Why Women are More Pious than Men?

It was puzzling for most of us to see that the hardliners of the last elections for the parliament were mostly backed by women. Those hardliners that made it explicitly clear in the past that they do not approve of women’s political rights. It is also more puzzling that when some voices rise against women discrimination in Islam, the first to roar against them are women themselves. Defending Islam and its role in preserving women dignity. Anyone who reads Shareea can see how Islam treats women as half citizens. It decrees to them a share of half their inheritance in comparison to their male siblings. Their testimony in courts are equal to half of that of a male. They have no right to disobey their husbands except when the husbands go astray from God’s ways. They are not allowed to leave their homes without their husband’s permission. Even then, there are certain places that they can go to and others that they can’t. They are not even allowed to open the door for their husband’s male friends, nor talk to them when the husbands are absent. Some traditions also forbid women assuming high posts in leadership or in jurisdiction. Men are allowed to beat their wives for reform purposes as long as they do not leave a mark on their bodies. Even the incentives in Hereafter are not equal when it comes to genders. Islam treats women as inferior beings, they are labeled as aowrah. In looking up the word in the dictionary, it says; “genital parts”. All parts of women are her genital parts, they are the main cause of the first sin; her body is aowrah, her voice is aowrah, even her name is aowrah. When a woman is raped, most probably it’s her fault for showing her ornaments in the first place.
Looking into Islamic history; it was the second Pledge of Alaqaba, where seventy-three men and two women converted to Islam that sparked the first expansion of Islam. The prophet of Islam knew the importance of women in manipulating the minds, even if they, themselves, did not assume high positions in their Simi-primitive societies.
There is an Arabic proverb that says:

الام مدرسه، اذا اعددتها اعددت شعبا طيب الاعراق

The translation (not literal): the mother is like a school, when well prepared; a whole nation of solid genuine race is produced.
Pay attention that the simile here is not only to a school, but also to a tree. The roots have to be well established, and deeply identified with the tribe. Women are the concrete bases, and Islam did not leave any door open for women to be independent citizens. Their limited roles in the society is not much different than Hindu castes, where each level of citizens has its proper position that should not be rebelled against, nor it is permitted for the citizens belonging to a lower caste to better their position even with higher education. This matter is explicitly sacred .
But why should women accept this? Or more importantly; why should they vigorously defend Islam to the point that some argue that women are the main causes of their own miseries?
This trait is not only found in Moslem women, most male dominated societies also exhibit the same phenomena. Again looking back in human history, we find that the most religious citizens were the poorest and the slaves.

What do these share in common with women?
Oppression.

The more oppressed are the citizens the more they exhibit religious tendencies. And the more religious is a woman, the more she believe in her inadequacy and self-worth compared to that of a man. This element which is clearly shown in religious women’s discriminative behavior towards their male and female offspring.
The poor, the slave and women were all subjected to unjust treatments, and their only salvation is through religion. Religion gives them a sense of identity, a sense of belonging to a tribe, and it dismisses the sense of estrangement that they feel. Religion also provides a sense of a wishful equality in Hereafter, the thing they are utterly missing in their unjust reality.

In his book “In the Presence of Mystery”, Michael Horace Barnes said:
“The importance of achieving a meaningful identity is most visible where it is most difficult. Most of us grow into our identities with a vague sense that we are what people are supposed to be like; but we all have some doubts, some problems with who we are. Many people live an even more socially and psychologically marginal existence. Living on the margins of society, as it were, they may look to the numinous powers for a sense of personal significance…the unusual cases demand our attention, but it is the everyday patterns that are most important. The set of beliefs we take for granted about our human identity have the strongest effect on us precisely because we do not tend to question them. Our ordinary beliefs about childhood and adulthood, male and female, what is natural and what is unnatural, are the beliefs that make us who we are. To repeat, throughout human history, religious traditions have been the respiratory and support of these patterns of identity”

Moslem women do not hesitate to enslave themselves behind heavy veils even during the hottest months of desert summer. They willingly accept the slavery to their husbands for the sake of pleasing Allah, and not disobeying His orders. And the prophet used this very intelligently; a great deal of Quran verses he recited when he settled in Medina, addressed women to insure their specific position in the society. More of those also appeared in his tradition. A set of moral codes of behavior of a good person, is provided to make women value their adherence to mainstream beliefs more important than their personal rights. Any diversion from those dogmas are considered an unforgivable sin. Women should be punished first by the society, and then Hereafter. No wonder they are the first to bury their own personal rights, and vote for religious figures who insure their injustice.

