Does Islam Oppress Women?


By, Reno Omokri

It is actually not true that Islam oppresses women. Rightly practiced, Islam is more empowering of the female gender than many liberal societies. The United States is probably the most liberal democracy on Earth. Have they had a female President? No.

Indonesia is the largest Islamic nation on Earth. And Megawati Sukarnoputri, a Muslim woman, served as president of Indonesia from 2001 to 2004. 

Before her, Benazir Bhutto, another Muslim woman, served as the eleventh prime minister of Pakistan from 1988 to 1990 and again as the thirteenth premier from 1993 to 1996. 

And in Africa, the most influential woman is Samia Suluhu Hassan, the Tanzanian President. Who just happens to be a Muslim. 

In terms of parentage, Islam provides that after God and the prophet, it is your mother. Not your father. Your mother. And the Quran makes perfect sense in this when you consider the contribution of both parents to life. A father's contribution to the existence of a human life is a maximum of ten minutes. Any more, and that man has issues.

But a mother's contribution to life is extensive. You live in her body for nine months. You are born through her body after nine months. You feed from her body after you are born. And then, when you can digest solid food, she uses part of her body to cook that food for you.

If your father dies at birth, your chances of survival are still 100%. But if your mother dies at birth, your hope of surviving is severely diminished. That is why we have motherless babies home, but no fatherless babies home.

That is why in Islam, there is a maxim from their prophet, Muhammad (Salla Allahu Alayhi Wasalaam)), that Paradise lies at the feet of the mother. 

When asked by one of the Muʾmin who service should be made to to benefit completely from their good deed, the prophet said, 'Your mother'. He was asked who next, he said, 'Your mother'. Asked a third time, he again replied, 'Your mother'. 

And even in the most liberal Western nations, their inheritance laws favour men. But in Islam, it is IMPOSSIBLE to cheat a woman out of her inheritance. Because al-Quran makes allowance for that. 

This is why, in the world's largest IslamoChristian nation, Nigeria, a survey by Statisense revealed that the Most Islamic region in the country, the Northwest, has the highest female empowerment. In contrast, the most Christian region, the Southeast, has the least empowered women. 

And the region with the most Muslims, Northern Nigeria, has the most women elected into political office, with two being elected as Governors before the courts or the Independent National Electoral Commission overturned their elections. 

I am not a Muslim, and not about to be one. But I do not condemn or commend anything without first studying it. And because I study and admire Islam, it is incumbent on me to correct some misconceptions about the religion. 

It is a truism that many of those who are bigoted against Muslims are doing it from a position of ignorance. A large number of such people have never left their region to experience other cultures first-hand. And we as Black people, notoriously do not read. Even our own holy book talks more of that of other faiths. 

Reno Omokri


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