As shown in the earlier 17 Critical Summaries, Sunni Islam’s historically-unchanged scholarship contains timelessly binding criteria and vital words with definitions unto itself. How the earliest Muslims understood certain facts in Sunni Islam is important. With regards to the topic of females in the Qur’ān, it is important to look at the Qur’ān first and consider it on its own merits, before looking to the authentic Sunnah.
Before getting to that, do you know these exchanges and responses, when you pray in a mosque?
[When the Mu’adhdhin says, “Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar”, one of you should make this response: “Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar”; (and when the Mu’adhdhin) says, “Ash hadu an laa ilaha ill-Allah” one should respond, “Ash hadu an laa ilaha ill-Allah”; and when he says: “Ash-hadu anna Muhammadar Rasulullah”, one should make a response “Ash-hadu ann Muhammadar Rasulullah”. When he (the Mu’adhdhin) says “Hayya ‘ala ‘l-salah”, one should make a response “La hawla wa la quwwata illa Billah”. When he (the Mu’adhdhin) says: “Hayya ‘ala’l-falah”, one should respond “La hawla wa la quwwata illa Billah”, and when he (the Mu’adhdhin) says: “Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar”, then make a response “Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar”. When he (the Mu’adhdhin) says: La ilaha ill-Allah, and he who makes a response from the heart says “La ilaha ill-Allah”, he will enter Paradise.]
If you know and practise the above oral tradition, you endorse one of many examples of being a Sunni Muslim adhering to Sunni Islam’s authentic Sunnah and giving authority to authentic sources outside the Qur’ān. This is not taught in the Qur’ān, but was recorded as an oral tradition in Sahîh Muslim 4:748 [in-book referencing is 4:14; ḥadīth 385] that `Umar ibn Al-Khattāb attributed the above oral tradition to the Messenger of Allah.
This also means you are obligated to believe in a flat earth theory espoused in the Qur’ān and as a major sign of the Hour to happen before the Day of Judgement, because all the earliest Muslims taught by the prophet Muhammad failed basic science, and Allah of the Qur’ān never bothered to correct him more than 1000 years ago, nor inform a majority of Sunni Muslims living all over the world today about the details and evidence of such an error uncovered in Critical Summary 4.
There is a fixed structure and unchanged primary content of Sunni Islam’s scholarship for more than 1000 years, which survives precisely because the manner of its actual teaching is limited only to those who show their willingness to protect Islam completely and sincerely with the internal actions of the heart being consistent intention, for the sake of seeing Allah’s face on the Day of Resurrection.
Before we dive into the topic of females and how they are defined and described according to Sunni Islam: How would you cover this topic? How would you destroy ignorance and lies? An example of the kind of rhetoric to handle can be seen here:
Modern examples published with the intentions of showcasing the uncompromising timelessness of historical sources is necessary, and certain printed books available in almost every country with specific details demonstrating how Islam functions in terms of intentions and scriptures is very helpful to the global public, especially when published by a company deeming itself a global leader in Islamic books and not intending its books to be read by non-Muslims.
Let us look at the Qur’ān. You can browse online, you can look at your Arabic version, or you might have a translation of the Qur’ān. What words do you notice in there, pertaining to females? Wife, women, daughter, sister, widow- Do you see the word “girl” or “teenager” or “adolescent”? If you assume the Qur’ān is as self-sufficient and complete as it claims, it would require no external explanations or sources. What is your understanding of those words relevant to females in the Qur’ān, upon plain reading?
If you have fluency in at least 2 fundamentally different languages, you might be aware of the caution and accuracy required for translations, the need to understand certain words according to a culture or system before attempting to draw any accurate parallels or comparison with other systems, and you might also be aware of certain oddities.
When evaluating translations, Maulana Wahiduddin Khan was born in India and according to the short biography just before his translation of the Qur’ān, “is an Islamic spiritual scholar who is well versed in both classical Islamic learning and modern science”.
