Women, Not Islam?

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women, not Islam. The idea of a woman needing a male guardian to leave their home is one of the more popularly discussed aspect of some societies that have a population that consists mostly of Muslims, for example Saudi Arabia. This assumption stems from, “Men are protectors and maintainers of women, because Allah has given one the more (strength) than the other and because they support them from their means…(Qur’an 4:34). Another verse used to justify male guardianship is “ Oh, wives...abide in your houses and do not display yourselves as [was] the display of the former times of ignorance. And establish prayer and give zakah and obey Allah and His Messenger. Allah intends only to remove from you the impurity [of sin]..” (Qur’an 33:32-33).…show more content…
Nowhere in the Qur’an does it say Muslim women must wear a headscarf, only that modesty is practiced. “There are two requirements, which come from the Qur’an and hadith..: First, a woman’s body should be covered such that only her face, hands, and feet are revealed. Secondly, the clothing must be loose enough so that the shape of a woman’s body is not visible.” Other than those specifications, it is completely the woman’s choice in accordance with what feels modest or immodest to her! Some people tend to project what their definition of modesty/immodesty is onto other women, and think that their own definition should be the minimum or requirement for all Muslim women. This is one example where women are not oppressed by patriarchy(unless they are forced to wear more than meets the requirements of modesty and where she feels modest enough without extra covering), in fact for some it is
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