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They hate women, don't they?

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Introduction

They hate women, don't they? How can anyone justify Islam's treatment of women, when it confines Afghan to be dominating and makes Pakistani girls marry strangers against their will? How can you respect a religion that forces women into polygamous marriages, mutilates their genitals, forbids them to drive cars and subjects them to the humiliation of "instant" divorce? In fact, none of these practices are Islamic at all. There is a concept that to understand any religion you have to separate the religion from its cultural norms and style of society. It's very important to understand the status of women in society from its various aspects - spiritually, socially, economically, and politically. There are Qu'ranic and other teachings regarding women. In the midst of darkness that entered the world, the divine revelation that echoed in the desert of Arabia with a universal message to humanity was; "O Mankind, keep your duty to your Lord who created you from a single soul and from it created its mate (of same kind) and from them twain has spread a multitude of men and women" (Qu'ran 4: 1). 1 This verse deals with the humanity of the women from all aspects with such amazing clarity. This is a natural conception, then the Qu'ran states: He (God) it is who did create you from a single soul and therefrom did create his mate, that he might dwell with her (in love)...(Qur'an 7:189) The spiritual aspect of women is completely equated with man in the sight of God in terms of the rights and responsibilities. The Qu'ran repeatedly addresses both the believing men and the believing women and according to Islamic teachings every human being is responsible for his or her own actions. "Every soul will be (held) in pledge for its deeds" (Qur'an 74:38). It also states: ...So their Lord accepted their prayers, (saying): I will not suffer to be lost the work of any of you whether male or female. ...read more.

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Needless to say, the widows were not sexy young women, but usually mothers of up to six children, who came as part of the deal. Polygamy is no longer common, for various good reasons. The Koran states that wives need to be treated fairly and equally - a difficult requirement even for a rich man. Also, if a husband wishes to take a second wife, he should not do so if the marriage will be abused. Sexual intimacy outside marriage is not allowed in Islam, including sex before marriage, adultery, or homosexual relationships. However, within marriage, sexual intimacy is allowed and should be experienced as a form of worship so that each considers the happiness and satisfaction of each other, rather than self-pleasure. When Muslims die, strict laws are given to spilt the property and money they may leave to others; daughters usually inherit less than sons, but this is because the men in a family are supposed to provide for the entire household. Any money or property owned by women is theirs to keep, and they don't have to share it. It's the same thing in marriage, a women's salary is hers and it cannot be controlled by her husband unless she allows it to be. Socially, as a good Muslim mother, for her part, should always be trustworthy and kind. She should strive to be cheerful and encouraging towards her husband and family, and keep their home free from anything harmful (covers all aspects of harm, including bad behaviour, abuse and forbidden foods). Regardless of her skills or intelligence, she is expected to accept her man as the head of her household -, therefore, take care to marry a man she can respect, and whose wishes she can carry out with a clear conscience. However, when a man expects his wife to do anything contrary to the will of God - in other words, any nasty, selfish, dishonest or cruel action - she has the right to refuse him. ...read more.

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Rather it was gained through a long struggle, sacrifice's, only when society needed her contribution and work, during the two world wars. Through the threads of history, women have carried a well-respected reputation and are admired for their spiritual, social, economic and political status. 1 The Holy, Qu'ran: Translation of verses is heavily based on A. Yusuf Ali's translation, Qu'ran, text translation, and Commentary, The American Trust Publication, Plainfield, IN 46168, 1979. 2 Hashmi, Taj. Women and Islam in Bangladesh. Pulgrave: New York,2000. 3 Abd Al-Ati, Hammudah, Islam in Focus, The American Trust Publications, Plainfield, IN 46168, 1977. 4 Allen, E. A., History of Civilization, General Publishing House, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1889, Vol. 3. Al Siba'i, Mustafa, Al-Alar'ah Baynal Fiqh Walqanoon (in Arabic), 2nd. ea., Al-Maktabah Al-Arabiah, Halab, Syria, 1966. 5 Mace, David and Vera, Marriage: East and West, Dolphin Books, Doubleday and Co., Inc., N.Y., 1960. 6 Encyclopedia Biblica (Rev.T.K.Cheynene and J.S.Black, editors), The Macmillan Co., London, England, 1902, Vol.3. 7 Engineer, Ashghar Ali. The Rights of Women in Islam. Sterling Publishers Private Limited: New Delhi, 1992. 8 Allen, E. A., History of Civilization, General Publishing House, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1889, Vol. 3. Al Siba'i, Mustafa, Al-Alar'ah Baynal Fiqh Walqanoon (in Arabic), 2nd. ea., Al-Maktabah Al-Arabiah, Halab, Syria, 1966. 9 Encyclopedia Americana (International Edition), American Corp., N.Y., 1969, Vol.29. 10 The Encyclopedia Britannica, (11 th ed.), University Press Cambridge, England, 191 1, Vol.28. 11 Mace, David and Vera, Marriage: East and West, Dolphin Books, Doubleday and Co., Inc., N.Y., 1960. 12 The Encyclopedia Britannica, (11 th ed.), University Press Cambridge, England, 191 1, Vol.28. 13 Allen, E. A., History of Civilization, General Publishing House, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1889, Vol. 3. Al Siba'i, Mustafa, Al-Alar'ah Baynal Fiqh Walqanoon (in Arabic), 2nd. ea., Al-Maktabah Al-Arabiah, Halab, Syria, 1966. 14 Engineer, Ashghar Ali. The Rights of Women in Islam. Sterling Publishers Private Limited: New Delhi, 1992. 15 Allen, E. A., History of Civilization, General Publishing House, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1889, Vol. 3. Al Siba'i, Mustafa, Al-Alar'ah Baynal Fiqh Walqanoon (in Arabic), 2nd. ea., Al-Maktabah Al-Arabiah, Halab, Syria, 1966. ...read more.

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