Why Allah makes Women Bleed

One of the diminishing features of Islam – which stems from Muhammad – is its sick, prurient obsession with women’s bodies. Islam’s teaching about menstruation in the Quran and hadiths underscore this.

Sura 2:222 “They question thee (O Muhammad) concerning menstruation. Say: It is an illness, so let women alone at such times and go not unto them till they are cleaned. And when they have purified themselves then go in unto them as Allah hath enjoined upon you…”

The Quran depicts menstruation as an ailment; something harmful or unwholesome. The above instruction was plagiarised from the Torah without considering its dispensational timeline. Muhammad was born about 6 centuries after the time of Christ, hence, his return to the ceremonial laws given by Moses indicates a rejection of the liberty brought by Christ and this results in bondage.

The Mosaic laws did include menses as ritual uncleanness and disallows sexual contacts with women in that state (Lev. 15:19-24; 18:19), however, these laws were contingent and have been done away by Christ. “The law was put in charge to bring us to Christ that we might be justified by faith” (Gal. 3:24). In contrast, Islamic beliefs about menstruation (and women in general) reduce it into something vile and satanic.

In the hadith, Muhammad says: “Sneezing, drowsing, yawning in prayer, also menstruation, vomiting and nose-bleeding are from (the acts of) Satan” (Tirmidhi, No. 315).

Apparently, Muhammad was the one repulsed by these reflex actions whenever he was with his followers; he wanted an undivided attention. So he conditioned them to see these linked with Satan. It was a tool of controlling the superstitious. The problem is when Muslims today now take these injunctions, after some 14 centuries, as divine prescriptions they impose on themselves. A reasonable Muslim needs to ask why an exalted God would be so offended by natural body reflexes.

In Muhammad’s biography, he quotes Allah saying: “It is My obligation to make Eve bleed once every month as she made this tree bleed. I must also make Eve stupid, although I created her intelligent. Because Allah afflicted Eve, all of the women of this world menstruate and are stupid” (Al-Tabari Vol. 1, p. 280). Here we have Muhammad’s misogynist thinking being projected back onto his “Allah.”

On another occasion, Muhammad told a group of women that women are “deficient in intelligence and religion.” When one asked him “What is deficient in her religion?” He replied, “Isn’t it true that a woman can neither pray nor fast in her menses?” The woman replied in the affirmative. He said “This is the deficiency of her religion” (Bukhari 1:6:303).

Muhammad and his Allah regarded women as doltish, spiritually deficient and cursed because of their monthly cycles. Allah is repelled by menstruation, yet he supposedly afflicted women with it. He’s also offended by yawning, flatulence and mouth odour! If Allah was really all-knowing, he should have explained to Muhammad that menstruation is a natural process that is crucial to women’s reproduction. You see, people usually love to worship something that is identical to them. They may claim to worship an Infinite, Impersonal or Unknowable deity, but at a closer look, he is just as petty, feeble and small as they are – a deity made up to validate their desires and prejudices. That was Muhammad’s god.

An outgrowth of such a retrograde religious system is the burden of rules levied on women having their menses:

a) They must not pray to Allah. But when their menses are over they must make up for the prayer (Bukhari 1:6:303).

b) They cannot fast (Bukhari 1:6:301)

c) They are forbidden to tawaaf (circumambulate) around the Kaaba (Bukhari 1:6:293).

d) They are not to stay in the mosques (Muslim, 298).

e) They must not have sexual intercourse (Q 2:222). This actually forbids men from physically touching them, but some jurists, seeing how the hadiths belie this rule, allow it.

f) They have to undergo a ritual bath (ghusl) at the end of their cycle (Bukhari 1:6:305).

With the many women surrounding Muhammad and his morbid fear of their menses, one would have expected that he strictly adhered to his own rules. But we see a different picture.

1. ‘Aisha narrated: “The prophet and I used to take a bath from a single pot while we were Junub. During my menses, he used to order me to put on an Izar dress (dress worn below the waist) and used to fondle me. While in Itikaf, he used to bring his head near me and I would wash it while I used to be in my periods (menses)” (Bukhari 1:6:298).

2. ‘Aisha said: “Whenever Allah’s apostle wanted to fondle anyone of us during her periods (menses) he used to order us to put on an Izar and start fondling her.” Aisha added “None of you could control his sexual desires as the Prophet could” (Bukhari 1:6:299).

One wonders why a man who had many wives, concubines and sex slaves in his household would resort to fondling his child bride who was in her menses. Some Shi’ite Muslims point out that the English translator of this hadith has censored these parts. The Arabic word rendered as “fondled” there is mubasharath and it means to have sexual intercourse. Properly translated from Arabic, the second narration says: “If anyone of us was having her menstrual period, Allah’s Messenger ordered her to come to him for sexual intercourse while she was on the peak of her period” (Muslim 1:590).

