The Women Behind the Veil

In a recent 30 paged document released by ISIS, the social media image of “the happy Muslim woman” was ripped off. The document, titled “Women in the Islamic State: Manifesto and Case Study,” (translated by the Quilliam foundation) didn’t try to play tricks on words like islamic books for Western consumption. It admits it is for an audience that is “used to a very austere interpretation of Islam.” In it, Muslim women are permitted to leave their homes only under 3 conditions:

1. If in the absence of men, they are needed to fight.
2. If they are leaving to study Islam.
3. Or if they are doctors and are required to follow Sharia guidelines. It declares: “It is always preferable for a woman to remain hidden and veiled, to maintain society from behind this veil.”

The Quran says Muslim women must “lower their gaze and be modest, and to display of their adornment only that which is apparent and to draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, husband’s fathers, their sons … And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment…” (Sura 24:31)

Sura 33:59 also says they are “to draw their cloaks [veils] all over their bodies [screen themselves completely except the eyes]” that this would make them known and protect them.

These restrictions were placed only on the women with the underlying thought that they are unclean vessels of lust that drive men on the street to pounce on and mount them right away. How does covering up or wearing baggy clothes imply morality? It was acceptable for 7th century Arabian desert women to cover themselves up because of the climate. Why should such dress codes be made a law for every Muslim woman in every nation in the 21st century? That is Arab cultural imperialism. Islam keeps women behind the veil, physically, mentally and spiritually.

Apart from the fact that physical veils suited Muhammad’s personal agenda, to keep his men followers away from his women, there is another side to it. He said:
“Women have ten (‘awrat [external genitals]). When she gets married, the husband covers one, and when she dies the grave covers the ten.” (Kanz el-Ummal 22:858).

He likens women to genitals that must be covered and hidden. Some islamic countries even call women “awrat” (they call their wives, mothers and sisters “vaginas.” How sick!) In reality, Muslim ladies have been programmed to cover themselves the same way normal people cover their genitals. But women are not to be hidden but admired. We don’t cover up beautiful gems or flowers: we uncover them for all to see, while we cover up our privates and flush away our faeces. If Islam respects women, why are they being treated like dung and genitals?

Sura 3:14 puts “women” in the same category as possessions men covet like “hordes of gold, silver, horses, cattle and well-tiiled land.” Sura 2:223 says “Your women are your tilth [fields], so come into your tillage as you choose.” In the hadith, Muhammad asked some women: “Isn’t the witness of a woman half of that of a man? The woman said ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘This is because of the deficiency of the woman’s mind” (Bukhari 3:826).

Islam in fact, sees women as sex objects. Muhammad said “If a husband calls his wife to his bed [to have sex] and she refuses and causes him to sleep in anger, the angels will curse her till morning” (Bukhari 4:54:540). It’s quite amusing that Allah’s angels have nothing better to do than to sit around and curse a poor wife for depriving them from watching a live porno show!

Muslims argue that Muhammad prohibited killing of females infants among the Arabs. Maybe he forbade female infanticide, but he endorsed paedophilia, an equally devastating sacrifice of the future of young girls on the altar of instincts of depraved men. If female infanticide was truly practiced by pre-Islamic Arabs, where then did their women come from? And how come they had many wives?

A Muslim man quoted Sura 33:35 to prove that men and women are equal in Islam. The passage says: “…for muslim men and women, for believing men and women…who humble themselves and men and women who give in charity…for them Allah has prepared forgiveness and great reward.”

This doesn’t prove equality. If I tell you that I have prepared some food for you and your dog, that does not mean that you and your dog are equal. Besides, Muhammad deliberately recited this sura because a woman asked him why Allah always gave him verses that omitted women. So all of a sudden, the all-knowing Allah remembered to include women in his verses!

Speaking of divorced women having some rights, Sura 2:228 insists “But the men ought to have superiority over them.” Where is equality here? Sura 4:15 says “Those who commit unlawful sexual intercourse of your women bring against them four witnesses from among you. And if they testify confine the guilty women to houses until death takes them or Allah ordains for them [another] way.”

