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Explain how Muslim teachings affect the Muslim attitudes towards the role of women

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Explain how Muslim teachings affect Muslim attitudes to the role and status of women The Qur'an teaches that women and men have the same right to life and are equal in God's eyes. Qur'an 16:97 stated this very clearly: 'whoever performs good deeds, whether male or female, and is a believer, we shall surely make them lead a good life, and we will certainly reward them for the best of what they did.' Muhammad, in particular, has put great emphasis upon the importance of women, especially mothers, as shown in the following quotation from Qur'an' A typical example is when Muhammad was asked about whom to care for, Muhammad answered 'your mother' three times before saying 'your father'. The way the Qur'an is expressed and interpreted in a culture that affects the status of women in society more greatly than the Qur'an itself. ...read more.

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This inequality between men and women are the results of legacy from old traditions, not Islamic teachings. Although Muslim teachings insist upon the equality between men and women, it does not state that they should be identical in every way. It recognizes the different roles which men and women played in society. The Qur'an states that 'men are protectors and maintainers of women because Allah has given the one more strength than the other', and "a woman is the guardian of the family of her husband and of his children.' According to Muslim teachings, women are discouraged from going to the mosque, as shown in the quotation from the Qur'an: ''A woman is closest to God's face, if she is found in the core of her house. ...read more.

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And as their children learn about these teachings, they would grow up respectful to their mothers. Islamic teachings have improved the status of women in the modern society, as most believers do not hold the Qur'an in doubt. Under Islamic teachings, believers began to recognize the vital role that women played in a community. Women nowadays could even take on a different role and become teachers, lawyers, or even prime ministers if they wish in Muslim countries. Women's status is no longer affected by their gender. The Muslim teachings have put a perfect balance between men and women's position in society. Even though they are different in many aspects, they shared the responsibilities. Neither is more important than the other. As Muhammad has rightly pointed out, 'all people are equal as the teeth of a comb. No Arab can claim merit over a non-Arab, nor a white over a black person, nor a male over a female.' ...read more.

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