The religion of Islam does not oppress women
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Islam is a religion of peace, not a religion of oppression. Women are not oppressed.
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Islam does not allow oppression for women and does not implement it into the religion. That is my statement which I want to prove.
I will use dictionary.com here and this is the 1st definition.
the exercise of authority or power in a burdensome, cruel, or unjust manner.
This is the meaning of oppression, now let me tell you why Islam does not allow it.
Islam is a religion in which both men and women are told to worship the creator Allah and accept that the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) is the last messenger and servant of Him. It also teaches for both men and women to pray, to give charity, to fast and to go on a pilgrimage to Hajj. These things are universal to both men and women in Islam. Also forbidden things are not allowed too, such as haram foods, alcohol, sex before marriage, adultery, murder, rape etc.
The problem with western people nowadays is how women are treated in Islam. People think they are like slaves to a master (wife to a husband) whereas this is simply untrue. Men are considered to be the providers, the breadwinners. It is up to a husband to protect and serve his wife and his children with food on the table, financial funds to cover the bills, to burden to carry on the religion of Islam to his children and many other acts. So this means the man has responsibilities, it is not as if he does whatever he wants and doesn't pay the price. The price is payed for both genders.
Lets take the role of a wife now. The wife is considered to be the nurturer of children and to watch over the family as well as being there for the husband. The reason why this is not oppression is because both husband and wife have roles that are assigned to them. The wife, biologically, has the capability over the husband to produce babies. Whereas the husband has the capability over the wife to do more heavy duty things as they are naturally stronger. The idea of a family in Islam is to carry on the belief in Islam generations upon generations. A family is more than getting food on the table and working, it has a more spiritual idea as well.
Marriage in Islam is like a contract. Both men and women fulfil their duties and die then get judged based on previous actions in their lifetime.
Rights of Women in Islam
There are many misconceptions over if women have any rights whatsoever in Islam. However they do and I will list them.
-Women can work
-Women can vote
-Women have the right to education
-Women have rights to accept or deny marriage proposals
-Women have the right to freedom of expression
-Women have their share of inheritance- they can spend it all on themselves however the mans shares must be spent on the women in his life and the family
-Women are exempt of all financial liabilities
-A woman has a right to a dowry- She can ask for anything she wants and the husband has to provide it if he can financially cope
-Women have the right to a divorce
Most of the points and rights are via the help of this website
Covering of the face
Women in Islam cover there face. The reason for this is simple, to show modesty. Too many men are out on the streets hunting for prey (women) and trying to ensure their trust. They approach women because of their looks. Not their personality, but their looks. The vast amount of make-up, the way her hair is so elegant and the way her body is shaped. As a male. I am ashamed that these things happen and the good thing is in Islam we believe that prevention is better than a cure. Which is why a Muslim women would wear a covering to cover herself from men that are hungry their prey. The covering ensures that men do not even approach them as the beauty cannot be seen. This is the main reason why women wear a hijab. Also, this wearing of a hijab or niqab is actually the opposite of oppression as women wear these concealments to have a barrier between them and the men on streets. This covering protects them and reduces chances of being raped and even looked at.
Marriage in Islam
How do women get married? Forcefully? Nope. If women are presented with potential husbands, they have the right to decline. Remember, a man and a woman cannot be alone together as this forces intimacy and increases the chances of sex before marriage, a grave sin for both genders. If a man wants to marry a woman, then he must approach her father, as the father will know what his intentions are. Then if the father approves, the woman has the right to ask for a dowry. This could be something like £10,000 worth of gold and a new car. The man has to provide this if he is capable. Then the man also has to do the wedding. It can be paid for by both the man and the woman and then they can get married, sign the contracts and live happily ever after. The married couple can then have sex which leads to children and carry on Islam.
Many will ask, why is a man allowed to marry 4 wives but a woman is only allowed to marry 1 husband. The main reason is because no one will know who the father is. 1400 years ago, when the Quran was revealed, there was no DNA testing. The father is the person who teaches the child about Islam and ultimately is the breadwinner and provider, an extremely important figure in a family. People need to know who the father is, however when a man marries 4 wives, everyone knows who the mother and the father is.
The Quran states this:
'marry other women of your choice—two, three, or four. But if you are afraid you will fail to maintain justice, then ˹content yourselves with˺ one'- 4:3
This means if a man cannot cope and provide for all the women, then only marry one.
'"Do you have a mother?" He said: "Yes." He said: "Then stay with her, for Paradise is beneath her feet."- Sunan an-Nasa'i 3104
This quote from the hadith speaks for itself about mothers.
Chapter 19 of the Quran is all about 1 woman- Maryam- Jesus' mother
4:34-Men are in charge of women1 by [right of] what Allah has given one over the other and what they spend [for maintenance] from their wealth. So righteous women are devoutly obedient, guarding in [the husband's] absence what Allah would have them guard.2 But those [wives] from whom you fear arrogance3 - [first] advise them; [then if they persist], forsake them in bed; and [finally], strike them [lightly].4 But if they obey you [once more], seek no means against them. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted and Grand.
There are many non-Muslims who challenge this quote and make it seem like men are the masters of women and men can hit them etc. However this is not true. Men are not allowed to hit the face, not allowed to cause pain and not allowed to leave a mark, so how on earth are they supposed to strike them heavily as non-Muslims say? It is a myth to think like this. It means tap them, not fully fledge hit them.
2:228 is also a misconception as many think 'men are a degree of women' is some sort of oppression. However it is not, I will explain. Women have rights similar to men but not exact, however men have a degree of responsibility over women such as financially providing etc.
2:282 also states 'Call upon two of your men to witness. If two men cannot be found, then one man and two women of your choice will witness—so if one of the women forgets the other may remind her'. The reason why it cannot be 1 woman is because women are known to be more deceptive than men and have the instinct to get what they want because they are a woman. So they can lie, to get the belongings of the man or a more financial gain. However the man is less likely to do this as it is not in his nature. A woman is more emotional than a man and she can use it in her favour.
I think I have fairly justified (not fully however this is the opening point, introduction if you may) about how women are not oppressed and they have rights. I also have debunked a lot of quotes which people use to their advantage and twist the narratives.
Your move, Con
As my opponent has forfeited, I have nothing to say. Does look like a full forfeit which is not ideal as I have then wasted my time, but let's see. Maybe con has something to say. I think it's fair to conclude that I have won round 1
Yes, it is looking like a full forfeit, very bleak. Oh well, I feel as if I have made some good points.
Please vote me, thanks after this person forfeits again :)