Muslim women, fed up, tell men to ‘lower their gaze’

“If you were a true Muslim you would keep your hair covered,” a Muslim man snapped at a Muslim woman — who later wished she had retorted with “And if you were a true Muslim you wouldn’t be staring at me.”

Muslim-Americans say that ogling is one of the biggest yet least-talked about problems in their communities, reports Religion News Service. Among the worst offenders, they say, are self-styled morality police who are quick to reproach women for how they dress, yet ignore the mandate from the Quran to keep their eyes to themselves.

The result is a double standard that not only discriminates against women and is inconsistent with the Quran’s guidance to “lower their gaze and be modest,” critics say, but contributes to the objectification of women that Islam was supposed to eliminate.

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