Under a headline that seems like it could be straight out of The Onion (How the Teachings of Islam Could Help Us Prevent More Sexual Abuse Scandals), writer Qasim Rashid wrote an article in The Independent on Monday that is sure to raise a skeptical eyebrow or two. Rashid believes that the Harvey Weinstein debacle and the larger sexual harassment issues that it has brought to the forefront has a peculiar cure: The spread of Islamic teachings to Western society.
From The Independent:
In a recent internationally broadcast lecture given live before roughly 6,000 Muslim women, the Khalifa of Islam said, “Chapter four, verse two of the Holy Quran…clarifies that women were not created out of the body of a man or from his rib. Rather, the Quran testifies to the fact that men and women were created from a single soul and are of the same kind and species.”
Thus, the 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.
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.
If our society is so lost that we need these basic, kindergarten-level ideas to compel us to behave civilly to one another, then we’re already past the point of no return. Furthermore, the idea that Islam of all religions – a religion responsible for some of the most oppressive, backwards countries in the world – is the key to solving the problem of sexual abuse is absolutely asinine.
But, oh yes, by all means, please continue, Mr. Rashid.
“On numerous occasions Prophet Muhammad punished an accused rapist on the testimony of the rape survivor alone,” Rashid tells us. “In this environment of gender equity, women in Islam rise to the rank of legal scholars, warriors, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists while lovingly embracing identities as mothers and housewives.”
Wonderful. We can bring an end to sexual abuse by simply doing away with that pesky Western concept of due process. If a woman says it happened, it happened. Take her alleged attacker to the nearest soccer stadium and have him beheaded. Oh, and don’t forget to save some punishment for the woman, who has been befouled by the touch of a demonic man.
Sorry, but if we are forced to make a choice between a civilization that allows for a few Hollywood producers to abuse their positions of authority and a civilization where we have MORE influence from the deranged teachings of the Koran, we’ll take Harvey Weinstein every day. Thankfully, there’s no reason on Allah’s green earth that we have to make that choice.