Quarterly: Issue No 85
FEMINISM – LEADING TOWARDS KUFR
daily basis, we hear about domestic abuse against women. We rightfully feel a
strong desire to fight against such abuse and prevent women from being hurt,
emotionally and physically. We also rightfully desire to work towards a world
where women and young girls live with respect, kindness, love, support and the
full measure of God-given rights they really deserve.
our modern age, Feminism (a feminist philosophy) seems to be the best path
towards that world, but this is definitely not the right solution for a Muslim.
In fact, it has now become part of a much larger problem. From its very
inception, Modern Feminism began as an anti-religious, anti-family movement. It
is not merely one strand of Feminism that is corrosive to our Imaan. But it is
all branches of Modern Feminism that is dangerous to our Imaan. To see this,
simply read the writings of all the most notable feminist theorists in history,
and this conclusion cannot be denied.
Secularism is a cancer. Look at the great religions of the past such as Judaism
and Christianity. In today's world, these religions are shells of what they
used to be, because they had unfortunately succumbed to Modernity and
Secularism. The Renaissance brought about philosophies such as Secularism,
Humanism, Relativism and Individualism which completely removed religion from
the public and private lives of people. Now Islam stands as the last defender,
a religion purely rooted in its tradition and not succumbed to the misfortunes
of modern nihilism (emptiness) and secular beliefs. But an effort is also being
made to uproot this religion from its tradition and modernize it. “Muslim”
Feminism comes with that hidden agenda.
all starts off with legitimate grievances about the way that some Muslim men
treat their women. There is domestic abuse in our community of the physical and
emotional varieties. There are masjids and Muslim institutions that ignore the
needs and concerns of women. In some of our cultures around the world, girls
are subjected to criminally unjust double standards. And that sometimes, the
responsible parties selfishly and ignorantly attempt to justify their practices
of abuse and outright neglect by citing the Qur’an and Hadith.
solution to these problems is not Feminism – but correcting our ignorance with
Islamic knowledge in its pristine purity. And this knowledge only comes from
true scholars (Ulama), namely scholars not under the suffocating
influence of Modernism, Liberalism or Feminism itself. Unfortunately, this true
knowledge is hard to find, so Muslim women (and some men) have turned to
Feminism as a vehicle for expressing their frustration and trauma. This is how
Muslims enter the Feminist path. And the results have become an absolute
the abuse of women is a disease, then Islamic precepts and ethics are the
natural “organic” wholesome cure, whereas Feminism is a harsh toxic chemical
treatment, which might get rid of the disease, but only by nearly killing the
patient while creating ten more diseases in its place.
you know how Feminism conceptualize domestic abuse, masjid neglect, etc.?
Simply by shouting: “Patriarchy”’. Patriarchy is a system of society in which
men hold the power and women are largely excluded from it. Feminists say it is
men - as a category - who are the problem (as well as those women who have
“internalized” patriarchy). It is men - as a category – they say, who
inherently desire to dominate women, to abuse them, to take advantage of them.
This is the illegitimate language used to address a legitimate issue.
Noble Qur’an contradicts the core tenets of Feminism. “Muslim” Feminists
tap-dance around this by reading into the Qur’an and are trying to redefine it
with Feminist ideologies. Let us reflect on this issue. Are Islamic teachings
on gender compatible with Feminism? Ask any non-Muslim Feminist if the Islamic
legal and moral obligations on gender issues are compatible with Feminism. Even
Non-Muslim Feminists will tell “Muslim” Feminists: “You are all stupid
blockheads.” Let us look as some of the basic principles outlined in the
are in charge of women by [right of] what Allah has given one over the other
and what they spend [for maintenance] from their wealth. So righteous women are
devoutly obedient, guarding in [the husband's] absence what Allah would have
them guard. But those [wives] from whom you fear arrogance - [first] advise
them; [then if they persist], forsake them in bed; and [finally], strike them.
But if they obey you [once more], seek no means against them. Indeed, Allah is
ever Exalted and Grand. (Al-Qur’an:
Divorced women remain in waiting for three periods, and it is
not lawful for them to conceal what Allah has created in their wombs if they
believe in Allah and the Last Day. And their husbands have more right to take
them back in this [period] if they want reconciliation. And due to the wives is
similar to what is expected of them, according to what is reasonable. But the
men have a degree over them [in responsibility and authority]. And Allah is Exalted
in Might and Wise. (Al-Qur’an:
And bring to witness two witnesses from among your men. And
if there are not two men [available], then a man and two women from those whom you
accept as witnesses - so that if one of the women errs, then the other can
remind her. (Al-Qur’an:
This now puts the “Muslim” Feminist in an awkward position.
