Use of the Quran to Oppress the Women of Islam

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Islam is one of the oldest monotheistic religions. With one and a half billion followers, it is the second most popular religion in the world. Its founder and prophet is Mohammad. Allah is the name of the god they worship and the sacred Muslim text is called the Koran. In the West, the Islamic religion is most commonly associated with the September 11th terrorist attacks, violence and the abuse and oppression of its women. Saudi Arabia is one of the most conservative Islamic countries in the Middle East. Islam controls every aspect of its people’s lives. Saudi Arabia is also home to many extremist groups who misinterpret the Koran and are the reason why so many Islamic countries justify the abuse of women with the Islamic religion. This misinterpretation of the Koran by Muslim extremists has led to the oppression of women in Saudi Arabia and other Islamic countries.

A follower of the Islamic religion pledges absolute loyalty to the prophet Mohammad and the god, Allah. Being a Muslim requires a person to pray five times a day, and to make a pilgrimage at least once in their life to Mecca, the holy land. Also, a Muslim must give alms; remain abstinent, and fast during the day during the holy month of Ramadan. Many non-Muslims do not know that the Islamic religion actually promotes peace. In fact, the word "Islam" and the Hebrew word "Shalom" originate from the same root; this root translates to mean "peace". The main reason why people associate Muslims with violence is because the media only reports on the actions of violent extremist groups and not on positive aspects of the religion.

The Koran is the holiest and most sacred book in the Muslim religion. It contains the words of Allah spoken to the prophet Mohammad by the angel...

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