bringing against the defendant is the charge of
misogyny. The prosecutor states that the defendant abased women and
that womankind prior to him in Arabia and in virtually every other
country that later fell under the domination of Islam, enjoyed more
liberties and rights than in the society that he created. The charge is
not that the defendant Mr. Muhammad bin Abdallah did not give enough
rights to women but that he took away their already earned rights and
relegated them to second class citizens, dependant on men and at their
service. He imposed gender slavery on women and lowered their status to
that of chattels and animals. In no society and in no moment of history, women
were as much vilified and belittled as they are in Islam. Islam is a
misogynist religion par excellence.
of Arab Women Before Islam
Unfortunately Muslims left
no trace of the pre Islamic literature of Arabia. They dismissed that
era as Jaheliah (age of ignorance), burned every book and destroyed
every trace of its history. Therefore it is not easy to unravel the
truth and know the exact status of women prior to Islam in that
land. We have only the Islamic sources to rely on. Even from these
sources we can have a faint glimpse of that era and witness the fact
that women had more rights before Islam than after it.
Let us start with Khadijah
the first wife of Muhammad. This woman was a widow; she was wealthy and
ran her own successful business. She employed men to work for her
including Muhammad. This shows that women could own and manage
businesses. And men of the Quraysh did not
think it is degrading to have a woman as boss. As the hadith
reports, it was Khadijah who proposed to Muhammad. This is yet another
indication of the level of freedom reached by women in the pre-Islamic
Arabia. In Islamic societies, even today, such a thing would be
One more example that
shows women had more rights and respect in pre Islamic society of Arabia
is Hind the wife of Abu Sufyan a cousin and an archenemy of Muhammad. It
is reported that in the Battle of Uhud. Hind was leading the women of the Quraysh who valiantly were
encouraging their men to fight back and stop the aggression of the
As the fighting increased,
the Quraysh women, led by Hind, began to beat their drums to urge their
men on. One of the fighters of Muhammad, Abu
Dujanaj siad, "I saw someone urging the enemy on,
shouting wildly, and I made for him, but when I lifted my sword against
him he screamed and I saw that it was a woman; I respected the
Messenger's sword too much to use it on a woman." That woman
was Hind. 
Another example of women
commanding men in battles is Aisha the child-wife of Muhammad who after
his death led an army of Muslim men against Ali in the war known as
There is also the example
of Asma bt. Marwan, the Jewess poetess of Medina who at the behest of
the defendant was assassinated for composing inflammatory poetries
against him. The fact that the defendant feared Asma to the extent that
he thought she is endangering his career by merely writing poetries and
therefore assassinated her is yet another proof that in the pre Islamic
culture of Arabia, the Arabs respected their women, listened to them and
let themselves to be influenced by them. Women were not dismissed as
imbeciles or deficient in intelligence as later they came to be known,
but rather were leaders of thoughts and notable members of the society.
The most glaring example
of women’s lofty status before Islam is the fact that during the time
of Muhammad a woman claimed to be a prophetess and gained many
following. Today a Muslim woman cannot be even a cleric or an Imam.
Amazingly Muslim women today are the first apologists of their low
status and fully accept the denigration with which Islam has enshrouded
As exhibit (A) the
prosecutor is presenting a hadith where it shows that the close
companion of Muhammad Umar b. Khattab who eventually became the 2nd
Khalif, complains that the Muslim women are learning “the bad
habits” of emancipation and independence from the women of Medina and
that the Prophet should do something about it. This story took place
when Muhammad had his fling with the Coptic girl Mariyah who was a maid
of his wife Hafsa, had a fight with his wives because they complained
and threatened to divorce them. He was sitting at home pouting when Umar
paid him a visit. Umar later narrated:
“We, the people of Quraish, used to have authority over
women, but when we came to live with the Ansar, [Muslims of
Medina] we noticed that the Ansari
women had the upper hand over their men, so our women started
acquiring the habits of the Ansari women. Once I shouted at my wife and she paid me back in my coin and I disliked
that she should answer me back. She said, 'Why do you take it ill
that I retort upon you? By Allah, the wives of the Prophet retort upon
him, and some of them may not speak with him for the whole day till
night.' What she said scared me and I said to her, 'Whoever amongst them
does so, will be a great loser.' Then I dressed myself and went to Hafsa
and asked her, 'Does any of you keep Allah's Apostle angry all the day
long till night?' She replied in the affirmative. I said, 'She is a
ruined losing person (and will never have success)! Doesn't she fear
that Allah may get angry for the anger of Allah's Apostle and thus she
will be ruined? Don't ask Allah's Apostle too many things, and don't
retort upon him in any case, and don't desert him. Demand from me
whatever you like, and don't be tempted to imitate your neighbor (i.e. 'Aisha)
in her behavior towards the Prophet), for she (i.e. Aisha) is more
beautiful than you, and more beloved to Allah's Apostle….”
