Bukhari’s Allah checkmates women.


Sometimes I wonder at the subconscious implications of certain hadith. While other hadith exalt women (paradise lies under the feet of mothers) hadith such as these totally leaves women with no room to escape:

Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri: Once Allah’s Apostle went out to the Musalla (to offer the prayer) o ‘Id-al-Adha or Al-Fitr prayer. Then he passed by the women and said, “O women! Give alms, as I have seen that the majority of the dwellers of Hell-fire were you (women).” They asked, “Why is it so, O Allah’s Apostle ?” He replied, “You curse frequently and are ungrateful to your husbands. I have not seen anyone more deficient in intelligence and religion than you. A cautious sensible man could be led astray by some of you.” The women asked, “O Allah’s Apostle! What is deficient in our intelligence and religion?” He said, “Is not the evidence of two women equal to the witness of one man?” They replied in the affirmative. He said, “This is the deficiency in her intelligence. Isn’t it true that a woman can neither pray nor fast during her menses?” The women replied in the affirmative. He said, “This is the deficiency in her religion.” 

Can you imagine a more vile portrayal of women?! Not easy, I must say. Lets consider this hadith for a minute:
1. Who ordained that women should have periods? Allah.
2. Who ordained that women cant pray or fast during periods? Allah
3. Who then said its a deficiency of their religion? ALLAH.

Oh my God (no pun intended!) , what kind of Allah is this?! And we havent even started on the ‘deficiency’ in intelligence yet.

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One Response to Bukhari’s Allah checkmates women.

  1. I’d probably have punched him in the face. Can’t believe THE Prophet Muhammed was just another sexist man. Grrr! Thanks a lot, Bukhari!

    Hadith was very perplexing at this point because I thought, if a woman is deficient in mind, then why should she be judged like a man on judgment day, and why should she be expected to fully serve her “part” (kill me, please) of religion (cleaning, cooking, and being a rape victim while maintaining a nice domestic atmosphere) and be strictly judged about it. So strictly that there’s a high chance she’s to end up in hell anyway.

    And if she is deficient in religion, why would Allah be giving a more guaranteed chance for men to succeed, and have the glory in this life and the other.

    Besides, that money she’s giving away in that hadith is probably her husbands. Shrug!

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