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Islam, Women and Feminism (01 Nov 2019 NewAgeIslam.Com)

Soft Sharia: What French Islamist Mean by ‘Freedom’ Is That Women ‘Choose’ What the Males Want

By Hamid Zanaz


Islamists, 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.

Our 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 emulate.

The Muslim 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.

Even though 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.

They 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 religious-cultural identity.

The 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.

Despite the 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.

Unfortunately, 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.

Radicalisation 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.

This 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.

The strategy 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.

Thus, 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 sundown.

When made 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 French society.

In all 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, for example.

The soft 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.

Ultimately, 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.

The only 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 Morocco.

Original Headline: Soft sharia smothers Muslim women in France

Source: The Arab Weekly

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islam,-women-and-feminism/hamid-zanaz/soft-sharia--what-french-islamist-mean-by-‘freedom’-is-that-women-‘choose’-what-the-males-want/d/120144


  • The practice of women choose what the men want instead of women choose what the women want contradicts against the word of Quran.
    An-Nisa (The Women) - 4:19
    يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ لاَ يَحِلُّ لَكُمْ أَن تَرِثُواْ النِّسَاء كَرْهًا وَلاَ تَعْضُلُوهُنَّ لِتَذْهَبُواْ بِبَعْضِ مَا آتَيْتُمُوهُنَّ إِلاَّ أَن يَأْتِينَ بِفَاحِشَةٍ مُّبَيِّنَةٍ وَعَاشِرُوهُنَّ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ فَإِن كَرِهْتُمُوهُنَّ فَعَسَى أَن تَكْرَهُواْ شَيْئًا وَيَجْعَلَ اللّهُ فِيهِ خَيْرًا كَثِيرًا (4:19)
    Basit -   Hussari -   Minshawi -  f
    Ya ayyuha allatheena amanoo la yahillu lakum an tarithoo alnnisaa karhan walataAAduloohunna litathhaboo bibaAAdi ma ataytumoohunna illa an yateena bifahishatin mubayyinatin waAAashiroohunna bialmaAAroofi fain karihtumoohunna faAAasa an takrahoo shayan wayajAAala Allahu feehi khayran katheeran
    Topics discussed in this Verse:
    [Dower] [Inheritance] [Vice to be avoided] [Women]
    4:19 (Asad) O YOU who have attained to faith! It is not lawful for you to [try to] become heirs to your wives [by holding onto them] against their will; [17] and neither shall you keep them under constraint with a view to taking away anything of what you may have given them, unless it be that they have become guilty, in an obvious man­ner, of immoral conduct. [18] And consort with your wives [19] in a goodly manner; for if you dislike them, it may well be that you dislike something which God might yet make a source of [20]abundant good. -  
    The phrase, It is not lawful for you to..become heirs to your wives..against their will, here can mean it is not lawful for men to become women's husbands as the heirs to your wives against their will.  In other words, Quran 4:19 permits free will of women instead of constraining themselves as second class of creature to men.  As it demands men not to do things against their will, women should have the right to choose what they want instead of men have to constrain women to do things what women do not like.
    Quran 85:10 forbids men to persecute believing women:
     Al-Buruj (The Big Stars) - 85:10  [read in context]
    إِنَّ الَّذِينَ فَتَنُوا الْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَالْمُؤْمِنَاتِ ثُمَّ لَمْ يَتُوبُوا فَلَهُمْ عَذَابُ جَهَنَّمَ وَلَهُمْ عَذَابُ الْحَرِيقِ (85:10)
    Basit -   Hussari -   Minshawi -  f
    Inna allatheena fatanoo almumineena waalmuminati thumma lam yatooboo falahum AAathabu jahannama walahum AAathabu alhareeqi
    Topics discussed in this Verse:
    [Repentance] [Unbelievers:persecuting the Believers]
    Verily, as for those who persecute believing men and believing women, and thereafter do not repent, hell's suffering awaits them: yea, suffering through fire awaits them! [6] - 85:10 (Asad) -  
    As the extract above demands men not to persecute believing men, there is no reason for men to set rule in such a way to humiliate women and to hurt them so much so they are constrained by men to cause them to feel like they are a second class of people that they cannot choose what they want instead they are forced to choose what men want.  The way they act against women might torture their feeling since women cannot do things what they like and every of their movement has been constrained to what men like instead of what they like.  Quran 85:10 warns men who torture the mind of believing women if they do not repent, their destiny is in hell fire.  In fact, Muslim men should give respect to believing women instead of torturing their minds.  If believing women do not want to put on hijab or want to choose whatever things they like, they should not constrain them to hurt their feeling.  Men should live harmony with them to treat them as one single community instead of treating them as second class of people to do things what they like without seeking information from women.
    Hadith does not make hijab to be compulsion.  The following is the extract:
    It was narrated from 'Aishah that her paternal uncle through breast-feeding, whose name was Aflah, asked permission to meet her, and she observed Hijab before him. The Messenger of Allah was told about that and he said:
    "Do not observe Hijab before him, for what becomes unlawful (for marriage) through breast-feeding is that which becomes unlawful through lineage."
    أَخْبَرَنَا قُتَيْبَةُ، قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا اللَّيْثُ، عَنْ يَزِيدَ بْنِ أَبِي حَبِيبٍ، عَنْ عِرَاكٍ، عَنْ عُرْوَةَ، عَنْ عَائِشَةَ، أَنَّهَا أَخْبَرَتْهُ أَنَّ عَمَّهَا مِنَ الرَّضَاعَةِ يُسَمَّى أَفْلَحَ اسْتَأْذَنَ عَلَيْهَا فَحَجَبَتْهُ فَأُخْبِرَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم فَقَالَ ‏ "‏ لاَ تَحْتَجِبِي مِنْهُ فَإِنَّهُ يَحْرُمُ مِنَ الرَّضَاعِ مَا يَحْرُمُ مِنَ النَّسَبِ ‏"‏ ‏.‏
    The extract above is from Sunan an-Nasa'i 3301, in-book reference book 26, hadith 106, English translation vol 4, book 26, hadith 3303.
    The phrase, Do not observe Hijab before him, here Aishah needed not to put on Hijab before a man who was not her husband or children.  Yet this hadith verse permits her not to put on hijab before him.  It gives the implication that putting on hijab is not a compulsion to Muslim women.  If Muslim women insist not to put it on, men have to respect their decision instead of hurting them.
    By zuma - 11/1/2019 8:18:19 PM

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