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Acid-Violence: Who’s stopping it?

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Laxmi an Indian Woman: disfigured after an Acid-Attack

Author’s-Note:
We’ve had the great privilege to interview Islamic Help, a United-Kingdom based non-profit organisation, which has a very special project: to advocate against Acid-Violence. I’ve gotten to learn a lot from this very sinister phenomenon that Islamic Help is spreading awareness about, and I am glad that they’ve allowed me to interview the, so as to equip us all with the necessary knowledge to keep abreast of such an important issue such as this.

 

G..B: What is “Acid-Violence”?

I.H.: Acid violence is when an attacker uses acid or a corrosive or/and chemical substance to harm, injure, disable and scar, both physically and mentally, their target. It is usually a pre-meditated attack, and a majority of the victims are women and children.

G.B.: What damage does Acid-Violence ensue?

I.H.: An acid attack can leave a victim with mutilated skin, a disability and psychological damage. To give a small example from an actual case, an acid attack survivor who had acid thrown all over her face was left visually impaired as the acid made contact with her eyes. It left her with breathing difficulties as it melted the tissues in her nasal passages, providing very little to no space for oxygen to go through. She was unable to eat or breathe properly through her mouth as the skin which forms her lips was also melted together. This is just the physical damage. The psychological damage that a lot of survivors face is just as, if not more, damaging. Imagine looking into a mirror and not recognising your own reflection. Imagine having to hide your face in public because you’re disgusted with the way you look. Imagine being told that your face, your scars, your appearance makes people feel sick and children cry. And imagine all this being made worse by your own family, who can no longer stand the sight of you and therefore disown you and kick you out of the family home, leaving you to fend for yourself.

G.B.: Can you explain, possibly, how this tradition of Acid-Violence began?

I.H.: Revenge, anger, love, lust, greed, superstition. These are just a few of the motivations which lead to acid violence. It is one of the most reprehensible and horrendous of crimes that one human can inflict on another. How and why is it so easy to throw acid on someone? In many of the countries where acid attacks occur, acid is easily available due to a variety of industries that exist such as the leather trade where acid is used in the production of leather. To give you an idea of why people would turn to acid as a weapon, let’s look at another case. (Just to clarify these are all real cases). A man in Pakistan proposed to a girl who he liked, she refused the proposal, he felt that she had dishonoured him and if he couldn’t have her then no one else could. So he decided to ruin her beauty. He threw acid onto her face, so that in his opinion, she would be seen as ugly forever.

G.B.: How/why have Muslims, of all People, adopt such a barbaric practice?

I.H.: We cannot stress this enough – this is not a crime carried out by Muslims. Religion has nothing to do with it, Islam abhors violence. These are premeditated attacks which are carried out by evil people who are cowards. Acid attacks are not a “Muslim problem”. They happen where acid is accessible and where people want to use it as a weapon. For example, there was a well-publicised acid attack in London in December 2012 when a 21 year old woman was left scarred by a friend after they fell out. The attacker was found guilty last year. Also last year, the Bolshoi Ballet’s artistic director Sergei Filin was left disfigured and visually impaired after an acid attack in Moscow. Acid attacks are rare in Western countries – hence they gain greater publicity when they do occur, as the above examples show where stricter legislation means access to acid is limited. However, there was a tradition of acid being used as a weapon in Europe and the United States from the 18th to the mid-20th century. We’d also like to highlight that our work to help acid attack survivors has included Muslim and non-Muslims in places like Cambodia and Uganda.

G.B.: How long has Acid-Violence existed within the Muslim-World, or within the World, generally?

I.H.: We don’t know when the first acid attack was committed against someone – it probably wasn’t reported. However (to stress that it’s not a Muslim issue), acid attacks were common in Europe and the USA from the 18th century to the mid-20th century when acid (then known as vitriol) was produced on an industrial scale. Not only was it used in ‘domestic’ rows but labour disputes as well. Increased regulation and legislation limited access, so the number of cases in these countries dropped. But it became prevalent in South Asia, Africa and Latin America in the second half of the 21st century.

While many cases go unreported, we know that since 1999 there have been 3,512 reported cases of acid attacks around the world.

G.B.: What have the Leaders of the nations which Acid-Violence takes place done to help prevent the proliferation of Acid-Violence?

