In recent times the world powers have continually rang the bell of equality between sexes to our ears, set up department to propagate the myth and made us believe that man and woman are equal, having equal rights and responsibilities in the home and same roles in the society.
These have led to change in our psyche and belief system and thus off set the original peaceful coexistence that Allah (SWT) intended for mankind. Communities are in shambles, husbands are killing wives, wives are neglectful, boastful and disloyal, children are getting rebellious, youth are getting more aggressive for wrong reasons, and hence evil thrives worldwide.
Basic Teaching of Islam: Basic understanding from the teaching of Islam is that man are the protectors of women “Men are the protectors and maintainers of women” Q4:34. And also that “The believers, men and women, are Auliya’ (helpers, supporters, friends, protectors) of one another,” Q9:71. These and many others form the foundation of the harmonious relationship between Muslim man and Muslim woman, husband and wife and thus the family.
The propaganda today stem from the UN Convention on Eradication of all forms of Discrimination Against women (CEDAW). It source it powers from the UN purposely to enforce member states to implement the convention. Equality of rights for women is a basic principle of the United Nations. The Preamble to the Charter of the United Nations sets as one of the Organization’s central goals the reaffirmation of “faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women”.
It sounds quite reasonable to stop discrimination and enforce human rights, but the content goes to tell us that she should be free to determine whether she wants to bear her pregnancy or want to terminate it. She can actually sue her husband for rape! We all, especially Muslim women, must realize that the so called UN statutes and conventions seek to destroy the family unit and thus off set our society.
A glimpse into the communities where the freedom is being practiced show very disturbing statistics on violence against women and children, divorce, rape, incest, homosexuals and even murder. Women must realize that biologically, we are milder softer and best suited for stronger home front, while men are tougher, and more action oriented for the aggressive outdoor stuff. A role reversal in the homes is the cause of crises in homes and the larger society.
The Muslim family is the target for destruction. Almost all items of the various human right statutes are contrary to the laws of Allah (SWT). This year’s UN International Women’s day was themed “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”. Effort is in top gear to man become woman and woman become man. We must resist this strategically while monitoring our set indicators for proper understanding. A fish cannot survive outside water, neither can it walk.
Ways out: The following are some of the means that we may employ in an effort to salvage our families and societies.
Attention for the Girl-Child: This is to create a girl-child focused education. The Muslim girl-child must be giving appropriate guidance on today’s trend through a curriculum that can meet our needs and aspiration. Today’s general curriculum wants her to be licentious and free to have sex at any age, and not to get pregnant, yet early marriage is human right abuse to the world of today. Thus, lending a hand of disapproval to our guidance not to even move near zina. Today’s girl-child is tomorrow’s mother .The education she gets now determines what she will be able to pass unto later generations.
Prioritizing Islamic Education: Giving priority to Islamic Guidance and prophetic examples for all. After all, education is a life time endeavour for Muslims. This may be done by retraining scholars and empowering parents with requisite materials to be able to function well in guiding their children.
Assistance to Muslim States: This help will focus empowering them and build leadership in the face of imperialistic powers. Also, there is need to assist one another to use the non-interest based economy, run a corruption –free economy and engender transparency and an inclusive government.
Create Space for Women: Give appropriate attention and place for women. In a way that will demonstrate the esteemed position that Islam accords women, while not enslaving her. A demonstration of this will make the world see the beauty of respect and honour for women in Islam rather than theory.
Set Time lines and Indicators: Our action must be time-bound. Each action with clear objectives and aligned with our broad goals. We must have events, outcomes that will show where we are and how close or far are we from the objectives so stated.
Monitoring and Evaluation: Appropriate tools and means of assessment must be designed tested and used to check our programmes, projects and methodologies in order that we do not derail.
As a matter of urgency, Muslims must realize that the world reels out convention and statutes only to target Muslim Families for destruction. They give beautiful and reasonable names to confuse us to accepting these destructive tools. They say it is uncivilised to live by the Qur’an; get married to one good man and obey him, to get pregnant, bear and raise pious children, to allow your husband fend for you and you children, to wear the hijab. They say women should go out nakedly, languish in factories like men, be free to sleep with whoever she favours, be free to marry man or woman; whoever catches her fancy, share all responsibilities within and without the home , leave her home and prioritize career ; exchange role with her husband possibly. What they clamour has turned our society, and theirs too, into chaos and disorder. Husbands are killing wives, wives are disobedient, juvenile delinquency abound. We all must wake up and save the world from within for we are the best community ever raised for mankind. Q3: 110 “You [true believers in Islamic Monotheism, and real followers of Prophet Muhammad and his Sunnah (legal ways, etc.)] are the best of peoples ever raised up for mankind; you enjoin Al-Ma’ruf (i.e. Islamic Monotheism and all that Islam has ordained) and forbid Al-Munkar (polytheism, disbelief and all that Islam has forbidden), and you believe in Allah.”
Sherifah Yusuf-Ajibade (Mrs)