Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Sisters Doing it for Themselves

Today, I bring glad tidings...

The head of Al-Azhar's Fatwa passing committee, has ruled, that considering everyone has the right to defend themselves and that we are all equal before God, in domestic violence situations: wives should use the 'weapons' their husband's use against them. This stance is totally understandable, in light of the fact that 35% of female deaths are caused in domestic violence situations.

It gets even better...Sheikh Fatullah Julun of Turkey agrees but says, that women should return 2 blows for every blow received.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Where was this ruling eight years ago??????!

About time methinx

desert demons said...

hmmm well I guess the info was there it was about us not asking for it/ applying it

Anonymous said...

I was very pleased to hear that even the Saudis issued similar ruling:

"Sheikh Abdel Mohsen al-Abyakan stressed the fact that a wife should resort to "the same kind of violence" as her husband used against her, whether it be with a leather strap or a wire cable, the paper said." - AFP

Kick Ass Women!

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Azra said...

Its amazing how we can celebrate something that seems so juvenile and insignificant to the outside world...and yet its ground-breaking for those women. Goes to show the conditions they live in. Sad...

emancipatingmymind said...

:) it's good but I cant help not jumping for joy, because the reality is, who is going to help these woman give him a dose of his own medicine? Who is going to educate woman and men alike about domestic violence. Until our Sheikhs and community leaders accept this ruling and preach it to their congregations, Im afraid its still much of a muchness really.

Sorry to come across so negatively but I guess Im abit over it

Imtiaz said...

Excellent news. In a country where the abuse of women has atrociously become a national sport, let's hope our local Imams have the courage to spread the message.

Anonymous said...

Imtiaz, that being said - I highly doubt. SA Muslims like to put things under the carpet

desert demons said...

Abuse has many forms, not just physical and from my observation of South African Muslim Men, they need to catch a serious wake up but even more so, the women need to stop playing victim! These ruling in Egypt, Saudi and Turkey are ground-breaking for a vast majority of women! Including those in South Africa, who still claim that in Islam its ok to beat a woman.

Anonymous said...

A Somali woman was stoned to death on Monday A Pregnant Pakistani girl was mauled to death by dogs set on her by her inlaws....Compassion and mercy! Unless there is a groundswell of opposition one or two shakes (pun intended) will not stop the carnage! deaf dumb and mute they will not hear you ! O messenger !

Anonymous said...

that should read deaf dumb and blind (not mute)

shabz said...

It is easy to blame the ulema & call the state of the ummah - juvenile , however every single one of us is personally to blame for the deafening silence on the issue - it is our own inability to save our sisters that we should be ashamed of !

Junaid said...

yah folks, ulama or no ulama, such crap will continue as long as we have screwed up notions of "honor"...and by the way, it's a myth that the vast majority of moslems actually take the ulama so seriously; men, white folks, and the affluent and powerful - or anyone in positions of privilege - are susceptible to inflicting abuse and will use religion ("scholars for dollars") or anything else to legitimize it...