No such luck for women since such equality of opportunity is not entirely Halal under Shar’ia.
This situation, although very comfy for the guardians and protectors of Islam on the long run, creates certain temporary problems for them, whenever they try to promote their 1400 year of history of abuse of women in the West as a “perfect ‘religion”. Who are they kidding?
Despite reports in the media about the maltreatment of women in all Muslim countries, despite voices of real ex-Muslim feminists like Ayaan Hirsi Ali or Homa Darabi - Australian champions of Islam try to convince us that indeed the women folk have never had it so good as under Islam.
Are you convinced? No?
Well I have to admit the above quotation is much stronger on empty rhetoric rather than on factual evidence but hey, let’s look at some other Australian-Muslim sites .
I would like to start with a comparison between Islam and ancient civilisation. Whenever the position of woman throughout history is mentioned, Islam emerges as a unique exception. The religion of Islam gave women an honorable status and established their dignified equality with men. Before the advent of Islam, women had no rights of any kind, or an independent identity inany form. In previous religions and systems, they were treated as mere chattels in the house, subject to be bought, sold or discarded at discretion.
Or have a look at this piece of Muslim logic:
Do you get it? Hmmm.. It must be losing something in translation.
The sad truth is the Qura’n is very specific about the role and status of women and since this ‘revealed’ scripture is regarded as the transmission of the exact words of Allah, its teachings are eternally true and valid and CANNOT be changed or modified (unless abrogated by Allah himself).
4:34 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.
4:98 Except the feeble among men, and the women, and the children, who are unable to devise a plan and are not shown a way.
2:282 …..And call two witness from among your men, two witnesses. And if two men be not at hand, then a man and two women, of such as ye approve as witnesses, so that if one erreth (though forgetfulness) the other will remember.
In fact Muhammad himself did not mind slapping his wives now and then in order to bring them to their senses:
(Hadith)SAHIH MUSLIM Book 004, #2127: When it was my turn for Allah's Messenger to spend the night with me, he turned his side, put on his mantle and took off his shoes and placed them near his feet, and spread the corner of his shawl on his bed and then lay down till he thought that I had gone to sleep. He took hold of his mantle slowly and put on the shoes slowly, and opened the door and went out and then closed it lightly. I covered my head, put on my veil and tightened my waist wrapper, and then went out following his steps till he reached Baqi'. He stood there and he stood for a long time. He then lifted his hands three times, and then returned and I also returned. He hastened his steps and I also hastened my steps. He ran and I too ran. He came (to the house) and I also came (to the house). I, however, preceded him and I entered (the house), and as I lay down in the bed, he (the Holy Prophet) entered the (house), and said: Why is it, O 'Aisha, that you are out of breath? I said: There is nothing. He said: Tell me or the Subtle and the Aware would inform me. I said: Messenger of Allah, may my father and mother be ransom for you, and then I told him (the whole story). He said: Was it the darkness (of your shadow) that I saw in front of me? I said: Yes. He struck me on the chest which caused me pain, and then said: Did you think that Allah and His Apostle would deal unjustly with you?And so it appears that Australian Islamists try to convince us that the Qur’an doesn’t really mean what it teaches. Hmm, isn’t that heresy?
Obviously they try to reassure the majority of Australians that there is nothing to worry about in Islamic law.
Just in case some of our readers question the choice of the Quranic verses provided here, I would like to point out one website, which may serve as an impartial arbiter.
The website in question is as main stream Muslim as it can be for it is The Islamic Da’wah Foundation Malaysia (YADIM) - a site of a religious body controlled by the Malaysian government.
The teachings contained on the pages of this site were not designed for the feeble-brained kuffr but for Muslims and therefore we can trust that they represent the true, main stream Islamic teachings.
And here we’d like you to have a look at the section dealing with: Strategy on Educating One’s Wife
It is an important section because harmony in marriage means a happy family.
Here we can learn that it is the husband who’s the head of the family and as such he is responsible for educating his wife. It is also explained in plain English why it the husband and not the wife who should be in charge:
Whereas these oracles of Islam say of the little woman:
So far, I see only an orthodox Quranic approach, no deviation from Allah’s teachings at all. Perhaps a Muslim scholar out there would like to contradict their brother Muslims here in what they say? No? I thought so.
To do the YADIM scholars full justice, they do encourage Muslim men to use their (inbred) intelligence and patience when dealing with women before resorting to punishment of these unstable female creatures:
Men are sometimes known to loose (sic) their patience in the presence of women who are not too bright. However, it cannot be denied that some women do take time to understand a thing; however, men should be conscious of this reality concerning women who are generally slow in their thinking. Therefore, men should be prepared to train their wives with love and affection without getting tired over it, even though it may take a long time.
Please read the whole lesson provided generously by the Malaysian Islamic scholars.
I hope it will clarify the issue of women equality under Islamic enlighten jurisprudence.
Perhaps one of the courses in feminist law or history could incorporate these insights into Islamic thinking.
Some very disturbing links:
BERLIN: Fidan, her hair dyed blonde, is in hiding from her husband, who she says beats and rapes her. She is terrified her family will kill her if she goes home to eastern Turkey.
Back in Anatolia, the 19-year-old's relatives believe she has brought shame on them by leaving her 50-year old Turkish husband, who is also in Germany.
THE first thing one notices about 16-year-old Gul Zam is her eyes, pretty and dark yet as watchful as a hunted animal's. But then the scarf covering her head shifts slightly, exposing a livid red scar on her neck. The hands that play nervously in her lap are ridged with pink burns that reach up her arms, across her chest and down her legs.
