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Women in Islam

by | May 2, 2021

“Women don’t have their place in Islam.” Every time I hear this, my eyes rollback. Whether it be in the media or some ignorant foe, this always brings a sarcastic smile to my lips. What is that other great catchphrase? Oh yeah: “Women are not respected in Islam.”

Let’s see:

For 1400 years, women in Islam have always been equal in creation in front of Allah, they have the right to inherit, marry, trade, invest, work, own, buy, sell, seek knowledge and teach. These rights have only been recently accorded in the West in the past century or the past decades.

It is not Eve that is to blame for the descent of Adam from Eden, but both of their sin for disobeying the commandment of Allah (there is no such thing as original sin in Islam).

A woman has the right to accept or refuse a marriage proposal (so does the man and the woman’s tutor). It could be for any reason (she does not have to give one); the attitude of the man, an inkling of sorts, the wedding gift (there is no dowry in Islam, especially not one given by the wife. It is a “Mahr”, wedding gift, from man to woman)…

The most astonishing and deer act to one’s person is to keep one’s own name (last name). It is something that you are born with and survives even after one’s death. It is a blood-bond that ties you from the womb. In European societies, the woman would acquire her husband’s last name, as if she was his property; just as slaves would acquire their master’s name (ever wonder why African-Americans are named Jonhson and not Mokimbo). Until the 1800’s, a man would be responsible for his spouse’s actions in a court of law. You know the expression: “the law is an ass”, well check out Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist to find out why.

Women in Islam have a set percentage of the inheritance, including wealth, infrastructure, and land. Whereas in European societies… often, it was only the eldest son that inherited. Nowadays, it is not better, one can decide to leave his wealth to who he wishes (some even leave it for their pets; that’s freedom without limits).

What I mean by all this is that there has been an amazing liberation of women done in Islam, historically, and even as we speak today. The only part that people don’t tend to agree with, is the limitations to these rights and freedoms. All of which can be easily explained and understood in a greater picture, as we shall do In Sha Allah these coming weeks.

Probability, you won’t Get the Best of Me! – Scientific Proofs in the Quran

Probability, you won’t Get the Best of Me! – Scientific Proofs in the Quran

If anyone is a betting man, he knows that most of the time he will lose; it is a question of numbers. Winning every time is improbable and practically impossible. When flipping a coin, you have one chance out of two of getting it right. 50%, not bad; but repeat it four times straight; not too confident, are you?

Let’s transpose that example to the prophet Muhammad; he got every single verifiable (with our limited knowledge to date) phenomenon right. Not only he got them right, but most of them are also explained; not just enunciated or left for interpretation. Let’s say there are about 20 scientific/natural phenomenon (Actually, more have been mentioned and others left out since a multitude of authors have done a better job than me explaining them. Plus, 20 seems like a pretty round number, and we don’t want to sound boastful either) that were elucidated 1400 years ago, by an illiterate Arab that had no aspirations to science whatsoever… When you do the math: ½ at the power 20 is ½ x ½ x½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½. That gives you the possibility of 1/1 048 576 of getting it right. That is less than one in a million probability; becoming less and less a betting man…Keep in mind, considering that the questioning is in a yes or no format; true or false to a given question (without formulating the solution and adding all the explanation that comes with it in the Quran and Hadith).

The thing is, it is not because the prophet Muhammad was an expert in astronomy, geology, chemistry, nuclear physics, biology, botany, entomology, oceanology, or even historical science that he got it right all the time. It is because the only thing he got right out of all of this is that he wholeheartedly believed in Allah. All these, verses, signs, scientific phenomenon were not explained or tackled by the prophet Muhammad; they were brought forth by Allah, the All-Knowing.

And with Him are the keys of the unseen; none knows them except Him. And He knows what is on the land and in the sea. Not a leaf falls but that He knows it. And no grain is there within the darknesses of the earth and no moist or dry [thing] but that it is [written] in a clear record.

Surah Al-Anam (6 – 59)

Faith

the process of belief