I.H.: Slowly but surely acid violence is becoming seen as more of a crime and laws are being passed to make it more difficult for attackers to avoid punishment. Laws are being passed to try to control the sale of acid so it’s not so easily accessible, but this needs to be backed with enforcement. However if you were to ask an acid attack survivor how they felt the government has dealt with their case, they would tell you something along the lines of, “The police didn’t believe me, I was provided with little to no legal aid, I can’t afford my medical bills and the government is giving me no assistance with them”. There’s a lot more that the governments of these countries need to do, to prevent attacks from occurring in the first place and to provide support to the survivors of acid attacks.

G.B.: What has the International-Community, generally, done to help prevent the proliferation of Acid-Violence?

I.H.: Well, since 2012, the International-Community has heard more about Acid-Violence, a lot of which is due to the documentary “Saving Face” which won an Oscar and two Emmy Awards. Directed by Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, it features the work that we do with acid attack survivors. It documented the lives of acid attack survivors and the assistance they receive from Dr. Muhammad Ali Jawad, an internationally renowned plastic surgeon from the UK who works with Islamic Help to support acid attack survivors, by providing surgery and training future surgeons. However we feel that more needs to be done, that’s why we’ve launched our #EndAcidViolence campaign as part of Smiles Better week, (Smiles Better is the name given to our acid violence treatment and prevention programme) which has received a lot of attention worldwide but we need a lot more.

G.B: Do you honestly think/believe that enough is being done to help fight against Acid-Violence?

I.H.: No. A lot more needs to be done, more people need to speak up about it, and more people need to be made aware about it! That’s one thing our awareness programme does, it works with local community leaders such as imams and village leaders, we train them on how to advise their local community and congregation about the ill effects of acid violence, why it shouldn’t be carried out, why it’s such a harmful crime and what the punishment is, both from a legal perspective and religious perspective.

G.B.: Are Women/Girls the only victims of Acid-Violence, and if so, then why?

I.H.: Women and girls are not the only victims of acid violence, however based on the cases that are recorded they are a majority of the victims. A lot of the attacks are so-called domestic disputes involving a husband-and-wife or relationships between male and females.

One motivation of using acid is not only to cause immense pain but to leave the victim permanently scarred, so they are seen as unattractive.

G.B.: What could/would be your ideal-message to those who: know of this issue & yet do nothing help combat Acid-Violence, know of the issue & yet only do minimal efforts against Acid-Violence, know of this issue & yet are too afraid of consequences for standing up against Acid-Violence, know of this issue & yet really don’t have access to the tools to help prevent Acid-Violence?

I.H.: Work with us, contact us, support us and we will support you. If the subject was about rape, millions of men and women would speak out about it, because we know how horrific a crime rape is. It leaves a victim mentally scarred, it takes away from them something which is personal, something which is their own, it makes them feel defiled and abused, it leaves them living in a life of fear and in many cases feeling judged. In many cases, survivors of acid attacks feel exactly the same way, and they have to walk around with the physical scars as well. If you believe in Human-Rights, Women’s-Rights, justice, peace, equality, humanity, and all things good in this world, then you need to speak out against a crime which doesn’t receive as much attention as it should, you need to help us #EndAcidViolence.

To find out more about the work Islamic Help does and how you can support our #EndAcidViolence campaign please visit:

http://www.islamichelp.org.uk/SmilesBetter

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Race-Relations: Commonalities vs. Differences

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There’s beauty within all the creation of Allah, within all Human beings. It’s just that ash-Shaytan/the Devil, along with his countless Shayatin/Minions-of-the-Devil (Noble Qur’an: Chpt.114, V.3-5), whispers into the hearts both of Jinn (Unseen-Creation made from Smokeless-Fire [Noble Qur’an: Chpt.55, V.15]), as well as Men, adding corruption to the pure-nature of the Human being, to hate one another, be at adds with one another, despise one another, based upon this which Allah had chosen for us, via His Qadha’/Divine-Providence, which we never were able to choose for our selves. And this was done exclusively, for His Divine-Purpose, to determine which from among us would be most obedient to Him, the most-grateful to Him, by learning about those whom are different, appreciating variety amongst our Human-Family, benefitting from different cultures, traditions, perspectives, walks-of-life, etc.(Noble Qur’an: Chpt.49, V.13) It was never done as a justification to oppress one another, to make ourselves higher than others, to make others lower than us, in the name of `Assabiyyah/Bias (unwarranted biased towards/against someone, exclusively based upon factors that are not in anyone’s control, like: ethnic-background, nationality, genetic-abnormalities, etc.).(Noble Qur’an: Chpt.10, V.44)

Do You want a Wife or a Baby-Momma?!!!

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Don’t be tryin’ to creep into all the Sister’s-Circles, pretending like you’re lookin’ to get intended.

