Gender Articles

What You Should Know About Schools and the Islamic Dress Code

Some schools prohibit Muslim girls from dressing in a manner that is compliant with Islamic teachings. Is it prohibited for Muslim girls to attend such schools? Islamic teaching prescribes a compulsory minimum dress code for both boys and girls when they reach puberty. For boys it is from the navel […]

Are Women Allowed To Come Into The Mosque?

Contrary to the observed practices in some Muslim communities in preventing women from attending mosque directly or indirectly by not making provision for them, the Sunnah of the Prophet (p) made it clear that women are allowed and even encouraged to attend congregational prayers, to benefit from lectures or for […]

Should The Voice Of A Woman Be Heard By Men?

There is no indication whatsoever either in the Qur’an or in the Hadith of the Prophet (p) in support of this view. On the contrary, the Prophet (p) used to listen to the voices of women other than his wives. In Qur’an 58:1 the case is mentioned of a woman […]

What Is Purdah And Does Islam Require Segregation Between Gender?

Purdah is an Indian word which is sometimes translated as “seclusion”. It refers to the practice of some Muslim women of staying at home so as to avoid mixing with men, other than the husband, family members and close friends. The practice is traced to a verse of the Qur’an […]

“Half-Witness For Women: Does it Imply Low Intelligence?”

Qur’an chapter 2 verse 282 dwells on principles and rules of business transactions. The emphasis has been on writing down whatever business is transacted and getting witness to back up the transaction. This is to ensure commercial morality. However in the middle of the verse Allah speaks of getting two […]

To What Level Of Political Status Can A Muslim Woman Attain?

There is no text from the Qur’an excluding women from positions of leadership. On the contrary Allah states in Qur’an 9:71 that “The believers, men and women, are protectors, one of another: they enjoin what is just, and forbid what is evil: they observe regular prayers, pay zakah and obey […]

Is The Islamic Dress Code For Women (Hijab) Not Oppressive?

Nearly all societies and cultures, both past and present, have had implicitly-known or explicitly-stated minimum dress codes for both its men and women. With these written or unwritten codes in the collective consciousness of a society, wearing anything less is considered “indecent exposure” which is a moral or, in some […]

Why Are Men And Women Not Allowed To Intermingle In Islam?

The assumption of this question is that there is no room for social interaction in Islam, which is not true. However, Islam does not approve of unlimited intermingling or of absolute segregation of sexes. What Islam teaches is that the mixing should be done in a good Islamic atmosphere. Individuals […]

Why Should Women’s Inheritance Be Half That of Men?

Inheritance is defined as property of a deceased person, which is transferred to his/her heirs under the laws of inheritance, or by bequest through a will. Inheritable property consists of movable and immovable objects, as well as intangible assets such as shares, debt claims and rights to compensation. Inheritance may […]