Cleric vows to end segregation in mosques
- Barney Zwartz/The Age
- Related link,Â Pakistan: Proposed law to improve women’s rights causes “uproar”
- Andrew Bolt calls it “a small bow to Australia”- but perhaps we should just see it for the cheap PR stunt it is. Check back next year and you’ll find that nothing has changed.
- Gates of Vienna:Â The Plight of Muslim Women in Australia
- Australia starts to work its assimilationist magic:
AUSTRALIA’S most senior Muslim has said he willÂ end segregation of men and women in mosques, in a bold response to Islamic women’s anger at entrenched discrimination.
Australia’s most senior Muslim wants men and women to pray together.
AUSTRALIA’S most senior Muslim has said he will end segregation of men and women in mosques, in a bold response to Islamic women’s anger at entrenched discrimination.
The Mufti of Australia, Sheikh Fehmi Naji el-Imam, said he would put his proposal to the next meeting of the Australian National Imams’ Council and consider how women could share the room with men during prayers.
Sheikh Fehmi said segregated worship had been introduced long ago, as a cultural change, not a religious one, and he would argue to end it.
“It is good to hear the complaints of the sisters, and to try to find some solution to their concerns,” he toldÂ The AgeÂ in an exclusive interview.
“My duty is to propose, to discuss and try to convince. I can’t guarantee the outcome.”
(of course not. That’s why nothing will come of it…/ed)
Sheikh Fehmi said that in the time of the Prophet Mohammed 1400 years ago, women were not segregated.
* But the presence of women or dogs makes the prayers invalid, no?
His announcement is likely to attract international attention and may spark fierce debate among highly conservative mosque communities within Australia.
In some mosques overseas, there are no physical barriers between men’s and women’s areas but in Australia almost every mosque separates men’s and women’s sections.
Sydney lecturer Jamila Hussain this week told a conference at the National Centre for Excellence in Islamic Studies that women found facilities at some mosques “insulting” and that they were treated as second-class citizens.
Last night, Ms Hussain welcomed Sheikh Fehmi’s promise to try to end segregation.
“It’s an excellent start. But I’m a bit hesitant about when or whether it will happen â€” it will be a while.”
She said many men would oppose such a move and, sadly, some women too. Imams didn’t necessarily have much say.
Islamic Council of Victoria vice-president Sherene Hassan said it was a fine initiative, and it was good to see imams being proactive. She said it was in line with true Islamic teaching.Â Continued…
The Polygamy debate revisited:
The Plight of Muslim Women in Australia
by Baron Bodissey
IÂ reported last nightÂ on Muslim women in Australia who consider their religion to be the primary guarantor of rights for women. According to them, the only problem up until now has been the false interpretations of the Koran purveyed by Islamic male chauvinist pigs.
Ever since the dawn of Islam, men have been in control. Allah dictated the Koran to a man. Men wrote down the hadith and the sunna. Men established the fiqh and acted as judges. Men were the ones who were educated â€” to the extent that anyone is ever educated under Islam â€” and passed down all the Islamic traditions and practices. Men made and enforced all the rules.
So when and where did the “pure” form of Islam exist, the true faith that respected and upheld the rights of Muslim women?
It certainly isn’t evident right now among Australian Muslim men. According toThe Age, the mistreatment of women is widespread, and it’s not just the “uncovered cat’s meat” infidel women who are the victims:
Local Muslim Clerics Accused
Some Muslim religious leaders in Victoria are condoning rape within marriage, domestic violence, polygamy, welfare fraud and exploitation of women, according to an explosive report on the training of imams.
Women seeking divorces have also been told by imams that they must leave “with only the clothes on their back” and not seek support or a share of property because they can get welfare payments.
And the report says some imams knowingly perform polygamous marriages, also knowing that the second wife, a de facto under Australian law, can claim Centrelink payments.
The report is based on a study commissioned and funded by the former Howard government and conducted by the Islamic Women’s Welfare Council of Victoria.
It was presented yesterday at a National Centre for Excellence in Islamic Studies conference at Melbourne University.
It says women, community and legal workers and police involved in the consultation were particularly concerned about domestic violence, and suggested that imams aimed to preserve the family at the cost of women.
When cases came to court they were often dropped after family and community elders pressured women to withdraw charges.
So it’s business as usual, just like Europe. Women lose out and the infidel justice system prefers to be fastidiously multicultural about the whole thing and look the other way.
It says polygamy is steadily increasing and gaining acceptance among Melbourne Muslims, and Shepparton police report many “de facto” relationships that are really polygamous marriages.
“Community workers who have provided support to women whose husbands took another wife religiously said that women blame the availability of Centrelink benefits … since one or the other wife will be claiming it, relieving the husband of the responsibility of supporting two families,” the report says.
And how does the Muslim community feel about all this? They’re shocked â€” shocked, I tell you! â€” at all these infidel lies:
The secretary of the Board of Imams, Sheikh Fehmi Naji El-Imam, said he could not understand how the council could write such a report and denied the complaints “absolutely”.
“They must have heard stories here and there and are writing about them as though they are fact,” he said.
Sheikh Fehmi, who is also Mufti of Australia, said no authorised imam would conduct a polygamous marriage, and it was absolutely wrong that women’s rights were ignored in marriage or divorce, or that imams ignored domestic violence.
“I haven’t heard of any case where the board disregarded a woman or did not try to help her,” he said.
Notice the weaselly wording in this last statement â€” he hasn’t “heard of any case”. Not that such cases don’t exist, just that he doesn’t hear about them. Perhaps the members of his community are prudent enough not to inform him…?
In any case, one wonders why it’s the women who maintain that Islam is inherently respectful of women’s rights. What makes them feel this way? Where’s the evidence for it? And why the necessity to pretend that things are different from the way they are?
What’s in it for them?
However, even this fig leaf proves false as there are many cases of the more honest imams blatantly declaring that they are in fact performing polygamous marriages IN England, Canada, Australia, and who knows how many more countries where they are breaking the law with impunity. In Canada at least, part of the problem has been previous inaction on polygamous marriages among various Mormon and other sects who have congregated mostly in British Columbia. Now if they started enforcing the law with Muslims, they’d be accused of discrimination. Two wrongs now mean a right to break the law. I’d put money on the likelihood of the same thing going on in the USA.
In Islam, only wealthy men could contract polygamous marriages because only they could afford the upkeep of multiple wives and families. Now, the idiot West allows even the poorest Muslim man on Welfare several wives paid for by the state! not to mention their droves of children. If this is not a way to hasten our demographic death, what is?