Essay on Islam Doesn't Oppress Women, Muslims Do

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The religion of Islam was created by the prophet Muhammad, originally a Meccan merchant, who received a divine message from the angel Gabriel telling him to “proclaim! In the name of thy Lord and Cherisher.” Muhammad came to believe that this “lord” was Allah, and he went on to teach others that Allah was the one true God. In fact, in Arabic, Islam means “submission to the will of Allah” and Muslim means “one who has submitted” (Beck 234-235). Islam is based on a holy book called the Koran and the principles of the Five Pillars, which outline the duties of every Muslim. The Five Pillars are faith, prayer, alms (charity), fasting (Ramadan), and the Haj (pilgrimage to Mecca) (Beck 236). Muhammad was a strong leader and gained many …show more content…
Most importantly, the Koran states that males and females come from the same being. “Be careful of your duty toward 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” (Koran 4:1). This statement suggests men and women are equal. In Islamic nations, men and women do have equally but different roles in society, “By the creation of the male and female; Verily, (the ends) you strive for are diverse,” (Koran 92:3-4). This quote is very important as it aids in determining the different roles of genders in society. Since a husband and a wife are equal, then they must share everything, including responsibility, work, and property, “...They are your garments and you are their garments” (Koran 2:187). Since the husband and wife are equal but they have different responsibilities, it would mean that Muslim women are supposed to take care of their house and family and Muslim men should protect and support their family. According to the Koran, men and women are supposed to support and complement each other and protect and hide their flaws. Muslim women are also allowed to accept gifts and be given food, shelter, and clothing from their husband, but in moderation. In addition to being supported, complemented, and protected, the Koran allows women to make their own decisions and to express themselves. The Koran was revolutionary at that time by granting such freedoms to its

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