The position of women among men in Islam has always been the subject of perpetually heated debates for many years. In this week’s Muslyfe Recommends, we suggest the reader to sit back but not to really relax, for your mind will be on full speed when reading Asma Lamrabet‘s Women in the Qur’an: An Emancipatory Reading.
Lamrabet’s writing in this book is worthy of applause, solely for the fiery passion it possesses in its solid declaration and of its overall basis that the religion of Islam has always considered women equal to men. The book, published by Kube Publishing Ltd. in 2016, is where Lamrabet expounds boldly on how we, as human beings, have been approaching the Qur’an wrong when we decipher that women are inferior in status to men, because this mindset is all the result of years of patriarchal customs and traditions conducted by the human race; It is inevitable that this has not affected how the human mind interprets his own religion, something dear to his heart- something that makes sense to him.
Lamrabet further explains in this book on how Islam is a religion that regards everyone as an equal, as well as a religion that promotes humanistic values. Equality and liberation are all a huge part of Islam, and it is in the heart of Qur’an. Lamrabet exclaims that it is this that we have to seek, despite the years worth of obstacles where we have relied too much on an interpretation of the Qur’an from centuries ago, where the social systems in place were vastly different from ours now. She demands boldly and confidently a rereading of the Qur’an that focuses on its spiritual and humanistic messages, as opposed to taking its instructions literally, word-by-word.
Women in the Qur’an: An Emancipatory Reading is self-explanatory- It opens up the readers minds to a whole another way into interpreting the Qur’an, as it encourages and emphasizes the importance of a mindset where to offer love in the form of equality is one of the most important things to do: An essential for the Muslim. Lamrabet’s book serves to remind us of how the Qur’an and the religion of Islam are perfect on their own, meaning that they will never push women to become inferior to men; It is the imperfect human beings who mar the messages of the Holy Qur’an.