Muslim Women


Muslim Woman on Fire:

Afghan women are immolating themselves while Western journalists tip-toe around use of the words ‘Muslim’ and ‘Islam’.

It’s a Crime to be a Woman in Iran:

“Even a suntan constitutes a crime against Islam.”

Terrorizing Muslim Women

Nonie Darwish/Frontpage

There is an article floating all over the Internet, Joys of Muslim Women,” which discusses the horrific truth about how Islam legally treats women. The article claims to have been written by me, but that is false:  I am not the author. Let me use this occasion, however, to set a few matters straight:

The silence is deafening around the world in regards to the inhumanity and brutality of Sharia towards women. Most of the activism against stoning, flogging and abuse of women under Sharia is heard from former Muslim women, like myself, and a few others in the West who dare to expose the truth.

Muslim women have no choice but to abide by Sharia, since rejecting it is grounds for the charge of apostasy, punishable by death. Having been exposed to Sharia for centuries, Muslim women have learned convoluted coping mechanisms to avoid Sharia’s wrath. Engaging in their own form of Stockholm Syndrome, most Muslim women publicly  defend the very laws that enslave them. Even Obama’s advisor on Islamic affairs, Dalia Mujahed, stated that Sharia is “misunderstood.” Muslim women end up as the guardians of their ownjails. It is women who often report younger girls who refuse to wear the head cover, and some wives cover up for the honor killing of a daughter by their husband or son. Many have accepted their inferior status and wear it as a badge of honor.

That is why there is no significant grass-roots feminist movement in the Muslim world today. Muslim feminists are routinely accused of apostasy — with its death penalty hanging over their heads. The only feminist movements to speak of in the Muslim world occurred during British colonial rule and, on a smaller scale, when the French conquered Egypt in 1798. By the end of the British rule, feminism ended inside the Muslim world.

Many Muslims claim that “Islam honors women” just as they claim that Islam is a “Religion of Peace.” The truth however, is just the opposite. Islam does not honor women, but rather holds their very lives in absolute bondage.

America must outlaw Sharia from ever being practiced by anyone on American soil. If we fail to do this, if we permit Sharia to creep into our legal system, we might as well say goodbye to our freedom. Here are just a few examples of whatMuslim women must live under:

[1] There is no age limit for marriage of girls under Sharia. A man can pay a dowry and sign a marriage contract with parents of a toddler girl and consummate the marriage at age 9. Recent cases in Yemen and Saudi Arabia exposed this tragedy when 8-year-old girls filed for divorce from their over 50-year-old husbands. Not one Muslim authority challenged the Saudi marriage high official, Dr. Ahmad Al Mubi, who stated in 2008, in an interview that aired on LBC TV: “There is no minimal age for entering marriage. The Prophet Muhammad is the model we follow.”

[2] Islamic law states: “a Muslim will not be punished for killing an adulterer.”Islam, therefore, encourages honor killing of women. Since men have more sexual rights than women in Islam, it becomes harder to catch a man committing adultery. Thus women become more susceptible to becoming the victims of theabove law, which allows vigilante street justice against adulterous women. I have never heard a Friday sermon stating that honor killing is forbidden in no uncertain terms.

[3] A rebellious wife is one who “answers her husband coldly” or refuses to go to bed with him.  Rebelliousness on the part of the wife nullifies the husband’s obligation to support her and gives him permission to beat her (Shafi Law m10 and m11 p. 541-2). The Prophet said: “A man will not be asked as to why he beat his wife.–Sunaan Abu Dawud, 11.2142

[4] Divorce is only in the hands of the husband and is as easy as verbally saying “I divorce you.” Thus the wife is divorced whether the husband had the intention to do it or not. Law n3.2 p 559.

[5] There is no community property between husband and wife in Islam. A Muslim wife would be lucky to inherit 20% from her husband. A man’s property after his death is not given to his wife, but is divided among many members of the family such as his parents, other wives; sons take double what daughters get.

