Women In Islam

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Women in Islam are often thought to be oppressed and downgraded, or at least that is what is shown by the media. What to consider is, are these portrayals of women in Islam accurate? Does Islam truly hold men above women, condemning the rights women have? Are women in Islam truly helpless or is that what is being shown to believe? By looking at the holy Quran, scholarly articles, and books, women do have equal rights in Islam. The role of women in a household will aid in determining a woman’s democracy. The education women have the opportunity to receive in Islam will assist in proving the freedom of women. The clothing women wear will support these statements at last. Through an examination of responsibilities, education, and clothing choices …show more content…
It is studied that although the Qur’an often uses masculine traits, such as “his” or “he”, women are frequently referred to alongside with men, being described as friends and partners in faith instead of one being more dominant than the other. Rather the Qur’an states that roles of men and women are complimentary and essential stating, “O mankind! Be mindful of your duty to your Lord, Who created you from a single being, and from it created its mate, and from the two of them has scattered countless men and women” (Quran 4:1). This Surah explains that one role is not more important than the other, but that they are needed to be together in order to carry out the obvious duties of their All-Knowing. The Qur’an does not touch on the subject on gender roles within a household, but rather emphasises the equal role of men and woman within the overall perspective of one’s faith. The Quran proclaims, “Whoever does an evil deed will not be recompensed except by the like thereof; but whoever does righteousness, whether male or female, while he is a believer - those will enter Paradise, being given provision therein without account” (Surah Ghafir 40:40). This Surah explains the overall thought that no matter whom you are, whether it be a mother, daughter, son or father, as long as you are a follower of the All-knowing, your actions and deeds are …show more content…
Muslim women are mostly seen in modest head to toe coverings with little-to-no skin showing. As often misinterpreted, the wearing of a Hijab is a woman’s right rather than a burden. The Quran states, “There is no compulsion in religion” meaning that a person can choose to accept what they see as religious obligation (Al-Baqara 2:256). As there is no force in Islam, the wearing of the Hijab is also a matter of personal choice rather than those who say it is a symbol of oppression. The Hijab liberates women from being thought as sexual objects and distracts men from a woman’s physical appearance and forces them to focus on a woman’s mind (Stacey 2009). Katherine Bullock of York University interviewed women who wore the hijab and reported the following, “‘When asked to explain why they covered, the women I interviewed said they believed that in the Quran, God commanded women to cover their hair and that prophetic statements backed that up. For them, the Hijab symbolizes purity, modesty, a woman’s Islamic identity, obedience, submission to God, and a testament that you’re Muslim’” (Deslippe et al., 2011). A convert to Islam, Halima, adds that the Hijab is a symbol of the power women have to take back their own dignity and sexuality (Deslippe et al., 2011). Women’s right to decide how they wants to be viewed in the public showcases that they do not need to maintain a

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