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Free Essay on Muslim Women

                                                                 

      Muslim society over the centuries has treated women as
second class citizens.  It's been this way since the beginning of
time.  Women are treated in this manor for a number of reasons,
but all leading back to the Quran.  Women are considered inferior to
men, are treated unfairly in marriage, and even are oppressed
legally, but all are approved of in the Quran.  It describes in detail
the way that a women is to be treated and the way a women
should treat her husband.
      The Quran expresses the equality of the sexes in the
following.  "And their Lord answereth them, `I will not suffer the
work of him among you that worketh, whether of male or female, to
be lost.  the one of you is the issue of the other."(Q 3:195)  So while
the Qur`an holds the works of men and women in equal regard and
acknowledges that they are completely interdependent to their very
existence, They are not regarded as having equal worth as people.
The fact that  men are a step above the women and superior to
them is evident in the following verses. "And it is for the women to
act as they (the husbands) act by them, in all fairness; but the men
are a step above them."(Q 2:228) "Men have authority over women
because Allah has made the one superior to the other."(Q4:34)
Women are thought of as being lower in intellect and spirituals in
comparison to men.  In the Quran it states, "And of His signs is that
He created for you, of yourselves, spouses, that you may repose in
them."(Q 30"21)  This causes many Muslims to look at women as
creations like the animals and plants and other useful things created
by Allah.  Muslims believe that women are lacking many of the traits
that men possess.  The believe that women are lacking gratitude as
well as intelligence.  The Hadith speaks of this subject saying,
"Women are ungrateful to their husbands and are ungrateful for the
favours and the good (charitable) deeds done to them.  If you have
always been good (benevolent) to one of them and then she sees
something in you (not of her liking), she will say, `I have never
received and good from you."  Also women are not reliable
witnesses 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 if
she did not forget how it is to give birth she would not have another
child.  That is why she will not be as reliable a witness as a man."
      Women have so many things separating them from men in
the 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 are
awrah and that is one reason that all women must not show any
part of their body along with staying in the house.  It is believed that
the woman's place is in the home and that she shouldn't even leave
the house to pray at the mosque, but rather she is closer to Allah
while inside the home.  Some groups such as the Malikiyah and
Hanafiyah do allow the woman's face to be shown, but only if the
face is not naturally beautiful and makeup is not worn.  It is thought
that Allah decreed that the face be veiled not for the chastity of the
woman, but for the chastity of the men who might look at her.  For
this defeats the woman's biggest evil her sexuality. 
      It is believed that a woman's way to paradise is through her
husband.  All the man's needs must be met before anything else
may be completed.  If a woman is cooking and her husband
desires sexual pleasures it is better to let the food burn than to deny
her husband.  This is true because if the husband is not satisfied
then he be cannot at peace to pray to Allah therefore the woman is
in bad favor with Allah and all the angels until she satisfies her
husband again.  There is never anything that a woman can do to
repay her husband for taking her as his wife.  It is a noble sacrifice
for a man to share his life with a woman; she being deficient in
mind, religion, and gratitude.  There is no sacrifice she can make to
repay the favour he has done for her.
      The rights of Muslim women and men are as you might
expect them to be.  The women's rights are very simple as stated in
the Quran, "It is that you shall give her food when you have taken
your food, that you shall clothe her when you have clothed
yourself, that you shall not slap her on the face, nor revile her, not
desert her except within the house.  Other than that she has no
rights, he has the right to beat her if she does one of four things.
One if she doesn't wear the fineries wanted by the husband.  Two if
she refuses sexual intercourse.  Three when she is told to bath and
she refuses.  Fourth when she goes abroad without permission of
her husband.  These are all legal caused for a man to beat his wife.
      It is also the right of the man to marry up to four wives and to
have as many slave girls as he sees fit.  Adultery is one of the worst
sins a man can commit so Allah allows him to have four wives and
as many slave girls as needed to satisfy his lust.  Again freeing him
from his lust allows him to be more at peace and better able to pray
to Allah.  There is one provision dealing with slave girls though, a
man is only allowed to have sexual intercourse with a slave girl if
he has paid the extra amount of money to the seller for that benefit.
      Men also have all the rights after a divorce in matters dealing
with the custody of a child.  "The conditions of the custody of the
children is as follows.  First the wife should not reject Islam.  If she
rejects Islam, she has no right to the custody of the children.
Second, she must be of good character for if it was proven that she
is corrupted by illicit sex, or theft, or has a low trade such as a
professional mourner, or a dancer, she loses her right to custody.
Third, she is not allowed to marry anyone except the father of the
child.  If she remarries, she has no right to custody, unless her new
husband is related to the child as a paternal uncle.  But if she
marries a foreigner she has no right to custody. fourthly, she must
not leave the child without supervision.  Especially if the child is a
female, because females need protection.  So if the mother had to
go outside for a long period and so neglect her child, she has no
right to the custody of the child.  Fifthly, if the father is poor, and the
mother refused the custody of the child except for payment, and his
aunt said "I will look after him for free,"then the aunt will have the
right to the custody of the child.  To follow the religion of Islam is
not a condition to the right of custody, for if the husband is married
to one of the people of the Book, she has the right to custody as
long as he is safe from apostasy, or corruption.  But if that is not so,
such as he say her taking the child to a church, or feeding him pigs
meat, or giving him wine, then the father has the right to take the
child from her, and sanity is a pre-requisite that is agreed upon by
all"
      A husband may be one of  the only things a woman may
choose under Islam.  Marriages are no longer forced by fathers and
this practice is actually discouraged.  If a man knows that a father is
trying to force a marriage it is his obligation not to marry the
woman.  Every woman must marry of her own free will or the
marriage is null and void.  This is also true if a dowry isn't included
in the marriage.  A dowry is given to the father for the securing of
the sexual rights of the woman.  This is also true outside of
marriage.  If a man has sexual intercourse with a married woman,
by mistake, thinking that she was his wife, then he must pay to her
and not to her husband a dowry equal to her social worth.  This is
even stated in the Quran in 4:24 when it is said, "Such wives as you
enjoy thereby, give them their wages apportionate." 
      Under Islam when a couple are married the property and
everything on it don't belong to the couple as a whole, but rather
remains the husbands.  This forces the wife to rely on the husband
for her daily needs. (i.e. food,clothing,sexual pleasure)  This gives
the man a very large advantage because the woman cannot survive
without his support and a man may refuse support for a number of
reasons. 
      1.  If she leaves the house without his permission
      2.  If she refuses to give herself to him
      3.  If the woman is a renegade
      4.  If the woman who obeys the husband's son or his father
              or kiss either with lust or anything that might put her 
              relation with her husband on a prohibited degree.
      5.  If the marriage contract is imperfect (i.e. if she had sex
              with someone by mistake, the man thinking she was his
              Wife)
      6.  If the wife is too young to have sex
      7.  If the wife is imprisoned even if innocent
      8.  If the wife doesn't surrender herself in his home on the
              day due to illness.
      9.  If a wife was raped
      10. If a wife goes to perform a pilgrimage (she in this case
                would not be under her husbands care at this time)
      These instances of inequality among men and women of
Islam where not the isolated or uncommon examples.  I found that
for the most part this is the way the Islamic women live their day to
day lives.  Unusual to Americans this is the norm for that part of the
world and many people both men and women are fighting to keep
it that way.  Many of their beliefs are suprising, but are their results
justified?  Their goal is to secure a descent wholesome family free
of adultery and divorces.  However unusual they believe their
means are justified.

