When there's a serious accident or someone collapses, the first thing we do is call for a doctor. The doctor's skill and willingness to help can save someone's life.
Yet the same alacrity to help oppressed and endangered Muslim women can't be found in Feminist Movement, past nor present.
Now, unless I'm missing something, I thought all women were equal, irrespective of their race, religion or culture.
You'd think their burden for the emancipation of women (the mantra of Western Feminism) would extend to those women who've yet to enjoy the freedom and opportunities that they've won for themselves.
But evidently that is not the case. Unlike the Good Samaritan who extended a helping hand, got down and got dirty, to help a fellow traveler in dire need. Western Feminism is more like the Levite who seeing the bruised and beaten victim, crossed the road to the other side and walked on.
Surely Western Feminists couldn't be that cold hearted, nor doubt the desperate plight of their Muslim sisters?
While sauntering through my Facebook feeds the other day (as one does), I stumbled over an extremely disturbing article, exposing the flagrant hypocrisy of Muslim men, especially in Saudi Arabia. It dealt with the so-called marital arrangements available to men only.
Here's some of the gut-wrenching practises
A Muslim man can have what we'd call a normal marriage (Nikah). However, after this it gets interesting or sickening?
Now if you're bored with your wife and would like some variety in your sex life, then you can find a woman of your liking and enter into a temporary marriage (Misyar). The women involved in these marriages have no rights. They don't live with their randy but temporary husband, they meet have sex and that's it. The man can end the relationship at will. He just needs to see the local magistrate.
Then there's the holiday package wife (so called). Are you heading off for a foreign destination? Then let's throw in a little, young flesh while you're on vacation (Mesyaf). Some poor girl in Malaysia or Pakistan is given to a Muslim holiday maker/ business man (for a price given to her parents). Allowing the upright Muslim to indulge the lusts of the flesh, without breaking his holy law. When the holiday is over, so is the marriage, goodbye honey, it's been nice knowing you.
Then of course, there's study leave and business trips (those that longer than a holiday). Well to ensure the purity of the Muslim man isn't violated, he can a have Misfar marriage, it can be easily done, down on Highway 61. While away from the wife and the kids, to relieve the stress of homesickness and work, he can satiate his sexual appetite with his temporary wife. Indubitably, she must be a virgin (or else she would be buried to her waist and then stoned to death). However, she has no claim on him, and when the party's over, he divorces her, she gets nothing.
Western feminists silent
Well, what do our Feminist friends have to say about this. Are you listening, Nothing. It would just be another example of white western imperialism, if they were to speak out, to condemn Islam's treatment of women. Or perhaps they just don't care, or maybe they're terrified of the ramifications of condemning a religion of violence?
But then again, there're pressing issues at home to deal with. Like ensuring that babies are murdered the moment they leave the womb, even if they're healthy and whole. The right of a woman to control reproduction, we're told empowers women. Too bad about the kid.
But what about those innocent young girls, who have their clitorises removed on the kitchen table with a razor blade. Do the Feminists feel the pain, which their sisters endure. Evidently not.
Besides, the latte just split on the new Giorgio Armni dress, the BMW needs a new wiper blade, then there's lipstick smudge which needs urgent attention and Emily's list supporters are meeting later today, it wouldn't do to be late.
Vic Matthews, has three degrees B.Optom, B.Arts& B. Christian Studies. He is a kiteboard tragic, who now works as a Christian Copywriter. He can be found at http://trustworthycopywriter.com/writing-services/christian-copywriter/
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