The Kashaf al-Ghimma narrates Jabir words from Aisha: “During my menses, Rasulullah (s) would ‘bashr’ [have intercourse] with me. He would order me to tie a knot in a large cloth; after I did this he would embrace my chest” (p. 65). This is one proof that Muhammad was a hypocritical, calculating charlatan who violated the “eternal words” of his Allah.

3. Aisha said Muhammad came to her place one night and said: “Come near me. I said: I am menstruating. He said: Uncover your thighs. I, therefore uncovered both of my thighs. Then he put his cheek on my thighs and I lent upon him until he became warm and slept” (Abu Dawud, 1:270).

4. Maimuna (the wife of the holy Prophet) reported: “The Messenger of Allah contacted and embraced his wives over the waist wrapper when they were menstruating” (Muslim, 3:579).

5. ‘Aisha said: “The Prophet used to lean on my lap and recite the Quran while I was in my menses” (Bukhari 1:6:296).

The Quran commands Muslim men to purify themselves with water or sand if they have touched women (Q 4:43). Muhammad himself told a woman “I do not shake hands with women” (Muwatta bk. 55 No. 55.1.2). No Muslim in an impure state would dare touch the Quran, because it’s supposedly too holy to be touched. But we see their guru wobbling naked with women in their periods and even reciting the words of Allah on the laps of his menstruating child bride!

The same man who called menstruation an illness, an act of Satan and an affliction on women threw all that into the trash when it came to satisfying his lubricity. Jesus Christ identified false religious leaders as persons who “tie up heavy loads and put them on men’s [and women’s] shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them” (Mt. 23:4). This is an apt description of Muhammad. We invite honest Muslims to reject him and come to the way, truth and life, the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Harmony on the Ship

Paul Billheimer in his book, Love Covers, expressed a basic truth:
The continuous and widespread fragmentation of the Church has been the scandal of the ages. It has been Satan’s master strategy. The sin of disunity probably has caused more souls to be lost than all other sins combined.”

We were all lost in darkness and sin when God in His mercy found and rescued us. The Captain called us to join the navy ship that will carry us safely to the other shore. The Master accepted us with our sins, failures and foibles, yet we came on board and soon started to pick on others who were different.

“Why are you not wearing our uniform?” one group asks another. “You don’t use the 1611 translation of our manual, stay in your deep, dark sea!” says one group to another. Some sailors even said “Anyone who doesn’t have a Tulip passcode belongs to a pirate ship.”

We are all on the ship of Faith to serve. Different tasks for different folks. Some rescue others from the water; some train the crew on how to work diligently; some help others detect warning signs and avoid dangers; some nurse the sick back into health; some ward off the enemies with mighty weapons and some work on the engines – the power house. Yet there’s schism in the ship.

Some members speak to the Captain in a personal language; critics said that language is fake, jibber jabber and extinct. There were debates over payments of one tenth. There were quarrels over music – some wanted hymns, some preferred contemporary music. Some wanted fixed patterns of meeting, others desired spontaneity. There were arguments over timing of the tribulation storm – some said it would hit after we landed safely on shore, others said before it and a third category said we are already in it. Each group blasted the other as heretics.

Fights broke out. Some sailors were no longer on speaking terms. Members began to spite members from other groups. Like children squabbling at the dinner table, they were pointing cutleries and cutting one another off from supplies of cooked rice, stew and table salt right in the Father’s presence.

Some broke away to form their own “elite” groups – little empires built around their sailors – while attacking ex-colleagues from afar. But look at what the Captain had prayed for: “That all of them may be one…” (Jn. 17:21). That was His purpose. We have one Captain – Jesus Christ; one deck – the Kingdom; It’s one ship but many rooms. So why are there schisms?

Many Christians have made an idol out of their denomination. They carry it on their heads like a bag of cement. I have reached a point where I don’t let anyone pigeon-hole me with denomination. I leave people to speculate on that. I simply want to be known as a Christian. It’s the content of a bottle that matters, not the label on it. Regrettably, many still refuse to see beyond the labels.

I was raised in an Anglican church. My childhood memories were of bright Sunday mornings; of ringing church bells, classic hymns and big church pews. When I was 7, my mother began attending a Pentecostal church. Being that the Anglican was a ‘family church,’ that change earned my parents flaks from some family and friends. We were scorned for attending a “penterascal” church “where young pastors sleep with other men’s wives.” Our family patriarch became so hostile that he withheld his pecuniary promises to us.

Years later, in my undergraduate days, I began to attend a fervently praying church close by. Soon, I began to get snide remarks and mockeries – from fellow Christians – each time I mentioned the fellowship I attend. I had to put up some reticence as a barricade. Even my home church began to attack this other church as heretical and fanatical, urging members to dispose off their books.

