How Muslims Treat Women

This female protester was half-stripped, beaten and stomped on.
This female protester was half-stripped, beaten and stomped on. | Source

An Arab Nightmare for Egyptian Women

It was such a promising start that the movement was dubbed the Arab Spring, after the reforms in Prague, the Czechoslovakian city when it looked like democracy was going to flower. And just like that unfortunate city, reality stomped on the dream. The Egyptian military, keen to keep their power behind whatever puppet government was elected, brutalized the women protestors. The soldiers seemed to want to exact a higher price from females for daring to participate. The protests had toppled Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak, and brought forth new elections. Egyptian women, from the very beginning of the protests were active in making their displeasure known and were loud in their calls for democracy. The protests continued. The people knew that the elected representatives were just puppets and that the true power lay with Egypt's army leaders. The soldiers were quick to crush the movement that they had initally supported.

Soldiers ganging up on a female protestor, oblivious to her pain.
Soldiers ganging up on a female protestor, oblivious to her pain. | Source
Soldiers treated this woman brutally by pulling her around by her hair.
Soldiers treated this woman brutally by pulling her around by her hair. | Source

Demonstrations in Tahrir Square have been held daily for the past few days in order to protest the military rule. Suddenly the soldiers attacked. There had already been a few civilian killings. These pictures show the brutality that the women demonstrators suffered in the hands of soldiers. The men ganged up on individual women and beat them with metal batons. It seemed as if it was not enough to subdue the women, they had to be humiliated. Where was this famed consideration that Muslims have for women? The muslims have always declared that Islam treated their women better. Really? These pictures do not seem to support that claim. If anything, it has always seemed to me that women in the Middle East get the short end of the stick. The more conservative the brand of Islam, the more the women are covered up and shut away in their homes where they are not able to participate in public life. Egypt, as it has come under the sway of Islamists, has seen more women behind the veil. Soon, the presence of women in Egypt's universities will dwindle and then disappear as it continues to be ruled by Islamists. We people in the West should look at this and stop kidding ourselves. Muslim societies are not healthy for women or minority religions. To be passive, refrain from making criticisms about their brutality, and to give financial aid to these countries is an abomination to our beliefs regarding freedom and equality. We should not be silent.

This woman seems to be pleading for help as she is being dragged away by Egyptian soldiers.
This woman seems to be pleading for help as she is being dragged away by Egyptian soldiers. | Source

WARNING! Violent and Graphic Content

As this hub was being published, the Egyptian military expressed "great regret" for the attacks on women and promises to investigates these and punish the soldiers. Yeah, big whoop.

Comments 43 comments

gjfalcone profile image

gjfalcone 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

Enlightening Hub. Those in power tend to be reluctant to relinquish such power.My prayers are with the people all over the oppressed world; including the USA.


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Cassie Smith 4 years ago from U.S. Author

There are different levels of oppressed. Can't imagine that kind of brutality being enacted on women here in the US.


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Paraglider 4 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

This was an atrocity by any standards. It is what has happened through the ages when you have entrenched martial law and has little or nothing to do with Islam.


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Zainnisar 4 years ago from Little Island, Heart.

Its have nothing to do with ISLAM, I don't know how such lunatics can have sleep, How their conscious allow them to live after doing such things. Gjfalcone is right its all over the oppressed world, Why you titled it like that they are not Muslim, they are as mercenaries as al-Qaeda is in tribal areas of Pak-Afghan border or Indian army in occupied Kashmir. They all have one concern get paid from completing orders.

I don't know what to say simply Pathetic. Such ----- should be hanged and left their for others to get lesson.


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Cassie Smith 4 years ago from U.S. Author

Muslims keep saying that, but it seem to be part of a pattern in the Muslim world. Muslims keep saying Sharia is fair to women, but that's not true when you see how they are treated in the Sharia rules. The soldiers did not hesitate in what they were doing, and they would not have done that if they didn't grow up with the message that it was okay to do that to women.


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Zainnisar 4 years ago from Little Island, Heart.

My hands are still shaking after watching those poor souls beaten with such brutality.

