led by the Muslim Brotherhood, are working to isolate Maghrebi communities in
the West by all means. Since most of the Islamists originated from Maghreb
countries, they are aware of the special sensitivity of Maghrebi migrants
towards the subject of women.
Islamist friends have focused their brainwashing efforts on women because the
latter are the main agents in raising children. Not only that, they worked to
Islamise those born in the West to present them as models for the newcomers to
Brothers have invested in that patriarchal mindset that is deeply rooted in
Algerian, Tunisian and Moroccan men, who see women as weak beings who need to
be guided, maintained and controlled so as not to sully the family’s honour.
those values and attitudes towards women were long discarded as being part of a
feudal and backward system, the Muslim Brotherhood is trying to coat them with
an Islamic religious character and turn them into a soft Islamic law that finds
its place in the consciousness and unconsciousness of the coming Muslims.
insidiously focus on a woman’s right and freedom to wear the Hijab, the Jilbab
and their derivatives. What they are doing is defending her right to choose
submission and slavery only because they are seeking to deprive her of her
freedom and to delude her father, husband or brother that it is part of his
Islamists take an indirect approach to convince girls of their inferiority so
their submission comes voluntarily, supposedly not imposed on them by others,
and they boast about the freedom of Muslim women. What they mean by “freedom”
is that women “choose” what the males want.
apparent and formal integration of most North Africans in Western societies,
they consider every woman — be she single, divorced or widowed — who wishes to
break free from social, cultural and masculine oppression a corrupt, rogue
woman and that it is up to the brother, father, male relative or Muslim in
general to intervene to bring her back to the Islamic cultural fold.
the reality is that very few women defy family and neighbourhood pressure and
liberate themselves. Those who do pay dearly for their emancipation. Their
reputation is tarnished in the mosque and the neighbourhood and some are
verbally and physically abused. We’ve heard of honour killings in France.
does not always surface and may not always be seen. Many radicalised females,
for example, do not wear the veil. However, despite their modern appearance,
deep down they have submitted to the teachings of that soft Sharia behind which
lurk the Salafists and the Muslim Brothers.
accumulation of cultural, traditional and religious heritage remains deeply
rooted in the souls of most Muslims living in France and perhaps to a greater
extent than what can be seen with Muslims of the countries of origin, maybe
because of their overwhelming fear of gradually melting into French society and
of losing their cultural identity.
of the Muslim Brotherhood is to invest in that fear and exploit it. Brotherhood
members sneak through the family and community spheres to delude Muslims of the
West that what guarantees the preservation of their identity is women — if they
abide by sharia.
Muslim women find themselves forced into duty and committed to wearing a veil
or a niqab or a burqa or a jilbab — or all of them at the same time. Other
females may just cover their hair or always wear a hat. If they have the
freedom to go out on their own, they’ll make sure to return home before
without conviction, this type of commitment results in a turbulent
psychological state and this forced adherence to calcified traditions in a
modern society inevitably leads to becoming isolated from other components of
cases, the radicalised Muslim women’s relationship with their contrasting
environment becomes complicated, as illustrated by their strained relationships
with their children’s schools because teachers in French public schools do not
accept veiled parents when they accompany their children during class outings,
sharia dictates that Muslim women in France, regardless of their social,
financial, professional and academic status, remain under the guardianship of
the family environment, governed by customs from ancient times. These women end
up imprisoned in their original culture and deny themselves any romantic
relationship, for example, with male French compatriots, especially if the
latter are non-Muslim or from a different ethnic background. This is just a
sample of the repressive moral guardianship imposed on women by this soft
Sharia under the banner of moderate Islam.
the claim of following a moderate version of Islam and the soft Sharia approach
used by the Muslim Brothers are but transitional tactics that are part of the
Brotherhood’s so-called “Tamkeen” (“empowerment”) strategy, which paves the way
for the literal application of “hardcore” Sharia.
hope for Muslim women in the West to free themselves from the grip of the
Muslim Brothers is to become aware of the achievements of the feminist movements
and other women’s liberation movements that resist religious and social
obscurantism in their countries of origin, such as in Tunisia, Algeria and
Headline: Soft sharia smothers Muslim women in France
Source: The Arab Weekly