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We often get into debates with people about women in Islam. How they dress. Are they allowed to study. Are they forced to wear Hijabs, Can Muslim women ever be femisnists, Are they oppressed. What the Quran says on this or that. On #WomensDay let me share some insights
The recent global socio-political climate, has been such that the phrase “Muslim woman” might conjure an image of a demure powerless woman sheltered by her burqa, oppressed by her hijab. Yet this image is not what history records or what present shows.
Muslims believe that the first verses revealed to Prophet Muhammed were the first five verses in Surat Al-Alaq ("The Clot"), which orders people to seek knowledge.
Seeking knowledge is thus obligatory for every Muslim, male and female

The Quran also encourages women to work and earn money by entitling them to #fairpay.
"...And their Lord responded to them, 'Never will I allow to be lost the work of [any] worker among you, whether male or female; you are of one another'." [Quran 3:195]

Muslim couples are free to sign a pre-nuptial agreement where #women can dictate any terms and conditions she wishes for:
She can set the amount of money she would receive in the event of a divorce, the right to continue her education, the right to be the the only wife.
#GlassCeiling ? 1,400 years ago, a woman, Khadija ra shattered it. In a male dominated society, shetook she traded goods through the primary commerce centers at that time, hiring the most trustworthy men of character to brave the dangerous trade routes
She has a reputation of fairdealing and high-quality goods, a keen eye and highly intuitive, earned the monikers, Ameerat-Quraysh, &al-Tahira. She never compromising her modesty or integrity to succeed in the male-dominated trades- hiring only those that could met those standards
Can she fight? one of the first female warriors was Nusaybah bint Ka'ab, aka Umm ‘Ammara, fought alongside the Prophet and was credited with saving his life.
She guarded him during the Battle of Uhud and shielded him from a line of arrows with her own body #WomenInIslam
#Can_she_rule? Sultan Raziyya, the Delhi Sultanat ruler who slammed misogynists. She overcame discrimination. against for being female.
She opposed all norms related to a woman's appearance by dressing in masculine attire and refusing to wear a veil
Educationist? Begum Rokeya Sakhawat, considered the pioneer of women right’s movement in Bengal. She founded the first ever school in Bengal for girls. She founded the Muslim Women’s Association in 1916. The organization fought for the rights of women to get educated and employed
Judge in Independent India? Fathima Beevi former judge of the Supreme Court of India. Appointed to the tribunal in 1989, she became the first female judge to be a part of the Supreme court of India, she served as a member of the NHRC and later as Governor of state of Tamil Nadu
It is just that distribution of #Gender roles has been exploited by people vested interests. Many have hand-picked teachings and used them to assert and show that men can dominate, women shouldn't educate themselves interpreting the Quran according to their own patriarchal ideas.
In Islam like elsewhere, the line separating religion from customs and traditions has been blurred, as societal norms are often mistaken for religious doctrine.
There’s the fundamentalist, patriarchal narrative, persistently trying to confine the social and public lives of women in line with the kind of narrow, gendered parameters. Muslim women have defined their identities within the vast possibilities of Islam.
It is uncanny how people try to demonstrate their concern about the alleged oppression of Muslim women by humiliating them.
Those within the community often see feminism and Islam at odds.
You have seen and heard but if you want to know about women's rights, #AskAMuslim woman.
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