Thanks for coming to the point that I am trying to convey to every fundamentalist I encounter its upbringing which is root cause of the problem. Overwhelming majority simply don't understand what Islam is, and when we talk about building a tolerant society we are simply labeled American agents. This photograph is unfortunately not the first instance we have seen such footage in Islamabad when people were protesting against then Dictator President Musharif, women were badly tortured by so called "law" enforcers but what happened chief Justice was restored and so does the democracy. Its resistance against uprising of will of people, I am hopeful that slowly by time and education such things will stop and Egypt will be a prosperous state for its inhabitants.

You should continue writing, whatever is in need of words. Good Luck.


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Cassie Smith 4 years ago from U.S. Author

Thank you Zainnisar. This probably won't be the last hub about the systemic mistreatment of women in Muslim countries.


Niyaz 4 years ago

This is a very painful sight.

@Zainnisar Please don't include Kashmir in this. It is much more complicated than the other things you mention. What you call Kashmir is actually Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh etc. which are divided on many lines. Some want to be with Pakistan, while most want to be in India. In fact those fundamentalists have terrorized and massacred most of the Hindus and Sikhs of Kashmir, and forced the rest to leave. Confronted with terrorism exported by Pakistan, linked to Al-Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Toiba, etc inciting even more violence, the Indian Army has mostly been successful in keeping peace. Afterall, in the rest of India, Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims, Christians live in peace, with some infrequent problems.


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

The fact that this religion is growing at an alarming rate all over the world is a sobering thought. I really like the graphics you present here as it's really much harder to argue with pictures than words.

I recently heard a Muslim state why women were forbidden to drive in his country. He said that women were not allowed to drive because they would then go have sex and there would be no virgins left. Can you believe? First off, he assumes all women are virgins which is one of the dumbest statements ever. Secondly, such a statement assumes the ones who are virgins want to have sex. Also stupid in the extreme. Women suffering at the hands of this religion will have to unite en masse and fight back by any means needed. I hate to go here but I'm going to. Ladies...Everyone sleeps sometime. Everyone eats. Everyone bleeds. They have to stand up and many of them will die I'm sure but if they don't this will only get worse. And we, the USA, should help them. How many times has our nation stepped in to someone else’s business? This cause would be one I would actually consider worthy.


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Cassie Smith 4 years ago from U.S. Author

The role of women in the Middle East has been deteriorating since Salafism and the extremists have gained power. Our government should continue to pressure these states in recognizing and respecting the rights of women.


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Paraglider 4 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

That's too general a statement. The Middle East has many countries. Have you looked into the work Sheikha Mosah is doing to promote education for women in Qatar?


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Cassie Smith 4 years ago from U.S. Author

Paraglider, it's sad that you can only name one person doing such good work. Her position gives her a huge advantage but she still has a mountain to climb. May she stay safe and nurture more women leaders.


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Bbudoyono 4 years ago

Indonesia is the first country in muslim world who has a woman president - President Megawati. Do you know how muslim treat her ? There are debate but they respect her.


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Cassie Smith 4 years ago from U.S. Author

Yes, it's quite an accomplishment for a muslim woman. Let's hope there's a repeat and Indonesia has other women leaders.


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Paraglider 4 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

I can name many. I chose to name one of my best examples, as did Bbudoyono.


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Cassie Smith 4 years ago from U.S. Author

Having many examples is not the same as having a culture where it is normal for women to engage in public activities and are respected for it.


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Paraglider 4 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

I'm not here to defend Islam. I don't hold with any religion as most probably all are untrue. I just don't see the point of running a campaign of anti-Islamic propaganda though.


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Cassie Smith 4 years ago from U.S. Author

It's not anti-Islamic propoganda, I'm trying to bring awareness as to how women and Christians are being treated unjustly in Muslim countries.


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munir6789 4 years ago from dhaka

Muslims follow the religion that is islam. Islam means peace. if you want to see in islam, how to behave with women, you have to see the holy book of islam.If you want to see an example of a good muslim, that is profet Muhammed (s) and his life style. This type of treatment with women is not taught in islam. I can say it's a bad example of a ruler that is shown in the picture. It is nothing but controlling female protestors by a group of armed personnel as dictated by authority. In this case both female protestor and authority did not follow the basic rules of islam.


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Cassie Smith 4 years ago from U.S. Author

Islam only means peace only if you are a muslim. In Muslim countries, women and religious minorities are unjustly treated and for those who follow Islam, they allow this unjust treatment because it is in the Koran.


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hinazille 4 years ago from Dominica (West Indies, The Caribbean) :D

I am appalled at the utterly incorrect conclusion and message you are propagating with this hub.

