Whenever a muslim speaks of this matter the usual rhetoric is the argument against ‘the west’ plaguing the female psyche to cater for and fulfill male gratification. However, lets look at this through a different lens. It is true that Islam seeks to protect women and thus, by default family structure by creating an impenetrable guard for them.
“O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted.” [Surat Al-Ĥujurāt (The Rooms) – سورة الحجرات 49:13]
But what are Muslims doing themselves to honour this?
In the societies we live in today be it in the UK, Egypt or Pakistan, the message reads the same…that of the 60’s psychdillic notion of freedom and the ability to finally stand in a crowd and compete with man….and we buy this stuff…put infront of us shiny posters glitzy mags and the ridiculous ‘girls do it better’ attitude and we run with it….and this is especially true in the Muslim community.
Why? Why when we have been offered the best of laws, rights and respect given to man? Why are we being encouraged to look past the empowerment given to us by Islam which forces us as women (and men) to look at ourselves for who we are; do we still seek gratification from competiting with men and society to prove ourselves? The Quran and Sunnah came to eradicate this backward way of thinking and encourage the woman to be the intellectual scholar and spiritual guide that she was created as. The Prophet (pbuh) said, “A woman acts for the people”
Let us not fall into the mundane and absolute nonsensical nuances that perpetuate women to be nothing more than fashionistas who are placed on platforms for the gratification of men. (Be it sexual or financial in nature)
The Muslim community is especially easily influenced by this rhetoric because culture has dummed down the ability to think Islamically. The woman is seen as a second class citizen, the woman is not empowered but rather demolarised for her gender. What the so called ‘west’ offers is so called ‘elevation’ from this, women in our societies due to a lack of education and intellectual prowess, fall for the idea that true female empowerment comes from further enslavement to a system that serves only to exploit them. And we are losing young women everyday to this ideology, young men are now growing up accepting this as the norm, and the thought of modesty and Islam is seen as backward and in a negative light due to the negative cultural perception they have acquired.
The future generation has now been dubbed as the ‘lost’ generation. Why? Because the revolution of free love, abandoning of family and social structure has superceded what Islam has to offer. The secularisation of our lives through abandonment of our spiritual tradition has in many ways failed our generation. The youth no longer have anything to look for in our societies because of how unpalatable we have made it. The dogmatic approach towards marriage, women, career choices and politics have made the big bad wolf of the west seem more appealing.
The end is nigh, we must act now to revive what we have…change must come from within before jumping the gun for a overhaul of the current system.
Allah says it so perfectly in the Glorious Qur’an;
“Let there arise out of you a group of people inviting to all that is good (Islam), enjoining Al-Ma’ruf (i.e. Islamic Monotheism and all that Islam orders one to do) and forbidden Al-Munkar (polytheism and disbelief and all that Islam has forbidden). And it is they who are the successful.” Q :3 v104.
Danger does not arise from viewpoints other than our own; we must inoculate our spirit with the need for change and we should emulate that very change we are advocating for.