I read article called “Changing her Fate” by Margaret Coker in the 6 May 2007 edition of the Austin-American Statesman, ‘Insight’ section. I do not have access to the Statesman’s archives, but I found the article here. Read it. It’s about a girl forced into prostitution and forced later to suffer for it, all of which is blamed on Islam, rather than the misguidance of a minority of individuals.
This is the response I wrote:
I am very moved by “Changing her Fate” (Insight 6 May). Sadr was spot on for saying “It’s a monopoly of power. They have a mentality that’s very traditional.” She’s right.
Islam, like America, has a constitution that has been subject by manipulation by the power-hungry. Traditionally, worldwide, the culprits are male.
Unlike America, Islam’s constitution is constantly judged by the worst, never the best, of its constituents, rather than being evaluated on its own merit.
No one, for example, assuages that drug use is American- rife though it may be- because our written law makes the opposite clear.
So what are the true fundamentals, the valid traditions, of Islam? Consider, for example, the authenticated saying of Prophet Muhammad that heaven is found at the feet of the mother. What about the prophetic injunctions encouraging men to provide for, entertain, and strive to sexually satisfy their wives?
Are we now prepared to accuse Islam of being a medieval matriarchy?
What of this, that Allah Himself Said “And do not force your girls into prostitution, if they desire chastity, seeking the benefits of worldy life. And whosoever forces them, then Allah Will Be, after their compulsion, Pardoning and Merciful.” (Qur-an 24.33)? Is this not sufficient to free Islam of all the oppression that women like Layla have suffered? As for why men claiming to be Muslims perpetuate and punish unwilling prostitutes, ask them; Islam is free of them.
So why don’t we stop accusing Islam altogether, and stop propping up every misguided man and political machination as a bona fide example and proof? These war-mongering charades are made more transparent by the millions of converts to Islam worldwide, including many, many women from all walks of life.
P.S. I challenge you to a test of journalistic subjectivity by printing my response to this article.
The challenge was not accepted…