Most of these things are caused by the barrier and all the consequential stupidity. Before the barrier soiled the respectable grounds of the mosque and presented itself as a revolting affront to Islam, women would actively interrupt the lectures of men who had inflated heads to correct them on unIslamic statements by citing verses directly from the Qur’an. Power was kept in check, argument was spirited and productive, and men constantly admitted that the women were right. Enter the barrier. The sole purpose of the barrier is to shut women up, and the men in the front kindly remind us of this by telling us to quiet down every five minutes.
And there are hypocrites who have established
a separate house of worship in order to create mischief,
and to promote apostasy and disunity
among the believers,
and to provide an outpost for all who
from the outset
have been warring against God and God’s Apostle. (Qur’an 9:107)
There have indeed been women who have left Islam because of the terrible treatment they’ve endured at the mosques and from those who commit atrocities in the name of Islam. The men who are responsible for their apostasy are clearly called hypocrites in this verse. Not only have they promoted disunity by establishing separations like the barriers, but as the verse states they have provided material for Islamophobes when their actions themselves are unIslamic.
And they will surely swear [to you, O believers],
“We had but the best of intentions!” –
the while God bears witness that they are lying. (Qur’an 9:107)
Oh believers! Have you read the Qur’an? Make haste to do so! A man who tells you with the best intentions that you are responsible for his arousal and thus should pray behind a wall does not in fact have the best intentions!
Never set foot in such a place! (Qur’an 9:108)
Oh geesh. Women who don’t attend for these reasons are totally backed up here.
Only a house of worship founded, from the very first day,
upon God-consciousness is worthy of thy setting foot therein –
wherein there are men who love to cleanse themselves:
for God loves all who purify themselves. (Qur’an 9:108)
Seriously, does anyone actually read this thing? Clearly an individual’s purity is the responsibility of that individual. Cleanse themselves! purify themselves!–why why why does this need repeating? The Word of God is rejected by deceitful arrogant men, who turn away in favor of patriarchy!
Which, then, is the better:
he who has founded his building on God-consciousness
and [a desire for] God’s goodly acceptance –
or he who has founded his building on the edge
of a water-worn, crumbling river-bank,
so that it [is bound to] tumble down with him into the fire of hell?
For God does not grace with God’s guidance
people who [deliberately] do wrong:
the building which they have built will never cease
to be a source of deep disquiet in their hearts
until their hearts crumble to pieces.
And God is all-knowing, wise. (Qur’an 9:109–110)
To further worship patriarchy, men (whom we cannot see) will announce into the mic (which we cannot see) that the clueless women in the back are being awfully noisy again, and can they please shut up so we important men who run the world can continue to pretend they don’t exist until we want to force them to have sex again? That way we can get on with the sermon about how the enemy is among us and only those of the strongest of faith will stand against the tempting innovated corruptions of religion.
Like barriers. I mean, feminists.
The most infuriating part of this is that it creates an environment in which women turn against other women–an age old tactic. Women walk out of the prayer area claiming that women are talkative, hysterical, unworthy of positions of leadership. Never mind the extra noise comes from the fact that they are excluded and have little motivation to pay attention when they can’t fucking SEE anything, and that they’re stuck with noisy crying babies, and that it’s not even that much louder if at all–the men just think it is because, you know, women… they always talk too much.