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Islam, Women and Feminism (06 Jan 2017 NewAgeIslam.Com)

Mythology of Mother-Goddess among Muslims

By Rashid Samnakay, New Age Islam

06 January 2016

It is a well known fact that all communities have some concept of reverence attached to motherhood, often extending into ritual worship of female figure depicting fertility, nurture and being the source of propagation of mankind. Thus the female person, the woman, is worshiped as the life source.

Among Muslims this Hadith- Apocrypha is a popular quotation when discussing the place and status of the female as the mother and her motherhood status in some communities:-

“The Messenger Muhammad said: Your Jannah lies under the feet of your mother”. This Apocryphal report is attributed to Ahmad and Nasai among others. Though for many this Hadith is classified as ‘weak’ and by some others as ‘false’.

In spite of that, it is considered as an important statement by the Apostle Muhammad in this context, and is justified from many verses in Quran, but mainly from verse 4-1 as translated differently, by different translators of the Book.

The issue is the place and status of the female species accorded in Muslim society as a whole. Traditionally, culturally and religiously though, the female falls far short of the above reverential position of a goddess. Considering that the mother, who after all is a female person and in time may acquire motherhood, her treatment in society is anything but reverential and falls far short of even decent respect that the Book calls for her!

In many Muslim communities with their religious laws, the above statement that it ‘falls far short’ may be a gross understatement as seen from their practices! The treatment meted out to the female, is nothing short of inhuman, cruel and outright humiliating! It is like Spanish matadors and picadors torturing hornless bull to death.

These practices for the treatment of female are derived from the hearsay Apocryphal books and ancient and modern one-eyed and myopic translators of Quran. The present day or the so called modern scholars have and are, merely regurgitating their ancient predecessors. With many of them, the ancient imams and scholars are the ‘unquestionable authorities’, and therefore in present days too edicts are pronounced from so called higher institutions of learning and backyard rulers, endorsing these dehumanising Fatwas; often reported in the media shaming the nation.

At the very source the mythology associated with the creation of man and a woman – Adam and Hawaa is nothing but a fairy tale, as all myths are in their nature. Following the senior religions, for example humanity’s mother Eve- was extracted by god “from the ribs” of forefather Adam. This has no reference in the Book.

Not wishing to confuse the issue with the contentious aspect of brother/sister incestuous propagation of mankind from then on; may not one ask as to why did the Creator who in the first place had created Adam, could not have similarly created Eve, as a partner and playmate for Adam when he was lonely and bored to tears in paradise?  Why would He – the god, have put the poor soul Adam through the trauma of prolonged anaesthesia and the surgical operation? Based on this fairy tale therefore it should be the ‘fatherhood’ of Adam, the man which deserves the status of reverence as father god-figure since it was he who gave birth to Eve.

But Lo! The man of the mankind has latched on to this argument and established himself as the ‘god on earth’, at the immense cost to the earthly eves and mothers.

Frivolity aside, it is a serious issue. A society that believes in such Apocrypha and attributes it to a person who simultaneously is also held as an Apostle who reiterated the age-old established code for mankind not to worship any other god but God; should then propagate that paradise lies under the feet of the mother and further opine that if he the messenger of God, had been permitted, he would have asked women to worship men as god-on-earth. Alas! such ignorant communities do still exist in the world!

In the Book, it never singles out one parent against the other. Innumerable verses extol mankind to respect both parents, particularly in their old age. Unquestionable obedience to them is not part of it when the offspring is fully grown and mature to think and judge for itself. Apostle Abraham (Ibrahim) condemned his father on account of his idol worship. But in all circumstances respect, kindness, gratitude and protection to parents is a duty imposed on mankind:

31:14- And We have enjoined on mankind concerning its parents – mother bears the childbearing trauma upon trauma and the (child’s) weaning takes two years – saying: give thanks to Me (God) and to your parents. To Me is your eventual return.

The physical pain and trauma endured by the mother – the woman -- is highlighted to impress upon the child what the mother, in her motherhood suffers for it to come in the world. She being burdened by this natural handicap, the male of mankind is equitably burdened to protect and provide for her 4-34. But not to worship her as a deity.

Worship in obedience is only due to the Creator; which in religious teachings and edicts of the churches and religious professionals has lost its meaning and essence.

As one Urdu poet had begged the operatives of the ‘church’:

تُجھے مذھب مٹانا ہی پڑٰیگا رُوۓ ہستی سے

تیرے ہاتھوں بہت توہینِ آدم ہوتی جاتی ہے!

You have to eliminate religion from the face of the earth—(for) at your hands mankind is suffering gross humiliation!

