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♥Islam Oppresses Women♥

The image of the typical Muslims woman wearing the veil and forced to stay at home and forbidden to drive is all too common in most people's thoughts. Although some Muslim countries may have laws that oppress women, this should not be seen as coming from islam. Many of these countries do not rule by any kind of Sharia (Islamic Divine Law) and introduce their own cultural standpoints on the issue of gender equity. Islam on the other hand gives men and women different roles and equity between the two is laid down in the Noble Quran and the example of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him). Islam sees a woman, whether single or married as an individual in her own right, with the right to own and dispose of her property and earnings. A marriage gift is given by the groom to the bride for her own personal use, and she keeps her familly name rather than taking her husband's. Both men and women are expected to dress in a way which is modest and dignified. The messenger of God, Muhammad (PBUH) said: "The most perfect in faith amongst the believers is he who is best in manner and kindest to his wife." Violence of any kind towards women and forcing them against their will for anything is not allowed. A Muslim marriage is a simple, legal agreement in which either partner is free to include conditions. Marriage customs thus vary widely from country to country. According to Islam, a Muslim girl cannot be forced to marry against her will: her parents simply suggest young men they think may be suitable.

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