EsinIslam Portal Media Network
07 March 2014
Any catalogue describing the suffering and resilience
of modern women would be incomplete without
designating a special chapter for Palestinian women.
We all know that the Palestinian people has survived
despite the often indifferent will of history, having
been targeted for liquidation and ethnic cleansing by
a merciless and unethical Zionist movement, foolishly
embraced and actively backed by western powers that
are themselves devoid of humanity, morality and
But the survival of the Palestinian people wouldn't
have been possible without the legendary steadfastness
and resilience of the Palestinian woman.
As the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat said, the
Palestinian woman remained "the faithful guardian of
the sacred fire."
The Palestinian woman had to run the "internal front"
while her husband, brother, father or son were busy
fighting the foreign invaders. As women elsewhere, the
Palestinian woman could have easily allowed herself to
be carried away by the frantic waves of decadence,
corruption and immorality. But her faith proved
stronger than all the dehumanizing appeals and
The Palestinian woman often had to (and still has to)
fight on two fronts at the same time, the seemingly
existential fight against the criminally racist
Israeli occupation, and the enduring challenge posed
by a society that only parsimoniously granted women
their rights and freedoms.
The Palestinian woman fought the battle generally
successfully without sacrificing her morality and
To be sure, the struggle is still far from over for
the Palestinian woman just as is the case for the
However, I am confident that the Palestinian woman
will retain her ability and vigor to give and
sacrifice despite the numerous challenges facing her.
Today, the Palestinian woman fights on all fronts. She
is a political or resistance prisoner languishing in
Israeli jails and dungeons. She is a resistance
fighter taking part in the enduring and bitter
struggle for the freedom of her people. She is a
medical doctor, a lawmaker, a university professor and
college student. And above all, she is a wife and
mother, carrying out her noblest and most sublime duty
to raise her children and safeguard the Palestinian
family, the ultimate and most formidable obstacle that
consistently prevented the Zionist enemy from
achieving its sinister goals.
Unfortunately, efforts to degrade and corrupt the
Palestinian woman don't come solely from the Zionists.
Some libertarian and un-Islamic circles funded by
Western agencies work day and night to undermine the
Arab-Islamic identity of the Palestinian woman.
Needless to say, the ultimate goal of these
un-innocent agencies is to corrupt, prostitute and
compromise the Palestinian woman's moral standing.
These agencies, which have their own morally-blind
agents, want the Palestinian woman to lose once and
for all, their religious, moral and cultural immunity
in the face of Israel.
Indeed, in the name of women's liberty and liberation,
these agencies are effectively encouraging vice and
fighting virtue. They are conspiring against the
Palestinian woman, pure and simple.
Indeed, while these agencies and their unethical local
agents are vehemently and convulsively against
marriage at a young age, they, none the less, don't
stop signaling to young Palestinian women and women
everywhere that it is OK to have multiple boyfriends
and indulge in premarital sex and all sorts of
promiscuity. For these agencies and those standing
behind them, chastity is a primitive thing of the past
that doesn't suit the modern woman!!!
For these enemies of Islam and religion, a woman
wouldn't be truly free if she covered her head with a
piece of cloth, obeyed her husband, served her
children and refused to go naked.
Al-Hamdullilah (Thanks to God), the vast majority of
Palestinian women have refused to sacrifice their
morality and religious commitment in favor of
unbridled westernization that often brings with it
excessive enslavement to lusts and desires along with
the inherently superficial and disingenuous freedoms
western or westernized women are purported to have.
Yes, Palestinian and other Muslim women are berated
and often insulted for their benevolent modesty. In
some western countries, they are called names and are
even physically attacked for showing off their
But, in the final analysis, this is an inevitable tax
a Muslim woman must pay for maintaining her faith in
God, dignity and morality.
Perhaps the Prophet Muhammad was Alluding to our time
when he said: There will come a time when holding on
to one's faith will be like holding an ember of fire
with one's fingers.
Once again, a big salute to Palestinian women and all
other struggling women all over the world especially
in Syria, where they must withstand the shocking and
unthinkable repression of the Nazi-like regime of
Khalid Amayreh is an
American-educated journalist living in the Hebron
region of the West Bank.