Pulling out of Afghanistan creates a new social justice issue

One of the problems stemming from the Taliban’s takeover is the disrespect of women. The Taliban has recently taken over Afghanistan and started treating women like they were treated 20 years ago. The Islamic religion is practiced in Afghanistan.

The Islamic religion respects women the most in the Quran. The Quran is the holy book for Islam. In the Quran, there is a whole section dedicated to Mariam or Mary, Mother of Jesus. Islam gives women rights such as keeping their own money and being respected. The Taliban’s beliefs and actions against Muslim women do not support the protection of women’s rights presented in the Quran.

Most importantly, the women in Afghanistan know things will go back to the way it was 20 years ago. Is this how things will change? Is a recession in Afghanistan what the women need?”

— Jenna Metwally

The Quran dedicates Surahs, chapters, and verses to women. Muslims believe that women have rights. Women are treated as it says in the Quran.

According to the Quran 33:35, “O you who believe! You are forbidden to inherit women against their will. Nor should you treat them with harshness, that you may take away part of the dowry you have given them – except when they have become guilty of open lewdness. On the contrary live with them on a footing of kindness and equity. If you take a dislike to them, it may be that you dislike something and Allah will bring about through it a great deal of good.”

Some of the Taliban claim they are familiar with the Islamic religion, but if so, they would know that they are going against it. The Taliban trained their soldiers to not respect women.

In the past, the Taliban has made it clear that it does not care about women’s lives. For example, they tried to silence Malala Yousafzai by shooting her on a bus. The Taliban claimed they have changed, but the world has yet to see the change they have claimed to make. The women in Afghanistan are especially scared for their families because they do not believe the Taliban has changed.

The Taliban even warned women recently not to go to work or school because they did not train their soldiers to treat women with respect. If the Taliban has changed, why did they not train their soldiers to treat women properly? Most importantly, the women in Afghanistan know things will go back to the way it was 20 years ago. Is this how things will change? Is a recession in Afghanistan what the women need?

The Taliban are still disrespecting women, and they have even turned peaceful protests violent. More lives are being threatened and lost every day. The Taliban have shamed the people of Islam because of their treatment of women. The so-called Muslims in the Taliban do not listen to what it says in the Quran about respecting women.

In Afghanistan, if we want to see a change the U.S needs to go back into Afghanistan. This is because innocent women are being killed by the Taliban everyday. When the U.S exited and the Taliban took over the violence started again. They started to whip women in public, and slaughter women. More and more blood is being shed without the U.S being in Afghanistan to control the Taliban. If the bloodshed in Afghanistan continues will there be any hope left? How will the U.S be looked at?

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