Boys in the Front, Girls to the Back
A deplorable example in a public school setting
Narrated Um Atiya:
We were ordered to bring out our menstruating women and veiled women in the religious gatherings and invocation of Muslims on the two 'Id festivals. These menstruating women were to keep away from their Musalla (open space outside a mosque mainly used for praying).
In the Islamic world women's unequal status is affirmed everyday during prayers in a mosque or in the open space around Allah's House of Prayer, the Musalla. This is pretty much how we do it over here, including how we do it in the ostensibly secular Canadian public school system.
Public schools in Ontario, in apparent contravention of Ontario’s Education Act, have been allowing Muslims to hold prayer services on school property, such as the cafeteria at Valley Park Middle School (Toronto District School Board) in the following picture.
John Goddard, Toronto Star
In the picture, boys are in the front, in the back, separated by benches, are girls, and still further back are girls who are not praying, for there is no point, it's their time of the month. Allah will not listen to females who are menstruating and expects them to be kept as far away as possible from those worshipping his Almightiness.
Females, whether they are menstruating or not, cannot worship in front of males for that would annul the male's prayers. For this bit of information we are indebted to the Prophet’s closest companion and confident, his child bride Aisha:
The things which annul the prayers were mentioned before me. They said, "Prayer is annulled by a dog, a donkey and a woman (if they pass in front of the praying people)."
I said, "You have made us (i.e. women) dogs.
I saw the Prophet praying while I used to lie in my bed between him and the Qibla. Whenever I was in need of something, I would slip away for I disliked to face him."
Aisha said [to Muhammad]: "You have made us equal to the dogs and the asses."
Islam’s greatest historian, al Tabari [839 - 923], in his 38 volume universal history of the world from Adam and Eve to 915 corroborates Aisha’s recollections of women being compared to domestic animals:
Treat women well, for they are like domestic animals with you and do not possess anything for themselves.
Tabari vol.9 p.113
Education director Chris Spence is quoted as saying that “As a public school board, we have a responsibility and an obligation to accommodate faith needs,” even rituals that are meant to remind females of their place in the man’s religion, a place they share with donkeys and dogs.
I wonder what Chris Spence would do if a Muslim Rosa Parks wanted to worship in the front rows, or next to boys. Would he tell her to get to the back of the bus … I mean to the back of the cafeteria?
One of the last refuge for children and young people from the relentless bombardment of the word of God, the secular public school system, has been breached, and we should be worried.
The photograph by John Goddard of the Toronto Star was embossed, not only to obscure the identity of the participants, but also to make a bold statement in the cover art of Women and the Koran.
Bernard Payeur, July 18, 2011