[6] A man has the right to have up to 4 wives. Polygamy is not just a right, but loyalty to one wife is discouraged. Mohammed said: The best Muslims had the largest number of wives,” Bukhari 7.62.7.  A Muslim man does not vow loyalty to his bride in the marriage ceremony and the bride must not expect it. In the Muslim marriage contract itself, the husband is asked to give name and address of wife number 1, 2 and 3 if any. (See a copy of the Muslim marriage contract in my book, chapter 2 of Cruel and Usual Punishment.)

[7] Mutaa or pleasure marriage gives the right to a man to marry a woman for a fixed amount of time, from a few hours to several years. That takes away any holiness in the concept of marriage. The only condition is that the man must pay the woman money (dowry) in exchange for sexual rights over her body. This is simply legalized prostitution, exploiting needy and poor women. This form ofmarriage is not registered or regulated by the State.

Urfi marriage is another form of marriage that is usually kept as a secret. Sharia has not forgotten the traveling man and gave him “Misyar” marriage allowing him “wives” in different cities. Sharia satisfies men’s urges at the expense of women’s dignity and humanity with total disregard to limitations and wholesome standards for men to live by for the benefit of a healthy family life.

[8] The Qur’an often uses the word “nikah,” which literally means sexual intercourse, to mean marriage. The dowry is called “ugur” in the Qur’an, meaning wage. It is payment for owning a woman’s private parts to be used by the husband as he wishes. “The dowry is given in exchange for the woman’s sexual organs.” (Ibn Kathir)

[9] A man is allowed to have sex with slave women and women captured in battle, and if they are married their marriage is annulled. Qur’an 4:24: “All married women (are forbidden unto you) save those (captives) whom your right hands possess.” Sharia never abolished slavery and highly regulates it, that is, makes it “regular.” Saudi Arabia officially abolished slavery only as late as 1962 after pressure from the “infidel” Western Judeo-Christian culture. To this day, the Muslim leadership in Egypt and Saudi Arabia refuses to annul slave sexual rights for men in Sharia books.

[10] The testimony of a woman in court is half the value of a man, law o24.7. You can  guess who usually wins if a man and woman face each other in court.

[11] Revered Muslim theologian Imam Ghazali (1058-1111) defined marriage for generations of Muslims without apology as: “Marriage is a form of slavery. The woman is man’s slave and her duty therefore is absolute obedience to the husband in all that he asks of her person.”

[12] For a Muslim woman to prove rape, she must have 4 male witnesses. “Proof of adultery and rape will be either confession of accused or eye-witness of four male adult Muslims.” Hudood ordinance #7 of 1989 amended by #8B of 20 of 1990.

[13] A rapist may only be required to pay the bride-money (dowry) without marrying.” law m.8.10, page 535. This law tells the man that all he has to do to rectify a rape is to pay a dowry to the rape victim. Rape is almost always blamed on the girl who must come up with 4 male witnesses, especially if she was not covered up the Islamic way. A Muslim preacher in Australia blamed rape by Muslim men on Australian women whom he described as “uncovered meat.”

[14] The Prophet said, “I looked at Hell and saw that the majority of its inhabitants were women.” Bukhari 4:464. There is a book sold in British mosques entitled: “Women Who Deserve to Go to Hell” by Mansoor Abul Hakim.

[15] A Muslim woman must cover every inch of her body since Islam regards every part of a woman’s body as “Awrah,” a sexual organ. Some sects of Islam demand the covering of the face and others don’t. This kind of extreme cover of even the face deepens the feeling of isolation, gender segregation and becomes the symbol of Islamic submission and presence in the West.

[16] Muslim scriptures describe women as deficient in intellect and faith, toys, crooked, half devils, harmful and detrimental to men. Also the prophet stated:“After me I have not left any affliction more harmful to men than women.” Bukhari V 7, B 62/33. “A woman’s jihad is to please her husband” is taught by some Muslim women websites such as, posted on 11-2-2008.

This article is dedicated to Sakine Mohammadi Ashtiani, an Iranian woman in jail who is awaiting death by stoning for alleged adultery. Under international pressure, Iran just announced that her stoning is “postponed.” But the regime still plans to execute her.

Nonie Darwish is the author of “Cruel and Usual Punishment” and “Now They Call Me Infidel” and president of

11 thoughts on “Muslim Women”

  1. Again, the shrill cries of muslims protesting against their cruel and viscous religion are deafening!!!! Lost your voices scum?!!!!!

