Sunday, June 10, 2012

Some things need to change

I was reading this article on CNN today

"But the campaign isn't really about driving, she said. Driving, in one sense, is a stand-in for other issues. Women in Saudi Arabia won't be allowed to vote or hold public office until 2015. They can't get married, leave the country, go to school or open bank accounts without permission from a male guardian, who usually is the father or husband. Much of public life is segregated by gender."

Then I looked at the picture again.
Manal al-Sharif, honored for

She states that she wants to be a source of inspiration for women.  However, there is one thing that needs to happen first.  She did well by taking action however, she has to protest that her religion change for the better.  Islam is supposed to be a peaceful religion.  However the people who want to claim a stake for the "holy place" such as the Sunni and the Shiites condemn that practice of peace.  The modern world we live in today does not apply to what is written in the Quaran when it comes to women's rights.  I understand that she has her beliefs, but if women want change, they have to let go of the practices that are holding them back. This women started her dissent with this act.  Lets see if other women follow towards the path of change.

For most of you who are wondering why women in countries under Islamic rule are treated this way, look no further than Islam itself.
Muslims believe that the Quran is perfect and from Allah, therefore it must be followed to the letter. The quran looks down on women and treats them as property (as some other poster already mentioned). But I will go 1 step further and show u the verses in the quaran where this kind of treatment of women is divinely certified by allah himself.
The quran commands a husband to beat his wife, calls women less intelligent/inferior to men, women are permanently ill, and most of the inhabitants of hell are... you guessed it, women.

You ask: Show me where quran supports beating of women?
Quran condones wife beating:
"As for these from women, fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to beds apart and scourge them." - Quran Chapter 4:34
Muham_mad also suggests threatening your wife with the scourge as a constant reminder:
"On the authority of Muhammad (peace and blessing of Allah be upon him), he said: ‘Hang up your scourge in a place where your wife (or wives) can see it.’ - Kash-shaf (the revealer) of al-Zamakhshari (Vol. 1, p. 525)
And after beating your wife:
"a man must not be asked why he beat his wife." - Quran sura 4:34

You ask: Show me where Quran says that women are inferior to men?
Muham_mad said that a woman's intelligence is half that of a man:
The Prophet said, "Isn't the witness of a woman equal to half of that of a man?" The women said, "Yes." He said, "This is because of the deficiency of a woman's mind." Abu Dawud (2142)
From Quran: "If they party liable is mentally deficient, or weak, or unable Himself to dictate, Let his guardian dictate faithfully, and get two witnesses, out of your own men, and if there are not two men, then a man and two women, such as ye choose, for witnesses, so that if one of them errs, the other can remind her. " - Quran Chapter 2:282
This clearly shows that Islam regards women inferior to men. That's why under Sharia (Islamic) law, two women are needed to make up one male witness.
So even if a muslim woman has a PHD, her intelligence is only half that of an illiterate muslim man!
When it comes to inheritance, the quran also shafts women:
"Allah (thus) directs you as regards your Children's (Inheritance): to the male, a portion equal to that of two females" - Quran Chapter 4:011.
Here we clearly see that Islam views women as below men.
Even allah wants to send his godly messages to men only:
"And before thee also the messengers We sent were but men, to whom We granted inspiration: if ye realise this not, ask of those who possess the Message." - Quran Chpater 16:043
"Allah chooses messengers from angels and from men for Allah is He Who hears and sees (all things)." - Quran Chapter 22:075

You ask: Show me where Quran says that women are permanently ill?
"They question thee (O Muhammad) concerning menstruation. Say: It is an illness, so let women alone at such times and go not in unto them till they are cleansed. And when they have purified themselves, then go in unto them as Allah hath enjoined upon you. Truly Allah loveth those who turn unto Him, and loveth those who have a care for cleanness." - Quran chapter 2:222
So Islam considers menstruation an illness?

You ask: Show me where in a supporting hadith that it says that women are the majority of inhabitants in hell?
In Sahih of al-Bukhari (Vol. 7, p.94), Muhammad said, "I stood at the gate of the fire and saw that the majority of those who entered it were women."

This religion needs to reform.  It can hold on to its values and beliefs, but some things do not apply.  For example in the bible it says to sacrifice animals.  People who read the bible just don't do that anymore.

In this religion women are degraded and in today's society these Qua ran texts do not apply.  If these countries want to move forward, stop fighting, and change for the better.  What better way then to educate yourself.  Reformation will only come from a large amount of people screaming for change.  I am not criticizing anyone's beliefs.  I am merely stating facts that many people feel need to happen in order for the Middle East to become a peaceful place.  Democracy alone can't change a nation.  A man cannot rule another man, rules and laws are put in place for safety and such, but to be truly independent and understand many things and most likely not contribute to problems is to educate yourself about the world around you.

It  is easy to point a finger,  but it takes great determination and work to turn that pointing finger into an open hand to welcome change, to welcome another hand that has opened up as well.

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