I later observed that this praying church, although non-denominational, also had a dim view of other churches. If you didn’t keep up with their litany of regulations, you were treated like an outcast. In spite of the rigid rules, the same vices they decried in other groups were also in theirs. In my third year, I decided to join another fellowship. When the news broke that I now attended a Charismatic church, feathers were ruffled. Some instantly distanced themselves.

Apparently, they expected negative things to befall me as “proof” that I had left the right way, but my life actually improved to the glory of God. During my service year, I attended a Fundamentalist church, and during his sermon one Sunday, the founder of the denomination said: “All these other denominations are no longer following the truth. They used to, but not anymore.”

That was it: the same mentality I had encountered amongst others – “we alone” have the whole truth and others don’t. Later, I saw unnecessary battles amidst Christians online. I saw how much effort they deployed in running down fellow Christians than reaching out to the lost and the hurting. It was tragic.

A friend sent me a link to David Cloud’s Way of Life February 2016 article. I read it over and again and what I saw there was a ministry of condemnation. When a Christian resorts to digging up the past sins of fellow Christians in order to smear an entire denomination as apostate, he’s influenced more by the spirit of the accuser than the Spirit of grace. There’s no way we will ever achieve anything good together if we keep engaging in denominational catfights.

Romans 14:1 “Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgement on disputable matters.”

Some matters are essential e.g the Divine Trinity, the Deity of Christ, exclusive salvific role of Christ, salvation by grace through faith and the final authority of the Bible etc. While some matters are disputable and non-essentials e.g. type of music, dress codes for women and jewellery use, use of anointing oil, church administration, observance of Christmas or Easter etc. We must learn to accept Christians who differ in disputable matters just as God has accepted them.

Romans 15:7 “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.”

Christ didn’t accept us because we were perfect; He didn’t accept us because we met up with a standard of traditions, a labyrinth of denominational regulations or a 5-point theological system. Therefore, our acceptance of others shouldn’t be conditioned on them.

John 13:35 “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

This “one another” must transcend denominational, tribal, national or racial barriers. Otherwise, we are not living up to our Christian discipleship. It’s a shame how the church in Nigeria has been so tribally divided to the point that a politician would mandate his Igbo followers not to attend Yoruba churches. Anyone defending such hateful rhetoric needs to examine whose disciple he/she really is.

Ephesians 4:3 “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”

That means we must emphasize what unites us instead of what divides us. If we really adhered to this, a number of combative Christian Facebook groups would be taken down. While some of these discussion forums do foster mutual understanding, most of the time, they engender strife and needless debates on trivial matters.

In Mark 9:33-34 Jesus asked His disciples “What were you arguing about on the road?” They “had argued about who was the greatest.” Notice that this was also in the apostles – the primal tendency of assuming superiority over others. No matter the ministry God has called us to; no matter what gifts, talents or anointing we have; no matter our level of knowledge and achievements, we are all equal before God who called us.

Those working in the power house must not denigrate those warning others of dangers. Those providing meals should not discredit the work of those rescuing the drowning. Those removing the barnacles from the ship must not repudiate those warding off the sharks. Our callings and ministries cannot all be the same. The foot should not say “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body” and the eye shouldn’t say to the hand “I don’t need you” (1 Cor. 12:15, 21).

In Mark 9:38-39 John said to Jesus “We saw a man driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.” “Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “No one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me.”

Doesn’t this sound familiar yet? “Shut up! You’re not part of our little group!” or “Unless you are in our mould, your works in His name are fake.” But Jesus pointed to the inner content of their faith. If their faith is truly in Christ and the fruits of their life testify to it, even if they are not in our group or agree with us in every detail, they are our brothers and sisters in Christ.

I’m neither approving of blind tolerance nor blanket rejection, but love and acceptance of all who truly believe in Jesus and adhere to His Word. Recently, I had to challenge a Christian guy spewing hate against Christians from other tribes: “If you are truly serving Christ; if you were redeemed by His blood and if your citizenship is in heaven, where is your tribe? Where is your heritage? Where is your identity? We all gave up our earthly class, earthly heritage and tribes to become citizens of a different Kingdom.”

We cannot see eye to eye on every issue but we must be willing to build bridges and learn something from fellow Christians instead of cutting them off in arrogance or attacking them from afar in ignorance.

Anglicans taught me orderliness. Pentecostals led me to salvation and taught me how to walk in the Spirit. Charismatics taught me how to love and worship. Fundamentalists helped me to be grounded doctrinally. Calvinists taught me apologetics and the non-denominationals taught me spiritual warfare. And I’m still learning from others.