Translating Words, Interpreting Events

Are Women Equal to Camels in the Muslim World?

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Editor’s note: The following was written for by an anonymous American teacher living in the Muslim world

Following the posting of my article on Little Lama,  the five year old girl whose father, after brutally torturing, raping and killing her, was exonerated thanks to Islamic law, I received an email from a friend who had a question regarding my statement, “Islam, values women to the same degree as a camel”.  He especially wondered whether or not it was written in the Koran or in some other Islamic sacred text that camels are equal to women.

Sadly for Muslim women around the world, there clearly are references that compare them to camels or other animals.  For example, in a small booklet titled “Fortress of the Muslim” that was given to me by a co-worker, I found an invocation that classifies women as purchased animals and equates them to camels.

For those unfamiliar with the “Fortress of the Muslim”, it is a collection of 267 invocations that were extracted from the Koran and the Hadith and compiled by Sa’id bin Al-Qahtani,  an Islamic scholar  and student of Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin Baz, the former Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia.  Each invocation states what a Muslim should say depending on what he is doing or experiencing.  For example, invocation 9 deals with “What to say when undressing” while 166 and 167 are  “Invocations for when the wind blows”.

The invocation that is of interest to this article is number 191, which is based on Hadith Abu Dawud (2155),  and reads as follow,

The groom’s invocation and what he says upon purchasing an animal

When any of you marries a woman or purchases a maid-servant then let him say:

191. Allaahumma ‘innee ‘as’aluka khayrahaa wa khayra majabaltahaa ‘alayhi wa ‘a’oothu bika min sharrihaa wa sharri maajabaltahaa ‘alayhi.

O Allah, I ask You for the goodness of her and the goodness upon which You have created her, and I seek refuge in You from the evil of her and from the evil upon which You have created her.

If you purchase a camel then take hold of the top of its hump and say the same.

Reference: Abu Dawud 2/248 and Ibn Majah 1/617. See also Al-Albani, Sahih Ibn Majah 1/324.

The first point that must be emphasized when analyzing this invocation is that it is written solely for men.  There is no invocation for what a bride should say, nor is it written that the term “groom” should be changed to “bride”, in the event a bride purchases an animal.

Second, the “animals” to be purchased by the groom are  women, maid-servants (women or girls), and lastly (but not less importantly)  camels.

Finally, women and camels are grouped together into a single invocation where the groom, upon purchasing either one of these “animals”, asks Allah for the goodness of each and protection from the evil of each upon which He created them. There is no discrimination between women and camels regarding the wording of the invocation.

The only difference I noticed between acquiring a woman or a camel is that the groom, when purchasing a camel, is required to take hold of the top of its hump before reciting the invocation.   (I have a feeling many women are relieved to have been left out of this requirement).

Sadly, invocation 191 is not the only written text in Islam that equals women to camels or other animals. Raymond Ibrahim wrote two telling articles (Egypt: Women Herded and Tied Like Camels? and Islam on Cows, Horses, Camels and Women) that include other examples of this disgraceful view of women (such as referring to them as she-camels).

So, the answer to my friend’s question is a big YES. There are different passages in the Islamic sacred texts that value women to the same degree as a camel (or another animal).

To conclude, I sincerely believe that most Muslim men value the women in their lives more than camels, but for how long will this be the case as “Islam’s Protestant Reformation” takes hold in Islamic countries and spreads throughout the world?


  • Tabitha Bliss

    Boy I just don’t see how Muslim men manage to remain bachelors past 20. I mean, the Islamic world produces such charming, desirable guys, the available ones must spend every moment fighting off the ladies with a stick!
    Good thing there’s enough of each of these Romeos to go around & they can take so many wives…Otherwise, so many lucky ladies would be deprived of what must be the romance of a lifetime! /s

    • upfromthegravelynn

      LOL! You are a fascist. I don’t understand how you Arizona girls are not pregnant by age of consent. In AZ it is 16. So, how many babies did you have? Now, if your are from Meheco your age of consent is as young as 12. Hey ya!

    • upfromthegravelynn

      Lynnies…don’t engage the fascists. LIKE and load them full of their ego. Then cut the knees. We watch and pursue….that’s what we do. Her idiocy will betray her sarcasm. Give it time…smooches Lynn.

      So what’s up with my girls? Are you having good manners?

      Cut the click from SD surf crew to dana.

  • Indira

    Waaaw… I read this invocation. I have the book! Not exactly with this title. I memorized many of the invocations in the book. I knew them by heart. I read this invocation 191. In that book, it is written that the groom should hold the cantle of the the woman. And when I read it, I didn’t feel there was a peculiarity in it. I must have been so brainwashed, must I?

    • jojo

      Yes, it seems you were.

      But that was in the past. I am sure you are now fully aware of Islam’s demeaning treatment of women.

      • Indira

        Yes, Jojo. Now, I am. In fact, I left Islam a year ago thanks to

        • Alja Gerschman-Meijer

          Good for you, Indira. Be safe!!!