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--- ralf <ralf@...> wrote:
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> Please fogive us for any disturbance, but we have an
> important subject
> to address to you regarding FAITH, and we
> don't indend to overload your email with unnessary
> Woman in Islam
> Sexual Politics
> Imagine this scenario, for it is real: two
> antagonists locked in a grim power struggle. And
> another: two or more other competitors, rivals in a
> race for high stakes, a race to determine the course
> of their entire life. At race's end, the prizes for
> winning include compliments, telling glances, and
> First Prize, a wedding ring. Unwanted "prizes" along
> the way may include physical assault, countless
> violations of body and soul. The protagonists of
> these scenarios are all around us; they are modern
> man and modern woman, and woman vs. woman. From time
> immemorial, against this harsh horizon of human
> relations, the "battle of the sexes" has raged. But
> never has "Sexual Politics been so virulent as
> today. Feminism becomes polarization along gender
> barriers. To offset increased competition for a
> mate, extreme nudity splashes itself unchecked. Fear
> and suspicion on both sides lurk; commitments are
> tepid, or all too fragile.
> Sexual Balance
> Now conjure this, from the Qur'an, the Book of the
> Revelation sent to guide the affairs of mankind; It
> comes from Allah (SWT - the Deity; One, Only) to us,
> His creatures: "Your wives are a garment to you, and
> you to them. " (Surah 2:187). As close as the skin
> to a garment, as essential as the covering layer
> which envelops andd protects us from heat and cold,
> man and wife are the two halves of humanity coming
> together in balanced, mutual protection and care.
> This is the other veil, the deeper veil, the real
> covering and garment of ISLAM.
> In days remarkably similar to ours, a new path was
> taught: the path of enduring partnership and
> cooperation in human affairs, to level the
> exhausting shifting sands of competition and
> suspicion. This path was AL-ISLAM. Islam means the
> deep submission to God alone, Allah (SWT - The One,
> The Deity, "Eloh" of the Hebrews). Fittingly, the
> name of this grace-filled, all-encompassing path of
> balance and harmony for mankind was derived from
> "Salaam," the Arabic word for peace.
> "For Islam is the religion before Allah" (Surah
> 3:19) ISLAM was not a new religion, "another"
> religion; it is the same universal truth that God
> has enjoined upon humanity throughout the ages, in
> its final, most comprehensive exposition. 1400 years
> after its Revelation, it stands as pristine, and as
> beneficial, as it was on the day Allah (SWT) first
> granted it: in a time of upheaval, in a world of
> unraveling values, in a society confused and chaotic
> much like ours.
> There Allah (SWT) chose His last Prophet, the Seal
> of the Messengers, the Mercy for all mankind. He was
> an upright, kind and honorable man living in
> seventh-century Arabia, at the very fringes of the
> civilized world. And when first Muhammad, in his
> fortieth year, peace be upon him, heard the Word of
> Allah (SWT), he was shaken and he was stunned. And
> he turned to a woman, his wife Khadija, for counsel:
> am I mad? he asked. This true companion knew better.
> Go, she said, and serve Allah (SWT). The Revelation
> of Islam was gathered over 23 often perilous years,
> in the Book of Recitation, the Qur'an.
> Today, 1/5th of humanity is Muslim, (those who
> surrender to Allah's, SWT, Will) and millions more
> (women in the forefront) are heeding its voice. For
> this Voice speaks with irresistible appeal, of the
> equitable design for living for all human beings,
> beyond race, beyond gender: the sheltering peace.
> Islam is freedom; it upholds free will and
> encourages rational thought; it recognizes only that
> virtue or sin which an individual earns through free
> action and choice. Within its parameters is a code
> of behavior, a complete social pattern for man and
> for woman, that looks out to the whole of life
> through the harmony of a balanced scale. In this
> system, based on natural law and innate reason, (the
> Knowing System of the Creator Himself - SWT),
> cooperation is the standard criterion.