The lower status of female in most communities is common, but among Muslims has deteriorated to such an extent that to elaborate on it would cause any thinking person to sweat with shame. This is despite them making ad nauseam claim that Islam via Quran has given womankind the equality, equity and status in the society that no other community has. It is a deafeningly hollow claim as is seen from their practices!

The list of contradictions to the Book by Muslim nation is miles long. Some of the items on it are common to other communities but the most shameful ones are ascribed to Muslims. One such example is …… no it is not honour killing, yet more embarrassingly one to “wash the dirty linen in public” and refer to it:-

‘Halala’ practice, as it is the one practice that engulfs the whole family. The divorced woman, who seeks to re-unite with her former husband, who is most likely a mother by then, and therefore the Garden of Eden – Jannah, is under her feet. God forbid if this goddess wishes to go through the religious edict to re-unite with her former husband she has to commit the sin of prostituting herself for one-night-stand and get divorced the next morning, at the hands of a professional or a religious Halala priest; who most piously performs his sin in the name of Allah; the exclusive deity he thinks sanctifies all such sins as holy.

All the while the children of the unfortunate mother-goddess suffer the humiliation in silence along with their father.

The noble institution of marriage that was the cause of raising the woman to the status of goddess, under whose feet lies the Jannah, that same institution is now used by their religion to grind her personality in dirt, and not only of the unfortunate mother but the honor of the whole family – the father, the children and all those associated with the sordid event.

A nation that enacts and obeys such inhuman religious laws is not fit to be included in the community of human beings. So is there any hope for recovery for such a degenerate nation? May be 4-150,151 of the Book can answer that.

One can only take solace in a poet’s lament on being humiliated in love affair:

نِکلنا  خُلد  سے آدم  کا  سُنتے آۓ ہیں  لیکن

بڑے بے آبرو ہو کر تیرے کوچے سے ہم نِکلے

We hear of the expulsion of Adam from the paradise—yet it is with the greatest humiliation we depart from your neighbourhood!


A regular contributor to New Age Islam, Rashid Samnakay is a (Retd.) Engineer

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  • mr. rashid samnakay was all for discarding the "secondary" islamic texts, but unsurprisingly quotes a hadith.

    it is is fact that without the sira and sunna and hadith, the Qur'an cannot be understood nor can verses be contextualized.

    if islamic scholars have given such importance to hadith for the past 14 centuries, one cannot claim that they did not know what they were doing.

    By hats off! - 9/28/2017 4:12:57 PM

  • As for mythology, Sheitan in our Islamic scriptures is considered by the  atheists and agnostics as myth, as an unbelieving class of jinn (spirits)or Iblis. So how do we rationalize it?
    By GRD - 9/28/2017 8:31:18 AM

  • SURA  2:230


    And if he has divorced her [for the third time], then she is not lawful to him afterward until [after] she marries a husband other than him. And if the latter husband divorces her [or dies], there is no blame upon the woman and her former husband for returning to each other if they think that they can keep [within] the limits of Allah . These are the limits of Allah , which He makes clear to a people who know.

    By Ashok Sharma - 1/9/2017 3:31:53 PM

  • Well, Raihan Nezami Saheb, Dr. M.A. Haque is a scientist. Do you think he should stay with his science alone? Should he have no views on vile Muslim customs like Halala and instant triple talaq?
    By Sultan Shahin - 1/9/2017 8:02:28 AM

  • Maybe these links will help some Muslims come out of their usual denial:














    By Sultan Shahin - 1/9/2017 7:31:54 AM

  • Dr. M.A. Haque is fully logical in his statement, "Mr. Rashid is an engineer. He should better concentrate on engineering and not try to defame Islam for no reason." 
    I fully endorse Haque Sb 's opinion as I, myself too have felt the same as many times I have read his articles. There may be many reasons for having such a negative approach that whatever topics Mr. Samnakay chooses to write, he looks through a fully negative perspective irrespective of the facts that some practices can not generalised as a revered practice throughout the Muslim world. 
    Every writer with negative thinking comes out with some weak or fabricated Ahadith, he never tries to research at the topic, look into the amount of practice at present time and come out with some trustworthy information to identify the areas where lies the problem. Nobody gives any researched data of the practices of halala, triple talaq, polygamy etc in the present Muslim world.
    Such writers are fabricating negative concept against islam and they will keep it on for money, inner satisfaction or cheap popularity etc. 

