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“….While racism is unacceptable, an attack on Islam and Islamic states and laws is not only permissible but a requisite given the indescribable violence and misogyny meted out by Islam in political power. Progressive norms and secularism are the results of enlightenment and just struggles against this very sort of reaction. Ballard’s (Ex MP Jackie Ballard) rebuke only attempts to silence those who speak out for civil rights by labelling them as racists. In fact, however, it is her culturally relativist assertions that are racist. By justifying and excusing women’s status as cultural, she denies women and people living in the Middle East and Iran universal rights and freedoms.”
Maryam Namazie in an article titled Condemning Islam isn’t Racist
Since 9/11 there has been an explosion in the number of books written about Islam. My local library has many books on the subject and nearly all of those books are written by Muslim apologists as well as Western scholars in an attempt to cover up the true nature of Islam. A typical whitewash is What Muslims Believe by John Bowker. The author interviews several Islamists from Britain on various topics. On the subject of wife beating pages 127 to 130, the Islamist tells us that the beating is a mild one aimed to prevent divorce and to keep the family intact. He goes on to explain that a husband can chastise his wife in private for infidelity and thus save her the humiliation of a public flogging. The Islamist conceals the fact that the sharia penalty for extramarital sex is stoning.
“At a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” George Orwell
Whenever anyone points out to the dreadful treatment of women in Muslim countries, apologists are quick to point out that women in pre-Islamic Arabia had no rights and that Islam elevated their status. Pre-Islamic Arabia was inhabited by many different tribes with diverse cultures. In some tribes women were mere chattels, unwanted baby girls were buried alive and widows were inherited by male relatives. In tribes where women had high status, women could practice polyandry, divorce their husbands and engage in trade. Muslims insist that tradition and not Islam is to blame for horrible treatment of women in Islam afflicted countries. Passing the buck on to tradition may be very convenient but it does not absolve Islam. One would think that in the course of fourteen centuries, Islam would have succeeded in eradicating these injustices against women, after all Islam is way of life not just a religion for Sundays. It has specific rules on all aspects of life from which hand to hold the Qur’an with, to rules on slavery and banking. Instead, tradition had become so intertwined with religion that one props up the other.
Muslim apologists and their Western allies, never tire of telling us how Islam has been misunderstood and that Westerners have got it all wrong. They incessantly repeat that Islam is a religion of peace and point to Qur’anic verses such as: “Let there be no compulsion in religion” Qur’an 2:258 and “To you be your Way, and to me mine.” Qur’an 109:6. There is no mention of the fact that these verses were “revealed” when Muslims were few in number and subject to ridicule by the pagans. Later, as Mohammad and his followers gained ground, the above verses were abrogated by the ones which commanded war and bloodshed. See: The Hardening of Muhammad.
Furthermore, anyone criticising Islam is liable to accusations of racism and intolerance. Let’s not forget that Islam is not a race but an ideology, disliking a particular ideology does not make one a racist. If I were to criticize Nazism nobody would accuse me of being racist against Germans. Even some feminist women’s organizations are reluctant to comment on Islam, they seem to be preoccupied about raunchy CHIKO ROLL posters in fish ‘n chip shops than the oppression of women in Muslim communities and countries. They have been taken in by a distorted view of multiculturalism and political correctness and are blind to the fact that Islam is the antithesis of multiculturalism. The essence of multiculturalism is harmony and coexistence of different cultures within the legal framework of a secular and egalitarian society. Islam on the other hand, is a totalitarian, absolutist and intolerant ideology resistant to modernity, human rights and social change.
“Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant….The Qur’an, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth,”
Omar Ahmad, Anti-CAIR
Western women who marry Muslim men tend to convert to Islam and adopt the veil. The security conveyed in the traditional role of Muslim wife and mother is nothing more than an illusion, when one takes into account the fact that the wife can be divorced at any time at a whim and her children taken away from her. See: Personal Experiences.
“The issue was the Danish government’s position on the confirmation of Amina Lawal’s stoning sentence in Nigeria. The Danish government, which has the presidency of the European Union, declared that it was better for Denmark to refrain from condemning this ruling. They argue that this would be better for Amina Lawal!….We must impel governments to maintain equal rights for all citizens. Just because a child is born in an Islamic family, we must not allow them to leave the child’s education, fate, health and freedom to Islamic groups and their parents and evade any societal responsibility in safeguarding the child’s physical and mental health and freedom. At the same time, we must seriously oppose religious and traditional backwardness and bring society into this battle. We must not allow governments to excuse themselves from defending the rights of women and children by reference to ‘it’s their own culture’ and ‘it’s their own religion’ and leave for example a little girl alone to deal with huge issues and problems such as veiling, forced marriage, honour worshiping, etc.”
The above is a translation of an interview conducted in Persian in International Weekly Number 123, dated 23rd September 2002 – from the IRANIAN SECULAR SOCIETY
Prophet Mohammad lived in a culture surrounded by Jews and Christians. Many Old Testament characters such as Abraham, Lot and Noah also appear in the Qur’an. In a cave he shared with his wife he had a trance-like seizure in which he saw verses of the Qur’an written in fiery letters. He believed these to be Allah speaking to him via the angel Gabriel. Mohammad had visions as a child and the visions continued throughout his life.
See: The Illness of Muhammad
At the beginning of his career, Mohammad was ridiculed by the Meccans, the people of Medina had a vacancy for a prophet and Mohammad and his followers were welcomed there. Since Mohammad was illiterate, his followers would memorize or write down his utterances. At the early stages Muslims were few in number and therefore peaceful, once their numbers increased they began making war on the pagan and Jewish tribes.
Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Abi Aufa:
Allah’s Apostle, said “Know that Paradise is under the shades of swords.”
Bukhari Vol. 4, Book 52, Num. 73.
There are varying stories as to the collation of the Qur’an and each story attributes the collation of the Qur’an to different people. When Mohammad died in 632 AD he was succeeded by Abu Bakr, during Abu Bakr’s reign 632 to 634 AD, there were concerns that parts of the Qur’an would be lost forever. Zaid ibn Thabit, who was Mohammad’s scribe, was chosen to collect and collate the Qur’an from all the different sources. When the Qur’an was completed as a standard text it was handed over to Abu Bakr and when he died in 634 AD the Qur’an passed on to his successor Umar. Another story attributes the collation of the Qur’an to Ali, the fourth Khalif and founder of the Shias. Umar was stabbed to death in 644AD and Uthman became the third Khalif. Some scholars believe that it was Uthman who collected all the different versions of the Qur’an and employed scribes to collate the different versions into one standard text. Uthman ordered all the other versions to be destroyed and send his version to every province. In 656AD Uthman was murdered by rioters and was succeeded by Ali the founder of the Shias – by then Islamic rule had spread in large areas of North Africa, Cyprus, Persia and the Roman Empire. In 711AD the Muslims invaded Spain and ruled until 1492.
