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Women in Islam

Women in Islam

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This book clearly indicate and explain women condition in Islam.so for women only communism is only one option not islam
This book clearly indicate and explain women condition in Islam.so for women only communism is only one option not islam

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Women in Islam: An exegesis
ByAbul Kasem
 
 Prologue:
After the Islamic revolution in Iran many people became interested in Islam, whichwas, hitherto, a very obscure religion usually associated with the Arabs, the poor, and the Blacks.Although I was a born Muslim and was indoctrinated in the faith in a very rigid manner in mychildhood, I had very little idea about the
real Islam.
Just like most Bangladeshis, I thoughtIslam to be peaceful, tolerant, and very positive towards women. After the Iranian revolution, Iread a lot about Islam. The advent of Internet brought me the greatest opportunity to learn aboutIslam in a short period of time. I scanned innumerable essays in various Islamic web siteswritten by Islamic scholars mostly residing in the Western countries. Their essays on womengave an impression that Islam has many goodies for them. Like an ordinary gullible Muslim, Ialso believed in whatever they wrote. Then I found a great discrepancy in what these Islamicscholars (read Islamists) wrote and the unspeakable barbarity and gross unfairness perpetrated onthe women in the Islamic paradises like, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and certain parts of Nigeriaand Malaysia. If the present trend continues, then, soon Bangladesh would be in the list of Islamic paradises. I thought about my aging mother. I thought about my working sisters. Ithought about my loving wife. I was greatly distressed when I thought of what could happen tothese dearest relations of my life if Bangladesh goes Islamic and Allah
s laws (read Sharia) areenforced in Bangladesh. This forced me to dig deeper and deeper into Islam and especially theSharia provision/s for women. I made a microscopic dissection of Islam from its very root. WhatI found was shocking. Sometimes, I just could not believe what I was reading. Thus, Icompletely discarded the explanations, apologies,
and tafsirs
from the erudite Islamic scholarsand started to use my own brain, common sense, and judgment to find the truth. After I found the
real Islam
, I could not look straight into the eyes of my mother. I could not sit comfortablywith my sisters. I could not be at ease with my wife. I was forced to pick up the pen (readkeyboard) to tell all the mothers, sisters, and wives of Islamic faith what Sharia/Islam means forthem. We must let our women folk know the truth about the treatment of Islamic women beforemany so called
moderate
Muslim countries bring this
Trojan Horse
into their lives andbecome another Afghanistan, Iran, or the Northern parts of Nigeria and Malaysia. As I write, Iheard the news that a Nigerian woman would be stoned to death after her newly born so calledillegitimate daughter is weaned, probably after a period of two years. Please think of thisbarbarity. Please remember your mother, remember your sisters and your loving wife when youread this essay. Won
t you?This essay is quite lengthy. I apologize for writing such a prolix article, but I could not help it.No matter how much I tried, I could not shorten further. It had to be very lengthy, for there is somuch to tell. For convenience, I have divided the essay in 7 (seven parts).
 
To begin with, let us start with the unfairness of Allah towards women.
Allah prefers men and you know it!
The interdependency of men and women is recognized in Islam. This is because of theimportance of women as a preserver of human species. However, a thorough examination of Qur
an, ahadith and the Islamic Sharia clearly demonstrates the heavy bias of Allah towardsmen.Why men are considered superior? It is because of their physical strength, financial ability topay dower and to spend on women. The Qur
an is very clear about the superiority of men overwomen. Let us review a few verses from Qur
an to demonstrate this fact.Men have a degree over women...2:228
002.228 
 
YUSUFALI:
Divorced women shall wait concerning themselves for three monthly periods. Noris it lawful for them to hide what Allah Hath created in their wombs, if they have faith in Allahand the Last Day. And their husbands have the better right to take them back in that period, if they wish for reconciliation. 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. And Allah isExalted in Power, Wise.This verse establishes the supremacy of men over women, although Qur
an ambiguouslyclaims to bestow similar rights for both men and women. This verse never mentions what thoserights are; neither do we find the clarification on this matter in the entire Qur
an. Therefore, avariety of interpretation can be made out of this verse. This verse can really be used to justifyanything that a man can find convenient to establish his superiority over women. Of course, theIslamic apologists take this opportunity to make Qur
an look very fair and non-discriminatoryto women. It could be true that Muhammad really wanted to see some improvement of status of women in Arabia during his time. However, he was reluctant to enforce a radical change for fearof a backlash from the male dominated Arab society. This verse may look a little benign for itdoes mention about certain rights of women although not being so specific. To see the realIslamic treatment of women we need to look elsewhere.Let us examine the following verse up close:Men are protectors and maintainers of women; women must be devoutly obedient, if not thenbeat them...4:34
 
004.034
 
YUSUFALI:
Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allah has given the onemore (strength) than the other, and because they support them from their means. Therefore therighteous women are devoutly obedient, and guard in (the husband's) absence what Allah wouldhave them guard. As to those women on whose part ye fear disloyalty and ill-conduct, admonishthem (first), (Next), refuse to share their beds, (And last) beat them (lightly); but if they return toobedience, seek not against them Means (of annoyance): For Allah is Most High, great (aboveyou all).The above verse is quite clear about the superiority of men over women. The verse is lucid intelling the reason for the superiority of men. It is because of their physical strength and theirability to support women financially. Islamists often use this divine decree to justify thesubjugation of women in Islam. But their logic falls flat if we recognize today
s reality thatphysical size and strength does not mean a thing. Many animals are much stronger physicallythan men. How about an elephant? An elephant is hugely stronger than a man is but that doesnot make it superior to a human. Similarly, a woman may be weaker in physical strength (withproper training a woman can be as strong as any man, if not more) but her physical weakness, inno way make her inferior to men. Financial dependence? This could be true for some ancientsocieties; but surely not true any more. We have many examples of single women leading afinancially independent happy life. There are plenty of single mums (either widowed, divorcedor unmarried) who steadfastly support her family without the help of any man.This verse also prescribes physical punishment for disobedient women. I shall write more onIslamic wife beating later. Why does God have to prescribe this torture on wives? Isn
t itbecause men make women dependent on them? Imagine what would happen to a man if he werecompletely dependent on a woman for his financial support? Will he dare to raise his handagainst her?Please note the comment (lightly) inserted by the translator Yusuf Ali. He deliberately did thiskeeping in mind that beating is a gross indecency and a criminal offence in western societies. Hispurpose of translation of Qur
an was primarily aimed at the western people and the non-Muslims. That is why he softens Qur
an from its extremely harsh statements. The originalQur
an and the translation by other authors do not contain the comment (slightly) insert. Hereis the translation of Pickthal and Shakir. While Pickthal translates to whip women, Shakirtranslates as plain beating without specifying the method.
PICKTHAL:
Men are in charge of women, because Allah hath made the one of them to excelthe other, and because they spend of their property (for the support of women). So good womenare the obedient, guarding in secret that which Allah hath guarded. As for those from whom yefear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to beds apart, and scourge them. Then if theyobey you, seek not a way against them. Lo! Allah is ever High, Exalted, Great.
SHAKIR:
Men are the maintainers of women because Allah has made some of them to excel

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