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.”

Malik neither cites nor links to verse 4:34, which reads:

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:

Quran (4:24) and Quran (33:50) – A man is permitted to take women as sex slaves outside of marriage. Note that the verse distinguishes wives from captives (those whom they right hand possesses).

An equally absurd caption to an attached photo:

Islamic youth community leader Yassmin Abdel-Magied.Prominent Muslim women like Yassmin Abdel-Magied are often shouted down when they speak out about gender reform. (Supplied: Daniel Boud)

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?


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