Grooming gangs have once again hit the news.
As per usual, the blame has quickly shifted to the Muslim community and Islam.
Trevor Phillips, Former Equality Commissioner, suggested it’s time to admit most sex grooming gangs are Muslim.
Is this really a Muslim problem?
Let’s look at the society around us.
Pornography sites attract more visitors each month than Amazon, Netflix, and Twitter combined.
88% of pornography contains violence and degradation of women.
1 in 20 children in the UK have been sexually abused [NSPCC].
1 in 4 of all adverts use sex, sexual imagery or sexual innuendos.
And it gets worse…
‘Sexting’ has become the new language of communication amongst the youth, who want to boost their self-esteem and connect with new people on social media.
Just when you think things can’t get any worse, sex robots are the new craze, with the industry expected to be worth £15bn.
All of this is endorsed and celebrated under the notion of liberal values.
Yes some offenders are Muslims, but they have abandoned their islamic identity and are simply living by liberal values just like everyone else:
Have members of the political establishment itself not been a part of ‘child abuse sex rings’ for decades? With the relevant files conveniently disappearing and not so much as an inquiry being seen through since?
Is the behaviour of Jimmy Saville, Adam Johnson, Lloyd Watson, or the Whiteley brothers a mere anomaly, or an indicator of life under liberal values?
Secular liberalism can never solve this issue. The pendulum of house slave – swinging to sex slave – where a woman is objectified as a sexual commodity and always seen as the inferior gender, is what creates a negative view about women.
We need more Islam not less…
Islam on the other hand, builds a very unique vision for interaction between men and women.
A vision with no room for:
Sexualisation of women, let alone children
Islam’s view on relationships starts and ends with the family structure.
A structure which channels the desires of humans and places the following tenets central to it:
- The purpose of life is to worship Allah and not to seek sensual gratification.
- Men and women have distinct roles and are not constantly competing with each other.
- Women are honoured with the responsibility of raising the next generation, not building a following on social media.
- Status is obtained through piety, not fame, plastic surgery, or how little you wear.
- Children will grow up in a loving and caring society, not a selfish and sexualised one.
- The view towards women is that of honour and dignity – Leaving no room for abuse or exploitation.
Only the Khilafah Rashidah will see the status of women rise to a noble and dignified one.
وَمِنْ آيَاتِهِ أَنْ خَلَقَ لَكُم مِّنْ أَنفُسِكُمْ أَزْوَاجًا لِّتَسْكُنُوا إِلَيْهَا وَجَعَلَ بَيْنَكُم مَّوَدَّةً وَرَحْمَةً ۚ إِنَّ فِي ذَٰلِكَ لَآيَاتٍ لِّقَوْمٍ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ
And of His signs is that He created for you from yourselves mates that you may find tranquillity in them; and He placed between you affection and mercy. Indeed in that are signs for a people who give thought. [Ar-Rum:21]