But that's only in third-world countries far, far away, right? Surely Muslims in America and Britain don't subscribe to such sexist, oppressive nonsense. Right?
The Muslim Council of Britain has stated women must wear veils. Better yet, they're not even allowed to debate it. It is a "shortcoming" for a woman to show her uncovered face, and any Muslim who disagrees is rejecting Islam.
The Council cites a statement from the Holy Qur'an:
"It is not for a believer, man or woman, that they should have any option in their decision when Allah and his Messenger have decreed a matter."My first thought on reading this was, "This must be some extremist group." I know Britain has its share of extremists, so it seemed logical that this was just another statement from some small group of radicals.
But I was wrong. The Muslim Council of Britain is the main representative of Britain's 2.8 million Muslims. It's the same group that received significant funding from the government, and to which the British government turns for advice on Islamic issues.
If the largest and most respected council of Muslims in Britain believes in and advocates the oppression of women, how can Islam ever move forward? Do Muslims worldwide truly believe that laws their prophet laid down over a thousand years ago are completely unchangeable? Do they believe these laws cannot even be interpreted differently as the world changes?
Islam claims to be a religion of peace, but what does peace mean if women are denied basic human rights and men are considered so untrustworthy that they can't be trusted to be alone with a woman?