Nowadays, people have become scared of anything foreign to them including fellow human’s i.e foreigners, immigrants, asylum seekers.
Fully grown adults are scared of other people for wearing different clothes, having different coloured skin and different accents. ‘We have created you from a male and female, and made you into nations and tribes that you may know one another.’ Surah 49 Ayah 13; Holy Qur’an.
There is a massive misconception about Islam concerning treatment of women. Media reports and hear’say have contributed to Islamophobic remarks resulting in women being fearful of Muslim’s. As a Muslim woman myself, from the UK I can hand on heart tell you I have never felt more safe, secure and free walking the streets in a Muslim country than I ever did in the UK.
A study into sexual abuse in European countries, sponsored by the European Commission and conducted by Vienna based Fundamental Rights Agency reported in 2013 that:
– 1 in 10 women have been victims of sexual violence in Europe, 1 in 20 have been raped, and 75% of women in qualified professions or top management jobs have been subjected to sexual harassment.
– A survey conducted by the German Anti-Discrimination Agency found that more than ½ of all female employees in Germany have experienced or witnessed sexual harassment.
– According to the US Department of Justice, a woman is raped every 2 minutes in America. There were 173,610 victims of rape or sexual assault in 2013 alone.
– And in England and Wales, 85,000 women are raped on average every year and over 400,000 are victims of a sexual assault according to the UK Ministry of Justice.
Those figures are terrifying.
One of the reasons why I love Islam is because of the sheer fairness and equality between genders. Allah is indeed The Most Fair. ‘Men and Women have equal rewards for their deeds.’ Surah 3 Ayah 195; Holy Qur’an.
Muslim men and women are obliged to ‘Lower their gaze.’ Not just from the opposite sex but also from the faults of others; from that which does not concern you; from that which people want hidden; from that which makes you angry and from things that will make you jealous.
Society has made us jealous & insecure, teaching us always to compare ourselves and never be satisfied with who we are.
Islam rejects this. Say Alhamdulillah (All Praise is to Allah) for everything.
Also in Islam, A Muslim man cannot so much as look at a woman more than once, shake her hand or even talk to her without a reasonable cause. The only woman I know who would get such respect would be the Queen of England…
All women should realise that you are your own queen, whether society tells you that you’re ugly or not. Women are taught from early childhood that their worth is based on their attractiveness. When women reject this form of oppression, they face ridicule – society has a hard time dealing with that.
A queen is a woman who knows who created her and the purpose for which she was created.