Islamic Women In Islam

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All women have faced hardships and inequality throughout the great epochs of our world; however, Islamic women have fared with the most scrutiny from religion. Islam and its true religious message was that, “all Muslims to exert effort in the pursuit of knowledge, irrespective of their biological sex: it constantly encourages Muslims to read, think, contemplate and learn from the signs of God in nature”. This is the ideals of the Qur’an; wisdom and God’s mission. Both men and women were created equal and could follow the path of God. Leila Ahmed, a scholar, and feminist, displayed that the Qur’an fairly represented women. Although after the death of Muhammed, the voice of God and his message was skewered by the elitist men in the Abbasid era,…show more content…
In this essay, it will be discussed that women were displayed positively by the Qur’an and did not shy from society itself. Women of a different religion would accuse the Qur’an of being sexist and patriarchal, but Islamic women would disagree. This notion of the Qur’an being unequal and suppressed women’s rights was due to the death of the Prophet. Ahmed stated in her research that, Muhammed enacted laws from God that were very positive towards women. The demise of women’s rights began after the death of Muhammed and the Islamic conquest. The new territories discovered would shed light on laws that restricted women and misogynist ideologies seeped in the minds of the men. Great intellectuals of the Abbasid era, would begin to ponder the question, that women were weak minded. Women were never portrayed weak in the Qur’an, but this thought of “weakness” would be ingrained in the political ecosystem of the Islamic empire. Moreover, during the 900’s - 1200’s, men would often follow the Qur’an…show more content…
Women in this age became small property in the eyes of men, but this was not the intended message in the Qur’an. The likes of Ahmed, and Stowasser, who were prominent female Islamic scholars explained that men misinterpreted the essence of Qur'an. The first example of women being represented in the Qur’an as devout and bloomed with holiness is Mary. Stowasser stated that Mary is the only female identified in the Qur’an and even described as “impeccable” to sin itself. Mary is a significant figure in the Qur’an, she was the mother and was professed as a ‘prophet’. In the Qur’an, God chooses Mary because of her faith, this, in turn, can promote Islamic women to find a role model in Mary. It can be argued that Mary would inspire Muslim women as she was significantly mentioned. Stowasser suggested that Mary and Eve were prominent in the sacred history in the Qur’an. Muslim women shifted towards learning new attributes from Mary and new interpretations that were positive for women. In contrast to other religious scriptures, the Qur’an heavily addresses women. Ahmed, who was previously mentioned at the beginning of the paper, argued that the Qur’an have many passages that are genderless. She stated this quote from the Qur’an itself, “I suffer not the good deeds of any go to waste, he be a man or a woman: the one of you is of the other.” This quote
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