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Women In Islam Essay

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There are many common misconceptions about the role of women in Islam. Many believe that women have few, if any, rights under Islam. Misperceptions about the role of women in Islam are common because of media portrayal and also because of the great significance that has traditionally been placed on male biased interpretations of Islam. Many important verses regarding women in the Quran have been interpreted by those with a male biased agenda. Also, many rely on outdated interpretations of Islam that have not been adjusted to conform with present day social, political and economic conditions. In recent years, however, many scholars and historians have begun to re-examine these outdated ideals, and a closer examination of Islam and the Quran reveal that Islam favors women's rights.Unlike other popular beliefs, Islam does not blame Eve alone for the First Sin. The Quran makes it very clear that both Adam and Eve were tempted; that they both sinned, that God's ...view middle of the document...

In this way, she is able to keep her own identity.The Quran also emphasizes that all of humanity is equal under the eyes of God. Men and women are equal in terms of their responsibilities and obligations. Under Islamic law, a woman is an independent being who has the same duties towards herself, towards God and towards other human beings. In Islam punishments and rewards in the afterlife are awarded without regard to gender. (Quran: Al- Baqarah) The Quran states that if a woman commits an offense her penalty is the same as that of a man, and if she is wronged or harmed, her compensation is the same as what a man would receive. (Quran 5:83; 24:2;4:92-93). The chapter of the Quran entitled "Women" (An-Nisa) expresses that a woman is equal to a man as a human being and as his partner in life, and that women and men have been created with a soul of the same nature. (Quran, Chapter 4)The Quran also emphasizes that in the eyes of God the only relevant distinctions are among those who follow the right path and those who do not. The Quran states: "The most honored of you in the sight of God is the one who is the most righteous of you" (Quran 49:13). Since a woman has been given full capacity to make intelligent choices for herself, and the ability to choose right from wrong, a man has no advantages over her.It is also a common misperception that women are forced to behave in certain ways and adopt certain practices (such as the veil). The Quran states that force has no place in Islam. One verse of the Quran specifically states: "There is no compulsion in religion. The right path is distinct from the wrong path" (Quran 2:256). Again, the Quran highlights that a woman is given a capable mind and the freedom to choose right from wrong, the ability to strive to do good deeds, and the choice of whether to believe or not to believe.A careful and more modernized study of Islamic law and history shows that Islam intended for the position of women to be one of great dignity and respect. If examined by an open mind and a less traditional view, one will find that women's rights are strongly promoted in Islam.Bibliography

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