Can Islam Be Compatible with Feminism?

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You must be joking.

No matter how hard you try, you simply can not make this work. The whole point of feminism is freedom, and choice. The literal translation of Islam is SUBMISSION. Look at the polls. Over 80 percent of Somali's in America agree that the cartoonist murdered for making fun of Mohammed should have been murdered. Muslims don't believe in freedom., especially for women. They do believe in rape. Yes, catholic priests have abused kids, but this is a tiny number of people. Meanwhile, refugees in Europe are stacking up huge crime statistics, especially in raping women and children. You can not compare something that happened decades ago to a tiny group of people to something happening to a huge number of people right now. Thats the thing about feminism, it is trying to be so inclusive that it is alienating white( and many black) middle class women faster and faster.

Martine 44 days ago

Sure if feminists will accept

Sure if feminists will accept:

1) Female genital mutilation

2) Punishing rape victims

3) Honor killing

4) Strapping bombs to children

5) Sexually enslaving women

6) Murdering homosexuals

7) Child marriage

8) Domestic Violence

9) Disciplining or Punishing Wives

Rainbow Zombie more than 1 year ago

Feminism is causing declined

Feminism is causing declined birth rates, it disrupts the very fabric of humanity. Since the dawn of humanity, men provided, women cared for children. Now South Korea and Japan and Europe are all seeing declines in birth rates... importing Muslims from the middle east and Indians might give Europe an extra life line, but the core way societies function must change to encourage more stable birth rates. You just can't have that when women are behaving like men instead of being mothers.

CJ more than 1 year ago

Thought you might be

Thought you might be interested in reading this old column from the Arab News.
Pass it by some of your local feminists and see what they think---------

Punishing Disobedient Wives
Ghada Al-Hori • Al-Watan
Arab News Tues Aug 23rd 2005

I find it unacceptable when some people twist the meaning of a particular verse in the Holy Qur’an — especially the one which permits a husband to beat his disobedient wife. Those who do the twisting must understand that the permission is only given under certain circumstances and that the beating is intended as a remedy for specific situations. It is unfortunate that some well-known and respected Muslim scholars have either willingly or unwillingly joined a campaign seeking to distort the meaning of that particular verse.
In many cases, they have given a different meaning from the one actually intended. The verse — number 34 in Surah IV — reads as follows: “Men are the protectors and maintainers of women because Allah has given the one more (strength) than the other, and because they support them from their means. Therefore, righteous women are devotedly obedient and guard in (the husband’s) absence what Allah would have them guard. And to those women on whose part ye fear disloyalty and ill-conduct, admonish them (first) and (then) refuse to share their beds (and last) beat them (lightly), but if they return to obedience, seek not against them means of annoyance.”
It is quite obvious here that Islam adopts a gradual approach starting with verbal admonishment of the wife, then seeks a period of refraining from conjugal relations and, finally, if the husband finds the situation very serious, he may strike his disobedient wife.
Some scholars have even suggested that the punishment (beating) cited here is not of the physical nature and that what the husband is required to do is stay away from the disobedient wife. In short, they say the husband should leave the house and go to another place. This is not what is actually intended in the verse.
The beating which is only prescribed in the case of disobedient wives is intended to serve as a remedy in an unusual situation. If the husband feels the wife is behaving in a disobedient and rebellious manner, he is required to rectify her attitude — first by kind words, then gentle persuasion and reasoning. Beating as a last resort must never be understood to entail using a stick or any other instrument that would cause pain or injury.
A rebellious woman who is not moved by kind works, persuasion and admonition is a woman of no feeling and must therefore be punished by beating. Psychiatrists tell us of people, including women, for whom a cure lies in beating.
The controversy over the beating of disloyal and rebellious women is part of the campaign against Islam. If beating disobedient wives was advocated by Western scientists, it would have been widely supported by the same people who criticize Islam and special centers would have been set up all over the world to train husbands on how to beat their wives.
Our scholars should focus on explaining to people, especially the young, the real teachings of Islam in order to avoid causing uncertainty and confusion.

Tim N more than 2 years ago

So which are the verses that

So which are the verses that highlight the equality of men and women? And where is Islam practiced in such a way that men and women are treated equally? The Quran specifically says that women are half a man's worth when it comes to inheritance or giving evidence in court, can be subjected to sexual slavery and can (should) be beaten. Men can have many wives of very young age (Aisha the most famous example) and force them to have sex at their whim.

Quran 4:34 "Men are in charge of women, because Allah hath made the one of them to excel the other, and because they spend of their property (for the support of women). So good women are the obedient, guarding in secret that which Allah hath guarded. As for those from whom ye fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to beds apart, and scourge them."

How is any of this compatible with feminism, in theory or practice?

Marie Jones more than 2 years ago

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