Islam does not subjugate women, in fact at a time in society when women were treated as property, muslims were exalting their women by giving them property rights, freedom of choice to work, as well as other basic human rights like the right to LIVE (the pagans and christians were slaughtering newborns if they were discovered to be female as they felt they were more of a burden than a blessing).

When muslims do not follow the religion of Islam properly, Islam is blamed. When christians (or any other religion for that matter) commit atrocities and do not follow the guidance of Jesus, Christianity is not even mentioned.

I don't need to go further than to simply mention names like Hitler (a self professed Christian, raised by a Christian family), Mussolini (a Christian), Bush(s) (both of which are Christians), Bill Clinton (Christian), Obama (christian), the list goes on and on and on... All of these people follow(ed) the Christian faith, all are committing or have committed horrendous acts and combined, they are responsible for the massacring of millions of humans (mainly muslims).

lets go back in history a little. The Knights Templar a religious order constructed by the Vatican undertook the first crusades against the muslims in the middle east. later, the crusades were responsible for destroying thousands of humans - muslims and christians alike.

i mean come on - why not report on the whole truth? why arent you mentioning the fact that the Palestinians gave the Jews a safe haven from the torture of Hitler, gave those people a refuge from the terrors they were fleeing from, and over a period of 5-10 years, more than half of Palestine was forcibly taken over by the Jews.

Since that time, israel has spread its scope by entirely illegal means, killing and ejecting Palestinians from their homes and lands. How is this fair?

Those seeking the truth (and not intending to spread propaganda) should do their research and really understand the malicious intent of the West to malign Islam.


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Cassie Smith 4 years ago from U.S. Author

Of course Islam subjugates women. You're very ignorant of your own Koran or you are willfully blind to its messages where it concerns women. Hitler disdained Christianity and preferred Islam thinking it a more muscular religion. Mussolini was an avowed atheist. As for the rest of your comments, it shows that you have been so brainwashed. Sorry, but I can't help you with that. As for history, Islam was spread by the sword and through financial coercion, only one of Mohammed's battles were defensive. Palestinians gave the Jews a safe haven?! Ha! Palestinians are a made up people. There were no Palestinians, the Jews bought the land and it was the UN that created that haven.


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Arabspring 4 years ago from Egypt

I don`t Understand What is your point ?!

I may understand your claim that the name of the soldier in that pic is "Islam" and he abused that woman, but i canno`t understand at all any claim you did about him being a representer of Islam! using the same logic i should call you "America"! this is a too short and confused understanding of things!is that the way people think these days in USA ?!the only explanation of this non-logic thinking is known as fanaticism, prejudice, intolerance, narrow mindedness, and extremism


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hinazille 4 years ago from Dominica (West Indies, The Caribbean) :D

Everything I said could be checked up and verified. Its not that difficult. I have no idea what your background is but it is most definitely not an educational one as an educated, rational person would never let the words 'Palestinians are a made up people' come out through their mouths - the reality is that YOU are completely unschooled in history - if you have the nerve to write a propaganda filled hub, do you damn research, STOP rewriting history!

You further mentioned the UN 'created that haven', like that is justification for the thousands of muslims being killed in Palestine and surrounding countries. Its like saying I allow a group of people the right to take over your property - and its ok for that group of people to slaughter the inhabitants of your property, because I gave them the right to take over. Its ludicrous. The logic is worse than a 5 year olds - seriously, educate your self, you just sound wilfully oblivious. The UN waded in and handed Palestine over to the Zionists as the UN is the Zionists lapdog.

The Quran raises the status of women, gives them rights in THIS society, but I understand it troubles you because whilst you are fighting for equality from your male counterparts, we have no such need to prove our worths. Its accepted that men should respect, cherish and provide for the women in muslim societies, even though women have the freedom of choice to make their own money FOR THEMSELVES.

If you think that the followers of a religion constitute the religion - then you are so far gone, I can't help you.

Lady, I just gave you FACTS about how the CHRISTIANS led CRUSADES against not only muslims, but also against their fellow Christians & Jews that were living on those lands. Mussolini was raised a Christian - it makes absolutely no difference what nonsense you write here - he was RAISED a Christian. Hitler may have thought Islam was a better option, but he was also a self professed Christian.

