Feminism: A Menace to the Ummah
One of the greatest threats to the well-being of the Faith of Muslims, especially, Muslim youth, in the West is Leftist ideology. One of the pillars of Leftist ideology is feminism. It is a dangerous ideology, for its objective—as is stated by its leaders—is to foment discord in the family and subvert the society (see quotes below). And even more dangerous than that is that feminism—by its very nature—leads to rejecting what the Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu `alayhi wasallam) taught. And the one who rejects what the Prophet taught can’t be regarded as a Muslim.
(N.B. In THIS post, I am not addressing the GENUINE problems that extend from men failing to give women their deserved rights and issues of men abusing women. In this post I am dealing with the deviant IDEOLOGY of feminism. Bi’idhnillah, I will address the other issues in a forthcoming post.)
How we frame matters is most important. Many Muslims (naively) allow the Leftist to frame the discourse about women’s rights (or other matters). They fail to realize how their framing (i.e., the framing of the Leftists) is Religiously dangerous. Also, they fail to scrutinize the false premises of Leftist dogma and its inconsistencies.
Feminism allegedly (or at least the stated claims of the feminists—the feminists don’t actually believe in their claims) is:
1 : the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes (Merriam-Webster)
In REALITY the feminists don’t believe in political, economic, and social, equality of the sexes. Rather they believe in “selective ‘equality’”–when convenient for their subversive objectives. The feminists don’t believe in “equal-equality.” In Islam, the idea of “equality” (as the feminists/Lefitsts understand it) is not what the Religion teaches. Islam is promotes JUSTICE—not “equality.” Even Aristotle understood the absurdity of “equality” when he said:
“The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.”
Does any Muslim devoted to bettering himself or herself seek to be “equal” to an alcoholic, gambling addicted, lying, perverted, thieving, devil worshiping, dope fiend? We are commanded, rather, to strive to excel each other in virtuousness. We don’t seek to be “equal” to the lowest elements of the society.
Islam enjoins GENDER JUSTICE—not gender “equality.” There are many naive Muslimahs, who refer to themselves as “feminists”–presumably not realizing the UTTER incompatibility of Islam with feminism—as per its very definition mentioned above. Islam does NOT promote political equality. In the Sacred Law, the Caliph must be a man. As for economics, men are OBLIGATED to support their spouses and children (women are not); men receive a greater share of the inheritance; men must pay a dowry—women do NOT pay a dowry (in the Western tradition, the reverse was true). Socially, men
and women have different rulings—polygyny and dress codes being among the most evident. From the aforementioned, the Muslimah who calls herself a “feminist” is going to suffer from a SEVERE case of cognitive dissonance. Feminism CLAIMS to promote “equality”… Islam does NOT promote “equality”–as per the understanding of feminism.
Which is it going to be? The Prophet for the Muslims of this era is Muhammad Ibn `Abdullah. It is from him (sallallahu `alayhi wasallam) that we derive our guidance and our moral scope regarding what is right and wrong—what is just and unjust. We believe he is the LAST of the Prophets, and his Sacred Law is not abrogated and remains in effect until the end of this world. For the feminists, they get their moral scope and “law” from the likes of Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, bell hooks, and Andrea Dworkin. What the Prophet taught and what the feminists teach are mutually exclusive.
This is your brain on feminism:
The sincere Muslim can’t serve two masters. Either she (or he) follows the Way of Guidance—or the way of deviance. Furthermore, the ideology of feminism promotes the emasculation and alienation of men. Feminism promotes the hatred of men. And by (un)natural extension it promotes the hatred of Islam and the rejection of Prophethood.
As with falsehood in general, refuting feminism isn’t difficult—once one cuts through the bias, emotional language. Firstly, don’t let them get away with using terms, like “justice” and “rights” and “equality.” Muslims understand that justice entails obeying the Creator—as per the Sacred Laws revealed to Prophet Muhammad. What complies with the Sacred Law is just—what does not is unjust.
