The everyday struggle of Asian Muslim women is palpable. They are policed for their attire, behavior, personality, career choice, and whatnot! But if we look back at Islamic history, it is the opposite of the present oppressive rules and demands by the misogynist. Let not the oppressors set standards for you.
Islam has never degraded or devalued women; it has always treated women as equal to men. But why do we generally see the opposite of what Islam preaches? Well, the simplest reason is that people selectively extract lines from the Holy Quran for their good.
Most women are forced to believe that they should live in a secluded way to attain paradise. They assume that being good to your abusive husband is what Islam teaches, so 90% of Muslim women who belong to the older generation live by that. Well, Allah (SWT) is the most merciful, and Islam never advocates gender inequality.
“I know of no other religion in which women were so central in its formative history” –Sheikh Mohammad Akram Nadwi, Islamic scholar
But we are not aware of our women-centric Islamic history, right? Currently, Muslim communities don’t function as if they had such wholesome history that centered on women. However, Islam doesn’t represent misogynist Muslim men. Partly, it is women’s fault to stay where they have been asked to rather than find what Islamic history says about women.
How Islam Treats Women and Why It’s Not Followed Now
If you are a Muslim woman, you will feel liberation through Islam. But oppressive men in society have turned Islam restrictive, so most Muslim and non-Muslim women have started to look at Islam as an oppressive religion.
For example, according to hadiths, the wife of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), Aisha (radhiallahu ‘anha), rode a horse when accompanying the Prophet. But, it becomes a big deal when it comes to driving as a woman in the current community. She is often mocked or challenged. In some Asian families, she wouldn’t be “allowed” to get her license. This is precisely the opposite of what Islam preaches.
“Islam is perfect but not Muslims” – anonymous.
The problem with putting up with misogynist rules is that you will be carrying the lies you have been fed with. You will be teaching the same practices to your daughters and sons, so the chain will never be broken.
You must know that Allah (SWT) never assigned gender roles. As a woman, you can avoid domestic chores. As for most scholars, it is not your duty, and you will not be questioned if you disagree to do domestic chores. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) also stated that he did his household chores while earning for his large family.
But in the current Islamic community, we can see how women need to do household chores, and look after children while working. Even though she shoulders all the burdens, she is still set behind and never appreciated. It is the man who gets recognition and respect from society. Her work, dedication, and perseverance are always put behind a veil.
Islam Emphasizes Educating Girls
Last but not least, her right to secure education is still a subject that never met the table. Of course, restricting girls’ education has been reduced to a greater extent. But in most Asian Muslim communities, we still find the stereotypes.
I have dealt with many girls who complained that their brothers don’t let them continue higher education because the brothers consider it “unnecessary” since they can help them financially. I couldn’t fathom their negligence in educating girls.
“Denying girls an education – it’s basically live burial” Sheikh Mohammad Akram Nadwi, Islamic scholar
Education is your right, and only through knowledge, you can increase your self-worth. You have to fight it. To make it more precise, the iconic figure in Islamic history, Aisha (radhiallahu ‘anha) loved seeking knowledge. She was one of the famous Muslim scholars at the time and has narrated over 2000 hadiths. She has also lectured eminent scholars. Her leadership skills were top-notch, and we can still learn a lot from her.
She could make sharp judgments due to her immense intelligence. Her exemplary lifestyle promotes that education in the field of politics and law is nothing to frown upon. This is a hallmark of women’s education.
However, not following what Islam says is not the fault of the religion. If women are still behind and lacking equality, it is because of the oppressive men and oppressed women. Yes, I mentioned oppressed women as one of the reasons because they functioned to believe whatever they are being fed. We need to become the voice of oppressed women to stamp them out from the male chauvinist community.
Everything about Feminism in Islam
“You can’t be a feminist if you are a Muslim,” well, if Muslim women become feminists, they will soon turn the tables, this is the very reason for such remarks. You can definitely be a Muslim while being a Feminist if you are not going to restructure true Islamic rulings. When we speak about true Islamic rulings, it is not what oppressive men decide to extract from the Quran and practice for their own good. Instead, it is what Islam actually taught.
Most women often feel they are inferior because they have been made to feel that way. Their self-growth is restricted. They are forced to carry the “real Muslim woman” card. You don’t have to be the perfect wife or perfect mother because you are a human, too.
