Islam Under Scrutiny by Ex-Muslims

'A License to Abuse'

Travelling recently on a London bus during one of the rare hot Spring days, I noticed a burqa-clad Muslim woman just next to me. She was caring for her small child sitting in a push chair.
The woman was fully covered in black head-to-toe with only her eyes showing. It was feeling hot; so she must have felt the heat more.

I wondered:

Is she okay?

How much of her freedom is compromised by this garb, this burqa?

If she has freely consented to wear such a garb then the answer is none, all is okay; I should just relax and hope for a cool breeze to come through this crowded bus. But how could I know that?

I felt very ambiguous.

What if she is forced by her culture, religion and/or husband to dress in a manner that is against her will, and obviously very uncomfortable if not dangerous?

Let me change the scenario somewhat. If a woman was periodically being hit on the head by her husband and made no effort to avoid being hit or to complain about it and got used to it (kinda culture), most people would still be uncomfortable about it; most would probably try to do something about it. Or if a woman, say as part of her culture, was dragging around a ball and chain, or had a yoke secured to her neck but in a calm and deliberate manner went about the shops purchasing supplies for her family, would we not raise an eyebrow at least? Would not most people recognise such ‘apparel’ as abuse and move to stop it?

Something close to this actually happened to me once. Several years ago, while waiting on the platform for the train to arrive at Edgware Road tube station, I noticed what appeared (by their dress) to be a Muslim couple nearby. The man began to pull the woman about in a not-so-friendly manner. The train came in and he forcefully began pulling her onto the same train that I was catching. She began to complain, raising her voice ever so slightly, saying ‘no, no’; she clearly did not want to go with this man. I thought, OMG, what do I do now – and why me?! Fortunately, a male member of staff got to the couple before I did and asked, ‘is there a problem?’ The man doing the pulling said, ‘there is no problem; she is my wife.’ The worker moved between the two of them and invited the woman to his office on the platform, which she gladly accepted, leaving the man behind to take the train without her.

For me and probably for most people in our society there is a presumption of innocence; we want to believe that other people are generally free as we are. But in situations which are contrary to common sense, like wearing multiple layers of clothing on hot days, we take notice and wonder, or should anyway. The person is either mentally ill, hiding something dangerous, or is forced into the situation. If we suspect mental illness or danger, we call the proper authorities or confront the situation ourselves.

But because of the religious aspect of burqa behaviour, we are trained to look the other way, to ‘pass by on the other side.’ We do this, because, to our mind, people choose their belief system freely and can freely leave it if they want.

But we should remember Islam is not like that. Individual freedom is not at all in the Islamic list of endearing qualities or characteristics. To just mention two texts in this regard, Qur'an 4:34 allows husbands to beat their wives, and Muhammad made it clear that apostasy must be punished by death (Bukhari 9.84.57).

But all the same, the woman on the bus could have freely consented to wearing this burqa on this very hot Spring day, but how was I to know? Like the man pulling about his ‘wife’ on the tube platform, intervention may be required.

But prior to intervention, one must know!

Western society would not accept the enslavement of any human being by another in their midst. We have matured in that respect. We would not accept it even if the enslaved person accepts her slavery! But if the woman in question freely chooses to be a ‘slave of Allah’, that is another matter; that would be acceptable. The difficulty is knowing whether the woman is a ‘slave of Allah’ or enslaved by the people around her: her family, her husband.

So information is crucial, which, in today’s society, is a missing component in situations like this. Even the ‘respect for other cultures’ argument is fatuous when compared to slavery.

Knowledge is the only way to resolve this moral dilemma.

I therefore propose a licensing system whereby a woman is able to show that she is really free. Such a system is already in place throughout society for all sorts of purposes. Owners of dogs often must have a license to show ownership and rabies shots etc. and the dog wears a tag of some sort. Car owners must have an annual check up on their car and show a certificate on their car window at all times for minimal safety functionality. Shops must have a license to sell alcohol, etc…

It is not beyond the capacity of the state to incorporate this function for Muslim women. A simple certificate on a burqa that is visible would suffice. This certificate would need to be dated and renewed once a year at a special office of the state. The certificate would be issued once the interviewer is satisfied that the woman is a free agent and willingly wears a burqa in weather that is normally too hot to wear such apparel.

