Some women say their hijab represents religiously mandated modesty.
Some women say their hijab is a political statement.
Some women say they are forced to wear a hijab.
Pat Shea, a non-Muslim voluntarily put on a hijab during a mosque sermon on “Domestic Violence/Compassionate & Honorable Treatment Towards Women in Islam.”
Pat Shea is the YWCA CEO and operates the largest domestic violence shelter in the state of Tennessee. Does Shea know that the hijab is a source of violence to Muslim women worldwide and in the U.S?
Muslim women have been killed for refusing to wear a hijab. For example:
- 2007 – Canada, murder of 16 year old Aqsa Parvez choked to death by her father
with the hijab she refused to wear
- 2014 – in Somalia, woman murdered for refusing to veil
- 2015 – Iraq, five women stoned to death for not wearing a hijab
- 2015 – India, father kills his four year old daughter for not wearing a hijab at dinner
January 2015, a non-Muslim woman living in Muslim-majority Bangladesh murdered for not wearing a hijab
Muslim women have been threatened with violence for not wearing a hijab. For example:
- 2011 – Britain, woman is threatened with death by her cousin for not wearing a
- 2013 – Sudan, a woman faces whipping for not wearing a hijab
- 2014 – Pankisi Gorge, a brother stabs his sister for refusing to wear a hijab
- 2015 – Missouri, a high school student dragged her from her
classroom and assaulted by a relative for not wearing a hijab
Enlightened Muslim women in 2015 reject people like Pat Shea putting on a hijab
Self-described “mainstream Muslim women” living in the U.S., many of whom were born in countries where sharia law governed, have rejected the mysogynistic Islamic call for women to cover themselves. They reject Western women showing “solidarity” by participating in “Wear a Hijab” day and interfaith imitators tying on the headscarf.
In fact, these adult Muslim women explain that hijab doesn’t even mean headscarf. “This conflation of hijab with the secular word headscarf is misleading. ‘Hijab’ literally means ‘curtain’ in Arabic. It also means ‘hiding,’ ‘obstructing’ and ‘isolating’ someone or something. It is never used in the Koran to mean headscarf.”
These women understand that if Muslim women living in the West are free to choose hijab or no hijab, patriarchy in Islam which is supported and perpetuated by political Islamists, will cease to dominate.
Political Islamists like Remziya Suleyman and Kasar Abdullah Bigdawidi (pictured above with Shea), are Muslim activists who have promoted Islamist Muslim Brotherhood organizations like CAIR and the Muslim Students Association. They assert absurd hijab positions like the hijab gives them more rights than American women allowing them to be judged by intellect, not looks.
Suleyman even admitted that she didn’t start wearing a hijab until 2008 when she
coincidentally also started lobbying in the Tennessee state legislature. With all the rights she asserts afforded by wearing a hijab, her Islamic community still maintains her first duty is to find a husband and complete her “deen” (subjugation).
Shame on Shea
Kasar Abdullah Bigdawidi is the token Islamist on Shea’s YWCA board, so Shea, true to leftist hypocrisy, let herself be used for Kasar’s political purposes even though the YWCA claims to be an advocate for women’s rights.
When YWCA CEO Pat Shea put on the hijab she professed to upholding the Islamic laws that knowledgeable Muslim women understand keep them in a second class status.
Muslim Brotherhood CAIR lawyer Zahra Billoo says “[t]he flag of Islam is our women who wear hijab.” The hijab is a symbol.
So is the Nazi salute.
A 2015 poll conducted by the Polling Company for the Center for Security Policy found that 51% of Muslims living in U.S. want sharia law to govern their lives.
The textbook “What Islam Is All About” used at Anoor Academy, the private Islamic school in Knoxville, says that an Islamic society governed by Islamic sharia law is best and that the way for Muslims to “become great again” is by “establishing the power of Islam in the world.”
The certified English translation of codified sharia law is easily accessible in the “Reliance of the Traveller, the Classic Manual of Sacred Islamic Law.” This compilation of sharia law was authenticated by both the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA)* and Al Ahzar University in Cairo, the preeminent teaching center of sharia law. The book is available from Amazon or can be read on line. A complete PDF is also posted in the Documents tab on this blog.
