Muslims and Females and Religion

There are roughly 1.8 billion Muslims in this world.  Of those, about 900,000,000 are women and female children. A large percentage of these women and children are arguably the most abused humans on earth.  The males in the Islamic societies literally hold the power of life or death over them.  The laws of their lands, more often then not, either do not have laws against violence on females and they look the other way, or in some cases actually sanction the violent beatings and mistreatment of women.  Stoning to death or throwing acid in a woman’s face is not uncommon in the Muslim world.

In various Muslim controlled countries women may not go outside without a husband or close family male relative.  They may not hold jobs or drive cars or do anything that somehow puts them over or in control of a male.  If they are allowed to go outside at all they may have to take segregated or female only buses. They may not speak loudly, they may not appear on the balcony of their home, they may not appear on TV or radio shows, they may not appear in pictures in newspapers, books, shops, or their homes. In Saudi Arabia non related women and men are strictly segregated in public and males have full and total control over women in their family

In Islamic culture it is often socially acceptable to kill girls and women who are suspected of “immoral behavior”. This is done to “preserve the family honor”

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Sheik Abdul-Rahman al-Barrak, a prominent cleric in Saudi Arabia, recently issued a fatwa saying those who call for the mingling of men and women should be considered infidels, punishable by death. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100322/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_gulf_poetry_of_protest

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In 1990, Iraq issued a decree effectively allowing men to kill their wives, daughters or sisters for adultery.

In Pakistan, current penal laws stipulate stoning to death as the maximum penalty for murder. Unlike man, however, an accused woman is not allowed to testify on her own behalf. Women who claim to have been raped are often imprisoned for committing ‘zina’, sex outside marriage. In maximum-sentence rape cases, women’s testimonies carry no weight. They must produce four adult, pious, male Muslims who actually witnessed the crime. An estimated 2000 women languish in Pakistani jails under ordinances governing such crimes as ‘zina’. http://www.themodernreligion.com/ugly/ugly_women.htm

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The top officials of the fundamentalist regime in Iran emphasize that it is the “sacred” responsibility of a woman to serve her husband and take care of the household. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the mullahs’ “supreme leader,” has declared that “women’s first job is to be a wife and mother.” Khamenei dismissed the notion of women’s equal participation in social life in July 1997 as “negative, primitive and childish.”

It has become common practice to sell or force very young girls to marry much older husbands, giving rise to all sorts of social ills. Adineh magazine wrote in summer 1991: “An 11-year-old girl was married off to a 27-year-old man. The father, who had seven daughters, received $300 for his consent. The morning after the marriage ceremonies, the girl was taken to hospital suffering from severe lacerations to her genitals.” http://www.uri.edu/artsci/wms/hughes/mhviran.htm

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“A Yemeni-American woman sought advice from several imams after her Yemeni husband of just a few months started to slap, punch and degrade her.

The clerics offered marriage counseling, but only if the husband came too, a condition she knew doomed the idea. Her sister suggested she lose weight and be more obedient. Her father encouraged obedience, too, while her husband hit her through three pregnancies. After she filed for divorce, she said, her father hauled her home and hit her too, for shaming him.

In Islamic culture it is often socially acceptable to kill girls and women who are suspected of “immoral behavior”. This is done to “preserve the family honor”

“Both my dad and my husband told me that women don’t talk back,” said the 29-year-old woman.”  http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/06/us/06muslim.html

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Recently the case of early marriage in Yemen has come to light, especially after the divorce of a little girl last month,” said Amatalrazaq Hummad, Yemen’s Minister of Social Affairs, in an interview with the Qatari daily Al-Watan.

Hummad was referring to the case of ‘Noujoud’, the first eight-year-old child to obtain a divorce from her husband who is in his early 30s, through a court in Sanaa.

Over half (52%) of women who marry in Yemen are under 15 years of age, said a field study conducted by Yemen’s Women and Development Study Centre, which is affiliated with the University of Sanaa.  http://www.adnkronos.com/AKI/English/CultureAndMedia/?id=1.0.2237886194

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Verse 34 of an-Nisa is one of the most important verses for husband and wife relationship in Islam. In most translations, it gives permission to men to beat/hit (they both have the same word in Arabic) their wives if they fear “rebellion,” or “nushûz“. Many interpretive problems have arisen regarding the occasions (if any) on which beating is appropriate, the type of beating prescribed, and whether beating remains discountenanced even if acceptable.

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The incidence (of wife abuse) in many Muslim-majority countries (where women hide their bruises and little is ever reported to authorities) is uncertain, but believed to be great by Muslim feminists. In some Muslim countries, such as Saudi Arabia, reports indicate that domestic violence is quite widespread. One recent study, in Syria, found that 25% of the married women surveyed said that they had been beaten by their husbands.

One study found that half of Palestinian women have been the victims of domestic violence. A WHO study in Babol found that within the previous year 15.0% of wives had been physically abused, 42.4% had been sexually abused and 81.5% had been psychologically abused (to various degrees) by their husbands, blaming low income, young age, unemployment and low education.

A 1987 study conducted by the Women’s Division and another study by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan in 1996 suggested that domestic violence takes place in approximately 80 percent of the households in the country. In Pakistan, domestic violence occurs in forms of beatings, sexual violence or torture, mutilation, acid attacks and burning the victim alive (bride burning). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam_and_domestic_violence

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Now other countries and societies have problems with violence against women, but most of them don’t have religious and governmental agencies on the side of the male offender.  Most humane and Democratic and civilized countries punish men who beat, kill, and rape women and female children…or any child for that matter.  Muslim controlled countries mostly do not.   Isn’t Allah the same God as the Christian one?

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3 Responses to Muslims and Females and Religion

  1. Plankton says:

    I recall reading an article awhile ago about men in Pakistan that wanted revenge on another man for whatever reason, would rape his wife / daughter / sister etc, she would suffer in silence or she may be the one punished for the crime. Only with religion can such twisted immoral behavior be rationalized.

  2. thewordofme says:

    You are exactly right Plankton.

    Do you take the name from Sponge Bob Square Pants or from your interest in oceanography? 🙂

  3. Plankton says:

    I have to admit, its from sponge bob 🙂 Watched a lot of it with my kids.

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