So when next time I am in a bus on a hot day, and a woman wearing apparel suitable for the artic comes on, I will be able to see her certificate and relax, or at least only feel sorry for her choice of belief system, rather than her physical suffering. If the certificate is not visible, well then, that would be a different situation…

It is not enough to simply feel sorry for, or simply wonder about, women who boil inside burqas. We must be assured of their freedom or cool them down!



The author can be contacted at:  iiarop (at) googlemail.com


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Name: Muslim Demographics
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Date: Sunday May 17, 2009
Time: 04:26:13 -0400

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Muslim Demographics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-3X5hIFXYU


Name:
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Date: Sunday May 17, 2009
Time: 05:01:03 -0400

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the non muslim ( christian - jews - hindus - buddhist ) doest need to convert one another to have mutual respect . only muslims doesnt respect the others if they refuse to convert .they doesnt respect the personal freedom to choose.


Name: Emily Pankhurst
Subject: Imprisonment
Date: Sunday May 17, 2009
Time: 06:29:27 -0400

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Going round in public with a black bag on your head is not 'wearing' anything. Any form of disguise should be banned in Britain and that would have taken care once and for all of this idea that woman should neither be seen nor heard. To not be able to smile at your child is subhuman and the West are aiding and abetting this disrespect of a human being.


Name: Potential Bank Robber
Subject: Black Burqa
Date: Sunday May 17, 2009
Time: 09:13:09 -0400

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In some countries fully covered Motorcycle helmet are banned especially when entering banks. Wonder doesn't the same apply to Burqa. Potential dressing for bank robbers I suppose!


Name: duh_swami
Subject: Omar the tent maker
Date: Sunday May 17, 2009
Time: 11:13:42 -0400

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Somehow I don't think Muslims will be very receptive to the idea of wearing identification tags to suit kufrs...


Name: Curious
Subject: Funny side of things
Date: Sunday May 17, 2009
Time: 11:17:51 -0400

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I remember seeing a funny picture. It was a photo of a man taking a picture of four burqa clad women, covered from head to toe. The caption said, "What is the point in taking this picture?" Well, I don't really expect muslims to see the funny side of it. But it conveys a lot about Islam and muslims.


Name: Archpagan
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Date: Sunday May 17, 2009
Time: 12:48:37 -0400

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Mustafa Kamal Pasha of Turkey passed Order that Prostitutes must wear burqa, which had a stunning effect. Is that law still valid in Turkey?


Name: zenner
Subject: burqa
Date: Sunday May 17, 2009
Time: 22:12:09 -0400

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as disgusting and humliating it may sound...they have the right to wear a burqa...that is not the point...the point is,that whenever and wherever muslims come to,they want to IMPOSE this nonesense on non muslims,and institute the sharia... example,in Iran, saudiarabia, non muslims are FORCED to wear this hijab!!!!THIS is unacceptable. we have been "too" civilized towards them.. for too long,that has to stop. Orthodox jews also wear all kinds of nonesense too.. but they do not impose it on non jews and not even on reform jews....that is the difference. The solution is to dismiss "islam" as a religion in the west,and it should be banned,just as the communists were banned in the USA. We have been wearing white gloves for too long... solution is to BAN islam from the west !!!


Name: zenner
Subject: turkey
Date: Sunday May 17, 2009
Time: 22:16:57 -0400

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In turkey,if you are a prostitute, you do not need to wear a mask...but don't be fooled Turkey, is parading under the guise of so called democarcy and successfully fooling the west, turkey is staunchly muslim nation.. they just give a "semblance" of democracy, and poor westerners believe them. All relgions are poisons, but none is more poisoneous than Islam.


