The Oppression Of Women In (Sunni) “Islam”

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Sahih al-Bukhari Book 62, Hadith 33: The Prophet said, “After me I have not left any affliction more harmful to men than women.”…

Praise be to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ), for Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) forgives all sins: for He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

As-salāmu `alaykum, we all heard about instances where women from the self-described Muslim backgrounds were, or still are, opressed verbally, mentally or physically. Who never heard about the sexist, misogynistic and brutal treatment of women in Afghanistan by the Sunni Sufi Taliban? Honor killings in Pakistan? Mandatory niqab in Saudi Arabia? Islamophobes in the West pick up on that and portray the religion of Islam as a driving force behind the unjust treatment of the opposite sex. That couldn’t be further from the truth, misogyny has religion, and that religion is a Sunni cult that hijacked the real Islamic teachings.

Women in the West and Arabia before the Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله‎‎), and after

Aristotle explicitly states “as regards the sexes, the male is by nature superior and the female inferior, the male ruler and the female subject ”- Politics, 4 (1254b13–14), as quoted and translated by and in Smith, Nicholas D. “Plato and Aristotle on the Nature of Women”. Journal of the History of Philosophy 21 (4): 467–478.

In ancient Athens, at the time so praised by the Westerners, democratic regime was limited ONLY to the free male citizens (those whose parents were born in Athens while being able to trace their roots generations back) of mature age. This excluded a majority of the population: slaves, freed slaves, children, women and metics (foreigners resident in Athens). The Athenian women had very limited rights and privileges in all spheres of life including even being forced to remain invisible at home, and as Nicole Loraux argues, they weren’t even considered citizens (Loraux, Nicole (1993). The Children of Athena: Athenian Ideas about Citizenship and the Division Between the Sexes. Translated by Levine, Caroline. Princeton: Princeton University Press. p. 8. ISBN 9780691037622.). They had restricted movement in public and were very segregated from the men. Athenian women couldn’t own any property of real value and run for any political positions. They were forbidden even from attending the court cases that involved them. Athenian ways greatly influenced the thinking of the Christian Church Fathers that carried on with it. Western culture was build, in part, on misogyny that went unchallenged till the late 19th century, to be fully considered citizens, women had to wait for the second half of the 20 century.

Whoever does righteousness, whether male or female, while he is a believer – We will surely cause him to live a good life, and We will surely give them their reward [in the Hereafter] according to the best of what they used to do. (Quran 16:97)

The status of women in pre-Islamic Arabia was of that similar to the Athenian city-state. Islam was a very first real force to challenge this ancient system, by elevating the status of women and making them equal to their male counterparts. Islam forbid sexual relations outside of marriage, a woman, according to Islamic tradition, does not have to give her pre-marriage possessions to her husband and she receives a mahr (dower) which she then owns. Furthermore, any earnings that a woman receives through employment or business, after marriage, is hers to keep and need not contribute towards family expenses. This is because, once the marriage is consummated, a woman is entitled to nafaqa – namely, the financial responsibility for reasonable housing, food and other household expenses for the family, including the spouse, falls entirely on the husband. The Qur’an grants inheritance rights to wife, daughter, and sisters of the deceased – women who had no such rights in pre-Arab lands. According to (Shia) Islam, non-mahram (not related) male can’t enter any room where women are. God revealed whole sura named “An-Nisa” (Women) in the Quran.

 The human made Sunni religion vs. Islam as revealed by Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ)

There’s a huge difference between the way women are seen and treated in (Shia) Islam the way it was revealed by Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) and carried on by the Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله‎‎), his pure household and their followers, and the Sunni religion that carries with the traditions of Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman, Aisha, Muawiya, Yazid and Khalid ibn al-Walid. In contrast with the Sunni religion, Shia Muslims take Ahl al-Bayt (“People of the House” or “Family of the House”. Within the Islamic tradition, the term refers to the family of the Islamic prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله‎‎), successors of Muhammad and consist of Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله‎‎), Fatima (سلام الله علیها), Ali, Hasan, Husayn and Muhammad ibn al-Hanafiyyah / ibn Ali, known collectively as the Ahl al-Kisa, “People of the Cloak”), as perfect role models to be followed. According to the Shia and Sunni ahadith, many of Prophet Muhammad’s (صلى الله عليه وآله‎‎) companions asked for Fatima’s (سلام الله علیها) (his daughter’s) hand in marriage, including the later usurpers and tyrants, Abu Bakr and Umar. Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله‎‎) turned them all down, saying that he was awaiting a sign of her destiny. He put forward the proposal from Ali to Fatima (سلام الله علیها), who remained silent and did not reject the proposal like the previous ones. The Prophet of Islam took this to be a sign of affirmation and consent. Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله‎‎) told Ali that he had been ordered by Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) to give his daughter Fatima (سلام الله علیها) to Ali in marriage. Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله‎‎) said to Fatima (سلام الله علیها): “I have married you to the dearest of my family to me.” Their marriage lasted about ten years and, as recorded in Shia and Sunni hadith (that the Sunni oppressors never mention or even remove from their ahadith books)  ended when Fatimah died angry due to the injuries she received at the hands of Abu Bakr and Umar. Although polygyny is permitted by Islam, Ali did not marry another woman while Fatima (سلام الله علیها) was alive.

