Essay On Gender Equality In Islam

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Prior to the coming of Islam, women lived isolated from men and had always be in the shadow of a man. Men had always being the dominant over women in every aspect of life. Hence women had been oppressed and discriminated and put aside from the social life among the men. However, with the advent of Islam, prophet Muhammad p.b.u.h had raised the social status of women and made them as equal to men and complement each other to uphold the religion.
In spite the uprising of women social status, there is still an emotional unrest from some muslim women who feel that there are still some issues that need to be addressed. Thus this essay will highlight some of the controversial issues that are yet to be resolved.

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Aminah Wadud contradicted this idea and she strongly argued that the verse is an unconditional preferences.
In an article by Sarah Shehabuddin titled ( Female Leadership in Islam ) article no 433
“ ….. According to Amina Wadud, “an individual scholar who considers faddala an unconditional preference of males over females does not restrict qiwamah to the family relationship but applies it to society at large. Men, the superior beings, are qawwamuna ala women, the dependent, inferior beings”. This view opposes any possibility of female leadership as it claims the Quran prefers men as leaders both within the family and within society.
Amina Wadud rejects the idea that the Quran relegates women to an inferior position within the family or society in Quran and Woman. She analyzes the first verse as follows: “Men are [qawwamuna ala] women [on the basis] of what God has [preferred] (faddala) some of them over others, and [on the basis] of what they spend of their property (for the support of women)” ( 1

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