Yet Another Feminist Campaign Against Islam in Algeria

In many ways, the Algerian people are the nation of the Maghreb that most resemble the French. This is not the fault of the Algerians.

On the contrary, this is understandable when one considers that it is the only Maghreb country to have been annexed by France and that its colonial history is the longest. This country has also suffered from ethnic cleansing and genocide by the French powers.

But the facts are undeniable. In Algeria, Arabic usage is regressing, the national slogans defend the republican values of freedom and democracy, and the constitution is copied and pasted from France.

Advertisement propagated in French Algeria, it says: “Aren’t you pretty? Take off your veil!”

The Algerian hatred against the country of the Enlightenment remains no less intense. And a large part of the Algerian population perpetuates a work of cultural decolonization. Unfortunately, this is a plan that the traitors of the Algerian community try to thwart because of their nostalgia for French Algeria.

As a result of all this, Algerian women are victims of feminist propaganda. The French occupation is not innocent, as the colonial demon first attacked women everywhere in history. It is a strategy as old as the world: corrupting the river by poisoning its source.

As a result, for years, feminist groups have been demonstrating regularly to bring down Islamic law in Algeria.

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Behind Every Man, There Is a Woman

Article 66 of the family code in Algeria obliges the woman who remarries to give up custody of her children. This law is effectively derived from the Shariah, which says that the woman has custody of her child until they are seven years old – or pubescent, depending on the fiqhi opinion – but that she must give up this right in case of re-marriage. Some scholars think that the child must return to the grandmother. Others say that the custody then returns to the father.

In reality, the Algerian law is already shifting from the traditional fiqh opinion, as mothers in most fiqh schools do not keep their children after puberty, but they do in Algeria. In the Maliki school, the majority madhhab in Algeria, the boy returns to his father at the age of seven, and the girl stays with her mother until she finds a husband or her mother marries.

It seems that for the feminists of Algeria, this is a problem, as we read in an article written by Médiapart:

Radia, Karima, and more than 12,000 other divorced Algerian women have decided to come out of silence despite the taboos that weigh on their situation. For several months, they have been meeting via a Facebook group to exchange advice and support. And under a keyword that can be translated as “no to the forfeiture of the Algerian mother’s right of custody in case of remarriage”, written in Arabic and English, they ask for the repeal of Article 66 of the Family Code. The same one that deprives them of their “hadana,” an Arabic term to designate the child’s custody.

Their fight is not limited to the virtual. Press conferences, open letters to the President of the Republic and the Ministry of Religious Affairs, petitions… Gathered within an association, these “Courage mothers” multiply the strategies to question the politicians.

“We try to make ourselves heard, but it is as if they plugged their ears in front of us. They don’t answer us. There is always more urgent, more important. Faced with the silence, I lose hope, and I even think of suicide…” Karima regrets. The young woman soothes her sorrow by exchanging with the group members. “But sometimes the other stories are even more depressing than mine.”

Modern society has changed in many ways, and the new context makes the issue of child custody much more sensitive. In Islam, non-custodial parents have the right to visit their child whenever they wish. This right is easy to implement in a traditional society where people live in communities and preserve the bonds between people. But in the modern world, the suffering of separation is often exacerbated. The first to suffer are fathers, who in about 80% of cases are deprived of custody of their children.

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Would Algerian feminists perhaps like to reproduce this drama on their soil? They militate ardently against this law, which, according to them, prevents them from rebuilding their lives. It is dangerous to make laws on a whim and to place one’s sensitivity above the law of Allah. This is especially true for women who are much more influenced by negative emotions…

The Wisdom of the Sharia

I don’t need to explain to many of our readers why the idea of having one’s child in the care of a stepfather is disturbing. For men, our natural jealousy is highly sensitive. The thought of a strange man raising our own children is tortuous.

I think this feeling can be understood by women as well. It is common to hear that divorced women have a hard time watching their new husbands correct their children from a previous marriage. Many women feel, even if subconsciously, that it is not his role to do this.

In any case, it is possible to explain these emotions of aversion with much less emotional reasoning.

The man tends to dominate. As the head of the household, he is also a vehicle for values and influences that may very well oppose those of the child’s father. This is particularly dangerous when the mother is more likely to turn her child against the biological father when a divorce occurs. Indeed, when researcher Glynnis Walker conducted interviews with children from divorced families, she found that mothers were five times more likely to badmouth the father.

In addition, it has been shown that children raised by a stepfather tend to fare worse than when the biological father raises them. Warren Farrell – a political scientist and author – tells us in his book The Boys Crisis:

Avoiding the slippery slope to the hierarchical dad is crucial to offsetting these more negative outcomes for children of stepdads:

Children living with their married biological father do significantly better academically than those living with a stepdad. They have fewer discipline problems, and are more likely to stay in school, attend college, and graduate from college.

• Children between the ages of ten and seventeen who live with two biological or adoptive parents are significantly less likely to experience sexual assault or child abuse and are less likely to witness violence in their families compared to peers living in both single-parent families and stepfamilies

• Adolescents raised in stepfamilies face even higher incarceration rates than those raised in single-mom families.

Of course, not every contributor to these stepdad challenges is preventable. Perhaps the biggest barrier to becoming an effective stepdad is that most stepchildren yearn for the reunification of their biological parents; many feel abandoned, angry, and depressed. Why? Every child wants to know who she or he is, and when children look in the mirror and see their nose, body language, hair, and they their biological parents, not their stepparents.