When what you really want is another notch on your belt, someone to slide with, to take to bed.

Playing with a Believing-Woman, you’re playing with Fire.

There’s no extinguisher for any Man’s misdirected desire.

Just because she gives you “Salam” doesn’t give you the green-light to slam.

If your claim of loving her is true, go to her Guardian, do it right & be a Man.

You are supposed to be collecting blessings, not “body-counts”!!!

What’ll you do, if she gets knocked-up & your name announced?

Now, you’re spending the next 20-years, making Repentance…

…For a few moments of pleasure, barely more than 60-seconds.

Gareth Bryant/2013

The Fallacy of “Muslim Male Privilege”:

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Author’s note:
The following is a personal-commentary, of an article, written by a fellow Muslim-Writer/Blogger, Jamerican Muslimah, about this concept, she dubbed as, “Muslim Male Privilege”-This concept is based (directly/exclusively) upon B. Deutsch’s “The Male Privilege List”, as well as Peggy McIntosh’s “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack”-In this article, 16-points, detailing what “Muslim Male Privilege” actually is, which is available on her own blog, under the April 2008 Archive section of her blog.(http://www.jamericanmuslimah.wordpress.com) I’ve made my own personal-commentary, commented on (most, but not all) the 16-points, which I’ve actually emailed to her first, before even placing this into the public-sphere. I wanted to show her some respect, by emailing her concerning my discrepancies about her article, before making a contrary article to hers. So, here it is, exactly what I’ve sent to her via email. Let me make it very clear, as a Muslim-Man, that there is no such thing as Muslim-Male Privilege, especially at the expense of oppressing someone else. No Muslim-Man should feel that being a Muslim-Male gives him the “privilege” to be a tyrant. And any/all those who advocate for this type of sadistic “privilege”, are people whom are guilty, in front of Allah, the Creator/Lord of the Universe.

Here’s the direct-response to Jamerican Muslimah’s article, concerning “Muslim Male Privilege”:

Salam

With due respect, most of the points in this article are completely false & unfairly-biased.

I’ll explain:

1. There are Masajid/Mosques that even I, as a Muslim-Man, have been made unwelcome, just because I’m not Arab, Desi, African, etc. So, basically, Mosque-Discrimination is something that applies to both Muslim-Men & Muslim-Women.

3. This point is only partially-true: Just because someone is a Man, it doesn’t mean that they’re always free to speak their minds at Islamic events, religious-classes, religious-lectures, etc. A lot of times, even if a man has a view or opinion, that he wants to express, depending upon his communal-standing, which Mosque he’s in, which event he’s in, he’ll immediately get shut-down, himself, for challenging the religious-authority, or being perceived as challenging the religious-authority of others “more-knowledgeable” than himself.

4. True, Muslim-Men do try to justify misogyny via Islam. But, what is also true is that Feminism, Western influences, Secularism have most definitely made a very ugly mark upon the minds & hearts of both Muslim-Men & Muslim-Women, all across the Globe.(http://www.garethbryant.wordpress.com/2011/10/19/bothmisogynyfeminismareevilandhereswhy)

5. Muslim-Men get criticized all of the time for quote-on-quote “Imitating the Kuffar”, in terms of fashion. And, by the way, “Islamic-Dress” for men is almost always a religious euphemism for Arab-Clothing. And, there are definitely Mosques which ban Muslim-Men from wearing certain things, which they deem as “Non-Islamic Dress”, such as pants, shirt-ties, etc.

6. There are plenty of Islamic-Scholars, whom are well-known to the Muslim-World, most-notably, `Ai’shah (May Allah be pleased with her). In fact, most, if not all, of the Ahadith concerning the personal home-life of Muhammad (Peace be upon him), were personally narrated by her. And, if it were not for her, we probably wouldn’t have any surviving evidence of how detailed his personal home-life was. And, to note, further, none of the Ahadith, confirmed to have been narrated by any of the Wives of Muhammad (May Allah be pleased with them) were ever questioned, regarding their authenticity.

7. In regards to not finding persons of Islamic-Knowledge whom are Muslim-Women, or Islamic works written by them, then, as an individual Muslim-Woman, one would have to take the initiative to seek those out, herself, just like with anything else.

8. A Muslim-Man should/must be concerned with whether a person giving him marital-advice is a chauvinist/sexist. Typically (with the minority-exceptions aside), a Muslim-Man is not looking to get a ruling in his favor; but, rather, to resolve any issues with his respective spouse/spouses, which he cannot do himself, hence, the need for some type of marital-counseling.

