We are stating here the passages from the Koran, as well as sayings by Muhammad (Hadith) that we consider to be insulting or humiliating to women, yet have no legal consequences in the Shariah.

The passages that lie at the root of legal discrimination against women in the Shariah can be consulted here.

The anti-female passages lie at the root of the negative image that Islam holds of women. This impression is also passed on to Muslims living in Belgium. It is part of the Islamisation of Belgium to manipulate the mind of people in such a manner that they get accustomed to this negative image of women so that, in the end, they no longer experience it as derogatory.

When one witnesses that young and intelligent women, raised and educated in Belgium and converted to Islam, defend the idea that women run a greater risk of winding up in Hell since they, inherently, have been endowed with a worse character than men, we may take it that they have travelled already a long road on the way to the true Islamic faith.

We ourselves are rather of the opinion that an insult is an insult, period, even though it comes from a Prophet or from Allah. In that belief, we are prepared to run the risk of being accused of Islamophobia. We shall keep exposing the Islamic ways of thinking and hope that our reverse brainwashing will prove effective.

1. Women are deficient in their intelligence and in their religion

Women’s intellectual deficiency is stated by Muhammad based on the fact it is written in the Koran that a woman’s testimony is worth only half of that of a man. The defect in religion lies in the fact that women during their menstruation may neither fast nor pray: see Hadith 1.6.301 of Bukhari

Abu Said Al-Khudri has handed down to us:  “... I have not seen anyone with a greater deficiency in intelligence and religion than you. A prudent and reasonable man can be led astray b y some of you." The women asked , "O Allah's Apostle! What is the defect in our intelligence and our religion?" He told them, "Is the testimony of two women not equal to that of one man?" They affirmed this. He said, "This is the defect in her intelligence. Is it not true that a woman is not allowed to pray or fast during her menstruation?" The women affirmed this. He said, "This is the defect in her religion." “

2. Hell is mainly populated by women

According to Muhammad, women run a greater risk of going to Hell since they are always uttering curses and prove constantly ungrateful towards their husbands: see Hadith 1.6.301 of Bukhari:

Abu Said Al-Khudri has handed down to us:  “One time, Allah's Apostle went to the Musalla for prayers at the sugar fest or the festal offering. Then did he pass the women and said, "O women! Give alms, as I have seen that the majority of those that inhabit the hellfire are you (women)." They asked, "Why is that so, O Allah's Apostle ?" He replied, "You are constantly uttering curses and prove yourselves ungrateful to your husbands. ..." “

Hadith 7.62.125 of Bukhari takes it still one step further and says that women are never satisfied:

”...Even after being good to any one of them throughout your entire life, when you happen once to deal harshly with her, she will say, "I have never experienced anything good from you."

That Hell is primarily peopled with women is endlessly repeated, amongst others in the following Hadiths of Bukhari: 2.18.161, 2.24.541, 4.54.464, 7.62.124, 7.62.126. In the Hadith of Muslim, even a whole chapter is devoted to the subject, e.g., Book 36, Chapter 1.

3. Muhammad compares women with dogs and donkeys

Up to the present day, mentioning anyone in the same context as a dog or a donkey is hardly complimentary in the Arab world. It was the same at the time of Muhammad, and Aisha, his child-bride, expressed herself very critically about that: see Hadith 1.9.490 of Bukhari

'Aisha has handed down to us: “Before my time facts were mentioned that cancel prayers. They said, "Prayers are cancelled by a dog, a donkey, and a woman (when they are passing in front of people engaged in prayers)." I said, "You have turned us (the women) into dogs. I saw the Prophet in prayer while I was lying in bed between him and the Qibla (direction of Mecca). When I needed something I slipped away since I did not want to pass in front of his face."

4. Misfortune lies in a house, a horse, and a woman

According to Muhammad, women, houses, and horses are evil signs and anounce the coming of misfortune: see Hadith of Bukhari 7.62.30, 7.62.31 and 7.62.32 and the following Hadith 26.5526 of Muslim:

'Umar b. Muhammad b. Zaid has handed down to us he heard his father tell that Ibn 'Umar heard it that Allah’s Messenger (may Peace be upon him) said: “when misfortune is a fact, then seek it in the horse, the woman, and the house.”

5. A man can exchange his wife for another

An example of a Koran verse that contributes to the negative image Islam presents about women is the following :

4.20. But if ye decide to take one wife in place of another, even if ye had given the latter a whole treasure for dower, Take not the least bit of it back: Would ye take it by slander and manifest wrong?

It does appears that a man can exchange his wife for another, if he so “desires”. Aside from the legal implication (this verse once again confirms that a man can divorce his wife for no reason at all), this Koran verse is, according to Muslims, the literal word of Allah, and particularly insulting to the woman.

6. Women are crooked like ribs. When you attempt to straighten them out, they crack

Muhammad has said that women are crooked. One assumes he meant that they are using trickery to get what they want: see Hadith of Bukhari 7.62.113 and 7.62.114:

Abu Huraira has handed down to us: Allah's Apostle said , "Woman is like a rib; if you attempt to straighten her out, she cracks. Thus, if you wish to profit from her, do it while she is still crooked."