As always, it was the Shariah that guided us in the right direction from the start, notwithstanding the sentiments of feminists. The solution to custody issues might be for women to think more carefully before demanding divorce from their husbands. Let’s remember that women initiate the majority of divorces.

Feminism is corrupting our Muslim societies.

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Sardor

Great article.

Jibreel

The wisdom of the Shariah (of Allah) is always better then the wisdom of imperfect people. Great article, akhi.

Ahmad

Great article, but you can’t be serious in that Algeria is the most Francophone of the Maghreb nations!

Nothing beats Tunisia in westernization and degeneracy!

Takeshi

Agree, the most frenchified(or better said, westernized) of this 3 maghrebian countries is Tunisia, then Algeria and then lastly Morocco.

Remember that the dictator Ben Ali in Tunisia had even dared to forbid hijab in schools, high schools and universities ; prior to the arab spring revolution. He dared to do that in a muslims majority nation.
Tunisia went through a more aggressive process of westernization than their neighbors.

Dorra

As a 16 year old tunisian studen I can confirm this , Tunisia is becoming more and mlre of nkghtmare for muslims .Public schools are like infected zones and you’ll find any plague there from drugs to drinking to zina plus a growing population of agressive atheists and the worst of all : progressive muslim who fight allah’s commandements and the shariah from within the commmunity .

Dorra

For instance , I come from a family reputable for its values , religiosity and well behaviour my father always prays, gives zakat and has done hajj , my mother and grandmother wear the hijab ,we always celebrate religious events .Yet they forbid me to wear the hijab and see my views of wanting traditional sharia and tolerating ploygyny for example as radicalism and they try to forbid me from watching br. Daniel an Sajjid because they have long beards in challah it gets better.

Jose

I would say Morocco is second most Westernized. Tunisia has just ten million people though.

akh

I think Morocco has overtaken Algeria in that aspect. This would have been true in the 90’s but not now. Things can change a lot in one generation. Moroccans do speak French less on TV for instance but you also barely see women with hijaab on Moroccan TV. Moroccan TV is mostly dramas, music and music. Very little religious programming. Algeria has a lot of French but also a lot of Islamic themed shows. Tunisian TV is absolutely shameless. Almost worse than Western TV shows.

Takeshi

What the TV shows is different than what happens in popular neighborhoods.

One thing is sure, the ones controling the media in morocco, want to spread liberal-modernism in the population, not a single woman is shown in hijab in all their shows for example….

Zakir

I visited in the late 90s and you see the modernism, acceptance of Jewish influence, etc. They also were the first to institute access control ID cards for Masjids; so you could only go to a one Masjid where you lived. Not sure what happened to that though.

akh

“…the Algerian people are the nation of the Maghreb that most resemble the French.”

This might be true for the Kabyles. This isn’t true for Algeria as a whole. The most French country in the Maghreb is without a doubt Tunisia.  

Morocco used to be the most Islamic country in the Maghreb but it is liberalizing extemely quickly. Algeria of the three is now the most religious I’d think.

The funny thing is Moroccans outside Morocco are more religious than the ones inside the country.

Oum Salmane

I absolutely agree.

Algeria is definetly not the most westernised country of the Maghreb.

Some cultural food may have impacted Algerians more (like coffee and milk with croissant in the morning of the baguette ).
But the Algerian people are the least close to the french culture. In fact what there is is what has been left over 60 years ago. Since no foreigners live in the country, there is way less impact on the society that there is in Morocco where there is a huge french expat living

Zakir

Ironically I think due to the wars with France, they still recognize their enemy

Oum Salmane

As for the claim that the « Arabic usage is regressing », that is completely false.
Most of the youth doesn’t speak french.

The kids of the revolution ( who are now elderlies in their 60s 70s ) are the one who speak french the best.

Also like in every country you’ll find more people who speak and understand french in big cities. But this doesn’t mean that Arabic is regressing. That’s completely wrong. People speak Arabic here al hamdoulillah.

This was a reality back in the 80s

Ahmad

I think Morocco and Algeria are about the same and an individual’s Islamicness really comes down to the family and city. There are places in Morocco where women still wear niqab.

At governmental level, Morocco is certainly closer to the west and Israel.

As for TV, I feel Egyptian, Lebanese and Gulf countries are worse, with all their government scholars.

Open porn is not as bad as subtle promotion of diluted Islam which is the case with others, unlike the westernized Maghreb nations.

Ahmad

Lots of immigrants to west are more Islamic than their people back home, be it Moroccans or Indo-Pak or Turks, or Albanians. The opposite is also the case for many.

What many people are not seeing now is the speed with which the Gulf countries like Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain are deliberately heading in the opposite direction of Islam.

I assure you none of the Arabs are as degenerate as the Gulf ones right now.

Dar

Saudi Arabia is still an open case.

Many of the young are embracing MBS and his murtadd agenda, but there are many against.

It’ll play out when MBS becomes king.

akh

Yes that’s true. Location is very important. religiosity strongly differs among cities and even within the city itself. One district might by very religious while the other is very liberal.

Indeed. Middle Eatern TV is even worse than North African TV. In comparison it is pretty tame.

Zakir

Egypt is very modern. The damage to scholarship is exemplified by Al-Azhar. Lots of Shias, Modernist, state Shaykhs, etc. One of them even legalized riba.

Dar

Morocco has the most offensively anti-Islamic government.