What is the ‘Aurat’ March?
It all started in 2018, when ordinary women and feminist collectives, under the banner “Hum Aurtain” came together to organise a rally for International Women’s Day. This platform was an open call for women from all backgrounds, transgender people, and non-binary people to help bring about political action on women’s rights and gender justice.
“The agenda of the march was to demand resources and dignity for women, for the transgender community, for religious minorities, and for those on the economic margins, but more importantly, to acknowledge that women’s emancipation is inherently linked with improvement of all mistreated groups and minorities”.
The first question which comes to my mind is that what are transgender and non-binary people doing in this march which is being organized allegedly for claiming back the rights of women?
In reality, this March is collecting all those who have problems with Islam under one banner, whether they be feminists, liberalists, secularists, or LGBTQ+.
They were carrying placards with messages “Stop underage marriages”, “equality is important, not victimization” and raised slogans in support of their rights.
Some of their posters were trying to target the fact that Islam allows marriage once a girl or a boy reaches the age of puberty. This is the Sunnah of our Messenger ﷺ as he consummated his marriage with Aishah (رضي الله عنه) when she was 9 years old. Feminists want to change and reform Islam by claiming that our Prophet ﷺ and righteous predecessors did not fulfill the rights of the woman.
Other placards target the fact that complete gender equality is important. There can be no differences in gender roles. However, Allah has clearly mentioned in Quran 4:34 –
“Men are authorities over women, as men have been provisioned by Allah over women and tasked with supporting them financially.”
So the rights of men and women are not co-equal but different according to their individual roles as decreed by the supreme wisdom of Allah. The fulfillment of rights of each man and woman by the other is important but the limits in rights are set by none other than Allah.
The message constantly displayed throughout the March was to diminish gender roles and the lines of the separation between the two genders. In this way, the protestors attempted to change the hearts and minds of people in accordance with feminism so as to divert Muslims from the roles set by Allah for both males and females.
Kishwar Naheed a feminist Urdu poet of Pakistan said: Women should not call themselves azaad, Kishwar says, we should locate our azaadi — our freedom — in the law, not in our bodies and tongues.
The immodesty and vulgarity propagated during the March were absolutely obscene and outrageous.
The feminist poet isn’t the only one who is upset. The entire country is suffering under the obscene weight of the Aurat March posters, particularly those which have blurred the line between women’s public and private lives, like the one depicting a girl sitting with her legs spread out, Lo Beth Gayi Sahi Se or the irreverent Akeli Awara Azaad, or the cheeky, Apni d*** pics apne paas rakho
From Orya Maqbool to Aamir Liaquat, everyone is freaking out: Have women no shame? Do we not take pride in helping our brothers hunt for their socks? Shouldn’t we be grateful — we are women, blessed by nature, veiled and protected from the public — and now we want to discard that prestige? For what? Feminism has gone ‘too far’.
Women like Yasra Rizvi and Veena Malik, who are aligning with men — women who have resisted traditional codes of femininity by challenging the public-private boundary in their own lives — are now the same ones calling the Aurat March posters ‘vulgar’, saying they dilute the movement’s message and take away from its ‘real causes’.
The use of the French Flag and other posters speaking against modesty, gender roles, family, motherhood, and other traditional Islamic values clearly depicts the agenda of such marches. The purpose of this so-called ‘Woman’s rights march’ was never claiming back the rights of women or addressing real issues such as marital rights, pornography, etc.
And what does the use of the French flag really signify? France is a country whose leaders are clearly against Islam and Muslims. They make fun of our Prophet ﷺ and oppose him to the fullest. Despite this, the marchers want to use their flag as a symbol in their protest. It shows the mentality and deep underlying agenda behind organizing such marches.
The question to the Ummah is: Do we really want our wives and daughters to be a part of such rallies and protests?