Sharia – Muslim religious law – was formulated around 750 – 850 AD, it is estimated that the Hadith (actions and sayings of Mohammed which are also part of the sharia) were collated about that time too. In 1453 the Ottomans invaded the Byzantine empire conquered Constantinople which they renamed Istanbul. By 1520 the Ottoman empire had conquered parts of North Africa, Middle East and South/Eastern Europe. In 1550 Islam gained a foothold in Indonesia. At that time Indonesians practiced Buddhism and Hinduism, today the majority of Indonesians are Muslims.
Recent decades have seen the migration of Muslims to countries such as Australia, America and Europe. We are already beginning to experience friction between migrant Muslim communities and the culture of the host countries. In Britain arranged/forced marriages are common as are honour killings and FGM. In a documentary shown on Britain’s channel 4, a government school in a Muslim stronghold has implemented an Islamic syllabus, even non-Muslim girls have to wear the hejab and all students have to study the Qur’an (The Age, Melbourne, 7 Nov, 2003). This is NOT multiculturalism but Islamic imperialism. Some mosques in the West exclude women altogether while in others women must use a separate door for entering – preferably the one at the back next to the rubbish bin!
The 114 chapters (sura) in the Qur’an are not arranged in chronological order. Except for the first chapter, all the others are arranged with the longest chapters first. The chapters with benign verses were “revealed” first and as time went by they become more aggressive, in other words verse 2:258 “Let there be no compulsion in religion” was abrogated by verse 9:5 “….slay the Pagans….” Muslims insist that the Qur’an is the word of Allah, that it is a guide for all people and all times and therefore immutable. In that case we would have to accept that wife-beating, killing of non-Muslims and slavery should be permitted. Muslims in Canada have been campaigning for sharia law to apply to Muslims living in Canada, particularly in personal and family law, which will eventually pave the way for stonings and mutilations.
There are disputes among Islamic scholars as to the validity and accuracy of the Hadith. Some argue that Hadith reliability is determined by the amount of people present during a particular incident and utterance. If this is the criteria for accuracy and reliability what does that tell us about the Qur’an? The Qur’an was “revealed” to Mohammad over a period of years, in private by the angel Gabriel. His first convert was his wife Khadija, but as a woman her testimony would not count for much!
Seyyed Hossein Nasr, an Islamic scholar and author had this to say in his book, “Islam – Religion, History and Civilization” : “….denying the whole corpus of Hadith in effect invalidates the Islamic tradition itself.” and “The Hadith is the key for the comprehension of the attitudes and tendencies of the Muslim soul and the indispensable guide for the understanding of God’s Word as contained in the Qur’an.”
THESE ARE THE QUR’ANIC VERSES, HADITH, QUOTES AND INCIDENTS
THAT MUSLIM APOLOGISTS DO NOT WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT!
WOMEN IN THE QUR’AN AND HADITH
- The Sharia law favours men and is highly biased against women notably in matters of marriage, divorce, sex and custody of children.
- The husband is the head of the family, and wife is expected to be obedient at all times. Husbands are permitted to beat wives.
See: Punishment of Muslim Women
- Men have easy access to divorce. For a woman to divorce is very difficult. If a woman wishes to divorce she has to give back the dowry/gift to the husband even if the husband has tortured her – see Hadith: Sunaan Abu Dawud Book 12, Num.2220. No alimony for divorced wives.
- Children belong to the father and his family. Upon divorce the father gains custody and if the father dies the children go to his family.
See: Child Abduction, Kidnapping of Children and Patricia Roush’s website
- Women are always regarded as minors: under sharia they need their father’s, husband’s – or any other male relative’s who owns them – permission to marry, travel, study, work, obtain medical treatment etc. Muslim apologists tell us that this is for the woman’s protection.
“Men have a degree above women…”
“….If I were to command anyone to make prostration before another I would command women to prostrate themselves before their husband, because of the special right over them given to husband by Allah.
Abu-Dawud, Book 11 marriage, number 2135. Male superiority.
“Men have authority over women because God has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because God has guarded them. As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them.”
The beating of women is commanded by the Qur’an and supported by several Hadith, this fact alone should be enough reason to condemn and abandon Islam. In many countries mullahs argue that husbands have the right to beat their wives. Western women contemplating on marrying Muslim men take note! See: Wife Beating in Islam
In Spain, imam Mohamed Kamal Mustafa has written a book advising husbands on how to beat their wives “….on hands and feet with a light rod so that the blows don’t leave scars or bruises.” The imam was taken to court by women’s groups for inciting violence against women and was sentenced to 15 months in prison. See: Imam rapped for wife-beating book
Narrated Umar ibn al-Khattab:
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: A man will not be asked as to why he beat his wife.
Sunaan Abu Dawud Book 11, Num.2142.
Muslim apologists tell us that Mohammed did not beat his wives and point to Hadith Abu Dawud Book 11. Numbers 2137, 2138 and 2139 where Mohammad tells men not to beat their wives, in 2137 he tells men not to hit their wives in the face. However, Mohammad did nothing to alleviate the plight of beaten wives and he did permit his wives to be beaten by their fathers (see Hadith Sahih Muslim Book 9, Num.3506) and gave permission for men to beat their wives:
Narrated Abdullah ibn Abu Dhubab:
Iyas ibn Abdullah ibn Abu Dhubab reported the Apostle of Allah (peace be upon him) as saying: Women have become emboldened toward their husbands, he (the Prophet) gave permission to beat them. Then many women came round the family of the Apostle of Allah (peace be upon him) complaining against their husbands. So the Apostle of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “They are not the best among you.”
Abu Dawud Book 11, Num.2141.
Muslim apologists tell us that the part “they are not the best among you” refers to the men who had beaten their wives. This is not the case as the following two Hadith indicate:
Narrated Aisha, Ummul Mu’minin:
Habibah daughter of Sahl was the wife of Thabit ibn Qays Shimmas. He beat her and broke some of her part. So she came to the Prophet (peace be upon him) after morning, and complained to him against her husband. The Prophet (peace be upon him) called on Thabit ibn Qays and said (to him): Take part of her property and separate yourself from her. He asked: Is that right, Apostle of Allah? He said: Yes. He (the wife-basher) said: I have given her two gardens of mine as a dower, and they are already in her possession. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: Take them and separate yourself from her.
Sunaan Abu Dawud Book 12, Num.2220.
Here we have a case of a battered wife, with broken bones rightly complaining about the violence meted out to her by her husband. But does she receive justice? Nooooo!!! Instead, she had to return mahr (dowry) she received from her husband.
Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas:
The Prophet said, “The one who takes back his gift is like a dog swallowing its own vomit and we (believers) should not act according to this bad example.”
Sahih Bukhari Vol. 9, Book 86, Num.105.
