Misconceptions about Islam
“Nothing is more dangerous for a new truth than an old misconception”
A misconception is an inaccurate idea or something perceived inaccurately based upon false information and knowledge. It often originates from a lack of knowledge or bad experience. But nowadays the media is playing a flat negative role in order to make things even worse. At that point, it’s like a challenge to sort out the situation. Here are some common misconceptions that need to be discussed.
This term is most misunderstood by non-muslims & Muslims alike. They believe it means ‘an offensive holy war’ but it doesn’t mean ‘actual war’. The word Jihad comes from the Arabic word ‘Jahad’, means ‘to strive’ or ‘to struggle’. It also means to strive to make the society better or to struggle to be a better person. But unfortunately, Jihad is now considered synonymous with violence & destruction. It became trending globally after the 9/11 attack. ‘Extremists’ & ‘so-called Muslim Scholars’ have changed or misinterpreted the word according to them. In Arabic, for the holy war, there is the term ‘harb-ul-muqaddas’ and nowhere in the Quran, this word is used.
Status and Rights of women
“And those who do Good work whether of Male or Female and they are Believers, they will enter the Paradise(Jannah) and they will not be wronged not even equal to a fiber of a date-seed”- Nisa:124
According to the Qur’an, every human being has equal status. In fact Islam gave the women a special status; there is a whole chapter (Surah) dedicated to women in the Qur’an, i.e, ‘Surah Nisa’. People are differentiated based on piety not on gender. In Islam men and women both are equal but not identical; they may be different emotionally, biologically, or physically.
Earlier, women were treated as commodities. They were not allowed to own anything. But Islam gave women equal rights at the time of ignorance. Any Muslim adult woman whether married or unmarried were allowed to own or disown her property, Whereas the first time a ‘Married Women’s Property Bill’ was passed by the British Parliament in 1870, that allowed for married women to keep their wages independent. Apart from this, there are more equal (even better) rights for women by enjoying different statuses in society.
Right to Education
Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said,
“It is obligatory on every Muslim to acquire knowledge”. The time when few people were educated, many Muslim women were highly educated.
Right to Work
In Islam women need not work for a living. The responsibility of earning is for men. But also she is not prohibited from working or earn money.
Khadija, 1st wife of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ was a successful businesswoman in Makkah. Even after her marriage, She maintained her business.
Right to Marry
“O Believers, It is not lawful for you to forcibly inherit women of your deceased relatives against their will……”- Nisa:19.
Without the permission of the girl, parents/guardians cannot marry her to anyone forcefully.
Right in Property
A very common misconception about inheritance is also there, that the Muslim women entitled to lesser share or half of the man, in parents property. Yes, there is a half share of an inheritance, but women also have the right to receive ‘Mahr’ at the time of Nikah (Marriage), from her husband. On the other hand, a man only has inherited property. As a wife, she also has a right to hold possession of 1/4th share in the property of her deceased husband.
As a wife, she also has a right to hold possession of 1/4th share in the property of her deceased husband.
There are many other Misconceptions about Islam and we will answer them as well. I hope that the above the Misconceptions about Islam will be now resolved.
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