You need to become the woman who is more than ready to please God. Your priority shouldn’t be to become a submissive wife because it is not what Islam emphasizes. Your priority should be God’s happiness and becoming his obedient servant.
But it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be kind to your husband or father. Of course, you should be, but all these come after Allah (SWT). As a Muslim woman, you have the right to build your identity, so you shouldn’t let it slip away because of misogynist men.
More often than not, every woman is tied to her roles as wife, sister, daughter, and mother. She is never considered an individual sans her roles. This should change. Make sure to look back at Islamic history to find successful, fearless woman and their stories. If you do so, you will unlearn and relearn Islam to overcome subjugation and to bring women to the center of the stage!
COP27 Climate Change Summit: Greenwashing Scam Imperilling Human Rights
COP27 Faced Major Criticism
Morally, politically and economically COP27 climate change summit has been coined as a greenwashing scam imperilling human rights.
The world watched Egypt closely as it hosted the 27th United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP27) in Sharm El-Sheikh from the 8th-16th of November. More than 190 governments attended COP27 to attempt to solve some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.
Furthermore, Egypt hosting of COP27 sparked much controversy due to its abysmal human rights record. Additionally, COP27 faced heavy criticism due to some of the world’s top polluters, such as Coca-Cola sponsoring the event. Furthermore, attendees arrived in private jets; meat and dairy products remained on menus; dozens of domestic civil society organizations were excluded. Additionally, the summit was overshadowed by persistent calls to release up to 65,000 political prisoners in Egyptian prisons.
Worlds Top Polluter, Coca-Cola, Sponsored COP27
The UN climate conference announced a sponsorship deal with Coca-Cola, one of the “world’s top polluters”. Coca-Cola recently retained its title for the fourth year as the world’s top plastic polluter. The sponsorship deal is a greenwashing scam by campaigners, drawing intense criticism.
Coca-Cola produces 120 billion throwaway plastic bottles a year. 99% of plastics are made from fossil fuels, exacerbating the plastic and climate change crises.
Private Jets, Bottomless Cocktails and Beef Medallion Dishes
Surprisingly, attendees indulged in the very activities which got us into this mess in the first place. Moreover, world leaders flew to Egypt in private jets. Attendees enjoyed bottomless cocktails, one-hour unlimited wine and beer packages, $100 beef medallion dishes, and $50 seafood platters.
This begs the question: do these foods belong at a climate conference? We have missed the true purpose of the climate summit: to help save the planet.
Meat and Dairy On the Menu – Not on the Agenda
In the three-decade history of the UN Climate Summit, COP27 was the first UN summit to discuss the meat and dairy industry’s contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions.
COP27 faced massive criticism this year from climate activists due to the unsustainable meat and dairy items on its menus. It seems unimaginable that globally we are trying to reduce our meat and dairy consumption to save our planet. However, our governments cannot stop eating these foods at the world’s largest climate summit.
Cutting meat and dairy output are not yet on the agenda for governments at COP27. Many governments attending the summit give billions to livestock farmers in subsidies. Instead of focusing on plant-based diets, they are advancing policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions using feed additives that make animals less gassy and technology that sucks up the methane wafting off manure heaps. Andy Reisinger, a farm emissions specialist and vice-chair of the UN’s IPCC climate panel, said feed additives could worsen emissions by promoting intensive farming.
Dozens of Domestic Civil Society Groups Excluded
Hundreds of prominent human rights defenders, researchers and environmentalists were exiled from Egypt. They were unable to attend Cop27 due to the nature of their work. Many voices from Egypt were absent at the conference due to the government’s corrupt attempts to exclude dozens of domestic civil society groups.
“Arrests and detention, NGO asset freezes and dissolutions and travel restrictions against human rights defenders have created a climate of fear for Egyptian civil society organisations to engage visibly at the COP27”
Additionally, COP27’s wifi blocked access to international human rights organizations such as Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and other news websites needed during information talks. These prominent human rights organizations hosted talks at COP27 but could not access their sites due to previous work criticizing the Egyptian government. Egypt used this strategy to hide the nation’s decades-long record of cracking down on human rights.
