Ayesha Ahmed disagrees
Some of my readers have taken the trouble to inform me that an article of Ayesha Ahmed is not available to them when they click the link I’ve given to them in some of my writings.
I don’t know why it is so, if it is so.
Dear sisters: How many times have you heard this claim “sisters, you should be very happy that you have a very high status and a very privileged position in our religion” by the bearded ones in the mosques?
God alone knows what high status and which privileged position they talk about….
To be declared in the holy books that we are deficient in intelligence and that most of us will go to hell for being ungrateful to our husbands; and that we will make the big majority of the hell’s population?
To be told to share the husband with three other wives and many concubines, sex slaves and captive women which his right hand posses?
To be divorced by him at the drop of a hat by just his proclaiming 3 times “I divorce you” and we not having the same right to divorce him?
Husband getting 72 perpetually virgin beautiful houris with big eyes and swelling bosoms in the paradise and we getting the same old husband and share him with the 72 voluptuous houris? (Believe me sisters; he will be so busy there with the lovely houris that the only time he will see you will be in the hallways when he is going from one houri’s room to another houri’s room).
To be disciplined by the husband, by being beaten up by him with scourge (lash) and green sticks? (Unless you are into the kinky stuff and actually enjoy the beatings)..
Being raped and then be stoned to death for reporting it because you need 4 male witnesses to prove your innocence otherwise you yourself get accused of adultery? (Your only chance of finding 4 male witnesses is that if the attacker was of very low IQ or was really drunk and attacked you in the broad daylight in front of a bunch of degenerate horny men who watched and cheered and are later willing to testify)
Being wrongly accused of adultery by a conniving husband and be stoned for it because he does not need 4 male witnesses if he swears 4 times himself?
Being married at the age of 9 years to a much older man because it is sunna? To submit to him every time he desires you even if he wants it on the back of a camel, if he gets an untimely urge? (Not recommended, you both may fall down from camel’s back during the action and sustain injuries).
Being cursed all night by thousands of angels if you refuse him even for a genuine reason? (What a boring job for angels who are assigned to watch your bedroom, always waiting for the action, unless of course they enjoy watching; in that case they have a reason to be disappointed and pissed by your refusal).
To be declared half a person as witness in court or inheriting property?
To be asked to stay at home by scriptures and only leave home if husband permits; that too fully covered by a tent like garment even if it is scorching hot (hey, sweating is good for you as it opens skin pores, besides the tent covering protects you from the hot sun and elements which keeps you fair and beautiful; sisters you need all the help you can get to compete with the other wives and concubines).
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