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A debate has raged on whether women were better off before Islam or under Islam.    Was the Prophet Muhammad’s plan/intention to liberate women or to further bind them.    Misogynist practices; introduced by Islam or a product or pre-Islamic Arabian society.    Examples include:    The veil    Polygamous Marriage    Wealth and Inheritance    Purity and Piety Allah spoke of the two sexes in terms of total equality as believers, that is, as members of the community.    It is not sex that determines who earns his grave; it is faith and desire to serve and obey him. Qur'an 33:35 Lo! men who surrender unto Allah, and women who surrender, And men who believe and women who believe, And men who obey and women who obey, And men who speak the truth and women who speak the truth, And men who persevere (in righteousness) and women who persevere, And men who are humble and women who are humble, And men who give alms and women who give alms, And men who fast and women who fast, And men who guard their modesty and women who guard (their modesty), And men who remember Allah much and women who remember-- Allah hath prepared for them forgiveness and a vast reward.
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  It is recognised that the Prophet Muhammad had sought to build a better and more egalitarian society.    Protected the weak and the poor.    Legitimised the position of women in society.    So what went wrong ??? Questions ??? “Is it possible that Islam’s message had only a limited and superficial effect on deeply superstitious seventh- century Arabs who failed to integrate its novel approaches to the world and to women?”    Is it possible that the hijab , the attempt to veil women, that is claimed today to be basic to Muslim identity, is nothing but the expression of the persistence of the pre- Islamic mentality, the jahiliyya mentality that Islam was supposed to annihilate?” Sources Quran Hadith Women in Pre-Islamic Arabia wore the veil to show themselves as freeborn and separate themselves from the slave castes.
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  • Spring '16
  • Islam, Qur'an, prophet Muhammad

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