CAIR attempts to “Mansplain” Muslim modesty

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CAIR are an extremely well funded organisation that wages legal Jihad to impose Sharia law and values on Western countries. After every Islamic terrorist attack you can count on one of their representatives to be front and centre, expressing concern that the massacre of infidels may lead to the average Muslim on the street being subjected to mean stares.

After we published the above photo on Whaleoil I went looking for photos of modest Muslim men with the intention of ?pixelating??parts of their body that would have to be covered if they were Muslim women in Iran. ?Instead I found this article by CAIR ?entitled, UNDERSTANDING MODESTY ? A LOOK AT MUSLIM MEN. In it the writer does his best to mansplain?a mentality that subjugates women and is insulting to men, viewing them as primitive animals with no self control.

In the global dialogue about Muslims, the gender that suffers most is the Muslim men who garner distrust and suspicion from non-Muslims and seemingly lack attention in the Muslim community.? Negative media portrayals of Muslim men have depicted them as oppressive forces who brutalize their women and kids and fail to extend equal respect and rights to the citizens around them.? At the same time, they are also least defended and protected than the women in the Muslim world.

Oh the humanity, poor suffering Muslim men. It must be so rough enjoying the freedoms denied to Muslim women day after day and being so misunderstood by the infidels. How on earth do they cope with not being ” protected” in the way that they ” protect ” their women.

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Photo of Muslim man suffering the lack of protection he has so respectfully given to the black lump of material beside him.

One of the most common questions raised by the non-Muslims is that ?if a Muslim woman is mandated to wear hijab, then why is a Muslim man exempt from this obligation in Islam??

The truth is that Muslim men are equally required to follow hijab.

The term ?hijab? does not refer to a headscarf, but Islamically, in the broader sense, it encompasses modesty and chastity of men and women?s garments and guarding one?s gaze.? Guarding one?s gaze refers to avoiding ??checking out? the opposite gender, to walk humbly as not to attract any undue attention and to remain virtuous throughout life.? However, society specifically attached the word ?hijab? to a fabric that appropriately covers the head.

The above explanation does not explain ?why there is ?a huge disparity in real life between the way ?Muslim men and Muslim women dress. ?It also conveniently ignores the extreme items of clothing that Muslim women are forced to wear in many Muslim countries such as Iran.

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When following hijab, men are required not to wear tight and revealing clothes or behave in such a manner where they are sexually objectifying themselves.? This is similar to requirements that must be upheld by Muslim women.? Men are obligated to cover themselves from navel to below the knee. ?Though this is quite a loose definition of appropriate dressing, it is only allowed if there are no women present.

Reality simply does not match the tale that CAIR is spinning. Close to home at the beach where I live I saw it for myself. The women sweltered in black and didn’t swim while the men swam in shorts and singlets exposing lots of skin to my gaze. They then rolled out the prayer mats and bobbed up and down while other kiwis enjoyed their BBQ lunch.

…The belly-button to below the knee dress code is tolerable in particular circumstances such as for a man holding a blue-collar job as he works under extreme dry temperature and heat.? However, if a woman is working alongside him in this kind of terrain, he has to observe a strict dress code.

In other words, women must always suffer in the heat but men only have to suffer if a woman is present where they work, lovely.

 

Men are to dress simplistically, so their clothing does not imply vanity and status of their wealth because pride and boastfulness are one of the biggest sins in Islam.? Moreover, they are forbidden to dress like a woman.? They also cannot wear gold jewelry or silk clothing while women face no such restrictions.

Another requisite is that men should lower their gazes when encountering a woman to avoid disrespecting her by having sensual thoughts of her.? Most importantly, he is expected to be respectful to others, not only physically but also verbally, especially with the opposite gender.

Men are also mandated not to shake hands with women whom they do not have immediate familial relationships.? For instance, mothers, sisters, wives and daughters are the ones a man can freely intermingle with.? This practice is followed by some Muslims but not all. ??It does not mean that a Muslim man cannot talk to a woman at all.? It is permissible as long as it is done in public with a respectful distance between their bodies, and the conversation has to follow the rules of modesty, without any?inappropriate?intentions on the part of either man or woman.

Many Muslim nations, such as Saudi Arabia, tend to have separate spaces for both the genders in public spheres.?Because?this idea of separate spaces is unfamiliar in the western world, the perceived reasons for it are often misunderstood. Separating spaces by gender is done to create a culture of modesty that coincides with Islamic belief. Religiously there are no pre-marital relationships or physicality between men and women and maintaining respectful space and distance is a way of maintaining Islamically appropriate interactions.

All this “modesty” is predicated on the Islamic belief that men are primitive animals who cannot control their ?urges and that every part of a woman’s body, even her hair is sexual. ?We in the West don’t misunderstand Islamic gender separatism at all, we are appalled by it. Western belief is a belief in equality and personal responsibility. We rightly see gender separatism as primitive and backward.

In regards to growing a beard, the situation is parallel to a woman wearing a niqab (the face covering).? Some Muslims hold belief that it is at the discretion of an individual while others sees it as a compulsory form of hijab.

What a ridiculous thing to say. ?A beard is not even similar to a full face mask which is what the niqab is. Has this idiot ?ever tried to eat while wearing a full face mask? ?Just breathing under one of these monstrosities is foul ?as you have to re- breathe old air.

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Another significant aspect of hijab is that men and women both have the responsibility to remain chaste before their weddings to maintain a healthy society.

So, although men do not wear headscarves, their hijab is parallel to women?s.

It is wrong to claim that they are parallel in any way. Muslim men have much more freedom when it comes to how they dress.

Both men and women have equivalent obligations and duties to follow in regards to clothing, when socially encountering the opposite gender and guarding one?s purity until the marital vows. Islam by no means promotes or advocates sexism as it clearly states in the Qur?an that both the men and women are equal with comparable rights.

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Gender separatism is sexism and it is apartheid. Note how he says “equivalent obligations” and “comparable rights” rather than the same obligations and equal rights? That key difference right there, tells you all you need to know.

A beard is not comparable to the niqab ?and “comparable rights” are not the same as equal rights. Islam does promote sexism by its actions. Gender separatism has nothing to do with modesty and everything to do with control. It reflects a mentality that men and women are not capable of keeping their hands off each other unless they are physically separated. This mentality has no place in the West and no matter how CAIR attempts to spin it, it will never be compatible with Western thinking and the Western way of life.

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