7. Wives can never do enough to show their gratitude towards their husbands

The followers of Muhammad were dispatched to spread the islamic faith and to teach the people. The Biography of Muhammad composed by Ibn Ishaq narrates on p. 644 in the second paragraph a particularly distasteful episode :

Mu’adh journeyed to Yaman and did as he had been instructed and a woman came to him and said, “O, you that art the companion of God’s Apostle, what rights does a man exert over his wife?” He said, “Take heed, all of you, a woman can never assume the tasks of her husband, therefore try as hard as you can to satisfy his demands.” She said, “By Allah, if you are a companion to God’s Apostle, you ought to know what rights a man can exert over his wife!” He replied, “If you are returning home and find him bleeding profusely from the nose and you suck up the puss and the blood until nothing of it remains, even then you would not have acquitted yourselves fully of your beholden duties towards him.”

8. Women are being compared to slaves and camels

How Muhammad compares a woman to a camel and a slave is written down in Hadith 8.73.68 of Bukhari:

‘Abdullah bin Zam’a has handed down to us: “The Prophet prohibited laughing at a person who passes wind and said, "How does anyone amongst you beat his wife as he beats a camel and then takes her to bed with him?" And Hisham said, "In the way he beats his slave "”

Koranic verse 4.34 states that a man is allowed to beat his disobedient wife. The above-mentioned Hadith illustrates that, in the eyes of Muhammad, beating a disobedient wife was effectively a current and practised theme.

9. If one would prostrate before someone other than Allah, then would the woman have to prostrate herself before her husband

A Muslim may prostrate only before Allah. Prostrating (as is done during the five daily prayers) means in Islam the unconditional submission to Allah. Muhammad found it a pity that this was only allowed before Allah since, in his opinion, it is only fitting that a woman should be completely subject to her husband. Witness the following Hadith of Abu Dawud 11.2135 on this point:

I went to al-Hirah and saw them (the people) prostrating themselves before a satrap of theirs, so I said: The Apostle of Allah (Peace_be_upon_him) has most right to have prostration made before him. When I came to the Prophet (Peace_be_upon_him), I said: I went to al-Hirah and saw them prostrating themselves before a satrap of theirs, but you have most right, Apostle of Allah, to have (people) prostrating themselves before you. He said: Tell me , if you were to pass my grave, would you prostrate yourself before it? I said: No. He then said: Do not do so. If I were to command anyone to make prostration before another I would command women to prostrate themselves before their husbands, because of the special right over them given to husbands by Allah.

10. Women are the great temptresses and they cause harm to men

In Muhammad’s view, women are the great seductresses and cause harm to men. Women are the source of all evil and, therefore, Muhammad has passed rules that require women to get wrapped around with a head covering or, better still, with a burqa, and for that reason it is necessary that there be the greatest possible separation between men and women. It is not the men that need to control their desires but rather it is the women that have to be kept out of sight and out of the way. All of this is based on Hadith such as 7.62.33 of Bukhari:

Usama bin Zaid has handed down to us: “The Prophet said, "I have left behind no greater temptation (fitna) for the men than women."

11. Wives are the prisoners of their husbands

That Muhammad and Allah allow women only limited “freedom of movement” is evidenced in a couple of Koran  verses as well as by the sayings of Muhammad himself.

Koran verse 4.34 has for its subject the fact that men have custody over their wives. Men thus decide what women may or may not do.

4.34. Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allah has given the one more [strength] than the other, and because they support them from their means....

Koran verse 2.229 states a procedure whereby a wife can “buy her freedom” from marriage:

2.229. ... there is no blame on either of them if she return something for her freedom.. ...

In his farewell speech, Muhammad states simply that wives are prisoners to their husbands. This is written in the biography of Muhammad by Ibn Ishaq on p. 651, penultimate paragraph:

In a friendly manner place obligations upon women for they are your prisoners and have no control over their persons, and you are given the enjoyment of their persons through the words of Allah.

12. Divorcing surplus wives

When the rule that a man is entitled to keep 4 wives was revealed, Muhammad ordered men with more than 4 wives to divorce their surplus wives. The feelings of women were in this quite ignored. See the Hadith of Abu Dawood, Book 12, Number 2233:

Al-Harith ibn Qays al-Asadi has handed down to us: “I converted to Islam when I had eight wives. I mentioned this to the Prophet (Peace be upon him). The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said: Select four of them (and send away the others).

For a religion that Muslims proclaim to hold family values in high esteem, this is a real downer. In cases where the poor husband loved all of his wives equally, it presumably then turned into a toss-up to determine who was allowed to stay and who had to vacate the premises.

13. Muhammad compares marrying a woman with buying a slave or a camel

Abu Dawood, Book 11, Number 2155 tells us: Abdullah ibn Amr ibn al-'As has handed down to us : The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said: If one of you marries a woman or buys a slave, he should say: "O Allah, I ask Thee for the good in her, and in the disposition Thou hast given her; I take refuge in Thee from the evil in her, and in the disposition Thou hast given her." When he buys a camel, he should take hold of the top of its hump and say the same kind of thing.

14. Muhammad compares women to devils

Muslim: Book 008, Number 3240:  Jabir reported that Allah's Messenger (may Peace be upon him) saw a woman, and so he came to his wife, Zainab, as she was tanning a leather and had sexual intercourse with her. He then went to his Companions and told them: The woman advances and retires in the shape of a devil, so when one of you sees a woman, he should come to his wife, for that will repel what he feels in his heart.


Insults to the woman in Islam