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Many of us grew up reading storybooks of magical kingdoms, shortly followed by magazines, newspapers, and blogposts. Alongside all this reading comes a lot of growing up, in the form of two key lessons.The first being that the real world doesn’t quite work the same way as in books. Having spent my childhood evenings listening intently to mellow-sounding audiobooks featuring Brave, Compassionate, Extraordinary women; you can imagine my disappointment, when realizing that society often doesn’t allow women the space to thrive in that way.The second is that everything you read has been written by someone, for a specific purpose. This is the realization that stops you from reading solely with your heart as a child would but encourages you to read with your mind and to question what’s in front of you.
The Qur’an which literally means the recital, is the instruction manual of life to humankind and considered by Muslims to be the direct word of the Creator of the heavens and the earth. When the Qur’an is read only with the heart, the status it gives to women outshines every childhood princess. And when the Qur’an is read with a questioning mind, there is no gender bias to be found. Many religions have been accused of being man-made; a means for men to control women. However, Muslims believe due to the unbiased social upheaval and justice instructed by the Qur’an, it must be Godly in origin.
Throughout history, one of the markers of a civilized society has been its treatment of women. I hope through this booklet to reflect on the current situation women in society face. Moreover, I hope to provide an overview of what it means to be a woman in Islam.