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The Status Of Woman In Islam

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What is Islam? Islam is an Arabic word, which means Submission to the Will of God. A Muslim therefore, is one who submits to the will of God. Islam is based upon two basic principles. The first principle is that there is none worthy of worship except God, who is absolutely unique and transcendent. The second principle is that Muhammad is the final messenger of God, who was sent to all of mankind. Islam is not new religion, but a continuation of the simple and powerful message of pure monotheism revealed by God through out history. Islam is the true religion, preached by all the messengers and prophets of God, including Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad (PBU). With the revelation of the Quran to God's final and greatest Messenger Muhammad, the pinnacle of this divinely revealed religion was reached, and the message of God to mankind completed and perfected. Embracing Islam is the sole means to fulfilling the purpose of our existence, which in turns leads to the attainment of true inner peace and eternal salvation. There is no God but Allah and Mohammed is the Messenger of Allah." This is the fundamental teaching of the Prophet of Islam. Mohammed preached the unity of God. He taught the love of God, respect for parents and the aged, Alms-giving or charity was a religious duty. He said: "Every good act is charity. Your smiling in your brotherÅfs face is charity. Putting a wanderer in the right path is charity. A Muslim believed in God, His Angels, His books and his messengers, the Last day, the Resurrection from the dead, Predestination by God, good and evil, the Judgment, Paradise and Hell fire, the divine inspiration of Mohammed, the origin of the Quran as divine inspiration, the future state. He is ready to enter into the religious war Jihad when so ordered by the divine as a religious duty.(Sivananda).

The Hijab:

The word Hijab comes from the Arabic word Hajaba meaning to hide from views or conceal. In the present time, the context of Hijab is the modest covering of Muslim women. The question is why do Muslim women have to cover their heads or body completely. The answer to the above Question is very simple Muslim women observe Hijab because Allah has told them to do so. Some of the versus which are taken from Quran said that

1. A women should not show her beauty or adornments except what appears by
uncontrolled factors such as the wind blowing her clothes.

2. The head covers should be drawn so as to cover the hair, the neck and the bottom.

There is other requirement too that women must do it.

1. A women must not dress so as to appear as a man.

2. Cursed the men who appear like women and the women who appear like men.

3. Women should not dress in a way similar to the unbelievers.

4. the clothing should be modest ragged to gain others admiration or sympathy, not
excessively fancy and also not excessively. (Marcy C.Ali).

At last the clothing of a men should not be like the dress of...

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