In light of the recent misogynist comments publicly made by Abu Eesa Niamatullah, an instructor at AlMaghrib Institute, on his facebook page and his twitter account, we call on AlMaghrib insitute to fire Abu Eesa, following his failure to take those remarks back and apologize.
Through his comments, Abu Eesa is spreading hate, and violent ideologies against women. He has made non-chalant remarks about rape, misogyny and general abuse of women; all this on the occasion of the International Women's Day. Here are some of his comments:
-Today is my favourite bakwas (Bullshit) day of the year: Int'l Women's Day.
Be warned feminists. Prepare to earn your big moment.
- Yes, Int'l Women's Day has officially started. Or as it's more widely known, "Men not giving a monkeys that it's Int'l Women's Day."
-"So today is International Women's Day. It was actually meant to be yesterday but they took too long getting ready."
-Int'l Women's Day is great, but starting tomorrow, it's 364 International Men's Days again, so stick that in your oven and cook it.
-Anyway I don't care how much you hate it or think amazing International Women's Day is, y'all still can't drive.
-The sole objective of Int'l Women's Day is to see whether we, as men, can avoid being sexist for at least a day.
-And that's a wrap folks for #IWD - guys, don't try to understand Int'l Women's Day cos' it's like trying to understand women. Not worth it. Good night.
-Don't try to understand women... Women understand women, and they hate each other.
-Sorry for the poor show yesterday. I couldn't post as much as I wanted. If you weren't offended, don't worry. I'll get to you soon too. =|
-Credit where credit's due lol, those femi-nazis know how to put on a party!
And to top it all
- You're right, I apologise. I don't understand women and thell the guys not to bother either, and we make jokes about them too. The aforementioned two crimes power my thirst and desire to rape women, beat them b(l)ack and blue, harass them, abuse them, lock them in the boiler room at home and in the Masjid, belittle their hijab and niqab and tell everyone to mutilate their girls' private parts and then marry them off whilst they're still at Nursery. Right. Got it. Lads, feel free to do all of the above. I give you the fatwa to do it dammit!
This man is supposedly a teacher of Islamic Knowledge and exercises a great deal of influence on young minds. Allowing a person with such wretched thoughts to continue diminishes the credibility of AlMaghrib as an institute and as a learning center. Most importantly, we do not want a man like Abu Eesa representing Muslims in any public domain.
We call on you to fire Abu Eesa, and not allow him to continue spreading his hate ideologies.
Open Letter to AlMaghrib Institue, Sent 12/03/2014 at 10:03 AM UTC
The following Open-Letter has been sent to AlMaghrib institute following our signatures:
Dear Management team at AlMaghrib,
We are representing a diverse group of people who were very deeply angered at the recent turn-of-events that have sparked immense controversy. We represent people from all walks of life and in various roles, both students and professionals.
Inevitably, an institute of learning such as AlMaghrib is now in the spotlight, for the wrong reasons. We have prepared a petition for your kind perusal. Since the last 12 hours that the petition was put in place, we have had about 215 signatures. 18 signatures an hour for something that is ready to cannonball into something bigger, we hope you understand our resentment. We are doing our part as members of the Muslim community, and would now like action on your part. We want to know that as a representative of AlMaghrib, what accountability does Abu Eesa hold for his unapologetic, misogynist behaviour?
We would also want Abu Eesa to issue an apology explicitly stating that what he said was wrong, and that the youth must not follow such examples of humor. That it is of the most despicable nature and abhorrent. There should be no excuses granted and no apologies afforded in this matter. We are also professionals, and as adults we must completely understand the consequences of our actions. Abu Eesa has mentioned that he is only accountable to Allah. This is an anarchic approach. We are law-abiding citizens and as a public figure, Abu Eesa must understand that he is inciting hate and a legal case can be filed against him in the UK. Besides accountability to Allah (SWT) has to wait till Judgement day, which is why we implore you to tackle this professionally, and demand due accountability on behalf of Abu Eesa now!
If his apology is this:
"You're right, I apologise. I don't understand women and thell the guys not to bother either, and we make jokes about them too. The aforementioned two crimes power my thirst and desire to rape women, beat them b(l)ack and blue, harass them, abuse them, lock them in the boiler room at home and in the Masjid, belittle their hijab and niqab and tell everyone to mutilate their girls' private parts and then marry them off whilst they're still at Nursery. Right. Got it. Lads, feel free to do all of the above. I give you the fatwa to do it dammit!"
in whatever 'style of humor' he professes it to be, then let us assure you that we do not condone such humor against our mothers, our sisters and our wives. It is not good humor, not close to it by miles. We do not joke about rape and locking women in boiler rooms in Mosques, and mutilating their private parts. Especially not as a pedagogue and especially not as an instructor at AlMaghrib. To put it mildly, Abu Eesa has shown a great lack of tact in handling his own misdoing.
We would ask you to explore the following options:
1) Ask Abu Eesa to publicly apologize and explicitly state that all his comments were in bad taste, and such comments are a terrible example for the youth to follow. If Abu Eesa fails to do this, he must be let go off his duties as a teacher at AlMaghrib, an institute that we have high regards for; an institute where the majority of students are female. We are also entitled to filing a legal complaint against Abu Eesa in the UK on the grounds of inciting gender based violence and hate.
2) We want AlMaghrib to issue a public statement especially with regards to Abu Eesa and his comments. We are angered at your silence in this regard. Following a failure to do so, we will recommend all universities where AlMaghrib courses are taught to not allow AlMaghrib instructors on campus.
As much as Abu Eesa may believe that the campaign against his misogynist views are being driven by "corrupt people running the #FireAbuEesa campaign with their secular-driven feminist agenda" , we want to issue publicly that we are all practicing, law-abiding Muslims in our respective countries. We are doctors, lawyers, engineers, home makers, welders, plumbers, social workers, teachers, students of science and students of religion, all standing here united against juvenile statements made by a public figure that serve as breeding grounds for hate crimes against women.
Your action now will deeply reflect on your sensibility as an institute of Islamic learning, teaching a religion that upholds women in the highest esteem. We want to see if you only believe, or if you are willing to act upon these teachings too.
Please also know that this email to you will be available on our petition page that we would like you to visit. Also, any correspondence received from your side will be posted on the same. I am also attaching as a PDF File, the comments and concerns raised by the petitioners on this page:
In good faith, and in good hope,
We, the Petitioners.
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