> Muslims are brothers and sisters in the family of
> mankind brethren all under Islam, in the sweet
> surrender of obedience and worship to Allah (SWT),
> Unique and One (Tawhid). Each Muslim, man or woman,
> chooses to be a Muslim. Each Muslim is ultimately
> accountable for his and her actions to Allah (SWT)
> alone. Allah (SWT) will call us all to account on
> the Day of Reckoning. How easy it becomes, then, to
> be truly free. For the vain idols of stone, the
> enslaving tyrants of greed, of lust, of ambition, of
> public opinion crumble to naught. Freedom from the
> tyranny of man and man-made conceits: Islam
> Not one verse in the whole of the Qur'an speaks
> injustice Not one word says, men and women are not
> equal. Everywhere, the Book of Nature and Creation
> tells us: equality under God is the only criterion.
> Under God in sincere worship, man and woman stand in
> parity. But this Book is truth; truth does not shy
> away from our most basic, indisputable biological
> differences. Male and female, quite simply, have
> distinct and complementary roles to fill, equally
> vital for the sustenance of life.
> Everywhere, the Qur'an reminds us of the mutual
> rights humans owe to one another, in the balance of
> our relations. "O men! Fear your Lord Who created
> you from a single being and out of it created its
> mate; and out of the two spread many men and women.
> Fear Allah in Whose name you demand your rights (of
> one another) and heed the ties of relationships. "
> (Surah 4:1)
> In a time when most women were common chattel, the
> teachings of the Qur'an and the practices (Sunnah)
> of Muhammad, the Messenger(pbuh), firmly restored to
> them status, both legal and social; and dignity as
> individuals; cemented their right to wealth and
> property, to inheritance, to education. In Muhammad
> (pbuh), women found the champion to uphold their
> rights, merciful, sympathetic, unwavering in his
> support: women flocked to his call. Budding Islam
> grew strong on the depth of their staunch belief.
> In a day of social anarchy, Islam reintroduced
> structure end the natural order. For it is the
> stable bond of the family unit that elevates man
> from beast. It is its strong foundation, built on
> understanding and collaboration, which ripples
> outward in concentric circles to the vast social
> network. It is here that peace and freedom begin.
> Islam elevates.
> Natural Humanism
> Your body has rights upon you, said the Prophet of
> Islam. By this was meant a healthy, clean,
> Intelligent respect for the body and its needs.
> Personal hygiene is one of Islam's most basic
> requirements Pleasing and discrete elegance is
> smiled upon in Islam, the world's great Civilization
> of Refinement, in body and soul. And the Prophet
> said: "God Himself is graceful and elegance pleases
> The Islamic way does not want mankind shut up
> unnaturally in towers of ivory, to ruminate
> endlessly in ascetic withdrawal from fellow begins.
> Islam is inclusive dynamism; Useful and graceful
> action; Improvement and betterment. Nor does it deny
> or demean the natural sex drive. On the contrary, it
> elevates and liberates it, channeling it for a
> peaceful, healthy society: the hectic waves of
> seduction, rivalry, the "theft" of physical or
> mental integrity are banished.
> Within the REAL partnership of matrimony, the
> joining of husband and wife is legitimized: here sex
> is no sin, but a form of natural worship. The Qur'an
> itself speaks of sexual relations between man and
> wife, simple and direct; it teaches the striving
> toward harmony, the need for trust and confidence
> between husband and wife, between life partners, as
> it does between all human beings (Surah 66).
> Does the nurturer not need nurturing too? The
> biological imperatives, Islam meets squarely,
> head-on, with no coyness; for indeed Allah (SWT)
> created us so. Islam addresses the differing needs
> of man and woman comprehensively.
> The need of woman, in child bearing years, feminism
> not withstanding, is sustenance and security. A
> pregnant woman requires care; a nursing mother and
> infant require protection; a wife, mother, sister
> require respect: these are their rights. Equal
> rights, in proportioned measure: the way of Islam is
> honest and clear-sighted. To safeguard the one from
> the oversights of the other; to remind the one of
> the requirements of the other the balanced checks of
> Islam work in supreme rationality:
> "Men are the protectors and maintainers of women,
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