Ghada Jamshir says: “Brother T., this kind of marriage, this kind of behavior, diminishes the woman’s honor as a human being.” (See on Smooth Stone).
Admirers have written concerning Ghada Jamshir: “She is one feisty woman, and for some orthodox males, such forcefulness is itself a crime against ‘submission,’ so cherished in Islam. Her style is firm, aggressive, no-nonsense. This amazing woman who refuses to wear a veil, condemns lack of family planning, Sharia courts, and accuses the categorizations of ‘Islamic’ marriage as oppressive to women. “Ms. Jamshir is not a lady to be messed with, and she has nothing but contempt and derision for her critics. If only there were more like her in the Arab world”, ones said. (Read the rest of this article on The Americn Daily, Phoenix).
Ghada Jamshir – Bahrain
Excerpts: Ghada Jamshir is a Bahraini Women’s Rights Activist. She is a Muslim reformer and an ardent campaigner against the child molestation and perversion with infants which is sanctioned in Islam. Ghada Jamshir heads a women’s committee lobbying for a law that would shift jurisdiction over family and women’s affairs from Islamic Sharia court to civil courts. She has been charged with publicly defaming the Islamic judiciary court but the charge was dropped … for some orthodox males, such forcefulness is itself a crime against ‘submission,’ so cherished in Islam … if only there were more like her in the Arab world.” Read the rest on wikipedia).
Interviewer: What do you have against the Shari’a courts? – Ghada Jamshir: I have a lot against them. What they have done to the Bahraini women is not a trivial matter. For years women have been going into these courts, only to be oppressed and treated unjustly. We have reached the point that we say: enough. We have reached the breaking point. (Read all the intview on MEMRI TV).
Ghada Jamshir: Does the Islamic Shari’a authorize mut’ah marriages? Does the Islamic Shari’a authorize mut’ah according to the following classification: “Pleasure from sexual contact with her thighs.” They have: “Pleasure from sexual touching.” “pleasure from sexual contact with her breasts.” “Pleasure from a little girl.” Do you know what “pleasure from a little girl” means? It means that they derive sexual pleasure from a girl aged two, three, or four. (Read more on Dhimmi Watch).
Excerpt: Ghada Jamshir: … “I am convinced that I was 100% right in everything I have done.”
Interviewer: “You have been accused of heresy by some places… some Internet forums.”
Ghada Jamshir: “So what? Even in mosques they accuse me of heresy. So what? You think that if they accuse me of heresy, it affects me?”
Interviewer: “You don’t care?”
Ghada Jamshir: “No. Allah will decide whether I go to Paradise or to Hell, not them.”
Interviewer: “Don’t you think that those who accuse you of heresy…”
Ghada Jamshir: “These are the methods of the weak.”
Interviewer: “They say they are right, and you say you are right.”
Ghada Jamshir: “Who gave them the right to accuse me of heresy?”
Interviewer: “Who gave you the right…”
Ghada Jamshir: “What, did they go into my heart…”
Interviewer: “They say…”
Ghada Jamshir: “Did they see whether I pray or not? Or maybe it’s because I don’t wear a veil.”
Interviewer: “So you don’t care. It doesn’t affect you?”
Ghada Jamshir: “It doesn’t bother me at all.” – (Read the rest here on MEMRI TV Special Dispatch Series – No. 1060.
MANAMA — Bahrain’s appellate court dropped criminal charges on Tuesday against a women’s rights activist accused of defaming Sharia (Islamic) law, the woman’s lawyer said. Ghada Jamshir heads a women’s committee lobbying for a personal status law that would shift jurisdiction over family and women’s affairs from Islamic to civil courts. In May she was charged with publicly defaming the Islamic judiciary through distributed pamphlets – a grave crime in the Muslim kingdom of Bahrain – and of insulting a judge during a telephone conversation and in court. “The first charge was dropped because it was made after the expiry of the statute of limitation, which is three months,” lawyer Abdullah Hashem Al Mutawa said. “The two other charges will be transferred to a small-claims court since they are misdemeanors.” Jamshir’s positions have been strongly opposed by the country’s clerics, especially among the majority Shias. “It’s a victory for all women in Bahrain and proves the court system’s integrity,” said Jamshir after the ruling. (Read on Middle East Times December 14, 2005).
2004 World Press Freedom Review (about media freedom in Bahrain);