Muhammed treated cats better than women. Discuss

Istanbul cat in front of mosque

The prophet Muhammed treated cats better than women. This is what a visitor to PoC stated in a comment. It made me smile. This is not being disrespectful of anyone or the Islam Faith; it is something that made me think and I would like to briefly explore that statement.

Mohammed and Cats

Firstly, it is well documented that the Prophet Mohammed loved cats. He kept a cat called Muezza. I can envisage this man keeping several cats. I won’t go over the way the Islam faith relates to cats because it is all on this page and the link opens up a new window so you can read about it while reading this (if you like).

Mohammed and Wives

The Prophet Mohammed had 11 or 13 wives. We are not clear. Until he was 50 he had one wife. Thereafter he had several wives simultaneously. It seems his reasons for multiple wives were practical and well intentioned, let’s say, but by today’s Western culture it is unacceptable. I think it is also a signal that women are lesser than men. Multiple wives encourages the belief that wives are chattels in the possession of the husband, a very old-fashioned concept. However, Mohammed did live about 1,400 years ago! He must have been a good man because he loved cats ;).

Koran (Quran) and Bible

In summary the Islam faith teaches Muslims to treat cats well. In this regard the Islam faith is in stark contrast to Christianity. The Bible is well known for having no reference to cats other than the lion. There is nothing in the early teachings of the wise men of the Christian faith about how to treat cats. Jesus never mentioned them. Christianity is human-centric. It revolves around people and animals are on the fringes whereas cats are at the heart of Islamism thanks to the Prophet Mohammed’s love of cats. How fortunate for cats.

However, I don’t believe what the Prophet Mohammed taught in respect of cat welfare is necessarily followed. I don’t see any outstanding evidence of it. I am sure if I went to Pakistan (I have been there in 1971) I would see many mistreated cats. However, at least the start was great and exceptional. The Muslim faith is the only major faith with such a powerful connection to the domestic cat.

Imams Teaching Cat Welfare

What Islam needs is a modern scholar, or a worship leader (an imam), who teaches cat welfare. I have never heard of such a person. This is deficiency in the Islam faith. From a purely commercial and promotional point of view it would improve people’s perception of Islam if the scholars promoted cat welfare as taught by the prophet. It would be a public relations exercise that might counter the terrible damage done to the faith by extremist terrorists. Cats are at the centre of the internet. Use that phenomenon to good effect.

Islam and Women

So, what does the Islam faith teach its followers about how to treat women? As a casual observer and an outsider, I associate Islam with woman covered head to toe in black with a couple of anxious eyes peering through a slit in a face mask. That is an extremely simplified and probably incorrect attitude but simple observation can tell us more than reading a pile of books. It is about the difference between what is practiced and what is taught. There is often a gulf between theory and practice.

I see some Muslim woman being treated as a second class citizen or as a shadow of the man of the house. She always walks behind the husband on the pavement. She does not want to learn English or is prevented from doing so. She appears to be “kept down” and placed into a subservient role. Is this due to the teachings of the Islam faith? Or is it a combination of the teachings and the interpretation of the Quran and hadith by Muslim men?

The subservient nature of Muslim women is similar to the role in society of British women hundreds of years ago (no vote etc.).

The Quran teaches that men and women are equal. A good start but nothing special. Common sense dictates that they are equal. Things go a bit wrong for women in the 21st century because the Quran states:

“Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allah has made one of them to respect the other, and because they spend from their means. Therefore the righteous women are devoutly obedient and guard in the husband’s absence what Allah orders them to guard.”

That smacks of servitude to me. In modern society it is out of place. Are Muslim women worth less than men in terms of hard cash?

Blood Money (diyyat)

When blood money is paid the payer pays less if a woman is killed compared to a man. This is a straight reflection on the “value” of men compared to women in a Muslim society. Blood money is a part of Islamic jurisprudence (the theory of law).

In conclusion: the killing of a woman attracts a lesser diyyat than the killing of a man. When you convert a person to cash, which the concept of blood money does, the true attitudes of people become apparent.

It could be argued that this uncomfortable difference is due to the early teachings of the Islam faith. At the beginning of the Islam faith women were seen as the property of the man. It seems to me that Muslims in the 21st century interpret the Quran literally. This is unfortunate because it was written when the world was a completely different place.

