Islam Muslim Religion: Women of the Religion

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The word Islam means “submission”, in the religion itself it is the total surrender to God. Islam and Muslim are of the same religion, practicing the same and worshipping the same. At times many think that they are different religions. The word Muslim means “ one who submits to God”. There is 1.1 to 1.8 Billion Muslims, making this religion the second largest religion in the world after Christianity. (Wikipedia, 2007) The Islam religion has originated from the teachings of Muhammad who is a 7th century Arab religions and political figure. Muslims believe that God came to Muhammad as his final prophet, and revealed the words and deeds of the Qur’an (God’s revelation) and the Sunnah. In this essay the way of the Islam religion will be explained, the journey of this religion is expressed in everyday life. Not only have many people followed this religion; there are also many new converted followers that submit themselves to this religion.

Women of the Islam religion have fought with the misconception that they are slaves of the religion. It has been said that they are not treated equally and cruelly; this of course is stereotypical. The Qur’an states that a marriage is the sharing of two halves of society. The objective of this connection between two people is not only to create life but to also to create spiritual harmony. According to the Islamic Law, women cannot be forced to marry without their consent. The rules for married life is very clear as so in many of religions. Both persons in the marriage have equal rights as one another. With one exception, leadership, as in many of religions and society today men are leaders in their households. As stated in the Qur’an: “And they (women) have similar rights to those (men) over them, and men are a degree above them.” (Qur’an 2:228) This is referring to the natural difference between men and women. The man is responsible for the protection, due to the weakness of the opposite sex, and maintenance. Women are also able to be responsible for their own money and real estate according to the Islamic Law. She also has all rights to sell, buy or rent any of her properties. This doesn’t change if she is married or single. Although a Muslim women has every right to employment it is important for those with families to consider that more scared and essential more so then employment. Also, Muslim women are encouraged to obtain employment where needed most. Such places include nursing, teaching (especially children) and medicine. As a man’s responsibility for the maintenance of his family it is important for him to fulfill those needs regardless his wife wealth. This can include all family, especially the women in his family. Many of the stereotypes that have developed through out time have been misconception for the Qur’an by the Muslim people or the fact that the education to people about this religion did not exist. It is very important to educate and spread this education throughout society to reverse the affect of these stereotypes.

As American women we understand the importance of rights and freedom just as much as a man. Today for every man that converts four women will convert to the Muslim religion. It is important to realize that women in the Islam religion have many rights and as stated in many reports have more then Christian women. It seems that many women are comparing the religions and making the choice to convert by this comparison. A lot of research and time is taken when making this choice. Some of these issues are the comparison of Adam and Eve. As stated in the Bible, Eve picked the apple, yet in the Qur’an Adam had done it. Women speaking in church in the Christian religion is prohibited {I Corinthians 14:34-35} yet in the Qur’an women can argue with the prophet {Al-Mujadiah 58:1}. As these are only a few of the reasons women are converting it seems that many believe that the Islam religion empowers women. The growing populations of American women that have...
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