Women's March organizer Linda Sansour speaks to thousands

Women’s March Organizer Linda Sarsour Advocate Of Female-Oppressive Sharia Law, Alt-Right Social Media Claims

Women’s March organizer Linda Sarsour is an admitted advocate of sharia law, of which some aspects are nothing short of oppressive to women, prompting some to speculate and as to why she would organize a women’s right march whilst challenging her motivations for doing so when her religious beliefs so severely contradict female equality.

Linda Sarsour poses for picture
Linda Sarsour pictured on December 29, 2011. [Image by Henny Ray Abrams/AP Images]

What is going on here and are people actually falling for Women’s March organizer Linda Sarsour’s support and commitment to female empowerment?

The answer is yes. People are falling for it. They’re not just falling for it either; they’re promoting her highly contradictory dual message of having sharia law in a county of which women are seen as equal to men in the eyes of both the government and society.

According to Counter Jihad, there are at least eight reasons why sharia law would not work in an equality-driven and enforced society.

Part of a verse from the Quran, the Islamic holy book, says, “Men are the managers of the affairs of women for that God has preferred in bounty one of them over another, and for that they have expended of their property.”

Pro sharia law women hold signs in Indonesia
These Indonesian Muslim women are pro sharia law and hold signs that read, “only with Islamic government will infidels lack the courage to insult the prophet and Islam.” [Image by Ed Wray/AP Images]

American women and females living the Western way of life are protected by the law in ways some aspects of sharia does not allow. For instance, husbands are allowed to beat their wives if certain criteria are met, such as failure to comply, or even suspected failure to comply, to the husbands’ wishes.

Sharia law is based on the Quran, which dictates that in a court of law, the testimony of a woman is worth half that of a man. Furthermore, when a parent dies, their daughter is entitled to only half the amount of money in an inheritance, for no other reason than because when she was conceived, her father’s sperm contained an X chromosome instead of a Y chromosome; the latter of which would have resulted in a boy.

In addition to the Quran, sharia law also come from the Islamic prophet Muhammad’s teachings, which are called the ḥadīth.

“Muhammad states that the majority of the dwellers of hellfire are women, that women curse frequently and are ungrateful to their husbands, and, famously, that women are ‘deficient in intelligence and religion.'”

Women’s March organizer Linda Sarsour, as a promoter of sharia, must know that these set of Islamic laws seemingly permit grown men to wed and have sexual relations with young girls who’ve not yet reached puberty.

The proof of this is found in an Islamic text known as al-Talāq, which translates to “divorce,” and informs men that they must wait a specific amount of time before having sexual intercourse with a newly divorced wife. It says men must wait three months for those wives who are no longer menstruating due to menopause, as well as those who are not menstruating because they’re not old enough to have gone through the process yet.

Disturbingly enough, evidence for this reality is not very difficult to find.

Child marriage protest in Yemen
Protest in Yemen on March 21, 2010 against child marriages in response to well-known Muslim leaders advocating for the practice.[Image by Anonymous/AP Images]

The reason child marriages are a women’s issue is because they most often involve a young, pre-pubescent female tying the knot with a male old enough to be the child’s father.

Linda Sarsour has to know how incompatible sharia law is to women’s rights, not to mention how its values compare to those of the United States Constitution. But it seems as if those who follow Linda and believe in her message, if they truly are feminists, are grossly ignorant of the truth regarding Sarsour and sharia law.

Child marriage in Bangladesh
A 15-year-old girl sits at the feet of her 32-year-old husband in Bangladesh, a country of which Muslims are the majority. [Image by Allison Joyce/Getty Images]

How can Women’s March organizer Linda Sarsour be a feminist and a sharia law advocate at the same time? Does she favor sharia, but not the aspects that are oppressive to women? Does she actually believe the strict set of Islamic laws can coexist in an equal society? Is she just as ignorant as her followers, or is there some kind of alternative motivation going on with her?

Who is Linda Sarsour and what are her motivations within the feminist movement?

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