Monthly Archives: August 2011

My Women’s Equality Day List for Marlo Thomas

Friday August 26, 2011 is Women’s Equality Day,celebrated “to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York.”
In the Huffington Post today,  Marlo Thomas says:

“. . . . in my personal quest for justice and fairness [as a woman]– for the next 365 days I resolve to

1.  Open my own savings account.

2.  Not “make nice” when I really should take on the person who is trying to undermine me at work.

3.  Turn off the phones and shut out the world when I want to read or study because that is I what I need.

That’s just a start on my list…what’s yours?”

Well, Marlo, thanks for your personal list. I’m sure you’ll feel so much better about yourself after you do these things. Here’s my list for you that you might want to consider:

1. Open your mind and heart and read about the discrimination and degradation of Muslim women who suffer under the doctrine of Islam that states that a woman is inferior to a man and wives can be beaten, that her testimony is not equal his in a court of law, how wives can be beaten by their husbands, raped and stoned to death for adultery and there is plenty more.

2. After you’ve familiarized yourself with the Islamic doctrine, don’t make nice to those who are arrogantly ignorant of this doctrine and who stand by doing nothing when they read of the violence and abuse toward Muslim women because “that’s just their culture and who am I to say it’s wrong?”

3. After you’ve turned off your phone and shut out the world, take a minute and have gratitude for your country, its Constitution and for those who gave their lives for us to have the time and luxury to have a “personal quest.”

Asma Marwan

Islam Exposed Project Highlights Plight of Women

Warning: This DVD Contains Disturbing and Graphic Images

Two nights ago, I watched a documentary called Women in Islam. It came in a plain brown wrapper. The cover graphic was a photo in sepia, grays and black showing a facial shot of a woman in a black burka. Only her eyes were uncovered. The gold headline banner in white print said, “The Islam Exposed Project.” And at the bottom of the cover was the title, Women In Islam.

At the top of the back DVD cover in bold white caps was:

What do the Quran, Islamic Traditions [Hadith] and Sharia law teach about the rights and status of women in Islam?

Below this was another picture of a woman in the burka, her eyes a sad testimony to the harsh life she has lived. Her mournful eyes look at these words:

Learn the shocking truth about how Islam oppresses women and denies them basic human freedoms and rights, debases them through polygamy, victimizes them through pedophilia, and subjects them to the cruel and barbaric practices of honor killing sand female genital mutilation (FGM).

Then there was this:
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Persian Filmmakers Tell It like It Is

The Persian filmmakers have a grace and an elegant sense of style but it’s their emotional impact that carries an overwhelming wallop. Here are my top three favorite films portraying women in Iran under Islam. (Descriptions are from Netflix.):

Two Women Fereshteh (Niki Karimi) is promised to a traditional man from her village, and her newlywed life is fraught with abuse. This contrasts sharply with the life of Roya (Marila Zare’i), a friend of Fereshteh’s who retains her indepenence by living in the city. Writer-director Tahmineh Milani, who would later be imprisoned for the images she put in films such as this one, provides revealing work about women’s roles and lives in contemporary Iran.



Leila (available from Netflix and Amazon)

For newlyweds Reza and Leila (Ali Mosaffa and Leila Hatami), domestic bliss comes to a halt when Leila learns she can’t conceive. Enter Reza’s domineering mother (Jamileh Sheikhi), who urges Reza to take a second wife. Soon, the meddling mom enlists the extended family to help the couple find a suitable bride who will presumably produce an heir. Dariush Mehrjui directs this heartwrenching family drama set in contemporary Iran.

The Circle Netflix and Amazon
Director Jafar Panahi’s portrait of the status of women in fundamentalist Iran is, by any stretch of the imagination, depressing. But just getting the film made was a major political feat, given Iran’s dogmatic view of women and unstable political climate. The fact that this film (made by a man) is sensitive to women’s plight sheds a ray of hope that, given time, things may gradually change.

Here’s an interview with  Jafar Panahi along with another Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof, both of whom are appealing 6 year sentences for “making films against the regime.”



Asma Marwan


Women’s Worth in Islam

Following are excerpts from the article “Women’s Worth in Islam” by Amil Imani.  Words in italics are comments by Imani and the plain text words are scriptural references.

Islam, by fiat, discriminates against women. Qur’an 4:11 “Allah directs you in regard of your Children’s (inheritance): to the male, a portion equal to that of two females…. These are settled portions ordained by Allah.”

There are many more “directives” that for all intents and purposes make women chattel of men. Here are some of the shameful rules and practices of Islamic misogyny.