Obviously the above Hadith does not apply to dealings with women. Mohammad’s verdict make’s it clear that it is acceptable for husbands to beat their wives. Those insisting that Islam elevates and respects women ought to take note of the above and the following Hadith:
“Rifaa divorced his wife whereupon Abdur-Rahman married her. Aisha said that the lady came wearing a green veil and complained to her (Aisha) and showed her a green spot on her skin caused by beating. It was the habit of ladies to support each other, so when Allah’s messenger (Mohammad) came, Aisha said, “I have not seen any woman suffering as much as the believing women. Look! Her skin is greener than her clothes!” When Abdur-Rahman heard that his wife had gone to the prophet, he came with his two sons from another wife. She said,”By Allah! I have done no wrong to him, but he is impotent and is as useless to me as this,” holding and showing the fringe of her garment. Abdur-Rahman said, “By Allah, O Allah’s messenger! She has told a lie. I am very strong and can satisfy her, but she is disobedient and wants to go back to Rifaa.” Allah’s messenger said to her, “If that is your intention, then know that it is unlawful for you to remarry Rifaa unless Abdur-Rahman has had sexual intercourse with you.” The prophet saw two boys with Abdur-Rahman and asked (him), “Are these your sons?” On that Abdur-Rahman said, “Yes” The prophet said, “You claim what you claim (that he is impotent)? But by Allah, these boys resemble him as a crow resembles a crow.”
Bukhari vol. 7, Book 72 (Dress) Num.715.
Oh yes, Muslim women are sooo privileged!!!
“If a wife fears cruelty or desertion on her husband’s part, there is no blame on them if they arrange an amicable settlement between themselves: and such settlement is best; even though men’s souls are swayed by greed.”
How could the settlement be amicable it the wife is living in fear of violence by the husband?
Regarding verse 4:128 “It concerns the woman whose husband does not want to keep her with him any longer, but wants to divorce her and marry some other lady, so she says to him: ‘Keep me and do not divorce me, and then marry another woman, and you may neither spend on me, nor sleep with me.’”
Sahih Bukhari Vol. 7, Book 62, Num. 134.
This must be the women’s dignified status that Muslim apologists tell us about!
A man from the Ansar called Basrah said: I married a virgin woman in her veil. When I entered upon her, I found her pregnant. (I mentioned this to the Prophet). The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: She will get the dower, for you made her vagina lawful to you. The child will be your slave. When she has begotten (a child), flog her.
Abu Dawud Book 11, Num. 2126.
Basrah bought used goods and was compensated with the acquisition of child slave as well as being allowed to flog his wife. How’s that for justice!
Abu Huraira (Allah be pleased with him) reported Allah’s messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: By Him in Whose Hand is my life, when a man calls his wife to his bed, and she does not respond, the one who is in the heaven is displeased with her until he (her husband) is pleased with her.
Sahih Muslim Book 8, Num. 3367.
Husband is next to Allah and is entitled to get what he paid for!
Jabir reported that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) saw a woman, and so he came to his wife, Zainab, as she was tanning leather and had sexual intercourse with her. He then went to his Companions and told them: “The woman advances and retires in the shape of a devil, so when one of you sees a woman, he should come to his wife, for that will repel what he feels in his heart.”
Sahih Muslim Book 8, Num. 3240, also 3241 and 3242.
Ibn’ Abbas (Allah be pleased with them) reported that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: “If anyone amongst you intends to go to his wife he should say: ‘In the name of Allah, O Allah protect us against Satan and keep away the Satan from the one that you have bestowed upon us, and if He has ordained a male child for them, Satan will never be able to do any harm to him.’”
Sahih Muslim Book 8, Num.3361.
Males are deemed superior even before birth.
“And all the married women (are forbidden unto you) save those (captives/slaves) whom your right hand possess….”
Sex with slave girls permitted. Also 23:6 and 33:50.
“If ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly with the orphans, marry women of your choice, two or three or four; but if ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly (with them), then only one, or (a captive) that your right hand possess, that will be more suitable, to prevent you from doing injustice.”
While the husband is allowed sex on demand with all his wives and slave girls the wife is to always remain faithful to the husband, if she dares to indulge with the male slaves she will be stoned to death for ‘adultery’.
In them will be (Maidens), chaste, restraining their glances, whom no man or Jinn before them has touched.
Even in the afterlife men are supplied with a harem of sex slaves.
“The Prophet I used to go round (have sexual relations with) all his wives in one night, and he had nine wives.”
Bukhari Vol. 7, Book 62 marriage, Num. 6.
Narrated Said bin Jubair:
Ibn ‘Abbas asked me, “Are you married?” I replied, “No.” He said, “Marry, for the best person of this (Muslim) nation (i.e., Muhammad) of all other Muslims, had the largest number of wives.”
Bukhari Vol.7, Book 62, Num.7.
Women, stay quietly in your houses….
And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband’s fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers or their brothers’ sons, or their sisters’ sons, or their women, or the slaves whom their right hands possess, or male servants free of physical needs (castrated), or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex; and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments. And O ye Believers! Turn ye all together towards Allah, that ye may attain Bliss.
In other words, women should be neither seen nor heard! The extreme segregation imposed upon the women in Islamic societies is in many ways similar to the apartheid suffered by African Americans. Once I went to the Global Islamic Youth Centre to aquire some of their literature. The entry to their gym had a sign saying: “No women enter”; it reminded me of the “Whites only” signs in the US, prior the civil rights movement.
Narrated Aisha, Ummul Mu’minin:
“Safiyyah, daughter of Shaybah, said that Aisha mentioned the women of Ansar, praised them and said good words about them. She then said: When Surat an-Nur came down, they took the curtains, tore them and made head covers (veils) of them.”
Sahih Abu Dawad Num. 4089, Book 32 – also Num. 4091 and 4104.