9. Every marriage-counseling session is as different as the persons seeking out the marriage-counseling. So, to paint that scenario with just one coat of paint, is very unfair.

12. Muslim-Men, as well as Muslim-Women struggle in this regard, to standup, for what Allah has established within Islam, and, we both face stringent opposition in this regard, respectively, regardless of our genders.

13. One, it seems that you’re in fact mocking the Islamic-allowance of a Muslim-Man to have more than one wife, which would mean that you are mocking Allah, in the process, because the only reason how & why Muslim-Men are ever allowed to have multiple-wives is because it has been thoroughly established via revelation (i.e. the Qur’an & Sunnah). Two, A Muslim-Woman has the right to marry & divorce whom she wills, it’s just that, based upon revelation, that the modality of divorce for Muslim-Women are a lot different than for Muslim-Men, courtesy of the Qur’an & Sunnah. So, if you have a problem with how/how not a Muslim-Woman is able to annul a marriage, than that means that you have some issue with the Qur’an & Sunnah.

14. No, a Muslim-Man cannot always have rational, real-life, discussions about his sex-life: Imams, Shaykhs, Scholars, etc. Often times (and I know this for a fact, because even I’ve had to deal with this), people automatically assume that if one is not married, that they’re must be either committing some type of Heterosexual or Homosexual offences. It really isn’t as one-sided as you’re purposely trying to make it.

15. This is actually one of the most inaccurate points in this entire post: both Muslim-Men & Muslim-Women have an obligation & duty to be representatives of Islam. Also, a lot of times, even if one is not a Muslim, if you’re living in a Non-Islamic society/Non-Muslim-Country, and you have an Arabic first or last name, you’ll automatically be red-flagged as being presumed as being a Muslim, anyhow.

Gareth Bryant/2013

My Message to the Women of the World:

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Author’s note:

This lovely poem has been duly written by Humza Oza, a heavy-hearted individual, with a lot of substance, and a lot of important & beautiful things to write about.

Why don’t you see?

And continue to suffer indignity

Hijab is not what brings you down
Verily, your scarf is your crown

For you see in Islam, women are royalty
Virtuous and filled with true beauty

And only for worthy eyes to see

So you see, the veil is not opression
Nor does it bring women in depression

Women of the World

Do you now see?
Hijab is what truly sets you free

Humza Oza/2013

My thoughts on Feminism (The hatred & disrespect of Men):

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Author’s note:
Since I’ve already written a poem about Misogyny, it’s just as fair to write one about Feminism as well. Feminism, as we know it to be has been incepted to be an alternative for women to Misogyny, to combat Misogyny even. However, unfortunately, it has begun to cause the same ill-affects that Misogyny has. We as Muslims, fellow Human beings, need to find better alternatives to dealing with the opposite gender, as opposed to attempting to get one leg up over one another. I’ve exclusively targeted the modern Muslim woman, who has full-throtled accepted this pathological concept known as Feminism, which basically teaches women that we’re crap, as a result of what’s between our legs, which we didn’t even give ourselves and/or what the next man has done negatively. Bitterness, as a result of negative experiences with men generally, have promoted & propelled the women of our world to view men as untrustworthy & worthless at the same time. This poem is geared towards shedding some light on this issue, that we, as men & women (particularly Muslim men & women) can ween ourselves off of having enmity against one another, based upon biological factors that none of us are in control over.

Please, don’t hate me:

Why must you be against me?
What have I ever done to you, to make you not wanna be my ally?
I have been prosecuted, without an opportunity to produce an alibi.

What have I done as a man, to make you look at me with utter disgust?
I’m not your enemy; don’t view me as the one who’s scared you.
I care for you; whether you believe it or not, what I tell you is true.

Why am I always the one to blame for the next man’s folly?
Never have I beaten you, but you’d threaten me with the dreaded “9-11” call.
You would throw all my faults in my face, just to prevent me from standing tall.

You claim to be an independent woman, yet you expect me to maintain you, and to be used as a tool.
Then, you turn around & attempt to disgrace me; you go out of your way to make me look like a fool.

Your resentment for my gender doesn’t make you superior, it just makes you petty.
Don’t make biases against other creations of Allah, the Devil has done this already.

He hated our father Adam, just because he wasn’t a Jinn.
What makes you think that hating men will give you a win?

