Study: Men Objectify Scantily Clad Women

Memory tests performed on the men showed that most of them best remembered photographs of headless women in bikinis despite viewing each image for only a fraction of a second.

Author: Amel S. Abdullah

Anecdotally, Muslim women often speak of feeling “protected,” “safe,” and “respected” when they wear the hijab (religiously mandated modest dress that covers the shape of the body and includes the headscarf or veil). Now there may also be evidence to show that their feelings are rooted in scientific fact.

When psychologist Susan Fiske and a team of researchers at Princeton University performed MRI brain scans on heterosexual men who viewed a series of images showing both scantily clad and fully clothed men and women, they found that the men had an unmistakable response to women wearing less clothing.

The less they wore, the more likely it was for the premotor cortex and the posterior middle temporal gyrus to light up. These are the areas of the brain associated with tool use, hand manipulation, and the urge to take action. (Cikara, Dell’Amore)

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Key to Paradise in Review: Part 1

As I said a couple of entries ago, I would jot down my thoughts about the recent conference we just had @ QSSC with Shaikh ‘Alî bin Hasan al-Halabî of Jordan and post them up for you eager beavers when I could get some time for it.

To those who were waiting to hear about how the conference went, I apologize for the long delay. As you know (that is, if you’re a regular visitor to my blog and actually read the blog entries), I’ve had my mind elsewhere trying to finish an article I had been working on for some time, as well as starting a new article (which will also probably take a long time to complete) due to some things that have come up that need addressing.

I’ll try to remember what I can regarding the details of the conference and whatever else I can remember from the shaikh’s visit. Hopefully, I remember enough about what went on to make this read worth your while. If not, then again, I apologize.

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The Right of Godliness

Godliness’s Right by Shaikh Dr. Ahmad bin Sâlih az-Zahrânî (source). From the article:

at-Tabarî and others narrated from Ibn Mas’ūd and others from the Predecessors that they said regarding the right of godliness, “that He is obeyed and not disobeyed. He is remembered and not forgotten. He is thanked and not shown ingratitude.” He narrated from Ibn ‘Abbâs his statement, “that they strive for Allah with His striving’s right and the critic’s blame will not seize them regarding Allah. They stand for Allah with justice, even if against themselves, their fathers, and their sons.”

Going Under Cover: the Jewish Women Who Are Taking the Veil

I came across an interesting story on the TimesOnline titled, Going under cover: the Jewish women who are taking the veil, and thought I’d share it with those of you who visit this spot of mine.

From the article:

Several cars slow and one stops when Sarah walks down the street in her home town of Beit Shemesh, an ultra-orthodox Jewish enclave west of Jerusalem.

On this morning, the streets teem with women herding their children to school in the modest garb and head-coverings befitting their religious beliefs. For years, Sarah walked among them similarly dressed, but today a dark cloth is secured across her face, hiding everything save her eyes. It resembles the head-to-toe covering that is associated with religious Muslim women in the Gulf States.

“The full body, or full face covering that people think is only part of the Arab world actually started with Jewish women,” said a woman who asked to be identified by her first initial, M.

“Muslim women are imitating Jews to try to gain God’s favour with modesty. The truth is that the women of Israel are lessening in God’s eyes because the Arabs are more modest in dress. If the Jews want to conquer the Arabs in this land they must enhance their modesty,” added M, who covered her face for over a year, but currently wears just a loose cloak over her garments.

Read on … Going under cover: the Jewish women who are taking the veil.

Obligation or Mere Personal Choice?

With the recent death of Aqsa Parvez, may Allah have mercy on her, a number of issues have been raised with regards to the various details surrounding her death that have been reported in the media. In my earlier post regarding it (linked to above), I mentioned that not enough is known yet regarding what happened and the circumstances leading up to the killing to justly comment on it. For that reason, I’ve tried to refrain from commenting on the “right” and “wrong” of those involved and throughout the various comments I’ve posted to other blogs about it, I have maintained that we shouldn’t jump to any conclusions with regards to what happened. By this I do not mean that we shouldn’t say her death was wrong, because it was; her life was taken unjustly, whether it was done intentionally (i.e., murder) or unintentionally (i.e., manslaughter). In an authentic hadîth, Prophet Muhammad said that «the blood of a Muslim person [who] testifies that there is no god [worthy of worship] except Allah and that I am Allah’s messenger is not lawful except for one of three: the deflowered adulterer (i.e., one who is or has been married), the soul [of the murderer] for the soul [of the murdered], and the abandoner of what he has—the opposer of the Congregation (i.e., the apostate).»[1] There are other justifications for when a life may be taken (defending yourself from an attacker, for example), but none of them include the possible motives behind Aqsa Parvez’s death that have been mentioned in the media thus far—and even if there were a justifiable reason behind her death (i.e., some sin or some infraction of Islamic law she committed), the punishments legislated in Islam are only to be carried out by the authorities (e.g., government, Islamic courts, etc.) after trying the accused and getting a conviction for the offence. The law is not to be taken into our own hands; vigilanteism is not condoned in Islam.

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Death Due to Dispute Over Hijâb? (Updated)

On the way to work yesterday morning, as is usual, I was listening to AM680 News to check on the the traffic situation. There was a report about some domestic incident where a man had called 911 saying that he had killed his daughter. There weren’t a lot of details given, but when I checked the City News website last night after getting home, I was sad to learn that the incident involved a Muslim family out in Mississauga. I immediately thought, “Great. More negative press for Islam and Muslims.” Browsing through the various websites belonging to local news outlets, one can easily see how this incident will bring Islam back into the main spotlight in terms criticisms and debates. Case in point, this morning on the way to work, tuning into today’s John Oakley show on AM640, my ears were assaulted by accusations from an Evangelical Christian that misogyny and abuses against women were something “common” to Islam (this came during Oakley’s 9am segment which featured two reverends—I’m not sure which of the two made the inflamitory comments).

Here’s just a sampling of the various articles I’ve come across this morning:

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Ramadân: the Month of Godliness and Faith

Being that we’re currently in this the blessed month of Ramadân, I thought it would be fitting to post this article when I received it in my inbox this morning courtesy of brother Ibrahim al-Koobee of the Aqeedatus-Salaf yahoogroup (may Allah reward him with good). Due to its general nature, it serves as a good reminder for all of us.

I took the original Arabic from which the article was translated and retranslated it for my blog (you can read the original translation on the English portion of

Ramadân: the Month of Godliness and Faith

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