The Elevation of Women's Status in Islam

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Introduction The issue of women’s rights in Islam has been a particularly hot topic as of late, with the execution of women who attend school in Pakistan, and the ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia, most of what is known and heard is negative. And as such, people paint all those who practice the religion with the same brush, they allow what little they have heard to form their opinion of a whole religion, of a whole community, a community that forms almost a third of the planet; and that is the problem. People allow the actions of the few to distort their view of the many, and this, coupled with a lack of knowledge, a lack of understanding about the Islamic religion leads to a misrepresentation of Islam that many people view as the truth. Therefore, it is the hope of the author to persuade the reader and to open their eyes to the real meaning of Islam and the real value and placement that a woman has in that community. And to do that, the author will employ the backbone and pillar which most Islamic law is based upon, the holy book of Islam, the Qura’an, and the words of the Prophet Mohammed PBUH, and armed with these tools, among others, this writer will detail the rights of a woman in Islamic society in all its’ various capacities. A Brief History of Islam Islam, is described in Encyclopedia Britannica as: “the major world religion promulgated by the Prophet Muhammad in Arabia in the 7th century ce. The Arabic term islām, literally “surrender,” illuminates the fundamental religious idea of Islam—that the believer (called a Muslim, from the active particle of islām) accepts surrender to the will of Allah (in Arabic, Allāh: God). Allah is viewed as the sole God—creator, sustainer, and restorer of the world. The will of A... ... middle of paper ... ... Encyclopedia Britannica, 20 July 2012. Web. 10 Dec. 2013. "Islams Women - Status of Mothers in Islam." Islams Women - Status of Mothers in Islam. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Dec. 2013. "Islams Women - Women's Rights in Islam." Islams Women - Women's Rights in Islam. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Dec. 2013. "The Noble Qur'an - القرآن الكريم." The Noble Qur'an - القرآن الكريم. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Dec. 2013. Seeker, Ilm. "Blessings of Knowledge." Ilm Fruits. N.p., 26 Apr. 2006. Web. 13 Dec. 2013. "Women's Rights in Islam." IISNA.com. Islamic Information & Services Network of Australia, n.d. Web. 14 Dec. 2013. "Women's Rights In Islam." Muslim Women. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Dec. 2013. Ziegler, Herbert F., and Heather E. Streets-Salter. "The Quran and Women." Traditions & Encounters: A Brief Global History. By Jerry H. Bentley. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. N.p.: McGraw Hill, n.d. 208-09. Print.

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