Woman: Root of All Evil?

Time was, in the Sixth Century AD, when women everywhere were male property and plaything.

Kings and commoners alike despised and abused women in every way they could.

Religion and religious leaders often treated women worse. They denied women were even people or they had a soul.

They went about saying it was woman who got man kicked out of Paradise, where God Almighty had put both man and woman when he first created them.

They called woman Gateway to Hell.

They called woman the Instrument of the Devil.

Religion and religious leaders more or less blamed woman for all of man’s troubles on earth.

And there were those in this world who did something about it.

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Those who spend endless hours and days debating if a woman can be a leader or not; and if she can be in charge of something or not; and then they drag the glorious and blessed name of Islam in this perverse, foolish and futile debate; all they need to do is just think about one thing.

That is all they need to do. Think about one thing. Answer one simple question. […]

Featured:

  • Following Truth
  • The story of God’s Creation
  • The Devil’s Lies
  • The New Year
  • Our Dependence on God
  • Conversion to Islam in Britain
  • A Woman’s Name is Her Own
  • Call on God and He will answer

Featured:

  • The Road Less Traveled- Dr. Pasha’s journey to truth
  • Qur’an as a Style Manual
  • God’s spirit in human beings
  • People’s attitude to truth
  • Gender-neutrality
  • The Devil’s influence on people
  • The Pharoahs’ attitude of superiority
  • The story of Moses
  • Muhammad (sallahu alaihi wassalam) called his friends “Companions”
  • The struggle of Husain

I feel I am trivializing it by putting it this way, but that is the image that comes to mind. And it is not even apt or appropriate, really.

But when I see people falling over themselves, and not even minding if they trample each other, to get to their coveted bargains in all these sales, I say: All right, here is another sale for all you sale lovers of the world. […]

That is how it was that over fourteen centuries ago Islam forever nailed the three interrelated concepts of Gender Neutrality, Gender Respect and Gender Inclusiveness in all forms of human communication.

And Islam did so using a single word that the Qur’an called Annaas, which means a perfectly gender-neutral concept: “People.

Not the exclusively and heavily male-gendered expression “Mankind,” which created such havoc in the world at so many levels of human thought, discourse and behavior for so many centuries.

And which subjected women, one half of the human race, to serfdom and second-class status throughout the world.

The Qur’an uses instead the expression “People” that, unlike “Mankind,” includes, in equal measure, both genders: male as well as female; men as well as women.

And the Qur’an uses that expression AnnaasPeople – not just one or two or 10 times, but close to 250 times.

And not once does the Qur’an use the male-centered “Mankind.”

Not once!

“Those who are so loud and aggressive about condemning Female Illiteracy in a place like Afghanistan, how loud and aggressive do you think they have ever been in condemning or fighting Male Illiteracy in that society?

Or in any other Muslim society anywhere else in the world?

The answer to that question would tell you how sincere and true they are in championing the cause of Female Education in Afghanistan or anywhere else in the Muslim world.

That would tell you whether they have the true wellbeing of these societies at heart or whether they are merely opportunists and propagandists.” (Dr. Pasha)