Quote Of The Day #40

Muhammad of Mecca

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“It is narrated on the authority of ‘Abdullah b. Umar that the Messenger of Allah observed: O womenfolk, you should give charity and ask much forgiveness for I saw you in bulk amongst the dwellers of Hell. A wise lady among them said: Why is it, Messenger of Allah, that our folk is in bulk in Hell? Upon this the Holy Prophet observed: You curse too much and are ungrateful to your spouses. I have seen none lacking in common sense and failing in religion but (at the same time) robbing the wisdom of the wise, besides you. Upon this the woman remarked: What is wrong with our common sense and with religion? He (the Holy Prophet) observed: Your lack of common sense (can be well judged from the fact) that the evidence of two women is equal to one man, that is a proof of the lack of common sense, and you spend some nights (and days) in which you do not offer prayer and in the month of Ramadan (during the days) you do not observe fast, that is a failing in religion. This hadith has been narrated on the authority of Abu Tahir with this chain of transmitters.” Continue reading “Quote Of The Day #40”

Hatred In The UK

With apologies to the Sex Pistols

“The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles. Throughout history we see the oppressor and oppressed in constant opposition to each other. This fight is sometimes hidden and sometimes open. However, each time the fight ends in either a revolutionary reconstruction of society or in the classes’ common ruin.” Karl Marx wrote these words in 1848 but they apply equally to 2017. The British Establishment only care about money and they hate people who don’t have money.  They don’t hate you because of your race. They don’t hate you because of your religion. They don’t hate you because of your sex. They don’t hate you because of your sexuality. They hate you because you don’t have any money. Continue reading “Hatred In The UK”

Sara Khan Not Anjem Choudhary

Listen to modernist women not medievalist beard-wearers

In my first ever post I outlined my reasons for starting this blog. I said that I disliked the coarsening of political debate and the intolerance of differing opinions that has disfigured political discourse in the West over the past couple of decades. I also decried the triumph of emotion over reason and some people’s apparent inability to separate their opinions from their identity, as if disagreeing with the former was an attack on the latter. But most of all I wrote about how I was concerned about the ongoing march of aggressive, authoritarian, intolerant, far-right religion. Continue reading “Sara Khan Not Anjem Choudhary”

Feminists for Islam Update #3

Mayim Bialik responds to Linda Sarsour

The phrase “Muslim feminist” has always amused me. The Koran is pretty clear on the subordinate place of women and it explicitly states that women only count as half a man in terms of testimony and inheritance. But, as I have repeatedly stated on this blog and elsewhere,  I have no right to stop any woman calling herself a feminist whilst she kowtows to the demands of misogynist clerics. It is not my business. Continue reading “Feminists for Islam Update #3”

Equal Rights For All, Special Privileges For None

European Court ruling on the hijab

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that a ban on the hijab in the workplace “can be legal” if it is done in the context of rules against religious or political clothing of all types. Some readers may think that I would support this ruling as I have railed against aggressive, authoritarian religion (and its deeply unpleasant political handmaiden, Islamism) on more than one occasion. Indeed, one of my main reasons for starting this blog was my disquiet about how conservative religionists are hijacking debate. But if I was to support this ruling, I would be no better than those pseudo-feminists who have jumped into bed with violent misogynists to oppose Donald Trump’s sexism. Continue reading “Equal Rights For All, Special Privileges For None”

Feminists for Islam Update #2

Islamists are no friends of Feminism

Imagine if Donald Trump said that it was ok to hit your wife? As a “last resort” if nothing else worked? Twitter would go into meltdown and there would be demonstrations all over the world, addressed by numerous “celebrities” eager to denounce Trump as a monstrous sexist and misogynist. Continue reading “Feminists for Islam Update #2”

Feminists for Islam Update

Marine Le Pen, feminist icon?

Apparently, Marine Le Pen refused to wear a headscarf in a meeting with the Grand Mufti of Lebanon. And the usual suspects can’t dismiss this at “fake news” because it comes from the BBC-approved CNN.

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