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Indian-based Islamic cleric: “Gender equality is against Islam”

An Indian-based Islamic cleric that seeks to establish a mosque in New Zealand believes that women are only fit to deliver children and to do nothing else with their lives.


MEMRI reported that Indian-based Islamic cleric Aboobacker Musliar seeks to establish a mosque in New Zealand, where he hopes to increase the influence of his All India Sunni Jamiyyathul Ulama. However, MEMRI reported that within India, Aboobacker Musliar is known mainly for his misogynic anti-women views and not for providing a mosque for Muslims living in a community without one.

According to the MEMRI report, Islamic cleric Aboobacker Muslier stated: “Women have no mental strength and no power to control the universe, which lies in the hands of men. Gender equality is something that is never going to be a reality. It is against Islam, humanity and is intellectually wrong. Women can never equal men. They are only fit to deliver children. Women cannot withstand crisis situations.”

MEMRI noted that the 76-year-old Islamic scholar is ideologically opposed to dividing electoral seats between men and women 50-50. Additionally, he is against men and women sitting together in colleges and universities, calling it “part of a calculated move to destroy Islam and culture.” There have also been allegations that young boys and girls have been sexually abused at madrassas in the Indian state of Kerala where Muslier is most influential.

There have also been reports that Aboobacker Muslier refused to be interviewed by female journalists. According to Sandhya PP, “Thirteen years ago, when I was working with Asianet, I had to interview Kanthapuram AP Aboobacker Musliar. One of my male colleagues arranged the interview for me. They did not know that a woman [journalist] was coming to interview the leader. The moment he saw me he said a woman can’t interview him. If it was necessary, then the cameraman could interview him. But I was firm on my decision; later he agreed with a demand that visuals of me sitting with him or questioning him could not be aired. Since the interview was very topical, we had to telecast it after agreeing to all his demands. But being a woman, I felt ashamed.”

Safeera Madathilakath, another journalist, had an even worse experience with Muslier: “Some unforgettable


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