 

 

 

      Muslim society over the centuries has treated women as
second class citizens.  It's been this way since the beginning of
time.  Women are treated in this manor for a number of reasons,
but all leading back to the Quran.  Women are considered inferior to
men, are treated unfairly in marriage, and even are oppressed
legally, but all are approved of in the Quran.  It describes in detail
the way that a women is to be treated and the way a women
should treat her husband.
      The Quran expresses the equality of the sexes in the
following.  "And their Lord answereth them, `I will not suffer the
work of him among you that worketh, whether of male or female, to
be lost.  the one of you is the issue of the other."(Q 3:195)  So while
the Qur`an holds the works of men and women in equal regard and
acknowledges that they are completely interdependent to their very
existence, They are not regarded as having equal worth as people.
The fact that  men are a step above the women and superior to
them is evident in the following verses. "And it is for the women to
act as they (the husbands) act by them, in all fairness; but the men
are a step above them."(Q 2:228) "Men have authority over women
because Allah has made the one superior to the other."(Q4:34)
Women are thought of as being lower in intellect and spirituals in
comparison to men.  In the Quran it states, "And of His signs is that
He created for you, of yourselves, spouses, that you may repose in
them."(Q 30"21)  This causes many Muslims to look at women as
creations like the animals and plants and other useful things created
by Allah.  Muslims believe that women are lacking many of the traits
that men possess.  The believe that women are lacking gratitude as
well as intelligence.  The Hadith speaks of this subject saying,
"Women are ungrateful to their husbands and are ungrateful for the
favours and the good (charitable) deeds done to them.  If you have
always been good (benevolent) to one of them and then she sees
something in you (not of her liking), she will say, `I have never
received and good from you."  Also women are not reliable
witnesses 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 if
she did not forget how it is to give birth she would not have another
child.  That is why she will not be as reliable a witness as a man."
      Women have so many things separating them from men in
the 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 are
awrah and that is one reason that all women must not show any
part of their body along with staying in the house.  It is believed that
the woman's place is in the home and that she shouldn't even leave
the house to pray at the mosque, but rather she is closer to Allah
while inside the home.  Some groups such as the Malikiyah and
Hanafiyah do allow the woman's face to be shown, but only if the
face is not naturally beautiful and makeup is not worn.  It is thought
that Allah decreed that the face be veiled not for the chastity of the
woman, but for the chastity of the men who might look at her.  For
this defeats the woman's biggest evil her sexuality. 
      It is believed that a woman's way to paradise is through her
husband.  All the man's needs must be met before anything else
may be completed.  If a woman is cooking and her husband
desires sexual pleasures it is better to let the food burn than to deny
her husband.  This is true because if the husband is not satisfied
then he be cannot at peace to pray to Allah therefore the woman is
in bad favor with Allah and all the angels until she satisfies her
husband again.  There is never anything that a woman can do to
repay her husband for taking her as his wife.  It is a noble sacrifice
for a man to share his life with a woman; she being deficient in
mind, religion, and gratitude.  There is no sacrifice she can make to
repay the favour he has done for her.
      The rights of Muslim women and men are as you might
expect them to be.  The women's rights are very simple as stated in
the Quran, "It is that you shall give her food when you have taken
your food, that you shall clothe her when you have clothed
yourself, that you shall not slap her on the face, nor revile her, not
desert her except within the house.  Other than that she has no
rights, he has the right to beat her if she does one of four things.
One if she doesn't wear the fineries wanted by the husband.  Two if
she refuses sexual intercourse.  Three when she is told to bath and
she refuses.  Fourth when she goes abroad without permission of
her husband.  These are all legal caused for a man to beat his wife.
      It is also the right of the man to marry up to four wives and to
have as many slave girls as he sees fit.  Adultery is one of the worst
sins a man can commit so Allah allows him to have four wives and
as many slave girls as needed to satisfy his lust.  Again freeing him