So, I entered upon the Prophet and saw him lying on a mat without
wedding on it, and the mat had left its mark on the body of the Prophet,
and he was leaning on a leather pillow stuffed with palm fires. I
greeted him and while still standing, I said: "Have you divorced
your wives?' He raised his eyes to me and replied in the negative. And
then while still standing, I said chatting: "Will you heed what I
say, 'O Allah's Apostle! We, the people of Quraish used to have the upper hand over our women
(wives), and when we came to the people whose women had the upper hand
told the whole story (about his wife). "On
that the Prophet smiled." 'Umar further said, "I then
said, 'I went to Hafsa and said to her: Do not be tempted to imitate
your companion ('Aisha) for she is more beautiful than you and more
beloved to the Prophet.' The
Prophet smiled again.” 
The above Hadith
is self-explanatory. The Meccans were more bigoted than the rest of the
Arabs. Often people living in religious hubs are more extremists and
more misogynists than the people living in cities that are less
religious. However, people do not think uniformly. In
any society some are more fanatical than others. As it appears Umar and
Muhammad were particularly more close-mined than the rest of the Meccans.
In other words these two men were the bigots of the bigots. While the
rest of the Meccans did not have any problem listening to the pep talks
of their women or accepting women to run their own businesses, these two men thought
women is gross, an indecency that must be corrected.
Hijab Was Suggested
by Umar and Accepted by Allah
Muhammad, fearing younger
men casting eyes on his young and beautiful wives and “molesting” them, ordered them to
veil themselves. Of course he made his wish to come as a revelation:
“O Prophet! Tell thy wives and
daughters, and the believing women, that they should cast their outer
garments over their persons (when abroad): that is most convenient, that
they should be known (as such) and not molested.”
Umar explained how the
above verse was “revealed upon his insistence.
Lord agreed with me ('Umar) in three things... (2) And as regards the
veiling of women, I said 'O Allah's Apostle! I wish you ordered
your wives to cover themselves from the men because good and bad ones
talk to them.' So the verse of the veiling of the women was revealed.”
It seems odd that
the maker of this universe should need the advise of one of his
creatures to ordain laws for mankind. Umar foolishly boasts that God
agreed with him. However, not all the companions of Muhammad were as
foolhardy as Umar. Abdulah ibn Sarh who was an scribe of Muhammad was
cleverer. He left Muhammad and Islam after he noticed that God changed
his revelations and agreed with him after he suggested better verses. That
is of course another subject. What interests us at this moment is the
fact that women prior to Islam did not wear this veil of
shame that they are forced to wear today. It was because of Muhammad’s
own insecurities, who as an old man, hoarding a harem of young and
beautiful women, was fearful of younger and more virile men casting eyes on
his wives that the order of veiling was issued.
The fears of this
old man of his wives lusting after younger men are reflected in these
verses that are conveniently placed in the mouth of Allah.
O Consorts of the Prophet! If any of you were guilty of evident unseemly
conduct, the Punishment would be doubled to her, and that is easy for
But any of you that is devout in the service of Allah and His
Messenger, and works righteousness,- to her shall We grant her
reward twice: and We have prepared for her a generous Sustenance.
often reminded his wives to behave in a way as not to attract the
attention of other men and cover themselves as not to make themselves
desired by strangers.
O Consorts of the Prophet! Ye are not like any of the (other)
women: if ye do fear (Allah), be not too complacent of speech, lest one
in whose heart is a disease should be moved with desire: but speak ye a
speech (that is) just.
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. 
Here we can see
clearly, that women prior to Islam, or in the “Times of Ignorance”,
as the defendant disparagingly referred to it, could go out of their
houses unveiled in “dazzling display”. Today a woman, displaying some hair or an arm inside her family
car could be dragged out and beaten by Islamic moral police in some
Islamic countries like Iran and Saudi Arabia as they did in Taliban's
Afghanistan. There are few Islamic
countries were women are allowed to go out of their houses unveiled, let
alone in “dazzling display”
Are Maintainers of Women and Superior to Them.
The defendant, not
only took away the women’s freedom of dress, he made them subservient
to men and dependant on them. He wrote:
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.”
The above verse reduces
woman into the livestock of man giving him the authority to maintain her
as if she were his donkey or camel. Sadly, Khadija did not live long
enough to remind her beloved husband that when he married her, she was
the maintainer of him who spent out of her property.
In another place he
expressly states that men have a degree of advantage over women.
women shall have rights similar to the rights against them, according to
what is equitable; but
men have a degree (of advantage) over them.”
defendant did everything he could to make women subservient to their
husbands. According to him women who do not obey their husbands would go
Prophet said “I also saw the Hell-fire and
I had never seen such a horrible sight. I saw that most of the
inhabitants were women." The people asked, "O Allah's
Apostle! Why is it so?" The Prophet replied, "Because of
their ungratefulness." It was asked whether they are ungrateful
to Allah. The Prophet said, "They are ungrateful to their
companions of life (husbands) and ungrateful to good deeds. If you are
benevolent to one of them throughout the life and if she sees anything
(undesirable) in you, she will say, 'I have never had any good from
you.' " 
Men Can Beat Their
He also instructed men to
beat their wives if they are not obedient.
(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.” 
Mishkat al-Masabih narrates:
"the above verse was
revealed in connection with a woman who complained to Mohammad that her
husband slapped her on the face (which was still marked by the slap). At
first the Prophet said to her: 'Get even with him', but then added:
'Wait until I think about it.' Later on the above verse was revealed,
after which the Prophet said: 'We wanted one thing but Allah wanted
another, and what Allah wanted is best.'" 