Name: gobbin
Subject: real reason for hijab
Date: Monday May 18, 2009
Time: 13:30:07 -0400

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The female dress-code in Islam is very important. It allows Muslim men to disguise themselves as Muslim women when they want to run away from the enemy.


Name: zenner
Subject: burqa
Date: Monday May 18, 2009
Time: 18:50:04 -0400

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an Islamic student once told me,that during those times of wars,there were lot of rapes,and to reduce rape crimes,muhhamed suggested,that women should show as little of their bodies as possible,in order to reduce rape... maybe ??


Name: vbv
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Date: Tuesday May 19, 2009
Time: 06:58:35 -0400

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Muslim men want their women to be their slaves, not an independent person , a human with feelings, but a part of their personal baggage. Islam is a male chauvinistic cult of barbaric proportions. Muslim women do not get any honour but are just the personal possessions of men who have the right to beat them treat them as slaves, humiliate them and divorce them at will. Mind you, in islam the privilege of divorcing is solely vested in men: women are always at the receiving end.So burqah is a symbol of slavery than anythinmg else!


Name: Non believer
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Date: Tuesday May 19, 2009
Time: 07:21:06 -0400

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But why do muslim women not only put up with it but also defend it? Ignorance?Indoctrination?Fear of hell?. God if he she or it is there only knows


Name: zenner
Subject: to non believer
Date: Wednesday May 20, 2009
Time: 13:01:07 -0400

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.."But why do muslim women not only put up with it but also defend it? Ignorance? Indoctrination? Fear of hell?. God if he she or it is there only knows .." I would say,most have NO CHOICE...and I truly feel sorry for those women (imagine if it was your daughet,sister or mom??).. because religion (all religions) are horrors.. look at ultra orthodox jewish women...shaving their heads etc etc...is it really better ?.. it is the same crap... profound conditioning(from birth) prevents them to see the "flagrant nonesense" in their stupid religions.. Unfortunately nothing can be done...because liberation must come from "within" the person,and not from the outside. some brave few do wake up,but alas those are very few. any crticism,will make things worse...


Name: Robin Shadowes
Subject:
Date: Wednesday May 20, 2009
Time: 16:39:50 -0400

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Must be pretty boring to be a tranny in a MENA country.


Name: ha ha ha ......
Subject: burqa as a symbol of munaafiquun
Date: Friday May 22, 2009
Time: 00:47:29 -0400

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I live in Jakarta, Indonesia. Once when I was using the train to go outside Jakarta, I met a man, and his wife, wearing black burqa, with only her eyes shown. She looked very proud wearing it. I say to myself, there's no other reason she can be proud of. Like typically Indonesian people, they like to be considered religious by others. It doesn't matter that they did terrible things, because their god will forgive them anytime they do the shalat. Even raping underage girl, corruption etc. I think if I meet woman wearing burqa, one thing crosses my mind, she is ugly and afraid to show her face in public, ha ha ha .....


Name: Archpagan
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Date: Friday May 22, 2009
Time: 12:27:17 -0400

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Due to this cover-all dress Muslims women must be suffering from skin diseases. Will some Muslima respond please?


Name: fariha
Subject: hijab
Date: Tuesday May 26, 2009
Time: 15:49:27 -0400

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Hello to all my ignorant brothers and sisters...I am very proud to be a muslim...I feel very safe and secure while i am in hijab...It does not cause any skin disease...Each and every one of u touch ur heart and say that you have never seen the chest of a girl if she is in a tight fitting...U cannot tell...This is the truth...No one can deny...your sisters are being watched badly...Protect them...Quran is not meant for muslims alone...It is an instruction booklet for whole human kind...


Name: haiman basher
Subject: Consequences of not wearing a burqa is : Immediate Erection
Date: Friday May 29, 2009
Time: 04:40:16 -0400

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A Muslim lady should cover all parts of her body and should not show even an inch of skin to strangers. If strangers look at a lady not fully covered, those guys will get immediate erection. You never know what such guys will do, that's why burqa is prescribed for Muslim ladies. Sura 4.19


 
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