By writing lies and misleading statements, you are not reporting on the facts. You are discrediting your own intelligence (or highglighting the lack of it).


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hinazille 4 years ago from Dominica (West Indies, The Caribbean) :D

Additionally, I just came across this comment of yours & I HAD to respond:

'... The soldiers did not hesitate in what they were doing, and they would not have done that if they didn't grow up with the message that it was okay to do that to women....'

According to your logic, the American soldiers who were caught urinating on dead Afghani's were raised that way by their parents.

Also, according to your reasoning, the soldiers who walked into a residential property and slaughtered dozens of innocent civilians, including children and an elderly man in a wheelchair, all did that as they were raised that way by their families.

Furthermore, one veteran commits suicide every 80 minutes in the US, as they are unable to face their own memories of the inhumane acts that they were instructed to commit. Were they raised that way too? To commit suicide when they can't come to terms with the horrendous nature of the war they are fighting against CIVILIANS in muslim countries?

Wake the hell up.


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Cassie Smith 4 years ago from U.S. Author

@Arabspring. Of course you don't understand. You are willfully blind. What all these women were doing were having a peaceful protest when these men attacked them. They didn't have to attack them, they could have just arrested them but no, they attacked them and abused them because of some medieval Muslim mindset that women shouldn't even participate in public life.


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Cassie Smith 4 years ago from U.S. Author

@hinazille, all your namecalling will not hide your ignorance. Even the founders of the PLO called the Palestinians a made up people. There was never a nation called Palestine. The "Palestinians" are losers in history who continued to make a mess of their own affairs and blame Israel for their own inadequacies.

The Egyptian military didn't go through ten years of war did they? No! Again your ignorance shows. You have NO FACTS just an ignorant outlook. That's not your fault, you've all been brainwashed. But shame on you for supporting the abuse of muslim women.


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hinazille 4 years ago from Dominica (West Indies, The Caribbean) :D

Cassie.

You are a grown ass lady who has no facts, just fabrications and insinuations. Everything I have stated (as I mentioned before) can be verified. Your nonsense has no base. You conveniently overlook historical facts & twist statements around. This is not factual reporting - its just propaganda.

Anyone who reads your article should be able to see right through it, but if not hopefully these comments should be an eye opener.

I don't feel any pity for you, because a GROWN lady should be doing research before letting BS spout from her mouth. God help us all if there are people like you out there getting there poison out, infecting the minds of the youth.

Im sorry but you know nothing about muslims, islam or even christianity.... because

'...A woman must learn quietly and submissively.

Moreover, I do not allow a woman to teach or to usurp authority over a man. Instead, she is to be quiet.

For Adam was formed first, then Eve.

And it was not Adam who was deceived. It was the woman who was deceived and became a lawbreaker.

How­ever, women will be saved by having children, if they continue to have faith, love, and holiness, along with good judgment...' [1 Timothy 2:11-15]

here is a verse that is apparently encouraging christian women to 'participate in public life'...right?????

A few more verses for your reading pleasure:

1 Corinthians 14:35

If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church.

1 Timothy 2:11

A woman should learn in quietness and full submission.


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Cassie Smith 4 years ago from U.S. Author

@hinazille. That was your last post. I've already told you that name calling doesn't help your case and it just indicates immaturity and I'm not letting it continue. Your post shows a lot of ignorance and it's an embarrassment but I'm letting it stay so people realize that there are women like you out there who really don't know any better.


Patrick 4 years ago

Cassie smith, I think your comments show your ignorance. 'Palestinians are a made up people' is disgustingly ignorant and an outrage. Families that have lived there for centuries have a right to their own land and it is not Islam that should be blamed for attacking women but US backed dictators and their armies. It is not religion that compels the men but money. As well as that you present a rather narrow minded point of view that it is just women who are being assaulted. It is anyone who demonstrates.


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Cassie Smith 4 years ago from U.S. Author

Patrick, PLO founders have said a palestinian was an invented people. There was never a nation called Palestine, all so called "Palestinians" came from somewhere else, the Hamas Minister of the Interior said this. Learn to read a real history book. The Egyptian army was particularly vicious with this women's demonstration. Can't believe you would excuse this behavior.


