Women in Islam
Primitive as it may sound, fear is used to control women in the fastest growing religion in the world. Although some enlightened Islamic scholars teach that men and women were created equal, all too often Muslims are instructed to believe that women are mere receptacles for the seed only men receive from Allah. Many Muslims are also taught that women cannot exist by themselves but must be owned by a man, first by their fathers and later by their husbands.
As Muslims are required to use birth as a form of warfare, to ensure the world is eventually populated by Muslims, women are expected to be pregnant for the majority of their reproductive lives. A woman’s life in Islam is still too often a life of drudgery and danger, with many women succumbing to death during childbirth.
Young women who see the freedom women in the West enjoy and want it for themselves are in particular danger. Women who disobey the man who owns them are often considered to have left Islam, to have become apostates. A true Muslim is considered to have a duty to kill all apostates, hence the many reports of young women disappearing or being murdered by their families. I can feel nothing but sympathy for a woman who chooses obedience over death.
In a few Islamic states, women do have a better life now but it has been a hard and costly fight to gain the rights and respect they deserve.
An introduction to the role of women in Islam can be found at http://www.islamswomen.com/.