Women in Islam: Frequently Asked Questions
Book Published by International Muslim Womern Union, Pakistan Chapter, 2012
28 Pages Posted: 19 Nov 2014
Date Written: February 1, 2012
Women issues have acquired a special focus in contemporary times. The status and role of women in Islamic societies has also become a topic of discussion ever since the women liberation, women freedom or women rights movements gained momentum globally. Islamic perspective concerning this important issue of contemporary times is unclear rather misunderstood in the minds of non Muslims as well less informed Muslims. Position of women in Islam has been the subject of repeated controversy with the perceived misconception that the religion somehow enforces gender inequality. Few questions are repeatedly raised as an accusation on the family laws; namely, inheritance share, right to divorce, marriageable age, polygamy, consent of guardian in matrimonial matters and so on so forth. In the criminal law area also, the testimony of women and few other matters have been under debate.
Adding to the ignorance regarding position of women in Islam, the presence of injustice and malpractices in contemporary Muslim societies, has been taken up as a week point of Islam. Violence of women rights is mainly due to the ignorance from Islamic teachings which sets high standards of treatment meted out to women in Muslim societies. This ignorance of desired attitudes and behaviors is irrespective of social, economic or educational standards or levels. However, this ignorance is magnified when education is denied to people, in general and to women in particular.
An attempt has been made to phrase and answer such frequently asked questions concerning the status of women in Islam, in the following document.
Keywords: Islam, veil, monogamy, inheritance share, mal practices against women, gender equality, legal witnessing, women rights, child marriages, guardianship in marriage for girls, hijab, veil
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