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Text Preview When I mention Islam, I am not only concerned about its young age, but its way of life, a concept that encompasses every aspect of one s life from beginning to end. Islam, the newest and second largest faith, influences many parts of this earth. Originating in Saudi Arabia, the religion is based on one book, The Holy Quran, the final word of Allah (god). Prophet Muhammed, in Islam, was the last messenger of god. His life is one that Muslims should follow. The Holy Quran, outlines every Muslim s life. This outline, provides guidance from whom to marry to how to mourn a loved one s death. The Holy Quran dictates a religion based on unsurpassed knowledge, fairness, and equality. Equality, as described in The Holy Quran, O mankind! Reverence your Guardian-Lord, Who created you from a single person, and created of like nature his mate, and from them twain scattered (like seeds) countless men and women (4:1). The Holy Quran enforces the idea that all men and women were created equal, regardless of origin, race or wealth. The fact that Islam gives women equal rights, but not identical, shows that it takes her into due consideration, acknowledges her, and recognizes her independent personality. Despite these ideas, many so-called Islamic countries have alienated many of women s god given rights. But this is not the fault of Islamic ideology but rather the misapplication or sometimes the outright denial of the ideology in these societies. Ignorance on behalf of those societies rulers, being the root of alienation, has caused many people to perceive the religion as unequal. Rights that many take for granted in this society. Many people view the religion as a man s religion. As mentioned earlier, Islam outlines every aspect of men and women's lives. A woman s lifestyle is explicitly described in The Holy Quran. Misconceptions about dress, marriage and polygamy have formed about women in Islam. Modesty, a lifestyle, best explains woman s clothing and covering. The western influenced media portrays women s dress to be outdated and oppressive. Many of us have seen movies, documentaries, etceteras, in which Muslim women are portrayed as wearing black gowns to the ground, full facial, excluding eyes, head and hand covering. This practice is more a cultural ritual than religious act. The Holy Quran explains that women must dress modestly, And tell the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts, etc.) and not to show off their adornment except only that which is apparent (like palms of hands or one eye or both eyes for necessity to see the way, or outer dress like veil, gloves, head-cover, apron, etc.), and to draw their veils all over Juyubihinna (i.e. their bodies, faces, necks and bosoms, etc.) and not to reveal their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband's fathers, their sons, their husband's sons, their brothers or their brother's sons, or their sister's sons, or their (Muslim) women (i.e. their sisters in Islam), or the (female) slaves whom their right hands possess, or old male servants who lack vigor, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex. And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment. And all of you beg Allah to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful (24:31). This passage prescribes clearly why women wear the appointed coverings. It s to divert attention and protect from impure thoughts. Equally, men must look down, in respect for women. Men must not wear any gold, silk, or anything that displays wealth. This enforces the idea of modesty for men. Suzanne Haneef, author of What Everyone Should Know About Islam and Muslims says about modesty, Purity, modesty and decency in behavior, appearance, dress and speech are required (Haneef 106). Wearing what is prescribed for god and appropriate reasons, displays an act of faith and worship. A sense of... Show More

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