What the clerics never told you
Is it true that sex is considered a right in Islam?
Muslim women have a right to sex. She can seek divorce on the grounds of sexual displeasure or impotence. Cooking and household chores are not considered binding duties. Making herself available for sex (to her husband), however, is considered a duty of a married woman.
Can a woman marry a man of her choice and re-marry when divorced?
Islam expressly endorses the right of a woman to re-marry. However, a divorced woman or a widow has to wait for three menstrual period cycles before seeking marriage again. This waiting period is called iddat (pronounced iddah). The second chapter of the Quran states: “And those women who are divorced, should keep themselves in waiting for three periods.” Women can turn down a man who seeks her hand in marriage. A woman can exercise this right up until nikah (wedding vows), when she can still effectively cancel a forced marriage. In Islam, consent is necessary for marriage.
Do only men have the right to seek divorce?
A woman too can seek divorce as the first mover. This is sometimes called Khula’, a law under Shariah by which the wife can seek separation if the marriage is beyond reasonable repair. In some Muslim societies, women are required to pay a fee upon separation. Such a talaq (divorce) is known as Talaq Ba’ina. The conditions for talaq (divorce) are — to all intents and purposes – are not very different from secular divorces. Talaq is not to be sought in a fit of rage or at the drop of a hat but only when differences become irrevocable. Prophet Mohammed is supposed to have said: “Of all permissible things, the one God most dislikes is divorce.”
Are there any basic rights guaranteed to women?
Under Islamic law, women have a right to own property, share in property, an education and take part in community life. Men and women are to be respected equally. Islam enjoins both men and women to dress modestly. However, women are discriminated against in Muslim societies, which have deep gender biases.
The Taliban say women should shut themselves in? Is that how women should lead their lives?
Prophet Mohammed’s wife Khadijah was a businesswoman and a trader. The Prophet was her employee. There is a lesson to be learnt. Women can work outside their homes. If the Prophet was an employee of his wife, then we also had a woman boss 1,400 years ago.
What does jihad mean?
Jihad doesn’t simply mean a “holy war”. You aren’t born a Muslim. You strive to be one. Jihad literally means to struggle or strive, semantically deriving from “jadd-o-jehad”. In the context of war, Muslims are indeed required to defend their land, fight oppression and injustice. The killing of non-combatants, the old, infirm, religious leaders and children was expressly forbidden. Islam differentiates between reasonable and unreasonable acts of violence, like many religions.
As a normative concept, a war was to be undertaken only when there was a reasonable degree of success assured. A commonly agreed rule was that a private individual or organisation could not call jihad. It could be called by an Islamic state upon consultation with the clergy.
Is suicide bombing an Islamic weapon?
Suicide bombing is a new tool of extremist Muslims, something that never historically existed. Suicide is un-Islamic and has been banned. Islam does not allow taking one’s life, the sole right of Allah. The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia has decreed all suicide bombings as un-Islamic. Sheikh Muhammad Sayyid Tantawi, the former Grand Mufti of Egypt and current Sheikh of al-Azhar University Cairo, has called suicide bombings “acts punishable by Allah”. Darul Uloom Deoband has viewed suicide bombings as un-Islamic.