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Women are Rubbish in Liberal Culture

On the 19th of January 2022, the BBC reported that a San Francisco art gallery owner was arrested for hosing down a homeless woman sitting outside his business premises in New York. Collier Gwin, 71, has been charged with misdemeanour battery after a video of him spraying the woman outside his gallery on the 9th of January went viral. He reported that many calls were made to the police to remove the woman sitting in the streets, known well by the locals. After refusing to move, the lady can been seen screaming in the cold and wet winter weather as she feebly fights off the attack. The video shows the man very casually directly the water over her for minutes without showing any signs of feeling any moral conflict.

The very idea that millions of women all over the “developed world” are sleeping homeless and are living literally on the streets (some with children) is an appalling citation on life in capitalist cultures. The dream of money, security and freedom is often a living nightmare of instability and violence, with women treated like rubbish.

The man’s actions reflect the programming that society has regarding humans as valuable in terms of their material contribution to generating wealth and being productive in practical terms. This leads to many women being discharged from their social structures as they are considered useless and a burden on society.

Mentally ill and abused women are deemed unworthy of financial assistance as there are no fundamental human rights norms, such as the right to a home, food, and clothing. People are indoctrinated with an individualistic mindset to serve themselves and ignore others. In the video, taking a picture is normalised, and no one helping the woman being attacked is not punishable.

In Islamic social andpolitical structures, women have a guardian in their family circle from their father, brothers and extended male relatives. Where this is not available, the Khilafah (Caliphate), has a responsibility to ensure the care of women and the needy. Muslim women of the world must resist the lies of freedom and empowerment through the liberal secular values that have never taken women out of the struggle for dignity and safety. Allah (swt) knows the Fitrah (nature) of His creation best and there can be no man that can identify the need of women better;

(إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَهُ مُلْكُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ يُحْيِي وَيُمِيتُ وَمَا لَكُمْ مِنْ دُونِ اللَّهِ مِنْ وَلِيٍّ وَلَا نَصِيرٍ)

“It is not for Allah to lead a people astray after He hath rightly guided them, until He hath clearly shewn to them what they ought to fear” [Qur’an 9:116].

Imrana Mohammad
Member of the Central Media Office of Hizb ut Tahrir