Maybe on the spur of the moment and faced with this obvious injustice,
Muhammad was moved by a fleeting rash of compassion, but that did not
last very long. Soon he thought about the implications of what he had
said and how this would affect his own relationship with his rebellious
wives. So he made his Allah issue that shamefully unjust verse giving
men the liberty to beat their wives to make them obedient.
As it is clear from the above verse, a woman does
not have to disobey her husband in order to be beat. He husband can beat
her only if he fears that she may disobey her. As Irshah Manji in
"The trouble with Islam: writes ( p34 regarding 4:34)
"To deserve a beating, a woman doesn't have to disobey anybody, a
man merely has to fear her disobedience. His insecurity becomes her
Good women do not complain if their husbands beat
Book 11, Number 2141:
Narrated Abdullah ibn AbuDhubab:
Iyas ibn Abdullah ibn AbuDhubab reported the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him)
as saying: Do not beat Allah's handmaidens, but when Umar came to
the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) and said: Women have become
emboldened towards their husbands, he (the Prophet) gave permission
to beat them. Then many women came round the family of the Apostle
of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) complaining against their husbands. So
the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) said: Many women have gone
round Muhammad's family complaining against their husbands. They are
not the best among you.
The husband does not have to explain to anyone why he
beats his wife.
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.
went even as far as to say women should prostrate in front of their
”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.” 
In a hadith Aisha
narrated one night Muhammad, left her home after he thought she is
asleep. She secretly followed her and when he came back and saw she was
panting, she inquired and made her confess by telling her if she
concealed what she was doing the “Subtle and the Aware” [ghosts]
would inform him. Aisha says that when I confessed that I had followed
him, “He struck me on the chest which caused me
A hadith reports one
defendant’s meeting with women where he called them “deficient
in intelligence and religion”:
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, [this money would go to him as the
viceroy of God on Earth and he would distribute it to those whose
favor he was seeking or to make the show of generosity] 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.
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." 
above is a flagrant case of misogyny where the defendant commits the
travesty of first taking the rights of the women away and then
condemning them for not having those rights. Not only he injures, but he
adds salt to the injury by blaming the victim. This hadith is reported
by various narrators and is also recorded by Sahih Muslim, which makes
it one of the most authoritative hadiths of Muhammad.
Are Created FOR Men.
another verse the defendant says:
of His signs is that He created for you, of yourselves, spouses, that
you may repose in them" 
The Arabic text makes it
clear that “for you” is masculine meaning the verse is addressing men and “them” is in feminine gender. (In fact Allah in the Quran
never addresses women directly. He always speaks to the Prophet or the
male believers. Women are always referred to in third person.) What this
verse is conveying is that women are created FOR men and are for their
Razi in At-Tafsir al-Kabir,
commenting on Q. 30:21wrote:
"His saying 'created for
you' is a proof that women
were created like animals and plants and other useful things,
just as the Most High has said 'He created for you what is on earth' and
that necessitates the woman not to be created for worship and carrying
the Divine commands. We say creating the women is one of the graces
bestowed upon us and charging them with Divine commands to complete the
graces bestowed upon us, not that they are charged as we men are
charged. For women are not charged with many commands as we are charged,
because the woman is weak, silly, in one sense she is like a child, and
no commands are laid upon a child, but for the grace of Allah upon us to
be complete, women had to be charged so that they may fear the torment
of punishment and so follow her husband, and keep away from what is
forbidden, otherwise corruption would be rampant."
Hadi Sabzevari, an eminent Muslim scholar,
in his commentary on another grand Muslim thinker, Sadr al-Mote'alihin
That Sadr ad-Deen Shirazi classifies women as animals is a delicate allusion
to the fact that women, due to the deficiency in their intelligence and
understanding of intricacies, and due to their fondness of the
adornments of the world, are truly and justly among the mute animals
[al-haywanti al-sa^mita]. They have the nature of beasts [ad-dawwa^b],
but they have been given the disguise of human beings so that men would
not be loath to talk to them and be compelled to have sexual intercourse
with them. That is why our immaculate Law [shar'ina al-mutahhar] takes
men's side and gives them superiority in most matters, including
divorce, "nushuz," etc. 
These scholars did not make up these
derogatory remarks about women on their own. They were interpreting the
sayings of Muhammad whom to them was the best messenger of God and an
example to follow. The reference to the inferiority of woman and their
deficiency in intelligence and religion is abounding in the Hadith and
In fact "naqisatan 'aqlan
wa dinan" (deficient in intelligence and religion), an aphorism
used among the Arabs, is an allusion to women and stems from the sayings
Women Who Refuse Sex Will
Be Cursed by Angels
The following Hadith also
makes it clear that women are created for men and for their
Apostle said, "If a husband calls his wife to his bed (i.e. to have
sexual relation) and she refuses and causes him to sleep in anger, the
angels will curse her till morning." 
above makes one wonder, whether Allah has nothing else to do than
worrying about the sexual pleasures of Muslim men? It seems absurd that
God would employ so many angels to do nothing but sit around and curse
the women who do not want to please their husbands sexually. Cursing
means invoking the wrath of God. Why would God need so many angles to
ask him this when he can punish the women who refuse having sex with their
husbands on his own. If he wants to punish them, why ask angels to beg
for it? There seems to be a lot of redundancies and mismanagements in
the Divine House of Allah. It is like the president of a country, have
his staff lobby him for the plans that he wants to put into action. It
just makes no sense. If these angels are paid then this is a complete
waste of divine funds and if they are not paid then it is slavery. You
can't say the angels do this voluntarily because the angles do nothing
without the will of Allah. There are more hadiths on this subject:
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.” 
