Muslim feminist Sarah Malik attributes Islamic oppression of females to “problematic Quranic verse 4:34, which is misused by some men to claim superiority over women.”
Men are in charge of women by [right of] what Allah has given one over the other and what they spend [for maintenance] from their wealth. So righteous women are devoutly obedient, guarding in [the husband’s] absence what Allah would have them guard. But those [wives] from whom you fear arrogance – [first] advise them; [then if they persist], forsake them in bed; and [finally], strike them. But if they obey you [once more], seek no means against them. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted and Grand.
Later in the ABC News opinion piece Malik absurdly claims verse 4:34 is “the only explicit concession to male authority in a faith littered with powerful, non-conformist women.” Here’s but one of many contrary examples:
An equally absurd caption to an attached photo:
Abdel-Magied doesn’t advocate gender reform; she thinks Islam is the “most feminist” religion.
One need not get into the meat of Malik’s piece to find absurdity; it’s evident in the title: How can Muslim feminists reclaim their religion from men?