Muslim proponents of the veil living in Western countries, insist that the veil protects women from being perceived as sex objects and that it allows Muslim men to appreciate the woman’s mind. They also insist that it protects the woman from sexual harassment rape etc. If that was the case Islamists would not be bullying women to veil and rape in Islamic countries would be unheard off, we all know this it not the case. In some Muslim countries veiling is mandatory and women who do not wear veils can be punished. This is all about controlling female sexuality. Unfortunately women have been led to believe that unless they wear the Muslim veil, they are not good women. If I was going to travel to Saudi Arabia or Iran I would have to wear an abaya or chador even though I am not a Muslim. On March 11, 2002, a fire at a girl’s school in Saudi Arabia, claimed the lives of fourteen girls. The girls were prevented from leaving the burning building by the mutawwa’in ( religious police) because they were not wearing the abaya – all enveloping black shroud. Read the full story at Saudi Arabia: Religioius Police Role in School Fire Criticised
“….It is simply not true that Islam fails to treat women as sex objects. In fact, women are so sexualized within Islamic society that it is assumed that any private encounter between a woman and a man will be sexual. Women are thus assumed to have two functions, and these are sex and child-bearing. By submitting to the adoption of an outward sign of modesty, the headscarf, chador or burqa, women allow men to divide and conquer. Women are either “good” – which is to say obedient – or they are “bad” . “Bad” women are sluts, who are despised and assumed to be generally available. In order for feminist goals to be achieved, modest women need to unite with their more sexual sisters. They need to say that women have the right to dress as they please. Men must learn to treat women as individuals, whose interest or lack of interest in a sexual relationship can be determined through a friendly conversation. In fact, by wearing the headscarf, chador or burqa, women allow themselves to be reduced to objects, each equivalent to the other. A practical consequence of the way women are sexualized in Islamic society is a tendency towards separatism. Women live in a women’s sphere within the home; men interact with men in the public arena. Women know little of what men are saying in their all-male company and are kept busy in the home producing babies and dinner. This makes it almost impossible for women to influence men’s ideas. A society in which men and women have an equal say cannot be a separatist society in which elaborate restrictions prevent the sexes from talking freely to each other….Muslim women claim to wear the headscarf, or other voluminous covering, out of modesty. I suspect that, in fact, the veil is attractive to women because it subtly appeals to their vanity. Islam tells women that, no matter how plain, old or ill-favoured she is, the sight of her uncovered hair will be so stimulating, that any man who sees it will lose control of his passions. Thus, beneath her modest covering, a Muslim woman can imagine herself the most desirable creature possible. Women who operate freely in society, conversing with men on a daily basis, are, in the end, forced to form a just assessment of their desirability. Unless she is particularly young and pretty, a woman will be made aware of most men’s indifference to her charms. She will find, in the long run, that likeable men will like her as much for her character, skills and wit, as for her beauty. It is when woman’s sexuality is not shrouded that it ceases to be an object of mystery and passion to men, and women have the greatest chance of being treated as more than sexual objects. The headscarf and restrictions that Muslim women adopt lead to the strangest pantomimes when a man approaches. Coverings that have been laid aside among other women have to be hastily donned, emphasizing, rather than reducing, the sexualisation of male-female relations. But in order for women to operate as equal in the public sphere, it has to be assumed that the bulk of interactions between men and women are non-sexual. Muslim women are wrong if they think that the headscarf prevents them from being treated as sex objects. In fact it confirms that that is their social status.”
“The burqa stripped bare” from “The Age” 18th January, 2004, written by Karen Green. (Karen Green lectures in philosophy and feminism at Monash University)
“Nothing is more harmful to men than women….”
Sahih Bukhari Volume 7, Book 62, Num. 33.
Narrated Abu Huraira:
The Prophet said, “If a woman spends the night deserting her husband’s bed (does not sleep with him), then the angels send their curses on her till she comes back (to her husband).”
Sahih Bukhari Vol.7, Book 62, Num.122. Also Sahih Bukhari Vol. 4, Book 54, Num.460.
There you have it ladies! If you don’t spread them, the winged peeping toms will curse you all night. Too bad if you just had surgery or if the baby’s crying has kept you wake for the last two nights.
“Women, slaves and camels are same; must seek Allah’s refuge from all these….”
Sunaan Abu Dawud 11.2155.
Abu Huraira (Allah be pleased with him) reported Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) as saying: It is not lawful for a woman who believes in Allah and the Hereafter to undertake a day’s journey except in the company of a Mahram (male relative).
Sahih Muslim Book 7, Num. 3105, see also Sahih Malik, Book 54: 14. 37.
Women under the Taliban were forbidden to travel without a mahram. In many Islamic countries women cannot travel without the permission of the male relative in charge of them.
Ibn Abbas (Allah be pleased with them) reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: “A woman who has been previously married (Thayyib) has more right to her person that her guardian. And a virgin should also be consulted, and her silence implies her consent.”
Sahih Muslim Book 8, book of marriage, Num.3307.
If the virgin were to speak out and say no to the marriage she would be likely to receive a beating. “Silence implies consent” is still valid today in the year 2004! Although, in Hadith Sahih Bukhari vol. 9, Book 86, num.99 we are told that Mohammad did cancel a marriage where a woman was married against her will. Women’s right to divorce – the most “hated” thing in Islam – is in theory only and even the theory is shaky. Muslim apologists “explain” that women are restricted because they are emotional.
Abu Huraira (Allah be pleased with him) reported that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) prohibited Shighar. Ibn Numair added: Shighar means that a person should say to the other person: “Give me the hand of your daughter in marriage and will ( in return) marry my daughter to you; or marry me your sister, and I will marry my sister to you.”
Sahih Muslim Book 8, Num.3299.
Shighar marriage means that two men can marry each other’s daughters or sisters – swapping without paying dowry. The objection here is to the avoidance of dowry rather than the girl-swapping.
The things which annul the prayers were mentioned before me. They said, “Prayer is annulled by a dog, a donkey and a woman (if they pass in front of the praying people).” I said, “You have made us (i.e. women) dogs. I saw the Prophet praying while I used to lie in my bed between him and the Qibla. Whenever I was in need of something, I would slip away, for I disliked to face him.”
Sahih Bukhari Vol. 1, Book 9, Num.490.
Women likened to dogs and donkeys, yes, this is very dignifying!
“….Had it not been for Eve, woman would not have never acted unfaithfully towards her husband.”
Sahih Muslim Book 8, Num. 3471
“Your women are a tilth for you (to cultivate) so go to your tilth as ye will….”
Women as property.
“They ask concerning women’s courses. Say: They are a hurt and a pollution: So keep away from women in their courses and do not approach them until they are clean.”
For a religion which “elevates” and “respects” women, Islam has a very unhealthy attitude towards women natural body functions. An Islamic site states that the menstruating woman, post-partum bleeding woman and sexually defiled person are not allowed to sit in the mosque: Question Related to Menstruation and Post-Partum Bleeding
An Australian convert to Islam, Silma Ihram “explains” why women cannot have more than one husband:
“There would be doubt about the parentage of the children and it’s very hard to please two partners. Women have the disadvantage in that area… When a woman is pregnant, when she is menstruating, when she’s breastfeeding, generally her needs are chaotic. She’s got hormonal ups and downs. When she’s breastfeeding, she can’t be with her husband, or when she’s menstruating, because that’s regarded as a hurt, or a sickness – then he protects her, looks after her, leaves her alone. You let her heal before you invade her again. So, from that point of view, the woman is the one the man has to wait for. He might have all the needs in the world but he has to wait for her – if he is considered. Thus a man can take more than one wife to ensure that his needs are met.”
From “Women Of Spirit” by Deborah Selway (pages 114,115.).
Yes, this is what it all boils down to, men’s needs! Upon the revelation of the Qur’anic verse permitting Mohammad as many wives as he pleased (33:50), Aisha noted:
“O Allah’s Apostle! I do not see, but, that your Lord hurries in pleasing you”
Sahih Bukhari Vol 7, Book 62, Num. 48.
