Women Serving in the Gulf War
I agree with Kenny that women should not be leaving their children to serve in the armed forces. A mother’s love and care for her children cannot be replaced by others.
I strongly disagree with her interpretation of Islamic law. According to Islamic law, and not the law of any ruler in the Middle East or elsewhere, the human rights of any prisoner of war, man or woman, would be upheld. Human life and human rights are as precious to Muslims as they are to all humanity.
Making erroneous statements about the status of women in Islam, or Islam in particular, continues to create misunderstanding and hostility between the cultures of the East and West.
Wearing an abaya or a chador is not an Islamic requirement; however, I think that would be the least of a woman prisoner of war’s worries.
JANE EL FARRA