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Gender Roles in Islam
Transcript of Gender Roles in Islam
"The Quran does not specify specific gender roles for women. However, in Islamic practice, gender roles manifest themselves, partially because men and women are sometimes allotted different rights and different cultural expectations." - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gender_roles_in_Islam
Over time, women were virtually excluded from the capital decision making of the Muslim communities. As a result, women in Muslim regions are rarely involved when men try to make decisions regarding economics or politics. Women do not have the same rights as men do in Islam society.
The Quran states that there has to be equal consent between both man and woman in order for the marriage to be considered in Allah's eyes. The Quran also commands that if a man and women decide to get married, no one is allowed to prevent them from doing so. Muslim husband and wives have varying roles in the marriage, it is the man's duty however, is to be head of the family and to supervise. Women are expected to be obedient to the husband.
The man's major responsibilities to support the family lie outside of household. The women, daughter, mother or grandmother are in charge of cleaning and cooking and taking care of the needs of the men.
The media poorly portrays the balance between men and female roles in Muslim society and often confuse it with being their laws in faith. People do not understand the beauty of the balance between the men in the work force and the women at home. The women are rarely forced to stay at home, but they choose to. It is important that people understand the Quran never stated that women are inferior, just that they have their own duties in order to keep Muslim society orderly. Also, it is
that sees women and men as equals, but
that has corrupted God's intentions.
The Quran states that men and women are equal in human dignity. These equal rights created by Allah are not often enforced in Muslim law. This contrasting system between faith and cultural beliefs is where most misunderstandings of the Islam faith arise.
What is law in some Muslim countries in the middle east may not be practiced in others. It is a common misunderstanding that these countries all practice Shari'ah Law, in fact most don't practice it properly. For example, in Saudi Arabia, women are not allowed to leave the house without a hijab or burqa.
In criminal cases, women are not allowed to testify or bare witness in the court of law. Muslim Law ignores and neglects domestic violence against women as long as the husband of the wife claims the reason falls under the acceptable laws
Shari'ah Law states. In legal meetings (court) under
Shari'ah Law, a woman's testimony is
worth half of a man's.
In the more stricter areas of Islamic regions, women are not legally allowed to speak to another man, media or even leave the house without the permission of their husband, son or grandson.
To Break Things Down...
In most, if not all,
branches, women are allowed to become nuns and follow Jesus Christ, but they cannot lead mass like a male priest can. In most branches of
, women can be rabbis. In
, women cannot lead prayer as an Imam. In
all three religions
, they recognize Mary and especially the purity of her being a virgin. In
Judaism and Islam
, it is often practiced the separation of women and men in the synagogue/mosque to avoid distractions. In
, they recognize that God created women from the rib bone of a man, thus meaning they are equal. Also, each religion recognizes that men are the head of the household and responsible to lead the family in a life of prayer and faith.