Manism versus feminism

What is to be a manist? by Ammaara Uddeen
If you know the story of the creation of mankind, you certainly know that the Creator first created a man and the latter seemed unhappy to live alone and God created from his ribs, a woman so that she may be his companion.
Both men and women are creatures of God. They have been divinely wished to be partners of one another and to live together. Various interpretations have been given to term this relationship however our subject here is about: Manism

Manism starts long before feminism. Men did not have to group together and say: “well, we are going to create a male community in order to voice out our rights or to safeguard our rights.” NO. There was no need to do that. By their physical power they have imposed themselves and have threatened women to serve them. women were purchased as slaves to serve and entertain men, to dance for them, to serve them wine…..Harems were commonly known.

For generations, women have played the role of chattels. They were taken as objects: marketable objects, sexual objects……They were brainwashed. And on top of that, women used to worship men thinking that they were gods and they would look down upon any ambitious woman or any woman who wanted to voice out truth.

The concept of manism which is derived from ‘man’ has always prevailed. We live in a patriarchal society where men have tried to maintain power at the expense of women. Women have been brainwashed for decades, believing that they have been created as second-hand creatures, to please men, to work for men, to obey men, to strive for men and to be happy with a role given to them by men.

For centuries, men were manist and women manist too because many women are more interested to be on the sides of men rather than trying to understanding the causes and sufferings of women in the society. For example, when a woman leaves her husband and abandon her children, the whole society may look down on her. Nobody makes an effort to understand WhY she had to abandon them; may be she feared for her life because her husband is violent and if she runs away with the children, he may killed her or may be he has threatened her emotionally. There are so many reasons and by the way, what if a man leaves behind her wife and decides to marry another woman, or because his wife is sick, he decides to marry a second wife to entertain him….you see, you may find hundreds who will acclaim this act and say it is halal. Another example is when you hear the case of a battered husband. You are shocked but when you hear several cases of conjugal violence, you listen passively because your mind gives you a signal that it is ok. Men can beat their wives, but women cannot beat their husbands. Men can be violent but women cannot. Men can ride a motorbike but women should not.
So, as you see, people have been raised with such notions of injustices between men and women. Many men cannot understand that women have feelings. They are married because of their beauty or their skin color….as if they are objects.
A manist is similar to a feminist. But they mock at feminist and put it into a man’s perspective, as a joke, like how feminists always try to make females more equal where manists try to make men more equal.
Today, many women are fed up with the concept of manism, and they have voiced out their rights – they are known as feminists.
Sometimes, these feminists parties have gone a bit too far…but this is not our topic here.
I am NOT a feminist and there is NO reason for me to be a feminist. If you believe sincerely in Allah as Your Creator then you are aware that Allah is just upon both genders and He is Compassionate towards both.
The Qur’an gives ample space for both men and women to live happily, to understand each other and to work alongside in harmony.
 If men decide to free themselves of their ego and give women their just valor, things would have been easier for everyone.
Let’s say NO to manism. Stop gender discrimination. Stop injustices done against women in the society. Allow women to be educated. Allow them to choose a husband of their choice. Allow them to seek proper knowledge and let them live happily in their houses.

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