A Pakistani Muslim cleric has become an online laughing-stock after claiming that women wearing jeans are to blame for devastating earthquakes, acts of terrorism and rising levels of inflation. Maulana Fazlur Rehman (pictured above), who is also leader of the junior party in Islamabad’s ruling coalition, said ‘immodest women’ are responsible for a whole host of recent disasters around the world.
The hardline politician – who reportedly described the Taliban as ‘our brothers’ – went on to compare women who do not fully cover their bodies in robes to weapons of mass destruction, before urging Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to carry out a military operation against women who wear jeans. He also said ‘immodest women’ are responsible for a whole host of recent disasters around the world
The comments made by Rehman – who leads the conservative Assembly of Islamic Clergy political party – were reported by the International Business Times, citing Pakistani news outlets. The religious leader reportedly compared women to ‘sacks of flour’ and WMDs, adding that modern clothing is responsible for everything from earthquakes to rising inflation in the south Asian country.
In February a Saudi cleric told students that the Earth is a static object which is orbited by the sun, adding that centuries of evidence to the contrary is little more than fabrication
Asked whether the Earth rotates or is stationary the Islamic scholar quickly replies ‘stationary and does not move’, before launching into a long-winded and confusing explanation that appears to the suggest that if the Earth was moving, airliners would never be able to reach their destination.
You really couldn’t make this story up if you tried, and is it any wonder that we in the west treat Islam with such disdain and contempt when we hear of senior Islamic clerics spouting such bilge. What is even worse is the implicit mysoginy contained in these ridiculous utterings about women in society. One day Islam will come to understand that women have an equal role in society and are not there just to satisfy the sexual needs of men or function as baby making machines.