Gareth Bryant/2012

My thoughts on Misogyny (The hatred & disrespect of Women):

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Author’s note:
I wrote this poem, to shed some much-needed light on how men (Muslim men particularly) have allowed this disgusting concept, that we know as Misogyny, to dictate how we are to treat the most precious & priceless of all of the creation of Allah: the Human female. Allah has placed inside the mind, heart, soul, and body of the Human female so much blessing and abilities to cultivate the growth & development of all of us, generation after generation, century after century, and millennium after millennium. Yet, unfortunately, we’ve allowed ourselves to view the woman as a worthless sexual-prize, only to satisfy the carnal cravings of men. We need to start having real conversations as to why we’ve allowed the Devil to encourage us to treat women in such a demoralized fashion, and we have to correct this vicious cycle of pathological thinking. It’s no wonder why so many women have converted to Feminism, because they’ve been short-changed and pushed around, by the same men Allah has created to respect, honor, protect, secure, cherish & love. And, it is my sincere hope that this poem can help in some way spark some interesting conversations about this topic, as well as get people uncomfortable enough to want to change the Non-Islamic status-quo of how women are allowed to be viewed and treated in our societies.

P.S. Don’t get pissed-off concerning the title of the poem:

Bitches:

Why are our women “Bitches”?
We degrade at them, beat them & crush them.
We belittle them, and destroy their self-esteem.

Why are our mothers “Bitches”?
We don’t respect, honor, appreciate, or love them.
We make them weep, their tears flow like a stream.

Why are the mothers of our children “Bitches”?
We deny responsibility and neglect the Child-Support.
They’re forced to be both parents, it’s the only resort.

Why are our daughters “Bitches”?
Daddy’s little-girl is helpless and completely alone.
No clue how a man is to treat her, he’s long gone.

Why is a “Woman” a female-dog?
It’s really sad how easy it is to call a woman by other than her real name.
This word “Bitch” hurts so many and saying it so comfortably is a shame.

When did our love for women turn into hate?
We seem to let our bad experiences determine how we treat others.
We have to end this cycle and be examples for our young brothers.

If someone calls a woman we care about a “Bitch”, we all wanna fight.
But, if we say the same thing to woman, it’s just supposed to be alright.

We were all birthed by women, so let’s start honoring females.
When we view women as “Bitches”, we disrespect ourselves.

Gareth Bryant/2009

Some Brief Islamic-History (the Origin of the Hijab of the Man & Woman in Islam):

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Author’s note:
This article has been written as a result of a previous lecture that I had given about Hijab at Hudson County Community College, in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Unfortunately, whenever the subject of Hijab comes up, it’s basically always gyno-centric-It’s always concentrating upon the Hijab of the Muslim woman & not enough or at all upon the Hijab of the Muslim man. I personally view this bias, when it comes to only mentioning the Hijab of the woman, as very unfair, for the following reasons: It gives a lot of Muslim women the impression that men can wear whatever they want without reservation, which makes the mandates of Hijab seem very misogynistic. Also, the rise of a feminist mentality among Muslim women has established the very  radically deviant opinion that women don’t have to wear Hijab, at all, because it’s something that puts women back, as opposed to putting them forward. Then, there’s the whole fallacy that the Hijab is just an Arab thing, or something which predated Islam in Arabia.

Firstly, the ordinance of the Hijab originates not from Islamic-Arabia, but rather, according to “Stories of the Prophets”, written by ibn-Kathir, the Hijab was initially an established mandate for our Human parents, the first Muslims from among Mankind, Adam & Eve (Peace be upon both of them)-Ibn-Kathir has clearly explained, in his work, that when they disobeyed Allah & ate from the tree which Allah told them not to go near in the Paradise, they were evicted from the Paradise itself. When they were subjected to live upon the Earth, Allah had thus commissioned both of them to wear clothing, to cover their private areas. So, Adam had made clothing for himself, which covered him, from his navel to his knees (which coincides perfectly with the statement of Muhammad [Peace be upon him] when he described the `Awrah [private-area] of the man in which & he said, “Whatever lies under the navel & to the knees is an `Awrah [private-area].” [Sunan ad-Daraqunti & al-Bayhaqi]), and made clothing for Eve, which covered her entire body from head to toe (which also coincides perfectly with how Muhammad [Peace be upon him] described the `Awrah [private-area of the woman] when he said, “A Woman is is to cover her entire body & reveal nothing except her face & hands, once she reaches puberty.” [Sunan Abu-Dawud])-Now keep in mind that they were the only Humans upon the Earth at this time. So, the fact that this was ordained for them when there were no other Humans around, except them, is very important & significant, thus proving that the Hijab for both men & women possess roots in Islamic antiquity.

