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172 Islamic Militants Arrested; I Hope Their Mother’s Are Ashamed And May The Men Who Oppress Their Mothers Bow Their Heads In Shame

April 27, 2007
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172 Islamic militants arrested in Saudi Arabia.  172!  Seems that the Islamic militants aren’t just a threat to the “great Satan” (the good ole USA), but seems that they are a threat to even the most backwards, most strictly Islamic (but yet most un-Islamic) law abiding countries in the Muslim world.

172!

“They had reached an advance stage of readiness and what remained only was to set the zero hour for their attacks,” Interior Ministry spokesman Brig. Mansour al-Turki told the Associated Press in a phone call. “They had the personnel, the money, the arms. Almost all the elements for terror attacks were complete except for setting the zero hour for the attacks.”

The ministry did not say the militants would fly aircraft into oil refineries, as the Sept. 11, 2001 hijackers flew planes into buildings in New York and Washington, but its statement said some detainees had been “sent to other countries to study flying in preparation for using them to carry out terrorist attacks inside the kingdom.”

Why did they want to blow up oil facilities?  Well, they’d like to hurt the kingdom’s economy and the west because the US pays too little for oil.  Okay, so that is no news.  They hate the US enough that they’re fine and dandy with hurting their own to do the job.  There’s more too it than that, but I won’t get into the research to handing you over the links, not for a while with that. 

It’s just that the irony of all of this to me is the label of “Islamic militants”.  I mean, we are hearing this from a country who couldn’t be as a government more Islamically millitant.  A country that twists and pervades my religion, Allah, and the prophet Muhammed to justify abuses and treating women like property.  I would not be at all surprised to find out that cattle have greater rights within the kingdom than women do.

Women in Saudi Arabia are not allowed to vote, drive, travel abroad without a male relative.  Niqab and segregation are law.  With the permission of a male relative, a woman is allowed to work, but jobs are limited.  Still there is much controversy over where women can work:

To be sure, there are backward steps. Labor Minister Ghazi al-Ghusaibi issued a regulation last year requiring women, and not men, to work in lingerie shops. He couched the proposal in terms that would appeal to the religious hierarchy, arguing that salesmen holding up and discussing lacy undergarments with women was more likely to lead to sexual temptation than allowing women to work. But many Saudis say that his ultimate intention was to open up most retail jobs to women.

“The clerics knew this was the thin end of the wedge and defeated him,” says one Saudi businessman in Riyadh, the capital. “They know that all these symbolic issues – women driving, working with men – will erode the foundations of their control.” The Saudi Grand Mufti Abdul Aziz al-Ashaikh described allowing women to work as leading to “hellfire” and Mr. Ghusaibi received a personal death threat from Osama bin Laden for his trouble.

Yes, their are great implications of two working parents.  I realize that many of these women are happy being mothers and not having to work.  Sure, having one parent at home is a great benefit to the children.  The implication that two working parents being the norm has a great economic significance and makes it all the harder to be a stay at home mom, but the implications of absolutely not being allowed to work or have that severely hampered is far greater.

Beyond enabling abuse of women by handicapping them financially, these women are the mother to children.  They are the ones spending quality time with the child.  If these children are taught within their own schools that women are different from men and then the government posseses control over women, hence unequal and unIslamic, how can the male children have respect for their mother?  Because the Quran tells them to respect their mother?  The Quran also says that men and women are equal.

I know the argument that women are emotional and we can even get into the scientific studies of women using different parts of their brains, but that does not make men and women unequal.  It most certainly does not mean that a man is more qualified than a woman to vote, drive, work and travel.  It does not make women property.  As I said, we can get into the scientific studies of the brain but then we can also get into the studies of how toys aid in the development of the brain and the benefit of such toys such as cars influencing using logical parts of the brain as opposed to dolls which influence emotional parts of the brain.  The brain can be trained, influenced and manipulated through various means, including social.  I strongly believe that when the Quran establishes over and over that men and women are created equal that their brains are equal, science will stand behind that statement.

Let me even go so far as to argue that dismissing women and punishing them for “being emotional creatures” is in and of itself a great injustice.  It is a statement that being emotional and having emotions is a bad thing.  It helps raise males that fight emotions.  If one must not be emotional how does one love?  How does one forgive?  How does one have guilt?

I can’t help but wonder if these 172 men were raised by women that society and government viewed as equals if they would have turned out different.  Afterall, in the Quran it says that Heaven lies beneath the mother’s feet.

Let me also refer you to this article which gives some hope on the future of SA.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 27, 2007 7:43 pm

    I loved this post, dear Sister, for its clear strong voice, and for the real truth behind the words. It is always the women who suffer most at the hands of strict religious governments, whether under the Saudis, the Taliban, the Medieval Catholic church, or any other male dominated, woman-fearing institution. May Allah ease the pain of the mothers of those arrested. Truly, heaven is at the foot of the mother.

    Ya Haqq!

  2. April 30, 2007 3:10 pm

    Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

    So God created man in his own image,
    in the image of God he created him;
    male and female he created them.

    From Genesis Chapter One. Perhaps the world’s major religions need to create a new pronoun for God which includes both male and female characteristics for how can Man be more important than Woman when God created both in His Image? Or are the leaders of those religions blind to the truths they claim to promulgate?

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