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Islam does not oppress women


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Muslim Women are not oppressed because of Islam

Round 1
Oppression Definition

The exercise of authority or power in a burdensome, cruel, or unjust manner.-

That is the meaning of oppression, something that Islam does not advocate. 

Women's Rights In Islam

-Women can work
-Women can vote
-Women can own property
-Women can divorce
-Women have inheritance rights
-Women have a right to education
-Women can be exempt from all financial liabilities
-Women must be cared for, protected and provided for by either their husbands or fathers. Sense of security
-Right to accept or deny marriage proposals
-Freedom of expression
-Right to a dowry

Many, many more. 

There are family roles in Islam. Men are the providers, the breadwinners. They put food on the table, pay the rent, debt, bills etc. The wife is the best friend with the husband and stands by him to support him. She also has a gift of giving birth, she has a unique gift of giving life. Yes there are some biological factors that must be taken into consideration, as men are more stronger than women, they should work but this does not stop some women from working, as they can. In Indonesia, the largest Muslim country in the world, there have been 2 female prime ministers. In the US, there have been 0. 


This is a topic in which many people fall for misconceptions

Men are allowed to marry 4 wives, and this is the quote to support this. 
'then marry those that please you of [other] women, two or three or four. But if you fear that you will not be just, then [marry only] one'- Surah An-Nisa 4:3

It means that men may marry up to 4 wives. The man must provide for each of them and provide equality to each of them as well. He must not treat any of them better or worse than the rest. It also says that if a man cannot cope, provide, protect for more than 1 wife, then only marry 1. 

Now, people say, why can't women marry 4 husbands? Lots of things come into play. The first thing is DNA testing. This did not exist for 1400 years and only now it exists. So when women have babies, you do not know who the father is. If a man marries more than 1 wife, you know exactly who the father and mother is. Secondly, males can be abusive. It is within their nature to be more fiery, to demand for more, and to ultimately, rule the house. If a woman marries more than 1 man, both can ask for things which she cannot give, and they may turn hostile and violent. Yes there are peaceful men, however we need to look at the nature of a general man, rather than focus on exceptions. Another reason is, the woman will be more emotional. If a woman marries 4 husbands, she must work and provide for these 4, as well as each child. And you could say, the father can work too, however there needs to be someone that looks after the children. Lets suppose the woman has 8 children. 2 for each husband. These 8 kids will probably live under the same roof, there will be clashes, plus the husbands need to look after their kids. It is just not practical. 

Explanation on the striking verse

4:34-Men are the caretakers of women, as men have been provisioned by Allah over women and tasked with supporting them financially. And righteous women are devoutly obedient and, when alone, protective of what Allah has entrusted them with.1 And if you sense ill-conduct from your women, advise them ˹first˺, ˹if they persist,˺ do not share their beds, ˹but if they still persist,˺ then discipline them ˹gently˺.2 But if they change their ways, do not be unjust to them. Surely Allah is Most High, All-Great.

Men are the providers of women, they must protect them. If a woman becomes unlike herself such as being more violent, arrogant, abusive then speak to them first. Then if they carry on, leave the bed and go somewhere else. If they still carry on then tap them. The reason why it is a little tap, or a bigger tap is because a man is not allowed to hit a woman to cause pain. Nor is a man allowed to hit the face. Nor is the man allowed to leave a mark. These 3 factors take the word 'strike' in context. These 3 factors would not allow a man to strike/smack a woman as hard as possible and if they do, they are sinning. Now, as these 3 factors are in place, we know that the context of the word 'strike' is taken out of context and is fit into the modern meaning, when this is not the case. 


Women are entitled to refuse marriage proposals. If a man wants to get married to a woman, he must consult her dad beforehand. The dad is a man and will know the husbands intention. The dad can refuse if he thinks the intention is not good, as he is a man, he knows another man. Then the husband must pay for the wedding and announce it. The wife may want to pay, this is fine. The wife can also ask for a dowry. A dowry is a down payment for the marriage. For example, the wife can ask for a new car, £10,000 in gold and a Rolex watch. If the man is able to afford the dowry then he must give it to her. Then if they end up getting divorced, the woman can keep the dowry. 


Mothers are essential to a family, they are the glue to it all. 

A man came to the Seal of the Prophets and said: “O Prophet of God! Guide me, to whom should I be good in order to benefit completely from my good deed?”
He said: “Be good to your mother.” He asked: “Next to her?”
The Prophet repeated: “Be good to your mother.” He said again: “And next to her?”
The Prophet answered: “To your mother.”
The man said: To what other person should be good?”
The Prophet said: “To your father.”

This saying of the Prophet clearly demonstrates that you should be good to your mother and you can clearly see that being good to her is important, as the Prophet repeated this 3 times. 

I have displayed as many examples as I can to show how Islam does not oppress women. There are some misconceptions that I have answered too. Over to you Con. 

Round 2
Clearly Con has forfeited his round, in my opinion will be a full forfeit. 

No rebuttle, nothing said. 

Debate will be dismissed
Round 3
I have won the debate by default 
Full forfeit