Islam vs. Women

Common Sense And Wonder posted an article that is just one in a long line of assaults that the religion of Islam encourages against women. Someday women might wake up. Maybe. Even though the case is made that Muslim women have rights and that Islam gives parity to the sexes, the history is not there. No one looks at the history, they just take the words of ideologues and argue from there. but here is just one more example to tuck in your file for taking stock of really goes on when this religion has dominance in a culture- and we are not even discussing human rights violations against other religious groups.

Last week, the Senate (Malaysia’s Upper House) approved controversial amendments to the Islamic Family Law (Federal Territories) Bill 2005.

Under the new Section 107A of the law, a husband is allowed to obtain an injunction preventing the disposition of property by a wife or a former wife.

The amendment also endorses man’s right to polygamy without having to prove he is financially capable of treating his wives on equal footing before taking on another.

Upon taking a new wife, men can now seize property belonging to existing wives, and they are also given new rights to claim assets after a divorce, as well as less obligation to pay compensation and maintenance.

evil evil iniquitous evil. that is all I can say to this.

3 thoughts on “Islam vs. Women”

  1. While I agree with you that some of the current legislations in Muslim countries are totally encouraging a certain submission of women to men, I must correct you on the your statement, in which you blame the Islam of this injustice.

    The examples you gave of new legislations are totally AGAINST the Shari3a ruling, the Islamic family law! It’s not the Shari3a/Islam to blame on this particular matter; it’s the government of these countries implementing such rules, again totally against the Islamic/Shari3a family law.

    On the other hand, you could also take a look at new family law legislations, which could be seen as a successful effort of combining the Islamic family law with new directives, which aim on one hand to implement the shari3a rulings as these were supposed to and on the other hand to guarantee the rights of contemporary Muslim women. Take a look at the new Moroccan family law. It still allow men to marry with more than one wife, but only when providing full financial statement which proves his capability, and only with consent of the first wife(s).

  2. Bittersweet, I have to protest again on the basis of the history. Although it may be argued that this is a cultural/government inequity, the facts are that in any country where the Islamic religion is dominant a specific profile arises.

    The combination of polygamy, of the low status of women, and of the way divorce is practiced combines in a poisonous mix to demean and degrade women and ruin their lives, if not outright taking of their existance, comes to the forefront in both de facto and de jure practices.

    It is only when values from outside Islam temper its effectual domain that we see any sort of dignity and respect for women as a group. The history is long enough and loud enough.

    If you are Muslim I think you are having a hard enough time within the religion holding the line for contemporary rights against the more fundamental forces instituting Shari’a law.

    I will soon be commenting on some things in [any] religion which might obliquely address this, namely that the outcome of the religious belief and the reality of how it impacts the actual life of man holds importance in judging its truth. I think a lynchpin in the arguments for belief is “Does it work in the reality of the universe and of mankind?”

    What is the reality of Islam? It becomes more apparent by the day. And this law in Malaysia is just one more illustration.

    What tempers this is that Muslims are human people- with the inhumanity of man against man, there are always efforts towards good. That is not a question to me, the question is what does the belief system support? How does it work out in the lives of its adherents. I think that is a fair component of judging it.

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