She also tells us that “when women are menstruating they are not permitted to touch the Qur’an.” In addition “a woman is not to get up in front of men and address them because she would be putting herself on display and that the men will be listening to her more as a woman than a educator.” (page 117)
If Muslim men are brought up to see women as inferior beings and a necessary evil, how can we expect them to accept a woman in authoritarian position. In schools where there are large numbers of Muslims boys there are always problems with the way the boys treat female teachers. Part of the problem lays with the lack of discipline in state schools. However, most of the blame lays with the attitudes and values instilled in the boys by their families, communities and religious leaders.
“….And call to witness, from among your men, two witnesses. And if two men be not (at hand) then a man and two women, of such as ye approve as witnesses, so that if one erreth (through forgetfulness) the other will remember….”
Some Muslims claim that the above verse is to apply only to business transactions since women were ignorant of business dealings and therefore unsuitable as witnesses, this argument does not stand up to scrutiny if we are to take into account Khadija, Mohammad’s first wife who was a wealthy widow and managed her own affairs. An Islamic site has an article on why the testimony of a man is equal to two women. They insist that women are “different” due to their biological functions and that these functions affect women’s mental capacity. See: Why Two Women Witnesses?
The following Hadith confirm the Muslim belief that women are less intelligent than men.
Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri:
Once Allah’s Apostle went out to the Musalla (to offer the prayer) ‘Id-al-Adha or Al-Firt prayer. Then he passed by the women and said, “O women! Give alms, as I have seen that the majority of the dwellers of Hell-fire were you (women).” They asked, “Why is it so, O Allah’s Apostle?” He replied, “You curse frequently and are ungrateful to your husbands. I have not seen any one more deficient in intelligence and religion than you. A cautious, sensible man could be led astray by some of you.” The women asked: “O Allah’s Apostle, what is deficient in our intelligence and religion?” He said: “Is not the evidence of two women equal to the witness of one man?” They replied in the affirmative. He said: “This is the deficiency of your intelligence. Isn’t true that a woman can neither pray nor fast during her menses?” The women replied in the affirmative. He said: “This is the deficiency in your religion.”
Sahih Bukhari Volume 1, Book 6, Number 301.
See what the mullah says: Meaning of the Women Having a Shortcoming in Reasoning and Religion
Narrated Abu Said:
The prophet said, “Isn’t it true that a woman does not pray and does not fast on menstruating? And that is the defect (a loss) in her religion.”
Sahih Bukhari Vol. 3, Book 31, Num. 172.
Narrated Abu Bakra:
….When Allah’s Apostle was informed that the Persians had crowned the daughter of Khosrau as their ruler, he said, “Such people as ruled by a woman will never be successful.”
Sahih Bukhari Vol. 5, Book 59, Num. 709.
“Allah (thus) directs you as regards your Children’s (Inheritance): to the male, a portion equal to that of two females….”
Under Islamic law a woman inherits half the amount of a male, the excuse for that is that the men are the breadwinners and the providers for the women. When Islamists are cornered about the traditional role mandated to women by Islam, they insist that the traditional role is valued just as much as the men’s role, if that was the case women would be granted equal inheritance rights. Also, a woman’s life is worth half that of a man’s life There was a case in Iran where a 11 year old girl was raped and murdered by three men. The three men were found guilty and sentenced to death – so far so good! Under Iran’s laws which determine compensation, the killers’ lives are worth more in financial terms than the murdered girl. The murdered girl’s impoverished family was required to come up with thousands of dollars to pay the “blood money” for the execution of their daughter’s killers.
UNBELIEVERS AND APOSTATES
Narrated Abu Juhaifa:
“….no Muslim should be killed for killing an infidel.”
Bukhari Volume 4, Book 52, Num. 283.
“O ye who believe! If ye listen to a faction among the People of the Book, they would (indeed) render you apostates after ye have believed!”
Jews and Christians are referred to by Muslims as “the people of the Book” and “the Book” is none other than the Old Testament. Mohammad was not keen for Muslims to read the “Book” for the simple reason that he “borrowed” much from the Jewish and Christian scriptures, which then becomes evident if one reads the Bible and the Qur’an. Not surprisingly, he orders believers not to listen to anything said by the Jews and Christians. Not long ago two Christian missionaries in Afghanistan were sentenced to death by the Taliban for possessing Bibles and proselytizing. In Hadith Bukhari Vol 4, Book 52, Num.233 Mohammad forbade Muslims to travel to a hostile country carrying the Qur’an. See: Muhammad the Borrower.
“And slay them wherever ye catch then.”
“Do not marry unbelieving women (idolaters), until they believe….”
“Soon shall we cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers, for that they joined companions with God, for which He had sent no authority: their abode will be the Fire: And evil is the home of the wrong-doers!”
Qur’an 3:151 also 8:59-60 and 59:13.
“I will instill terror into the hearts of the unbelievers: smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them.”
Qur’an 8:12. See: Forced Conversion and Prophet Muhammad
“And an announcement from Allah and His Messenger, to the people (assembled) on the day of the Great Pilgrimage- that Allah and His Messenger dissolve (treaty) obligations with the Pagans….grievous penalty to those who reject Faith.”
“But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem.”
“Fight them, and Allah will punish them by your hands, cover them with shame….”
“Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.” Qur’an 9:29.
Under Islam, Jews and Christians had three choices: convert to Islam, retain their religion and pay tax or fight. Pagans and atheists had two choices Islam or the sword.
The Apostle of Allah said: If you gain a victory over the men of Jews, kill them. So Muhayyisah jumped over Shubaybah, a man of the Jewish merchants. He had close relations with them. He then killed him. At that time Huwayyisah (brother of Muhayyisah) had not embraced Islam. He was older than Muhayyisah. When he killed him, Huwayyisah beat him and said: O enemy of Allah, I swear by Allah, you have a good deal of fat in your belly from his property.
Sunan of Abu Dawud, Book 19, Num. 2996
Narrated Abu Huraira:
Allah’s Apostle said, “The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. ‘O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him.’”
Bukhari Vol. 4, Book 52, Num. 177 also 179 and 180.
Narrated Atiyyah al-Qurazi:
I was among the captives of Banu Qurayzah. They (the companions) examined us, and those who had begun to grow hair (pubes) were killed, and those who had not were not killed. I was among those who had not grown hair.
Abu Dawud Book 38, Num. 4390.
“Unless ye go forth, (for Jihad). He will punish you with a grievous penalty, and put others in your place; but Him ye would not harm in the least.”
“O Prophet! Strive hard against the unbeliever and the hypocrites, and be firm against them. Their abode is Hell – an evil refuge indeed.”
God hath purchased of the believers their persons and their goods; for their (in return) is the garden (of Paradise): they fight in His cause, and slay and are slain: a promise binding on Him in truth, through the Law, the Gospel, and the Qur’an: and who is more faithful to his covenant than God? Then rejoice in the bargain which ye have concluded: that is the achievement supreme.