In all reality, the purpose of the Hijab is to maintain proper etiquette & decency between men & women, that they treat one another with respect, and not to merely view one another nor themselves just sexual objects. But, unfortunately, we all live in a modern/secular context, which promotes general/full-scale immorality via over-sexualization of our global society. Also, we live in an age where these disgusting misogynistic & feminist ideas of what men & women are outside of an Islamic context & this has caused Muslim men & women to have developed demented ideological religious stances as to how to practice Islam on an individual level as well as a social level. For now, let’s just stick with the individual aspect of practicing Islam.

The Feminist-Community has basically blacklisted the obligation Muslim women to cover properly as something archaic & savage, meant to demean women. On the contrary, the Hijab of both men & women was established to uplift both respective genders, never to debase them. However, because Secularism has become the ideological king of our society, people like members of the Feminist community have actually supported various movements to get the Hijab for women, specifically, banned in as many places as possible. Basically, they want our Muslim sisters to shame themselves, before men as well as other women, by exposing parts of their bodies which Allah has ordained to be covered & concealed from public view, as Allah says in the Qur’an: “Oh, Prophet!!! Tell your wives, daughters & the believing women to cover themselves with their garments. This is ensure that they be recognized & not be harassed. And, Allah is all-forgiving, most-merciful.”.(Chpt.33, V.59) In all actuality the purpose of the Hijab is not to make us miserable, rather to separate us from the rest. I mean really, do you want a bunch of horny, ill-mannered men who don’t believe in Allah & the Last-Day or disobedient Muslims to drool over the sight of your body?!!! We need to seriously think about this!!!

Now, there are those who would argue that men should have more control, or that women shouldn’t have to cover just because men are lustful. Well, from a Human perspective that’s a very good point. But, we’re not the ones who make the rules; rather, the Creator of the Universe has ordained how men & women are to worship behave, act, and dress, not us-The whole reason that Allah has ordained that men & women cover different parts of our bodies is because by our very nature, which He has created us with, men & women are anatomically attracted to different things. Let’s be very honest here, we all know that even anatomically, women are more attractive & possess more to offer men than the other way around.

The reason why women are required to cover their entire bodies is because every aspect of the external anatomy of a woman is attractive to some man in some way, and it’s not normally the other way around, meaning every aspect of the anatomy of a man is not attractive to a woman women are attracted to very specific things on a man’s body, while men are attracted to a whole number of things on a woman’s body. The ordinance for both men & women to cover their bodies a certain way is actually a mercy from Allah, for all of the reasons that I already mentioned previously. The whole notion of supporting legislation in countries that are attempting to legally eradicate the Hijab, for women specifically, are truly people who are hell-bent on establishing Secularism everywhere, and are on the side of the Shaytan to attempt to extinguish the Light of Allah (i.e. Islam). This is systematically being allowed because Islam is the only force that stands in between those who wish to see the world immersed in complete desire-driven corruption, and their goal of a world without any divine guidance established anywhere.

Gareth Bryant/2012

Both Misogyny & Feminism are evil and here’s why:

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Author’s note:
Now, for many of you out there who may have a gender superiority-complex, from either gender, may be pissed at me for saying what you’ll end up reading from this post. But, it just needs to be said. This post is not at all meant to offend anyone’s personal views about anything, and if you feel offended in any way by that which you will read, I sincerely apologize in advance.

For educational purposes, I will be fair enough to explore both the historical dynamics of both Misogyny & Feminism, to give those who read this a better understanding of why I take the general position of hating both equally. I plan to start off with the linguistic definitions of both concepts, as well as how these two concepts have ruined the general nature of how men & women are supposed to exist with one another in harmony.

Now, let’s start with defining both concepts:

Misogyny-
Hatred, dislike, or mistrust of women.

Feminism-
The doctrine advocating social, political, and all other rights of women equal to those of men.
(Both definitions are courtesy of Dictionary.com)

Now, I know some of you will be saying to yourselves, “Okay, this Nigga done lost it!!!”. Obviously, on the surface, it doesn’t seem like they are at all the same. But, as we go along, you’ll see how they are exactly the same in practicality. To be fair, it’s not at all surprising that a concept like feminism has sprung up, in an attempt to globally combat Misogyny-After all, Misogyny is in and of itself a very objectifying & oppressive concept. But, as we have seen in our recent history, the natural harmony between men & women have not at all improved; if anything, they’ve gotten worse, and both men & women have become even more at odds with one another.