  2. i do not agree with a point that has been stated the covering 0f the face for a women is fardh as it has been mentioned in quraan and the ulaama of now have also said so

  3. the way youre potraying muslim women is not the right way to do so the restrictions that have been put on a women is due to hikmat and also youve mentioned all this but also do mention the status a women is also gvn a women has a very high status in islam to i do not like wat yu are patraying islam is a true religion wateva it says is true and has hikmat behind it. i dont undatsand y duz everii wun have problm wen a muslim women covers from head to toe its a free world we can do wat we wnt everiiwun has a right to live how they wnt we dnt tell the kuffar no to were skirts wats more disturbing if any wun should be stopped from wearng sumfn it should be the kuffar the mini skirts the crop tops these revealing clothe kuffrs are the wuns that end up in prostetution with there choice were as muslim women are dragged into it who cahn yu say is more modest n faithfull and pur a women covered hea to toe and no free mxing or a kuffar lady bearlii covered and roaming the streeets if the muslim women are talled to cover the men should be happi atleats there know there getting married to sumwun who no man has seen and touched shes pure he should be happy. the rights women have in islam are also vewii superior like under the mothers feet lies jannat islam has gvn a women such a high status this one is just enogh and yet there many more this hsows you have to respect your mother which means islam doesnt like dis respect nothing bad done to any women coz every women is a mother some time this covering for a women is a blessing is a shield which when yu wear it you will fell i myslef cover my face to i fee like im in a bubble i have no fear when i walk on the street this viel shall come like a flying carpet when one is faaling into hell so do not disregard that and do not think that silam has potryed women to be low if yure gna be biased then thats how youre gna feel look at everything from one view and youll seee the blessings the love the virtues gvn to a women x

  4. if a man is married more then one the loyalti n fearness id=s couraged fromthe ways of prophet saw as he shared out his time and was fair to all his wives you can read this in hadiths and from the stories of his wives none of them were miss treated x

  5. also the prophet married widows and poor women this was a blessing for the women as he shelterd them and took up the responsibility to provide for them so women should be happy x

  6. Tilts & ploughs:

    Child marriage and polygamy is fine in Islam as females are objects for the use of Muslim men —so are young boys but Muslim males must not form loving relationaships with other men —this is deemed homosexuality which along with sodomy will result in death ….

    And try these for size —
    ***Abu-Dawud Book 38, Number 4448: Narrated Abdullah ibn Abbas:
    If a man who is not married is seized committing sodomy, he will be stoned to death.

    Does that mean it is OK for a married man to commit sodomy (on his wife on a male as long as the sodomiser is married)?


    *** Koran sura 2.223 Your women are as your field- go unto (plough) them as you will.
    OR ***Koran sura 2.223 ”Your wives are as a tilth unto you; so approach your tilth when or how ye will…”

    (Often the translations are sanitized- this is supported by laws which give the man the right to enjoy the female’s body as HE wishes)

    *** Abu Dawud Book 11, Number 2159: Narrated Abdullah Ibn Abbas:
    Ibn Umar misunderstood (the Qur’anic verse, “So come to your tilth however you will”)–may Allah forgive him. The fact is that this clan of the Ansar, who were idolaters, lived in the company of the Jews who were the people of the Book. They (the Ansar) accepted their superiority over themselves in respect of knowledge, and they followed most of their actions. The people of the Book (i.e. the Jews) used to have intercourse with their women on one side alone (i.e. lying on their backs). This was the most concealing position for (the vagina of) the women. This clan of the Ansar adopted this practice from them. But this tribe of the Quraysh used to uncover their women completely, and seek pleasure with them from in front and behind and laying them on their backs. (surely laying them on their backs is ‘in front’ so what does the phrase ‘from in front and behind and laying them on their backs’ mean??? If they were on their stomachs a woman could be attacked in the vagina or anus – this isn’t possible when on her back-and suggests that both occurred when the woman wasn’t on her back!! -my addition)- cont..

