Muslim Women in Interfaith Relatinships Essay

3021 Words Sep 20th, 2012 13 Pages
Muslim women in interfaith relationships
By Muneebah Dawson
2nd year UCT Social Science degree Student
We are living in a world where religious peace talks are prominent. The walls of gender inequality are encouraged to be broken down. Tradition and culture is evolving. However; in the Muslim community I still find that women are struggling to find gender equality. Women are frowned upon when they enter into interfaith marriages. Love does not ask what religion you belong to. Following is my project and its findings on Muslim women in interfaith relationships and how they feel about the inequality of Muslim marriage rights in Islam.

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I am a Muslim woman in an interfaith
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He comes from a liberal family where the Muslim women have equal rights to the men. His basic plot in this book is to challenge the conservative theologist of Islamic law and the status of women in Islam. Using the Quranic text he explains women’s rights in different contexts including Muslim women and interfaith marriage. In various sections of this book and between pages 36-47 he gives evidence of Quranic text in support of Muslim women and interfaith marriage. He provides evidence that the Quran explicitly states that Muslim men are allowed to marry any believing non-Muslim woman and with regard to the capacity of Muslim women marrying a believing non-Muslim man in both the Quran and the Hadith (teachings of the Prophet Muhammad) are silent around this. There is the verse 2:29 that supports women and it says, “It is He who hath created for you all things that are on earth…” Women are not prohibited from inter faith marriages according to these texts and in fact this verse provides reason to believe that it is lawful for Muslim women to contract marriage to a believing non-Muslim man.

All three of these literatures support my topic in that the interpretations of the Quran to Islamic law wrongfully discriminate against Muslim women and interfaith relationships. Furthermore, it supports the struggle that my participants experience. It gives rise to this pressing issue

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