In my continuing debates with Feminists, I am shocked by their level of ignorance regarding the goals of their new allies (Jihadists). On the one hand they will claim Islam is just another “victim” of Western Imperialism and that Islam is the Religion of Peace.
On the other hand they sound off with holier-than-thou indignation when it comes to those Muslims that practice Islam in it’s pure form.
For example, they will recoil with comment like:
"...If I understand you rightly, you only want to say that Islam does not know such a thing as rape in marriage, since the wife is obliged to be at her husband`s disposal any time.”
And then will try and equate Christianity as equally culpable in any offence that they seem to find in Islam.
However, one has to help them understand what differentiates Islam from other religions.
Christianity is the collected stories of Jesus and the writings of it’s earliest followers, and is a series of stories, letters and allegories. Islam is a total way of life. All aspects of life (well beyond only the spiritual needs of a person or society) are adjudicated in one of the many components of Islam.
One thing all Muslims can all agree on is this: The Quran is the literal word of GOD. Word for Word (Muslims believe there is a Quran in Heaven and has been there for all time). There can be no picking or choosing within the Quran because it is all valid and all the word of God.
However, there are, because of conflicting verses within the Quran, misunderstanding among Muslims that have not studied Islamic scholarship. In that, when one verse is contradictory to another verse, the verse that was revealed at a later date will be the one that Muslims view as the authentic word of Allah.
This is called Naskh (نسخ) or Abrogation in English.
For example, many Westerners quote the verse 2:256 from the Qur’an to explain the tolerance of Islam:
“Let there be no compulsion in religion; truth stands out clearly from error...”However, a person who offers this verse may or may not understand that it is from one of the earliest Suras (or chapters) in the Quran. This Sura however was abrogated by the following: Sura (9:29) -
"Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden
which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the
religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay
the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued."
Suras 9 and 5 are the last "revelations" that Muhammad handed down.
To make it simple: Sura 2:256 was abrogated by Sura 9:29.
Moreover, one can use a very simple example to explain how we can see abrogation in Islamic jurisprudence (today) in the fact that Muslims today pray toward Mecca.
In the early days of Islam, Muhammad (while fighting with the Meccans) decided to have his followers change the direction of their prayer from Mecca to Jerusalem).The reason for this (that Muslims now again pray toward Mecca) is that Muhammad issued a later command that abrogated (or nullified) the first after he has conquered Mecca and taken control of the city.
Thus when speaking about the Quran, one must always keep in mind which Sura came later (chronologically) when there is a contradiction. There are thousands of Hadith, and some are judged more reliably than others, however, for the most of the quotes regarding Islam are taken from the Bukhari Hadith, which among the vast majority of Sunni Muslims (therefore most Muslims in the world) is judged to be the most authentic.
The “lack of rape in an Islamic marriage” is the judgment of all four schools of Sharia as stated before. Sharia judgments use both the Quran and the hadith to judge (based on Islamic jurisprudence) the matter of spousal rape.
The scriptural basis of this judgment, can be found in the reference from the hadith:
Bukhari (62:81) - According to Muhammad, the most important part of a marriage contract is the unrestricted access that a man has to his wife's vagina.
In general, the Qur’an says,
"They (wives) have as many rights as they are committed to duties."But a man
should not be away from intimacy for any longer than four months, if the woman
is in need of it.”
In that, many, confuse Islamic religion with Islamic jurisprudence and the social aspects that are gathered from the example of the Prophet in the hadiths (and the words of God in the Quran vs. the spiritual aspects of the religion).
The Rape of a wife is fully consistent with the Sharia view.
Then as Muslims know, to speak against any aspect of the Quran is blasphemous and makes one instantly an Apostate. You can see the passages from the Quran below on those that question any aspect of Islam, the Prophet (and his actions) or Islam in general:
Sura (33:57) -
"Lo! those who malign Allah and His messenger, Allah hath cursed them in this world and the Hereafter, and hath prepared for them the doom of the disdained"
Sura (33:61) -
[continues from above] "Accursed, they will be seized wherever found and slain with a (fierce) slaughter."
The penalty for Apostasy in Islam is death.
Sura (4:89) -
"They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing (as they): But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah (From what is forbidden). But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them"
(52:260) - "...The Prophet said, 'If somebody (a Muslim) discards his religion, kill him.'
Bukhari (83:37) - "Allah's Apostle never killed anyone except in one of the following three situations: (1) A person who killed somebody unjustly, was killed (in Qisas,) (2) a married person who committed illegal sexual intercourse and (3) a man who fought against Allah and His Apostle and deserted Islam and became an apostate."
Bukhari (84:57) - "[In the words of] Allah's Apostle, 'Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him.'"
We can see these scriptures in action (through Sharia) in the case of Sayed Parwez Kambakhsh, A young Afghan journalist, sentenced to death in January for spreading feminist criticism of Islam. As I understand it now, because of enormous pressure from the West his sentence was commuted to Life in prison despite full backing from the Afghan parliment.
This view on Apostasy is also shared by those that work in lofty Western Institutions like Harvard University. Harvard Muslim chaplain Taha Abdul-Basser says that he sees "wisdom" of Islamic death penalty for apostasy.
So what you have is a system that is virtually closed. There can be no “reformation” of Islam, because to even suggest it guarantees one’s own death sentence.
Upholding a “women’s dignity” is the chief cause to which Islam and Sharia (and therefore through the laws throughout the Muslim world) seek to address NOT her rights.