A Raw Deal for Muslim Women
Incidents like the Buffalo beheading won't stop while Islamic leaders and institutions continue to adhere to theology that tolerates wife beating.
March 21, 2009 - 12:00 am
The February 13 beheading of Aasiya Z. Hassan by her husband Muzzamil Hassan, as reported here at PJ Media by Phyllis Chesler, has stunned the American Muslim community. This honor killing is particularly shocking because Hassan co-founded the Bridges TV network, which was created specifically to combat negative stereotypes of Muslims and to supposedly present Americans with an alternative “moderate” form of Islam.
However, the official response to this tragedy from the Muslim community has not been helpful. As observed earlier this month by the Salafi Burnout blog, the individual chosen by the Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA) to respond to the “moderate” Buffalo beheading tragedy is Mauri Saalakhan, who reportedly has admitted to beating his own wife. Saalakhan’s response to the Hassan honor killing is posted on MANA’s website. (Saalakhan has also previously been discussed here at PJ Media, regarding his support of terrorist organizations and his close connection to New York Democratic Congressman Gregory Meeks).
Several days following the initial post concerning Saalakhan’s abuse of his wife, one of his supporters posted a purported response from Saalakhan defending his conduct, which was then included in a separate post on the Salafi Burnout blog:
The allegations — which I have since discovered are now on a number of extremely hostile anti-Islam, anti-Muslim websites — are UNTRUE. I have never beaten up any woman in my life. There have been a number of occasions in the PAST (not the present), and few in number, when I have struck a woman with an open hand — an admission that I am not proud of — but I have never beaten a woman! And on the few occasions when this did happen — with three (I can count them) exceptions — it was in response to being struck first.
So Saalakhan’s supposed response to these accusations of domestic violence is the standard Ike Turner “bitch had it coming” defense. His position of “I might have beat my wife yesterday, but I’m not doing it today” apparently clears him of any taint of hypocrisy.
It should be noted that while Saalakhan argues that these accusations came from “hostile anti-Islam, anti-Muslim websites,” a Muslim runs the Salafi Burnout blog. Many of the comments posted on the blog — again almost all from the Muslim community — expressed horror at MANA’s extremely poor choice of respondent to address the Buffalo Islamic honor killing. They also condemn the glaringly hypocritical response to the domestic violence epidemic that is part and parcel of the anti-woman, pro-violence, Wahhabi-driven ideology that unfortunately now dominates institutional American Islam.