Saturday, May 10, 2008

The Status of Women in Islam by Dr Jamal A. Badawi

Today people think that women are liberated in the West and that the women’s liberation movement began in the 20th century. Actually, the women’s liberation movement was not begun by women but was revealed by God to a man in the seventh century by the name of Muhammad (peace be upon him), who is known as the last Prophet of Islam. The Qur'an and the Traditions of the Prophet (Hadith or Sunnah) are the sources from which every Muslim woman derives her rights and duties.
Her position in early Islam was really an exemplary one, one that should be studied and known by every woman as well as every liberationist in the twentieth century--- in America as well as in the Muslim World.  The Muslim woman, if she is true to the principles of her religion, has lessons in equality to teach the Westerner, and her descendants in the East have to learn anew the role demanded of them by their religion.  Orientalists and Orientals zealous for modernization should cease to put the blame on Islam, a blame which instead deserves to fall on their own ignorance of the faith and on the political and social decline which their nations suffered in the past.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said:
The most perfect believers are the best in conduct and best of you are those who are best to their wives.
For anyone looking for precise information about the long debated issue of The Status of Women in ISLAM, this book will help you to a better understanding of the topic. The roles and rights of Muslim women have been the subject of hot debate amongst Muslims and non-Muslims for centuries.  In this short book, Dr. Badawi shatters stereotypes and clearly presents the topics. It includes:
With all of the misinformation surrounding the true status of women in Islam, this package of material is a necessary antidote to the ignorance and misunderstanding about this topic.
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The Muslim Woman's Dress
Islam is flexible and quite easy to implement, while still allowing room for individualism and expression through dress. There are no prohibitions for women's dress on color, cloth, or style so long as they fit basic requirements. Those requirements are:
THE FIRST REQUIREMENT: Extent of Covering
THE SECOND REQUIREMENT: Looseness
THE THIRD REQUIREMENT: Thickness
THE FOURTH REQUIREMENT: Overall Appearance
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH): "In later (generations) of my ummah there will be women who will be dressed but naked. On top of their heads (what looks) like camel, humps. Curse them for they are truly cursed." ln another version he added that they "will not enter into paradise or (even) get a smell of it." (13)
This essay provides adequate Quranic references on the topic of Hijab, Purdah and the Muslim Woman’s dress code as appointed by Allah Almighty and Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
Author Biography:  Dr. Jamal Badawi was born in Egypt where he completed his undergraduate education. He completed his Ph.D from the Indiana University and subsequently joined the faculty of Saint Mary’s University in Halifax , Canada .
In addition to teaching in his formal field of education (Management), he has been teaching a course on “Islamic Religious Tradition” which is part of the offerings of the Religious Studies department at the same university.
Dr. Badawi has also taught a course on Islam at Stanford University (USA) and gave a series of lectures on the Quran at Oxford University (UK).
Dr. Badawi is the author of several works on Islam, He also researched, designed and presented 352 half hour TV programs on Islam broadcasted from several Local cable stations and radio stations in the US and Canada, in addition to their use in several countries overseas.
TIME to know the status of Women in Islam.
The Status of Woman in ISLAM
Dr. Jamal A. Badawi
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