Al Ahzar University is at the forefront of the Islamist movement by their training o f Islamic radicals tied to the Muslim Brotherhood. It is an established institution known for the propagation of Islam and sharia as a complete way of life. Al Ahzar’s leadership denounces secular Muslims but remains unwilling to renounce ISIS.
Murfreesboro imam, Osama Bahloul was trained at Al Ahzar. Other imams in Tennessee, like Memphis imam Yasir Qadhi were trained in Saudi Arabia where sharia law is strictly enforced.
Political Islamist Paul “Iesa” Galloway, a former CAIR director, and is now Executive Director for AMAC (American Muslim Advisory Council) and ACO (American Center for Outreach), says if you want to know about Islam, ask a Muslim.
TN 4 Political Justice say better yet, use sourced materials from the expert Islamic scholars at Al Ahzar.
Following are excerpts from the Reliance of the Traveller about the Islamic sharia law that Paul “Iesa” Galloway and his Muslim community are supposed to be following.
Tennessee law versus sharia law (ROT citations are to the Reliance of the Traveller)
“All power is inherent in the people and all free governments are founded on their authority”…and they have the right at all times, “to alter, reform or abolish the government…”
ROT, o25.1, o25.5
Obedience will be to the Caliph, “…namely the leader with authority over us.”
Art. 1 Sec. 3 of the Tennessee Constitution
“That all men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own conscience..”
“Someone raised among Muslims who denies the obligatoriness of the prayer, zakat, fasting Ramadan, the pilgrimage, or the unlawfulness of wine and adultery [ie, the 5 pillars], or denies something else upon which there is scholarly consensus and which is necessarily known as being of the religion…thereby becomes an unbeliever (kafir) and is executed for his unbelief.”
“Apostasy from Islam. In such a case, it is obligatory for the caliph to ask him to repent and to return to Islam. If he does, it is accepted from him, but if he refuses, he is immediately killed.”
Art. 1 Sec. 4 of the Tennessee Constitution
“That no political or religious test, other than an oath to support the Constitution of the United States and of this state, shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under this state.”
ROT o25.3 The Qualifications of the Caliph
“(d) male (K: to be able to devote himself full-time to the task, and to mix with men, the leadership of a woman being invalid because of the rigorously authenticated hadith,
[a] people that leaves its leadership to a woman will never succeed.”
Tennessee Code Annotated 32-2-104 regarding inheritance
A son and daughter of someone who dies without a will, will share equally in whatever part of the estate is left after the surviving spouse takes their statutory share.
A son and daughter who are siblings “of the same generation as her and of the same strength (N: i.e. both are full or half siblings)… the male receives the portion of two females.”
Tennessee Code Annotated 36-6-101 – divorce and custody of children
Custody of minor children can be to one parent or to both jointly for what is in the “welfare and interest” of the child or children
“A woman has no right to custody (A: of her child from a previous marriage) when she remarries…”
Other rules under sharia law discordant with a free society
“A husband is entitled to discipline his wife for not giving him his rights (def: m5.1).”
“It is obligatory for a woman to let her husband have sex with her immediately when:
(a) he asks her;
(b) at home
(c) and she can physically endure it.
(d) another condition that should be added is that her marriage payment has
been received or deferred to a term not yet expired.
As for when sex with her is not possible, such that having it would entail manifest harm to her, then she is not obliged to comply. If she asks him to wait, she is awaited to a maximum of three days.”
“It is offensive to send one’s children to a day-care center run by non-Muslims. It is unlawful to send Muslim children to Christian schools, or those which are designedly atheist, though it is not unlawful to send them to public schools in which religion is not mentioned (N: in a way that threatens the students’ belief in Islam).”
“The caliph (o25) makes war upon Jews, Christians and Zoroastrians (N: provided that he has first invited them to enter Islam in faith and practice, and if they will not, then invited them to enter the social order of Islam by paying the non-Muslim poll tax (jizya, def:o11.4) which is the significance of their paying it, not the money itself – while remaining in their ancestral religions) (O: and the war continues) until they become Muslim or else pay the non-Muslim poll tax…”
ROT p17.3 -regarding homosexuality
“The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said:
(1) ‘Kill the one who sodomizes and the one who lets it be done to him.’
(2) ‘May Allah curse him who does what Lot’s people did.’
(3) ‘Lesbianism by women is adultery between them.”
