Women in Egypt are having a bad time and many of them seem to be fed up with the fact that they are consistently losing what few rights they had before the events of the Arab Spring.
Some, like Riham Said, aren’t taking this lying down anymore.
In an interview with Cleric Yousuf Badri the exchange between Badri and Said got extremely heated. For those of you who haven’t been keeping up, Yousuf Badri is a man who believes that beating women and children is good and proper (in fact if you oppose it then you are opposing Allah himself) and that women should know how to cook and clean for their husbands, not get an education.
Also he believes that there is no such thing as marital rape, because women don’t have the right to say no to their husbands.
So here’s a woman who finally stood up to him and told him where to stick his insistence that she wear a hijab while interviewing him.
Riham Said: Outside this studio, in your daily life, you deal all the time with Muslim women who do not wear the veil. Do I have to put this on just to have an interview with you?!
[Puts on the scarf]
Do we have to go through this charade just to have the interview?
Yousuf Badri: I swear to God that this is nicer and more radiant.
Riham Said: I would have accepted it is if it was in order to make me please Allah, but, off the air, you have no problem talking to me without the hijab, and then, when the viewers can see, you make we wear it?!
Later in the interview she removed the scarf when Badri refused to answer her questions, that really set him off.
Yousuf Badri: Change the subject and put on that hijab!
Riham said: I’m not going to put it on. I will wear it for God, not for you.
Yousuf Badri: Why are you taking your hijab off again? Why are you reneging on your word?
Riham Said: What’s the point of wearing a hijab when you can see the hair underneath?
Yousuf Badri: Ranada, do you invite guests in order to give them a hard time? To embarrass them? I sued Al-Nahhar TV, as you well know. The trial is in May. It was postponed. I will shut your channel down.
Riham Said: This is the kind of person who sues TV channels, attacks the media, and puts on a show for the viewers. It is very unfortunate that people like this peddle our religion. I’m the one leaving, not you.
– MemriTV Transcript Excerpt
One has to wonder what will happen to this woman now, but I’m a fan. She refused to be talked down to or ordered around by a hypocrite and a man who actually legitimizes rape and battery of women.
If men and women who care about freedom continue to oppose men like Yousuf Badri and the Muslim Brotherhood run government of Egypt, maybe there is hope for the country.
H/T: Middle East Media Research Institute