A Woman’s True Function Is To Be A Wife And Stay-At-Home Mum, Says PAS Ulama

Another Indian Sunni leader said that, "women have no mental strength and the power to control the universe".

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On the 2016 International Women's Day, a PAS Ulama expressed his opinion on women.

According to the Muslim scholar, a women's true function is at home, as a wife and mother.

PAS Ulama information chief Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali At-Takiri

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PAS Ulama information chief Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali At-Takiri said households in Malaysia were increasingly broken, citing the rising number of divorces as evidence that the institution of the family was growing weaker.

"As such, it is appropriate that the institution of the family be restored, including providing room and conducive space for each couple, especially wives so that they may perform their true function at home as wives and mothers," he said in a statement.

When speaking about the rising divorce cases in Malaysia, Khairuddin said that heavy workload is causing a strain in relationships, which eventually leads to misunderstandings and divorce

Khairuddin, who is also Kuala Nerus MP, said that the workload faced by both spouses in facing the rising cost of living had contributed to increased mental stress and lack of time to fill one another’s needs.

This causes the erosion of moral values, patience, tolerance, and respect among couples, leading to divorce," he added.

While we are on the topic of 'subtle' oppression, a Sunni leader from Kerala said in November 2015, that "women have no mental strength and power to control the universe"

Sunni leader Kanthapuram A P Aboobacker Musliar

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Sunni leader Kanthapuram A P Aboobacker Musliar, the chief of All India Sunni Jamiyyathul Ulama, said women have no mental strength and the power to control the universe, "which lies in the hands of men."

In a controversial remark, Sunni leader Kanthapuram A P Aboobacker Musliar on Saturday described as "un-Islamic" the concept of gender equality and said that women could never equal men as "they are fit only to deliver children".

The 76-year-old Islamic scholar's remarks against reservation for women in elections had set off another controversy recently. He had said 50% reservation of seats for women in civic polls was "too high" but retracted the statement later when it became controversial.

"Gender equality is something which is never going to be a reality. It is against Islam, humanity and was intellectually wrong," said Kanthapuram when delivering a speech at a Muslim Students Federation (MSF) in Kozhikode, Kerala.

Referring to the ongoing debates over allowing girls and boys to share seats in colleges, Musliar said it was "part of a calculated move to destroy Islam and culture."

He also rubbished recent allegations regarding sexual exploitation at Madrasas and asked those who raised allegations to bring evidence to prove it.

In a research conducted by UNICEF last year, 2015, on equality between sexes in Malaysia, only 12% of respondents agreed that men and women share equal responsibility in housework and childcare

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Meanwhile, at an International Women's Day luncheon in Australia yesterday, 8 March, women were outraged after they were graced with gifts of slimming magazines

At an event designed to herald the fantastic "successes of women past and present" the Gold Coast International Women's Celebration and Award Lunch made a terrible faux pas that outraged guests.

The nominees were women who are creators, women who inspire and empower others and women whose can-do attitudes make them shine.

The tables had a gift of a magazine for all of the attendees. It was a slimming magazine full of tips to lose weight fast, and be more beautiful with cosmetic injections.

The attendees were shocked, and immediately took to social media with comments like, "What the hell is this doing waiting for us at our table at the ceremony for international women's day??!!!".

This is not the first time PAS has made a controversial remark against womenfolk in Malaysia. A couple of years ago, PAS leaders wanted to enforce strict dress codes for women to reduce sexual crimes:

Breaking boundaries and stereotypes, these extraordinary Malaysian women have proven that anything is possible if they set their mind to it:

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