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21 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. soud
    Oct 04, 2007 @ 12:44:00

    الجميله أيا 🙂

    فى البدايه موضوعك اكثر من رائع

    لو تتبعنا التاريخ الاسلامى ومن ايام كان ادم وحواء فى الجنه كانت الفعله الخاظئه التى قامت بها حواء انها اخرجت ادم من الجنه
    طبعا حواء امراة وبالتالى هى من ارتكبت الخطأ الاول وهى مسؤوله عنها ولذلك حذر منها الدين الاسلامى
    بالاضافه الى ان التشريع الاسلامى الذى هو القران انتقص من حقوق المراة فالمراة لها نصف حقوق الرجل وكما فى الميراث ايضا فهذة الامور تؤدى الى انتقاص حقوق المراة السياسيه انطلاقا من النظرة الدينيه

    بالمناسبه يطلق على المراة فى مجتمعنا حرمه وهذة الكلمه مشتقه من كلمه حرام

    راى الشخصى يكمن فى فصل الدين عن الدوله هو الحل ، الدوله لا دين لها وبالتالى تؤخذ القوانين من العقل والمنطق لا من الدين اما الدين فهو حريه شخصيه للافراد يمارسونه فى بيوتهم ومساجدهم

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  2. MJ
    Oct 04, 2007 @ 19:38:01

    The women who limit their freedom (by protesting AGAINST their own rights) still want men’s approval? I don’t believe any God would want any human and living beings to suffer, hate and be controlled. It’s the people who interpret the Quran.

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  3. Noufa
    Oct 04, 2007 @ 19:39:08

    what you wrote is interesting and I find myself agreeing with every word you said!

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  4. Saliha
    Oct 04, 2007 @ 21:41:10

    Hmm…have you ever met or spoken to a Muslim woman before?

    Just wanted to clear up a few misconceptions you have. Women have half the share of men because men are obliged to financially aid us, whereas women are 100% owners of their own income. You need two female witnesses IF and only if the woman is not an expert in that field. If she is, then only one suffices. This applies to men also. FGM has no basis on Islam. It’s been practised as part of culture for a very, very long time, prior to Islam. Both Muslim men and women are bound by the laws of God, and no gender is superior to the other.

    I’m not oppressed 🙂 Not by a longshot. I’m studying to become a doctor, will choose my husband, will delay childbirth, and will raise my daughters as independent, thinking women.

    Learn about Islam from the source. Listen to Muslim women speak. By not doing so, you’re doing yourself an injustice.

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  6. AyyA
    Oct 04, 2007 @ 23:39:38

    Soud
    Thanks for the insight bro 🙂

    MJ
    Interpretation or no interpretation, reality is the benchmark.

    Noufa
    Two thumps up.

    Saliha
    I am a Moslem born women and I studied Engineering in the States. But that has nothing to do with my argument. You want to know about your religion, go back to Quran and traditions and find out for yourself. And the Islamic social system you talked about is based on tribal mentality and is the reason for having women always dependent on men for support. You may be lucky if you married someone who would let you work in the future, others may not have your privilege. It all depends on the man.

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  7. harmonie22
    Oct 05, 2007 @ 01:05:38

    Ayya, loved it. The funny things is that things like ‘gawwamoona ala el nisaa’ really mean that mean should serve women, not that they are superior to women.

    It’s all about sex: you are the object and no man will touch another man’s object. It’s so sad. And it is the women who perpetuate this cycle even more viciously than the men I’ve always thought this too. I think it has a lot to do with misguided righteousness and an element of ‘misery loves company’ as well as an element of wanting to strictly be accepted because Islamic societies are still to a large degree very much tribal societies, as you’ve said.

    On the other hand, many Muslim women find a disassociation from religion and a lack of identification with religion, the sacred text, and as a result enforce a false forced identity to compensate for their identity crisis. Please, if you ever have the time, read Nimat Barazangi a Syrian woman scholar who wrote an incredible incredible book on what you’re talking about its called “Women’s Identity in the Quran: A New Reading.” It was such a healing eye opener for me. it’s a heavy read so be warned it took me months on-and-off to get through it.

    I just want to say that it is a matter of culture too not just religion, the way we have meshed them together. And then we go and ask ourselves why we have so many social problems. Four women authors helped me ‘heal,’ for lack of a better term, and helped me understand my own baggage from all of this and they are Ayaan Hirsi, Nimat Barazangi, Ameena Wadud (she wrote “Quran & Women,” “Inside the Gender Jihad,”), and Mirna Lattouf (“Women, Education, and Socialization in Modern Lebanon”), who specifically deals with the social aspect of a women’s identity in Islamic society. Ameena Wadud is stellar in the sense that she takes the Koran and interprets what its actually saying from a grammatical linguistic sense and proves how culture and society have exacerbated the role of women as second-class citizens.

