Quran Vs Sharia

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Did you know that an Islamic woman once had to suffer ninety lashes and was sentenced to prison for associating in public with a man that she had no relations with (Harrison)? For years Islamic women have been oppressed by government laws and their status as human beings has almost been reduced to nothing. The Quran and the Sharia are at the soul of the Muslim faith, yet government changes done to the Sharia laws have oppressed Islamic women, altering their marital liberties, they way they dress, and their financial rights. The Quran, being the Holy Book of Islam, consists of the stories and rules that Muslims re-tell and follow. Sharia is a part of the Quran that teaches the people how to live, and the issue lies in the fact that they have …show more content…
Under the equitable Islamic laws, women have a clear right to own, buy or sell property and businesses. It states in the Quran, in several of its chapters (Quran2, Quran 4, and Quran 5), that a woman can inherit money or items regardless of whether she is married or not. They are in no way forbidden to inherit less than a male in her family. Furthermore, the Quran claims that women are permitted to demand their dowry (money or a gift given to the husband by the bride on their wedding) from her husband. Even in the case of a divorce, a Muslim woman can take her fair share of property and items. These rules are plainly stated in the Quran, but are not enforced in Islamic governments. According to political leaders, women are controlled when it comes to owning property, limiting their rights to accessing their husbands’ money and sometimes their own if they did not have to give it to their spouse. In fact, all transactions of money and dealings of assets have to be made through the husband, which therefore confines the amount of freedom Muslim women have. The problem grows bigger when the Sharia laws demanded that not even a widowed woman is permitted to manage an inheritance. Any other member of the family that is male must deal with the money or possessions. Also, the …show more content…
The oppression of Islamic women due to the alteration of ancient Sharia laws has stripped their marital liberties, freedom to dress the way they want, and their financial and ownership rights. The Quran and its laws are constantly being tweaked and it is greatly affecting the women of the Islamic society. The way they are living significantly differs from what the Quran and Sharia teach, and because people are very dedicated to what the rules instruct, they follow whatever is set in stone by the governments, as even the prophet Muhammad fought for gender equality. These ever-changing laws are a burden that Muslim women must carry, and the problem carries on as the ancient Quran and Sharia laws continue to be adjusted to the likings of Islamic

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