Three months ago Gul Zam poured petrol over her body and set herself alight. To her it was the only way out of a marriage so abusive that her husband Abdul had beaten her until her clothes were soaked in blood.
Gulbar was admitted to a local hospital in Badghis province in Northern Afghanistan in November 2005. She has been burnt by her husband.
According to her mother, she married a man 3 years ago but he was very cruel person and was torturing her on daily bases. Finally Gulbar run away to her mother’s house. The next day her husband came and asked her to return home otherwise he will kill her, she refused to go with him, when he found her alone in the house, throw petrol on her body, set her on fire and he himself escaped.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Blood dripped down the 16-year-old girl's face after another beating by her drug addict husband. Worn down by life's pain, she ran to the kitchen, doused herself with gas from a lamp and struck a match.Desperate to escape domestic violence, forced marriage and hardship, scores of women across Afghanistan each year are committing suicide by fire. While some gains have been made since the fall of the Taliban five years ago, life remains bleak for many Afghan women in the conservative and violence-plagued country, and suicide is a common escape
One of the more controversial issues in Islam is the Quran’s authorization for husbands to beat disobedient wives. This is found in chapter 4, verse 34. Additional references on wife beating are found in Muhammad’s traditions (hadith), and biographical material (sira). Many people have criticized Islam because of this harsh sanction and many Muslims have written articles seeking to mollify or defend it.
In review of the actual teachings of the Quran, hadith, and sira, Islam is rightly criticized. This command is not only a harsh way to treat one’s wife, it portrays the degraded position of married women in Islam. It will be shown from the Quran, Hadith, Sira, and other Islamic writings that this "Islamic" wife beating is physical and painful.
Aid workers in Pakistan have called for an urgent increase in the number of safe shelters available to the growing number of women who are victims of domestic violence.
Human rights workers says each year large numbers of women are beaten, tortured or burnt by their husbands or families, and they have few places to escape to.
MADRID, Spain (AP) - Spanish women's associations on Thursday hailed the conviction of an Islamic cleric who advised Muslims how to beat their wives, calling the ruling a triumph for women.
Mohammed Kamal Mustafa, imam of the southern town of Fuengirola, was given a suspended sentence of to 15 months in prison on Wednesday.
Can wife-beating be justified under any circumstances? According to some in Australia, yes — if the couple is Muslim.
The Australasian Police Multicultural Advisory Bureau has published and distributed 50,000 copies of an 82-page handbook for Australian police officers, directing them on how to deal with people from all the unfamiliar cultures that an Australian policeman may encounter. A Sikh, for example, may receive a three-day reprieve from arrest if the arresting officer happens upon him while he is reading his holy scriptures — a practice that takes fifty hours, and must not be interrupted. And Muslim husbands who beat their wives must be treated differently from other domestic violence cases, as a matter of cultural sensitivity: “In incidents such as domestic violence,” says the handbook, “police need to have an understanding of the traditions, ways of life and habits of Muslims.”
Earlier this month, a prominent Saudi television presenter made international headlines when she permitted newspapers to print horrific images of injuries she said she had sustained from an alleged beating by her husband.
Rania al-Baz's bruised and swollen face shocked the global community - and ignited an unprecedented public debate within Saudi Arabia itself over the normally taboo issue of domestic violence.
It is a pretty good rule of thumb that where you find Muslim extremism, Islamist terrorism, and women being sentenced to death by stoning, there you will find Saudi funds and Saudi-trained personnel. One exception to this rule has been Nigeria, but now evidence of Wahabbi mischief is surfacing there as well.
Since the governor of Zamfara State, Alhaji Ahmed Sani, introduced a draconian version of sharia in 1999, 11 of Nigeria's 36 states have followed suit. Five women have been sentenced to death by stoning for adultery, though no punishment has yet been carried out. Thieves have had their hands amputated by court order. One man had his eye removed after accidentally blinding a friend (he could have escaped this by paying 60 camels, but the injured party wasn't interested in the camels).
Under these sharia dictates, women are harshly subjugated. In northern Nigeria, they have been forbidden to rent houses and barred from riding motorbikes or traveling in the same vehicles as men. Taxi drivers have been caned for carrying female passengers. Zamfara requires all high-school girls to wear a hijab and bars them from wearing skirts and other "Western" forms of dress. State officials have advocated public flogging of those violating an "Islamic" dress code. Prostitution charges have been leveled at women merely for the crime of being unmarried after the age of 13. Judges in Bauchi State have told women to get married immediately or be sent to prison. One judge ordered four of them to pick out husbands from among the men in the court. Women are at a particular disadvantage in these criminal prosecutions since their testimony usually counts for only half that of a man.
IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, MOST BENEFICENT, MOST MERCIFUL
There is a problem with posting such info for sisters here in the states. When sisters are fleeing from an abusive husband, the perpetrating husband will make efforts to continue his violence upon her and her children, and try to follow them. If he finds out where she is, then not only is her life in danger, but also the lives of the other battered women who are seeking shelter and time to recover from their experiences. I can't speak for other places, but here in the USA batterers take care of each other and if one were to become aware of the location of such places, he would "spread the news". I am speaking from bitter experience! These are "professional criminals" here! Perhaps it would be better to let distressed sisters know the location of the masajid here, and then let them contact a single sister in a jamaat to get help, Insha'Allah.
May Allah show the Islam to all those who go astray.Amin.