A Western Cape Muslim cleric Imam Dawood Sampson has landed in hot water after his derogatory utterances in a video demeaned women. This comes in Women’s Month where the dialogue around gender-based violence is at its peak. The video which has been shared on social media and messenger apps features, Parkwood cleric Maulana Sampson, comparing men and women to cocks and hens has sparked the ire of women across South Africa.
Dawood Sampson has in videos that are circulating on social media which parodies subjects of marriage, polygamous relationships and also his upcoming nuptials to his second wife.
“My dear friends in Islam, as I told the men if there are men that still got it, go and propose and get yourself a lovebird. Like a cock have two or three hens, come on men, we are cocks, and get those hens Inshallah,”
Maulana Sampson in another video has stated: “If there are men who still got it, then get yourself a love bird. You can have, like a cock has two-three hens, come on men, we are cocks and get those hens.” In another video, promoting a 10-week “marriage course with a difference”, Sampson said “a wife is cute when she is mute and a husband is honey when he gives money”.
An online petition on Change.org was launched against Dawood Sampson and has generated more than 2000 signatures calls on the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) to address the “issues of toxic masculinity by Islamic leadership”. The Parkwood Imam Sampson was forced to thereafter issue an apology for his comments in the viral videos.
’’The principles of Islamic teachings would not condone vulgarity, or insinuating that women are a mere product that has no rights. This petition is to garner a voice against toxic masculinity that needs to be addressed by the MJC,” the petition read.
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Source inputs: Voice Of the Cape
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