Thursday, January 10, 2013

Women in Islam, Opressed ?

Many non-muslims view the image of muslim women oppressed, especially because we, muslim women  must wear clothes covering hair and body. Feminists generally argue that we don’t posses an equal position to men in life. Well, men and women are forever different. We have our own position and role. We both are special (and equal in proper way), nothing matter with gender in Islam. Many ‘modern activists’ question Islam on behalf of ‘individual freedom’ or ‘human rights’ without learning the truth of Islam by reading our Holy Qur’an. Allah SWT stated in His Qur’an verses that men and women are equal. 

The men and women of the believers are friends of one another. They command what is right and forbid what is wrong, and establish prayer and pay alms, and obey Allah and His Messenger. They are the people on whom Allah will have mercy. Allah is Almighty, All Wise. (Qur'an, 9:71)

Anyone who acts rightly, male or female, being a believer, We will give them a good life and We will recompense them according to the best of what they did. (Qur'an 16:97)

Oh, they who don’t know just should know the fact that before Islam came, baby girls in Arab were often buried alive. In Europe, women were assumed as humans with no souls. In other part of the world, women were just servants to satisfy men. Islam is more than a religion, it’s the way of life that Allah SWT has given the path and rules. Women are blessed with so many graces in Islam law.

“…And live with them in kindness…” (Quran 4:19)

Here are few of Islam rules for muslimah (obliged as stated in Qur’an) and reasons why we become so obedient :)

Women must cover all parts of their bodies except face and hand palms.
Women are like the most expensive and beautiful diamond. Would you let your precious diamond exposed in public without any protection so that everyone can touch?  If two candies (one with wrap and the other with no wrap) fall onto ground full of dirt, which one would you choose to be eaten? The wrapped one, I’m sure. Wearing hijab is also our true freedom. No need hair do stylist, fashion trends oppression or make-up for hours :) Simply modesty. Woman’s body is sacred in Islam, not a public property.

Women need to get permission from her mahram (husband for a wife, father/brother for singles) whenever we are going out from house.
Islam protects women therefore women must obey their husbands. But you know what, husbands must obey their mothers. In Islam, there’s a saying that paradise lies under mother’s feet, we even must staunch to mothers 3 times more predominant than to fathers.

Women receive estate of inheritance only one third compared to man.
Yes, true. But it 100% become hers, while a man must use it to fulfill his wife and children needs.

Men are a stronger testifier compared to women  
Men have bigger responsibility. Allah SWT will ask accountability for their mothers, sisters, wives and daughters. A woman can be accounted by her husband, father, brother and son.

 Physicly women are weaker than men. Women also must give painful baby birth and have monthly period
Men must jihad in war for a paradise grant, but no obligation for women. When a woman dedicate lifes to husbands and children then paradise is waiting. When a woman pregnant, she is prayed by angels and all Allah’s creation on earth. If she died because of giving birth Jannah is the reward.

Men may married to four women.
A wife status gives women a higher degree. Islam prohibits zina (non-married man and woman relationship). Women can enter doors of paradise from 4 ways by doing 4 good deeds : salah, Ramadhan fasting, obey her husband and mantain family dignity. Woman  has outnumbered  men, and  man’s  marrying  four women is Allah’s wisdom to keep woman from falling  in the abyss of evil  and protect society . It should be noted that  Allah allows but does not command a man  to have four women .And when  marrying 4 , he has to treat them equally.
Subhanallah, reward for faithful women is Jannah. So, be happy for being a woman…

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