    When the muhajirun (the immigrants) came to Medina, a man married a woman of the Ansar. He began to do the same kind of action with her, but she disliked it, and said to him: We were approached on one side (i.e. lying on the back); do it so, otherwise keep away from me. This matter of theirs spread widely, and it reached the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him).
    So Allah, the Exalted, sent down the Qur’anic verse: “Your wives are a tilth to you, so come to your tilth however you will,” i.e. from in front, from behind or lying on the back.

    (Muslim translators now add a Santized explanation to the end but why should they be believed.)

    No doubt Umar was not the only one ‘confused’ by Mohammad’s highly ambiguous statement!!!!
    Whether sodomy or not, Mohammad’s response shows women as low objects to be used as men wish with no control over their body as the wife had no say in how intercourse or other occurred!!)

  7. Deobandi fatwa: Women can’t travel more than 48 miles without a male guardian

    “Its ruling was based on the Hadiths … The 48 mile limit is believed to reflect the maximum distance one could then travel by camel or horse in one day through dangerous desert.”

    The Sahih, or “sound,” “reliable” ahadith of Bukhari and Muslim do contain many a hadith where Muhammad restricts a woman’s radius of mobility to either three days’ travel (for example, Bukhari 2.20.192-193; Muslim 7.3096-98, 3101-03, etc.), two days (Muslim 7.3099-3100) or one day and one night (Bukhari 2.20.194, Muslim 7.3104). Sahih Muslim Chapter 72, from which those ahadith are taken, is a section repeating Muhammad’s restrictions on women’s travel from corroborating sources. Since Muhammad is a “beautiful pattern of conduct” for all time (Qur’an 33:21), there is no question raised here that such a prescription might merit even adjusting before inflicting it on women.

    It is worth noting that Deobandis control a substantial number of mosques in Britain — almost half as of late 2007, and the recent Dispatches exposé on Islamic schools confirmed the number remains comparable. Will they disavow this fatwa? They should be asked about it.

    “Muslim women ‘should not travel more than 48 miles from home without male chaperone’,” by Dean Nelson for the Telegraph, March 9 (thanks to Jihad Watch:

  8. Ghazali:

    “Ghazali, in his book, Ihya’ Ulum al-Din (Revival of Religious Learnings) writes that prayer, a big family and poverty will ensure Paradise (al-Ghazali, 1993, p. 2.28).”
    “All young men who have arrived at the age of puberty should marry, for marriage prevents sins. He who cannot marry should fast.”

    More on Ghazali, from Abul Kasem:
    “Imam Ghazali on women:
    The most appalling narration of Ghazali’s declaration of absolute superiority of men over women is written in this fashion: “(Prophet said – if husband would be covered with pus from head to toe, and wife would lick it, even then wife’s gratitude to husband wouldn’t be fulfilled.”
    The readers should note that the above translated passage of Ihya Ulum Al-Din is from the Bengali translation of the famous book of Ghazali.(Reference: Ehiya Ulum Al Deen Vol 2 / 9 page 311, Bangla: Translated by :- M. N. M. Imdadullah MMBA (Hons), MA, Publisher – Bangladesh Taj company Ltd. 8 Parydas Road Dhaka 1100).
    Please note that the English version of this grand book of Islam has cleverly discarded similar passages quoted (from the Bengali translation) above. In fact, the English translator writes that he has omitted certain passages which are not relevant today. Here are a few gems (summarized) from the English translation of Ihya Ulum Al?Din. Please note that the English version is in four volumes.
    Your sexual intercourse with your wife is an act of charity. If you throw your semen in lawful things (inside a vagina), you will get rewards. (p.1.236)
    Muhammad said: A prison in the corner of a house is better than a childless woman. (p.2.24)
    An ugly woman with children is better than a beautiful woman without children (p.2.24)
    If it be known that a woman is barren, do not marry her. Marry lovely and child bearing women. (p.2.32)
    A good woman is one who is married early at her age, who gives birth to a child without delay and who demands a small dower. (p.2.32)”

  9. Human Rights Watch said in a recently released report titled, “He Loves You, He Beats You.”

    More love, more beatings:

    Turkey: 42% of women report physical or sexual abuse from husbands

    See the previous entry below for a detailed discussion of how chapter and verse help explain why the problem is so widespread in Turkey as well as Gaza. If only Turkey’s current establishment were so fixated on women’s rights in these areas as in securing their rights to wear the veil. “Marchers demand better protection for women in Turkey,” by Jeremiah Bailey-Hoover for CNN, July 24:

    Gaza opens first domestic violence shelter

    This article includes the disclaimer: “like every society [Gaza] is not immune to wife-beating.”

