The Elaborate Ploy Against Muslim Women • The Muslim Women TImes

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It is secure to say that travelling as a Muslim girl is one thing that’s seen in binaries. As a person who has been travelling all my life whether or not by way of planes, meandering via museums of stolen items or with phrases on pages; travelling is escapism, training and assurance.

I can simply root my need to journey again to my combined heritage which uncovered me to new charters past the place I lived. These childhood holidays have been by no means luxurious, however a first-generation immigrant dipping her ft within the many worlds that made a lot extra sense however on the identical time confused the entire picture. Travelling might be conversations with completely different generations, dissecting genuine recipes and donning duties. I’m grateful for these early life as they have been the flint to the spark of my need to journey. I selected travelling as a solution to reside.

The Tradition of Travel in Islam: 

Travel is a method of connecting to my Deen. It’s rather more than Instagram pictures, it’s a means to find cultures that developed in interdependent ways in which present us how united we’re, honing again to the unity of the Shahadah.

I see journey as a method to really perceive my faith. Travelling isn’t only a deal with for the tip of the yr, it’s a lifestyle. It is in a method being human. It is a method of being Muslim. We are all travellers on this Dunya.

‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar mentioned, “Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) took hold of my shoulder and said, ‘Be in this world as if you were a stranger or a traveller.” 

This hadith stays lodged in my consciousness, the usage of ‘Gharib’ stranger or traveller implies a place of humility and modesty, the stranger, an outsider displays the fixed state we must always really feel on this Dunya, which is a brief take a look at and never our eternal abode. It additionally retains us in a state of discovery and trying to find data; the traveller’s thirst for expertise, studying and life. 

We all journey about our days, our minds wander, we journey mentally as experiences unfold and we be taught or make errors. Travel might sometimes indicate lengthy distances, however lengthy distances are subjective, within the grand image of our life, everyone knows our ultimate vacation spot that passes like a snap of a finger.

In phrases of conventional travelling, travelling to international lands, listening to the melodies of recent languages, feeling the tempo of a brand new metropolis, savouring new flavours and smells and observing the brand new symbols and patterns of a rustic, that is precisely what this well-known Ayah encourages:

“O humanity! Indeed, We created you from a male and a female and made you into peoples and tribes so that you may ˹get to˺ know one another. Indeed, the noblest of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you,” 49:13

Seeing the unity in human behaviour, not falling for the colonial phantasm that there are basic variations within the biology of individuals and due to this fact their tradition and lifestyle. 

Travelling as a Muslim Woman

However, as ladies and Muslims, our identities, motives and aspirations appeared to all the time be questioned. Travelling appears the antithesis of the place of a ‘Muslimah’, it’s too transient, too unpredictable, it makes you too unattainable and too incomprehensible. It goes with out saying that inside the view of sure communities ladies ought to be the alternative of all these issues. A lady ought to be regular. Women’s actions are endlessly policed, and expectations of Muslim ladies are marred by cultural and conventional rules. One of those legal guidelines used towards us is the notion that Muslim ladies can not journey with no mahram.

I’m not right here to say whether or not travelling with no Mahram is Halal or Haraam. I can solely provide an alternate perception that highlights that it’s Islam that allows me to unite my very existence as somebody who likes to journey to my Muslim id. 

I believe it’s key to recognise how Hadiths are disseminated in patriarchal realities. 

The Hadiths We have are Only About Hajj and Umrah

Ibn ‘Abbas r.a. reported: The Prophet ﷺ mentioned,

 “No man must not be alone with a woman except in the presence of her mahram. No woman should travel except in the company of a mahram.” A person mentioned: “O Messenger of Allah! I have been enrolled for such and such expedition, and my wife left for Haj.” He ﷺ mentioned to him, “Go and perform Haj with your wife.” 

[Al Bukhari and Muslim]

This widely-known hadith is used as one of many important explanation why Muslim ladies are prohibited from performing Hajj alone. Its fixed repetition and its rationalisation by way of students paired with the notion that Hajj is the one pillar that’s not obligatory in case your scenario doesn’t enable it meant that single ladies or ladies with no mahrams have been prevented from performing hajj based mostly on the manipulated rationalisation that their scenario (decreed by God) meant they may not journey alone. Ironic as males used God’s omniscience to stop Women from performing a pillar of Islam.

However, as many love to do, some hadiths are omitted and swept underneath the rug within the favour of others. 

