The Character of the Muslim Woman : New,
'Women's Emancipation during the Prophet's Lifetime'
[A5] Paperback - 164 pages, Vol 1,
**by Abd al-Halim Abu Shuqqah,
Transl. by Adil Salahi,
Published by Kube.
'The Character of the Muslim Woman : Women's Emancipation during the Prophet's Lifetime.' This is the author's abridged version of his longer work of the same title Tahrir al-Mar'ah fi 'Asr al-Risalah; it illustrates the status of the Muslim woman in Islam which differs from what is assumed in society today.
Prophet Muhammad, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, established complete equality between men and women as he said, "Women are full sisters of men". Yet both have their respective special functions. This hadith establishes the basic principle of full equality between man and woman, with a measure of specialisation in certain areas.
This volume draws out the features of the Muslim woman's character as outlined in the Qur'an and Sunnah. It shows that much of what we imagine to be Islamic rulings are no more than social traditions.
Several studies identify that Islam gave women their independent status as well as equality with men. However, very little had been written on how this was implemented in real life. His review of the Hadith anthologies gave Abu Shuqqah the idea that a thorough study of the transformation the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, brought about in the status of women and in male-female relationships was needed and so he decided to undertake this task. Essentially, he hoped to highlight the role, status and activity of Muslim women during the Prophet’s lifetime and how women’s emancipation was duly fulfilled.
This book takes Muslims back to the way charted by the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, adding nothing and leaving nothing out. It is a book of documents, written by a person who is keen to present his faith in its true colours.
Abd al-Haleem Abu Shuqqah (d.1995) was a teacher and scholar. He had a passion to revive the Islamic spirit in the ummah and dedicated his life to learning and teaching. He taught in Egypt, Syria, Qatar and Kuwait. His particular focus was on Hadith studies.
Also see Muslim Woman's Participation in Social Life, Volume 2,
*Dimensions : 21 x 15cm.
**Contains some non ASWJ references. Book listed for the purpose of dawah, to combat western misconceptions.