Friday, January 26, 2007

What Islam Means to Women, Part 5

Supplements and documentation to this study

I have reproduced Muhammad’s farewell sermon here in it’s entirety.
  • So that the text can be seen in it’s context
  • A good short overview of Islam by its founder can be seen

The Prophet Muhmmad's (p.b.u.h.) Farewell Sermon, translated by Nuh Ha Mim Keller:

"O people, hear me well: I explain to you. For I do not know; I may well not meet you again in this place where I now stand, after this year of mine. 

O people: your lives and your property, until the very day you meet your Lord, are as inviolable to each other as the inviolability of this day you are now in, and the month you are now in. Have I given the message? -- O Allah, be my witness. So let whoever has been given something for safekeeping give it back to him who gave him it. 

What Islam Means to Women, Part 4

Women, Intelligence and Hell fire

Muhammad had 15 wives; he allowed everyone else to have 4. By the end of his life, he appears to have been pretty cynical.  In a nutshell, women in Islam have been largely consigned to hell because of their supposed lack of intellect and ungratefulness.

Here are a group of women complaining to Muhammad about his teaching regarding them.  Muhammad explains why:
"[Muhammad said]: O womenfolk, you should give charity and ask much forgiveness for I saw you in bulk amongst the dwellers of Hell. A wise lady among them said: Why is it, Messenger of Allah, that our folk is in bulk in Hell? Upon this the Holy Prophet observed: You curse too much and are ungrateful to your spouses. I have seen none lacking in common sense and failing in religion but (at the same time) robbing the wisdom of the wise, besides you.
Upon this the woman remarked: What is wrong with our common sense and with religion? He (the Holy Prophet) observed: Your lack of common sense (can be well judged from the fact) that the evidence of two women is equal to one man, that is a proof of the lack of common sense”  [Sahih Muslim, Abdul Hamid Siddiqi, tr., Number 142.]

Note that it takes two women to override the testimony of one man in a court of law.  Crimes against women when they finally do come about are very difficult to prove for obvious reasons.  

What Islam Means to Women, Part 3

Protection and standing before God and man

Two more areas of  great divide between Islam and Christianity relevant to the standing of women are:
  1. Protection of a woman’s right to say no 
  2. The overall presumption of the inherent competence of a woman. 
Most do not realize that Muhammad actually promoted slavery... especially sexual slavery.  Christianity restricted it and eventually rejected it.  Muhammad promoted it.   For Christians to “force” slaves into fornication is repulsive to the entire concept of Christian respect for their fellow man… Muslims, on the other hand, have kept much of this alive in their part of the world. Here the mob traffics in women. Note the vastly differing mindset of Islam:
“Also (forbidden are) women already married, except those (captives and slaves) whom your right hands possess. Thus has Allah ordained for you." [Koran Surah 4:24]

Note straight from the Koran, that it is not:  1) Rape, 2) Adultery, or even 3) Fornication to force your attentions on either captives or slaves!  Read on…..
"Yahya related to me from Malik from Damra ibn Said al-Mazini from al-Hajjaj ibn Amr ibn Ghaziya that he was sitting with Zayd ibn Thabit when Ibn Fahd came to him. He was from the Yemen. He said, “Abu Said! I have slave-girls. None of the wives in my keep are more pleasing to me than them, and not all of them please me so much that I want a child by them, shall I then _adist_e coitus interruptus?” Zayd ibn Thabit said, “Give an opinion, Hajjaj!” “I said, ‘May Allah forgive you! We sit with you in order to learn from you!’ He said, ‘Give an opinion! ‘I said, ‘She is your field, if you wish, water it, and if you wish, leave it thirsty. I heard that from Zayd.’ Zayd said, ‘He has spoken the truth.’" [Book 29, Number 29.32.99:]

What Islam Means to Women, Part 2

The example of Muhammad's domestic life

“Verily in the messenger of Allah ye have a good example for him who looketh unto Allah and the Last Day, and remembereth Allah much.”  (The Koran, Surah 33.021)
In some ways Muhammad is to Islam what Jesus is to Christianity.  He is the ultimate example of dealing with the other in marriage.  Let’s take a look at Muhammad’s example.  In the first study we noted the type of example Jesus provided.  Let’s see in practice what it means to follow Muhammad. 
We have already noted “how” Muhammad taught to lead your family and forcibly subject your wife.  Here are some of the examples of him doing it.  Aisha is thought to have been his favorite wife.  He married her at age 6 (disputed in some circles).  He consummated the marriage with her at age 9 (virtually undisputed!)  Most of us would view the picture at left as a father daughter picture.  It could actually be a husband and wife within Islam.  In fact the man is too young to be Muhammad.  Aisha (spelling varies)  is the author of these next examples:

  • "The Messenger of God married me in Shawwal in the tenth year after of his prophethood, three years before the Migration as I was six years old. I was nine years old when he consummated the marriage with me." [Tabaqat, 8:58; Abu Dawud, Nikah 34; Ansab al-ashraf, 1:410; Usd al-ghaba, 5:501]
  • "Ayesha said "I have not seen anyone suffering as much as the believing women. Look! Her skin is greener than her clothes!"" [Sahih Bukhari. Volume 7, Book 72, Number 715.]  **The reference to “green skin” is the bruising that follows the beatings in Muhammad’s household. 
  • "-He [Mohammad] struck me [Ayesha] on the chest which caused me pain, and then said: Did you think that Allah and His Apostle would deal unjustly with you?" [Sahih Muslim, Book 4, Number 2127] ***Notice that even his “favorite” bride was subjected to the physical reprimands of a child, only the blows were not those of a spanking….  She describes a punch in the chest, then Muhammad defends his actions. 

