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The woman question: Confronting issues

Aamir has taken the discussion further with very relevant points. For one, if women think that being a sex object is liberation - they are waaaay off the mark. Secondly, what achievement is there in being beautiful after all? How does it help in any way in making this world a better place?

With reference to my discussion on Indian Muslim women, I just wanted to bring to light that we need to change our perception of this lot. This is by no means my only aim. In fact, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Now, we need to confront the real issues, the most important being educating these women about their own rights. For instance, how many woman know the correct procedure for divorce in Islam? Do they know they can ask for maintenance? Do they know that they need to be consulted if their husband (justifiably or otherwise) takes another wife?

There are many issues like that which could run into pages. The situation is all right for educated women who take their motivation from the feminist movement (who may incidentally, not know their Islamic rights completely either). The concern here is for the Muslim women buried in small pockets of India who are subjected to pagan tortures by ignorant people who call themselves Muslims. We need to get to these women and tell them how they are being invisiblized.

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Tarana wrote an interesting blog on case and identity of muslim women. She was prompted from Zia's comment on her earlier blog. (use trackback under this blog).

the topic is so interesting, target point for Islam-haters, apprehensive creator for Muslim men and the most viable topic for scandal mongers that i can't stop myself dedicating good enough time to it.

starting with a quote by Na'ima B Robert, a revert to Islam, in her interview to Bryony Gordon, after Ms Robert had written a book "From her sister's lips". "the reason why a muslim women feels proud in doning a hijab is that she wants to be judged and respected for what she says, does and her character constitutes and not for what she looks like"

A good example of the misconceptions we have about Muslim women is believing that they are all helpless, potential victims of an honour killing. Honour killings are a
pre-Islamic thing, a cultural thing that is filtered down through the generations. But for those of us who have learnt pure Islam from the Glorious Quran and the scholars, it's appalling.

There is arrogance in the West, a belief that you're on top of the world and everyone wants to be like you. But how do you know that the Muslim woman walking down the street is not happier than you? Do not tend to attach your happiness to material things and turn out to be fooling yourselves.

The other day I saw a billboard showing a woman in a bra, and the ad was selling a mobile phone. The mind boggles. That woman is not being seen as an intellectual or an emotional being, but a sexual object selling a phone. And obviously the girl will say that's my right, and that's fair enough. Today in ad of almost any conceivable product, women are used wearing bare minimum. Imagine women in ads for shaving creams, men’s’ shirts, men’s’ underwear, and the myriad list goes on.

Women should be valued the same way whether she got a face full of spots or a completely clear complexion.

And remember Glorious Quran clearly equates believing men and women on all four accounts of religious matters (chapter4-verse1, chapter33-verse35 and chapter7-verse189), Ethical obligations and rewards (chapter4-verse124 and chapter16-verse97), education and legal rights (4:7-11, 4:19, 2:229,4:19-21,4:44, 5:41,24:2)

The society based on the Qur'an is, in contrast, a dual-sex society in which both sexes are assigned their special responsibilities. This assures the healthy functioning of the society for the benefit of all its members. This division of labour imposes on men more economic responsibilities (2:233, 240-241; 4:34), while women are expected to play their role in childbearing and rearing (2:233; 7:189). The Qur'an, recognising the importance of this complementary sexual assignment of roles and responsibilities, alleviates the greater economic demands made on male members of the population by allotting them a larger share than women in inheritance. At the same time it grants women the right to maintenance in exchange for her contribution to the physical and emotional well being of the family and to the care she provides in the rearing of children.

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