    By Raihan Nezami - 1/9/2017 1:55:02 AM

  • Ghulam Mohiyuddin should not be disappointed from Pandora box of Hadits, after all it had Benifited to rule over people.
    Gazwa-e-hind is in still proceess to enslave and himulate  Hindus, turn on Pakistani channels you will see nearly every channel in Pakistan.
    After all Pakistanis are Muslims.
    I became same happy and same sad when I see how this Hadits are used against non-muslims(a Muslim defination for humans) but also for Muslims to enslave.
    Good luck for your Pandora box.
    By Aayina - 1/9/2017 12:47:00 AM

  • well I thought you to be, because of short form you used, sorry for that 
    By Aayina - 1/9/2017 12:37:16 AM

  • @Dr.M.A.Hague

    Leadership gravitates to a person who gets up and speak. In this sense I appreciate your comment; but however I disapprove of your statement “Mr. Rashid is an engineer. He should better concentrate on engineering and not try to defame Islam for no reason”. There are lot of follies in this statement. Your statement implies that an engineer cannot write an article or express his opinion on matters concern his religion and society. You are being an Indian you may be knowing that Indian cinema actors, who apply all sorts of things to their faces, foundation powders, eye lash, lip stick and dance before the camera, have become chief ministers, members of parliament, both upper and lower houses and state assemblies and decide the fate of millions of Indians. So why cannot a retired engineer write an article?. Please accept people have multiple talents. Rashid is not defaming Islam. He believes that his critical writing would uplift Muslim society. Critical thinking is a decision making process used to solve problems.  It is very strange you are not aware that Indian Muslim women are clamouring to stop triple talaq, polygamy and halala. They are appealing to the All Indian Muslim Board. May be you are coming from the high echelon of society and the grass root gossiping do not come to your ears. I presume that you are not a medical doctor, but having a doctorate in philosophy. You should keep abreast of the affairs that afflict your community not only in India but also in other parts of the world. I feel shy to explain the meaning of ‘halala’. I feel shy to explain the meaning of “FGM”. I cry when women found in adultery are stoned to death, knowing sex is an unyielding force that everyone is grappling with it. I cry when parents kill their children for apostasy or when husband twists wife’s head and do honour killing. I abhor the gossip that Allah, like a pimp supplies 72 virgins to the jihadists and suicide bombers.

    I agree I am a dirty kafir but I am having only one wife, and only death will separate us as per Allah’s intention, who created Adam and Eve, not Adam and four wives. He said “Man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife and the two shall become one flesh” (Mathew 19:5)

    I love you Dr.Haque since you are a sweet child of this universe and a respected citizen. As, Voltaire said “I disapprove of every word you say, but I will defend to the death, your right to say it”, I will die for your right to express your opinion, though I may disapprove of every word you utter.

    By Royalj - 1/8/2017 8:21:43 PM

  • I tried again, the article is by Suhail Arshad

    Islamic Sharia Laws (13 Dec 2012 NewAgeIslam.Com)


    By Rashid Samnakay - 1/8/2017 8:11:25 PM

  • @ M.A.Haque,

    I am not a doctoral research historian. But I know that Hitler was a Nazi German leader! You may like to deny it.

    As for the link, I ask the Moderator to help you please!

    By Rashid Samnakay - 1/8/2017 7:45:05 PM

  • Ref: Comment by Aayina. I could not find any comment by Mr. Manzurul Haque. He is a good friend of mine. I wanted to read his comments. But there is none in the list of Eight Comments. Kindly check.
    By Dr. M.A. Haque - 1/8/2017 11:31:28 AM

  • Ref: Comment by Mr. Rashid Samnakay- I tried to open the link given by you TWO TIMES but the answer was: BAD REQUEST.
    Another issue- you are referring to something from the same magazine. You should say something from your own research. Just if something appeared (probably) in some magazine, does not mean that what was claimed was true. Everyday so many things are published in different magazines and periodicals and large percentages of them are not based on facts.
    An author of good credentials should not base his article on just one another article. He may take support from there. But he should have his own original contribution too. Otherwise it is called "Scissor and Paste" job.
    I expect you will enlighten us by giving your own research findings in concrete terms.
    http://newageislam.com/islamic-sharia-laws/halala--the-most-vile-custom-in-islam/d/9674 - .dpuf - See more at: http://www.newageislam.com/islam,-women-and-feminism/mythology-of-mother-goddess-among-muslims/d/109624#sthash.LAPIqQc2.dpuf

    By Dr. M.A. Haque - 1/8/2017 11:27:56 AM

  • I further strengthen argument of Manzural Haque that the region of India  in which I live I had never come across Halala. But India is too big to tell if certain activities occurring in some pocket of India.

    Pakistan is widely condemned for this practice and Saudis for Muta in western countries when they go for studies abroad, especially in western countries.

    By Aayina - 1/7/2017 6:09:11 PM

  • The Hadiths are proving to be more and more useful to the hatemongers' war on Islam!

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 1/7/2017 2:25:53 PM

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