Why should fornication be proven by 4 witnesses? Such acts are often committed behind closed doors. The next verse says if men are guilty of fornication “dishonour them both. But if they repent and correct themselves, leave them alone.” Two different punishments for the same sin. Is this equality? No.

Sura 4:34 says: “Men are in charge of women because Allah hath made the one of them to excel the other…As for those from whom ye fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to their beds apart and scourge them. Then if they obey you, seek not a way against them…” Let’s break it down:

Men are in charge of women.” This is not gender equality.

because Allah hath made one of them to excel the other” Sentiments aside, women do excel than men in some qualities like speech, affection, intuition and more. Muhammad was a primitive man who didn’t see any inner qualities in women. He only saw them as animals or sex objects.

As for those from whom ye fear rebellion” So the Muslim man acts as a prosecutor, judge and executor. If he ‘fears’ or imagines his wife is becoming disobedient, he goes ahead to deal with her.

admonish them” that is, verbally abuse them.

banish them to their beds apart” that is, refuse to share their bed. The man is permitted to punish the wife by withholding sex from her. Psychological abuse.

and scourge them” This is physical abuse and this is where it falls apart. It’s wrong for a husband to beat his wife, period. Yusuf Ali’s version renders it “beat them (lightly)”. He added “lightly” (which was not in the Arabic text) apparently because he was embarrassed his holy book endorses domestic violence.

Some educated Muslims argue that the Arabic word translated “beat” is just a slight touching of the woman with a toothbrush and the face must be avoided. Is that some kind of joke? Beating is beating, whether with a stick or vegetable stem, and such an act is inhumane. In reality, thousands of Muslim women can testify to it that there is nothing benign about this act. Anyone who defends this evil verse needs psychiatric evaluation. No, it’s not a symbolic verse; it uses the correct term “scourge” (Arabic: daraba) used in connection with punishing wild camels. We all know wild camels are not tamed by a slight touch.

Islamic records indicate that even pre-islamic Arabia gave more rights and respect to women. For instance, Khadija, was a wealthy business woman widow in pagan Arabia yet she had men at her command. How many Muslim women can enjoy this status today in an islamic enclave without being shot in the head by islamic militants?

When Muhammad heard that the Persians had made the daughter of Khosrau their Queen, he said: “Never will succeed such a nation as makes a woman their ruler” (Bukhari 9:88:219). This is why female politicians or scholars are assassinated in some islamic climes.

The pre-islamic Arabs even took their wives with them to wars. The Sira refers to Hind bint Uthbah, the wife of Abu Sofyan (with other women) roaring like a lioness at the battle of Uhud, charging the men to step forward to fight. But the moment Islam prevailed, women no longer found a place except to be caged in their houses like a pack of fowls and made to retreat to a backroom once a male visitor is in. And when they are allowed to leave the house, they are still caged in a burqa – a mobile prison – reminding them of their slavery to Islam.

In many Islamic nations, females are being genitally mutilated; restricted in education or medical care, rape victims are “honour killed;” single mothers are stoned for adultery; banned from driving etc.

The Quran promises men 72 big breasted women in paradise, but what’s in for Muslim ladies? They will live all their days on earth as slaves and still can’t look forward to rewards…like 72 handsome studs in Allah’s sex paradise. Yes, if they are equal in Allah’s sight, they should have equal rewards. Unfortunately, Muhammad said most of them will be Hell:

“Then I saw the (hell) fire, and I have never before seen such a horrible sight as that and I saw that majority of its dwellers were women.’ The people asked ‘O Allah’s apostle! What is the reason for that?’ He replied, ‘because of their ungratefulness…” (Bukhari 7:62:125).

My heart goes out to Christian ladies who are being deceived into dating or marrying Muslim men for mundane reasons. That journey is usually filled with many secret tears and regrets. So long as a man follows Muhammad, he can metamorphose at anytime. To my Muslima readers, let me put it to you that Islam hates you and you need to leave it. Any Muslim woman saying “I’m proud to be a Muslim” is either ignorant or foolish. The Islamic veil is the symbol of oppression and the bondage of stupidity. Only Jesus Christ can give you true love and freedom.

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