Muslim Women

Essay by maheenHigh School, 12th gradeA, February 2007

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'Some westerns think Muslim women do not receive equal treatment with men. In fact, the aim of Islam is quite the opposite.' Examine and comment on this claim in the context of a multicultural society.

It would be correct to say that, today, western society portrays Muslim women as oppressed, secluded, ill-treated, and unequal to men. However, Islam is quite the opposite and in order to show this, women in all aspects of society and every day life shall be examined. Furthermore, reference from the Quran and Hadith will be closely looked at along side views from Islamic scholars in context of a multicultural society.

Westerners, today, have a much prescribed view towards Muslim women. This is partially to do with how the media has created an image of Muslim women. But, it would also be correct to say that cultural difference also create an impact on how people view things differently.

I.E. one may see something as oppression whilst the other may see it as liberty.

The Quran says:

"And for women are rights over men similar to those of men over women." (2:226)

Here the Quran is emphasising the equality of men and women in regard to their respective duties, rights, virtues and merits. Quran further says:

"Who so does that which is right, and believes, whether male or female, him or her will quicken to happy life." (16:97)

This again shows that, according to Islam, it doesn't matter whether you are female or male, if you do what is right you will lead a happy life. Many westerners question the equality between men and women and often presume that women are ill-treated by men. However, in Islam and according to the Quran this is incorrect. Islam admonishes those men who oppress or ill-treat women. The prophet Muhammad...