65,000 Political Prisoners in Egyptian Prisons
Currently, there are an estimated 65,000 political prisoners inside Egyptian prisons. COP27 was overshadowed by persistent calls to release political prisoners.
A British-Egyptian detainee, Alaa Abd el-Fattah, was a significant focus in the media. As a leader of Egypt’s 2011 revolution, he has been in prison for the past decade. He started a partial hunger strike in April 2022 to protest his detention conditions. He spent the last six months consuming just 100 calories a day. A week before COP27 started, he stopped eating altogether. Then, on the day the summit began, he stopped drinking water. He has since resumed drinking water but remains critically ill.
COP27 Cracks Down On “Greenwashing”
Companies, banks, cities and states worldwide have continuously made broken promises to achieve net-zero emissions. These corporate climate pledges amount to little more than a greenwashing scam. Evading net zero claims is a common greenwashing strategy. Companies claim to be carbon-free due to strategies such as buying carbon credits while simultaneously pursuing new fossil fuel projects emitting greenhouse gases.
Greenwashing is when an organization spends more time and money marketing itself as environmentally friendly than minimizing its environmental impact. It’s a shady marketing gimmick that misleads consumers who prefer to buy environmentally friendly goods and services.
At COP27, the UN cracked down on greenwashing, laying down recommendations for how companies, financial institutions and cities must calculate their net zero emissions status. The new UN report aims to eliminate loopholes by laying out ten steps to bring integrity, transparency and accountability to net zero claims.
“I have a message to fossil fuel companies and their financial enablers. So-called ‘net-zero pledges’ that exclude core products and activities are poisoning our planet. They must thoroughly review their pledges and align them with this new guidance”.United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres.
The UN cracked down on companies stating that they can’t claim to be net zero if they are not in line with targets set out by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). These targets include cutting global carbon emissions by 45% by 2030. The UN limited short-term carbon offsets and held that they could only be used sparingly in the long term.
Historic Deal: Governments Must Pay Poor Nations for Climate Damage
Governments at COP27 approved a historic deal to create a fund for compensating developing nations that are victims of extreme weather events worsened by rich countries’ greenhouse gas emissions. However, many remained uncertain as countries argued over emission reduction efforts.
Moreover, this is a massive step for poorer countries bearing the brunt of climate change. These nations face extreme weather events such as floods, droughts, heat waves, and famines despite releasing the lowest greenhouse gas emissions. This historical “loss and damage” deal will provide financial assistance to developing nations stricken by climate disasters.
However, this loss and damage deal has several flaws. Some nations held that the pledges to limit global temperatures to below 1.5 degrees showed little progress compared to the COP26 conference in Glasgow in 2021. Furthermore, others criticized how the language and guidelines on phasing out fossil fuels were weak. Despite many different opinions between nations regarding the guidelines of this historic deal, it is still a vital step towards achieving climate justice.
Read more: Climate Refugees: Pain of Unseen Victims.
COP27 has faced significant criticism this year for many justifiable reasons. Many believe COP27 is a greenwashing scam failing humanity and the planet by not leading to significant changes. The UN climate summit is losing its credibility in being able to create meaningful change to save our planet.
World leaders and people in power continuously use high-profile gatherings like COP for attention and are greenwashing, lying and cheating their way through pledges and commitments. The UN Environment Programme released the Emissions Gap report stating that only an urgent system-wide transformation can deliver the enormous emissions cuts needed to stabilize global temperatures below 1.5 degrees by 2030.
World leaders consistently fail to fulfil their commitments and act on time. We cannot place trust in greenwashing scams like COP summits anymore. Instead, we need rapid, far-reaching, unprecedented changes in all aspects of society if we want to build a sustainable world for future generations.
Qatar FIFA 2022, A Civilized Model Of Islam
Qatar is the first country in the Middle East to host the FIFA World Cup 2022. This was after Qatar’s award hosting in December 2010. This is a tremendous opportunity for Qatar to represent Qatar FIFA 2022 as a civilized model of Islam. The country converted to Islam in the 7th century. Since winning the hosting, it has been constructing some of the most eco-friendly and architectural advanced sporting facilities ever seen. It is the kind of country that has the power to host the greatest show of FIFA ever on Earth.