She is a deviant from the perspective of both Islam and Feminism. When she is
closer to Feminism, the more religiously deviant she is as a Muslim. When she
is closer to Islam, the more ideologically deviant she is as a Feminist. There
is nothing to get out of this dilemma unless you redefine the meaning of the
words ‘Feminism’ and ‘Feminist.’ Some do it by appealing to
‘intersectionality’, which has its origins in post-modernism. Intersectionality
is the modern ideology of multiple identities intersecting to create a whole
new identity that is different from its component identities.
by accepting this principle, the “Muslim” Feminists accept the validity of all
other beliefs and ideologies. But Muslims believe that the only religion and
way of life acceptable to Allah is Islam. (Qur’an 3:19) A “Muslim” Feminist
can’t believe in the singular validity of Islam and Intersectional Feminism at
the same time. This is against the Law of Non-contradiction. In classical
logic, the law of non-contradiction (LNC) is the second of the three classic
laws of thought. It states that contradictory statements cannot both be true in
the same sense at the same time, e.g. the two propositions "A is B"
and "A is not B" are mutually exclusive.
we don’t let Ahmadis or other deviant sects to define Islam. Similarly, fringe
minorities cannot define Feminism. Therefore, let us stick to the mainstream
definition of Feminism.
Now put into this logical corner, the “Muslim” Feminist will
contend that her opponent is arguing semantics. She then says: “It doesn’t
matter what we call ourselves. Focus on the real issues.” We Muslims believe
that the means never justify the ends. A well-known Islamic maxim states: “What
is based on falsehood is necessarily false.” Muslim Feminists making the above
argument ignore that:
- their identity is based on a false premise (Feminism)
- this identity is not guaranteed to achieve their ends
Furthermore, if Muslim Feminists’ intent is the welfare of
Muslim women, it is false to assume Feminism will get them there. Feminism is a
failed ideology. Just look at its results in the West.
Modern Feminism turns adult women into helpless children. And
feminists call this “empowerment”. When Feminists can’t defend their beliefs on
their own they cry for help from that same “Patriarchy”. This is also true of
Muslim Feminists. The most recent manifestation is their fascination with
Islamic scholar Dr. Akram Nadwi, an Indian-born Muslim Scholar based outside of
Oxford, where he runs an Islamic seminary. Finally, they now have access to an
Islamic Scholar sympathetic to the plight of “Muslim” Feminists who they can
pretend to follow in a marriage of convenience. However, Dr.
Akram never actually says it’s OK to be a Feminist.
Nevertheless, he does have a soft spot for women’s issues. His opinions on
women’s obligations and responsibilities are strictly Quranic. They are
certainly NOT compatible with any interpretation of Modern Feminism.
In reality, Feminist regard for Islamic Scholarship is just a
lip service. Scholars that openly disagree with Feminists in any significant
way are always mocked and ridiculed. Recently another Islamic scholar, Dr. Abdul Hakim Murad, dared to question the feminist
narrative in the mainstream. Dr. Murad was very clear
that Feminism and Islam are incompatible. He said:
“Those who are
desperately trying to find 2nd wave Feminism in the pages of the Quran and
Hadith…they will be disappointed sooner or later, because it is just not
there.” His efforts were met with backlash
and hatred from “Muslim” Feminists when his video made the rounds on the
internet, youtube and facebook.
To summarise, it is very clear that “Muslim” Feminists:
- read their modern irreligious ideas into Islamic teachings
- cannot validate their claims of “Islamic” Feminism through
the Qur’an and Sunnah,
or even via pure logic
- are wobbling on the edge of polytheism (shir-k)
and unbelief (kufr)
The only solution to modern day women issues is the complete
implementation of Islam via the Noble Qur’an and Sunnah - applicable to both
men and women. Let us all go back to our grass roots.
Muslim women who adopt Feminism to search for their
God-granted rights are cutting off their nose to spite their face. Allah alone is our Guide and Protector.
May Allah guide us all to follow what
Allah has commanded us in His Kalaam (Al-Qur’an
Al-Kareem) with regards to gender equalities.
May the Peace and
Blessings of Allah be upon His Messenger Muhammad, the WITNESS to all of
Allah! Your Forgiveness is far greater than my sins and I have more hope in Your
Mercy than in my own deeds.
Requesting your duas!
Abdul Haq Abdul Kadir
Kyalami Glen, Gauteng
Johannesburg, South Africa