Little Girl Rebels Against Tradition in Yemen

Of the many remarkable affects of Islamic rule, the uniform nature in which women are treated is of the most pressing importance. The more rigorous the application of the Shariah, the worse the treatment of women in society. See Afghanistan, Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, the French immigrant banlieus, the Sudan, the Gaza Strip, and as displayed here, in the Yemen:



This uniformity throughout the Muslim world has been noted before, almost 90 years ago, by "The Apostle to Islam," the most accomplished American observer of the Muslim world, Samuel Marinus Zwemer. The essence of the Islamic problem is that their are but a handful of reformers like this young girl, and millions upon millions of traditionalists who support the dictates of the Koran and the Ulema, the Islamic clerical establishment. There may only be a tiny minority of extremists willing to fight against the unbelievers, but unfortunately the traditionalists are the majority in many Middle Eastern and South Asian countries, and while not necessarily violent, they are necessarily anti-modernity.

The most authoritative Muslim texts and jurists show that Muhammad the prophet married the young girl Aisha, aged 6, and that he consummated his marriage with her at age 9. While not prevalent in all Muslim countries, it has been the traditional practice within the faith that women are the property of men, and legally their testimony is worth half that of a man's. The Prophet Muhammad himself is quoted thusly: "Woman was created out of a crooked rib of Adam; and therefore if ye wish to straighten it ye will break it; if you let it alone, it will always be crooked."

Women make up half of the population any society, and the progression of a community, a culture, or a civilization cannot be accomplished if half the people are left to live without their unalienable freedoms. Yemen, the Middle East, Af-Pak, and everything in between will continue in its suffocating and stagnant state of existence so long as women are not treated as the equal partners of men.