Brief History of Islam

Islam is one of the major and most popular religions across the globe. It was founded in the Middle East in the 7th century and based on the almighty, Allah. The term Islam means submission or surrender in Arabic, which is the ultimate goal of this religion. In other words, it means submitting yourself to the will of God. Prophet Muhammad who is considered to be the messenger of God started this religion through his teachings.

The sacred book of Muslims, Quran includes the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad that were revealed to him by Allah. In addition, this holy book features everything from wisdom to worship and doctrine to law which are based on the lines of a relationship between God and his creatures. People also believed that Arabic is the Quran language and therefore many people still speak this language widely. Like all other holy books, Quran makes people believe that they are judged by their actions and deeds and also includes rules for Islam followers.  Read the rest

Muslim Women Rights

Women rights in Islam are defined by different sources including both primary and secondary sources. The most referenced primary sources are the Quran and the Hadiths while the most influential secondary sources of Islamic rights definition are the Muslim sects and the Islam jurisprudence schools. According to the Quran, there are roles for each gender. For instance, Sura 4 verse 4.34 in the Quran outlines the duties and roles of each gender. With reference to An-Nisa(women), their roles and their rights are equally safeguarded in the Quran.

Islam and right to education

In Islam, women education is highly encouraged. Based on a Hadith attributed to Mohammed, women of Medina are praised for their desire of religious knowledge. Traditionally, Islamic women have been educated through informal lectures and study sessions in mosques and madrasat. Women in Islam are therefore entitled to education as a right rather than being a privilege. Read the rest

Disparities Faced by Muslim Women

The restrictions faced by Muslim women is not unknown to the world in spite of Koran mentioning that both men and women are equal. As per Koran both men and women are rewarded for their good deeds and punished for their bad deeds in the similar manner. It is a known fact that most women are not given any freedom in expressing their opinion regarding their education, marriage, life style, etc. or owning any properties on their names. This situation causes loss of self- confidence among Muslim women as well as they may feel very neglected in the long run.

However, as per Koran they are very much eligible for all these things but they have been deprived of these because of the society built principles. Muslim women have made their contributions in all the important fields and left a mark of their own, but still societal acceptance of their freedom is lacking. Read the rest

Use of Contraceptives in Muslim Women

Islam is largely pro-family and regards children as a gift from Allah. It encourages marriage and the main purpose of marriage is to procreate. But there comes a time when a couple may not want to have any more children. Therefore, Muslim scholars have come up with various views and stands on hormonal control, surgical and birth control without hormones in Muslim women.

The Muslim faith generally forbids most forms of contraception. But because Islam is a complete religion with the benefit of the Quran, the hadith and the traditions of Prophet Mohammad as well as many scholars, Muslims are able to come up with informed decisions. So, to begin with, any form of permanent birth control method is prohibited. An example is hysterectomy (surgical contraception) where a woman’s uterus is surgically removed resulting in permanent sterilization. However, this procedure is allowed if having children may endanger the life of the mother.

Similarly, the view on medical birth control methods in Muslim women is relative; based on the effect that they have. Medical contraception or hormonal contraception is birth control methods that disrupt the hormonal or menstrual cycle of a woman to prevent pregnancy. The temporary ones, that is; the pill, patches, as well as other temporary drugs that prevent pregnancy are usually prohibited unless some two conditions are met. These conditions include: there be a medical condition for doing so and the husband agrees to it. Permanent medical birth control methods such as implantation of a coil are forbidden.

On the other hand physical methods or barrier methods of birth control in Muslim women are generally allowed. These methods include use of condoms, diaphragms, and coitus interrupts (when the man withdrawals from a woman before ejaculation). They are considered safer since they do not alter the body in any way; rather they simply prevent the sperm from meeting the egg. Scholars interpret the Quran to believe that prophet Jaabir did not forbid “coitus interrupts” hence it is permissible. This then applies to the other physical methods like use of condoms and diaphragms. The teachings are nonetheless clear that these methods should only be used when both the husband and the wife are in agreement.