Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Studies in Islam: Wife Beating 102

As we discussed in an earlier post , the "religion" of Islam has much to teach the heathen West about matters domestic, particularly regarding  the tender interactions between husband and wife.  Unfortunately, the teachings of that most indiscriminate and prolific bridegroom, the "Prophet" Muhammad himself, have largely been restricted to the original Islamic texts and the yowling of the Mullahs.  This is most inconvenient for those who do not read Arabic, or who do not have a mosque or imam nearby, and must rely upon their own understanding. After all, not all couples have access to such wise and compassionate clerics as this one:

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Now, however, the Muslim secrets of wedded bliss are going mainstream, as a new "marriage manual" for the Muslim couple is gaining widespread distribution throughout the world.  According to a report in The Toronto Sun (March 24, 2012), a new book entitled A Gift for the Muslim Couple has now become available at selected fine bookstores, as well as on the Web, from such places as Amazon.  Written by Hazrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi, described on an unrelated website as "The Spiritual Physician of the Muslim Ummah,” the manual comes courtesy of Idara Impex, a publisher in New Delhi. The author, who is unlikely to be confused with James Dobson or even Dr. Phil, is not quite as strident as the cleric in the above video, and the book has a pretty pink cover, but the gist of the message is the same. 
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 I haven't read the book, so some readers will no doubt yammer about my "ignorance" and "bias."  But I'm simply passing along what the Muslims and booksellers have said: if you don't like this subject, your quarrel is with them, not with me.  As quoted in The Toronto Sun, however, the book contains such gems of enlightenment as these:

Referring to the lucky Muslim bride, the distinguished author writes: “it might be necessary to restrain her with strength or even to threaten her ....  the husband should treat the wife with kindness and love, even if she tends to be stupid and slow sometimes.” Kindness, love, physical restraint, and threats: yes, that sounds like Islam.  The wife has certain responsibilities, of course: she may not leave "[the husband's] house without his permission," she must "fulfil his desires," and “not allow herself to be untidy ... but should beautify herself for him."  Well, such consideration is a part of any good marriage, assuming that it's mutual; but little, if anything, is said about fulfilling the wife's desires, or the husband keeping himself presentable for her.  In Islam, as Wafa Sultan has stressed over and over again, the woman (or the girl) is nothing; the man is everything.  And if the wife proves unsatisfactory in some way?  No, marriage counselling is not recommended: rather, the husband should "scold her .... beat by hand or stick ....  withhold money from her ....  [or] “pull (her) by the ears,” but should “refrain from beating her excessively.” Ah, there we go: I knew that the sweet reasonableness of Muhammad would manifest itself eventually.  Unless there's a matter of "honor" at stake, in which the woman should be killed.  (This is not part of the book under discussion, but is a hot topic in Canada, in light of recent "honor killings" by Muslim men.) This sort of thing makes Mick Jagger, singing "Under My Thumb," sound like a spokesman for the National Organization of Women. 
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The remarkable thing about this stupid little book is that it was written, not for residents of such Muslim states as Iran or Saudi Arabia, but for all those "moderate Muslims" scattered throughout the world: that's what the "ummah" consists of - - - the "ummah" of which this author is the "Spiritual Physician."  Wife-beating is not even questioned in the Islamic countries; this book simply legitimizes it for those Western "moderates" who don't have the power of the state behind them (yet). 
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In that respect and for that reason, certain "moderate Muslims" have protested the book's publication: it reveals them for what they are.  Just as they're about to convince their neighbors in Amsterdam or Atlanta or Australia that they're "moderate" followers of "the religion of peace," this book comes along to remind the world what a barbarian monstrosity Islam really is. All Islam.
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So, perhaps the book serves some useful purpose after all.  But Muslim women, such as the one pictured below, will not rejoice in its publication.
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Muslim woman beaten

Saturday, March 24, 2012

"No Stronger Ally"

And now, courtesy of Thomas Buch-Andersen of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation, we find out who the current President of the United States truly believes America's greatest ally to be:

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It's very funny, although the humor becomes mordant when we consider the fact that the Muslim nations (and the non-nation of "Palestine") are the only countries he really seems to care about.  But at least it's good for a laugh.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Postscript to "GMB"

After yesterday's post about the television series "GCB," it occurred to me that I should provide a brief postscript, directly addressing the people who conceived, produced, and are now enjoying the show.  But who am I, a mere blog writer, to do such a thing? So, I brought out the big guns.

Here's someone who might be respected even in Hollywood, or by the couch potatoes who make up the audience for such silly drivel as "GCB" - - - if they respect anything at all. Skip the video if it's not your style of music: the lyrics are powerful enough.  Change the word "he" to "she" and this song could be a very honest theme for "GCB."  Enjoy it!

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Go ahead and talk about him because he makes you doubt
Because he has denied himself the things that you can't live without
Laugh at him behind his back just like the others do
Remind him of what he used to be when he comes walking through.

He's the property of Jesus
Resent him to the bone
You got something better
You've got a heart of stone.

Stop your conversation when he passes on the street
Hope he falls upon himself, oh, won't that be sweet
Because he can't be exploited by superstition anymore
Because he can't be bribed or bought by the things that you adore.

He's the property of Jesus
Resent him to the bone
You got something better
You've got a heart of stone.

When the whip that's keeping you in line doesn't make him jump
Say he's hard-of-hearing, say that he's a chump
Say he's out of step with reality as you try to test his nerve
Because he doesn't pay tribute to the king that you serve.

He's the property of Jesus
Resent him to the bone
You got something better
You've got a heart of stone.

Say that he's a loser 'cause he got no common sense
Because he don't increase his worth at someone else's expense
Because he's not afraid of trying, say he's got no style
'Cause he doesn't tell you jokes or fairy tales, say things that make you smile.

He's the property of Jesus
Resent him to the bone
You got something better
You've got a heart of stone.

You can laugh at salvation, you can play Olympic games
You think that when you rest at last you'll go back from where you came
But you've picked up quite a story and you've changed since the womb
What happened to the real you, you've been captured but by whom ?

He's the property of Jesus
Resent him to the bone
You got something better
You've got a heart of stone. 


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