Whoever is responsible for his English translation of the Qur’ān is an example of requiring caution when reading it, despite how certain verses have been translated. Once again, you are reminded that according to the authentic Sunnah, the heirs of the Prophets of knowledge are the Islamic scholars in Sunni Islam. And according to the authentic Sunnah containing one of the three most important oral traditions in Sunni Islam, intentions shall be rewarded by a Sunni Muslim’s sincerity in migrating toward Allah, since Allah is the only witness that matters.
18:85 and 18:86 about Dhu’l Qarnayn travelling on a certain road and upon reaching the setting of the sun, found the sun setting in a spring of murky water, is quite accurate. However, other parts of the translation are not accurate.
To understand how females are viewed according to the Qur’ān, please be aware of these 4 fundamental truths, which have been cemented after the first 5 Critical Summaries.
1) the importance of understanding 3 key facts combined together
2) questioning why 2 of the 3 key facts being fundamental criteria and details of Sunni Islam unchanged for more than 1000 years are not taught together to a majority of Sunni Muslims by a minority of Sunni Muslims designated the heirs of the Prophets (as mentioned by the prophet Muhammad)
3) acknowledge how the carefully-protected historically unchanged scholarship governing the civilisation of Islam in Sunni Islam and binding on all Sunni Muslims actually has no validity or credibility for more than 1000 years and hence should not be given any consideration in any areas of society or policy-making, primarily due to irrefutable evidence exposing how the prophet Muhammad and all the earlier Muslims failed basic science and invalidated the Qur’ān more than 1000 years ago.
4) Realise Islamic terrorists who seek to revive the Caliphate may know 2 of the 3 facts, but not all 3 facts together. Fact 3 and its evidence is the most damaging, because it irreversibly destroys an entire civilisation and frees many of its people from being used as unwitting pawns, stops a global ponzi scheme which has been ongoing for more than 1000 years, and permanently deprives some people of a position of authority, because they deserve to be questioned by their citizens belonging to the civilisation of Islam.
What is the right way to understand how females are perceived and understood by the earliest Muslims, from only reading the Qur’ān, if the Qur’ān is a complete book in itself? Critical Summary 18 and Critical Summary 19 must be read together. To recap the first five Critical Summaries and damning evidence:
We know the prophet Muhammad and all the earliest Muslims failed basic science, endorsing a flat earth theory. The Qur’ān should be read primarily from the viewpoint of a history-ignorant and science-illiterate individual, given how unimpressively vague it is, from a POV of specificity.
The extent of vagueness when it comes to understanding females according to the Qur’ān raises giant red flags of concern, because reading the book in its entirety once as a standalone would trigger intelligent people to realise certain problems about the people responsible for the oral traditions making up the Qur’ān.
Please carefully note down all the words pertaining to “female” in the Qur’ān, and the exact context. If you are using a translation, you must be careful. Chapter 65 of Qur’ān speaks of how wives are to be divorced in Islam. If you look at verse 4, it speaks of wives who have passed the age of bleeding, wives who have not yet bled, and pregnant wives. From a non-Islamic POV, Islam clearly allows and authorises Muslim men to take females who have not yet menstruated as wives. From a non-Islamic POV, such females are girls. How does the Qur’ān define the word “woman” or “girl”?
When you look at the entire Qur’ān, where do you see the word “girl”, if you see it in a translation? Is the word “girl” correct as a translation, or has the Arabic word been translated wrongly and if so, is the mistake deliberate or accidental?
Where the word “girl” exists in the Qur’ān, does the word “girl” exist in the following manner: How non-Muslims in developed countries understand “girl” in accordance with a certain extent of biological immaturity and emotional vulnerability, including international conventions such as the United Nation’s Fourth Conference on Women in 1995, where girlhood is not adulthood.
