The perfect world for CII members would be one without women

Published: May 27, 2016
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"Saying the word talaq thrice consecutively is against the Sunnah," said Islamic Idelogy. PHOTO: FILE

I do not know under whose leadership the body of persons known as the Council of Islamic Ideology was formed. A few days back it recommended the banning of paper money and reversion to coins, as was the practice in the 7th century. I wonder why they didn’t ask the government to ban cars and trucks, and ask for donkey and camel carts to be used for transportation instead. Or that all high rise buildings should be demolished and replaced with huts and hovels!

But their recent proposals to “protect” our women prove that these worthies are obsessed with women. In fact, they believe that all the world’s problems will disappear if women are oppressed and locked up. Consider the following measures which they think will “protect” our women

1.    “A husband should be allowed to ‘lightly’ beat his wife if she defies his commands and refuses to dress up as per his desires; turns down demand of intercourse without any religious excuse or does not take a bath after intercourse or menstrual periods.”

This gem about “light” beating proves that these so-called “scholars” are morons who should be locked up. How does one know how to beat anyone “lightly”? Let’s say a man goes into a rage when his wife refuses to obey him. Only a moron would expect him to pause before starting to beat up his wife and say to himself,

“Wait a minute, I’m supposed to beat her up lightly”.

So should he just deliver only one massive blow to her head instead of the many he wants to inflict on her?

2.     “A beating is also permissible if a woman… interacts with strangers; speaks loud enough that she can easily be heard by strangers; and provides monetary support to people without taking consent of her spouse.”

This effectively means that women should be locked up and prevented from going out of their houses. How can women go shopping without talking to male strangers and without being easily heard by them? As for “providing monetary support to people without the consent of her spouse”, is this such a major problem in our society?

3.   They want a woman’s voice to be so low that she should not be heard by strangers, but these same old fossils have graciously allowed women to take part in politics. So what about all those burqa-clad ladies in the assemblies who have to talk loudly so they can be heard by assembly members (most of whom are men)? Should they be beaten up (“lightly”, of course) every time they make a speech or ask a question in parliament?

4. These men are so obsessed with women that they want to ban female nurses from attending to male patients. Apparently they think that a woman getting too close to a sick person can cause him (or her) to go berserk, turning him into a rapist or the nurse into a nymphomaniac!

I wonder why such men are bent upon making Pakistan the laughing stock of the whole world. Since they think women are responsible for all their problems, they should gather all like-minded men in the country and settle in one of those numerous islands in the Arabian Sea near Karachi. No women, no problems, eternal bliss.

Shakir Lakhani

Shakir Lakhani

Engineer, former visiting lecturer at NED Engineering College, industrialist, associated with petroleum/chemical industries for many years. Loves writing, and (in the opinion of most of those who know him), mentally unbalanced. He tweets @shakirlakhani (twitter.com/shakirlakhani)

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  • wb

    I don’t understand the fuss here. Has anyone even read 4:34? Beating wives is perfectly allowed in Islam.Recommend

  • wb

    How can the author challenge the words of God? All the questions you’re posing, you should pose to your God. It was your God who gave every verse which you people practice.

    Besides, these verses are absolutely PERFECT. If you question them, you are a non-believer! CII is right in all their demands.Recommend

  • Humera Iram

    Insane, i have no words to describe their stupidity, speachles Recommend

  • siesmann

    Mullahs are obsessed with women Recommend

  • Whisperer

    having lived in KSA, PAK & USA, I can clearly say A woman is not safe from men as long as she is living in a Islamic country. Harassment, gazing, public violence etc.

    As soon as she steps into a non-Islamic state, she automatically gets protected from men. No more incidents of gazes or harrasment from strangers. This is the disease wide spread among men in so called Islamic countries only, including KSA. Numerous incidents of physical harrasment right in front of the Holy Kaba are also witnessed. Burqa clad women too become the targets of male harrasment.