Allah says in the Qur’an, “Men and women are guardians of one another.” (Chpt.9, V.71 ). This indicates clearly that both men & women have a Divine obligation, from Allah, their Creator, to provide respect, honor, trust, love, appreciation, comfort, companionship, protection, advice, care to one another, not to oppress one another. It’s a blatant sign, that men & women exists to cohabitate in harmony, as opposed to being opposition to one another.

Unfortunately, as a direct result of oppressive social-constructs, laid down by those ruling over others, without proper guidance from Allah, there has been a perpetual disease, that we know of as Misogyny, that has spread like wild-fire, and has compelled women to seek out justice for themselves in any way that they can. But, unfortunately Feminism is not the solution to Misogyny; we’ll get to the reason why after we go a little deeper into he history of both Misogyny & Feminism.

The History of Misogyny:

The History of Misogyny as we know it to be can easily be traced back to several civilizations, namely: ancient Egyptian, Chinese, Greek and Roman civilizations. In ancient ancient Egypt, women were excluded from the scribe & priest classes-Women were not deemed worthy of being religious authorities, and were not trusted enough to be official record-keepers; in ancient Greece, it was understood, as a societal precedent, that women were generally viewed as lesser forms of men, according to several philosophers, writers, poets, etc., they were also denied to participate in the Olympian games as players, or even as spectators, and they were denied the right participate in the democratic-process of electing representatives of the governments of Greece’s many city-states; in ancient Rome, women were just as degraded, and treated just as less than men, as they were in ancient Greece, not really that much difference. In ancient China, much like ancient Greece & Rome, very similar misogynistic elements were visible there. In all of these three respective societies & civilizations, the general treatment of women was unfair, biased, and were bent upon keeping women subjugated socially, economically, politically, and even sexually. For example, in Greece, depictions of men in art were always favored above women, because the male anatomy was viewed as more desirable than the female anatomy. And, in China, Rome & Greece, women were exclusively excluded from the realms of political influence, with the rare exceptions of women from the noble classes, as well as politically astute and powerful families-Even in Egypt, there was a female Pharaoh, by the name of Hatsheput, whom her successors tried in every way to historically erase her from existence, because the ancient Egyptians didn’t want people to know that a female had ruled Egypt all on her own; it’s even possible/probable that she was assassinated, just to get her out of the way. Although I only chose to highlight four of but many civilizations, Misogyny has been a major aspect of many various societies & civilizations throughout history.

The History of Feminism:

Feminism, as we know it, emerged from the Suffrage-Movement. The Suffrage-Movement was the first official movement to directly attack the misogynistic elements of their environment. However, their were in and of itself many elements of the Suffrage-Movement had very racist elements; it’s truly ironic that the founders of the Suffrage-Movement wanted rights for all white women, but not rights for all people. I’ll definitely explain. After Slavery ended, with the passing, of the 13th Amendment (contrary to popular belief, the Emancipation Proclamation did not end Slavery in the U.S.), the issue of givig African-American men the right to vote became an issue of discussion. This is when the evil of the prelude of Feminism lifted its head out of the sand. The Suffrage-Movement had an official split concerning this issue. There were those, like Susan B. Anthony & Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who displayed blatant racist opposition against supporting African-American men to acquire the right to vote, also, they were only concern with grant White women to be granted the right to vote, not even all women-They were so bent upon gaining their own individual rights, that they were willing to deny someone else of theirs. Those on the opposite side of the fence, like Lucy Stone & Julia Ward Howe, who knew that this racist approach was fundamentally wrong, and it would be impossible to get the right to vote for women, without granting the right to vote to Black men first. Thus, the official split between members of the Suffrage-Movement via off-shoot organizations, had begun, because of racial discrimination.

Now, back to the present:

So, in knowing the history of both Misogyny & Feminism, we can now look, through a clearer lens, how they both feed off of one another. One of the perfect examples of how Misogyny & Feminism feed off of one another is the Pornography industry (and just so you know, most porn stars are women, by the way). Every aspect of the Pornography industry is exclusively geared towards the dehumanization, subjugation, of women; yet, you have Feminists, like Wendy McElroy, who mentions in her book, “XXX: A Woman’s Right To Pornography”, that, “Pornography benefits women, both personally and politically.” Now, what the hell is this that she’s talkin’?!!! How in the hell is pornography of any benefit to any woman?!!! Please, someone answer this one for me!!! And, these types of positions are a direct result of the whole notion that a woman is equal to a man. My question is this, if a woman wants to be viewed as an equal counterpart with a man, why in the hell would they co-sign the complete & blatant cultural/societal dishonor of women?!!! Many Feminists would so argue that a woman has a right to express herself as she wills. But, then when they are disrespected by men, as a result of how they express themselves, now they wanna bitch & complain about “Human-Rights”/”Women’s-Rights”. You can’t have it both ways, you either want to be respected or not!!!

