Women in Islam and Society

Not long ago – Professor John Esposito (Georgetown University) wrote an article, titled Muslim Women Reclaiming Their Rights, It’s was a good try by John Esposito to debunk some of the anti-Islam lies usually repeated by pro-Israel ISLAMOPHOBES almost every day in the Zionist-controlled western mainstream media. However, while blaming Muslim societies for being oppressive towards female gender, such as lack of education, lack of prominant role at mosques, segregation of sexes at community gatherings, lack of women leadership, financial dependency, etc. – he conveniently ignored the fact the women in Judeo-Christian world were living in worse conditions than that until they dropped the religion for Bikini.

John Esposito agrees with Israeli Hasbara (propaganda) rant about Saudi Arabia’s ban on ‘women driving’ but admits that majority of Saudi wives are much better off than their counterparts in the West (an certainly in Israel where women are not allowed to own property under Orthodox Jewish law) – “Saudi women own 70% of savings in Saudi banks and own 61% of private firms in Kingdom, they own much of the real estate in Riyadh and Jeddah and can own and manage their own business, but they’re sexually segregated…”

He also admit that politically, in some Muslim countries, Muslim women are more advanced than many so-called ‘civilized’ western countries:

“While women cannot vote in Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan (they just voted in the recent US conducted fraud election in Afghanistan), in almost every other Muslim country they do vote and run for political office, serve in Parliament and serve as head of State or vice-president in Iran, Pakistan, Turkey, Indonesia and Bangladesh”.

“In Iran, where women must cover their hair and wear long-sleeved, ankle-length outfits in public (men are also not allowed to wear shorts in public), they constitute the majority of university students, hold professional positions (USrael’s favorite Iranian leader Mir Mousavi’s wife is a professor) and serve in parliament. A woman is vice-president in this Islamic Republic.” In addition to that Dr. Ahmadinejad’s government has three cabinet ministers. Contrary to that the no woman has held the position of President or Vice-president in the history of the US. France, Russia, and Australia are in the same boat. Germany just got its first woman Chancellor.

John Esposito quotes results of several surveys which show that in great number of Muslim-majority – both men and women believe in the equality of genders within Islamic guidlines: Muslims in Indonesia (90%), Iran (85%) and Saudi Arabia (61%), Turkey, Lebanon and Bangladesh are in favor of equal legal rights for both sexes – while in Malaysia (90%), Turkey (86%), Egypt (85%) and Suadi Arabia (69%) believe that all jobs should be accessible to bothe sexes based on their qualification. Women should be allowed to vote independent of male influence, Turkey (93%), Bangladesh (90%), Islamic Iran (89%), Indonesia (80%), Jordan (76%), Pakistan (67%) and Saudi Arabia (56%).

Women status in Islam vs Judo-Christianity can be summarize as – While Bible project a woman born in sin, Holy Qur’an says both male and female children are born pure. Woman is so despised in Christianity that priests and popes are not allowed to marry (though they have been found sexually abusing youth and Nuns). Judaism doesn’t give wife the right to divorce her husband while Holy Qur’an awards woman the right to marry or divorce of her own choice. Women in Judaism and Christianity are not entitled for inheritance while Holy Qur’an commands inheritance for widows and daughters. Bible forbids women to receive religious education while Islam more emphsizes on women education. Under Judo-Christian law, a women cannot stand witness without the consent of her father or husband while in Islam, a woman is allowed to be a witness with the exception of a few jurisdictions. A Judo-Christian woman involved in adultry is commanded to be put to death, even by burning her alive (Leviticus 21:9 and Genesis 38:24). A Jewish wife is not allowed to help her husband in distress (Deut. 25:11-12 and 23:1). If a woman gave birt to a daughter, she becomes impure (Leviticus 12:2 and 12:5, Psalms 51:3-5), and so on.

Rev. Roland de Vaux summarized Judo-Christianity’s attitude towards women rights: “The social and legal position of an Israelite wife was inferior to the position a wife occupied in the great countries round about. All the texts show that Israelites wanted mainly sons to perpetuate the family line and fortune, and preserve the ancestral inheritance. A husband could divorce his wife; woman on the other hand could not ask for divorce. The wife called her husband Ba’al or Master; she also called him Adon or Lord; she addressed him, in fact, as a slave addressed his master or subject, his king…..The wife doesn’t inherit from her husband nor daughters from their father. A vow made by a girl or a married woman needs, to be valid, the consent of the father or husband and if this consent is withheld, the vow is null and void. A man has the right to sell his daughter. Women were excluded from the succession…..”

Interestingly, sometimes, these bigots have brought more damage to their own faith communities while opposing Islam. For example, till 2005, Jewish and Catholic communities in Ontario (Canada) had their religious arbitration bodies to deal with family laws. However, when some Muslim groups (Canadian Islamic Congress, Islamic Institute of Civil Justice, etc.) campaigned for similar religious options – hell got loose with headlines in the Zionist-controlled media: “Canada goes Islamic”. Even the government-appointed commission headed by former Ontario Attorney General, Marion Boyd, recommended that Muslims in Canada be allowed to establish Shari’ah-based tribunals similar to Jewish and Catholic bodies. However, Ontatio premier Dalton McGuinty response on September 11, 2005 to Boyd report was blunt: “There will be no Shari’ah law in Ontario. There will be no religious arbitration in Ontario.” As a result, both the Jewish and Catholic communities lost their religious privileges. The Islamophobes was stupid enough not to recognize the fact that Islamic Shari’ah is not just about divorce, polygamy, veil or child support – Islamic Shari’ah also guides Muslims in governance, war, crime punishments and human-rights. The damage from anti-Islam propaganda in this case made even Steven Shulman, regional director of Canadian Jewish Congress (a pro-Israel Jewish lobby group) and Frank Dimant, executive vice-president B’nai Brith Canada protested against Dalton McGuinty’s decision.

Finally, I would like to end this post by Professor Nurit Peled-Elhanan (Hebrew University) famous statement she made during her address to European Parliament in 2005: “The so-called free world is affraid of Muslim womb”.

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