Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Women! Why Do You Attack Islam?

Women! Why Do You Attack Islam?


The issue of gender equity is important, relevant, and current. Debates and writings on the subject are increasing and are diverse in their perspectives. The Islamic perspective on the issue is the least understood and most misrepresented by non-Muslims and some Muslims as well. This article is intended to provide a brief and authentic exposition of what Islam stands for in this regard.

Status of Women in the Holy Quran

The Economic Aspect of Women in Islam

The Social Aspect of Women in Islam

The Legal and Political Aspect of Women in Islam

Women in Ancient Civilizations:

One major objective of this article is to provide a fair evaluation of what Islam contributed toward the restoration of woman’s dignity and rights. In order to achieve this objective, it may be useful to review briefly how women were treated in general in previous civilizations and religions, especially those which preceded Islam (before 610 AD). Part of the information provided here, however, describes the status of woman as late as this century, more than 13 centuries after Islam.

What Was The Status of The Mosaic Women?

What Was the Position of the Christian Church re Women?

What Was The Status of The Indian Women?

What Was The Status of The Athenian Women?

What Was The Status of The Roman Women?

What Was The Status of The Scandinavian Women?

What Was The Status of The British Women?


The status which non-Muslim women reached during the present era was not achieved due to the kindness of men or due to natural progress. It was rather achieved through a long struggle and sacrifice on woman’s part and only when society needed her contribution and work, more especially during the two world wars, and due to the escalation of technological change. While in Islam such compassionate and dignified status was decreed, not because it reflects the environment of the seventh century, nor under the threat or pressure of women and their organizations, but rather because of its intrinsic truthfulness.

If this indicates anything, it would demonstrate the Divine origin of the Quran and the truthfulness of the message of Islam, which, unlike human philosophies and ideologies, was far from proceeding from its human environment; a message which established such humane principles that neither grew obsolete during the course of time, nor can become obsolete in the future. After all, this is the message of the All-Wise and All-Knowing God whose wisdom and knowledge are far beyond the ultimate in human thought and progress.

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(1) This article is an edited version of the booklet (or pamphlet) entitled Women in Islam, compiled by Mostafa Malaekah, from Dr. Jamal Badawi’s The Status of Woman in Islam and Gender Equity in Islam. To receive the original version of this booklet by e-mail, contact Mostafa Malaekah at Back from footnote (1)




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Friday, July 2, 2010

Why are the NSW Taxi council and the NSW Transport and Infrastructure protecting the Law barker bailor?

Why are the NSW Taxi council and the NSW Transport and Infrastructure protecting the Law breaker bailor?

A bailee taxi driver is entitled to have five weeks holiday pay per year after performing required number of shifts. The driver in question made a formal request for such a payment to a Sydney taxi base. The taxi base in turn unfairly dismissed him for making such a claim and now it is a clear case of victimisation.

Anyway, the taxi base manager in question posted an unsigned frivolous and vexatious letter to the bailee driver. The driver in turn made a formal request under the law to reiterate the original demand. The brave taxi base manager is maintaining his silence!

The taxi driver would like to lodge a complaint to the Chief Industrial Magistrate’s Court. Now, the problem is who is the defendant? According to documents obtained from the ASIC and NSW Consumer Affairs the owner of the company and the bailor are not the same person! So, we do have some ambiguity here!

Naturally, the driver in question approached to the NSW Transport and Infrastructure and NSW Taxi Council Limited to properly identify the bailor of two specific taxis he have been driving for the last three years. To your surprise the supposedly independent umpire i.e. NSW Department of Transport and Infrastructure refused to assist the driver like the NSW Taxi Council Limited with some lame excuses!

So obvious question is, why are the NSW Taxi council and the NSW Transport and Infrastructure protecting the Law breaker bailor?