    The root cause is not Islam or freedom of women, the root cause is the most obnoxious state of men that comes out only when he is in a so called Islamic state.Recommend

  • WomenFreedom

    I 100% agree that women should not have any mingling with man either man with women,,, Women should serve women that is 50% of population and man should server man… By this women have no longer dependance on Man and they will become independant in every field…Recommend

  • P C Dash

    First let democracy come to that region. Those men who don’t wish to beat their beloved wives must come out against it. otherwise it will mean that the whole society is hell bent to turn every women a slave.Recommend

  • Dhisum

    what is permitted is light beating,emphasis is on light, mind you.Recommend

  • SHAH S

    They, the mullahs, are used to young boys whom they use/misuse/abuse in mosques.. and they use/abuse/misuse their wives when they go home… this they do because this is what they know and have learnt what they saw.. and have no respect for religion.. they are the ones who live in devils domain and lie to us all the time.Recommend

  • SHAH S

    Absolutely correct and so true; Islamic State ??? actually ISLAMIC Republic of Pakistan is a fraud.. there is nothing Islamic in it.. all are by default born as muslims and now champions of Islam, even though they have not understood even one word of Quran as it is in arabic.. They read Quran as parrots and think they have become contractors of Islam.. They dont READ, ANALYSE & LEARN, but actually they LISTEN & REACT to the nonsense and trash vomited by these long bearded MULLAHSRecommend

  • vinsin

    Question should be on you that why you are a Muslim when you cannot even follow or appreciate Islamic laws. Why you or your ancestors converted in the first place?
    Isnt it Jinnah himself demanded these under Fourteen points?

    “The constitution should embody adequate safeguards for the protection of
    Muslim culture and for the protection and promotion of Muslim
    education, language, religion, personal laws and Muslim charitable
    institutions and for their due share in the grants-in-aid given by the
    state and by local self-governing bodies.”

    All these laws comes under personal laws.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BimaristanRecommend

  • wb

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! You’re a true Muslim.Recommend

  • wb

    From Hadees it is written, documented with oral evidence that the prophet of Islam consummated his marriage with Ayesha at 9.

    These are irrefutable facts that many don’t want to even read, let alone acknowledge.

    Now, please tell me what’s so new about these mullahs that you speak of?Recommend

  • curious2

    treating other people as second class is unacceptable – whether it’s because of race, sex, religion or whatever Recommend

  • Parvez

    The CII took its present shape in the Zia era…….with the intent to mischief / distraction using Islam as the vehicle as nothing gets our people more emotional than religion. The present head is from the JUI-F, a party with a political record that has little to be proud about.Recommend

  • siesmann

    Never had worked,nor willRecommend

  • Gulchand Mehta

    Remember, the ” mullah in question ” was abandoned. He
    never knew what a mother is. He was given to an orphanage
    or madrassa, as a baby. Father abandoned family, mother was
    starving.Recommend

  • Gowpeet

    So next time use your hindu name,. the other one “wb”
    You write a comment, then answer the comment with
    different name? Recommend

  • Bibloo

    Sadhus too. Including swamis like Maharaj, in Banaras. Who has
    Modii Sarkar. as his follower.Recommend

  • wb

    LOL. I’m not you.Recommend

  • Ilmana Fasih

    When the whole world is working to stop violence against women, our ‘religious scholars’ are recommending violence against wives. These men are only reinforcing what the likes of Donald Trump spread about Islam.Recommend

  • Shehryar Khan

    A false hadees. Refuted.Recommend

  • Shehryar Khan

    “why you are a Muslim when you cannot even follow or appreciate Islamic laws.”
    Islamic Laws come from the Qur’an. Not from Wiki. Allah does NOT allow violence against anyone. The Qur’an especially mandates protection, care, gentleness, kindness, tenderness towards women.

    Muslim men are to be good and kind to their wives and to treat them well to the best of their ability:
    “…And live with them in kindness…” [Quran 4:19]
    Prophet MuhammadPBUH said: “The most perfect of believers in belief is the best of them in character. The best of you are those who are the best to their women.”

    Muhammad, Prophet of Mercy, tells us that a husband’s good and kind treatment of his wife to the best of his ability reflects his good character, which in turn is a reflection of the man’s faith and belief in Allah.

    That is Allah’s Command in the Qur’an. It is NOT open to amendment. Period.Recommend

  • shahid wafa

    I like your bouncers, but CII is a band of stone headed old men. No hope..Recommend

  • Miyagi Jr.

    “protection of Muslim culture”
    People from Morocco to Indonesia do not share the same culture!
    A typical ignorant’s opinion about Islam.Recommend

  • siesmann

    sure;but they don’t quote scriptures,as Mullahs doRecommend