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Topic initiated on Saturday, June 12, 2010  -  7:10 PM Reply with quote
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Posted - Thursday, June 17, 2010  -  11:41 PM Reply with quote
...but where did you dump Khan? Mr.admin! So tell us why do you think women are no good in decision making bodies and working committees?

Khan has sent this research article of her's about "Women's health and Islam." She said she has posted it for this website Articles a few times but since this conflict between the brothers here and her, the knock on effect was felt by her from the websites admin she has been working with; this made her realize that the admin is being pressurized by the peers. For example the articles she has been sending have been rejected without being given a reason. Please tell us the reason for not uploading her article. Is it because it does not comply with the school of thought that this website possesses. Why would you discourage a sister colleague of your's for her hard works which she still very humbly attributes to your hard works and teaching for her.

Rijs or 'Aza'

It matters a lot how do we interpret the verses of Qur'an in relation to the facts and context. Women's health affects her general performance and her comfort & discomfort, be it physical or mental has a direct effect on the whole family. If she is depressed the whole house will have a gloomy appearance. If a woman is in peace the house can present a picture of Paradise.

The Creator has therefore laid a lot of stress on looking after women and we find the same reflection in the beloved prophet Muhammad sws teachings. The Prophet reminded repeatedly about taking care of women throughout his life and specially in his last sermon at the Hajj he performed shortly before he met his Lord.

It matters a lot how the verses about women are interpreted by various scholars of Qur'an. Even the position of a woman in their own eyes and hence in the eyes of the ummah(Muslim nation) can be directly affected by this. For example if a woman is seen as a junk at certain times and periods of her life, naturally and sub consciously her status in the eyes of even very pious men will fall because he will be consciously struggling to protect himself from the ill effects of this impure figure. We can see this a lot more clearly in Hinduism when a woman during her monthly menstrual cycles is classed as 'impure' and is not even allowed to cook food for the family, let alone being touched by her husband.

The verse of Qura'n which gives guidance about sexual relationship with wives mentions this phase and directs men to stay away from them until they are clean and mentions the word 'az'a' for the state of the menstrual period. The word 'Aza' in Qur'an has been translated at all other places as 'discomfort' or 'pain' except at this particular place where it has been translated by most scholars as 'impurity' the Arabic word for which is'Rijs' وَيَسۡـَٔلُونَكَ عَنِ ٱلۡمَحِيضِ‌ۖ قُلۡ هُوَ أَذً۬ى فَٱعۡتَزِلُواْ ٱلنِّسَآءَ فِى ٱلۡمَحِيضِ‌ۖ وَلَا تَقۡرَبُوهُنَّ حَتَّىٰ يَطۡهُرۡنَ‌ۖ فَإِذَا تَطَهَّرۡنَ فَأۡتُوهُنَّ مِنۡ حَيۡثُ أَمَرَكُمُ ٱللَّهُ‌ۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ يُحِبُّ ٱلتَّوَّٲبِينَ وَيُحِبُّ ٱلۡمُتَطَهِّرِينَ (٢٢٢) They question thee (O Muhammad) concerning menstruation. Say: It is an illness, so let women alone at such times and go not in unto them till they are cleansed. And when they have purified themselves, then go in unto them as Allah hath enjoined upon you. Truly Allah loveth those who turn unto Him, and loveth those who have a care for cleanness. (222) Pikthall

They ask you concerning menstruation. Say: that is an Adha (a harmful thing for a husband to have a sexual intercourse with his wife while she is having her menses), therefore keep away from women during menses and go not unto them till they are purified (from menses and have taken a bath). And when they have purified themselves, then go in unto them as Allâh has ordained for you (go in unto them in any manner as long as it is in their vagina). Truly, Allâh loves those who turn unto Him in repentance and loves those who purify themselves (by taking a bath and cleaning and washing thoroughly their private parts, bodies, for their prayers). (222) (Dr.Mohsin)

They ask thee concerning women's courses. Say: They are a hurt and a pollution; so keep away from women in their courses, and do not approach them until they are clean. But when they have purified themselves, ye may approach them in any manner, time or place ordained for you by Allah. for Allah loves those who turn to Him constantly and He loves those who keep themselves pure and clean. (222) (Abdullah Yousuf Ali)

اور آپ سے حیض کے بارے میں پوچھتے ہیں کہہ دو وہ نجاست ہے پس حیض میں عورتوں سے علیحدٰہ رہو اور ان کے پاس نہ جاؤ یہاں تک کہ وہ پاک ہو لیں پھر جب وہ پاک ہو جائیں تو ان کے پاس جاؤ جہاں سے اللہ نےتمہیں حکم دیا ہے بے شک الله توبہ کرنے والوں کو دوست رکھتا ہے اوربہت پاک رہنے والوں کو دوست رکھتا ہے (۲۲۲) (Urdu Ahmed Ali) اور تم سے حیض کے بارے میں دریافت کرتے ہیں۔ کہہ دو کہ وہ تو نجاست ہے۔ سو ایام حیض میں عورتوں سے کنارہ کش رہو۔ اور جب تک پاک نہ ہوجائیں ان سے مقاربت نہ کرو۔ ہاں جب پاک ہوجائیں تو جس طریق سے خدا نے ارشاد فرمایا ہے ان کے پاس جاؤ۔ کچھ شک نہیں کہ خدا توبہ کرنے والوں اور پاک صاف رہنے والوں کو دوست رکھتا ہے (۲۲۲) (Urdu Jalandhri)

Only seldom scholars have translated the word as 'illness' as it should be in my understanding. God has given the woman lot of concession during these days. She has been given a leave from the ritual of 5 times prayers schedule with ablution and all the formalities. Similarly she is allowed to postpone fasting and other worship rituals like Hajj and Umrah . Medically many women suffer health wise during their menstrual phase of the cycles including aches and pains which can be severe in many cases.

Sickness absence Higher rate for women than men Sickness absence from work, United Kingdom, Winter 2005 http://www.statistics.gov.uk/cci/nugget.asp?id=1577

A similar picture can be found in various countries of the world due to similar reasons, including child birth and child care of course.

Similarly God has given a woman the right to be at rest and not to be disturbd by her husband regarding sexual activity which can be uncomfortable during this time, besides being unhygienic of course due to the presence of blood; but the translators must be careful to keep the illness and discomfort as a priority rather than 'impurity' which gives an unnecessary feeling of superiority to men in general, which actually is not there in this regard of purification.

Posted - Friday, June 18, 2010  -  4:31 PM Reply with quote
Samra why don't you contact the officials of this website and ask them directly.

Posted - Friday, June 18, 2010  -  9:02 PM Reply with quote
No worries Saba2. Khan loves this site and admin and everything about it. Just a bit of 'give and take of tazkyyah' going on. She thinks she owes them a lot for her tazkyyah that they did for her.

Also, congratulations on starting as moderator. As we suggested to the admin, we need fresh faces and ideas all the time. Best wishes

henna khan
Dean & CEO Faith anchor
Renaissance Readers Club UK

Posted - Friday, June 18, 2010  -  9:19 PM Reply with quote
Thank you hnkhan I hope I can fulfill the responsibility as efficiently as you did. Keep giving us your input the forums would not be the same without you.

Posted - Tuesday, April 19, 2011  -  9:08 AM Reply with quote
Assalamu alaikum WRB..........

To learn Qurani arabic to understand the words of Almighty Allah SWT in its own language, then to implement, then to preach.......


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