ISLAM NEWSROOM - "Muslim Woman Attacks Back"
Giving credit - where credit is due: Muslim sisters really RULE! GO GIRLS!
Bismillah - A Muslim woman shuts down a big mouth bigot for insulting her intelegence, here clothes and her faith.
Here's what the guys says --
“Hey camel jockey, why you wearing a rag on your head? You’re in America now - where Christianity gives you freedom of everything. You’re not under 'Shariah Law' like back in Saudi where you can’t even drive a car. Go on back to Saudi, where Islam was born, and where you got no brains and no rights at all.”
— The Muslim sister could have just ignored his harsh attack on her clothing, her mind and her faith. Or she could have lashed out at him, returning his insults and mockery.But she did something better, much better.
Instead, she delivered a short and beautiful, yet simple history lesson with grace and style.
Here’s how she replied:
Thank you for asking me about my religion and for your kind concern over my rights and beliefs.
I do understand your worries about Islam, about Shari'ah and about women's RIGHTS.
You probably have these misconceptions from news and social media. So I’m happy to share a few minutes to help you clear up your misunderstandings and misinformation.
Now, as you know, there were no cars 1400 years ago, but it was at that time when Islam came to bring the desert women out of a male dominated lifestyle and out of the darkness of false worship.
Ever since Islam came, Muslim women enjoy many RIGHTS that women in other places didn’t get until just a few decades ago.
Women were given many rights by the Shari’ah Law in Islam - over 1,400 years ago, long before Christians even thought about them.
Like the RIGHT to vote, the RIGHT to work, the RIGHT to education, the RIGHT to own property, the RIGHT to her own inheritance, the RIGHT to be provided for by her husband, the RIGHT to prenuptial agreements in marriage and most important, the RIGHT to divorce - if her husband does not provide her RIGHTS of marriage.
First, let’s take for instance, the RIGHT to vote. Did you know women in the U.S. could not even vote in elections until August 18, 1920 with the passing of the 19th amendment to the constitution. This was known as women’s suffrage.
Muslim women have always had the RIGHT to vote in their community dealings.
What about the RIGHT to work? If a Muslim works, it’s her RIGHT as long as she wants and she can keep all the money she makes.
But before the 1970s, an American woman could not keep her job if she was pregnant. Until the Pregnancy Discrimination Act in 1978, women could be fired from their workplace for being pregnant.
Education is a very important part of Islam and both men and women have the RIGHT to it and are encouraged to learn. The wife of prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, named Ayesha was one of the first and foremost of Muslim scholars and the first dean of Al Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt was over 1,000 years ago - a Muslim woman.
Higher education was assumed to only be for men in America since colonial times. It wasn’t until March 22, 1972 when the Equal Rights Amendment for Women was passed, that women could actually go to court over discrimination in regard to education. Even until the turn of the century, education beyond basic reading and writing was not common. Incidentally, the United States was proud to announce their very first woman dean of a university only 10 years ago.
How about the RIGHT Muslim women have over their own bodies. The hijab or covering of a Muslim woman represents her independence from sexual harassment in public and in particular the workplace.
American women could not report cases of sexual harassment in the workplace.The first time that a court recognized sexual harassment in the workplace was in 1977 and it wasn’t until 1980 that sexual harassment was officially defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Islam gave women the RIGHT to manage her own finances, own businesses, holdings and real estate.
This was not so for American women until the Equal Credit Opportunity Act in 1974. Until then American women were not allowed to even apply for credit. Finally, In 1975, the first women’s bank was opened.
Muslim women are protected by the Shari’ah Law against any sexual assault, even by her own husband. Her body is not his property, although she is encouraged to share the bed with him, but not in certain times, like during her menses or during pregnancy.
The husband is not allowed to penetrate her anus under any circumstances. Islam encourages women to be considerate of their husband’s needs, but does not allow for any type of abuse or physical force. Muslim women have this RIGHT according the Quran’s teachings of Shari’ah.
And until the 1990’s a woman in the U.S. could not refuse to have sex with her husband. The mid 70s saw most states recognize marital rape and in 1993 it became criminalized in all 50 states.
Nevertheless, marital rape is still often treated differently to other forms of rape in some states even today.
Islam gave women the right to terminate their marriage, although with encouragement to try to make it work, she has the RIGHT to complain to authorities that she just doesn’t want to be married to her husband anymore, without going into too much details. Again, that’s for 1,400 years.
Women in the U.S. could not get a divorce without serious difficulty. Before the No Fault Divorce law in 1969, spouses had to show the faults of the other party, such as adultery, and could easily be overturned by recrimination.
Another RIGHT Muslim women have for 14 centuries is the RIGHT to her own wealth without sharing it with her husband.
Community property laws have always been a problem for women in the U.S. and men too for that matter.
Sir, I’m not debating here, but you did bring it up, OK?
Another point, Arabia - not Saudi - is where the Last Testament, the Quran was sent down to Muhammad, peace be upon him. But many things practiced there today are not from Islam, nor agreed upon by many Muslims today (like: NO WOMEN DRIVERS).
In fact, the current kingdom there today, took control over most of Arabia during tribal wars between Muslims, less than a hundred years ago.
Actually, the things we see today related to oppression, aggression and terrorism are coming from a return to male dominated rulership and oppressive rules and barbaric laws. This did not come from Islam at all.
Realistically, these came from power, greed and politics, endorsing the very same warped thinking that you are criticizing.
(the man shut his mouth, lowered his gaze and slowly walked away)
— We hope you enjoyed this well thought out reply by an educated Muslim sister.
Is it any wonder that 3 times as many women come to Islam as men - EVERY DAY?
Take a look at the number of women you see us give shahadah to, and there is your proof.
Be blessed and in peace, always. Salam alaykum.