Sets out certain rules for non-Muslim dhimmis living in a Muslim-majority community. The rules include dressing in a way that distinguishes the non-Muslim from a Muslim, not walking on the same side of the street as a Muslim, not constructing any building higher than the Muslims’ buildings, being forbidden to openly display wine or pork or build new churches.
Memphis imam Yasir Qadhi (around 8:53), says “we are loyal to our countries insofar as it does not interfere with our religion of Islam.”
Sharia law tribunals like the one in Texas claim adjudication by them is “voluntary” but they follow the religion’s requirement to follow sharia law. Leftists, multi-culturalists and Islamist lawyers continue to push for including Islamic sharia family law in the U.S. legal system.
During a 2013 CAIR program Hassan Shibly, Exec. Dir. CAIR-Florida, said that “Muslims have more civil liberties in America than they do in any so-called Muslim countries.”
Finally, an admission about the repressive nature of Islamic Sharia law. So why does CAIR and every other Islamo-centric organization keep telling us that Sharia law is compatible with the U.S. Constitution?
Sharia law cannot be reconciled with Tennessee law. But laws can be changed both formally and informally if we allow it to happen.
*Newsletter #86 has more information about Fiqh Council of North America members who have been arrested, deported and named as unindicted co-conspirators in connection with terrorist activities.
**another helpful source is the Amazon best-seller
Imams in Tennessee are trained in Middle Eastern countries that impose sharia law. A quarter of a million migrants from Muslim-majority countries are allowed to immigrate to the U.S. annually.
Sharia is Islamic law. The leftist Huffington Post explains: “[t]here are two sources of Shariah: The Quran, which many Muslims consider to be the literal word of God; and the ‘Sunnah,’ the divinely guided tradition of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.”
The English translation of sharia law called “The Reliance of the Traveller, A Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law,” (on-line and posted in the Documents tab above), has been authenticated by Al Ahzar University, the preeminent teaching center of sharia law.
An Egyptian imam says that husbands disciplining Muslim wives are following Muhammad’s example:
“A good woman, even if beaten by her husband, puts her hand in his and says: ‘I will not rest until you are pleased with me.’ This is how the Prophet Muhammad taught his women to be.”
Section o17.4 of the sharia law manual says that a husband may punish a wife who refuses to have sex with him:
“A husband is entitled to discipline his wife for not giving him his rights [to sex]”
Section m10.12 of the sharia law manual says that hitting is for the “rebellious” wife:
“…answers him coldly when she used to do so politely, or he asks her to come to bed and she refuses, contrary to her usual habit; or whether in acts, as when he finds her averse to him when she was previously kind and cheerful…”
“If she commits rebelliousness, he keeps from sleeping (O: and having sex) with her without words, and may hit her, but not in a way that injures her, meaning he may not (A: bruise her,) break bones, wound her, or cause blood to flow.”
In this video, the former President of Al Ahzar University who is also the former Mufti of Egypt says the West has tried to use the issue of sharia wife beating to stop the popular spread of Islamic culture. He explains wife beating:
“By Allah, even if only one woman out of a million can be reformed by light beatings… It’s not really beating, it’s more like punching… It’s like shoving or poking her. That’s what it is.”
“Honor” the highest priority in U.S. Muslim communities?
A 2015 study commissioned by the U.S. Department of Justice identified four types of honor violence – forced marriages, honor-based domestic violence, honor killing, and female genital mutilation. The report found that “in North America, 91 percent of victims were murdered for being ‘too westernized’” and, that “fathers were involved 100 percent of the time when the daughter victim was 18 years or younger.”
A 2000 national survey by the North American Council of Muslim Women confirmed that domestic violence occurs in at least 10% of Muslim homes which is comparable to national demographics. But the survey documented that Muslim women face cultural barriers like family honor that prevented them from seeking help. The Peaceful Families Project, looking at domestic abuse in U.S. Muslim communities published data including:
- 51% of 1324 pregnant Pakistani women and 60.6% of 1800 Iranian women suffered, verbal, physical or sexual abuse prior to and/or during their pregnancies
- 6% of 2677 Bengali women ages 13-40 experienced domestic violence
- 41% of 190 Muslim women suffered either verbal, emotional, physical and sexual abuse
So when political Islamists in the U.S. tell us that Muslims living here are different than the ones “over there,” does that include the ones from “over there” who are now living here?