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There is no aspect of Islam more widely misunderstood than the role and status of its women. The popular view combines the fantasy of a Hollywood version of the Arabian Nights, with a picture of deprived and repressed victims of a man's world. Neither approaches the truth, but ignorance and prejudice have supplied facts to fit the case.

 

" . . . but any woman who prays or prophesies with her head unveiled disgraces her head - it is one and the same thing as having her head shaved. For if a woman will not veil herself, then she should cut off her hair; but if it is disgraceful for a woman to have hair cut off or be shaved, she should wear a veil. For man ought not to have his head veiled, since he is the image and reflection of God; but woman is the reflection of man. Indeed, man was not made from woman, but woman from man. Neither was man created for the sake of woman, but woman for the sake of man." (I Corinthians 11:5-9)

 

The above quotation is not from any Islamic source, but from (St.) Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians - which is part of the Christian New Testament. So who is really trying to follow what is in their scriptures (either real or alleged), regardless of what their "culture" or "politically correct" values tell them to do?

 

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The Position of Women in Islam

 

Mohd Elfie Nieshaem Juferi

 

Western ignorance of the World of Islam is almost total, but if there is one area above all others where the vacuum of knowledge has been most effectively filled with misinformation, it is that surrounding the role of women in Islam. In contrast to the common misconception, the Qur'ân does not restrict womens' rights. Women are given the same rights as men are. The status of the Muslim woman in Islam is a very noble and lofty one, and her effect is very great in the life of every Muslim. Indeed the Muslim woman is the initial teacher in building a righteous society, providing she follows the guidance from the Book of Allâh and the Sunnah of the Sayidina Muhammad Õáì Çááå Úáíå æÂáå æÓáã .

 

The Qur'ân states categorically that men and women who practice the principles of Islam will receive equal reward for their efforts. (Qur'ân, 33:35). In the first verse of the chapter entitled An-Nissa' (The Women) Allah SWT says :

 

"O mankind! Be careful of your duty to your Lord Who created you from a single soul and from it its mate and from them both have spread abroad a multitude of men and women. Be careful of your duty toward Allâh in Whom you claim (your rights) of one another, and towards the wombs (that bore you). Lo! Allâh has been a Watcher over you." (Qur'ân, 4:1)

 

Since men and women both came from the same essence, they are equal in their humanity. Women cannot be by nature evil (as some religions believe) or then men would be evil also. Similarly, neither gender can be superior because it would be a contradiction of equality. Women are encouraged in Islam to contribute their opinions and ideas. There are many traditions of the Prophet (pbuh) which indicate women would pose questions directly to him and offer their opinions concerning religion, economics and social matters.

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Continued

 

The Qur'ân states:

 

"By the creation of the male and female; Verily, (the ends) ye strive for are diverse." (Qur'ân, 92:3-4)

 

In these verses, God declares that He created men and women to be different, with unique roles, functions and skills. As in society, where there is a division of labor, so too in a family; each member has different responsibilities. Generally, Islam upholds that women are entrusted with the nurturing role, and men, with the guardian role. Therefore, women are given the right of financial support.

 

The Qur'ân states:

 

"Men are the maintainers of women because Allâh has made some of them to excel others and because they spend of their wealth (for the support of women)." (Qur'ân, 4:34)

 

This guardianship and greater financial responsibility is given to men, requires that they provide women with not only monetary support but also physical protection and kind and respectful treatment.

 

The Muslim woman has the privilege to earn money, the right to own property, to enter into legal contracts and to manage all of her assets in any way she pleases. She can run her own business and no one has any claim on her earnings including her husband. The Qur'ân states

 

"And in no wise covet those things in which Allâh hath bestowed His gifts more freely on some of you than on others; to men is allotted what they earn, and to women, what they earn; but ask Allâh of His bounty, for Allâh hath full knowledge of all things." (Qur'ân, 4:32)

 

A woman inherits from her relatives. The Qur'ân states

 

"For men there is a share in what parents and relatives leave, and for women there is a share of what parents and relatives leave, whether it be little or much - an ordained share." (Qur'ân, 4:7)