According to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, a child is generally defined as an individual under the age of eighteen, unless the age of adulthood is attained earlier under national legislation. A woman is obviously not a girl, when using such distinctions to draw differences between an adult female and a female of certain immaturities needing protections.
In 3:36 of the Qur’ān, if you see the word “girl” in a translation, it is made clear that the word “girl” pertains to biological sex being understood as male or female. However, does the word “girl” exist? Do you see the word “girl” elsewhere in the Qur’ān?
In chapter 28 of Maulana Wahiduddin Khan’s translation, 28:23 refers to 2 women. 28:25 uses the word “women”. 28:26 calls one of them “girls”.
Comparing his translation to Sahih International’s translation of the Qur’ān, 3:36 is translated as “female” only, while 28:26 is translated as “woman”.
If Maulana Wahiduddin Khan’s Urdu translation of the Qur’ān makes the same choice of words for these verses as whoever is responsible for his version of the English translation (if it is not Maulana Wahiduddin Khan himself), you are advised to exercise caution when reading the Urdu translation of his book.
“The Unchallengeable Miracles of the Qur’ān” published by Darussalam hardly uses the word “girl” in various chapters on embryology, and when used, is only in the context of biological sex being male or female. This is a striking reminder of the Qur’ān, in how similarly those chapters refer to females and women.
Chapter 4 of the Qur’ān already makes this unusual omission of the word “girl” too obviously glaring, when harping on details such as how not to inherit women unlawfully, what happens if you desire to replace one wife with another, the types of female blood relations you cannot take as wives such as mothers, sisters, daughters- But no girls.
Throughout the entire Qur’ān which is supposedly a self-sufficient tome according to some Muslims, there is nothing explaining or defining a girl as distinct from a woman, in significant terms of a child versus an adult biologically or emotionally or mentally. One sentence is not difficult to produce. There are no signs or similarities in the Qur’ān to the definitions raised in documents such as the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
If anything, the consistent lack of clarification and lack of usage in the Qur’ān is hugely discomfiting, when there are “women” and “wives” regularly mentioned, but nothing to clarify the word “girl” as a female of certain immaturities, especially biological. There are mentions of female slaves, but where are the definitions of the word “women” within the Qur’ān? Old women exist. Aunts, mothers, sisters, daughters, cousins exist. Where are the distinctions between “girl” and “woman”? Do you see the word “girl” in the Qur’ān?
It can be life-threatening for girls aged 15 and below to get pregnant, facing increased risk of conditions such as eclampsia, anaemia, uterine infections and post-partum haemorrhage. Therefore, it is very important to define girls as females below a certain age requiring protections, and they should not be getting pregnant. Puberty is not only about “bleeding”, but various physical changes affecting a girl’s body and making them capable of sexual reproduction where previously, they were incapable of doing so.
If a female is generally understood as undergoing various detailed complex stages of change in various aspects, and one of the stages is defined as a girl child of certain immaturities needing protection, males above a certain age who prey on them are paedophiles.
If a female is oversimplified and understood only as a woman of varying ages from young to old, when she has bled, and there is no definition or recognition of a female experiencing different complex stages of growth and maturity, such as a girl child of biological immaturities and other immaturities needing protection because there is no understanding of science and other important considerations for the welfare of children?
Such an oversimplified system of errors would have no paedophiles and hence no such criminals of that nature, because there are no children understood as minors of certain immaturities needing protections.
A fundamentally similar ignorance and lack of awareness of vital considerations for individuals and basic human rights powers beliefs that there is no such thing as rape, if a woman or girl is married to someone else. Child marriage is abhorrent. Marital rape exists. Regardless of the marital status or lack of, sex without voluntary sufficiently-conscious consent or sex under dubious coercion is rape.
If you are known as the child of Hassan and Nuria, and you are known as their daughter, it does not mean you are a girl. You can be a woman above the age of eighteen. If your brother and you are known as the children of Hassan and Zuraida, it does not mean your brother is a kid. The Qur’ān speaks of the children of Israel, and that obviously does not refer to all Jews being little kids.
