Afghanistan And Sri Lanka: Whither Liberative Islam?
Daily Mirror - Sri Lanka|September 17, 2021
A world without women may be a good title for a socio-fiction movie or book. But under Taliban rulers, Afghanistan has become a country without women. You may ask where all the women have gone. They are there, but they are virtually dead.
Ameen Izzadeen

With no representation in the interim government which the Taliban, in their preludes to the government formation, had advertised as an inclusive government, the Afghan woman has come virtually under the writ of men who decide on her behalf as to what job she could do, what dress she should wear and what courses she could follow in universities. In this male chauvinistic milieu, the women are stripped of empowerment and their views count nothing. It comes as no surprise, given the pre-modern patriarchic nature of Afghan society, within which even Islam has been transformed into a patriarchal force.

In recent weeks in the capital, Kabul, there have been protests by women against Taliban decrees with regard to matters concerning women. Shots were fired in the air and participants were baton-charged by the Taliban. The women took to social media to express their anger, for the waiting mainstream western media to turn their tweets and posts into trending stories. This week, in a mark of protest against the Taliban’s imposition of a full-body-covering dress code on women, Afghan women living in Western capitals posted on social media pictures of themselves in colourful traditional attires.

But again, theirs is a minority viewpoint. Stripped of their identity, most Afghan women, it appears, have in a submissive manner resigned to their fate that they have no option but to follow the dictates of men. There is little space in the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan for women to claim their rights as guaranteed by Islam.

Enlightened Islamic scholars would say what is happening in Afghanistan is far from the liberative Islam which the Prophet Muhammad preached with the aim of breaking the shackles of socio-economic injustices. Education is seen in Islam as a path to empowerment for both men and women.

Islamic feminism recognizes that Islam imposes a dress code for men and women, for God dignifies both men and women in their distinctiveness – not their sameness. Most Muslim women wear modest forms of attire in keeping with their understanding of Islamic teaching.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the newspaper

MORE STORIES FROM DAILY MIRROR - SRI LANKAView All

I Request UNPers To Vote At This Election And Save The Country And The Party

Wrong doers are being turned innocent by manipulating the law under this regime

1 min read
Daily Mirror - Sri Lanka
July 28, 2020

Ecuador Declares Emergency In Prisons -116 Inmates Killed

Ecuador President Guillermo Lasso imposed a state of emergency on the prison system, after deadly clashes among gang members in a coastal prison killed at least 116 people.

1 min read
Daily Mirror - Sri Lanka
October 01, 2021

Implications Of Covid-19 On Pregnant Mothers

The daily surge in Covid-19 figures presents pregnant women and their families with additional uncertainty.

3 mins read
Daily Mirror - Sri Lanka
October 01, 2021

Sri Lanka And Bangladesh Meet In Saff Curtain Raiser Today

Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will clash in the curtain raiser match of the SAFF Football Tournament at the Maldives National Stadium in Male, today.

1 min read
Daily Mirror - Sri Lanka
October 01, 2021

The Taliban And The UN's Democracy Dilemma

The United Nations is often derided as a talk shop.

5 mins read
Daily Mirror - Sri Lanka
October 01, 2021

How to restore loss of smell, taste after COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic spread around the world anosmia and dysgeusia were quickly recognised as two of the key presenting symptoms.

4 mins read
Daily Mirror - Sri Lanka
October 01, 2021

JAFFNA STALLIONS OWNERSHIP GROUP HIT BACK AFTER REMOVAL

Say they signed a term sheet to continue as Jaffna franchise owners | Refute reasons given by IPG for ineligibility

2 mins read
Daily Mirror - Sri Lanka
September 30, 2021

German parties proceed to first coalition talks after polls

BERLIN (DPA), 29 SEPT, 2021 - The parties hoping to be part of Germany’s first government in 16 years without Angela Merkel as chancellor have taken their first steps towards coalition talks, with the country’s political future still in the balance.

1 min read
Daily Mirror - Sri Lanka
September 30, 2021

Russia threatens YouTube ban after German RT outlet blocked

MOSCOW (DPA), 29 SEPT, 2021 - Moscow threatened on Wednesday to block the YouTube video platform after the internet media firm removed the German-language channels of Russia’s RT state media outlet.

1 min read
Daily Mirror - Sri Lanka
September 30, 2021

Sri Lankan Footballers out to end 26-year long wait

Sri Lanka will look to end a 26-year-old hoodoo when they compete in the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship in the Maldives from October 1 to 16.

1 min read
Daily Mirror - Sri Lanka
September 30, 2021
RELATED STORIES

FLASHPOINT

Pakistan sees a victorious Taliban in Afghanistan to the west and a partner in China to the East. But the U.S. is at odds with both, pushing leader Imran Khan into a delicate balancing act.

3 mins read
Newsweek
October 08, 2021

America Can't Ignore Afghanistan

Exclusive: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan says the Taliban can be a partner for peace, not a terrorist threat - if the U.S. stays engaged.

10 mins read
Newsweek
October 08, 2021

Biden's Benghazi Moment

How the deadly Kabul AIRPORT ATTACK and bungled Afghanistan pullout could HAUNT HIS PRESIDENCY–and cost him the midterms.

8 mins read
Newsweek
September 10, 2021

Was ‘Chaos-istan' Inevitable?

How Biden's influence during the Obama administration had long-lasting effects

8 mins read
Newsweek
September 10, 2021

Fighting Terrorism from Afar

Can Joe Biden’s ‘over-the-horizon’ strategy in Afghanistan keep America safe? Defense experts are skeptical

6 mins read
Newsweek
September 03, 2021

FALL OF AFGHANISTAN!

Biden’s Vietnam fuels Taliban frenzy for new 9/11 attacks on America’s cities

4 mins read
National Enquirer
September 06, 2021

LEAVING AFGHANISTAN

WORLD

3 mins read
Reason magazine
October 2021

VENTILATOR FROM OLD CAR PARTS? AFGHAN GIRLS PURSUE PROTOTYPE

On most mornings, Somaya Farooqi and four other teenage girls pile into her dad’s car and head to a mechanic’s workshop. They use back roads to skirt police checkpoints set up to enforce a lockdown in their city of Herat, one of Afghanistan’s hot spots of the coronavirus pandemic.

2 mins read
Techlife News
April 25, 2020

For The Love Of Lapis

The saga of Afghan lapis lazuli

10 mins read
Rock&Gem Magazine
March 2020

How Malala Is Turning Her Life Story Into A Targeted Mission

How Nobel Peace Prize–winning education activist Malala Yousafzai is turning her compelling life story into a targeted mission.

10+ mins read
Fast Company
December/January 2016