Islam's Appeal Essay

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Islam's Appeal Islam revolutionized the way people thought in the Middle-East. The Prophet spewed forth “The Word of God” (Cleveland 8) amid reflection, whether his own or that of God, concerning “the problems which afflicted Meccan society” (8). The subsequent production of the Quran fostered discipline and promoted spiritual growth. Mohammad, under the banner of Islam, united nomadic, feuding tribes in the barren plains of Arabia. The Seal of Prophets brought new rights to women and renewed a commitment to aid the destitute. All Muhammad’s revelations brought welcome change. One thousand years later, the message has not changed in any significant respect. One-time innovation was Islam’s blessing- but is now its curse. In my…show more content…
They considered the holy law complete. With more than a little pomp- according to me, at least- the ulama postulated that “the preservation of existing tradition was preferable to the dangers inherent in the possibilities of permitting multiple and various interpretations to gain circulation” (30). Alas, we now know that despite these efforts, various interpretations have gained their respective followings. In addition, the closing of the ijtihad has hamstrung movements for growth and change. And yet still, the past continues to roll into the future. Archaic thoughts about women, among other things, must change. Muhammad did indeed help grant Muslim women more rights than they previously held in the seventh century. Bet us not forget that this was thirteen hundred years ago. Women’s position in the socio-political realm has improved drastically, especially in North America. Muslim women have been left in the dust. Islamic law leaves millions of female Muslims in the dark- literally. Some Muslim women must walk around in public in a wraith-like state, veiled and covered in the name of religion. They are excluded from communal prayer gathering, lack basic education, and suffer from the hegemony of patriarchy. No Muslim woman is safe from the law. Imagine living, everyday, awash in this hurtful irony. It is not inconceivable that things might improve with the re-adoption of ijtihad. Just imagine what impact the opening of
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