Women's Rights and Controversies in Islam # 1
by Kaukab Siddique
This was originally presented at Women's History Conference
in Atlanta [led by Sis. Hedaya.]
What does Islam say about Rape?
Hadith Stands by the Woman.
Merit in the Qur'an & hadith is Based on Behavior, not on
by Kaukab Siddique
Basis of merit and Superiority in Islam.
Hadith Indicate Process of Gradual Transformation of Women's
Situation. Death for Rape.
Facts about Taliban go Against U.S. Propaganda. We reject
Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine are Examples of Global Rape and
We Muslims must not let the opposing forces trap us into a
debate about male and female superiority and inferiority.
Gender is not the criterion for merit in Islam. For
instance, if a woman knows more Qur'an than a man, there is
no Islamic basis for saying that we will not listen to her
because she is a woman and that we will listen to a man even
if he is a fool.
The Qur'an makes it very clear that it bases merit and
superiority on Faith-based BEHAVIOR, rather than on gender.
Here are the relevant quotes: Is the Qur'an a source of
guidance relating to men or to women? That question is not
relevant because the Qur'an says about itself: "This is the
Book in which is no doubt, a Guidance sure for THOSE WHO
HAVE TAQWA." [The Qur'an 2:2]
Taqwa is translated as conduct/piety/virtue based on fear
and consciousness of Allah. It is not limited to either
All the forms of Islamic worship are similarly related to
TAQWA and not to gender. Let us take one of the most
important: Fasting in the month of Ramadan. The Qur'an
states its purpose in these words: "O ye who believe!
Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those
before you that ye may learn to have TAQWA." [2:183] Thus,
as the Prophet, pbuh, explained in Hadith, fasting is mere
hunger if it does not change behavior and brings about
patience and self-restraint [various forms of taqwa.]
Where the Qur'an affirms the male and female identity, as
well as the differences between nations and tribes, it
restricts merit/nobility/superiority to those who have
TAQWA. There is powerful emphasis here on the affirmation of
TAQWA which makes gender and nationality/tribe secondary, if
not unimportant: "O people! We created you from male and
female and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may
know each other [not that ye may despise each other.] Surely
the noblest/best of you with Allah is the one who is best in
conduct [has the most taqwa] among you. And Allah has full
knowledge and is well acquainted [with all things]."
Muslims who don't study Hadith are being told that Hadith
goes against the rights of women or that perhaps that it was
even fabricated. [The RAND Corporation was involved in this
campaign against Hadith.] Some people genuinely do
misunderstand Hadith because they are unaware of the purpose
of Hadith. The Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, did not right away
change the conditions of oppressed people, including women.
It took 23 years through a process of teaching, organizing,
hijra, jihad and consolidation of the Islamic community.
Hadith record the words and achievements of the Prophet,
pbuh, but they also record the terrible conditions of
oppression which continued to exist for years and were
gradually removed. For instance, the Hadith tells us that
some men used to beat women. It also tells us the
methodology the Prophet, pbuh, used to put an end to
beatings as well as psychological mistreatment of women. The
Prophet, pbuh, knew more women than any man ever has but the
Hadith tells us that he NEVER RAISED HIS HAND AGAINST A
WOMAN. In Islam, the Prophet's, pbuh, interpretation of
Islam is final in all matters.
Hadith tells us that Muta [temporary marriage] was rife and
polygamy was rampant and unrestricted. It also tells us that
the Prophet, pbuh, prohibited Mutah and put severe
restrictions on polygamy. The Hadith tells us that SLAVERY
was commonplace in Arabia and Persia and Rome. It also tells
us that the Prophet, pbuh, condemned slavery outright and
carried out various reforms to put an end to it.
In finality, Hadith in Bukhari's Sahih tell us that Allah
does not accept the prayers of a slaver. It also tells us
that the Prophet, pbuh, did not have a slave. Again, the
Prophet's, pbuh, example is final in all matters.
In war, Christians, Jews and pagans enslaved women captives.
The Muslims too did this for quite a while. The Prophet,
pbuh, gave a superb example in this matter, when he MARRIED
a captive women, Safiiyah, may Allah be pleased with her,
and honored her, and she became a Mother of the Believers.
Guess which of these Hadith, the enemies of Islam list? They
will always select Hadith about the transitional stage. One
will NEVER find a FINAL Hadith on these matters in the
collections of the rejectors of Hadith. These people are
Finally, the Prophet, pbuh, instituted the death penalty for
the RAPIST. Muslims of our times are so far from Islam that
they have not implemented this Hadith.
If superiority is given to anyone in Islam, it is given to
women who are mothers. The prophet, pbuh, put the mother 3
times above the father. The Qur'an puts the mother second
only to Allah. The Prophet, pbuh, in Hadith guarantees
Paradise to those who bring up their daughters well. He told
men that the best among them are those who are best to their
The enemies of Islam know that many women in the Muslim
world have not received their Islamic rights. This situation
gives these enemies an opportunity to project their power
into Muslim lands in the name of "justice for Muslim women."
