The Islamic State Isn’t Islamic
Neither was Afghanistan under the Taliban, even though its leaders said they were striving to build, “the perfect Islamic state.”
Many will be surprised to learn that the Quran has very little sexism and gave women many rights that most women in the world did not enjoy in the 7th century, when the Quran was written.
In fact, most of the sexism you find in the Middle East comes from culture, not scripture.
The Quran gives women the right to:
- Own and inherit property
- Have protections from abuse
- Marry with consent
The Quran abolishes:
- Female infanticide
- A widow’s obligation to marry her husband’s brother
And, 99 lashes — not stoning — is prescribed for both women and men who have had sex outside of marriage.
A woman must veil herself?
The Quran asks both men and women to be modest. What’s considered “modest” varies from place to place. But the only thing scripture tells a woman to veil is her breasts (24: 30,31):
Tell the believing women to lower their gaze and be modest, and to display of their adornment only that which is apparent, and to draw their veils over their bosoms.
What does the Islamic State do?
But what does the Islamic State do? Or the “perfect Islamic state,” Taliban style?
One or the other — usually both — have gone against the Quran in these ways:
- Women have been forbidden from taking jobs
- Women and girls have been forced into marriage without their consent
- Women and girls have been forced into slavery
- Women have been stoned for sex outside of marriage
- Women have been forced to veil nearly their entire bodies (and in this, the choice of women believers is removed)
Meanwhile, one of the most egalitarian and peace-loving places on the planet is Muslim West Jakarta.
The so-called “Islamic State” and the “perfect Islamic state” are terrorist organizations focused on amassing power. They are not believers following the Muslim religion.
So no, the Islamic State is not Islamic.
It’s not a state, either. But that’s a matter for a different post.
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