Chapter “with Samer Hathout”

Muslim Women: Still Struggling for their God Given Rights?

Gender eqaulity

Can a Muslim woman lead prayer? Dr. Maher Hathout examines this very subject with Samer Hathout, an attorney and his daughter. They discuss the current role of women in the Muslim society, including the stagnation of women’s rights and where we are are headed. Leading prayer is just the tip of the iceberg to the many issues that need to be explored including the damage to women’s self esteem and ultimately how leaders can help distinguish the crippling cause and effects.

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2 Responses to “Muslim Women: Still Struggling for their God Given Rights?”

  1. Mostafa Habib September 28, 2013 at 9:07 pm #

    No. Simply put. Classic mix up between equal and identical. Not only Muslim men are women are equal but ALL MUSLIMS are equal, but not identical. We each have different roles and responsibilities. Our task in life is to realize those roles and fulfill our responsibilities to the utmost of our abilities, not to challenge them.

    Also, this was not a conversation between two people on opposite sides. They agreed very well.

    Sahih Hadith below, in Arabic and in English:

    Kindly, read and note that I am not doing takfir or anything, because I DO believe the two talking here are Muslims and perhaps even have more Taqwa than I do, I am only here to provide the hadith that I was able to find about this. I hope this isn’t moderated.

  2. Amal Alkalla October 2, 2013 at 8:43 am #

    ASA MPAC family. Thank you for tackling an important topic that is dear to my heart. On many occasions I have felt like a second class citizen at the mosque because of all the rules that apply to women. I wear a scarf when I visit the mosque but the back of my neck might show, oh no a crime has been committed. While a brother can walk into the same mosque in shorts and a tank. No problem brother. recently I was at a funeral and you would think that having women at the grave site was a crime. The person who passed away was a convert and I witnessed her aunt’s utter repulsion of how she and the other women had been pushed behind the men and treated as an unwanted disease at her nieces funeral. I hugged this person and apologized and her response was my niece is the toastmaster champion, I can’t believe this and when will this change. We have a long way to go and we can’t do this without our men standing side by side with us.

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