The story of Fatima (سلام الله علیها) was mentioned to our dear readers, so that they could understand where the mistreatment of women comes from in the Sunni cult that hijacked Islam. If the Sunni “rightly guided” caliphs could assault and kill the Prophet’s daughter, then who wouldn’t follow in their footsteps with their own mothers, sisters, daughters, wives? There will be written completly separate article about the opression and genocide of Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله‎‎) and his pure family, at the hands of Sunnis and their historical role models.

All Sunnis worlwide use the same hadith books and adhere to the same main Sunni schools of jurisprudence that rely on those books. Note that (Shi’a) Muslims do NOT use the six major hadith collections followed by the Sunni, as they do not trust the Sunni narrators and transmitters. Shia have their own extensive hadith literature; free of terrorism, violence, justifications for peadophilia, repression of women or the minorities, particulary the Jews.

Oppression against women in the light of authentic Sunni theological books

Some of the authentic Sunni ahadith about women, underlines come from us, note how all speak about “the women”, not an evil women, not a wrong-doing women, but the women in general:

Classification of hadith: Sahih (authentic)

Sunni collection: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī. In Sunni “Islam”, it’s considered the most authentic book after the Quran.

Sahih al-Bukhari Book 62, Hadith 30

Narrated Abdullah bin ‘Umar:

Allah’s Apostle said, “Evil omen is in the women, the house and the horse.’

Classification of hadith: Sahih (authentic)

Sunni collection: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī. In Sunni “Islam”, it’s considered the most authentic book after the Quran.

Sahih al-Bukhari Book 62, Number 31

Narrated Ibn ‘Umar:

Evil omen was mentioned before the Prophet: The Prophet said, “If there is evil omen in anything, it is in the house, the woman and the horse.”

Classification of hadith: Sahih (authentic)

Sunni collection: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī. In Sunni “Islam”, it’s considered the most authentic book after the Quran.

Sahih al-Bukhari Book 62, Hadith 32

Narrated Sahl bin Sad:

Allah’s Apostle said, “If at all there is bad omen, it is in the horse, the woman, and the house.”

Classification of hadith: Sahih (authentic)

Sunni collection: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī. In Sunni “Islam”, it’s considered the most authentic book after the Quran.

Sahih al-Bukhari Book 62, Hadith 33

Narrated Usama bin Zaid:

The Prophet said, “After me I have not left any affliction more harmful to men than women.”

Classification of hadith: Sahih (authentic)

Sunni collection: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī. In Sunni “Islam”, it’s considered the most authentic book after the Quran.

Sahih al-Bukhari Book 72, Hadith 715

Narrated ‘Ikrima:

Rifa’a divorced his wife whereupon ‘AbdurRahman bin Az-Zubair Al-Qurazi married her. ‘Aisha said that the lady (came), wearing a green veil (and complained to her (Aisha) of her husband 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 Apostle 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 ‘AbdurRahman 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 Apostle! She has told a lie! I am very strong and can satisfy her but she is disobedient and wants to go back to Rifa’a.” Allah’s Apostle said, to her, “If that is your intention, then know that it is unlawful for you to remarry Rifa’a unless Abdur-Rahman has had sexual intercourse with you.” Then the Prophet saw two boys with ‘Abdur-Rahman and asked (him), “Are these your sons?” On that ‘AbdurRahman said, “Yes.” The Prophet said, “You claim what you claim (i.e. that he is impotent)? But by Allah, these boys resemble him as a crow resembles a crow,”

Classification of hadith: Sahih (authentic)

Sunni collection: Sunan Abu Dawood. In Sunni “Islam”, it’s considered the third (after Sahih al-Bukhari and Sahih Muslim) most authentic book after the Quran.

