Women are Awrah

НикабMany muslim scholars claim that one reason polygyny has been granted men is that women bleed. Women suffer from menstrual bleedings and post partum bleedings after giving birth. These bleedings are considered unclean and render a woman impure. A man is forbidden sexual intercourse with his wife while she is bleeding. Muslim scholars claim that allah has deemed it to much of a burden for a man to be denied sex a few days every month, hence polygyny is allowed.

The fact that polygyny leaves a woman without a sex life 50-75 % of the rest of her life obviously is not a burden to her. Nor is the fact that forced polygyny will leave her devastated and physically and mentally raped.

Men are allowed to pray even if they have a nosebleed or huge body wounds and are bleeding to death after battle. But muslim scholars claim that women are forbidden to pray while menstruating. Many also say that a menstruating woman, or a woman with post partum bleedings, is not allowed to touch the quran or visit a mosque. This is one of the reasons why women are imperfect in religion. They are forbidden prayer and the quran when they bleed.

The wonderful gift of life is thus turned into an impurity. Being given the preferment of giving new life is turned into a curse – by men and by islam.

Of course, there is no greater preferment than being the sex who can bring a new life into this world. But islam turns it into something shameful and dirty. Men have been barred from this the greatest gift, and as a revenge they turn the gift into a curse.

How can women accept this?

A woman who has given birth should be given a throne of gold on which she could sit and offer her prayers, should she wish, while all barren and cursed men should be barred for being impure….

All men should prostrate themselves in front of their wives who have the ability to give life to their children.

Islam makes women out to be imperfect and subordinate creatures. Our biological functions are portrayed as curses. We are impure. A woman is awrah.

Islamist websites often describe women as “hidden pearls”. They try to paint an attractive picture of misogyny, making it out as protective of women. Women must cover because they are awrah, except for their hands and face (some muslim scholars say that women should only be allowed to show one eye!). Many islamists also claim that a woman’s voice is awrah, or the sound from her heels. They say this is to protect women. But awrah means deficiency, shame and imperfection. So islam claims that a woman is shame. A woman is deficient. A woman is imperfection. A cursed impurity that must be hidden, covered, invisible and inaudible. This is how islam honours women.

Every gift and blessing endowed to women is turned into shame, impurity and disease by islam.

And women let them do it.

7 thoughts on “Women are Awrah

  1. This has always been a mystery to me. Isn’t giving birth one of the most magnificent, brave and wonderful things any person can do? Of course women should be saluted for carrying a life, for giving birth! No man could do it – and even if they could they would never survive the pain! But instead of celebrating women and feeling awe, men decide to use it against women. This is the ultimate sexist crap! They always talk about things that show that allah prefered men, by Jove, but the most fantastic gift of all is turned into – as you say – a curse. I can’t believe it that women let them get away with this!!

  2. Fantastic!! My thoughts exactly!!! Why do women keep buying into this crap? Thanks for the link Vera! 🙂

  3. :O …I am shocked at this! You believe in equality, democracy etc I thought you’d believe in being truthful.

    Firstly, “Men are allowed to pray even if they have a nosebleed or huge body wounds and are bleeding to death after battle.” WRONG, blood is impure full stop, no one bleeding can pray. Just as urine is impure, anyone with urine on them cannot pray, alcohol on the other hand is not impure. These are basic facts. Secondly, to touch the Qur’an you need to have done the ritual wash, wudhoo, if you have anything impure on you, you cannot hence the reason most people do not touch the Qur’an, however there is some scholarly opinion that for a menstruating woman is it fine based on a specific hadith I can quote you if you like.

    Thirdly, how did you link menstruation to Islam looking down on childbirth? I think some Islamic quotes are in order:

    “And revere the wombs that bore you, for God is ever watchful over you.” (4:1)

    “We have enjoined on man (to be good) to his parents: in travail upon travail did his mother bear him.”

    “Heaven lies beneath the feet of your mother”

    “A man once asked the Prophet to whom he should show the most kindness. The Prophet replied: “Your mother, next your mother, next your mother, and then your father.”

    “We have enjoined on man kindness to his parents; in pain did his mother bear him, and in pain did she give him birth” (46:15).

    Abdullah Ibn ‘Umar saw a Yemeni man performing Tawaf (circumambulating the Ka’bah in Mecca) while carrying his mother on his back. This man said to Abdullah Ibn ‘Umar, “I am like a tame camel for her! I have carried her more than she carried me. Do you think I have paid her back, oh Ibn ‘Umar?” Abdullah Ibn ‘Umar replied, “No, not even one contraction!!”

    Should I continue?

    People attack others when they are insecure in themselves. I thought the same of Ana from polygamy 411.

  4. Firstly: There are plenty of examples from the prophetic traditions where men prayed in the middle of nosebleeds, with the blood streaming down their hands; praying with a freshly severed arm acquired in the battlefield; and the 3rd Caliph, ‘Umar, even prayed while he had a gaping sword wound to his chest.

    Secondly: Childbirth renders a woman impure (due to nifaas) – not glorified. Impure! Al-‘Allaamah Shaykh al-Shanqeeti said: “This indicates that men are better than women, because the masculine is honour and perfection, whereas the feminine naturally has something lacking physically. All people are agreed on this, because all peoples give women the best of adornments, which is only to make up for this natural lack…” Ia women are lacking because they menstruate and give birth! Then, islam tries to make us believe this is actually to honour women! Yes, it says you must honor your mother before your father – but the mother must still obey the father devoutly, so what good does it do her? This is clarified if you look at e.g. this (from islamqa) “1. Men are more intelligent and have a better ability to distinguish right from wrong. Al-Qurtubi said: “Men have the advantage of being more wise and more capable of management; for this reason they were given the right of qiwaamah.” 2. Men’s religion is more complete, because women menstruate and bleed after childbirth, and do not pray or fast at such times – unlike men”

    I am sorry if you are offended, but I am not twisting any facts. Islam may talk about honouring women, but it is only to hide the misogyny behind every ruling and to manipulate women into submitting to men.

  5. As far as I can see, the point you’re making is about praying/fasting and all other prohibitions during menstruation/childbirth bleeding are the proof of the alleged misogyny. But I guess my question is, how many women want the “equality” of being able to fast and pray etc during their bleeding times? I have never met a Muslim woman who doesn’t welcome the “break”, because prayer and fasts are disciplines that many struggle to maintain consistently. I look at it like, we get a break when men NEVER get that break. Sure that might still be inequal, but it doesn’t seem like a downside (for women) to me. In fact, some may even call it preferential treatment in favor of the women- a privilege given to them but not to men.

  6. If it was combined with respect and enhanced status, yes maybe. But it is not. It is an excuse for polygyny, for denying women equally beautiful and comfortable space in the mosques, for claiming that women can not do the same things, hold the same jobs, for claiming women are deficient in reason and religion.

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