WOMEN IN ISLAM
WHAT THE QUR’AN AND SUNNAH SAY
Author(s): Abdur Raheem Kidwai
Reviewed by: Faiza Abbasi, Aligarh Muslim University, India
If one has to imagine the most popular and representative print/electronic media photograph of Muslims as an Ummah, then undoubtedly it is that one of the Eid congregational prayer: a sight of equality, solidarity and centrality exhibited by the common man who will burst on the streets in a few moments after completing the prayer. This being the very character of Islam from which emanates every other ritual accoutrement. How great of this religion to treat all its followers equally: rich or poor, black or white, irrespective of caste, class or creed. But an odd question pinches the reader partaking of what the mainstream media dishes out for it. Why do the Muslims play with half the team? While the men – regardless of their status and background, comprise such a glorious picture of the Ummah, the reader is quick to imagine, that the women slave in front of stoves, sweat washing and scrubbing their homes and remain subjugated in domesticity. Next, a public opinion is generated and ossified over the centuries, imputing Islam with discrimination on the basis of sex and leaving women powerless and voiceless in society.