Just because they are Muslim and they have passed this law doesn’t mean what they are doing is allowed in Islam. It is NOT.
Iran passes ‘pedophilia’ law to let men marry adopted girls
This is from the Washington Times. And I can imagine all the women’s rights activists around the world bashing Muslims.
Listen western woman, many of us are oppressed, but it is not by Islam. It is by our men. Just like you. Like in medieval times when only priests and other religious figures had an education and used it to their advantage against the poor illiterate peasants, we Muslim women are guilty of not educating ourselves. Islam has given us many rights, we are sometimes stupid not to find out what they are, sometimes too weak or scared to raise a voice.
And yes I know you are going to throw quotes from the Holy Quran in my face and say “well what about this ?” with a smirk on your face. You are just picking up random quotes out of context because you haven’t bothered to take time out to get the whole story. So that is kind of like the poor peasant who just repeated to his family what the educated Priest told him, a half truth taken out of context meant to serve the Priest. Not the poor peasant.
I just want to share some things I felt would give a better picture of what Islam really is. And please remember I am not a religious scholar I won’t have a lot of answers on the tips of my fingers yes that is my fault, but how much of the Bible have you memorized? And please remember that before you go and bash Islam and show disrespect, a true Muslim will never disrespect the Bible or the Torah or any other Book, we have been forbidden to do so. The Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) warned his followers:
‘Beware of suspicion, for suspicion is the falsest of speech. Do not eavesdrop; do not spy on one another; do not envy one another; do not forsake one another; do not hate one another. Be, O slaves of God, brothers.” (Sahi Muslim)
Here is another example of very clear instructions of how to behave with followers of a different religion or who worship different gods : Chapter 109 of the Quran.
“Say: O you that reject faith! I do not worship that which you worship, nor will you worship that which I worship. And I will not worship that which you have been wont to worship, nor will you worship that which I worship. To you be your Way (or religion) and to me mine.” (Quran 109:1-6)
It means simply you have your beliefs and I have mine, let’s not fight over it. This particular verse was for the idol worshippers of Mecca, as for Christians and Jews we believe in the same prophets and respect their books.
Now to show you the above headlines are not Islamic Practices:
According to Islamic Law, women cannot be forced to marry anyone without their consent.
A girl came to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH):
“What if my father married me off to a man while I disliked this, and my cousin came to ask for my hand?”
The Prophet responded, “There is no marriage. Marry whom you wish.”
The girl said: “Actually I accept this marriage but I wanted to let women know that parents have no right (to force a husband on them).” (Ibn Maja, No. 1873).
Similarly, al-Nisa’i relates on the authority of Khansa’ bint Khadham that she said, “My father married me off against my will (she was young), so I complained to the Prophet, and he said, ‘Do not marry her off against her will.’”
Ibn Abbas reported that a girl came to Muhammad (PBUH), and she reported that her father had forced her to marry without her consent. The Messenger of God gave her the choice . . . (between accepting the marriage or invalidating it). (Ibn Hanbal No. 2469).
The consent of both the man and the women is an essential element of marriage, and the Quran gives women a substantial role in choosing their own life partners. It lays down:
“Do not prevent them from marrying their husbands when they agree between themselves in a lawful manner.” [Noble Quran 2:232]
This is really clear that if a woman wants to marry someone, “do not prevent them..” Also the girl has to be old enough to have enough sense about marriage, which of course a young girl wouldn’t. The women jumping up and down in the back there? Yes I hear you, during the early years of Islam young girls were married off when they were very young as compared to today, but please remember that some girls mature before others, how many cases of pregnant fourteen year olds do you have here in Western society? Marriage guaranteed they wouldn’t be sleeping around and then having to take care of an unwanted baby or even a painful abortion, they would be taken care of, the man was accountable. He had to take care of her and his children. And in any case if the girl didn’t give her consent there was no marriage anyways. Unfortunately many scholars (MEN!) put their own translations and explanations forward, and those are the ones that the media loves to quote. Also educated Muslims do not marry fourteen year olds. Uneducated corrupt, perverted old guys with Muslim names do. That does not make them Muslim. The above verse and Hadiths are so clear. Please get facts from reliable, legitimate sources. So if a ten-year old is forced to marry a forty-year old guess what? That has nothing to do with Islam, she was exploited by cruel, God-less men.
Now rather than wasting time howling that Islam is oppressing women, howl about how our men are misinterpreting it. And we Muslim women should start educating ourselves, leave behind our fears and step forward to fight against these confining cultural traditions.
(pic is from Bulletin of the Oppression of Women)