Patrick 4 years ago

I'm not excusing their actions however it is wrong to say that religion has anything to do with it. Even if there has never been a Palestine on the map, the area has been continuously inhabited for centuries. It is ridiculous to to say that because they came from 'elsewhere' centuries ago that it isn't their land. It would would be ridiculous if I said to you that because your great grandfather was British or German that you weren't an American. 'Israelis' were a minority at the formation of 'their' country. Even if the PLO or a hamas minister made these claims, if you met an actual Palestinian you would know better.


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Cassie Smith 4 years ago from U.S. Author

You really are ignorant. There was never a nation called Palestine, there is a nation called USA. How is it that you don't get that?


Jessica 4 years ago

Cassie, you are really ignorant of course there is a area called Palestine, Gaza the Israeli's took it away from them, the land was given to the Jewish people later on.

I do not blame Islam for any of this, it is people getting their religion wrong. I have read the Quran, Islam teaches you to treat women equally. You should read the Quran, Maybe you would be less ignorant. Islam really is a religion of peace. It also states many facts in there which really is impossible to make up.


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Cassie Smith 4 years ago from U.S. Author

Jessica, my ignorance is only exceeded by your lack of education. There has never been a nation called Palestine but there is an area called Palestine. As for Islam, you intentionally blind yourself to the passages where women are treated less equally than men, that's your problem. And if it's a questions of getting their religion wrong then there seem to be a majority who do so. All these islamists that are out there creating havoc are doing so in the name of Allah. No dearie, they are not getting their religion wrong.


C Law 4 years ago

Good posts Cassie. I agree with everything you say. Of course Muslims treat their women badly, this is seen all over the world.


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zainabzarrar 3 years ago from Sharjah, UAE

@poetvix women are allowed to drive if they think its necessary; half the women nowadays drive and i can say that because i live in middle east. in our religion, its forbidden for women to have sex unless she's married to the person. this is not oppression, this is our religion. so yeah, all muslim women are virgins except if they had married someone before. why are trying to stand up? did you even consider if we want that?? we are happy and more-than-proud of our religion and so in our eyes, the real oppressors are you people.

according to muslims, islam is not unjust. how can you, an outsider, say this?? how can you say islam is unjust when you don't even hold knowledge of it?maybe some but not all, as muslims do. in truth, the islam raised a women's place from under the ground to having the paradise at her feet.

as for jews and palestenians, palestine was the real country. if israel was the real country then i think you should read more about world war II and its outcomes. how can you be oblivious to ALL history books and believe ONE defying history book?


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zainabzarrar 3 years ago from Sharjah, UAE

i advice you to read the quran and knowing about the religion fully before passing any judgement.

how come islam is the fastest growing religion? i don't think all these people are blind. and again, how come there are more palestenians than israelis? how come palestenians own less and less land everyday? if israelis were true owners and palestenians attacked afterwords, wouldn't it be the israelis getting pushed out of 'their' land?


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Skarlet 23 months ago from California

Every American woman who is brainwashed into believing that Muslims are a bunch of cuddly little sweet things wrapped in towels should open her eyes to this....


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tsadjatko 23 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

In truth, the Islamic religious community has never exhibited an interest in expanding opportunities for women beyond the family role.

Google "a woman is worth less than a man"

Fastest growing religion? Maybe because they will kill you if you convert to another religion...it is a coerced religion.


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Skarlet 23 months ago from California

Sadly, the Democrats are helping this religion expand by presenting it as something admirable. The liberals pretend to have such an interest in women's rights by preaching the glory of abortion, yet, they strongly support a group of people (Muslims)- who kill women and regularly throw acid in their faces.

I would much rather live in a country where I am not free to kill my unborn children at will than live in a country where I am not allowed to get an education, wear what I want, and can't have a husband of my own. Really democrat women? you want to be part of a harem?


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GlendaGoodWitch 23 months ago from California

Very sickening that some people are actually defending Muslims here. I don't care how many times a person reads the Koran. This is violence towards women and it is disgusting. There is no excuse for it and, No! the Bible does not teach us that this is okay. There once was a time when Americans were too smart and independent to make excuses for radical behavior like this. This is a serious threat to civilized society and freedom. Smart women will not support Muslims in any form. I'm more interested in my freedom than being politically correct.


fff 14 months ago

Nowadays the stupid liberals are destroying the values of humanity with ignorance.

Islam is a death cult, oppressive, highly manipulative, dishonest, submissive,women abuse, abusive, disgusting religion.

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