Within the lifetime of the Prophet PBUH allowed his personal wives to journey to Hajj with non Mahrams;

Ibrahim narrated from his father, that his grandfather narrated that Umar in his final Haj allowed the wives of the Prophet PBUH to carry out Haj and he despatched with them Uthman bin Affan and Abdul Rahman bin Auf as escorts (Al-Bukhari, 1999).

The Hadiths Must be Contextualised to the Times of Conflict and War

It is narrated by ‘Adiy bin Hatim that the Prophet PBUH mentioned: If you reside a protracted life you will note a lady travelling from Hirah (Iraq) to carry out tawaf (in Mecca) fearing nobody besides Allah (Al-Bukhari, n.d.)

This hadith highlights the short-term nature of the extra extensively unfold hadiths we’re acquainted with relating to travelling as a lady alone. Furthermore, it highlights that the Prophet might peace and blessings be upon him predicted there could be a time when the safety of girls might be assured girl travelling might be a actuality. 

As Muslim ladies, we all know the Deen, Quran and Sunnah got here as a solution to shield us from the evils of mankind, but once more the road between safety and prevention turned blurred. 

Whilst, all issues are unpredictable and hurt can come from any route, it’s unfair to put extra chance of hurt in journey, than in on a regular basis lifetime of going to work or college. It is inside our duties as Muslims, to correctly put together and search safety via prayer, dua and our adhkaar. 

The Hadiths are Based on Social Realities from Antiquity 

At the time of those Hadiths, modes of transportation have been extraordinarily restricted to animal transportation corresponding to camels and horses and buying and selling or service provider caravans. Furthermore, travelling was harmful for males themselves;

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) mentioned, “Were people to know of what I know about the dangers of travelling alone, no rider would travel alone at night.” (Riyad as-Salihin 958, Book 7, Hadith 3). Men may typically rent the companies of a neighborhood information and even be a part of caravans to keep away from the hazard of tribal battle and harsh environments. It goes with out saying that now we have many technique of journey these days that are a lot safer. 

The added rulings in Saudi Arabian regulation concerning the prohibition of girls travelling with no mahram render this one more reason for many who view Saudi Arabia because the Gatekeepers of Islam, though a wholly completely different subject, it’s troublesome to belief the nation that oppresses the very individuals it’s obligation is to guard for the sake of fabric wealth.  

It is a Question of Safety 

These considerations surrounding a lady’s journey are closely based mostly on her safety, one of many main threats being males themselves. Many Scholars have mentioned {that a} girl should guarantee she prepares and takes care of her personal security (Imam Al-Nawawi, Ata’, Sa’id bin Jubayr, Ibn Sirin, Malik, al-Awza’I and al-Syafi’i). However, it’s nonetheless largely out of our arms, ladies travelling to Mecca with Mahrams have nonetheless suffered the traumatising experiences of sexual harassment which exhibits us that even inside the home of Allah, a lady’s safety can’t be assured due to the overall patriarchal mindset that continues to breed a low nafs in males. 

This concern factors out how, it doesn’t matter what a lady does to guard herself, even in the home of God, males will trespass onto evils, it can’t be mentioned {that a} girl isn’t allowed to be there as it’s her obligation to worship as a lot as it’s a mans. So we’re left with the uncomfortable notion in a world of patriarchy that males ought to be those to repair up. 

Al-Awza’y mentioned, “She should go only with persons of good reputation.”

Malik mentioned, “She should go with a group of women.”

Ash-Shafi’i mentioned, “She should go with a free, Muslim, and trusted woman.” Some of his followers mentioned, “She could go alone in case she is secured.”

Women are Not Weaker

For these hadiths to be understood, we have to discard poisonous foundational beliefs that plague patriarchal understandings of a Woman’s place in Islam. Women usually are not the weaker intercourse, they don’t seem to be objects that require safety. Rather it factors to males being weaker and extra guided by their decrease nafs, it’s unfair to put the blame on ladies as a temptation for simply being. For simply respiration? 

(4:28) Allah desires to lighten your burdens, for man was created weak.

Instead, wouldn’t it make extra sense to simply accept what God has decreed quite than discover methods to control the divine phrase. Men are of a weaker fitra and should work tougher, in face of those obstacles. The very method through which this elaborate building of girls not even having the ability to go away the home, not to mention carry out Hajj and journey simply highlights the extent that males have gone to cover their true potential and weak point.

Assia Hamdi

Assia Hamdi is the Spotlight and Newsletter Editor for The Muslim Women Times. She is a graduate of History and Arabic at SOAS University of London. She can also be a lover of journey, writing, spirituality and meals.


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