The Rights Of Women In The Islamic Faith

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Islam is the second largest religion in the world today. Many of us do not understand the religion Islam and women’s rights within the Islamic faith. American society has the idea that Muslim women are weak, disrespected, belittled, mistreated, and oppressed. “And women shall have rights similar to the rights against them according to what is equitable; but men have a degree (of advantage) over them.” (Qur’an 28:229).Contrary to common belief, Islam regards women as equal to men in many aspects and that women have a unique place in Islam. Finally, with this research I hope to end all misconceptions and misunderstandings of Muslim women rights relating to their spiritual, economic, social, ...view middle of the document...

You proceed one from another…” (Qur’an 3:195). “Whoever works righteousness, man, or woman, and has faith, verily to him will We give a new life that is good and pure, and We will bestow on such their reward according to their actions.” (Qur’an 16:97 and 4:124). According to the Qur’an, women are not responsible or blamed for the “downfall of man” that had Adam and Eve banished from “Jannah,” the heavenly Gardens. Both men and women are wrong in their disobedience to “Allah” their God, both asked forgiveness and both were forgiven (Qur’an 2:36, 7:20-24). According to the Qur’an, there is no distinction between sexes, which means that both men and women will go to heaven.
Firstly, we must remember that Islam considers the woman’s role of a mother and a wife to be holy and the most crucial role of the woman. We need to remember that according to Islam nothing can replace the mother’s role in her home, of bringing up children and educating them. However, Islam does not prevent women from working once they are an adult, yet women may look for employment only in positions that are fitting to their nature and where society needs those most. Jobs that show off a Muslim woman’s beauty or body is prohibited for a Muslim woman, and a Muslim woman has to maintain the dress code of Islam at all times including if she is working.
Muslim women may only work in factories and industries that are usually for women e.g. nursing, teaching, medicine, social work etc. If a woman has a talent or an aptitude for a certain position in any particular area she may pursue it. However, Muslim women may only work in jobs that have separate sectors for women and men: “And covet not the thing in which Allah hath made some of you excel others. Unto men a fortune from that which they have earned, and unto women a fortune that which they have earned. (Envy not one another) but ask Allah of His bounty.Lo! Allah is ever Knower of all things.” (Qur’an 4:32). “Whoever works righteousness man or woman and has faith verily to him will We give a new life a life that is good and pure and We will bestow on such their reward according to the best of their actions” (Qur’an 16:97).
Muslim women must not allow their jobs to interfere with their duties and responsibilities to their husband and children. Jobs like gambling house, bars, liquor stores etc., are dishonest, corrupt, and immoral in Islam, and both Muslim men and women are forbidden to work in these fields.
I believe that many are not aware that Islamic law has provided for women, the right to full financial freedom. Islam allows Muslim women to control and manage their own business contracts and finances, which indicates that women are equal to men in this regard: “And wish not for the things in which Allah has made some of you excel the others. For men there is reward for what they have earned, (and likewise) for women there is reward for what they have earned, and ask Allah of His Bounty. Surely, Allah is Ever All-Knower...

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