Conclusion

Although there are many other issues concerning women and the Islam faith, I’ll stop there because PoC is about cats 😉 However, in conclusion, I can’t agree that Muhammed treated cats better than women. I don’t know. However, I don’t think he did despite having multiple wives. Except that anyone who loves cats is likely to treat humans less well! That may have been the case with Muhammed.

The Islamic faith is based on life 1,400 years ago. The Quran implies women are not equal to men. It is interpreted literally. It should not be because it is a very old document.

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Muhammed treated cats better than women. Discuss — 12 Comments

  1. lol – you make a good point – people in the 21st century living according to a book written 1400 years ago is beyond a joke. It can never and will never work.

    However Republican America with its Christian religious extremist views about things like abortion is no different – perhaps worse – because its not even in the bible, its something they made up because they are a bunch of mesogynist assholes. And now we hear about the global gag law again inthe news. If the US didn’t go around pointing it’s finger at other cultures then it might be ok but since it does choose to bomb the brown people and complain about human rights in other parts of the world it just reaks of hypochrisy.

    • people in the 21st century living according to a book written 1400 years ago is beyond a joke. It can never and will never work

      We agree it is about that. It is about stupid people, really. The Bible belt scares me 😉 It is that big bit in the middle of America where they shoot in the name in God, liberty, defense of property….and in the name of all that is good in the US of A. I hate to say it but I am beginning think a bit like a “brown person” who lives on a dusty street in some godforsaken semi-desert. They are my sort of people.

      I am becoming an anarchist. The hypocrisy of the American government is breathtaking.

      Manning is very brave and may he be treated decently in prison. As far as we know, no one was hurt by his disclosures yet he gets 35 years in prison. Reactionary establishment as far as I am concerned.

    • Marc, when I write an article I try and be even handed and controlled. That is not always the way I feel. I want to scream sometimes. Should I scream some more?

      • I should learn to shut up about politics on a cat site. Thats what should happen. I just always feel the need to put something like the Q’ran in balance with our own society just incase…. but people here are plenty intelligent enough to know what I am saying anyway.

        • Marc this is more than a cat site, we need to discuss everything to do with our world to make it a better place for cats 🙂
          I hope your back is better now x

          • Thank you Ruth – its soooo sloooow – but its almost better. I would say in one more week it will be entirely gone 🙂 Thank you for asking 🙂

        • Yes, I see your point. But you know politics and religion affects us and therefore our cats. I think I almost have to touch on these things sometime to widen the discussion.

          The conventional cat topics have been chewed over endlessly.

      • I for one love it that you scream Michael and Marc I love your responses, political and all, you are two very passionate and deep thinking men and unafraid to speak out and the world needs more like you!
        No Muhammed couldn’t have been so bad if he loved cats and cared for their welfare, he was just engrained in tradition and really as much a victim of the time as were his poor chattel wives, he was unable to think he could change.
        I think people stick in tradition too long, look at declawing, yes the old topic I bang on about every chance I get lol
        But some people who declaw say ‘Our family have always had their cats declawed’
        As if that makes it right!
        Why don’t people think for themselves, it’s not right to carry on doing something without thinking why do I do it?
        Humanity can only make good progress by doing just that, not be following old ways without question, like a flock of sheep.

    • Rudolph I love your interesting thoughts too. I think it’s OK to join in topics here on PoC without worrying about the consequences as most of us respect each others views and the more we read of them the more we can learn from them.

    • You are absolutely right about that Rudolph. I doubt there is anything more deadly than religion. It’s quite simple really and I have always tended to avoid it as well. I don’t know why I have lately been drawn into it – I think the main reason is that I am entirely appalled by my own society. Not so much because of what it does. All societies have blood on their hands, but because it claims to have a worldwide moral high ground. It claims to be liberal – it even instigates war based on maintaining it’s idea of ‘freedom’ as being the right one.

      People complain about Russia and China but the difference is that they don’t claim to be morally righteous or free on the international stage, whereas our European and US bully and point fingers at others, all the while claiming to be righteous.

      If the US and the UK would just bloody well shut up and accept the fact that they are authoritarian plutocracies who spin it in their own so called democratic way – which is no different or worse or better than anywhere else then I wouldn’t feel so offended by the governments I happen to live under.

      So shut up america (UK stop following along) and just admit what you are – that way I can get on with my life and not feel the need to get so involved in things as dirty or blood soaked as religion and worry about helping the cause of cats.

    • LOL. Yes, true. I actually find Islam quite interesting. Shame it has been hijacked by extremists and is backward looking.

      Religion tends to get messed up by people.

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