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    Muslim feminist calls for ending Islam’s ‘ideological stalemate’

    Has anyone else heard of this lady?


    Muslim feminist calls for ending Islams ideological stalemate

    By Khalid Hasan

    Washington: A literalist interpretation of the Quran that has gained ascendancy in much of the Islamic world has resulted in the violation of the holy books overriding normative principles, such as delivery of justice to all, argues a young Muslim feminist progressive.

    According to Farzana Hassan-Shahid, a Muslim writer based in Toronto, an ideological stalemate has been reached in the Muslim world. She believes that a blatant contradiction has emerged between the contextual injunctions of the Quran and its normative principles of justice and benevolence. Needless to say, this has happened due to social conditions that are drastically different from those prevalent in seventh century Arabia. The Qurans contextual verses primarily sought to regulate conditions already in existence then. While these were effective in establishing social justice at that time, the same injunctions expressed as literalist applications in the form of laws such as the Qanooon-Shahadat Ordinance, or the Hadood and Blasphemy laws have created gross imbalances and injustices in contemporary Muslim societies.

    Writing in Islam Today, an online discussion forum, Ms Hassan-Shahid maintains that such literalist interpretations of the Quran have ended up violating the normative Quranic principles of egalitarianism, pluralism and respect for human life. Unfortunately, such literalist applications continue to enjoy ascendancy in the Muslim world and the Qurans primary objective of delivering justice to all has been sacrificed at their altar. Where, for example is the Qurans normative principle of justice being upheld when rape victims are barred from testifying in Hadood cases? Are the Qanoon Shahadat Ordinance and the Zina Ordinance consistent with Islams holistic approach to solving societal problems? Quite the contrary, such applications of the sacred texts have created an environment of hostility, a gross inequity in gender relations and an antipathy towards religious minorities - conditions that are completely antithetical to the spirit of the Quran. This begs the question: if indeed a conflict has arisen between normative and contextual Islam creating the above cited inequities, which of the two should be upheld? she asks.

    Ms Hassan-Shahid points out that reformists have sought to explain certain legislative injunctions of the Quran as time-specific regulations with exclusive applicability in the context of seventh century Arabian society. This would automatically reduce their scope and applicability in any other society or era which may be vastly different form seventh century social structures. Injunctions pertaining to polygamy, minority rights, apostasy, womens testimony, and gender relations would fall under this category of time-specific societal regulations. Modernists believe that although such legislative measures were perhaps necessary to regulate early Islamic society, it is largely the principles behind the specific injunctions that are universal and eternal, not the specific applications. These universal principles, they assert can be expressed in a number of ways suited to the changing demands of evolving Islamic communities, she argues.

    Because of this unresolved problem, there is today an ideological impasse in the Muslim world for which there seems to be no end in sight. This impasse is further strengthened by both sides resorting to platitudes which tend to be oblivious to the real issues. Regardless of whether Muslims acknowledge the contradiction between Islams normative principles and its literalist interpretations, the effort to bring about much needed social reform in Muslim countries must continue, she suggests. An earnest review of the Qanoon-Shahadat Ordinance, Zina Ordinance, Blasphemy Laws, or any other discriminatory laws is urgently required, she argues, in order to eradicate the oppression of the weak that is so prevalent in Muslim countries such as Pakistan. Nothing short of repealing these unjust laws will suffice, if Muslims are to practise and uphold the Qurans overriding, normative principles, both in their personal lives as well as at the societal level, she adds.
    How can a man die better than facing fearful odds for the ashes of his fathers and the Temple of his Gods?

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    Re: Muslim feminist calls for ending Islams ideological stalemate

    Originally posted by Zakk
    Injunctions pertaining to polygamy, minority rights, apostasy, womens testimony, and gender relations would fall under this category of time-specific societal regulations.
    May be what she does not know is that there is a difference between Belief and Commandmend

    Truely time has come about which Prophet:saw: already foretold us - that is emergence of dajjals.
    Quite often good things have hurtful consequences. There are instances of men who have been ruined by their money or KILLED by their COURAGE. ~Aristotle

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      #3
      Re: Muslim feminist calls for ending Islams ideological stalemate

      I am afraid that new Farhat Hashmi in making
      Allah humma lakal hamdo walakashukar....

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        #4
        Re: Muslim feminist calls for ending Islams ideological stalemate

        Originally posted by Anwaar Qureshi
        May be what she does not know is that there is a difference between Belief and Commandmend

        Truely time has come about which Prophet:saw: already foretold us - that is emergence of dajjals.

        with 27,000 posts and counting...i am sure Dajjal would still take some time to come
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          #5
          Re: Muslim feminist calls for ending Islams ideological stalemate

          .
          Allah humma lakal hamdo walakashukar....

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            #6
            Re: Muslim feminist calls for ending Islams ideological stalemate

            Originally posted by [email protected]
            I am afraid that new Farhat Hashmi in making
            What this has to do with Faraht Hashmi? Can you cite what reform Farahat Hashmi have suggested?
            بِن دانا پانی میں جی لواں
            بِن انَک میں جی نہ سکاں

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              #7
              Re: Muslim feminist calls for ending Islams ideological stalemate

              what the hell is wrong with farat hashmi?

              I don't know about the other laws she's talking about here, but the Hudood Ordinance is filled with holes and its pretty ineffective. Same with the Zina one.

              Its not even that we're trying to apply the same rules from old Arabia to the here and now - its that many points in these laws are utterly unIslamic and unfounded. An example is cited in this article. Since when did Islam say that the testimony of the one who is raped is not counted?
              I believe in dragons, good men, and other fantasy creatures.

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                Re: Muslim feminist calls for ending Islams ideological stalemate

                Originally posted by lostsoul
                with 27,000 posts and counting...i am sure Dajjal would still take some time to come
                clearly, you have arrived just after that
                Quite often good things have hurtful consequences. There are instances of men who have been ruined by their money or KILLED by their COURAGE. ~Aristotle

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                  #9
                  Re: Muslim feminist calls for ending Islams ideological stalemate

                  Farhat Hashmi is a women of great substance...

                  As for this lady, she first needs a clue on how to write...
                  Focus not on who you are but what you do...
                  ])>:::}-:Salams:-{:::<([

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                    #10
                    Re: Muslim feminist calls for ending Islams ideological stalemate

                    Islamic societies can not be reformed with the reform of religion....it is a misnomer...Never happened anywhere...it is fallacy.

                    They can be reformed by shock treatment, having nothing to do with religion.

                    Religous establishment follows social and economical dictates, not vice versa.
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                      #11
                      Re: Muslim feminist calls for ending Islams ideological stalemate

                      replace Islamic with secular LS and you might be on the right path..
                      How can a man die better than facing fearful odds for the ashes of his fathers and the Temple of his Gods?

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                        Re: Muslim feminist calls for ending Islams ideological stalemate

                        Secular law is the biggest disease after nationalism and democracy, as for islamic law which state implements that?

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                          #13
                          Re: Muslim feminist calls for ending Islams ideological stalemate

                          ^ They don't which is proof enough why it is an archaic and ineffecitve system in today's world.

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                            #14
                            Re: Muslim feminist calls for ending Islams ideological stalemate

                            Originally posted by ak47
                            Secular law is the biggest disease after nationalism and democracy, as for islamic law which state implements that?
                            There is no one Islamic Law or constitution. If there is, plz enlighten me.
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                              #15
                              Re: Muslim feminist calls for ending Islams ideological stalemate

                              Serves them right.

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