Women are inferior to men:

“Men have authority over women because God has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because God has guarded them. As for those whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them. Then if they obey you, take no further action against them. Surely God is most high. Qur’an 4:34

Women are worth half of man:

“Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri: The Prophet said, “Isn’t the witness of a women equal to half that of a man?” The women said “yes”. He said “This is because of the deficiency of the women’s mind.” Sahih Bukhari 3:48:826

Women are sex slaves:

“And now, people, you acquire certain rights over your wives, and they do you. The right you acquire over them is that they should not let someone you hate sleep in your beds, and not to commit a manifest obscenity [or adultery]. If they do [commit it], then God has given you permission to leave them alone in their beds and give them a beating, though not too hard. If they give over, they get their provision and clothing with kindness; I command you good-will for your wives, for they are your captives that do not own anything of their own. You have taken them by the faithfulness of God, and made their sexual organs lawful for you by the words of God.” Ibn Hisham, al-Sira al-nabawiyya (Cairo, 1963), 4:251.

Women are Toys:

“Omar [one of the Khalifs] was once talking when his wife interjected, so he said to her: ‘You are a toy, if you are needed we will call you.”  Al-Musanaf Vol. 1 Part 2, p. 263

Women are Weak:

Narrated Anas bin Malik: The Prophet had a Had (a camel driver) called Anjasha, and he had a nice voice. The Prophet said to him, “(Drive) slowly, O Anjasha! Do not break the glass vessels!” And Qatada said, “(By vessels’) he meant the weak women.” Sahih Bukhari 8:73:230, See also: Sahih Bukhari 8:73:228 & Sahih Bukhari 8:73:229

Women are a Tilth for Men to Cultivate:

“Your wives are as a tilth unto you; so approach your tilth when or how ye will; but do some good act for your souls beforehand; and fear Allah. And know that ye are to meet Him (in the Hereafter), and give (these) good tidings to those who believe.” Qur’an 2:223

Women are Like Devils

Jabir reported that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) saw a woman, and so he came to his wife, Zainab, as she was tanning a leather and had sexual intercourse with her. He then went to his Companions and told them: The woman advances and retires in the shape of a devil, so when one of you sees a woman, he should come to his wife, for that will repel what he feels in his heart. Sahih Muslim 8:3240

Woman are Evil Omen:

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar: I heard the Prophet saying. “Evil omen is in three things: The horse, the woman and the house.” Sahih Bukhari 4:52:110

Men May Marry up to Four Women”

“If you fear you can not treat orphans (girls) with fairness, then you may marry other women who seem good to you: two, three or four of them. But if you fear that you can not maintain equality among them, marry only one or any slave girls you may own, that will be more suitable. And give the women their dower as a free gift; but if they, of their own good pleasure, remit any part of it to you, eat it with enjoyment, take it with right good cheer and absorb it (in your wealth).” Qur’an 4:3

Violence Against Women”

“Men are the maintainers of women because Allah has made some of them to excel others and because they spend out of their property; the good women are therefore obedient, guarding the unseen as Allah has guarded; and (as to) those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in the sleeping-places and beat them; then if they obey you, do not seek a way against them; surely Allah is High, Great.” Qur’an 4:34

The Afterlife of Women:

“Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri: Once Allah’s Apostle went out to the Musalla (to offer the prayer) o ‘Id-al-Adha or Al-Fitr prayer. Then he passed by the women and said, “O women! Give alms, as I have seen that the majority of the dwellers of Hell-fire were you (women).” They asked, “Why is it so, O Allah’s Apostle ?” He replied, “You curse frequently and are ungrateful to your husbands. I have not seen anyone more deficient in intelligence and religion than you. A cautious sensible man could be led astray by some of you.” The women asked, “O Allah’s Apostle! What is deficient in our intelligence and religion?” He said, “Is not the evidence of two women equal to the witness of one man?” They replied in the affirmative. He said, “This is the deficiency in her intelligence. Isn’t it true that a woman can neither pray nor fast during her menses?” The women replied in the affirmative. He said, “This is the deficiency in her religion.” Sahih Bukhari 1:6:301

Women are relegated in Islam at best, to a second-class status, depriving them of many rights enjoyed by men. Thus, life goes on for the Muslim women with all the trappings of the Islamic misogyny. Such is the plight of women under Islam. There is hardly the need to provide an exhaustive list of Islamic misogyny to qualify it as a shameful, discriminatory and oppressive religious apartheid.