First, Qatar has always drawn its strength from discovering oil, fishing, and pearl hunting. In addition, it is the world’s second-largest exporter of liquefied natural gas. Hosting the tournament presents tremendous opportunities for Qatar to prove itself as a powerful country. Significantly, Qatar has always been taking advantage of the tournament hosting to develop local Industries, expertise, and infrastructure. This was for Innovation and application of excellent standards and support of Qatar’s transition to a knowledge-based economy. This edition of the FIFA World Cup 2022 is being themed by Qatar on its culture, history, identity, and hospitability. As a result, efforts have made the event an unforgettable historical experience.(more…)
The Lebanese file: neither a president nor a government
Despite six presidential sessions, Lebanon still does not have a president.
The funny thing is, the government is also idle and the whole country is waiting for a miracle to get up again.
France is on the president line!
The head of the Free Patriotic Movement, Representative Gebran Bassil, is expected to visit Paris, which is expected to mark a remarkable development in the presidential file in Lebanon.
The meetings will aim to discuss the imminent presidential, governmental, and economic entitlements of all Lebanese stakeholders.
Based on Basil’s excellent relationship with Maronite Patriarch Bechara Al-Rahi and Hezbollah, the French hope to agree on a roadmap for the presidential elections.
Although the French side does not carry an integrated initiative, it sought to know the position of all parties regarding a list of candidates that includes about seven names.
Those connected to the French ambassador understand that her country still has the American mandate to manage the initiative about the presidential file and that Paris wants to reach an agreement with Saudi Arabia that facilitates the task because insisting on fighting harsh battles would prevent the election of a president soon.
President issue: Who does Hezbollah wants?
Hezbollah is reconsidering the local reality from a different angle than the one that preceded the election of President Aoun, as evidenced by Aoun’s recent paradox of reopening half-closed doors.
In contrast to Aoun, the party does not find any justification for repeating the vacuum for more than two years and tightening its internal domestic rams to deliver its candidate.
They are fully aware that choosing to unilaterally elect a president of the republic, and consequently, a government of one color and the presidency of the House of Representatives, means putting the country in direct conflict with the outside world. Everything that surrounds the internal reality is different from the previous stage, as is the position of the concerned countries.
While Hezbollah’s opponents are only mentioning Franjieh as president—or, at the very least, any candidate from the party’s second row—this does not imply that Hezbollah has abandoned its candidate or candidates.
The party assumes entering into early settlements, which means that the party receives its price both internally and externally.
This is because the party cannot bear the idea of losing its candidate and will not bear the idea of any settlement following a vacuum that results in challenges, conditions, and counter conditions.
An alternative situation is possible in addition to that. Except for the March 8 team, there is no president of the country.
Is the former minister Franjieh a serious candidate?
Former Minister Suleiman Franjieh was Hezbollah’s candidate.
Nasrallah’s remarks coincided with a fresh French attempt that started a few days ago to forge an agreement on choosing a new president before the year is up and included pledges to start aid programs for Lebanon, including the “Cedre” program.
The debate that the French began with the major parties in Lebanon is anticipated to be finished with Washington and Riyadh and is predicated on the premise that no one can impose a prime minister or president of the republic without a genuine agreement between the major forces.
Hezbollah claimed in 2016 that there was no Plan B for the nomination of General Michel Aoun, and it repeated that claim this time as well: the candidate is Franjieh, and there is a point on the line.
If the two allies cannot agree on a second candidate, there are dangers that no one has the luxury of incurring.
What does The Free Patriotic Movement says?
The Free Patriotic Movement was informed by Hezbollah that the results of naming places below the presidency of the Republic under the General Michel Aoun administration were not encouraging, as the residents of these sites turned against the people who named them to them.
There is a “term” that Hezbollah agreed to, though, which is that it will not attend the election session for the Marada Movement’s leader until he has Basil’s endorsement in his pocket.
The party’s desire to maintain and strengthen the agreement with the Free Patriotic Movement is the most crucial factor, and as a result, “the election of Suleiman will be with Gibran’s consent and not at his expense,” among other factors, including giving Franjieh Christian support that makes him a strong president.
So far, there has not been any serious president, and we are facing many sessions without a result.
Is Lebanon on a date with a long presidential debate, as happened before the election of former President Michel Aoun, or will we witness the election of a president before the New Year?
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