    Again, thank you for a brilliant informative post.

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  8. soud
    Oct 05, 2007 @ 02:52:35

    خارج عن الموضوع او له علاقه بالموضوع بما اننا نتكلم عن نتائج الاديان وانعكاساتها فى الحياة السياسيه والاجتماعيه

    بين يدى روايه ملائكه وشياطين لدان براون وفيها كثير من الاحداث بين الدين والعلم ما رايك فى هذة الروايه ان كنت قراتيها ؟

    وان كنت لم تقرايها فاى ويش يو ريد ات اند تل مى وات يو ثنك 🙂

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  9. AyyA
    Oct 05, 2007 @ 05:52:51

    Harmo
    There is no difference between religion and culture, religion stems from culture. Take Islam for example, all its rituals were taken from the already existing rituals and dogmas of the pagan Arabs and the Jews in that area at the time. The only difference is that they were codified years later under the banner of Islam. Religion insures the stability of culture and vise versa.
    And thanks for the books you mentioned, I noted those down.

    Soud
    Like many others, I was fooled by the marketing propaganda of “The Da Vinci Code”, so I ordered it together with “Angles and Demon”, but almost half away through the first book I was disappointed. First: Dan’s Tome and Jerry style did not appeal to me. Then the information given were not genuine or accurate. I remember I was in Paris while reading the first book, and I went to Louvre to verify the information given in the book. To my disappointment, I found huge gathering around “The Mona Lisa”, most probably they were there for the same reason. After waiting for an hour, I finally got to get closer, and nothing I could see that I did not notice before in my previous visits. I did finish the book though, and regretted the time spent on such stupidity. Then I read few pages from “Angles and Demons” (3an el7asafah) and I realized that this book was no different than the other, so I gave it to a friend, and she loved it. So you see, it really depends on your taste. I would advice you to read it if you like his style , but only as a fiction, I wouldn’t trust the information given though. 😀

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  10. q8renegade
    Oct 05, 2007 @ 09:47:08

    remember jamee3 elzaytoona ? ;/

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  11. harmonie22
    Oct 05, 2007 @ 10:47:35

    Hello again. You know what Ayya? Forget reading those books I justreread your post, my comments, and realized something important: you don’t need to read them habibti you are ‘already there.’ In fact, you are beyond them.

    peace

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  12. حمودي
    Oct 05, 2007 @ 14:28:45

    Why Women are More Pious than Men?
    الجواب على هذا السؤال انهم خوافيين اكثر من الرجال
    🙂

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  13. AyyA
    Oct 05, 2007 @ 23:17:31

    Harmo
    Whatever you say boss 😉

    7amoodi
    And where does fear come from?
    Again oppression.

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    Oct 06, 2007 @ 02:52:10

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  15. AyyA
    Oct 06, 2007 @ 07:54:47

    Q8renegade
    What about it?

    Sharm
    Thanks, but no thanks, I do really wish that diversity is possible, but I don’t believe it when it comes to religion, especially Islam.

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  16. q8renegade
    Oct 06, 2007 @ 09:38:38

    as i read b4 that they have changed those law”s u mentioned so that women and men are equal in everything , and women can also be judges and all , thats what i remember for now .
    any wayz my point is so far for this article , your not talking about islam as a hole your just talking about the salaf’s point of view , also known as the islam of petro-dollar ;/

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  17. AyyA
    Oct 06, 2007 @ 10:22:31

    q8renegade
    I’m not talking about interpretation here; I’m addressing the scriptures in Quran and traditions (check them out yourself, it’s good to know what is written to be equipped for a better judgment). As for interpretation, I would address that in my coming post. 😀

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  18. sacrosanct
    Nov 06, 2007 @ 10:01:18

    hello,

    I think you should do more reading on the subject

    about testimony there’s a lot more there that meets the eye

    http://tradicionalista.wordpress.com/2007/09/07/women-and-testimony-in-traditional-islamic-law/

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  19. DanDoon
    Dec 22, 2007 @ 03:37:35

    Once again well said
    ayya for president!
    oh i forgot الحك بالوراثة هنيه هههههه

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  20. DanDoon
    Dec 22, 2007 @ 03:38:00

    *الحكم
    mind you 😛 lol

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  21. Fahad Bin Awad
    Feb 10, 2009 @ 15:52:36

    Hello,

    I dont know who wrote this article. He/She doesn’t know much bout Islam. Thats the reason they put such types of stupid articles. Unless you know bout Islam please dont put these type of Stupid articles. It shows your character

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