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
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
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:-
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
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
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
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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
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”
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.
I tried again, the article is by Suhail Arshad
Islamic Sharia Laws (13 Dec 2012 NewAgeIslam.Com)
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!