Sunan Abu Dawood Book 12, Hadith 2141

Iyas ibn Abdullah ibn Abu Dhubab reported the Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) as saying:

Do not beat Allah’s handmaidens, but when Umar came to the Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) and said: Women have become emboldened towards their husbands, he (the Prophet) gave permission to beat them. Then many women came round the family of the Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) complaining against their husbands. So the Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) said: Many women have gone round Muhammad’s family complaining against their husbands. They are not the best among you.

Classification of hadith: Hasan (good)

Sunni collection: Sunan Ibn Majah. In Sunni “Islam”, it’s considered one of the most authentic books after the Quran.

Sunan Ibn Majah Book 9 Hadith 1986

It was narrated that Ash’ath bin Qais said:
I was a guest (at the home) of ‘Umar one night, and in the middle of the night he went and hit his wife, and I separated them. When he went to bed he said to me: ‘O Ash’ath, learn from me something that I heard from the Messenger of Allah” A man should not be asked why he beats his wife, and do not go to sleep until you have prayed the Witr.”‘ And I forgot the third thing.”

Classification of hadith: No Data

Muwatta Imam Malik Book 30 Hadith 13

Sunni collection: Muwatta Imam Malik. In Sunni “Islam”, it’s considered one of the most authentic books after the Quran.

Yahya related to me from Malik that Abdullah ibn Dinar said, “A man came to Abdullah ibn Umar when I was with him at the place where judgments were given and asked him about the suckling of an older person. Abdullah ibn Umar replied, ‘A man came to Umar ibn al-Khattab and said, ‘I have a slave-girl and I used to have intercourse with her. My wife went to her and suckled her. When I went to the girl, my wife told me to watch out, because she had suckled her!’ Umar told him to beat his wife and to go to his slave-girl because kinship by suckling was only by the suckling of the young.’ “

Classification of hadith: Sahih (authentic)

Sunni collection: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī. In Sunni “Islam”, it’s considered the most authentic book after the Quran.

Sahih al-Bukhari Book 88 Hadith 219

Narrated Abu Bakra:

During the battle of Al-Jamal, Allah benefited me with a Word (I heard from the Prophet). When the Prophet heard the news that the people of the Persia had made the daughter of Khosrau their Queen (ruler), he said, “Never will succeed such a nation as makes a woman their ruler.

The first three Sunni “Rightly Guided” Caliphs, are well known to be a misoginiyst tyrants. There are so many authentic Sunni traditions narrating how Abu Bakr and Umar beat women, related to them or not, that we can’t list them all here due to the technical limitations. The most famous case is when both afromentioned Sunni role models, assaulted physically Fatima (سلام الله علیها), the daughter of Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله‎‎). There are others, such as previously mentioned above; Umar allegedly convincing Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله‎‎) that there are instances where women should be beaten, Aisha stating that the best of women are not those complaining about domestic violence, Umar randomly hitting his wife and stating that Muslim men can do so without impunity, Umar telling man to beat his wife because she de facto blocked the way for him to keep having sex with his slave. However, there’s also Abu Bakr who hit his daughter Aisha so hard, that she “remained motionless as if I was dead” because “that hit was very painful”:

Classification of hadith: Sahih (authentic)

Sunni collection: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī. In Sunni “Islam”, it’s considered the most authentic book after the Quran.

Sahih al-Bukhari Book 82 Hadith 828

Narrated Aisha:

Abu Bakr came to towards me and struck me violently with his fist and said, “You have detained the people because of your necklace.” But I remained motionless as if I was dead lest I should awake Allah’s Apostle although that hit was very painful.

In previously listed hadith, second Sunni “Rightly Guided” Caliph said that the husbands won’t be asked why they beat their wives. Note that to give HIS statement legitimacy, Umar supposedly repeated the words of Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله‎‎), which of course is a filthy lie attributed to the Messenger of God by the tyrant who beat random women on the streets (ISIS continues such glorious traditions of their second caliph):

Ironically, Umar is named by the Sunni religion as Al-Farooq (“the one who distinguishes between right and wrong”).

Saudi hell for women

The national television of the Sunni Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has aired a video, in which a Sunni Islamic family doctor is seen teaching men in the country how to ‘properly’ beat their wives. The video is believed to have been aired in the country in early February, 2016. The Kingdom’s government is said to have approved the video, and that is why it was given airtime on national television. After airing the video in Saudi Arabia, the Saudi government released the controversial video in the United States via the Washington DC-based Middle East Media Research Institute, in April 2016. Women activists group describe the video as nothing less than infuriating. Among some, he blamed the women for provoking their husbands, expressing shock that some women are ‘stubborn’ to the point that only beatings can bring them to order.

