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Islamic ideology: How can a woman be short of reason and faith?
Asghar Ali Engineer is an Islamic scholar
Islamic ideology: How can a woman be short of reason and faith?
Asghar Ali Engineer

All the Ulema agree that the Quran gives equal rights to men and women and both enjoy equal dignity. Then how can a woman be short of reason and faith? An Aalim who was insisting on women’s shortcomings was unable to reply and instead murmured and sat down. Satan could not mislead Adam as he was firm in his resolve not to eat the forbidden fruit, he succeeded in misleading Hawwa (Eve) as she was short of reason and she persuaded Adam; both ate and were expelled from paradise. ...

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The Islamic culture of segregation of sexes was based on early marriages that sought to curtail sexual frustration, but economic pressures and evolving social attitudes are rapidly changing this tradition. She said she was completely at ease with “what we are” and did not see the need to “act out an alien culture.” Women are always at ease with themselves. The problem is some men are not at ease at all when there are women around. Will they ever learn to accept women as they are? ...

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Inequality, discrimination, and shame seem to have become the way of women’s life. And if we use history as an indicator of trends, situations may change for a while but eventually, old habits die hard. A case in point is the never-ending subjugation of women: Subjugation that deprives her of her social, economic, civic and political rights. Pretending otherwise is an understatement. But why is that so? ...

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Wearing the hijab was not something I deliberately set out to do. It was something I unexpectedly stumbled upon as a twenty something undergraduate, reading feminist literature and researching stories of women's lives in the sex industry. From perfume and clothes ads to children's dolls and X Factor finals, you don't need to go far to see that the woman/sex combination is everywhere. ...

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"So, what are you going to do with this massage training you're doing," asked my husband. From his tone I could sense rising but muted panic. "Don't you know Muslim women aren't allowed to do such things out of their home?" Bemused at the irony of my bohemian approach to my spiritual beliefs, I pondered how I would respond to my beloved husband's question. For it was when I married him that I converted from a loose relationship with Christianity, peppered with Buddhism and other practices from the East, to Islam….

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The media usually salivates and greedily laps up stories of “Islam oppressed me, but now I'm liberated! Let's celebrate!” by women who choose to give up religion. Which is what made the Open Page article, “Under the veil, we are free souls!'' by Jumana Haseen Rahim, a pleasant surprise. While the Taslima Nasreens of the world hog the limelight with their views and definitions of freedom, it is rare.....

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Mr Prad said secular law failed to reflect their faith and urged inclusion of Sharia law for Muslims where it applies to marriage, divorce, contracts and custody in Australia.“We should be allowed to resolve our issues in-house,” Mr Prad said. “We’re a well-established religion and all we’re asking for is to be a self-regulatory mechanism.”

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Does Islam Allow Wife-Beating?
Aiman Reyaz, columnist New Age Islam
Does Islam Allow Wife-Beating?
Aiman Reyaz, New Age Islam

Afghanistan’s liberal, West-supported president Hamid Karzai last week endorsed a “code of conduct” issued by an influential council of clerics that allows husbands to beat wives under certain circumstances. This has opened up a can of worms. Could the humane, compassionate feminist religion that Muslims believe Islam is, possibly allow wife-beating?

“I do not want this husband...He does not dominate me”? Said a woman, according to a rather weird preacher of his version of Islam. Is There Really a Need to “Admonish”, “Refuse” and “Beat” wives? What is Islam’s view on the subject of wife-beating? Does the Quran really allow it, as many Muslims claim? One of the more controversial issues in Islam is the Quran’s authorization for husbands to beat disobedient wives. This is found in chapter 4, verse 34. Additional references on wife beating are found in Prophet Muhammad’s traditions (hadith), and biographical material (sira). Many people condemn Islam because of this harsh “sanction”; many Muslims seek to mollify or defend it and many Muslims use this to their advantage to “rule over” their wives. Before jumping to any conclusion, the best thing would be …


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How Are Muslim Women Perceived in the West?
Tariq Ramadan's interview with Myriam Francois-Cer

And actually in Islam, from the beginning there is a recognition of women as an independent status. One example obviously is that you don’t take on your husband’s name.  One of the feminist contentions in the West was that you became defined by your husband and your family. Your entire identity wa subsumed by the family. I don’t think it’s a problem in Islam because I think Islam very much affords women such a freedom, that area to be herself independently……

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  • یہ بھی خیال رکھیں کہ ائمہ کرام نے مذکورہ بحث میں ایک معروضہ قائم کرکے اس کا جواب بھی قلمبند کیا ہے ۔وہ یہ کہ ...
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