WISE Issues

Despite monolithic depictions in both Eastern and Western media, Muslim women represent a diverse and heterogeneous sociological group. While they may confront similar challenges or find common ground in some areas, the lived experiences of Muslim women vary considerably, depending on the socio-historical and political contexts in which they lead their lives.

Abortion

Since women have the right to enhance their mind, body and spirit, they are allowed to seek abortions. According to the Qur’an and the Prophet, rape, incest and near-death are all cases in which is it permissible for a woman to have an abortion.

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Access to Health Services

Muslim women have the right to promote, protect, and enhance the quality of their life. Strict modesty and patriarchal cultural taboos should not pose an obstacle to living healthy lives

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Adoption

WISE believes that open, ethical, and legal adoptions are supported by the core beliefs expressed in Islamic sources. “Islam” literally means making whole, sound, safe, and peaceful. Therefore making orphans safe, whole, and at peace is absolutely integral to Islam.

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Artistic Expression

Given that art reinforces awareness of God and human existence, we believe that women artists can be an important vehicle for spreading beauty, using their individual characteristics to find new aesthetics that contemplate the beauty of God and his creation.

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Child And Forced Marriages

In Islam, child and forced marriages are forbidden: intellectual and physical maturity and a woman’s consent are prerequisites for a valid marriage. There are various instances where the Prophet protected a woman’s right to choose.

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Civil and Political Participation

The Qur’an exemplifies women’s leadership by praising the intelligence, politics and acumen of Queen of Sheba who prioritized the welfare of her people with her leadership, which was founded upon transparency and public consultations with her people.

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Domestic Violence

In Islam, violence against women is never tolerated. This is exemplified through the Prophet’s relationship with women in Arabia. The Prophet never struck or even lifted a finger against a woman, typifying to husbands that they must not exhibit violent behavior toward women.

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Dress Code

The Qur’an commands modesty for men and women in terms of physical exposure, personal adornment and behavior with the opposite sex. In ancient Arabia, women would complain to the Prophet that men would sexually harass them.

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FGM

Female Genital Mutilation or Cutting (FGM/FGC), a procedure in which all or part of a woman’s, or girl’s, external genitalia are cut and/or removed, is a practice dating back to pre-Islamic times. FGC has a significantly adverse impact to women and girls' health.

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Gender Equality and Agency

The Qur’an defines gender equality as an intrinsic part of the Islamic faith: it states that both men and women are created as vice regents of God and as such, are equally responsible and accountable to their actions.

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Inheritance Rights

According to the Qur’an, women and men have equal rights to inheritance. More specifically, the Qur’an considers Muslim women as independent legal entities that retain their own name and financial independence before and after marriage.

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Interfaith Marriages

Islam protects a woman’s freedom to choose her own marriage partner and describes marital relationships as one of “affection and mercy.” The Qur’an explicitly allows men to marry “People of the Book,” which are Christians and Jews, but the Qur’an is silent on whether women can.

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Media Representation

WISE affirms that women have the right to enter public spaces and reclaim their portrayal in the mainstream. Inaccurate representations of Muslim women in media harm the Muslim community at large by perpetuating problematic misconceptions

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Mother's Rights

Since mothers are nurturers of the future, it is their right to have custody of children in case of separation or divorce. Moreover, men must financially accommodate ex-wives who have custody of their children. Countries that place greater emphasis on men are not following the Prophet

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Polygamy

In Islam, monogamy is preferred over polygamy. The only time the Qur’an allows polygamy is in reference to compassion toward orphans, not sexual gratification in extreme cases of war and intense poverty.

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Religious Leadership

WISE asserts that Muslim women not only have equal rights to religious education and religious leadership roles, but also that the denial of those rights constitutes a violation of women’s rights under Islam.

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Reproductive Rights

We affirm that it is the woman’s right to have access to reproductive health care including access to contraception, abortions and family planning education. Cultural traditions, poverty, illiteracy and limited reproductive rights education have led to many problems.

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Right to Education

We work towards advancing Muslim women’s intellect at all levels of education and society. By defending Muslim women’s freedom to interpret, think, and express themselves, especially concerning Islam’s primary texts

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Separation & Divorce Laws

At WISE, we believe that a marriage must entail a healthy and happy relationship between two consenting individuals. If couples cannot reconcile their problems, women have the right to separate from their husbands without harm.

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Sex Trafficking

According to Islam, all forms of oppression are strictly forbidden, including slavery and human trafficking. Women and girls have the right to their bodies and they should not be exploited for profit. Moreover, they should be provided with proper legal protections.

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Sports

WISE affirms that women have the right to pursue their passions, enhance their minds, and strengthen their bodies. In accordance with Islamic jurisprudence, participating in sports is highly encouraged regardless of gender.

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Stigmatization of Rape

Women should not be punished or ostracized for being victims of rape. Instead, they should be supported, provided services for rehabilitation and empowered to seek legal aid against their rapists without fear.

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Stoning

Women have the right to protect themselves against unjust accusations that lead to grave punishments. Stoning is reprehensible and does not fall under Islam’s teachings. As such, we assert that laws that unduly criminalize women with the punishment of stoning is forbidden.

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Testimony in Courts

At WISE, we assert that men and women are equal as free, independent, and responsible legal agents. To overcome male-centered interpretations of scripture regarding Muslim women’s testimony in courts and legal matters

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Women’s Free Speech

In Islam, women have always been regarded with high esteem because of their free will, intelligence, and leadership. Women have the right to freedom of expression, which is entwined with their right to mind.

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