Some women groups have called for the United States government to condemn the video, as it denigrates womanhood. But neither the State Department, which is responsible for international relations for the country, nor any government official from the White House, has commented on the controversial video.

This is not the first time the United States has turned a blind eye on happenings in Saudi Arabia, its second (after Israel) closest ally in the Middle East. Early in 2016, Saudi Arabia embarked on an exercise of beheading people who speak against the dictatorial policies of the country’s ruling class. 47 people, including a prominent Saudi Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Bakir al-Nimr, were beheaded on January 1st, 2016, for “embarking on anti-government activities.” This sparked huge outcry from the (Shia) Muslims worldwide. The United States never commented, or issued a statement, on the beheadings.

Once again a Sunni “scholar” goes on national television and ‘reminds’ everybody that the women are subjected to the men and their violent desires. Don’t forget that Arabic religious channels (especially those operated by the governments), are watched daily by millions of people. More different Sunni “scholars” on the subject:

Except Sunni books and TV clerical encouragement of violence, on March 11, 2002, a fire at a girls’ school in Mecca, Saudi Arabia killed fifteen people, all young girls. The event was especially notable due to complaints that Saudi Arabia’s religious police (aka the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice) stopped schoolgirls from leaving the burning building and hindered rescue workers because “the girls were not wearing correct Islamic dress”, and possibly for not being escorted by a male. According to at least two reports, members of the CPVPV, also known as Mutaween, would not allow the girls to escape or to be saved from the fire because they were “not properly covered”, and the mutaween “did not want physical contact to take place between the girls and the civil defense forces for fear of sexual enticement”, the girls were locked in by the police, and forced back into the building. Civil Defense stated that the fire had extinguished itself before they arrived on the scene. CPVPV officers did appear to object to Civil Defense workers going into the building—Human Rights Watch quoted a Civil Defense officer as saying, “Whenever the girls got out through the main gate, these people forced them to return via another. Instead of extending a helping hand for the rescue work, they were using their hands to beat us.”

In another case, in 2014; a female student at a Saudi university died after being denied access to advanced medical assistance because the paramedics were male. Senior members of the faculty prevented the paramedics from entering primarily because the student was not fully covered and they did not want to get unrelated men in close proximity to her.

In 2015, a woman in Saudi Arabia has secretly filmed her husband cheating on her at their home by groping a housemaid. The vengeful wife published the video online, but now faces up to one year in prison according to the kingdom’s laws for “insulting husband’s dignity.” There are hundreds cases a year about servants and housemaids (imported from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and poor African countries) being treated like slaves, denied pay or raped and killed (often after enduring long term tortures). Such crimes go mainly unpunished.

Peadophilia and underage marriages

Underage arranged marriages are widespread in majority Sunni communities, as they are justified (again) with an “authentic” Sunni ahadith that Aisha was six or seven years old when she was married to Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله‎‎), with the marriage not being consummated until the age of nine or ten years old (see Sahih al-Bukhari, 5:58:234, 5:58:236, 7:62:64, 7:62:65, 7:62:88, Sahih Muslim, 8:3309, 8:3310, 8:3311, 41:4915, Sunan Abu Dawood, 41:4917). For example:

Sahih al-Bukhari Book 62, Hadith 64

Narrated ‘Aisha: that the Prophet married her when she was six years old and he consummated his marriage when she was nine years old, and then she remained with him for nine years (i.e., till his death).

Some Sunni sources disagree. Ibn Hisham wrote in his biography of Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله‎‎) that she may have been… ten years old at the consummation. Ibn Khallikan, as well as Ibn Sa’d al-Baghdadi citing Hisham ibn Urwah, record that she was… nine years old at marriage, and twelve at consummation.

The notion of Aisha being younger than 18 years old is widely refuted and proven as a lie against the Prophet of Islam by numerous true Islamic scholars who expose such mockery of Islam and its Last Prophet:

 

(Shia) Islamic response to the un-islamic Sunni oppression against women

Classification of hadith: Sahih (authentic)

Shia collection.

Jami’ al-Akhbar, p. 447, no. 1259

Prophet Muhammad (May Allah grant peace and honor on him and his family) said:

“I am truly astonished at the man who beats his wife when he is more deserving of the beating than her!”

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And do not mix the truth with falsehood or conceal the truth while you know [it]. [2:42]

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