It’s not something that a sister should do

Sayeeda Warsi is palling around with Islamists again – Islamists who would, if they had the power, force her to stay home.

The American preacher Yasir Qadhi has fashioned an entire career out of promoting obnoxious views.

Women are not spared, oh no. Have a look at this exchange:

A question from the audience: “What kind of occupation would you recommend for a sister? A job that a sister could do?”

Qadhi’s answer: “Well the question arises, would I recommend a job for any sister? And the answer is in general, in general no. In general it’s not something that a sister should do.”

“A sister” of course is a mollifying way of saying “an inferior being.”

Women may teach Muslim girls and work as gynaecologists. But there is a catch – they must have male permission.

So if her husband allows her, or if she’s not married and her father wishes, her father allows her to work, she may work as long as the environment is permissible and she is doing something which she needs to do and she’s not interacting with men.

To make sure the point is clear, after noting the exceptions which men may approve he turns right back to that “general rule”:

Frankly, with all due respect, I don’t see the need for women in many other fields. There are only a few fields. Like for example in engineering. As I said, I don’t see the need. We have men, they’re doing the job. We don’t need women in this field where they’re going to interact with men, where they’re going to go with them. What’s the point?

The general rule is that the best job that a mother can do is to be a good housewife and to take care of her children.

What’s the point? We have all the engineering we need already; it’s all being done. That’s why climate change is not a concern, why there is plenty of clean water everywhere in Africa and India and all over the planet, it’s why there are no bridges needing maintenance and no places without bridges that could use them. There is no need for new buildings anywhere; no need for improvement in existing technology; no need for new technology – it’s all, all sorted, every bit. The number of engineers we already have is exactly the right number – except it’s a little too big because some of them are women. Some bridges and planes and cars are…uh…too engineered. They have excess engineering in them, because of the women. Both are true. Also anything else is true that would imply that women should go home and stay there.

In early April Mr Qadhi will begin yet another UK tour. This time his hosts will be MEND, the Islamist political activist group that is nothing more than a rebranded “iEngage”. You can read about iEngage’s awful record here. Qadhi and MEND are an excellent match.

One of Mr Qadhi’s fellow speakers on the MEND tour will be Baroness Warsi.

So the first thing Yasir Qadhi does there will be to tell her to go home, right?


  1. quixote says

    The doofus’s line of thinking implies that those countries where there are no female engineers will have *better* bridges, wireless protocols, satellites, everything, because there aren’t any women mucking up the good work of the men.

    Aaand, taking a look at national stats, we see … the exact opposite.

    Of course, if he was concerned about evidence he wouldn’t be an Islamist, so there is that.

  2. iva says

    Interesting. There’s a huge group of Christian women in LoveJoyFeminism that say the exact same thing. They get positively vicious and apoplectic at the very idea that a women might want to work in a career.

  3. =8)-DX says

    We don’t need women in this field where they’re going to interact with men, where they’re going to go with them. [emphasis added]

    You see it’s all about all that dirty kinky engineer-on-technician action, we wouldn’t want the husband or father missing out on that.

  4. lorn says

    One has to love the rose colored glasses that tell them that this is the best of all possible worlds and that we are doing so well in all areas that we can afford to work with one hand tied behind us.

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