By A. M.
I just finished watching Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House. This play is feminism in theme. I, surprisingly, agree with it. Every woman must see the dialogue between Nora and Torvald at the end of the play. (The divorce rate would increase fivefold if women did this.) The best line in the play is when Nora said, “You didn’t love me; you enjoyed loving me” (Quote from memory).
Nora gave a feminist critique of morality, law, religion, honour, and society. When asked if she had a moral code, she said she didn’t know. There is a difference between a moral code and morals. Nora saved her husband’s life by making a great sacrifice. She did a moral thing; yet, she was not sure if there was a moral code.
Her act of saving her husband was illegal. This in itself shows that the law is wrong. She didn’t know if religion was true, because she simply heard what a pastor said and didn’t search if he was saying the truth. She rightfully scolds Torvald for seeing honour as more important than loving his wife. Society looks down on her action, but she is certain her action was right; so, society is at variance with her.
I agree with all of Nora’s point. I also believe Islam agrees with her points. In my opinion, if Islam was truly practiced, Nora wouldn’t face the problems she did. Islam stresses on following fitrah, which is an innate spontaneous moral impulse. If the Islamic moral code goes against fitrah, then that means the code was interpreted wrongly or applied incorrectly. This is what is happening in most Muslim countries.
Islamic Law makes sure that humanity is part of the legal system. The human factor must never be lost in the legal framework. Unfortunately, due to bureaucratization of the legal apparatus, the law doesn’t see people, but instead sees numbers that will be put into an equation.
The scholars of Islam taught that Taqleed, blindly following the views of a person, is haram. The education system in most Muslim countries is so broken that everyone is taught religion like a parrot is taught to rhyme. In the Golden Age of Islam, the public could go to the mosque and hear Muslim philosophers debating various Islamic topics with their students.
Honour in Islam means defending your wife, sacrificing your life for her.
Muslim society today is stuck in cultural bonds and historical shackles.
For all the reasons above, a person an fully agree with Ibsen’s views while maintaining that his views are Islamic. I just wish more girls watch or read A Doll’s House before they rush into marriage.
In picture: a poster of A Doll’s House, an American drama film directed by Joe De Grasse and starring Lon Chaney (1917)