Misconceptions about Islam: “Islam oppresses women”:
One of the most disturbing misconceptions is the negative portrayal of women in Islam – namely that Islam degrades and oppresses women. According to the teachings of Islam, the only thing that distinguishes people in the sight of God is their level of piety.
“Verily the most honourable of you in the sight of Allah is the most God conscious” (Qur’an 49:13)
This verse proves that real honour and status is not attained because a person is rich or poor, black or white, male or female but attained through piety and devoutness. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that for every male convert to Islam four females convert. Some reasons for this overwhelming female conversion rate are due to the following rights enshrined in Islam:
- total control of their wealth;
- choice of their spouse;
- keep their own surname when married;
- own property, operate a business, study, and receive equal pay for equal work;
- inherit property, and to have their marriage dissolved in the case of neglect or mistreatment;
- participate in all forms of worship that men participate in.
Islam guaranteed these rights, among many others, to women over 1400 years ago – rights that women in the ‘West’ are still lacking.
Without doubt, there are Muslim women who are oppressed and not given their rights. However, this is not the fault of Islam. The problem is that in many places in the world, culture and traditions have come to overshadow the teachings of Islam, either through ignorance or through harmful cultural practices.
“Whoever works righteousness whether male or female, while he (or she) is a believer – We will surely cause him to live a good life, and We will surely give them their reward (in the Hereafter) according to the best of what they used to do.” (Qur’an 16:97)
While Islam enshrines the rights of women, it also acknowledges the fact that men and women are not identical. Allah says: ‘…and the male is not like the female…’ (Qur’an: 3:36)
Islam has therefore ordained different roles for men and women to reflect this indisputable fact. Women have been granted the honour and tremendous responsibility of caring for the family and the household. While Men have been given the responsibility of providing financial support, security and maintenance for the family and the household.
In conclusion, the noble position of women in Islam can be summarized by the following saying of the Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him):
“The world and all things in the world are precious, but the most precious thing in the world is a virtuous woman.” (Sahih Muslim, 3465)
That’s all fine and well, except for the part you forgot THIS:
Husbands are a degree above their wives.
The Quran in Sura 2:228 says:
… Wives have the same rights as the husbands have on them in accordance with the generally known principles. Of course, men are a degree above them in status … (Sayyid Abul A’La Maududi, The Meaning of the Qur’an, vol. 1, p. 165)
A male gets a double share of the inheritance over that of a female.
The Quran in Sura 4:11 says:
The share of the male shall be twice that of a female … . (Maududi, vol. 1, p. 311)
A woman’s testimony counts half of a man’s testimony.
The Quran in Sura 2:282 says:
And let two men from among you bear witness to all such documents [contracts of loans without interest]. But if two men be not available, there should be one man and two women to bear witness so that if one of the women forgets (anything), the other may remind her. (Maududi, vol. 1, p. 205).
Slave-girls are sexual property for their male owners.
The Quran in Sura 4:24 says:
And forbidden to you are wedded wives of other people except those who have fallen in your hands (as prisoners of war) … (Maududi, vol. 1, p. 319).
Yeah, Islam is truly brimming with gender equality, isn’t it? I find it amusing when Muslims choose and pick the parts of their desert mythology book that sounds ‘nice and peaceful’, while refusing to acknowledge the contradictory texts which are filled with sexism, racism, and other forms of hatred.
You’re not fooling anyone with a brain, muslims.