In short, to kill and be killed is the highest achievement. See: The Quranic Concept of Jihad
These two antagonists dispute with each other about their Lord:
But those who deny (their Lord), – for them will be cut out a garment of Fire: over their heads will be poured out boiling water. With it will be scalded what is within their bodies, as well as (their) skins. In addition there will be maces of iron (to punish) them. Every time they wish to get away there, from anguish, they will be forced back therein, and (it will be said), “Taste ye the penalty of Burning!”
“Strike off the heads of the disbelievers and after making a wide slaughter among them, carefully tie up the remaining captives.”
“And if any believe not in Allah and His messenger, We have prepared, for those who reject Allah, a Blazing Fire!”
Say to the desert Arabs who lagged behind: “Ye shall be summoned (to fight) against a people given to vehement war: then shall ye fight, or they submit. Then if ye show obedience, Allah will grant you a goodly reward, but if ye turn back as ye did before, He will punish you with a grievous Penalty.”
Some Zanadiqa (atheists) were brought to ‘Ali and he burnt them. The news of this event, reached Ibn ‘Abbas who said: “If I had been in his place, I would not have burnt them, as Allah’s Apostle forbade it, saying, ‘Do not punish anybody with Allah’s punishment (fire).’ I would have killed them according to the statement of Allah’s Apostle, ‘Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him’.”
Sahih Bukhari Vol. 9, Book 84, Num. 57. Also Vol. 9, Book 83 Num.17.
Narrated Abu Musa:
A man embraced Islam and then reverted back to Judaism. Mu’adh bin Jabal came and saw the man with Abu Musa. Mu’adh asked, “What is wrong with this (man)?” Abu Musa replied, “He embraced Islam and then reverted back to Judaism.” Mu’adh said, “I will not sit down unless you kill him ( as it is ) the verdict of Allah and his Apostle.”
Bukhari Vol .9, Book 89, Num. 271.
I heard the Prophet saying, “In the last days (of the world) there will appear young people with foolish thoughts and ideas. They will give good talks, but they will go out of Islam as an arrow goes out of its game, their faith will not exceed their throats. So wherever you find them, kill them, for there will be a reward for their killers on the Day of Resurrection.”
Sahih Bukhari Vol.6, Book 61, Num. 577.
Narrated Abdullah Ibn Abbas:
A blind man had a slave-mother who used to abuse the Prophet (peace be upon him) and disparage him. He forbade her but she did not stop. He rebuked her but she did not give up her habit. One night she began to slander the Prophet (peace be upon him) and abuse him. So he took a dagger, placed it on her belly, pressed it, and killed her. A child who came between her legs was smeared with the blood that was there. When the morning came, the Prophet (peace be upon him) was informed about it. He assembled the people and said: I adjure by Allah the man who has done this action and I adjure him by my right to him that he should stand up. Jumping over the necks of the people and trembling the man stood up. He sat before the Prophet (peace be upon him) and said: Apostle of Allah! I am her master; she used to abuse you and disparage you. I forbade her, but she did not stop. And I rebuked her, but she did not abandon her habit. I have two sons like pearls from her, and she was my companion. Last night she began to abuse and disparage you. So I took a dagger, put it on her belly and pressed it till I killed her. Thereupon the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: Oh be witness, no retaliation is payable for her blood.
Sunan Abu-Dawud Book 38, Num. 4348.
Narranted Ali ibn Abu Talib:
“A Jewess used to abuse the Prophet and disparage him. A man strangled her till she died. The Apostle of Allah declared that no recompense was payable for her blood.”
Sunan Abu-Dawud Book 38, Num.4349.
It appears that Mohammad was extremely sensitive to criticism. He must have felt insecure that these women had such low opinions of him.
Abu Said as-Khudri said: “The apostle of Allah sent a military expedition to Awtas on the occasion of the battle of Hunain. They met their enemy and fought with them. They defeated them and took them captives. Some of the Companions of the apostle of Allah were reluctant to have intercourse with the female captives in the presence of their husbands who were unbelievers. So Allah, the Exalted, sent down the Qur’anic verse, “And all married women (are forbidden) unto you save those (captives) whom your right hand possesses.” That is to say, they are lawful for them when they complete their waiting period.”
Sunaan Abu Dawud 11.2150 referring to Qur’anic verse 4:24.
See also Hadith: Sahih Muslim Book 8, Num.3432.
It is okay to rape women captured in war, don’t worry if their husbands are watching!
‘A’isha (Allah be pleased with her) reported:
“Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) married me when I was six years old, and I was admitted to his house at the age of nine.” She further said: “We went to Medina and I had an attack of fever for a month, and my hair had come down to the earlobes. Umm Ruman (my mother) came to me and I was at that time on a swing along with my playmates. She called me loudly and I went to her and I did not know what she had wanted of me. She took hold of my hand and took me to the door, and I was saying: Ha, ha, (as if I was gasping), until the agitation of my heart was over. She took me to a house, where had gathered the women of the Ansar. They all blessed me and wished me good luck and said: May you have share in good. She (my mother) entrusted me to them. They washed my head and embellished me and nothing frightened me. Allah’s Messenger, (may peace be upon him) came there in the morning, and I was entrusted to him.”
Sahih Muslim Book 8, Num.3309.
Allah’s Apostle said (to me), “You have been shown to me twice in (my) dreams. A man was carrying you in a silken cloth and said to me, ‘This is your wife.’ I uncovered it; and behold, it was you. I said to myself, ‘If this dream is from Allah, He will cause it to come true.’”
Bukhari Vol. 7, Book 62, Num.15.
Narrated Jabir bin ‘Abdullah:
When I got married, Allah’s Apostle said to me, “What type of lady have you married?” I replied, “I have married a matron” He said, “Why don’t you have a liking for the virgins and for fondling them?” Jabir also said: Allah’s Apostle said, “Why didn’t you marry a young girl so that you might play with her and she with you?”
Bukhari Vol.7, Book 62, Num. 17.
‘A’isha (Allah be pleased with her) reported:
Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) married her when she was seven years old, and she was taken to his house as a bride when she was nine, and her dolls were with her; and when he (the Holy Prophet) died she was eighteen years old.
Sahih Muslim Book 8, Num. 3311. See: Abusive Islamic Religious Practices in the World Today
That the Prophet married her when she was six years old and he consummated his marriage when she was nine years old. Hisham said: I have been informed that ‘Aisha remained with the Prophet for nine years (i.e. till his death).
Bukhari Vol.7, Book 62, Num. 65.
“A man can have sexual pleasure from a child as young as a baby. However he should not penetrate, sodomising the child is OK. If the man penetrates and damages the child then he should be responsible for her subsistence all her life. This girl, however does not count as one of his four permanents wives. The man will not be eligible to marry the girl’s sister….It is better for a girl to marry at such a time when she would begin menstruation at her husband’s house, rather than her father’s home. Any father marrying his daughter so young will have a permanent place in heaven.”
From Ayatollah Khomeini’s book “Tahrirolvasyleh” Gom, Iran, 1990.