Certain questions become very important: Does the Qur’ān correctly or accurately understand how to view females? It is too vaguely unimpressive to be any kind of reliable reference as to how females should be understood, hence I would not classify its narrators as authorities of complex important issues, given how certain other issues related to science have been mentioned in the book. What about the authentic Sunnah? That is where you will find too many failures of science, and not just glaring embryology errors.
Can paedophiles exist in Islam, if all females are perceived as women in varying conditions? No. In Sūrat aṭ-An’am, Allah has decreed 2 sexes, male and female, which can be seen in the details of livestock. Do human females in the Qur’ān get better and clearer definitions of adult females and child females being different, compared to the livestock?
In the authentic Sunnah, a man more than fifty-years-old married a six-year-old woman and consummated the marriage with her when she was nine. These are details of the prophet Muhammad marrying his favourite wife, and the prophet Muhammad is the best of all Muslims, which Muslim males are supposed to emulate.
If you wish to protest this never happened or it happened long ago and there is no current relevance, you are reminded of Critical Summary 3, which reveals how a 2015 book from an Islamic publisher printed in Malaysia using fluent English referenced various sources of the authentic Sunnah to teach children about Sunni Islam. Malaysia is a Muslim-majority country adhering to Sunni Islam.
On page 56, ḥādīth 3896 of Sahîh Al-Bukhâri and ḥādīth 1422 of Sahîh Muslim is quoted, whereby ‘Ā’ishah narrates, “Allah’s Apostle married me when I was six, and I was admitted to his house when I was nine years old.”
The Guardian published an article on 1 September 2018 about underage Muslim girls in Thailand being forced to marry Malaysian Muslim men, and the article also updates readers about a scandal which rocked Malaysia recently, where 11-year-old Ayu had been married to 41-year-old Che Abdul Karim, who is an imam in a rural village in Malaysia. Medical tests have shown Che Abdul Karim had sexual relations with the girl, who is now his third wife.
Now look at the statistics of child marriages, relative to Islam and figure out the proportion of child marriages in the world empowered by Islam. Comparing Islam to religions such as various divisions of New Testament believers, do such religions have authentic oral traditions advocating and legalising child marriage as exercised by its most important figure, who is supposed to be emulated by all humans according to his believers?
Depending on your beliefs and knowledge, you may have come across translations or because you saw the different ages of the individuals mentioned, interpreted this as child marriage or abusing a vulnerable girl, and became outraged. What definitions and beliefs do you based your outrage on?
You might haul up verses and oral traditions from the Sunnah correctly translated but not in Arabic, or in Arabic, and use them to argue
[http://quotingislam.blogspot.sg/2011/06/islamic-scholars-explanations-of-quran.html], but to no avail because there are all sorts of excuses awaiting you. You do not understand Arabic, you are not a Muslim, you are an ex-Muslim because you must have been misled by Shaitan or others, etc
In the Darussalam book printed fluently in English, and in the chapter titled “The Disease that Afflicts any Woman who Dresses Immodestly”, see page 321 in its entirety below:
[Imam Muslim recorded in his Saheeh that the Messenger of Allah, blessings and peace of Allah be upon him, said: “And the women who would be dressed but appear to be naked, who would be inclined (to evil) and make their husbands incline toward it. Their heads would be like the humps of the Bukht camel inclined to one side. They will not enter Paradise and they would not smell its odor whereas its odor, would be smelt from such and such distance.”
He also said: The prayer of a woman who has attained the age of menstruation shall not be accepted without a hardcover.” (Recorded by Ahmad, Abu Dawood, At-Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah.)]
Have you ever wondered about chapter 65 of the Qur’ān, as to whether the wives who have not yet reached the age of menstruation are classified as girls or women?
