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BTW, Aisha -- What did Aisha Wear?

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Submitted by Lifeguard (United States), Aug 5, 2009 at 13:13

Btw, Aisha -- Do you know who your namesake in history was? It was one of that immoral polygamist's daughters, wasn't it? He loved women carnally and with bloodlust. He raped and enslaved many women in his lifetime of murder and mayhem. And he wanted his daughters to "dress modestly" because he knew his deep carnal desires would be stimulated beyond his control.

Yet even Aisha, Mo's unwilling 8-year old child bride, had to conduct the business of state once Mo passed into the great Paradise in the sky. And she had to deal with tremendously violent infighting as she tried to maintain a government among the various factions of the new Muslim Empire that survived her aged husband's life. In those meetings did she wear a burka -- no?

Did she dress modestly -- of course she did, because she knew the carnal and polygamous instincts of those who created the empire with her late polygamous husband. Widow Aisha certainly conducted herself assuredly and she certainly showed her face and hands to those in the leadership councils.

I would love to read her words about her interpretation of the meaning of her husband's instructions to dress modestly. As a woman who went shopping in Mecca / Mekka and Medina / Yathrib alone or with other women, she did not favor a fully sex-segregated society. Surely she would have understood that the rules imposed on her and her sister wives and concubines by her polygamous husband represented a form of subjugation. I would love to find her thoughts on the entire subject of being one wife of many, being maintained by a man she never willingly chose to marry, and sharing house with sex slaves and kidnapped widows whose husbands were murdered defending their values and homes. Surely she must have had some thoughts about the morality of all of this, right Aisha?

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