from his lust allows him to be more at peace and better able to pray
to Allah.  There is one provision dealing with slave girls though, a
man is only allowed to have sexual intercourse with a slave girl if
he has paid the extra amount of money to the seller for that benefit.
      Men also have all the rights after a divorce in matters dealing
with the custody of a child.  "The conditions of the custody of the
children is as follows.  First the wife should not reject Islam.  If she
rejects Islam, she has no right to the custody of the children.
Second, she must be of good character for if it was proven that she
is corrupted by illicit sex, or theft, or has a low trade such as a
professional mourner, or a dancer, she loses her right to custody.
Third, she is not allowed to marry anyone except the father of the
child.  If she remarries, she has no right to custody, unless her new
husband is related to the child as a paternal uncle.  But if she
marries a foreigner she has no right to custody. fourthly, she must
not leave the child without supervision.  Especially if the child is a
female, because females need protection.  So if the mother had to
go outside for a long period and so neglect her child, she has no
right to the custody of the child.  Fifthly, if the father is poor, and the
mother refused the custody of the child except for payment, and his
aunt said "I will look after him for free,"then the aunt will have the
right to the custody of the child.  To follow the religion of Islam is
not a condition to the right of custody, for if the husband is married
to one of the people of the Book, she has the right to custody as
long as he is safe from apostasy, or corruption.  But if that is not so,
such as he say her taking the child to a church, or feeding him pigs
meat, or giving him wine, then the father has the right to take the
child from her, and sanity is a pre-requisite that is agreed upon by
all"
      A husband may be one of  the only things a woman may
choose under Islam.  Marriages are no longer forced by fathers and
this practice is actually discouraged.  If a man knows that a father is
trying to force a marriage it is his obligation not to marry the
woman.  Every woman must marry of her own free will or the
marriage is null and void.  This is also true if a dowry isn't included
in the marriage.  A dowry is given to the father for the securing of
the sexual rights of the woman.  This is also true outside of
marriage.  If a man has sexual intercourse with a married woman,
by mistake, thinking that she was his wife, then he must pay to her
and not to her husband a dowry equal to her social worth.  This is
even stated in the Quran in 4:24 when it is said, "Such wives as you
enjoy thereby, give them their wages apportionate." 
      Under Islam when a couple are married the property and
everything on it don't belong to the couple as a whole, but rather
remains the husbands.  This forces the wife to rely on the husband
for her daily needs. (i.e. food,clothing,sexual pleasure)  This gives
the man a very large advantage because the woman cannot survive
without his support and a man may refuse support for a number of
reasons. 
      1.  If she leaves the house without his permission
      2.  If she refuses to give herself to him
      3.  If the woman is a renegade
      4.  If the woman who obeys the husband's son or his father
              or kiss either with lust or anything that might put her 
              relation with her husband on a prohibited degree.
      5.  If the marriage contract is imperfect (i.e. if she had sex
              with someone by mistake, the man thinking she was his
              Wife)
      6.  If the wife is too young to have sex
      7.  If the wife is imprisoned even if innocent
      8.  If the wife doesn't surrender herself in his home on the
              day due to illness.
      9.  If a wife was raped
      10. If a wife goes to perform a pilgrimage (she in this case
                would not be under her husbands care at this time)
      These instances of inequality among men and women of
Islam where not the isolated or uncommon examples.  I found that
for the most part this is the way the Islamic women live their day to
day lives.  Unusual to Americans this is the norm for that part of the
world and many people both men and women are fighting to keep
it that way.  Many of their beliefs are suprising, but are their results
justified?  Their goal is to secure a descent wholesome family free
of adultery and divorces.  However unusual they believe their
means are justified.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



    

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


                                                                                      
               

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




 

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