Expository Essay - the Misunderstood Muslimah

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The Misunderstood Muslimah

For centuries, women in Islam have been the victims of wrongful misconceptions for either personal or mutual gain to usually denigrate and slander Muslims and the religion of Islam. Although some do have underlying intention, others purely do it out of sheer ignorance, as simply because they do not understand something they hastily deem it as wrong or preposterous. These misconceptions usually focus on the woman’s rights of equality and opportunity, as well as their position and status in Islam. Their modesty and strong sense of dignity is often misunderstood as oppression by the public and by the media who are also responsible for affirming these delusions. Women as mothers, wives and daughters as taught by Islam and shown by the Prophet Mohammed (saw) is something far greater than what is generally understood by the public.

A rarely known fact about Islam is that it came at a time that actually liberated women whom were deprived of humanity to a point where the father of a new born baby would be disappointed if it was a girl and would actually resort to burying her alive. In Pre-Islamic times, the Arabs believed that daughters were a disgrace and futile as they might bring shame upon a family once they reached adulthood and if there was a threat they would be helpless and would not be able to defend themselves or their family. It is worth noting that both boys and girls alike were actually also buried alive if the father thought they could not support them financially. When the holy Quran was revealed, it severely condemned this practice: “When news is brought to one of them of the birth of a female child, his face darkens and he is filled with inward grief. With shame does he hide himself from his people because of the bad news he has had! Shall he retain her on contempt or bury her in the dust? Ah! What an evil they decide on?” (Quran 16:59) Islam actually ordered for women to be nurtured, supported and protected by...
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