Essay On Women In Islam

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Register to read the introduction… One of the most important things for women to observe is modesty. This includes huge social norms and mores. Women are not to wear revealing or tight clothing to anyone but their wives or certain relatives which are listed in the Qur’an. Muhammad instructed that women should cover their entire bodies except their face and hands after puberty. This law is largely enforced in Muslim countries, and is a major social norm. Men, on the other hand, are only required to cover their naval to their knee. It is also expected that when a man and a woman look at each other, they are not to do so more than once, and are to lower their eyes, to prevent amorous glances. The exceptions are only in places such as doctors’ offices, courtrooms, or when her life is in danger. In addition, no man is to touch any part of a woman’s body, under any circumstances, unless it is totally necessary. The husband and perhaps some family members are of course exception to this. In most all Muslim countries, women are not permitted to go anywhere without their husbands, or even “loiter” outside their house. Women who seem naked when they are clothed, walk flirtingly, or “plait their heads like humps of camels” are seen as women who will dwell in hell. Beautification is somewhat accepted as long as it does not injuriously interfere with the limbs or body. They are not to intentionally display it to others. Muhammad cursed women who had tattoos, sharpened or spaced teeth, plucked hair or eyebrows, or used hair pieces, because it changes the creation of Allah. All these things are social mores for women in Muslim countries. Women are allowed to display decoration, however, to other Muslim women, and to select men such as her husband, father, grandfather, and nephews. They are not to attend baths or swimming pools, and both men and women are not permitted to attend any kind of dance, or a gymnasium, because it could lead to …show more content…
As already stated, non-Muslims are absolutely second-class citizens in Islamic society, according to the Sharia. Jews and Christians are granted status of what is called dhimminis, because they are considered “people of the book.” They are allowed to practice their religion if they pay a tributary tax, but are not entitled to hold office, serve in the military, or convert Muslims to their religion. Their court testimonies are also considered less credible. Pagans, pantheists, and nonbelievers have no rights at all. Their only choices are conversion or

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