We’ve seen in the previous two installments that women play a very submissive role in Islam, and that is often one of the reasons Muslims seek citizenship in the U.S.
In addition to the points made previously, under Sharia if a female is raped, she may only escape punishment – her own punishment! – if she can produce four male witnesses to the penetration! (ROTT o24.9). Please note that the fact that women must not leave the home without a male guardian along does, unfortunately, help put the responsibility for rape on the woman. Similarly, the dress restrictions for women aim to keep them covered head to toe to avoid tempting males. Sharia puts the pressure on the female, all the while excusing the male for being tempted!
Polygamy is a way of life for many Muslims. Men are allowed up to four wives if they have the means to support those wives. (Interestingly, Muhammad was allowed more than that). Nonie Darwish, a former Muslim, describes the effects of polygamy (and more) on family members and society in her book, Cruel and Usual Punishment. The atmosphere, she says, in a polygamous home is one of disharmony stemming from competition amongst the wives. The children of polygamists grow up amid tension and rivalries. Even a monogamous marriage can be threatened by the knowledge that a man could bring home a second wife! Of course, given polygamy, with relatively few marriageable women left, those men who can neither find a woman nor support one are, understandably, seduced by jihad and its heavenly harem.
For more information, an excellent book is Bill Warner’s The Islamic Doctrine of Women.
Next month, again with the Americans trapped in Afghanistan in mind, we will look into Sharia’s treatment of the non-Muslim.