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Are Men Better Than Women in Islam?

Short Answer: Allah says in the Quran that the most honorable people are those who are most righteous, regardless of any qualifiers such as race, gender, ability, etc. __________________________________________ Salam and thank you for your question. It is a dangerous misconception that women are inferior to men in Islam, as this goes directly against what …

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Considering Context: Problematic Hadiths About Women

Asalamu Alaikum Rawa, I would like to thank you for such an important question. It is much needed nowadays, as Islam is facing a fierce campaign aimed at smearing it and damaging its image. One of the main targets of this campaign is the sunnah (traditions of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). And since …

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Does Islam Discourage Marrying Infertile Women?

Short Answer: Scholars are of the opinion that choosing a fertile woman is preferable, not obligatory. So any man who wishes to marry an infertile woman may do so. This also applies to men, i.e. a Muslim woman is not encouraged to marry an infertile man. ______________________________________ Asalaamu alaykum, and thank you for sending in …

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Are Women Really Allowed to Attend the Mosque?

Short Answer: Of course they are! Women make up half, or slightly more than half, of society! Prophet Muhammad encouraged women to attend the mosque, and explicitly forbade anyone from stopping their wives/daughters from going to the mosque. The reason for this misunderstanding is first, that people take their understanding of Islam from incorrect sources. …

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Quranic Promises of Reward for "Brothers", Also For Sisters?

Short Answer: Yes. Aside from a new notable exceptions, “any verse of Qur’an or hadith that textually mentions the words ikhwan or ikhwah means the Muslim “brotherhood”, and includes both male and female Muslims.” That particular verse is referencing the sense of community and kind compassion people will feel for one another in Paradise after Allah has removed all hatred and rancor …

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Just Married: Can I Use My Husband's Last Name?

Short Answer: There is a difference of opinion. During the Prophet’s lifetime, people had a first name + ibn/bint (son/daughter of) + their father’s first name. There were no surnames, or clan names, used. While it was not the custom during the Prophet’s lifetime, there are credible Muslim scholars who argue that “in cases where …

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Muslim Women: "Stay In Your Houses"?

Short answer: Of course not. The wives of the Prophet, who were directly referenced (“Oh wives of the Prophet…”) did not take these verses literally and lived their normal lives, inside and outside the house. “On the contrary, like Muslim men, Muslim women can go out, learn, and work, provided that they observe decency and …

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If Islam Empowers Women, Where Are The Female Leaders?

Asalamu Alaikum, Thank you for contacting About Islam with your question. Maryam Amir, from Let the Quran Speak, addresses this question in the video below: Transcript: Aisha Khaja: How does Islam deal with female scholarship specifically here in the West? We had the opportunity to sit down with Maryam Amir to learn about her journey …

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Why Are There So Many Hadiths That Seem To Degrade Women?

The vast majority of hadiths that seem to degrade women are not authentic hadiths, meaning we can’t be totally sure Prophet Muhammad actually said them. To gather a full view of God’s intention for women, one must take the Quran and authentic hadiths as a whole.

A Few Questions from A Catholic Friend

Salam (Peace) Amy, I commend your efforts to get the correct information about Islam from the source. May Allah (God in Arabic) guide us all to the truth. Allah sometimes refers to Himself in the plural – ‘We’ or ‘Us’ – to emphasize His majesty or might. This is a rhetorical device in Arabic to indicate honor …

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