Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury
In a video message, Al Qaeda kingpin Ayman Al-Zawahiri called upon the Muslim women to wear hijab. Al-Qaeda’s Al-Sahab media wing released a video featuring a speech by Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri titled ‘The Battle of the Hijab’. In the video, Al-Zawahiri addresses Muslim women and warns them of the war raging against the Islamic nation that seeks to force them to abandon their religion and hijab (headscarf).
It may be mentioned here that, Muslim girls and women in the Western nations particularly the United States and Britain are increasingly getting inclined towards radical Islam and putting on hijab and burqa. In the United Kingdom, Islamist groups and individuals are even trying to declare some parts of London as “sharia compliance zones”, where “un-Islamic” activities are confronted by several organized groups of radical Muslims. A very large proportion of Muslim migrants in Britain are not only getting heavily radicalized but they also are secretly working in waging jihad against the British populace with the notorious agenda of transforming the country into a Muslim nation. While secularist individuals and groups are vigorously combatting radical Islam and trying to stop the spread of radical Islam in various segments of lives including the finance and banking sector, according to statistics, sharia compliance finance has been spreading like bonfire in the Western nations while a very large proportion of non-Muslims, more precisely Hindus, Buddhists, Christians and Jews are switching to sharia banking.
Debate on hijab
Many feminists and other Leftists don’t admit hijab’s incompatibility with Western principles of equality between men and women. They say, hijab actually is a symbol of oppression of women in Islamic countries can face punishments for not wearing it – ranging from lashings and imprisonment and even gang rape inside prisons. There are large number of cases of Muslim girls and women being murdered for not wearing hijab.
It may be mentioned here that, Muslim’s holy scripture Quran describes women as inferior to men, while it openly pronounces the women as the “crop field” of the men thus giving absolute rights to the men in using their women, the way they want.
As per the Quranic verses, women actually are treated as mere slaves. This is why, this holy scripture of the Muslims does not offer anything in the heaver for the Muslim women.
Contrary to many Muslims telling Westerners that head coverings for women are not a religious requirement, only a cultural one, it is explicitly mandated in the Quran: (Quran 24:31) And tell the believing women to reduce of their vision and guard their private parts and not expose their adornment except that which appears thereof and to wrap [a portion of] their headcovers over their chests and not expose their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers, their brothers’ sons, their sisters’ sons, their women, that which their right hands possess, or those male attendants having no physical desire or children who are not yet aware of the private aspects of women. And let them not stamp their feet to make known what they conceal of their adornment. And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed.
If a woman does not cover, she is fair game to be assaulted: (Quran 33:59) O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves of their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused.
And while Al-Zawahiri calls out what he deems to be the “sins” of America, he makes no mention of historic and present-day atrocities committed in the name of Islam and in accord with its teachings.
On August 7, 2019, Al-Qaeda’s Al-Sahab media wing released a video featuring a speech by Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri titled “The Battle of the Hijab.” In the video, Al-Zawahiri addresses Muslim women and warns them of the war raging against the Islamic nation that seeks to force them to abandon their religion and hijab (“head covering”).
The 12-minute video, which is the fourth episode of his da’wa (“preaching, invitation”) series, shows the Al-Qaeda leader in the usual setting, in what appears to be a studio, sitting behind a table on which a Quran is open. Al-Zawahiri begins by addressing “Muslim sisters,” particularly those who wear the hijab, saying the current war rages against the Islamic ummah at all levels – militarily, politically, ideologically, culturally, educationally, or economically and others. He says: “The reason behind this war is the danger the Muslim ummah poses to the existence of the modern global system, which is controlled by the leading [international] criminals”.
Comparing the Islamic nation with other non-Islamic nations, he says that the nation of Islam is a nation of monotheism, chastity, and jihad for the sake of Allah, while other nations believe in polytheism, lechery, and invasion. He then accuses other nations of “trying by all means to exclude the Islamic ummah or cause it to deviate from this religion and its sharia”.
He says that non-Islamic nations wage wars of ideas and ideologies and other types of wars, and that they want Muslims to abandon their monotheism and become “secularists, irreligious, atheists, Christians, communists, and utilitarian’s”, desert chastity, purity, virtue, and integrity, and indulge in lust and pleasures.
In a stark criticism of the United States and Western countries, Al-Zawahiri says: “Isn’t it awfully strange that those who bombarded Japan with atomic bombs, killed five million people in Vietnam, occupied our countries, smashed the Ottoman state, planted Israel in our midst, divided us into more than 50 countries, are stealing our wealth and even the wealth of the whole humanity, are disregarding the destruction of our planet by climate change for their our own interest, are supporting every tyrant and corrupt powerful leader in our countries, and then lecture us about human rights, freedom, civilization, and justice?”
“Is it not strange that the world is controlled by five criminal powers through their international legitimacy, and then they lecture us on democracy and equality?” he asks.
Addressing Muslim women, Al-Zawahiri says that they stand on the frontlines of such wars. He also warns them that non-Islamic nations want Muslim women to abandon their “religion, commitment, chastity, modesty, hijab, and morals,” adding that they also want Muslim women to be atheists, irreligious, and secularists with no morals and principles.
He then praises the role of Muslim women in the Islamic community and their steadfastness, patience, and suffering, especially if their sons or husbands are killed, arrested, or lost. He commends Muslim women and girls who supported their male siblings who participated in jihad, incited them to take part in protests against oppression and tyranny, or suffered due to their imprisonment.
Al-Zawahiri goes on to say: “Oh noble and honorable women, you are one of the first targets in the war against our Islamic ummah. They will try to reach your faith and conviction using every loophole so that they can penetrate [your faith]”.
Can the Western world stop the spread of Islam?
It may be mentioned here that, out of total 7.7 billion world population, the size of the Muslim population is growing very fast in the entire world. Even in India, a country currently ruled by radical Hinduist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and their political and ideological cohorts, each year the size of the Muslim population is growing very fast. While non-Muslims in India, particularly Hindus are strictly following population control and family planning methods, Muslim mostly consider birth control as an unforgivable sin.
As of 2015, the size of the Muslim population in the world was 1.8 billion making up to 24.1 percent of the total population in the world. Islam is the second-largest religion in the world, while Hinduism stands at the third position. It may be mentioned here that the total size of the Muslim population in India was 201 million in 2018.
Rise of radical Hindutva
India’s ruling BJP has already set an agenda of establishing “at least” 10 Hindu states around the world. With this target, they are gradually concentrating in a number of nations. It may be mentioned here that, BJP leadership considers Adolph Hitler as an “iconic hero” while it has abetted with Nazi forces during the Holocaust. Copying the strategies of Hitler, radical Hindus and leaders of the ruling forces in India are openly expressing their desire of annexing India’s neighboring nations by 2050 with the ulterior motive of getting back the pre-1948 undivided India. For the sake of smooth execution of this plot, Hindus are pretending to be best allies and friends of the Christians and Jews, although, in reality, these people are abducting, torturing and forcing Christians into Hinduism.
According to my own assessment, with the rise of radical Hindutva in India, the country is practically heading towards religious conflicts and even a civil war between Hindus and non-Hindus.
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury is the editor of Blitz. Follow him on Twitter at Salah_Shoaib