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ever since i was a little fat piggy with short legs, my dad would constantly remind me to read the Quran and the translation. no matter how young i was, he'd tell me to read it still, and read it again because you would see things differently when you read it many times.
i never went to religious school like everybody else but my parents have been teaching me the important things in my faith. and maybe because i don't have an official ustaz/ustazah to push me to memorize surahs and doas etc, i blame that on myself and not the fact that i was not sent to a religious school. however, i am very thankful that i have amazing parents that teach me all these things-- adab, aqeedah etc.
but now im trying to be a better person and read all the important things i should be reading a long time ago. i openly admit that there is so much that i do not know and therefore im a little shy around people who are more knowledgeable. at the same time, sometimes it gets a little overwhelming because there's just too much to take in.
so anyway, last week, in my History of Islam till the Ottoman Empire class, my teacher was showing us a video on the Quran. Before it started, he said that it's interesting because there are many arguments to what the video is trying to portray. I knew what was coming. and when he said that, my heart was beating faster.
and so the documentary of the Quran started about what Muslims believe about it, the history of it etc etc.
and of course, they just had to focus on the supposed 'contradictions' of the Quran. the video showed how one sentence of the Quran can be interpreted into such extremely different meanings such as issues on-- jihad, women etc.
i know that they are trying to be critical and that they need to see the many different sides of the debate. but i was unhappy on how they were trying to portray the Quran as though it was written by someone and the fact that it is supposed totally confusing. based on the music of the background, to me, it was as though they wanted people to see the Quran as a dangerous thing where people can missinterpret it so easily.
True, people can misinterpret it easily and do extreme things. but how many percent of the population of Muslims who actually do that? they did not emphasize enough on the fact that many barbaric acts such as the stoning of women are't due to Islam but cultural beliefs. they also failed to highlight the fact that the extremists lack of knowledge on Islam and some of them may even be completely ignorant.
Yes, they did show clippings of a number of modern and moderate Muslim people who gave a good argument about Islam and differentiating the religion itself and cultural beliefs but towards the end of the video, it left things hanging. i guess that was their intentions. but i wasnt happy.
feeling unhappy i went back home to search for an explanation. i wanted to see exactly why so many people say that Islam opresses women. im not trying to be a smartypants or whatever, but i just wanted to see how people can come up with that idea.
those who think that Islam opresses women because for instance, wives are allowed to be beaten by their husbands probably don't see the big picture. when i opened up surah Nisa', i read this one part closely where it states that a woman should not be beaten by her husband unless she does something totally morally wrong. and it clearly states that beating is the last resort. before that, there are certain things that the husband should do in order to ensure that his wife acts accordingly
to the moral codes of Islam. and even if he beats her, he should not inflict pain on her.
"men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because God has given the one more (strength) than the other. and because they support them from their means. therefore the righteous women are devoutly obidient, and guard in (the husband's) abscence what God would have them guard. As to those women on whose part ye fear disloyalty and ill-conduct, admonish them (first), (next), refuse to share their beds, (and last) beat them (lightly). but if they return to obidience, seek not againts them means (of annoyance): for God is most High Great (above you all)." 4:34At the bottom of the same page, there was a description that states...
on the basis of these traditions, all the authorities stress that this "beating", if resorted at all, should be more or less symbolic-- "with a toothbrush, or such a thing" (Tabari, quoting the views of scholars of the earliest times), or even "with a folded handkerchief" (Razi); and some of the greatest Muslim scholars such as al-Shafi'i are of the opinion that it is just barely permissible, and should preferably be avoided' and they justify this opinion by the Prophet's personal feelings with regard to this problem. [from the 'Message of the Quran' by Muhammad Asad]
(Taken from my Quran with English translation done by Abdullah Yusuf Ali)
my point is, many choose to take things out of context. and interpret God's message according to their liking, then make an argument saying that Islam is unfair?
what is unfair is how ignorant or bad Muslims act whichever way they want.
don't generalize things.
if so then nothing in this world will make sense.