Women in Islam
Friday, November 12, 2021
by Jane Bate and Bryan Hermansdorfer, ©2021
(Nov. 12, 2021) — [Editor’s Note: Read the preceding articles in this series here.]
As if we needed more evidence of the lowly status of women in Islam, a well-known hadith narrates that Muhammad said, “I have seen the fires of Hell and most of its residents are ungrateful women.”
As young children, and sometimes even as babies, Muslim girls experience a particularly traumatizing rite of passage known as ‘female genital mutilation.’ FGM, found in ROTT e4.3, is a procedure designed to prohibit arousal and penetration, ensuring that the girl would remain chaste until her wedding day, for which she would be cut open. Some of the horrific results of FGM include: death, infection, pain on urination and menstruation, PTSD and much more. Welcome to the world of Muslim females!
Then, following the example of their prophet, Muhammad (who married his favorite wife, Aisha, when she was six years old, and consummated the marriage when she was nine), girls can be married when they are still children themselves. Not only do they lose their childhood, but they can find themselves pregnant earlier than their bodies can handle it. To add to their burden, their husbands are allowed to beat them! (ROTT m10.12).
Also, Muslim girls are not allowed to marry non-Muslim men, who would likely treat them with far more tenderness and respect than would a Muslim male, given the laws encouraging disrespect to women. The logic behind this is that a woman is to obey her husband, yet a non-Muslim is considered an inferior (“kafir”). On the other hand, Muslim males are free to take non-Muslim wives since: a) the Muslim male is calling the shots; and b) the children of such a marriage must be raised Muslim, thereby expanding the number of Muslims in the world, in the Islamic quest for a global caliphate!