Salman, Sana & Faisal

“We Are Muslims & We Believe In Gender Equality”

Patriarchy rears its head in all nations, religions, and cultures with uniform ferocity. As it stands, Islamic fiqh, or jurisprudence, is often enshrined in laws largely forged during the medieval period, when women’s roles, and the concept of marriage and male authority, were very different. Yet the irony is that these laws and practices are in violation of the letter and spirit of Islamic teachings on women’s rights. The Quran, the holiest book in Islam, indicates that men and women are spiritual equals. The Quran 4:124 states, “If any do deeds of righteousness be they male or female and have faith, they will enter Heaven, and not the least injustice will be done to them.” Many Muslims adhere to this belief, and the culture of patriarchy is slowly changing around the world in localized and diverse ways. For example, in 2004, Morocco redrafted its family law code to state that husbands are no longer the heads of the household, and marriage is a matter of “mutual consent” between husband and wife. This evolution is part of the multi-faceted struggle in today’s Islamic world between fundamentalist rigidity and a pluralist, inclusive faith. #FaceDiversity #BreakNewGround #Muslim #Stereotype

Sources:

The Case For Gender Equality In The Muslim World

Muslim Women Are Fighting To Redefine Islam As A Religion Of Equality

Gender Roles In Islam

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