Prophet said, "If a woman spends the night deserting her husband's
bed (does not sleep with him), then the angels send their curses on her
till she comes back (to her husband)." 
is hard to determine why the defendant was so concerned about this
issue. Perhaps it helps to remember that he was an old man when his
numerous wives were mostly teenagers or in their early twenties. Perhaps
his teeth were decaying and his mouth had a foul smell. Perhaps his
wives were not that much desirous to share the bed with an old, smelly and
impotent man like him. Is it possible that Muhammad concocted these
stories to intimidate his young wives not to reject his sexual advances,
when he wanted to “fondle” them? Or you really think Allah is also a
According to this self-serving messenger, a man’s sexual urges
are such an emergency that a woman must leave her food to burn in oven
than leaving her husband burn in heat for her.
"The prophet of Allah said: When a man calls
his wife to satisfy his desire, let her come to him though she is
occupied at the oven." 
if all these derogatory remarks about women were not enough, Muhammad
even compared them to pudenda.
"Ali reported the Prophet
saying: 'Women have ten ('awrat). When she gets married, the husband
covers one, and when she dies the grave covers the ten."
is awrah? ..The Encyclopedia of Islam defines 'awrah as pudendum, that
is "the external genitals, especially of the female. [Latin
pudendum (literally) a thing to be ashamed of]"
And according to the following Hadith, women
not only have ten 'awrat, but the woman herself is perceived as 'awrah:
"The woman is 'awrah. When she goes outside
(the house), the devil welcomes her." 
As the following Hadith indicates women are
discouraged from going outside the house, even to pray in the
"A woman is closest to God's face, if
she is found in the core of her house. And the prayer of the woman in
the house is better than her prayer in the mosque."
is a far cry from the time when Arabs respected women as businesswomen (khadija),
obeyed them as army generals (Aisha), listened to them as leaders of
thoughts (Asma bt. Marwan), received encouragements from them (Hind) and
followed them as prophetesses. Gradually, as the new generations were
indoctrinated by the teachings of Muhammad they became scornful of women
and eventually Muslim women lost their rights along with their dignity.
Women Have Less Legal
The “deficiency of
women” in intelligence affects their legal rights as well.
"And call in to witness two witnesses, men; or if the two be
not men, then one man and two women, such witness as you approve of,
that if one woman errs the other will remind her."
In other words not only
a woman alone cannot witness against a criminal, if there is no male
witness the testimonies of any number of women without the testimony of
a man are worthless. This means that if a woman is raped and she cannot
produce any male witnesses, (which is logically almost always the case)
she cannot witness against her assailant. However, her testimony can be
regarded as confession of fornication and can be used against her. Also
if the victim of rape becomes pregnant, that is evidence of the adultery
and she could be charged and punished with death by stoning. The jury
can recall the famous case of Amina Lawal who was sentenced by the
Islamic courts of Nigeria to be stoned as soon as her infant was weaned.
The father of the child could not be charged with adultery because her testimony
was not enough. This case came to the attention of the public, but thousands of such
cases have happened and continue to happen without ever anyone hearing
Women Inherit Less
Muslim apologists claim
that prior to Islam women had no rights at all and received no
inheritance. This is obviously not so. Khadija received her wealth
through inheritance. When Muhammad decided that women should receive
half of the inheritance of what their blood brothers receive, women did
not celebrate with joy.
”Allah (thus) directs you as regards your Children's (Inheritance): to
the male, a portion equal to that of two females”.
As a matter of fact many,
including one of his own wives complained that this arrangement is
unfair to women.
Salmah (RA) said: "O Messenger of Allâh! The men wage Jihad [can
collect booty] whereas we (women) do not and we receive half the
inheritance." (i.e. blood-brothers receive double the share of
blood sisters). Thereafter the verse "And do not covet.... 4.32."
was revealed.” 
“And in no wise covet those things in which Allah Hath bestowed
His gifts More freely on some of you than on others: To men is
allotted what they earn, and to women what they earn.”
This is an indication that
women prior to Islam had more rights to their inheritance than what was
allotted to them in Islam.
Muhammad’s Opinion of
Muhammad had such a low regard for women that he
compared them to tilth or farmland and said you can enter your tilth
from wherever you like (ana she’tom).
”Your wives are as a tilth unto you; so approach your tilth when or
how ye will…” (Often the translations are sanitized)
It is not proper to be
more descriptive, but it is obvious that the word ana she'tom or
wherever allows a man to enter a woman from every hole. The above led Muslims to
regard women as nothing but toys created to appease men.
was once talking when his wife interjected, so he said to her: 'You are
a toy, if you are needed we will call you.'"
