Women in Al-Islam
The role of women in Al-Islam is one of the most misunderstood and vilified roles in the West. Many believe that as a result of women wearing Hijab, that Islamic women are oppressed and are forced to be subservient to Muslim men. Little do they know that the Qur’an teaches that both men and women can attain the same levels of mental and spiritual development. It does not make the woman a lesser creature than man in respect to mental and spiritual capabilities. Al-Islam gave women the right to vote, to own properties and to initiate divorce 1400 years ago long before women in the western world got those rights in the 1920s during the suffrage movement. The Qur’an prescribes modesty for both men and women, not a specific dress covering. The Burqah and Abiyah are cultural expressions with the obligatory wearing of the veil being introduced into Islamic culture -- under the influence of the Greeks of Christian Byzantium -- more than 300 years after the passing of Prophet Muhammad (saaw). Interestingly though the largest number of converts today to Al-Islam are women. This section will help elucidate the role of women in Al-Islam for correct understanding.
God Almighty reminds in the Quran that He has placed no hardship on us, men and women both, in practicing our religion:
"You shall strive for the cause of God as you should strive for His cause. He has chosen you and has placed no hardship on you in practicing your religion - the religion of your father Abraham..." (22:78)
On the Prophet’s favoritism for Aisha:
Amr Bin al Aas – may Allah be pleased with_ asked the Prophet :” O Prophet of Allah who is the woman you love most?” the Prophet replied: “Aisha”. Amr said:” And from men,?” he said:” her father.” Narrated by At-Tirmidhi
A few days before his death, he said, "A servant has been allowed to choose this world or his Lord. He chose his Lord" (Al-Bukhari). Abu Bakr, intelligent and smart, began to cry, understanding that the Prophet was talking about himself. His illness got worse daily, and his severe headache caused him to writhe in pain. But even during this difficult period, he continued to treat his wives with kindness and gentleness. He asked for permission to stay in one room, as he had no strength to visit them one by one. His wives agreed, and the Messenger spent his last days in `A'ishah's room.
If someone were to lie about the American Constitution and say that it is a document that justified the Ku Klux Klan, crime, high divorce rates, immorality in America and other vices, I am sure ALL of us who are Americans, will rise to the occasion to defend the Constitution. If someone were to lie about you, your children or your family, I am sure you would want to correct the lie so that the truth would be known. If the liar is a belligerent knowing liar, I am sure your interest will not be so much in changing them but in simply letting the truth be known.
I believe as Americans, we should want to know the truth about EVERYTHING!!! Why walk in darkness with a head full of lies about other people and their religions? Knowing the truth about someone else and their beliefs is simple common human courtesy. We should not feel intimidated or fearful of that especially when we are well grounded in our own beliefs. Our purpose should be to become enlightened and we should treat knowing about other people and religions the same as we treat knowing about science, nature, facts and world events. It will be a very evil thing if we were to fight and even kill others, only to find out we hated and killed each other based on falsehoods and fabrications! Divide and conquer is the tactic of the enemies of humanity. Enlightenment and understanding should be our tactic to defeat them.
Les livres écrits par des femmes Arabes atteignent rarement une audience internationale. Le récit de Souad, survivante d'un crime d'honneur en Cisjordanie, est exceptionnel.
Publié en France en 2003, fortement acclamé, il s’avère maintenant un succès de librairie international. L’histoire est racontée par Souad, lequel est un pseudonyme, et Jacqueline Thibault, une ancienne employée de Terre des Hommes qui l’aida à s’enfuir du Moyen-Orient.
Les voix de la Cisjordanie nous parviennent rarement et ce texte fait le récit d’un témoignage poignant : ‘une femme là bas n’a pas de vie. Beaucoup de filles sont battues, maltraitées, étranglées, brûlées, tuées. Pour nous, là-bas, c’est tout à fait normal. Si j’avais vécu là-bas, je serais devenue normale, comme ma mère qui a étouffé ses propres enfants... Maintenant, je pense que c’est monstrueux! Mais si j’étais restée là-bas, j’aurais fait pareil!’
Souad déclare qu’elle ne fut jamais opprimée par les Israéliens, mais qu’elle a survécu à plusieurs attentats sur sa vie par des compatriotes Arabes.