Will Muslim women ever break out of their bondage and claim their rightful place among emancipated non-Muslim women? It is the long sub-humanized Muslim women who must discard Islam and claim their equal human rights. Muslim men will resort to every means to maintain their privileged position and their cruel dominance over women, citing the Quran as justification. Any document that consigns one half of the human race to second-class status is null and void.


Muslims Are Ashamed of Mohammed and His Child Bride


An ex-Muslim writes about the problems the Islamic believers have with the marriage of Mohammed who was over 50 years old to the 6 year old Aisha and the consummation of the marriage when Aisha was 9 and Mohammed was 54.
The problem here is that according to Islamic doctrine, Mohammed, who is the perfect man, is understood to be the pattern for the behavior for all Muslims. So the underage girls marrying old men is sunnah (permitted due to Mohammed’s actions) and a part of Islamic civilization whether Muslims are ashamed of it or not.

Asma Marwan


Burkas and Women’s Rights

So I read the news…and see the photo of women in full burkas walking down a busy street.

I shake my head and I think about the thousands of years it has taken to bring women to the point where we have a voice in all areas of society. We shape our own lives; we are responsible for ourselves and for our dreams.

Western civilization gave us this opportunity. Never in the written history of humanity has there been such equality between men and women. Never. Only in Western civilization have women enjoyed the basic rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, equality before the law and in the public sphere.

This equality has only come about in less than 100 years. Women worked so hard for these freedoms and succeeded in their quest. Will we now submit to another more primitive civilization who doesn’t recognize these rights and who sees women as chattel and inferior to men? Will we submit out of fear? Are we going to give our new-found freedoms away so easily? Are we going to devolve back into a lower consciousness in which women are treated like possessions? Was our hard work in vain? It is possible. The feminine principle, the yin of the yin and yang, can be banished back to the trash heap of history in the time a finger snaps.

I read the news and shake my head, while in my own city females don burkas which have only slits for eyes, hinder their movements, cover their forms and faces and are as hot as an oven in summer heat. Why do they want to cover their being in a drab mono-bag that makes them look like flapping black crows, in a shroud that covers their essential female beauty? The answers is simple. It’s in the Koran and the examples of Mohammed’s life called the Sunna HEREHERE and HERE.

Asma Marwan

Sharia Law Violates Women’s Rights

From the Australian:

Sharia law in the West goes against fight for reforms

ATTEMPTS to introduce sharia family law into Western societies run against the tide of reforms spearheaded by female activists in the Muslim world….

According to a report by British think tank Civitas in 2009, some rulings of sharia courts or tribunals advised illegal actions and others were incompatible with British law. Try these: polygamous marriage (two to four wives) is considered legal; there is no requirement to register a marriage according to the law of the country; a woman cannot marry without the presence (and permission) of a male guardian; a woman may not leave her home without her husband’s consent; a woman may not retain custody of her child after seven (for a boy) or nine (for a girl); and “severe punishments for homosexuals” are recommended….

In Muslim-majority countries, many female reformers have campaigned for changes to gender discriminatory laws. Iranian women “suffragettes” have held demonstrations, risking injury, arrest and imprisonment. In Afghanistan, some women activists have been assassinated. Most reformers maintain the Koran is inherently egalitarian, and discriminatory laws evolved in a patriarchal, tribal society without the input of women. They also note that laws from 7th-century Arabia may not be applicable in the 21st.

(Hat tip to JihadWatch )

They also note that laws from 7th-century Arabia may not be applicable in the 21st .

The deeply held belief that Islamic sharia laws (distilled from the Koran, the Sira and the Hadith, and frozen in the amber of 7th century Arabia) are a deity’s absolute will, and thus immutable, eternal and for all peoples, is a concept that is hard to understand for most Westerners. In the Islamic civilization, the status of a woman before the law is not equal to a man’s. The woman is seen as a man’s property. He pays a fee for the privilege of having sex with her and increasing his progeny. Her husband can beat her.

A man is the woman’s master and she is his slave, submitting to him and Mohammed’s god, Allah.
Asma Marwan


Debate: Are Women in Islam Treated Fairly?

Nonie Darwish, an Egyptian apostate with Former Muslims United and Um Abdallah of Women 4 Sharia

Wednesday night, August 10th, 8:00 PM EST

For more info, go HERE.

Nonie Darwish is a beautiful human being, warm and friendly, compassionate and wise.  She has a major talent for presenting the Arab cultural belief system, family dynamics and Islamic sharia law in clear layman’s terms.   Her autobiography, Now They Call Me Infidel, is required reading if you are interested in the oppression of women in Islam.

Asma Marwan