Qasim Rashed, a self-described “American Muslim, Islamic educator, women’s rights defender, Black Lives Matter supporter, and dad-joke extraordinaire” had a particularly hilarious solution to the problem of sexual assault in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein revelations — but unfortunately, the man wasn’t joking.
Just look at the headline of his most recent piece over at The Independent.
Boy, are you in for a treat with this one.
Here are some select quotes:
Quran 4:2 first establishes men and women as equal beings. Chapter 4:20 then forbids men from forcing a woman to act against her will, thereby ensuring women maintain autonomy and self-determination.
This verse also commands men to consort with women in kindness, forbidding men from so much as thinking ill of their wives. This preempts emotional and mental abuse. Chapter 4:35 furthermore prevents violence against women by forcing men to control themselves and never resort to physically harming women– preempting physical abuse.
You’ll be left scratching your heads after reading what those passages actually say, however. Quran 4:2 reads, “And give to the orphans their properties and do not substitute the defective [of your own] for the good [of theirs]. And do not consume their properties into your own. Indeed, that is ever a great sin.”
Quran 4:35 reads, “And if you fear dissension between the two, send an arbitrator from his people and an arbitrator from her people. If they both desire reconciliation, Allah will cause it between them. Indeed, Allah is ever Knowing and Acquainted [with all things]
Sounds like Qasim is simply gleaning whatever he wants from those verses, doesn’t it? Given that the words “girls,” “women” or “wives” appear a total of zero times in those verses, that’s the only real option. He continues:
The Quran further obliges men to provide for a woman’s every financial need, while holding that anything a woman earns is hers alone – preempting financial abuse. And when it comes to the Islamic concept of Hijab, it is men who are first commanded to never gawk at women, and instead guard their private parts and chastity, regardless of how women choose to dress – pre-empting sexual abuse.
Women are aloud to keep their own earnings? What a radical concept! What isn’t so radical, however, is the Quran’s teachings on inheritance, which are outlined in the same chapters of the Quran that Qasim has quoted far. We learn in Quran 4:11 that women are entitled to only one-half the inheritance that their brothers are.
Qasim then expounds upon the virtues of Mohammad’s totally-progressive attitudes towards women:
Thus, Prophet Muhammad himself illustrated this point. In a famous incident, a woman described as strikingly beautiful approached the Prophet to seek his guidance on some religious matters. The Prophet’s companion, Al Fadl, began to stare at her because of her beauty. Noting this, the Prophet Muhammad did not scold the woman for her attire, but instead, he “reached his hand backwards, catching Al Fadl’s chin, and turned his face to the other side so that he would not gaze at her.”
Yeah — and he also had sex with a nine-year-old girl. Do I really need to say anything else here? As if that wasn’t enough, it’s also worth pointing out that Muhammad did condone sexual slavery, but “only” of non-Muslim women. That’s spelled out in Quran 33:50: “O Prophet! We have made lawful to thee thy wives to whom thou hast paid their dowers; and those (slaves) whom thy right hand possesses out of the prisoners of war whom Allah has assigned to thee.”
Let’s be honest: If the teachings of Islam could prevent sexual abuse scandals, ISIS-occupied territory would be a paradise for women. Let’s hope Qasim doesn’t make that argument next.
As for anyone wondering how this abomination managed to be published, perhaps here’s the explanation: