What the holy Quran really says about women

What the Koran really says about women

Source: The Telegraph

By Carla Powers, Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in General Non-Fiction, 2016

When Middle East correspondent Carla Power began studying the Koran with a conservative Islamic scholar, she wasn’t expecting to learn that it nowhere advocates the oppression of women – or that Islam has a rich history of forgotten female leaders

When I was eleven years old, I bought a tiny book containing a verse from the Koran from a stall outside a Cairo mosque. I was neither Muslim nor literate in Arabic; I bought it for its dainty proportions. The stall’s proprietress watched me bemusedly as I cooed over the matchbox-sized object.

I found it over a quarter century later, one sticky summer afternoon in St. Louis, wrapped in a jewellery box in my parents’ house. By then, not only had I inherited my father’s interest in the Islamic world, but my childhood fascination had been seasoned by reporting on Muslim societies as a journalist at Newsweek and then Time magazine.

Yet, until 2012, I’d never done more than dip into the Koran – the source of the faith the jihadists and extremists I was writing about claimed was driving them.

The Koran began as a series of revelations to Muhammad, a caravan trader, in the seventh century. These word grew into a spiritual, social, and political force whose impact is now global.

As the scripture of the planet’s fastest-growing religion— with 1.6 billion followers, Islam is second in popularity only to Christianity— it stands as a moral compass for hundreds of millions. Reading it should be a prerequisite for understanding humanity.

I was surprised to discover that the Koran can refract in dazzling ways. The San Francisco civil rights lawyer may discover freedoms in the same chapter in which a twelfth-century Cairo cleric saw strictures.

The Marxist and the Wall Street banker, the despot and the democrat, the terrorist and the pluralist—each can point to a passage in support of his cause.

“All this talk about jihad, that’s not what the Koran says!”

Sheikh Mohammad Akram Nadwi, the Islamic scholar who taught me the Koran, once told me an old Indian joke. A Hindu goes to his Muslim neighbor and asks if he could borrow a copy of the Koran.

“Of course,”said the Muslim. “We’ve got plenty! Let me get you one from my library.”

A week later, the Hindu returns.

“Thanks so much,” he said. “Fascinating. But I wonder, could you give me a copy of the other Koran?”

“Um, you’re holding it,” said the Muslim.

“Yeah, I read this,” replied the Hindu. “But I need a copy of the Koran that’s followed by Muslims.”

“The joke is right,” said Akram. “All this talk about jihad and forming Islamic states, that’s not what the Koran says!”

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1 reply

  1. I wish comment on ISLAM provides principle of justice but no justice or judicial system. Here are few rule to keep in mind.
    1. Judge with justice.
    2. Speak the truth and noting but the truth.
    3. Sworn evudence. No other reveal BOOK that places that funfsnebtsl requisite. Quran is the first book.
    4. Not only sworn evidence but corroboration both of which is to by believing man and believing woman.
    This last principle let’s foundation stone for justice system..keep in mind Quran is not Job manual that gives detail instructions on how do every little thing.
    All fundamentals are found months Quran you cannot function without.
    What is needed is reflection, individual or collective like a brainstorm session, workshops or conferences to develop a comprehensive legal system.
    What seemed to gave started on this direction by Second Caliph Hazrat Umar, who appointed paid judges, recuesed himself sitting as a judge reasoning that if he or the state is the plaintiff in any matter of would unfair for him to be the judge.. That I believe was the starting point. But Muslims killed the evolution when the destroyed the early Caliphate for personal greed for power.
    However, English took advantage developed their own system based on admissibility of sworn statement.
    Had Muslims followed this one basic principle and tried to build upon it, we would have today a trial system, appeals court and Federal Supreme Court pr9mpted by our needs. But Muslims didn’t do anything.

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