 

The great importance of the Muslim woman's role whether as wife, sister, or daughter, and the rights that are due to her and the rights that are due from her have been explained in the noble Qur'ân, and further detailed of this have been explained in the Sunnah. The secret of her importance lies in the tremendous burden and responsibility that is placed upon her, and the difficulties she has to shoulder responsibilities and difficulties some of which not even a man bears. This is why from the most important obligations upon a person is to show gratitude to the mother, and kindness and good companionship with her. And in this matter, she is to be given precedence over and above the father. God Almighty says:

 

"And We have enjoined upon man to be good and dutiful to his parents. His mother bore him in weakness upon weakness and hardship upon hardship, and his weaning is in two years. Show gratitude and thanks to Me and to your parents. Unto Me is the final destination." (Qur'ân, 31:14)

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About the role of women in Islamic nations...

 

I know you believe that the women in (lets say saudi arabia since that is a core Islamic nation) respect themselves enough to be fully covered up.. or as covered as they can be, but why do they not have the right to choose?

I am sure that not 100% of the women appreciate covering themselves up fully. Since times have changed since the Qu'ran was written, we now know that there are many women who are more qualified than some men to do some jobs. So why do men get preferrential treatment even if the women would suit his job better.

 

I know that you will try to argue this, but it is explicitly visible that women are repressed. Why is it such a crime for a woman to go down the street in a T shirt? I dont think the men would oggle her so much that society would collapse into anarchy.

 

Here are just some nibblets for discussion.

 

christian bro

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Peace Christian_Brother!

 

It is purely a matter of wrong conceptions.

 

I work in Saudi Arabia, and am not a Saudi.

 

In my previous job, there were 6 females working with us. The total strength, including the owners was 15. They were all educated, came from affluent families, and were always properly dressed. In our building, there was the Head Office of one of the largest banks. They had several women working for them, who I used to see on the elevator, but fully covered. So, it is a matter of choice that they wish to be appropriately covered. It is a matter of choice for them to find work, if they are suitably qualified.

 

As regards walking around in T-shirts, no Muslim woman who knows Islam would do that as a matter of choice. It is not a matter of creating anarchy, and oggling. It is prescribed that a woman should not reveal her body structure to men who are eligible to marry her. It is also prescribed for men to lower their gaze, and to dress appropriately.

 

Doesn't that create a better society than one in which women and men are walking about revealing their wares to everybody? Doesn't that society create problems of unwed mothers who are left to tend to the children, while the irresponsible father is looking for greener pastures?

 

Peace out

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Well I think the answer is real easy , If you believe france Is entitled to enforce an Anti Hijab religious Symbol LAW and ppl living there should respect it than The same applies To KSA if the law of the land is that women be dressed modestly than all living there have to respect it .

 

But still if you ever go to KSA or any muslim country you will see that there are muslim women who clearly have theri choices and dress as they pls .

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Peace in

 

IV/34: Men are in charge of women, because Allah hath made the one of them to excel the other..

 

 

I find it amusing that why men should be "in charge" of women and not the other way round?.if it is due to the fact that men are physically stronger than women in general....then it is a social discrimination, isnt it?

 

 

Thanks for your answers in advance.

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Peace Vaid!

 

Men are in charge because they have been given the responsibility to provide for the women in terms of housing, clothing, food, etc.

 

The differences that you have to understand from your perceptions are as follows:

 

In India/Hinduism, the girls family pays the man and his family for the marriage to take place. The man's family makes ridiculous demands, which the girl's family has to meet in order to get her married. In Islam, it is the man who pays to the bride a dowry and provides for her accomodation, food, transportation, etc.

 

In India/Hinduism, the girl becomes a property of the man. There is no divorce, even if the man is a beast. In Islam, the girl can take a divorce.

 

In India/Hinduism, the girl is burnt with her husband when he dies, or stays with his family in totally unbearable circumstances. In Islam, she can stay with the husband's family, or with her own parents. She has the choice.

 

After reading these circumstances, which one amuses you more? :D

 

Peace out

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