The most important example of this projection is the
propaganda blitz which was used to demonize the Taliban.
Afghan women outside Kabul wore the chadri before the
Taliban rose to power, and Afghan women wear it today.
However the Taliban were blamed for the chadri as if they
invented it. A communist splinter group working with the
Zionists distributed pictures of a woman being executed in
Kabul stadium by the Taliban. [A man was also executed, but
this agent group focused on the woman.] The claim was made
that the Taliban are woman haters. Here are a few facts:
Taliban leader Mullah Omar first came forth to punish and
execute the rapists of a woman. No woman was ever raped
under Taliban rule.
Yvonne Ridley, a British journalist captured by the Taliban,
has provided a detailed account of the way she was treated
by the Taliban. Her account contradicts all the stories
against the Taliban distributed by the Zionist media.
The Taliban did execute a woman and did beat up a few women
in Kabul, a city which they took by armed force. By
comparison, look at the treatment of German women by the
allied victors in 1945. The Russian armies raped EVERY
GERMAN WOMAN from the age of 8 to 80. The American forces
"bought" German women for one chocolate each. The French and
the British too instituted a reign of terror in conquered
During the Vietnam war, the Americans turned a friendly
city, Saigon, into a vast brothel even without conquest. So
when we want to condemn the Taliban, let's ask: Whom are we
comparing them with?
Why do American activists who are skeptical of news and
features broadcast by the Zionist-controlled media become
very naive when the same media report on the Taliban? Is
there any reason why the media reporting on the Taliban will
We must understand RAPE, the ultimate crime against a woman,
to be able to understand the world we live in. Most
sociologists, psychologists and criminologists agree that
rape has little to do with sex and is mostly related to the
projection of male power against a helpless victim. It is
the ultimate form of terrorism.
The problem we are facing in uniting activist groups is that
those who are politically organized do not focus on the
rights of women [or rarely do], and those who support
women's rights do not oppose, actively, war and political
From the life of Muhammad, pbuh, we learn that there is a
natural link between human rights and women's rights.
Westernized women in Muslim societies are often linked to
dictators and oppressors who are backed by western powers
and hence are ineffective
The condition of women in the Muslim world can NEVER be
changed by the forces of secularism linked to the West.
America oppresses women, with 4,000,000 women battered here
every year. On what basis can forces linked to America claim
to be liberators of women in the Muslim world?
People like [names deleted] played, deliberately or by
circumstances, into the hands of Imperialism and Zionism.
They have misunderstood Islam. We can never change Muslim
society by attacking our traditions and sacred norms. A
WOMAN WHO PRAYS BEHIND A MAN IS NOT INFERIOR. The form of
prayer is sacred because it was taught by the Prophet,
Umm Sulaim, r.a., prayed behind her son. Only an ignorant
person would claim that she was inferior to the boy she
brought up and taught. The form of prayer, the formal
separation between men and women, has nothing to do with
inferiority and superiority. It has to do with MODESTY,
which, we learn from Hadith, is an essential part of Faith
Muslim women should participate in activism against the
Zionist Jews and the racist power structure in America. Do
we not know that a blind scholar of Islam [Shaikh Omar
'Abdel Rahman] has been buried alive in the American gulag?
Muslim women should join Jamaat al-Muslimeen's BOYCOTT of
businesses which support Israel.
Help the families of innocent Muslims either in prison [like
Imam Jamil and Ahmed 'Abdel Sattar] or standing up to the
power structure .
Once you are part of the struggle and become part of the
Islamic family, academic issues of male/female will become
meaningless. Remember why ABU BAKR, r.a., was chosen by the
Muslims of Madinah. They knew he had served Islam with the
Prophet, pbuh, every step of the way. He was with the
Prophet, pbuh, when he was in the cave and being hunted by
the kuffar. He did not need an election campaign. The
Muslims knew that he was the servant of Allah who had
sacrificed everything for the DEEN [the Islamic way of
The U.S. invasion of Afghanistan and occupation of Iraq
should be seen as PHYSICAL VIOLATION on an INTERNATIONAL
SCALE. This is the projection of power at a scale unknown in
previous human history: daisy cutters vs RPGs, B-52s vs
defenseless villages, 'shock and awe' vs puny ack ack guns.
The victim struggles and screams but the victimizer is too
strong. Here also we learn the lesson of RESISTANCE. The
world is changing because the Iraqi and Afghan people are
resisting the most powerful military machine in the world.
The VIOLATED VICTIM must resist to retain some dignity for
Understand PALESTINE as a case of physical violation. The
Zionist Jews project their power into Palestine and then
label the resistance as 'terrorists.' The Jews insist that
the victim must acknowledge the violating Jew as legitimate.
The victim must let the Jew have his home, his goods, his
olive groves and be content with the Jews' leftovers.
Finally the violator here wants the victim to speak to him
with respect and to give up all resistance. "ISRAEL" is the
ultimate in legitimization of violation. The violator puts
the victim on trial!
2011-11-27 Sun 15:15:47 cst