Friday, December 17, 2004

Down With... .the Prophet (peace be upon him)??!!

Salaam 'Alaikum

Would a person who calls him or herself Muslim ever dream of saying such a thing? We all answer, from our guts, no, never! Astaghfirullah, our hearts cry out (as the denizens of MWU laugh, because apparently asking for forgivness from the Lord is funny. It must be nice to be perfect in front of Him. I definitely wouldn't know).

Anyway, before MWU was hacked (again), there was an article (which, admittedly I scanned, looking for something else) on the front page about a book published for Russian Muslims on sex. Apparently, some of the language was a little too licentious for one scholar, and MWU responded the way they usually do -- making fun of him. "Down with the prudes!" they proclaimed proudly.

Adab, according to the denizens of MWU, is oppression of women. Especially adab about sex. That's why the overwhelming majority of the pornographic "Sex and the Ummah" features are written by women. (Of course, pornography is generally an industry that trades in the sexualization and sexuality of women, with men profiting the most, but I think it's supposed to be liberating and progressive when it's MWU doing it).

So, according to MWU, our liberation and progression as a people will come when Ahmed and Iman are up on Jerry's stage bragging about their escapades with the next door neighbor. Hey, that's what non-prudish people do, isn't it? No class, no tact, no adab. Naturally, the more intellectually elitist will pen erotica anthologies to be sold in the Anthologies section of Barnes and Noble (and what is "Progressive Islam" but an extremely class / status conscious and intellectual elitist movement? It permeates all of their writings... but that's another day).

So anyway, one of MWU's refrains is "Down with Prudes!" Risama has talked about it here before. Apparently, prudishness is modesty or adab about sexuality (and no one means this nicely, it's a put down of any modesty, so let's not fool ourselves). Now it's clear to anyone with an ounce of common sense that in the real world, Muslims don't really need "help" with sex by talking about it, watching movies about it, or reading pornography about it. We have one of the highest birth rates in the world, and we all know how babies are made. So it's a mystery as to why anyone thinks Muslims haven't gotten the hang of intimacy and sexuality just because we don't talk about it.

I tried to go back to MWU's website to re-read the article, but... it was hacked again. Oh well.

I tried to go back because this rather lame slogan (reminds me of a weak copycat of the mood of Berkeley in the 60s) kept coming back to me as I went around my business. "Down with Prudes!" I keep remembering how MWU and "progressives" in general often tell people (especially the media) that they are the true carriers of the Prophet's torch (peace be upon him). We know that MWU doesn't think highly of men with beards or women with veils, or of the scholars of the diyn... we're prudes. But Muslims are human beings. Some of us come from cultures where sexuality is open and pervasive, where talking about your sexual escapades is normal. So where do we get these practices and concepts of modesty about sexuality from?


The Prophet of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, was more bashful than a virgin concealed in her veil. (Ibn Majah)

The Prophet, peace be upon him, said, "Modesty brings nothing but good." (Bukhari, Muslim)

The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, "Verily, there is a (special) morality of every religion. And the (special) morality of Islam is modesty."(Ibn Majah)

The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, "Verily, amongst the words people have obtained from the sayings of the past prophets is that when you are immodest (unashamed) then do
whatever you desire."(Ibn Majah)

The Holy Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, "Modesty is part of 'iman and 'iman is in paradise and obscenity is part of hard-heartiness is in hell."(Ahmad, Tirmidhi )

The Messenger, peace and blessings be upon him, came upon a man of Ansar who was advising his brother regarding modesty (not to over do it) . The Messenger, peace be upon him said, "Leave him alone, for modesty is part of 'iman."(Bukhari, Muslim)

So when they say "Down with Prudes!" they mean "Down with Modesty!" and if they're saying that... well, what then do they say about the overwhelming evidence that the Prophet (peace be upon him) lived out the Qur'anic command of sexual modesty and was himself exceedingly modest?

Maybe I don't want to know.

Are you the torchbearer if you mock an essential trait and characteristic of the Prophet (peace be upon him), something he emphasized when teaching his Companions?



Blogger Aoife said...

The hadith you posted are beautiful. But, for those who think modesty is prudish in religion, many of those have trouble taking the Quran at face value. Hadith don't even stand a chance for them.

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Blogger Ann said...

Assalaamu alaikum,

Yay! Masha'allah!

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Blogger ابدلرحیم said...

MashAllah to all of the writers of this blog. And I am scared and ashamed that some people mistake the likes of MWU as bearers of the torch of our Prophet Muhammed (SAW). I'm sure that there are some good people there, but darn. May Allah guide us all.

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