Islamic Women Essay

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Muslim society over the centuries has treated women assecond class citizens. It's been this way since the beginning oftime. Women are treated in this manor for a number of reasons,but all leading back to the Quran. Women are considered inferior tomen, are treated unfairly in marriage, and even are oppressedlegally, but all are approved of in the Quran. It describes in detailthe way that a women is to be treated and the way a womenshould treat her husband.The Quran expresses the equality of the sexes in thefollowing. 'And their Lord answereth them, `I will not suffer thework of him among you that worketh, whether of male or female, tobe lost. the one of you is the issue of the other.'(Q 3:195) So whilethe Qur`an holds the works of men and women in equal regard andacknowledges that they are completely interdependent to their veryexistence, They are not regarded as having equal worth as people.The fact that men are a step above the women and superior tothem is evident in the following verses. 'And it is for the women toact as they (the husbands) act by them, in all fairness; but the menare a step above them.'(Q 2:228) 'Men have authority over womenbecause Allah has made the one superior to the other.'(Q4:34)Women are thought of as being lower in intellect and spirituals incomparison to men. In the Quran it states, 'And of His signs is thatHe created for you, of yourselves, spouses, that you may repose inthem.'(Q 30'21) This causes many Muslims to look at women ascreations like the animals and plants and other useful things createdby Allah. Muslims believe that women are lacking many of the traitsthat men possess. The believe that women are lacking gratitude aswell as intelligence. The Hadith speaks of this subject saying,'Women are ungrateful to their husbands and are ungrateful for thefavours and the good (charitable) deeds done to them. If you havealways been good (benevolent) to one of them and then she seessomething in you (not of her liking), she will say, `I have neverreceived and good from you.' Also women are not reliablewitnesses due to their lack of intelligence and their emotional state.It is said that, 'Women was made to bear and feed children.Therefore she is very emotional. And she is forgetful, because ifshe did not forget how it is to give birth she would not have anotherchild. That is why she will not be as reliable a witness as a man.'Women have so many things separating them from men inthe Muslim society. It is believed that every woman has ten awrah.(translation: the external genitals, especially of the female, Latin-something to be ashamed of ) It is perceived that women areawrah and that is one reason that all women must not show anypart of their body along with staying in the house. It is believed thatthe woman's place is in the home and that she shouldn't even leavethe house to pray at the mosque, but rather she is closer to Allahwhile inside the home. Some groups such as the Malikiyah andHanafiyah do allow the woman's face...

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