The personal laws of Quran and the hadiths still drive the daily lives of the women of Islam. The Quran dedicates numerous verses to Muslim women, their role, duties and rights and women are bound by the holy verses of the book. Although different countries follow their own version of the rules dictated by the religion, here are certain rules that tell a woman’s place in pure Islam.
10. Fancy Clothes
It is considered haram for women to wear clothing that fails to cover the body properly and clothes that are transparent. Additionally, Islam prohibits excess beautifying that involves the altering of one’s physical appearance. Allah orders the women to cover their ornaments and not to wear clothes that show their cleavage. The curves of a woman are the private parts of the body; they become the victim of the dirty stares of men, generate malicious ideas and ruin the reputation of that woman in the eye of men.
Also, it is considered haram for go out in the public without wearing Hijaab.
Like fancy clothes, a woman getting all dolled up is also haram in Islam. Muslim women to wear anything, in terms of cosmetics, perfume, clothing, etc. which would attract the attention of ‘Non-Mahram’ men, is haram. Physical alterations that are considered haram are tattoos, shortening of teeth, wigs and hairpieces are also considered haram.
8. Physical contact
As it is widely known, a Muslim woman is prohibited from any kind of physical contact with Non-Mahram men. Even while talking to such men, a woman is expected lower her gaze, stand at a respectable distance and speak in a low tone. It goes without saying that it is considered haram for a Muslim to have a sexual relationship with a man who is not her husband by the law. Also lusting after such men is also considered haram.
7. The Marriage conditions
It is considered haram to propose marriage to a married woman or to a woman during the Eddah period (of four months after divorce or after becoming a widow). False marriage (e.g. forcing either of the two parties to marry, or the marriage of a Muslim and a Kafir (excluding People of the Book, i.e. Jews and Christian.)) is also a form haram. Also, not having sex with one’s wife for more than four months is considered haram.
6. Go out with the husband’s permission
It is considered haram, for a woman to go out of the house without the knowledge or permission of her husband. Also, women are not allowed to travel alone. It is of the notion that since travel involves a lot many hardships and adversities, a woman is not advised to endure a journey all by herself. She always needs to have someone to help her and stay by her side. Also, a woman is not allowed to perform Hajj, the holy visit to the Mecca, alone.
One of the prohibited acts in Islam is lesbianism. According to Islam, a woman is strictly meant for a man. Islam completely rejects the concept of homosexuality. In the first hadith it is being said: “When a man is being covered with another man, the throne of the Almighty is being shaken.” In the second hadith it is being said: “Both active and passive homosexual partners supposed to be killed.” In the third hadith it is being said about women: “Sihak between two women is adultery” (az-Zina).
4. Use of contraceptives
While major sects of Islam do permit the use of birth control and family planning, there are sects that believe the use of birth control or any form of contraception is haram. Islam considers large families and children to be god’s blessings. . Islamic scholars who oppose birth control cite al-An’am (Sura 6:151), al-Isra’ (Sura 17:31), al Takwir (Sura 81:8,9), and al-Mumtahana (Sura 60:12) to argue that even al-Azl (coitus interruptus) is infanticide.
Although there are some Muslims sects and families, where in the husband decides if the wife should make use of contraception.
3. Marrying outside the religion
A Muslim woman is forbidden to marry outside her religion. She is permitted to only marry a Muslim man because the woman has to follow the religion of her husband and so that her children will also have the same religion.
2. Banned from reporting witness to a rape
Islam considers the witness reported by a man to be equal to that of two women. Zina or adultery cannot be alleged by a woman. The Sharia law requires limits a woman’s ability to press rape charges, a crime often committed without eyewitnesses.
1. Not protest against domestic violence
Under the Islamic law, the verse 4:34 of Quran, allows and encourages domestic violence against women. When Muslim woman is found huilty of being dispbedient, disloyal, rebellious or unfaithful in any manner, the husband has all the prerogative to subject the wife to domestic violence. Quran allows husbands to beat, strike, hit and chastise their wives. And in turn the Muslim women are not expected to rebel. It is considered haram to go against the man’s wishes if he wants to punish his wife.