In June, 2002 Iranian authorities approved a law raising the age at which girls can marry from 9 to 13. The “Guardian Council” a 12 men body of conservative clerics, vetoed it as contradicting Islamic Sharia law. The clerics insist that the marriage of young girls is a means to combat immorality. In Saudi Arabia there is no minimum age for marriage.
WARNING: THE FOLLOWING ACCOUNT CONTAINS GRAPHIC DESCRIPTION OF CHILD SLAVES BEING RAPED
“This type of sex is very strange to us,” said recently redeemed slave Deng Deng. “Many times during rape boys would cry so loudly that the Arabs would stuff rags in their mouths so they could not be heard. I witnessed this often. If you refuse [sex], sometimes they would shoot you.” Deng Deng is a Christian who said that as a slave he was often beaten because he would not convert to Islam.
Another recently freed boy slave, Deng Ayuel testified: “I watched the Arabs rape my two sisters and I watched many slave boys being raped as well. They would often take a girl or boy and do whatever they wanted with them sexually. I too was raped many times by my master and his Arab friends.”
Perhaps the most graphic account of male rape was given by the freed slave Aleek Mach Deng: “I watched my master Mohammed and four Murahaleen Arabs violently gang-rape a young Dinka slave boy. The boy was screaming and crying a lot. He was bleeding heavily, as he was raped repeatedly. I watched his stomach expand with air with each violent penetration. The boy kept screaming. I was very frightened, and knew I was likely next. Suddenly the boy’s screams stopped as he went completely unconscious. My master took him to the hospital. I never saw him again.”
Many of the redeemed slaves told Sliwa that in order to avoid rape, male slaves would try to escape but were hunted down like animals by their masters. The punishment for resisting rape is often severe beatings, death or limb amputation.
See: Sudan Report: Widespread Gang-Rape of Boy Slaves
STONING TO DEATH
Narrated Abu Huraira and Zaid bin Khalid Al-Jubani:
A Bedouin came and said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Judge between us according to Allah’s Book (laws).” His opponent stood up and said, “He has said the truth, so judge between us according to Allah’s Laws.” The Bedouin said, “My son was a labourer for this man and committed illegal sexual intercourse with his wife. The people said to me, ‘Your son is to be stoned to death’ so I ransomed my son for one hundred sheep and a slave girl. Then I asked the religious learned men and they said to me, ‘Your son has to receive one hundred lashes plus one year in exile.’ The Prophet said, “I shall judge between you according to Allah’s Book (laws)! As for the slave girl and the sheep, it shall be returned to you, and your son shall receive one-hundred lashes and be exiled for one year. ” O you, Unais!” The Prophet addressed some man, “Go in the morning to the wife of this man and stone her to death.” So Unais went to her the next morning and stoned her to death.
Bukhari Vol. 9, Book 89, Num.303.
Abdullah b.’Umar reported that a Jew and a Jewess were brought to Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) who had committed adultery. Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) came to the Jews and said: What do you find in Torah for one who commits adultery? They said: We darken their faces and make them ride on the donkey with their faces turned to the opposite direction (and their backs touching each other), and then they are taken round (the city). He said: Bring Torah if you are truthful. They brought it and recited it until when they came to the verse pertaining to stoning, the person who was reading placed his hand on the verse pertaining to stoning, and read (only that which was) between his hands and what was subsequent to that. Abdullah b. Salim who was at that time with the Messenger of Allah ( may peace be upon him) said: Command him (the reciter) to lift his hand. He lifted it and there was, underneath that, the verse pertaining to stoning. Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) pronounced judgment about both of them and they were stoned. Abdullah b.Umar said: I was one of those who stoned them, and I saw him (the Jew) protecting her (the Jewess) with his body.
Sahih Muslim Book 17, Num.4211.(see rest of Book 17).
The Stoning of Soraya
The mayor took a stone and handed it to Soraya’s father: “It is to you,” he said, “that befalls the honor of throwing the first stone….” The old man set his cane down on the ground and took the large stone in his hand. He gave thanks to God, drew his arm back and, as he threw the stone with all his might in the direction of his daughter, he shouted: “Allah be praised!…. There, whore, take that!” ….Then it was Ghorban-Ali’s turn. He had rolled up his sleeves and had four rocks neatly piled next to his feet. He waited for the mayor’s signal. “Your turn, my boy,” the mayor said to him affectionately, “and may God guide your arm.” ….The crowd was screaming hysterically now, and there were ripples of applause from the men. The shadow of a smile flitted across Ghorban-Ali’s face; he picked up another stone, aimed more carefully, and threw it as hard as he could. This time the stone struck the woman on the forehead, just at the hairline. The skin burst open, blood began to trickle down her face, as Soraya’s head jerked violently backward…. “That’s it, you got her! Good for you, Ghorban-Ali. He got her, did you see? Throw another stone, go ahead, give the slut what she deserves!” The victim’s two sons were next. They both picked up stone and threw them at the same time. One of them struck her on the head. There was a sound, like a loud hiccup. As her head again jerked back. Now the stones were flying thick and fast, piling up on the ground around them. And there, only a few feet in front of them, was a head whose face they never saw, a head that kept bobbing to and fro in time to the stones that were striking it….Finally it was Sheik Hassan’s turn. He put his Qur’an in his left hand and, with his right, picked up a large stone. But before he threw he turned back to the crowd and said with great bombast: “I am not the one who is throwing this stone….It is God who is guiding my arm….It is he who commands me and the revenge I am meting out is not for me, but for our imam, revenge for the heinous crime this woman has committed.” The applause of the crowd was deafening. “I shall throw as many stones as it takes to kill this bitch” ….In the center of the circle, Soraya was slowly expiring. Her head and chest were little more than a shapeless mass of bloody flesh. The noisy crowd, completely out of control, broke ranks and moved in even closer, ready for the kill. Her scalp was nothing more than a gaping wound; her jaw had exploded; her eyes and nose burst open. Her head drooped at a grotesque angle, like some bizarre carnival mask, over what remained of her right shoulder. In the front row, Hassan, his robe spattered with blood, raised his arm and called for silence. “My dear friends….I believe that God has done his work. I believe that his will has been done. Would someone like to check and make certain the harlot is dead?” Several men raised their hands. Hassan picked Said the well digger. The man lay down on the ground right next to the victim and put his ear close to Soraya’s open mouth. “She’s still alive….The bitch still hasn’t croaked,” he said to Sheik Hassan, getting to his feet. A man slowly stepped forward, holding a stone above his head with both hands, and brought it down directly on top of her skull. Another followed, picked up a brick that was lying there next to the victim, and hit her furiously with it half a dozen times. The skull burst open, and the brains spilled out onto the ground. At that point an immense cry of joy broke out. “Allah Akbar! Allah Akbar! God is great!….Praise be to God!” Hassan Lajevardi raised his Qur’an in a sigh of victory and commanded the villagers to form a circle around him. “Let us give thanks to God, the All-powerful.” A sudden silence came over the assembly. Then, after a brief moment of meditation, the crowd intoned, together with the mullah: “In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful.”