The most eminent Islamic
scholar Ghazali said:
"In the company of
women, looking at them, and playing with them, the soul is refreshed,
the heart is rested, and the man is strengthened to the worship of
God...this is why God said: 'That he might rest in her.' (Q.
The verse that Ghazali
refers to is:
“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 (rest in her).”
It is obvious that Muhammad did not have much
reverence for women.
Prophet said, "After me I have not
left any affliction more harmful to men than women." 
place he compares the women to a crooked
is like a rib. When you attempt to straighten it, you would break it.
And if you
leave her alone you would benefit by her, and crookedness
will remain in her.” 
This hadith is
classified as “agreed upon”
because it is reported by other collectors of hadith too.
In another hadith he said:
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”. 
Women on Top
Prior to Islam, in non-Arab countries, such as in
Persia and Byzantine, women had more rights than in Arab countries. In
fact in Iran women could become Queens and rulers of the country. What
Muhammad thought of that?
the Prophet heard the news that the people of the Persia had made the
daughter of Khosrau their Queen (ruler), he said, "Never will
succeed such a nation as makes a woman their ruler."’ 
Someone asked me
why then in some Islamic countries like Bangladesh and Pakistan there
were women prime ministers? The answer is that many Muslims do not know
their religion and unwittingly follow the customs of their pre Islamic
“jaheliah” era. Jaheliah means ignorance and Muslims often
ignorantly do things that are not Islamic. The Taliban, on the other
hand, know the real Islam. The more a country is Islamic and the more
the Sharia takes over, the more women lose their rights and privileges.
One argument that Muslim
apologists bring up as proof that Muhammad liberated women is the
Quran’s injunction of not burying the female infants alive. They want
you to believe this odious act was the common practice of the Arabs that
was stopped only after Islam. However, this myth can be dismissed with a
simple logic. If this practice was so common, how come the Arabs could
afford to have several wives and how did their race survive at all?
Female infanticide is
practiced in China and in India even today. This is done only among the
least educated and the poorest people. This practice, though, is
illegal and a criminal act and the perpetrators will be prosecuted if
caught. There is no reason to believe that it was different in Arabia.
Certainly most Arabs disdained this act. It just goes against the human
nature. When Muhammad prohibited it, he echoed the voice of the majority
and said what was commonsense to everyone. It is like a self styled
prophet today prohibit drinking and driving. Would that be regarded as a
Muhammad did not fail to
portray woman as evil, crooked, deficient in intelligence, created only
for the enjoyment of man. Whose only function is to be the incubator for
his sons! Who must serve him and be obedient to him! Who is not capable
to be responsible for her own life but must be maintained by a man. Who
should receive less inheritance and whose testimony is worth half of
that of a man because she is deemed to be imbecile with faulty memory!
Women in Islam lost every
right, including the right to travel alone. 
God and Daughters? Indeed
a Division Most Unfair!
Muhammad had such a low
esteem of women that he thought it is not befitting for God to have
daughters when ordinary man can boast having sons.
In verse 53.19-22,
after dismissing the claim that God has any daughters as the
Quraysh used to think, he says appallingly:
“WHAT!… For you
the male sex, and for Him, the female?
Behold, such would be indeed a division most unfair!”
Suppose God had only daughters and no sons:
Would it really be an unfair division? Should God be embarrassed for not
having sons? Ironically the fate played a joke on Muhammad whose sons
all died at infancy and he was left with only daughters. One can only
imagine how much embarrassment he must have felt for not having sons. A
man with such sense of inferiority and such a colossal ego had nothing
but daughters, which he thought was “a division most unfair”.
that the verse refers to God in third person pronoun. This is not an error in
translation. The Arabic word is lahoo, which means "for him".
Muhammad just forgot that the Quran is supposed to be the word of God
and should be written in first person pronoun)
that Arabs had female gods is proof that they respected women enough to
attribute them the roles of deities. According to Muhammad, all denizens
of the celestial assembly including the angles are male. The only
female inhabitants of paradise are the houris who are the celestial
whores created for the enjoyment of men. In fact few women are
allowed in Paradise. As Muhammad said, most of them end up in hell.
More Disparaging Remarks
In one hadith Muhammad
equates women to dog and ass and says:
man’s] prayer would be cut off by (passing of an) ass, woman, and
black Dog.” 
In another place he
interpreted a dream that he had of a black woman to an “epidemic”.
He also said women
are the most harmful affliction to men:
"After me I have not left any affliction more harmful to men than women."
A Good Wife
Man’s only duty to his
wife is to maintain her. He has to provide for her food, shelter and
clothing, i.e. meet her physical needs. Her emotional,
psychological and sexual needs should not be of his concern. As far as
Islam is concerned those needs simply do not exist because women are not
really human beings. Muhammad not only
had a score of women in his harem when he was an old impotent man, he
even prohibited his extremely young wives to remarry after his death.
This man was so possessive that could not bear the thought of
another man sleeping with his wives even after his death.
