Equality of Men + Women

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Evidence for Equality

  • 'Equal but different' - gender is God given and reflected in roles
  • General rules are the same
  • Subject to same legal penalties
  • Spiritually, they are equal before God
  • The Qur'an and Sunnah: gender has no bearing on reqard/punishment
  • "I shall not lose sight of the labor of any of you who labors in my way, be it man or woman; you proceed one from another..." (Qur'an 3:195)
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Evidence against Equality

  • Ju'ma prayers = optional for women
  • Women are exempt from fast and prayer while menstruating
  • Different rules in divorce
  • Men can't wear gold or silk but it is women's nature to beautify themselves
  • Women don't have equal access to the mosque
  • Physical differences (Natural)
  • Man's money finances family, Woman's money is her own
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