    But there’s something it has that others don’t: chapter and verse in the Qur’an instructing men to beat women from whom they “fear disobedience”:

    “Men are in charge of women, because Allah hath made the one of them to excel the other, and because they spend of their property (for the support of women). So good women are the obedient, guarding in secret that which Allah hath guarded. As for those from whom ye fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to beds apart, and scourge them. Then if they obey you, seek not a way against them. Lo! Allah is ever High, Exalted, Great” (4:34).
    And yes, it really does say to strike them. Attempts at moral equivalence with the West are disingenuous; no comparable text exists in Christianity. Imagine how dismally different the West would be if, say, St. Paul had added, “and slap her if she gets out of line” in Colossians 3:19. He didn’t.

    But the Qur’an did permit a man to strike his wife in Qur’an 4:34, and the fruits of that permission appeared quite early. Muhammad’s wife Aisha noted: “I have not seen any woman suffering as much as the believing women. Look! Her skin is greener than her clothes!” (Sahih Bukhari 7.72.715).

    Similarly, Islamic tradition does not leave much room for the wife to refuse sex:

    “If a husband calls his wife to his bed [i.e. to have sexual relation] and she refuses and causes him to sleep in anger, the angels will curse her till morning” (Sahih Bukhari 4.54.460).”
    Just this past year, a woman hospitalized in Pakistan with severe injuries from marital rape said her family told her that was why she could not refuse her husband. And there is more, from Muhammad himself:

    “By him in Whose Hand lies my life, a woman can not carry out the right of her Lord, till she carries out the right of her husband. And if he asks her to surrender herself [to him for sexual intercourse] she should not refuse him even if she is on a camel’s saddle” (Ibn Majah 1854).
    A shelter in Gaza — let alone one guarded by Hamas — is undoubtedly but the tip of the iceberg, as activists below suggest as well. But not to worry: this report also assures us that Hamas “enforces a conservative though not radical Muslim religious code.”

    “Wife battering in Gaza spotlight,” from Reuters, July 25 (thanks to Twostellas):

    Most safe-houses in the Gaza Strip are meant to provide protection for armed militants on Israel’s target list. Now Gaza is offering protected shelter to battered Palestinian women.
    Its lone women’s safe-house, opened two months ago, has had eight clients, all guarded by police from the Islamist Hamas movement that runs the enclave and enforces a conservative though not radical Muslim religious code.
    So-called ‘honour killings’ are rare but not unknown among religious Palestinians of Gaza and the West Bank, and like every society it is not immune to wife-beating.
    “In 2010 there was no record of killing under the motive of family honor and this is a positive development,” said Huda Naeem, a Hamas lawmaker who backed the safe house as a way station for women at risk within their own families.
    But feminism in Gaza is a very fragile plant.
    Women in many Arab communities can be killed by zealous relatives on the slightest suspicion of having relations with a strange man. And jurists in Gaza say there is no clear clause in the Palestinian law setting out the penalty for such murders.
    Islam also prohibits adultery and some Islamic teachings call for the stoning to death of offenders.
    Sobheya Joma, a woman lawyer at the Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR), said there was no way to know for sure if honor killings were really eradicated.
    “The ICHR is worried because it has recently noticed that some deaths were listed as unexplained or accidental,” Joma told Reuters in her Gaza city office.
    “As long as there is no investigation into these cases and the real causes were not uncovered, you are still going to have doubts,” she said.
    For Palestinian women, talking openly about sexual abuse in the family is still taboo. But if it’s accompanied by violence, some women can finally opt for the shelter of the safe house.
    Of the eight cases of abused women now under the roof of the compound, some were minors. Other women have visited briefly and discreetly, seeking professional advice and support.
    “The first case who came to us was a woman who had been subject to physical violence and was raped and then escaped from her home,” said resident psychiatrist Suhad Qanita.
    “We supported her psychologically … and, thank God, eventually we were able to find her a husband.”
    But there’s nothing you can’t try to pin on Israel:

