The Shariah law, metes out the stoning to death punishment for anyone convicted of adultery. Another sentence that I have heard of, is the severing of limbs, if one is found guilty of theft. The question that I keep asking myself, how did such law come about? Did it really come from God? Did God really tell us that we have to stone someone to death if that person is found guilty of adultery? Why does God ask us to resort to such harsh measures when He is known to be all merciful and ever forgiving? Can God not think of any other way to resolve such ‘crime’? Does God really need to kill His disobedient subjects so He can uphold morality in society?
I can keep putting forward the questions, but I am sure that there will always be an answer to justify such actions. And even if the justification do not suffice, the question will be put to rest by citing that this is the sacred law of God and that we cannot question it. We are mere mortals and we will not understand. We are Gods subjects and we are subject to his laws. But the thing is, we only hear about these laws from men who are the so called authorites on these laws.
These men are either appointed by other men in power or the society at large and are accepted and revered for the power and influence they wield. So they ultimately judge and say what we should or should not do. So the question that beckons to be answered is this – is this then really Gods law or is this the law devised by these religious authorities? We can only ask ourselves and draw conclusions.
Anyway, the title of this article is also the title of an Iranian movie I watched this morning. The story revolves around Soraya, whose husband is seeking a divorce from her, to enable him to marry a younger bride of 14 years of age. Soraya does not want to give in to the divorce because she requires her husbands income to support her children. The husband does not agree to any alimony if the divorce is granted. Soraya gets a job to tend to the household chores of the town mechanic, who had recently lost his wife and has a son to care for. She was asked to perform these duties by the town authorities. The mechanic would pay her wages for her duties and she reckons that if she earns enough, she can then fend for her children and eventually grant her husband the divorce.
But the husband, wanting impatiently to marry the 14 year old, had decided to use this situation to his advantage. He had accused Soraya of seducing the mechanic and this is considered adultery. Since her husband wields power and has influence over the town authorities, he had threathened the mechanic to support this false accusation. The town authorities presided over this accusition and decided that Soraya was guilty of adultery. She was sentenced to death by stoning, as per the Shariah law. The town’s folks gathered and together they stoned Soraya to death and later celebrated the restoration of honour and morality.
Now putting all the above aside, let us ask – who is ultimately responsible for Soraya’s death? If we are influenced by our physical world, then we will have dozens of people to blame, chiefly the husband. But the hard reality is this, and as I have written in my previous articles – every person is responsible for all events, situations or experiences that occurs to them. So if you go by this, then Soraya is responsible for this experience that befell her. Is this a good or bad thing that happened to her? Well, there are no good and bad things in this world. You are given what you attract. Could she have avoided such experience? Yes, but it would have been a big challenge for her to transcend the conditioning and believes that is so deeply ingrained in her, having grown up in a society that upholds and reveres such religious laws. This religious laws, that such society upholds, seems to favour the male gender and as I understand, discriminates the fairer sex, which ultimately is the message the movie sets to deliver.
So what do the women folk of such society need do if they feel they are suffering and being discrimated againts? Well, start with your thoughts and feelings. Stop harbouring or living in fear. Stop thinking that you are powerless. Stop thinking that you do not have a choice. Stop thinking that this is your destiny. Stop blaming others or your environment for your ‘misfortunes’. Accept the reality of things and the situation you are in presently, for this is what you have attracted. The universe is ever obliging – it gives you everything you attract. Take and accept the fact that you are responsible for whatever it is that you are facing presently. Once you have accepted this, think of the life you desire. Think of how or what you would like your life to be in future. Imagine what you would be doing in this very fulfilling, purposeful and enjoyable life. Think and habour these thoughts 24/7 in the face of your present situation. If enough number of women were to do this, then the collective consciousness of this society will change and you will start seeing this change happen. It may take time but it will happen.
We can learn from the experiences of Dr. Viktor Frankl. Dr Viktor Frankl, a Jew, was subjected to the horrors of the Nazi death camps but survived it. Dr Frankl carried a positive thought and envisioned himself being alive in future to fulfill a certain purpose despite being subjected to the most brutal and inhuman treatment in the Nazi concentration camps of Auschwitz and Dachau. Dr. Frankl lost his father, mother, brother and wife in the Holocaust, and only he and his sister survived.
While he was in the concentration camp, Frankl observed: “Other things being equal, those apt to survive the camps were those oriented toward the future—toward a task, or a person, waiting for them in the future, toward a meaning to be fulfilled by them in the future.” He also found that those who had nothing to live for were the ones who died quickest in the concentration camp. Frankl attributed his own survival to his determination to recreate and publish a manuscript that had been destroyed during the war, as well as love for his wife. He helped many others survive the death camps too; by helping them find a reason to live.