Why should anyone expect Ali Abdul-Karim Judan to have any different view of women?
The Qur’an teaches that men are superior to women and should beat those from whom they “fear disobedience”: “Men have authority over women because Allah has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because Allah has guarded them. As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them.” — Qur’an 4:34
The Qur’an likens a woman to a field (tilth), to be used by a man as he wills: “Your women are a tilth for you, so go to your tilth as you will” — Qur’an 2:223
It declares that a woman’s testimony is worth half that of a man: “Get two witnesses, out of your own men, and if there are not two men, then a man and two women, such as you choose, for witnesses, so that if one of them errs, the other can remind her” — Qur’an 2:282
It allows men to marry up to four wives, and have sex with slave girls also: “If you fear that you shall not be able to deal justly with the orphans, marry women of your choice, two or three or four; but if you fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly, then only one, or one that your right hands possess, that will be more suitable, to prevent you from doing injustice” — Qur’an 4:3
It rules that a son’s inheritance should be twice the size of that of a daughter: “Allah directs you as regards your children’s inheritance: to the male, a portion equal to that of two females” — Qur’an 4:11
It allows for marriage to pre-pubescent girls, stipulating that Islamic divorce procedures “shall apply to those who have not yet menstruated” — Qur’an 65:4
A local Brooklyn mosque with a checkered history and once surveilled by the NYPD continues to promote radical content online.
Ali Abdul-Karim Judan, mosque spokesman and head of security for the at-Taqwa Mosque in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, posted a video on Facebook Live titled, “Are Muslim Women Who Are Covered According to What Allah Has Legislated in the Qur’an and Women Who Are Not Judged Equally?”
In the video, Karim argues that women who do not fully cover their bodies and who show “any indication” of their form, are “cursed,” “disobedient” and “deviant.” This includes “any woman who wears perfume in public,” as well as members of the trans community.
“Allah cursed the man who wears women’s clothes and the woman who wears men’s clothes,” says Karim.
Preaching to a Facebook audience of over 5,000 followers, Karim claims that God’s laws assign men and women “different roles,” and that men are the designated “maintainer” of women.
He discusses the Islamic concept of Tabarraj, or “beautification,” which he argues is “forbidden” and “so abhorrent that it is associated with fornication, stealing and all other sins.”
He concludes that Allah does not judge equally women who are dressed in “clothes of righteousness” and those who are not, calling the issue of women’s dress a “crisis” in society that must be “managed.”
Despite its association with supposedly progressive Islamic organizations such as CAIR, MAS and ISNA, the at-Taqwa Mosque revealed itself to be an illiberal institution that espouses demeaning views toward women and the transgender community.
It is worth noting that the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a prominent Islamic organization that emphasizes an alliance with progressive groups, claims to stand for women’s rights, and uniformly endorses Democratic candidates in local, state, and federal elections, has a close relationship with at-Taqwa.
SIRAJ WAHHAJ, the mosque’s leading imam and a regularly featured speaker at CAIR’s annual banquets, has called homosexuality a “disease” punishable by death, and declared in 1992 that he would set fire to a proposed mosque in Toronto that was tolerant of the LGBT+ community. Wahhaj previously defended stoning and other forms of punitive violence and, on several occasions, has come to the defense of convicted terrorists, including Omar Abdel-Rahman, otherwise known as the “Blind Sheikh,” who masterminded the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and inspired dozens of other terrorist plots….