Confusion from Liberals and Feminists: Exceptions Do Not Disprove the Rule

Rules and Exceptions

Identifying the ideals and aspirational archetypes for the general population of Muslims does not erase the divergent realities on the ground for a particular individual Muslim. But the ideals and aspirations still stand.

These are recurring confusions I see often on social media.

Some Examples

1) It is the husband’s job to provide financially for the family.

Confused response: “But some men can’t because they’re sick/ unable/ some other valid reason!”

Right. Remember about exceptions and rules. The general rule still stands, your valid extenuating circumstances notwithstanding.

2) Motherhood is important and praiseworthy.

Confused response: “But some women can’t be mothers because they aren’t married/ are dealing with infertility/ infertile women will be triggered/ some other valid reason!”

Right. Remember about exceptions and rules. The general rule still stands, your valid extenuating circumstances notwithstanding.

3) Marriage is important and wives/ mothers should be dedicated to the home.

Confused response: “But some women aren’t married! Unmarried women will be triggered! And some women are forced to work due to poverty / sick husband/ dead husband/ no male kin/ some other valid reason!”

Right. Remember about exceptions and rules. The general rule still stands, your valid extenuating circumstances notwithstanding.

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When, on a public platform, we talk about the general rule, the people of exceptions need not feel insecure. Your exceptional reality exists, but…the general rule still stands. Bringing up your exception in an attempt to disprove the rule only displays your confusion.

As the Arabs say, “ما لا يُدْرَك كُلُّه لا يُتْرَك جُلُّه.”

“That which cannot be attained in its entirety, the majority of it should not be abandoned.”

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