What Islam Means to Women, Part 1

Based on Muhammad’s farewell address compared to Ephesians 5:22-33

    Living in our politically correct society, I have begun to fear the ignorance of most when it comes to Islam and it’s impending impact on women in our society.  Even the Islam that exists in this country is so sanitized that most do not realize what will happen if Islam gains a significant voice in our society.  The entire relationship of men and women will change.

     Elijah once made an incredible proclamation in determining who had the right to be called, and worshipped as God.  “Elijah came near to all the people and said, "How long {will} you hesitate between two opinions? If the Jehovah is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him." But the people did not answer him a word.”  (I King 18:21)

      In a very similar and appropriate manner we amend Elijah’s obvious ancient choice.  If Jehovah is God, follow Him, but if Allah, follow him!

    The purpose of this study will be to determine from the “sacred writings” of Islam what this will mean.  One is compelled to observe that wherever in the world that Islam reigns, women are forced into the shadows.  Slavery and degradation follow (literally!).

What Islam Means to Women

This is one of the most important postings I've sent out to date. Islam is a great unknown. I have been compiling the material on Islam for several years now. It’s impact on women is something that all need to be familiar with. Since we have just elected a Muslim to congress the influence of this unknown on our legal system is about to begin. What will said impact be?
When your daughter starts dating a Muslim it will be too late. You need to do the teaching on all this beforehand.
I have gone to great lengths to pull these quotes directly from Islam’s holy books. I wanted all the quotes to be authentic. They are. In fact most of the Islamic material is straight from Muhammad.
Part 1
A comparison between Muhammad’s farewell sermon and Ephesians 5 

 Part 2 
A comparison between Muhammad’s married life and the kind of marriage taught by Christianity.  Did you know that at age 55 Muhammad married a 6 year old girl and consummated the marriage at age 9?

 Part 3 
A survey of the inherent right to “rape” slaves and the inherent incompetence of women as taught by Muhammad. There's a lot of double talk, but when the smoke clears, it is very clear that if they had the power... this would be the fate of unbelieving (i.e. Christian) women.
Part 4  
A survey of the lack of a woman’s intelligence and Muhammad’s vision of hell mostly filled with women.
Part 5
Some of the supporting documentation. This includes Muhammad’s farewell sermon in total also a modern defense of Islamic sleeping with someone you are not married to.

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Thursday, January 4, 2007

The Koran's Teaching on Fighting

 I have begun a series of studies in Islam.  We hear a lot on the local news about Islam being a religion peace and yet we see these pictures of hate and violence.  Moderates say Islam was hijacked.  How can you or I or anyone else know? 

Well, let me share a simple exercise with you that I have begun.  Choose any online Koran with a good search engine and do some word searches.  This will allow you to see visually what the Koran actually teaches. Some so called Christians ignore what the Bible says, but that is not true Christianity.  So to determine true Islam, let’s look at the Koran….  The Koran is obviously the beginning point for Islam. I googled for a Koran and chose this Koran online, which has a search engine.  The benefit of doing this is that no human filters or prejudices are involved.  Just choose a word and search.  A complete picture of every use of the word in this book emerges.

 The search below is the word “fight.”  As a history buff, I know that the West has only maintained peace with the Islamic world for short periods of time since Muhammad.  My obvious question is, “Why?  Why are we constantly at war?” Every time I have brought this hatred and killing up with a Muslim the response has been, “Your old testament has the same things in it!”  You know, that is true.

 Let’s consider the Bible for a moment.  Genesis tells us that man sinned, he sunk into sin and the pain that goes with it.  God destroyed the world over sin at one point, but then started leading a group out of all this. God spent a few thousand years teaching the world a better way… With Jesus, God moved the human race massively forward.  I would submit that 600 years later, Muhammad moved it massively back ward. In other words, to all that follow Muhammad, this is a leap back into the elemental principles of the world. 

Jesus specifically took the sword away from the Christian as a means of spreading or defending his religion.  (Matthew 26:52).  The apostle Paul noted that the sword belonged to civil governments in order to minister, not to Christian ministers (Romans 13:4).  From Jesus' time forward, the religious disputes are to be handled in the mind.

Bottom line? Wars of religion were eliminated by Jesus, but demanded by Muhammad.