He sanctioned polygyny and
allowed men to marry four wives (Q.4:3)
and as many
slave girls as they please. Some scholars believe that this verse
does not limit the number of wives but rather the verse should be
understood as a man can marry any number of wives, two, three, four,
Therefore men are allowed
to lust after other women when they are married but:
“The virtuous wife, [is one
who] if her husband bids her, she obeys him; if he looks at her, she
pleases him; if he gives her an oath; she fulfils it, and if he is
absent from her, she guards herself and his property."
Isn’t this how one
would describe a good dog?
Now let us see what
other virtues a good woman must have:
best women are those who have the prettiest faces and the cheapest
And here is one
more quality of a good wife
good wife is out of this world because she helps free you to concentrate
on the life to come. She does that by doing her house duties (instead of
the husband having to do them), and by satisfying the husband sexually
so protecting him from sexual temptation." 
a prophet is so contemptuous of women, so disdainful of their faith, so
derisive of their intelligence, so abusive of their rights and so
condescending of their status, can we expect more from his followers?
Muslim women will never emancipate, as long as they look up at Muhammad
as their spiritual guide. If they do not want to believe me, they must
believe their own messenger who said:
Apostle said, "Many amongst men reached (the level of) perfection
but none amongst the women reached this level except Asia, Pharaoh's
wife, and Mary, the daughter of 'Imran.”
Going into detail on this
subject would require a book all on its own. The prosecution feels to
have enough evidence presented for the Jury to convict the defendant of
misogyny, abuse of women’s rights and denigrating half of humanity.
Because of this travesty (misogyny)
Muslim women were abused and were not allowed to flourish to the full
extent of their potentials. They became subject to humiliation,
discrimination, rape, honor killing, and all sorts of physical,
emotional and sexual abuses without being able to fight back for their
rights. As the result the entire Muslim world
languished and lagged behind because half of its population was barred
from emancipation. They could not participate and contribute to the society
Women were denied
education as it was deemed to be unnecessary. Uneducated women are
ignorant and lack self esteem. These women raised sons and projected
their own feeling of inferiority to their children. Those sons inherited
the low self-esteem of their mothers and built the Islamic world with
inadequacy and incompetence fighting constantly with the demon inside,
the demon of fear, hurt pride and humiliation. Eventually the whole Islamic world was plunged into
darkness of ignorance, self-pity and dictatorship. Dr. Mahathir,
the ex- Prime Minister of Malaysia summed up this sentiment eloquently
when in the 10th summit of the Organization of Islamic
“We are all
Muslims. We are all oppressed. We are all being humiliated.”
That is a well-expressed
description of how Muslims feel. This sense of inferiority, however, is
not because the Zionists have power over the Muslims by remote control, as Dr.
Mahathir erroneously diagnosed, but the outcome of the abuse of women in
all the Islamic countries.
Of course not every man
with lack of self-esteem rises to power to become a dictator like
Saddam Hussein, Osama Bin Laden or Hasan Sabbah, but the inferiority complex consumes his soul and he
acts dictatorially no matter
at what level of the society he is positioned. He seeks
power. He needs to demonstrate himself and prove to the world that he is
somebody. He is conscious of his own devalued selfhood. He starves for
recognition and dreads being ignored. He feels abandoned, humiliated and
victimized and hence he seeks revenge. This too was echoed by Dr.
Mahathir who called upon the Muslims to acquire “guns
and rockets, bombs and warplanes, tanks and warships” to get
their rights from their “detractors and enemies”.
The Prime Minister was
right! Muslim men are oppressed and humiliated. The truth is, however,
that their humiliation has nothing to do with the Jews. It has to do
with how they were raised; it has to do with how their mothers were
raised and it has to do with how Islam treats women. Women who have no
self-esteem cannot raise sons with high self-esteem. What we get are men
with bruised egos, who seek power and recognition to overcome their
inferiority complex. Is it any wonder that the mother of Osama bin
Laden was the least favorite wife of his father’s numerous wives?
Osama grew up with a mother with low self-esteem and inherited her sense
of inferiority. Today Osama is fighting against his own devalued self by trying to become a hero to those Muslims who applaud and
approve his acts of terror.
Men with low self-esteem
are dangerous. Lee Harvey Oswald killed J.F. Kennedy for no other reason than to
prove himself. To prove that he is important and can do something big.
All these humiliated men want is to prove themselves, even if it is as assassins
or terrorists. Those men who were responsible for the massacre of the 9/11
and all those who strap bombs to their
waists and blow up themselves and kill others to become martyrs, suffer
from the devalued self. The thought of becoming heroes, their
pictures published in the newspapers and shown to the world for young
men who see no worth in their lives is exhilarating. They are nobody
when alive, but they will be famous and even heroes and martyrs when dead. The call to
glory and fame for a man who thinks he is nothing but failure is
The self anointed prophet
could never imagine that his obsession to control his wives would one day bring the world to the brink of destruction. As if, a
narcissist like him would have given a hoot!
The prosecution demands
total condemnation of the defendant Mr. Muhammad bin Abdullah for taking
away the rights of women, for reducing them to the level of chattel and
livestock and thus giving birth to a sick society of emotionally scarred
men, with humongous egos, unable to function harmoniously in a world of
equals and not capable to be happy, positive and content. They fail in
relationships with their spouses and children unless it is patriarchal. They fail in the society
unless it is dictatorial. They perpetuate the cycle of abuse,
humiliation and dictatorship ad infinitum.