Firstly, the issue of how equality is interpreted from a Feminist perspective is completely ass-backwards. Many Feminists simply view equality as being able to do anything that a man can do, which is in and of itself is very relative, or that a woman is the same as a man. Well, men & women are men & women for a reason: because we are in fact different; we’re not the same & we’re not supposed to be the same. Men have qualities & abilities that women will never have, and women have qualities & abilities that men will never have-This is just a reality!!! Men & women don’t have to be the same in order to be equal. Now, still, the concept of equality is unrealistic, because both men & women exists to complement one another, not to conflict one another. But, this is the direct result of when you have a society that is bent upon establishing man-made laws to govern themselves, as opposed to establishing Divine laws, that represent true justice & equality for all, regardless of ethnicity, gender, social-status, etc.

The reality of how Feminism & Misogyny function:

Corruption in society, as a result of not placing the laws of Allah as the standards to live one’s life is like a trigger-finger; the ruling classes of society are like a gun; Misogyny is like a bullet; the bullet wound would be the results of Misogyny’s destructive effects on society; and Feminism is like a band-aid over the bullet wound. Feminism is not solving the problem of the destruction of Misogyny at all in our society, it’s just like placing a band-aid over the bullet wound, without even removing the bullet from the wound. If anything, Feminism, the band-aid, has made the wound worse, because the bullet has not been removed from the wound, which has prevented the wound from healing, and that’s exactly what Feminism has been like for our society.

Feminism has in  fact contributed to the further degradation of women, by supporting women to exploit themselves, as opposed to men exploiting them, which many Feminists find more liberating. And, this explains why Feminism is in fact evil, because it gives the impressions that a woman can exploit herself all she wants, as long as men don’t exploit her-The example of how many Feminists view pornography as liberating for women has already proven my point many times over. You may be wondering still what my general point is, by even bringing this issue up. The point is that neither men nor women have the right to deny one another their rights over one another as Human beings. What ends  up happening is that both Misogyny & Feminism breeds hatred between the genders, spreading & encouraging this outrageous superiority-complex.

The great fallacy of Feminism, being a counter-concept & greater alternative to combat Misogyny, actually, makes Feminism exactly the same as Misogyny; the only difference is that Misogyny is used by men to oppress women & Feminism is used to oppress men. There’s even a Feminist, by the name of Christine Hoff Sommers, who has authored the book, “The War Against Boys”, who gives great detail into how Feminism has had negative results relating to male youth, in our societies. In her work, she has shown how falsified stats were used to push the Feminists agenda, to consolidate further gender superiority of women over men. This is smoking gun evidence, just from the work of Sommers alone that Feminism is just as destructive to our societies as Misogyny is.

Now, back to Misogyny:

To all of my men out there, just stop mistreating the women!!! The whole reason that Feminism has even been allowed to exist and fester in our societies is because the men don’t give the women their due rights, according to the commandments of Allah, which in turn, compels women to seek out their rights, and because they’re so desperate to be treated fairly, they begin to overstep bounds that Allah has set forth, and begin to have unwarranted bias towards men generally, which lead to the pathology of women thinking that they are better than men, just because they’re women, just like with Misogyny, which leads men to develop the pathology that they are better than women, just because they are men.
And, this pathology comes directly from the Devil, when Allah says, in the Qur’an, how He commanded the Angels, along with himself, to prostrate to Adam (Peace be upon him) in the Paradise, yet, the Devil refused & stated that he was better than Adam, but he didn’t have any proof that he was better than Adam (Chpt.7 V.11-13). Likewise, regarding Misogyny & Feminism, these two concepts encourage men to believe that they’re better than women, without any justified reason & women believing that they are better than men, without any justified reason. In all reality, what makes a man better than a woman, and what makes a woman better than a man?!!!

The answer is very simple: No man nor woman can honestly say that they’re any better than any other member of the opposite gender, because Allah, the Lord of the Universe never said that men are better than women, and He never said that women are better than men. The real underlying issue is that people both men & women gravitate towards either Misogyny or Feminism as an excuse to fill some type of confidence or self-esteem void, at the expense of lowering someone else. Whenever people don’t have positive self-esteem, they often use things to make themselves feel better, at the expense of hurting others, and that’s exactly what Misogyny & Feminism are used for.

Gareth Bryant/2012