Now where would anyone get the crazy idea that Islam oppresses women or that Muhammad was a warlord? But never fear: the totally benign, harmless and truthful Muslim Brotherhood organization known as the Muslim Student Association is ready to clear up all your “misconceptions” at KU: “Muslim Student Association hosts Islam awareness week,” by Rebekka Schlichting for the University Daily Kansan, November 4:
Muslims and the Islamic religion are in the spotlight this week at KU. It is Islam awareness week on campus, and the Muslim Student Association will host events throughout the week.
“The purpose is to educate people on Islam and Muslims,” said Iesha Kincaid, the president of Muslim Student Association. “There are a lot of stereotypes and misconceptions out there so we hope to show what Islam is really about and get rid of some of those stereotypes and misconceptions.”
Kincaid said some of the misconceptions of Islam include terrorism, oppression among women, disliking America and the Prophet Muhammad portrayed as a war lord….
“Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies, of God and your enemies…” — Qur’an 8:60
“I have been made victorious through terror” — Muhammad (Bukhari 4.52.220)
“Oppression among women”:
The Qur’an likens a woman to a field (tilth), to be used by a man as he wills: “Your women are a tilth for you (to cultivate) so go to your tilth as ye will” (2:223).
It declares that a woman’s testimony is worth half that of a man: “Get two witnesses, out of your own men, and if there are not two men, then a man and two women, such as ye choose, for witnesses, so that if one of them errs, the other can remind her” (2:282).
It allows men to marry up to four wives, and have sex with slave girls also: “If ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly with the orphans, marry women of your choice, two or three or four; but if ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly (with them), then only one, or (a captive) that your right hands possess, that will be more suitable, to prevent you from doing injustice” (4:3).
It rules that a son’s inheritance should be twice the size of that of a daughter: “Allah (thus) directs you as regards your children’s (inheritance): to the male, a portion equal to that of two females” (4:11).
Worst of all, the Qur’an tells husbands to beat their disobedient wives: “Men are in charge of women, because Allah hath made the one of them to excel the other, and because they spend of their property (for the support of women). So good women are the obedient, guarding in secret that which Allah hath guarded. As for those from whom ye fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to beds apart, and scourge them” (4:34). It allows for marriage to pre-pubescent girls, stipulating that Islamic divorce procedures “shall apply to those who have not yet menstruated” (65:4).
Muhammad “portrayed as a war lord”:
Muhammad said: “I have been commanded to fight against people so long as they do not declare that there is no god but Allah, and he who professed it was guaranteed the protection of his property and life on my behalf except for the right affairs rest with Allah.” (Sahih Muslim 30)
But don’t believe your lying eyes! Believe the MSA!