Little men who are hurt inside, because their emotional needs
were not met by their ignorant and equally emotionally needy mothers,
wear masks of denial and grandiosity, hide inside the highly inflated and highly inflammable
egos, are explosively dangerous to themselves, and in such a great number, to the entire world.
Among all the crimes
perpetrated by the defendant, all his killings and lootings, raps and
pedophilia, slavery and genocide, this is the most injurious one. Misogyny
has been more devastating to Muslims than anything else. Although
women were the direct targets of misogyny, the damage caused by this
evil has victimized each and every follower of Muhammad. A sick society
has "evolved" with timid men, self pitying men, arrogant, ego centered,
violent and angry men, hate mongers, and war mongers.
I call upon the Jury to
condemn the defendant unanimously and strongly for the crime of
misogyny. This is the crime against humanity.
 Bukhari Volume
3, Book 43, Number 648:
v1, bk 8, sunnah 395.
Volume 2, Book 18, Number 161
 Razi, At-tafsir al-Kabir,
on Q. 4:34.
Book 11, Number 2135)
Volume 1, Book 6, Number 301
in Soroush, Abdolkarim, _Farbehtar az ideoloji_, Sera^t, Tehran, 1373
A.H.S.). [A.H.S. = After the Hegira, in Solar years].
Volume 4, Book 54, Number 460.
Muslim Book 008, Number 3367:
Volume 7, Book 62, Number 122
 Mishkat al-Masabih,
English translation, Book I, Section 'Duties of husband and wife',
Hadith No. 61.
Kanz-el-'Ummal, Vol. 22, Hadith No. 858. See also Ihy'a
The World Book Dictionary
ed-Din by Ghazali, Dar al-Kotob al-'Elmeyah, Beirut, Vol II, Kitab Adab
al-Nikah, p. 65.
 Ihy'a 'Uloum
ed-Din by Ghazali, Dar al-Kotob al-'Elmeyah, Beirut, Vol II, Kitab Adab
al-Nikah, p. 65. Reported by Tirmizi as a true and good Ahadith.
Ihy'a 'Uloum ed-Din by Ghazali, Dar al-Kotob al-'Elmeyah, Beirut,
Vol II, Kitab Adab al-Nikah, p. 65. Reported by Tirmizi as a true and
 (Ibn Katheer
Al-Musanaf by Abu Bakr
Ahmad Ibn 'Abd Allah Ibn Mousa Al-Kanadi who lived 557H., Vol. 1 Part 2,
p. 263. See also Ihy'a 'Uloum ed-Din by Ghazali, Dar al- Kotob al-'Elmeyah,
Beirut, Vol II, Kitab Adab al-Nikah, p. 52.
 Ihy'a 'Uloum
ed-Din by Ghazali, Dar al-Kotob al-'Elmeyah, Beirut, Vol II, Kitab Adab
al-Nikah, p. 34.
Volume 7, Book 62, Number 33
Muslim Book 008, Number 3466
008, Number 3240
9, Book 88, Number 219
 (Sahih Bukhari 2.194)
Book 004, Number 1032
Volume 9, Book 87, Number 163
Volume 7, Book 62, Number 33
At-tafsir al-kabir, commenting on Q. 4:3
 Mishkat al-Masabih,
Book 1, duty towards children Hadith No. 43.
Ihya' 'Uloum ed-Din by Ghazali, Dar al-Kotob al-'Elmeyah, Beirut,
vol. II, Kitab Adab al-Nikah, p. 45.
Ibid., p. 35
Volume 4, Book 55, Number 623
For further studies, read Abul Kasem’s book on women available
online and an excellent essay written by M. Rafiqul-Haqq and P.
Newton called The Place of Women in Pure Islam also available
wants to be beaten only once a week
September 22, 2004 a sad report came out of
and was spread through the Internet that ironically many found amusing.
It was about an Iranian woman, beaten every day by her husband, who
asked a court to tell him to beat her only once a week.
Aftab-e-Yazd daily reported that Maryam, the middle-aged woman, said she
did not want to divorce her husband because she loved him. "Just
tell him to beat me once a week ... Beating is part of his nature and he
cannot stop it," Maryam told the court. When the court
prohibited the husband from beating the wife, he protested: "If
I do not beat her, she will not be scared enough to obey me".
this comic/tragic drama, lie two very sad realities that affect all
Muslim women irrespective of their nationalities. The first is that
Muslim women are raised to accept abuse as normal. Since childhood they
are treated differently. In Islamic countries boys are preferred to
girls. Girls are the source of disappointment to their fathers and an
embarrassment to their mothers. If a woman gives birth to a boy she is
lauded but if the child is a girl, she is snubbed and chided. Little
girls learn from infancy on that they are unwanted. At the table their
brothers eat first and take the lion’s share. In poorer families, the
female members cook and serve the males, then wait until these have had
their fill. Thereafter the women scavenge the leftovers.
get the first opportunity to go to school and get ahead in life. Girls
are often denied this chance for there seems to be no need for them to
become educated, since there are few work opportunities for women in
Islamic societies. All to which a girl can aspire is to get married to a
man who will take care of her. She inherits half of what her brothers
inherit and has fewer rights. The rationale is that she would not need
it because it is up to her husband to maintain her.
are liabilities to their families and they are “given away” in
marriage as soon as possible. That could be as young as 9 years old. All
this conditioning happens with the blessing of “the best and the most
perfect religion” of Islam. After all it was Muhammad who said women
are “deficient in intelligence” [Bukhari:1.6.301.
