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In Those days before Islam women were not recognized as independent individuals, they were treated like slaves or things that belong to men. It was called the period of ignorance. All women's rights were denied and ignored; they never had the choice to have a decision in their lives or even be part of the marriage contract. In addition, in times of war women were treated as a part of the prize, and the birth of a daughter was not a happy occasion. Instead, they felt humiliated by it, because the idea of a woman was so much connected to shame and weakness, in a way that made them hide this shame or bury it till death. Allah (S.W.T) said " and when the news of (the birth of) a female (child) is brought to anyone of them, his face becomes dark, and he is filled with inward grief; he hides himself from the people of the evil of whereof he has been informed. Shall he keep her with dishonor or bury her in the earth? Certainly, evil is their decision." (Al-Nahl 16; 58-59). However, the western view of Islam and Muslim women is very similar to that view of the period of ignorance (before Islam) which is the extreme opposite of the true Islam. Westerns believe that Islam prevents women from their rights, carrying ideologies that make women nothing but for sex and raising kids. They also believe that Islam makes women inferior to men by salving and controlling them under the concept of (Qawamh) that Islam has granted it to men. In addition, they believe that Islam insults the woman through Hejab, trying to ignore and deny her identity by forcing her to cover her face and body.

There are more claims and accusations, than listed above, used by westerns to attack Islam and to reveal it as a wild, cruel and unjust religion. However, all these arguments and accusations were rejected by many proves and incidents from Qur'an and Sunna. The Qur'an states that both men and women are equal; they are equal in humanity, but... Show More

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