The Debate : New, Volume 5.
'On Participation in Social Life & On Face Uncovering'
'Women's Emancipation during the Prophet's Lifetime'
[A5] Paperback - 200 pages, Vol 5,
**by Abd al-Halim Abu Shuqqah,
Transl. by Adil Salahi,
Published by Kube.
'The Debate On Participation in Social Life and on Face Uncovering : 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.
In this Volume (Five) of his work, the author starts a debate taking two full volumes to answer the objections that are often raised concerning social mixing and keeping a womans face uncovered in Muslim society. This is a tradition in Islamic Studies, when scholars present their views in opposition to other scholarly views. They state the view they disagree with, showing its basis and the arguments that are stated in its support before responding to it. The author gives an in-depth study showing that the rulings that were specific to the Prophet's wives are not addressed to other women.
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.
Table of Contents :
---Chapter . Objections to Women's Participation in Social Life,
-------Objections to the evidence,
-------The Evidence cited in support,,
-------Responses to Opponents Arguments.
---Chapter . The Debate : The Hijab Requirement,
-------One; Definition of Hijab,
-------Two: The date of the Revelation,
-------The evidence confirming the specific applicability of the Hijab,
----------The 11 Evidences;
-------Scholars Statements concerning the Hijab,
-------The applicability of the in light of the Fundamental Principles of Jurisprudence,
---Chapter . The Debate : Must a Muslim Woman Cover Her Face ?
---Chapter . The Debate : Is Face-Covering Recommended for Women ?
---Final Comments on the Debate,
------Fine words addressed to all participants in the Debate.
Volume 1 : The Character of the Muslim Woman,
Volume 2 : Muslim Woman's Participation in Social Life,
Volume 3 : Muslim Womens Participation in Professional & Political Life,
Volume 4 : Muslim Women's Attire & Adornment,
Volume 5 : The Debate on Participation & Face Uncovering.
*Dimensions : 21 x 15cm.
**Contains some non ASWJ references. Book listed for the purpose of dawah, to combat western misconceptions.