Is Feminism Dangerous? A Muslim Deconstruction (Harvard)

WARNING: The following talk on feminism is so subversive, so unbelievably offensive, so mind-blowingly extreme that it had to be essentially BANNED from select universities for the protection of the masses. DO NOT watch this if you suffer from heart conditions or are pregnant.


(If you do not appreciate sarcasm, just ignore the above.)

This is the talk myself and Sister Nour Goda gave at Harvard Medical School on feminism last month. It took a lot of planning to find a venue for the talk and to make sure it would not be disrupted by feminists and social justice warriors, who tried their hardest to get the whole thing cancelled, but failed.

Watch the talk and judge for yourself. Do Nour or myself come off as unhinged lunatics, misogynists, alarmists who are just ranting at something we “don’t understand”?

Both of us are from feminist backgrounds ourselves. We have crossed the rubicon and this is our message to the Muslim community from the other side. Please listen to it, reflect, and think for yourself. Do we deserve to be silenced? Or is this something more Muslims should have the chance to hear?

In the end, you may disagree with what we have to say. But hopefully you do not think we should be castigated for our views.

There is also a Q&A portion of the program where feminist audience members challenge the conclusions and arguments of Nour and myself and there is a (mostly) productive discussion. Enjoy!

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One of the things that struck me deep said by both Daniel and Nour is the historical aspect; secular, academic, political, and religious. It really contextualizes the situation to a better understanding.


`Interesting discussion, far deeper and more contextual than any other discussion of this topic I have came across. Some reflections…

1. In my move from feminist thought to Islam, I found that the clarity of roles for men and women is empowering because clearly delineated responsibilities and rights for the family structure provide balance, peace, focus, and direction.

2. The lecture kept mentioning men as providers, but what does that mean? It means that women have the right to be provided for, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t work, they can. Additionally, women don’t have to use their earnings to provide for the family. Does that sound like oppression? Not in the least.

3. Every organization provides clear roles for its members for efficiency and success, why not the family organization as well? Eve was created from Adam’s rib, not from his head to top him, nor from his feet to be under him, rather from his rib to be by his heart with love, protection, and support.

4. Years ago, when I was studying feminist thought and discussing with my mother, she brought up the same thing as Daniel about whether I was assuming that all women who were mothers or stayed at home to raise their children were duped or forced into their role by men?

5. In my move from the States to Arabia, I found that a society of tribal (extended family) life was completely different than the society based on the individual.

6. There is so much respect in Islam for women, especially the mother, to the point that Prophet Muhammad said that “Paradise is at the feet of your mother.” When boys grow up respecting and serving their mother, they will be good to their wives too.