In the name of Allāh,
the Beneficent, the Merciful.
Peace and Blessings of Allāh on Mohammad.
Allāh–the Glorious and the High,
Lord of the worlds
Mohammad–who brought the world
to our feet and eternity to our arms
WOMAN–BODY A SHAME
Nonie Darwish states in her book Cruel and Usual Punishment about the Muslim woman’s covering her body that “in reality a woman’s body is considered a thing she should be ashamed of.” (p. 77)
Response: How much of your body do you cover and how much do you expose? Even Mary, the Christian’s “Mother of God” (and mother of their son of God), as Christians show us in their depictions of her, is covered like the Muslim woman. Why then bitch at Muslim women? In fact, Muslim women are to be praised.
And as their “Mother of God” covered herself, are Christian women not to imitate their “Mother of God” and cover themselves? And (except for nuns) by not covering themselves like their “Mother of God” what are these Christian women conveying? that they know better than their “Mother of God”? or that they are more liberated and knowledgeable than their “Mother of God”? or that their “Mother of God” was backward and “ashamed” of her body?
Doesn’t Christianity require the Christian woman to cover her body?
Didn’t God clothe Adam and Eve?–(Gen. 3:21; and there was no one then to see them).
And Jesus (the Christian’s God and son of God) was covered from neck to toe in flowing robe (as Christians show us).
Coptic priests are covered in head-to-toe black and Fundamentalist Jews are covered from head to toe in black, are these “ashamed of” their bodies?
Shouldn’t you, Nonie Darwish, and Christian women in general cover up like your “Mother of God”? And shouldn’t the Pope and Bishops and Christian men be covered in flowing robes and wearing long hair and beard as Jesus?
The Muslim woman’s body is not a thing to be “ashamed” of. Islam esteems womanhood as the symbol of purity and motherhood as the gateway to paradise. The Muslim woman covering her body –which is an identification and a reflection of her being of the exalted nation (Qur’an 33:59; 24:31; 2:143; 3:110)– is no “shame” but part of her passport to Paradise. (See Hijab/head covering).
2. That the Prophet said women have ten aurats. Nonie Darwish wrote: “How can a woman be honored in Islam if the God who has created her considers her an awrah (pudendum) and prefers that she not worship him in the house of God?” (Ibid; p. 78).
Response: Any clean place is a house of God. The Mosque is the community gathering place; it is not only for worship but an administrative centre.
There is no prohibition against the Muslim woman going to the Mosque or congregating in one’s home–(Bokhari Vol.1, #824, 826, 827, 831, 832; Vol. 2, #22; Vol. 7, #165). There is also a report of a woman leading people of her household in prayer–(Abu Dawud Vol. 1. #’s 591-592).
Webster define pudendum as “the external genital organs of a human being and esp. of a woman.”
(Unless it is applicable to Nonie Darwish) it is preposterous to claim that the Prophet says women have ten “external genital organs.”
Aurat/aurah means private part(s). Islam considers the entire woman’s body as private.
It is the Christian’s God that “considers” woman as an object only for sex –as a “pudendum.”
Muslim women who converted to Christianity believing that Christianity ameliorates their lot are deluded –these Muslim women know even less about Christianity than they do about Islam; to trade Islam for Christianity (or for any other religion) is like trading the superior of an item for an inferior one.
Such Muslim women need to learn Islam and confront their males over their transgression against the injunctions of Allāh.
Muslim males who subjugate and abuse their women need to consider if they believe they can defy Allāh and subjugate their women-folk and yet expect that Allāh will give them Jannah.
Christianity does not ameliorate the lot of women. As shown in this presentation, whereas Islam has ennobled woman and given woman rights alongside man from the cradle all the way to paradise, Christianity has woman mired in disgrace and degradation from birth to death and even beyond.
Christianity gives you (woman) nothing but lifelong subjugation under the iron-fist of your husband, brands you as “transgressor,” “deceiver” and betrayer of man; makes you an object of sexual release, curses you as “defiler” of man all the way to the next world, and sets you up in marriage (misery) till “death” do you part (if your father does not first sell you into bondage).
See Christianity-women; Jesus-liberates women).
Islam is the Great Liberator of Woman!
Islam is the only Liberator Woman has known!