    Local human rights groups say it is the first such refuge in this Mediterranean coastal enclave. At one stage, women under risk were transferred to the other Palestinian Territory – the West Bank – where they could be kept safe from angry relatives.
    But it is now virtually impossible for Gazans to get to the West Bank because of an Israeli blockade, which is vigorously imposed following repeated Hamas attacks on the Jewish state. […]
    Qanita said she had been shocked at her new job when she came face to face with problems that were always hidden before.
    “I hope this is not a widespread phenomenon, but to some extent it is worrying,” she said. “There are girls who are being assaulted with impunity.”
    “We also try to educate families, and if a problem cannot be solved within the nuclear family we try to find an uncle or a relative ready to shelter the victim, but not in cases where a woman might be killed if returned to the family,” Qanita said….

  10. “the Quran is more liberal with women than the Bible.”

    Jay Leno’s wife: “The Qur’an is more liberal with women than the Bible”

    The Qur’an likens a woman to a field (tilth), to be used by a man as he wills: “Your women are a tilth for you (to cultivate) so go to your tilth as ye will” (2:223).

    The Qur’an also declares that a woman’s testimony is worth half that of a man: “Get two witnesses, out of your own men, and if there are not two men, then a man and two women, such as ye choose, for witnesses, so that if one of them errs, the other can remind her” (2:282).

    It allows men to marry up to four wives, and have sex with slave girls also: “If ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly with the orphans, marry women of your choice, two or three or four; but if ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly (with them), then only one, or (a captive) that your right hands possess, that will be more suitable, to prevent you from doing injustice” (4:3).

    It rules that a son’s inheritance should be twice the size of that of a daughter: “Allah (thus) directs you as regards your children’s (inheritance): to the male, a portion equal to that of two females” (4:11).

    Worst of all, the Koran tells husbands to beat their disobedient wives: “Men are in charge of women, because Allah hath made the one of them to excel the other, and because they spend of their property (for the support of women). So good women are the obedient, guarding in secret that which Allah hath guarded. As for those from whom ye fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to beds apart, and scourge them” (4:34).

    It allows for marriage to pre-pubescent girls, stipulating that Islamic divorce procedures “shall apply to those who have not yet menstruated” (65:4).

    Wife-beating, child marriage, devaluation of testimony — where is all that in the Bible? There is polygamy, but it is superseded by monogamy. So what is Mavis Leno talking about, other than the fact that it is fashionable today to praise the Qur’an and Islam, especially while bashing the Bible and Judaism and Christianity?

    “Women’s activist Mavis Leno and CNN Muslim producer dialogue in Dallas,” by Dina Malki for the Examiner, October 24:

    At the 26th annual Dallas Women’s Foundation’s luncheon, Mavis Leno, wife of talk show’s comedian Jay Leno, shared with the audience accounts about her journey into activism to help empower Afghani women and girls under the Taliban regime….
    When asked about the role of Islam in the status of women in Afghanistan, Leno confirmed that “the Quran is more liberal with women than the Bible.” She added that Prophet Mohammad was married to a wealthy and powerful woman, implying that Islam has nothing against empowering women; on the contrary it is a religion that supports women’s rights. Culture, on the other hand, affects the interpretation of religious texts which results in assaulting women’s rights….

  11. Daughter disputes Muslim will that gave brothers twice as much

    BY: CAROLINE OVERINGTON From: The Australian March 14, 2012

    THE Supreme Court of the ACT has stepped into a bitter dispute over whether a devout Muslim’s three sons should each inherit twice as much as her daughters on the grounds that “one boy is equal to two girls”. The case, known as Omari v Omari, involves Mustapha and Mohamed Omari, who want their mother’s estate divided according to Islamic law, under which they would inherit one full share for every half-share given to their sisters.

    One of those sisters, Fatma Omari, objects, saying it is Australian law, not Islamic law, that must apply, meaning all the children would get the same amount from their mother’s estate regardless of gender.

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