Women in Kuwait A Pictorial Essay. _______________________. Geoff Dougherty Professor of Applied Physics and Medical Imaging California State University Channel Islands. Quick lesson in Arabic. Kuwait and its neighbors. Kuwait. ● One of the richest little countries in the world.
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Professor of Applied Physics and Medical Imaging
California State University Channel Islands
● One of the richest little countries in the world.
● With a population of only one million, Kuwait
sits on 10% of the world's oil reserves.
1. The Bedu
In April 1995 over 200 maids were sheltered at the Philippines embassy, 150 at the Sri Lankan embassy and smaller numbers at other embassies. Without offering alternative shelters, the Kuwaiti government repeatedly asked embassies not to offer refuge to runaway maids.
Prompted by reports of abuse in Kuwait, the Philippines government banned Filipinas from going to work in Kuwait as maids. Nonetheless, many Filipinas still travel to Kuwait to work as housemaids, although some are lured by false promises of other kinds of jobs.
The government improved its human rights record by granting women the right to vote; however, serious problems remained. The following human rights problems were reported:
Qur'an4:34Men are in charge of women, because Allah hath made the one of them to excel the other, and because they spend of their property (for the support of women). So good women are the obedient, guarding in secret that which Allah hath guarded. As for those from whom ye fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to beds apart, and scourge them. Then if they obey you, seek not a way against them. Lo! Allah is ever High, Exalted, Great.Women: the Qu’ran
Sura (24:31) - Women are to lower their gaze around men, so they do not look them in the eye.
Sura (2:223) - "Your wives are as a tilth unto you; so approach your tilth when or how ye will..." A man has dominion over his wives' bodies as he does his land. This verse is overtly sexual; there is some dispute as to whether it is referring to the practice of anal intercourse, which it has been used historically to justify.
Sura (4:3)"Marry women of your choice, Two or three or four"
The revered Islamic scholar, al-Ghazali (1917-96), wrote that the role of a Muslim woman is to "stay at home and get on with her sewing. She should not go out often, she must not be well-informed, nor must she be communicative with her neighbors and only visit them when absolutely necessary; she should take care of her husband... and seek to satisfy him in everything... Her sole worry should be her virtue... She should be clean and ready to satisfy her husband's sexual needs at any moment."
If anyone desires a religion other than Islam, never will he be accepted of God; and in the next life, he will be in the ranks of those who have lost themselves and will burn in hell. (Qur'an 3:85)
● The Jews call Ezra a son of Allah, and the Christians call Christ the son of Allah. That is a saying from their mouth; (in this) they but imitate what the unbelievers of old used to say. Allah's curse be on them: how they are deluded away from the Truth! ( Qur’an9:30)
●Those who resist Allah and His Messenger will be among those most humiliated. (58:20 )
●And unto Allah falleth prostrate whosoever is in the heavens and the earth, willingly or unwillingly (13:15)
Bukhari (59:727) - Allah's Apostle [said]... "Allah's curse be on the Jews and the Christians"
This was spoken on Muhammad's death bed, and was one of the last things that he ever said.
Listen not to the unbelievers, but strive (Jihad) against them with the utmost strenuousness. (25:52)
Bukhari (52:269) - "The Prophet said, “War is deceit”.
Bukhari (49:857) - "He who makes peace between the people by inventing good information or saying good things, is not a liar." Lying is permitted when the end justifies the means.
But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them (Quran 4:89)
….for the Prophet said, If somebody (a Muslim) discards his religion, kill him . (Hadith – alBukhari 4:52:260))
…according to the statement of Allah's Apostle, 'Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him.' (Hadith –AlBukhari 9:84:57)Persecution of Ex-Muslims
• Most Kuwaitis do not explicitly support Islamic fundamentalists …. but there is little tolerance for other religions … and a strong animosity towards Judaism.
• Kuwaiti women struggle to assume a greater role outside the home … encumbered by religion and tribal traditions.