As for rights, human beings have rights—that were given to them by their Lord. We do not have a “right” to do a wrong. We do not have the “right” to disobey the One Who created us. Our “rights” aren’t based upon subjective, ever-changing standards—like, the case is with feminism. Our rights are known from what the Creator revealed to Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu `alayhi wasallam) and what he conveyed, As for equality….
Well, secondly, you throw their argument back on themselves and show how they don’t genuinely want what they advocate. A few examples: if the feminists believe in “equality,” then why don’t they promote men engaging in various female sports, like, the women’s MMA, the WNBA, or on the professional tennis circuit? Equality means “equality.” Either you are all in for it, or you are (hypocritically) not (that is, for the feminists).
Why aren’t feminists advocating for men to have at least comparable parity in child custody cases? Why is it that in the OVERWHELMING number of child custody cases, the women get primary custody of the children? Why is it that a woman can abort a child that the man wants to have—but the man is obligated to support a child that he doesn’t? (Here, I am not talking about the ruling in the Sacred Law—anyway, this wouldn’t apply in the case of fornication/illegitimacy.)
If the feminists believe that men having their own spaces is such a bad thing—then why don’t the feminists promote gender desegregation of the American prison system? Why not house men and women together in the same prisons… and in the same cells? Wouldn’t that save money (theoretically speaking)? This is what genuine “equality” would look like… but feminists don’t want: “equality”—they want something else….
Thirdly, Muslims believe that following the Sacred Law is for our benefit in this temporary world and the everlasting world of the Afterlife. Now juxtapose that with feminism. Feminism—in the words of its proponents—is a da`wah (“invitation”) to discord in the family and over-turning the social order. It is not a call to establish greater family and social harmony—but rather a call to over-turning the family and the society. Furthermore, how does feminism benefit the person after death? What will an angry atheistic feminist have to show for herself when the Angel of Death comes to snatch her soul? Feminism is a call to bitterness and isolation in this world—and utter ruination in the Hereafter.
Some quotes from leading feminist thinkers. It should be BEYOND CLEAR that many of these people suffered from various psychological issues. They simply want to lure more women into their pit of misery.
RADICAL FEMINIST QUOTES
It was said:
“Radical feminist theorists do not seek to make gender a bit more flexible, but to eliminate it. They are gender abolitionists, and understand gender to provide the framework and rationale for male dominance. In the radical feminist approach, masculinity is the behaviour of the male ruling class and femininity is the behaviour of the subordinate class of women. Thus gender can have no place in the egalitarian future that feminism aims to create.” –Sheila Jeffreys, Gender Hurts: A Feminist Analysis of the Politics of Transgenderism
I feel that ‘man-hating’ is an honorable and viable political act, that the oppressed have a right to class-hatred against the class that is oppressing them. –Robin Morgan, Ms. Magazine Editor
The nuclear family must be destroyed… Whatever its ultimate meaning, the break-up of families now is an objectively revolutionary process. –Linda Gordon
Since marriage constitutes slavery for women, it is clear that the women’s movement must concentrate on attacking this institution. Freedom for women cannot be won without the abolition of marriage. –Sheila Cronin, the leader of the feminist organization NOW
The proportion of men must be reduced to and maintained at approximately 10% of the human race. –Sally Miller Gearhart, in The Future – If There Is One – Is Female
If life is to survive on this planet, there must be a decontamination of the Earth. I think this will be accompanied by an evolutionary process that will result in a drastic reduction of the population of males. –Mary Daly
Women have their faults / men have only two: / everything they say / everything they do. –Popular Feminist Graffiti
From Andrea Dworkin
I want to see a man beaten to a bloody pulp with a high-heel shoved in his mouth, like an apple in the mouth of a pig. Andrea Dworkin
Marriage as an institution developed from rape as a practice. Andrea Dworkin
Childbearing is glorified in part because women die from it.
Under patriarchy, every woman’s son is her potential betrayer and also the inevitable rapist or exploiter of another woman.
Only when manhood is dead – and it will perish when ravaged femininity no longer sustains it – only then will we know what it is to be free.