2.24.541]. It was he who said men have a “degree of advantage over
It was he who said women who disobey their husband “should be
If Islam is the most perfect religion, then how can one dispute its
Muslim women grow up knowing only one reality and that is they are
inferior to men and must please them if they want to survive. The
brainwashing is so complete that many Muslim women actually fight to
preserve their lower status. Many of them insist on wearing veil and
pride themselves in their servitude and lower rank.
Islamic societies the abused are as much dependent on the abuser as the
latter is on the former. A good definition of this symbiotic man/woman
relationship in Islamic countries is sadomasochism or to use a more
modern term—codependency. Muslim women have been abused and humiliated
since their birth and this is the only form of existence they have ever
known and are “comfortable” with. They learn from very early on that
to survive or even get ahead, they have to please the men around them.
Men also learn that women are worthless, deceitful and untrustworthy
creatures. Therefore men grow up with no respect for women, their
intelligence and their dignity. These men learn to abuse their sisters
and beat them just as their fathers beat their mothers and they will
eventually beat their wives with complete clarity of conscience. Muslim
men grow up with the understanding that it is their God given right to
beat their women and Muslim women grow up accepting the right of their
husbands to beat them.
this is the pernicious psycho-religious effect of a nefarious
religion that will not go away as long as this religion is believed and
other sad reality is the socio-economic effect of Islam on
women’s lives. In Islamic countries all doors are closed to women.
There are little to no opportunities available for women to live
productive and independent lives. They have little education and no job
training. All they know is household chores. If women do not marry and
do not find a husband who would take care of them, they will have a very
difficult life. Marriage is the only hope a Muslim woman has for her own
survival. She knows that too. She knows that she has to marry soon and
that if she is dumped, her future will be ruined.
Islamic countries, the patrimony of the family is not divided equally
between the estranged husband and wife but rather, the man keeps
everything, as everything has been his earnings. The Quran makes it
clear that everything is his property and a good woman is one who takes
care of her husband's property.
work of the woman in keeping her husband’s house orderly, cooking for
him and raising his numerous children is not recognized as work and
hence after a divorce she is entitled to nothing. She will also lose the
custody of her children as in Islam women are nothing but incubators for
the children of their husbands. All she can get is her mahr (a
fee agreed upon prenuptially) that often is only a token and sums up to
nothing. It could be something as insignificant as a dress. Women often
do not demand too much for mahr, not only because Muhammad
insisted that good women should also be cheap but also because if they
become too demanding they risk not marrying at all and that would be a
great disgrace to them and to their families.
could mean disaster for a Muslim woman. It not only means she will lose
her social status but she could actually face starvation. If she is not
young enough to re-marry, she will be forced to find menial works. Work
is not readily available to women in Islamic countries. The only work
available is domestic and janitorial work, which is poorly paid and very
demeaning. Only the lucky ones can get jobs as maids. Many divorced
women will end up in the streets as beggars, or as it happens in
, as prostitutes.
it is understandable that Muslim women prefer an abusing husband who
beats them regularly to divorce. This also explains why women consent to
sharing their husbands with second, third or fourth co-wives. They know
that the alternative is divorce and that means facing a very bleak
future of uncertainties and assured poverty.
is just one dilemma that a divorced woman faces. The real challenge is
survival after the divorce. Only after we take into consideration the
psycho-religious and the socio-economic factors that subjugate Muslim
women can we appreciate the gravity of the problem and understand why
Maryam would be happy if her husband beats her only once a week instead
of everyday. Only then do we understand why she says that she still
loves him. Maryam knows perfectly well that if her abusive and savage
husband dumps her, she will have to either commit suicide or live a life
of abject poverty and misery. All Maryam wants is to live. Isn’t this
the basic instinct of all living beings? She is willing to be beaten
once a week for that privilege. Maryam is willing to keep her
psychopathic husband content by allowing him to beat her regularly so
she can continue to live her wretched life.
Maryam and to millions of Muslim women who live in abusive relationships
and in abusive societies, life is not a right but a privilege. It is a
privilege that they have to earn by pleasing their husbands even if it
means enduring their violent tantrums.
women with no husbands have no hopes. If they are divorced or if they
are widowed, if they have no huge inheritance and if they can’t find
another husband, they have no future. They are outcasts and burdens to
the society and to themselves. Death is far more enticing to them than
this dismal and miserable life. Perhaps this explains the raison d'être
of the Chechen Black Widows. These women have lost their husbands and
being Muslim women there is nothing left for them but to die. However,
as good Muslims they want to take their revenge and kill as many
innocent people as they can before they face their own coveted death.
of women is one of the problems facing the Muslim world and it is not a
minor one. Unfortunately there is no resolution to this problem unless
Islam is eradicated from these societies. Misogyny is just one of the
many symptoms of the sick Islamic world. The disease is Islam!
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