“The prayer of a WOMAN who has attained the age of menstruation shall not be accepted without-“. Girls have no relevance or existence in Sunni Islam being understood by the systems of non-Muslims, as seen in 4 of the 6 books of the Kutub Al-Sittah.
If the authentic Sunnah and Qur’ān only understand females as women with varying conditions with age, and without the understanding according to certain non-Muslim conditions, as I have pointed out… What are the consequences experienced by Muslim and non-Muslim females, especially those aged between 12 to 18, and those below 12 years of age?
Outside of a book, Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti said in 2009 that marriage to 10-year-old females are normal, and his justification included mothers and grandmothers being married at that age [https://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2009/01/15/64297.html].
Please note that unless you hear or read a transcript of his original comments, reading the news article in English or another language relies on the writer translating from their perspective and knowledge and context (or lack of) to produce that news article written in such a manner.
The journalist is not necessarily lying to you. The journalist may not understand proper context, and this happens more frequently than you think. Can you understand why there is nothing wrong with girl brides in Islam? The females in Islam are young or old or pregnant women.
As to non-Muslim females who are classified as infidels in Islam and can be treated according to how Muslim men decide to establish Islam’s truth and justice, have you heard of incidents of girls as young as seven-years-old being raped by Muslim men? Islamic State terrorists have raped those girls below the age of 8. Do you think they classify these non-Muslim females as girls or women, according to untranslated Islamic doctrines? Please look at those incidents of rape or sexual assault which involve Muslim men.
Not all Muslim men are like this, but what are the numbers of Muslim men responsible for sex-related crimes, when compared to non-Muslim men?
Once again, not all Muslim men do such things to non-Muslim females but once again, what is the understanding of the Muslim men who commit sex crimes against non-Muslim females regarding Islam, versus the understanding and beliefs of those Muslim men who sincerely believe such sex crimes are evil and pedophilia exists and should not be allowed to hapepen?
If you are a Muslim man, what do you believe about the prophet Muhammad being more than 50-years-old and marrying a 6-year-old, and then consummating the marriage with her when she was 9-years-old, more than 1000 years ago? He is supposed to be a timeless example to all Muslim males, if you believe in Islam and in him. There is no justification for what he has done.
Below are 3 examples of little girls being raped.
What are the implications for those you classify as children, boys and girls? Do you think it is important to realise the context and definition of “man” in Islam, and what such responsibilities entail as a Muslim man, especially when a majority of those labeling themselves as refugees and migrants are flocking into Europe, and the majority are Muslim males? Have there been examples of Muslim males aged 13 to 16 in Europe harassing non-Muslim girls, teenagers and/or women?
If you already know what I mention here about women in Islam, you will be able to easily explain why all these are completely related to the Grand Mufti’s remarks in 2009 about 10-year-old females being ready for marriage:
1)Segregation of little girls and boys occur in Islam when Sharīʿah is properly applied in places such as certain mosques in eg USA where POTUS Obama visited the Islamic Society of Baltimore
2) 3 female Members of Parliament who accompanied Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau had to enter the mosque through a side door and cover their heads beforehand and during the entire event of being in a certain mosque in Ottowa
3) The demand of certain groups such as Hizb ut-Tahrir wanting full implementation of Sharīʿah (which is the obligation of the Caliph and those emulating the first 3 generations of Muslims in reviving the Caliphate for the sake of the superior civilisation which is Islam, as believed by those Muslims who know Islam is not a religion) eg gender segregation, which they enforced in at least one public meeting by having women sit at the back of the room.
Alison Bevege bravely fought against them. Her article dated 14th October 2014 in the Daily Telegraph is worth reading.
