Stereotypical Muslim BS from the Moonbat Herald (and from the AGE)
Stereotypes go against Koran on female education
Nothing in the Koran calls for female education. Muslims claim the Koran is the answer to all things, which merely confirms that Islam stifles mental growth and scientific inquiry. Fantasies and false claims about Â what the Koran says (or in this case doesn’t say) Â will not encourage Â weary infidels to trust Â Mohammedan da’awa peddlers.
Marryum KahloonÂ claims she “is no expert”. She doesn’t need to be; all she needs to do is tell the truth. There is no such sura in the koran.
The following is a weak hadith. Marryum claims its in the Koran. Its not:
Anas bin MÃ¢lik said: The Messenger of Allah said Â “Seeking knowledge is a duty upon every Muslim”. ” Â Â (Sunan Ibn e Majah, Book of Sunnah, Hadith no 224, Classified as Sahih By Allama Albani)
Another verse I also love is: “Acquire knowledge, even if you have to go to China for it.”
Don’t bother, Marryum. Â No need to go to China. You need to stop making things up. This rubbish is not in the Koran.
Growing up as a young female Pakistani Muslim in a Western society is not without complications. In many ways you internalise Samuel Huntington’sÂ The Clash of CivilizationsÂ as you work to assimilate without compromising cultural heritage. You spend a lot of time trying to acquaint your parents and friends with each other’s traditions. I also seem to spend a lot of time exasperated and muttering under my breath as stereotypes are openly aired.
By virtue of being female and Muslim I am regularly confronted with questions about the headscarf, sharia and, most recently, the status of women in Islam. In particular, since the Taliban’s attack on Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, I have been told often how lucky I am to have parents tolerant enough to allow me to go to school.
It is true I am lucky and blessed with the parents I have, but they are by no means revolutionaries in allowing me to attend school. They are no different to the parents of many of my friends who are also Pakistani, Muslim, and educated. Islam, as a religion, encourages women to become as educated as possible.
I am by no means an expert, but I do know the very first word revealed of the Koran was “read”.
(No easy task for Muhammad, who was illiterate. True to form, 90% of Mohammedans today are illiterate, stupid and poor because of Islam, not because of anything else.)
This was an excellent foreshadowing of the emphasis that would be placed upon education and the acquisition of knowledge for both sexes. The Koran states: “It is the duty of every Muslim man and woman to seek knowledge.” Another verse I also love is: “Acquire knowledge, even if you have to go to China for it.”
Quite simply, a complete prohibition on female education is unjustified and is contrary to the message of Islam.
There has been a disturbing trend among some media to assert the contrary. Certainly, there are people who believe women should not be educated, and many rely upon religion to justify this stance.
However, when the media admonish the actions of people who try to prevent female education and present their beliefs as a cultural norm, a false dilemma emerges: girls can either attend school or they can be good Muslims. The premise of the argument fails to be critically examined and a harmful, negative, stereotype is perpetuated.
We should be seeking to establish the norm within society that education is religiously tolerated.
The United Nations Children’s Fund, as an example, has sought to adopt this strategy in delivering polio vaccines. UNICEF has worked with clerics in Pakistan to alleviate parents’ concerns about immunisation and has done it in a way neither condescending or patronising. It is a true example of partnership: the desires of local communities are considered, and solutions are sought, with the ultimate aim to improve the health of children.
It is impossible to adopt a one-size-fits-all approach to social problems. Within every community a different social structure operates and, to achieve change, this structure must be embraced and altered from within rather than disregarded completely. It is in this that sustainable development will occur.
I am tired of being characterised as an exception to the rule. I am the rule. That female literacy in Pakistan still sits at 30 per cent is abysmal. That schools for girls are torched in Pakistan is inexcusable. But instead of condemnation, we should focus on understanding why individuals and groups act this way and seek to change their behaviour by changing their understanding.
It is the duty of every Muslim man and woman to seek knowledge. And to share it.