From “The Stoning of Soraya M.” by Freidoune Sahebjam – condemned to death by the Khomeini regime for his writings, the author returned undercover to Iran in 1987, in order to research this book. Theoretically, stoning to death for adultery applies to both men and women.
Stoning in the Bible: http://www.free-minds.org/bible.htm
More Hadith on stoning: http://www.faithfreedom.org/Articles/stoning.htm
Video on stoning: http://www.apostatesofislam.com/media/stoning.htm#video
“Qur’anic teaching still insists that that the sun moves around the earth. How can we advance when they teach things like that?”
Taslima Nasrin, “Time” Magazine Jan 31 1994
“She should stay at home and get on with her spinning, she should not go out often, she must not be well informed, nor must she be communicative with her neighbours and only visit them when absolutely necessary; she should take care of her husband and respect him in his presence and his absence and seek to satisfy him in everything; she must not cheat on him nor extort money from him; she must not leave her house without his permission and if given his permission she must leave surreptitiously. She should put on old clothes and take deserted streets and alleys, avoid markets, and make sure that a stranger does not hear her voice or recognize her; she must not speak to a friend of her husband even in need; her sole worry should be her virtue, her home as well as her prayers and her fast. If a friend of her husband calls when the latter is absent she must not open the door nor reply to him in order to safeguard her and her husband’s honour. She should accept what her husband gives her as sufficient sexual needs at any moment….She should be clean and ready to satisfy her husband’s sexual needs at any moment.
Abdul Haq, an Afghan mullah insisted that women should be denied education “because Allah says in the holy Qur’an that women should stay at home and not expose their beauty.” At the literacy centers, the girls might be seen by male strangers visiting the classes, he said. (source: The Guardian, 29 November 2003, “Marriage spells the end of learning.” ). See Qur’anic verses 24:31 and 33:33
“Let these women be warned. We will tear them to pieces. We will give them such terrible punishments that no one in future will dare to raise a voice against Islam”
A Pakistani mullah addressing the dissenting women of Rawalpindi – From “Why I am not a Muslim” by Ibn Warraq, pg 321.
“Woman was made to bear and feed children. Therefore she is very emotional. And she is forgetful, because if she did not forget how it is to give birth she would not have another child. That is why she will not be as reliable a witness as a man.”
From “The Age” “Life behind a veil of Islam” 3/3/1992 pg 11.
This “gem” is from a Muslim woman who has an arts degree and postgraduate diploma in education. It is a testament of the damage religion can do to a person’s mind. If a University educated woman can be made to see herself as inferior on account of her gender, what hope is there for the millions of illiterate women around the world?
“A married woman should endure any violence or torture imposed on her by her husband for she is fully at his disposal. Without his permission she may not leave her house even for a good action (such as charitable work). Otherwise her prayers and devotions will not be accepted by God and curses of heaven and earth will fall upon her.”
Iranian religious leader Hojatoleslam Imani.
Muslims will always argue that Islam has been misunderstood, misinterpreted and hijacked by a few. The facts remain that although there are elements of good in Islam, these are nullified by the prolific elements of aggression, misogyny and intolerance. That is why Islam has been so resistant to attempts of reform. There is much in Islam which contradicts the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
- Article 5: No one shall be subjected to torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.
- Article 6: Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.
- Article 16: Equal rights to marriage, during marriage and its dissolution regardless of religion or nationality.
- Article 18: Freedom of thought, conscience and religion; freedom to change religion and belief and freedom of worship/observance.
- Article 19: Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression.
- Article 25: All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.
International law recognizes both slavery and rape in the context of armed conflict as crimes against humanity.
http://alminbar.com/allkhutbahs.asp Sermons from Saudi Arabia, go to SEARCH page and type the topic that you are after. There are sermons/khutbahs on all topics from the evils of educating women to the wickedness of infidels.
http://atheism.about.com/cs/islamandpolitics/ Articles on Islam, atheism, the religious right and lots more.
http://www.antislavery.org An organization working towards the eradication of slavery and child exploitation.
http://answering-islam.org Christian site with info on Islam/Qur’an.
http://www.apostatesofislam.com Good site for ex-muslims, testimonials and articles.
http://www.womensliberation.net/english/ Iranian organization for Women’s Liberation.
http://www.childrenfirstinternational.org/article/hejabgate.htm Article on girls wearing the Hejab.
http://www.ccmw.com Canadian Council of Muslim Women.
http://www.faithfreedom.org Articles on all topics relevant to Islam: women, unbelievers, Jihad, Qur’an, science, Mohammad, plus links. The articles on this site are excellent and invaluable to anyone doing research on Islam, most articles contain relevant Qur’anic verses and Hadith.
http://www.feminist.org Women’s Rights around the World.
http://freeworldnow.com Anti-slavery organisation, rape of children.
http://www.infidels.org/library/modern/richard_carrier/islam.html Science and the Qur’an.
http://www.infidels.org/library/modern/theism/islam/index.shtml Good selection of articles.
http://www.irca.org.au Islamic Association of Australia.
http://www.islam-qa.com Islamic Question and Answer Site.
http://www.islamreview.com Articles written by Middle Eastern critics of Islam.
http://islam-watch.org/AnwarSheikh/index.html Critique of Islam by Anwar Shaikh.
http://www.jihadwatch.org/ Reports on JIHAD activities, articles, news.
http://www.middleastwomen.org Articles on women’s status in the Middle East by Azam Kamguian.
http://memritv.org Video sermons with anti-Jewish and pro-wifebeating content.
http://memri.org Middle East Media Research institute.
http://www.ninevehsoft.com/fiorina.htm Assyrian site, history.
http://www.patroush.com Daughters enslaved in Saudi Arabia.
http://www.petitiononline.com/pasc1361/petition.html Petition against Sharia in Canada.
http://www.religionnewsblog.com News on anything to do with religion.
http://www.sullivan-county.com/id2/index0.htm Interesting articles on Islam, immigration and multiculturalism.
http://taslimanasrin.com/ Taslima Nasrin’s writings on women, Islam and genocide.
http://www.wluml.org Women living under Muslim laws.
“Slave” by Mende Nazer & Damien Lewis, published by Virago publishers.
“I’ Safiya” by Safiya Hussaini Tungar Tula & Raffaelle Masta, published by McMillan publishers.
“Leaving Islam: Apostates Speak Out” by Ibn Warraq.
Go to Prometheus Books and search on “Islamic studies” for a list of books on Islam including the above, and also books on atheism.
If you are reading this you must be thinking that this article is too long and the links too many. Looking up all the links is a time consuming and tedious work. However, at the end you will find that the acquisition of knowledge is worth your time and effort.
“Knowledge and history are the enemies of religion.” Napoleon