5)A little girl in an Islamic State propaganda video adhering to the proper conditions of hijab (and being sufficiently modest in dressing because she was also wearing the niqab) while beheading a doll and threatening the enemies of Islamic State
6)An article which appeared in the Guardian on 23rd November 2010 by Baher Ibrahim about an increasing number of younger Muslim girls across different circles of society in Egypt covering up, and the concerns of MP Jack Straw almost 10 years ago about regarding more women wearing the niqab in his constituency…
This was followed by a very-revealing comment from Hamid Qureshi (chairman of the Lancashire council of mosques) saying asking a Muslim women to lift the veil was the equivalent of asking women in another community to take their clothes off (as reported by the Guardian on 14th October 2006).
7) Pakistan’s Council of Islamic Ideology (CIL) scuttling Marvi Memon’s bid to amend existing child legislation through raising the age of brides and imposing harsher penalties, while describing the changes as “UnIslamic” and “blasphemous”?
8) The Anti-Domestic Violence bill which is the Women’s Protection Act being passed in Punjab (the largest province of Pakistan), which had CIL also opposing it…
Head of CIL Muhammad Khan Sherani cited passages from the Qur’an while claiming the law is “unIslamic”. More than 35 representatives of several Islamic parties and groups came together to condemn the bill…
[http://www.reuters.com/article/us-pakistan-women-idUSKCN0WH1HG], blaming it on the West and claimed it would end the traditional system of family in Pakistan. I strongly advise paying attention to who they are, especially when the bill allowed women to seek help in dealing with domestic violence and also keep track of domestic violence offenders.
9) Taharrush Gamea is what happened to many non-Muslim women in various European countries on New Year’s Eve 2015, when gangs of men surrounded females of various ages and trapped them in this manner, thus making it difficult for them to escape. These men then robbed, sexually assaulted and/or raped these females.
If so, what do you say to the incident of 3 non-Muslim girls aged 9-year-old, 11-years-old and 14-years-old being surrounded by a group of Syrian boys (1 member has an unidentified nationality) in the swimming pool, and these boys proceeded to molest them and touch them inappropriately? One boy was 14-years-old, and the other boys were aged between 7-years-old to 11-years-old. You might see them as boys. At what age does Islam define boys as men?
Those girls molested are viewed as women, according to the wording of the Qur’an + Islamic scriptures such as the authentic oral traditions of the highest authority. You may read about the incident of the girls being assaulted, as published on 28th October 2016, or you can easily google it.
Victims of the New Year’s Eve sexual assaults in Germany and other European countries, do you want to prevent other victims from being created? Women of the 120Decibel movement, what do you say?
Islam is a final civilisation governed by a Dīn (which the divine being known as Allah in the Qur’an has perfected and completed in favour and chosen) for all mankind to submit to, the earliest Muslims are the best of mankind and are to be emulated (especially the first generation of Muslims), Islam is the best of all nations and civilisations created for humanity, and Islam holds the uncompromising goal of intending to conquer all non-Islamic nations.
You can speak about the variations of peaceful Muslims within Islam but here is an unavoidable fact: The virulent spread of Islam in the first 300 years was based primarily on bloody conquest by the sword involving a fair amount of destruction, and not because of people such as the whirling dervishes who seem to capably ignore all the ugly verses about non-believers in the Qur’an and the real-life victims of those verses and the Qur’an.
Look at what the prophet Muhammad did to the Jews of Medina. Look at what happened to non-Muslims during the Islamic invasion of India. Look at how far and how long the slave trade of the Islamic empire extends all over the globe. Were Islamic countries the first to abolish slavery? No. They were among the last to do so, and not all Islamic countries have abolished slavery.
If you do not belong to this divinely-chosen and timelessly superior civilisation of Islam and adhere to the historical structure of Sunni Islam’s scholarship? Your ideas, values, beliefs and any contradictory facts are inferior and have no validity to those who believe in the over-arching authority of Sharīʿah, and you are wrong. That is the perspective of those who are the best guardians of Islam.
How has this horrendous lack of definition and protection about “women” and “females” in Islam affected women and girls all over the world? How has it affected men as well? The next Critical Summary continues this exploration, while helping you further understand this Critical Summary 18.