Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's Conversion to Islam Led to Oppressive View of Women

One of the NBA's all-time greats, Muslim convert Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, has been defending Islam against criticisms arising from endless terrorist attacks. Actress Pam Grier, has the inside scoop on how Islam affected Abdul-Jabbar's view of women.
Breitbart—NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was born Lew Alcindor in New York City on April 16, 1947. In 1971, at the age of 24, while playing for the Milwaukee Bucks, he converted to Islam and changed his name to one that means “the noble one, servant of the Almighty.” There was, however, an ugly side to Jabbar’s conversion to Islam — a troubling and oppressive attitude towards women.

According to actress Pam Grier’s 2010 autobiography, “Foxy: My Life In Three Acts,” she and Jabbar shared a passionate and serious relationship during the process of his religious conversion. Marriage was on the table. She had already met his parents, and their mutual destinies had launched.

Both were young. He was already a leading NBA scorer and had been named the NBA’s Rookie of the Year. She was 22, impossibly gorgeous, and on the cusp of launching an acting career that would eventually lead to her earning her own status as a legend.

The relationship abruptly changed when Lew asked her to start calling him Kareem. He had begun a conversion to what would become a lifelong commitment to Islam. Immediately, he demanded she stop working. “A conservative man at heart who was getting more so by the day,” Grier writes, “he didn’t want to see his girlfriend working.”

At the time Grier was working as a dancer in a nightclub. The type of work she was doing wasn’t the only issue. He did not want her working at all, and he also wanted her to convert to Islam. His faith told Jabbar he could date a non-Muslim, but not marry one. Her heart set on an education, she didn’t want to move to Milwaukee.

“If we get married, you don’t have to get an education,” was his reply, according to Grier. “I’ll take care of you.”

Grier with Abdul-Jabbar
Although she was a self-described feminist who believed education was the road to empowerment, Grier, who had been raised a Catholic but moved away from all religion, agreed to study the Koran. What she found she didn’t like. Jabbar tried to explain to her that the New Islam was different from what she was reading. To Grier it didn’t sound all that new.

“Then why is the woman, even in the ‘New Islam,’ supposed to walk behind the man. Why can’t we walk side by side?”

Jabbar’s answer to this and many other questions was, “That’s what Allah wants. The man is the leader. That is how it is written.”

He also told her she would be required to be chaperoned and wear a headscarf.

“The truth is that Kareem didn’t want me to work or get an education,” Grier summarizes. “He really just wanted me to be a good Muslim wife, bear his children, walk behind him, and keep my hair covered up with a head scarf. … From what I could see, once a woman converted to Islam and got married, she gave up her individual rights.”

Grier was bugged especially by the fact that in the Middle East some Muslim woman were living in a more progressive society that gave them more freedoms and allowed them to get an education. She writes, “[B]ut Kareem never told me about them. Either he didn’t know or he didn’t want me to know.”

There is no question that although she was conflicted, Grier was madly in love with Jabbar (she says they remain friends to this day) and desperate to find a way to reconcile herself to his rigid view of a woman’s place in the world.

She wanted to make it work.

Then the humiliations came.

One Saturday, Jabbar invited a group of fellow Islamic converts over. Grier expected to spend the day enjoying everyone’s company. These were her friends too, but this was the first time she had seen them since their conversion.

They refused to hug her. They pulled away from her touch as though she were diseased. Then came the real humiliation.

“I wasn’t supposed to speak to them at all, unless I was answering a specific question. I stood there awkwardly, when Kareem said in a quiet voice, ‘You’re supposed to leave the room now, Pam.'”

“For how long?” She asked.

“Until I ask you come back or my friends leave,” was his reply.

Humiliated, she sat alone in the bedroom until Jabbar came in and asked her to make the group sandwiches. She obliged, and after serving the men, Jabbar said, “You have to go now. You can take a sandwich with you.” (Continue Reading.)
To learn more about Islam's view of women, watch this short introduction:


jay shawn said...

Interesting, because all these muhammadan males are seen as men of principle, who are upright, and well behaved. Its easy dawah for the kaffir masses when liberal press portrays muslims this way.

smalltallest88 said...

You don't even need to study the Quran before you  get to know that Muslims treat their wives as second class citizen. The female child is always inferior to the male child cos that is what Allah/Muhammad/Jubril commands.

King Harkinian II said...

Shocking! Another Muslim man who converted and started doing exactly what the Koran told him to do? Human sacrifice, dogs & cats living together, mass hysteria! Doesn't everyone know that Islam is a religion about doing the OPPOSITE of what you're told? It's a work of SATIRE! DUH!

Mahsheed said...

It seems a pattern for converts to Islam, if male they seem to be attracted to the male dominance/violence/antisemitism, and for women it's usually for a relationship.

And then there's a much smaller percentage who are attracted to things like simplicity of doctrine, equality, community, and rules. But these tend to become disillusioned over time.

Derek Lambada said...

It brings to mind Theresa Corbin; that barmy Muslim feminist featured on CNN (whatever happened to her? Probably joined Samantha Lewthwaite with al Shabaab or something).

Churchill had it right...
'The fact that in Mohammedan
law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the
faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.'

You may ask why take any notice of a non Muslim?
Probably better to take account of the words of Al Ghazali. The foremost Islamic scholar, the 'proof of Islam' and the second most important Muslim after Muhammad...
'...marriage constitutes a form of enslavement; thus she is his slave, and she should obey the husband absolutely in everything he demands of her...'

So there you have it. Islam, clearly the most feminist of all religions.

Charlie said...

From various photos he seems to have met Rick Warren a few times (ditto Cat Stevens). Maybe there is hope.

Why though would she want to remains friends with him?