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Top 5 Misconceptions About The Rights Of Women In Islam



After Islam came into existence, women held a sacred place. Before that, women were buried alive. In Islam, men and women are the same and are allowed to fulfill the same roles. Islam protects women’s rights, dignity, and honor by promoting gender equality for men and women in all aspects of life.

The media presents women as oppressed and silent victims despite all these facts. Certain violations make it a global issue, and islamophobia is fueling the fire. The problems are like other forms of racism, violence, and discrimination.

Top 5 Misconceptions About The Rights Of Women In Islam

This article will tell you about the top 5 misconceptions about women’s rights in Islam and how true they are.

1.     Muslim Women Wear Hijab Because Their Husband Or Prophet PBUH Told Them To Cover

There is a misconception among people that women wear Hijab because of their husbands or because Prophet PBUH told them to wear it, but it’s not the actual case.

Women wear Hijab because they choose to do so; it is solely their personal choice and a choice to follow the commands of ALLAH. Women must cover their heads during prayer times.

Unfortunately, many women are forced by their families to cover their heads. Not only that, there are strict laws in some countries where women are not allowed to wear Hijab. Any girl going against the law is punished.

Despite all these restrictions, some women wear Hijab against the will of their families and the pressure imposed by societies.

The correct way of wearing a Hijab is not just covering the head but all of the body. It is a command from God and is considered a spiritual act. Hence, we can say that women wear a Hijab because Prophet PBUH told them to wear it.

2.     Muslim Women Are Conservative

The second misconception is that if a woman is wearing Hijab or abaya, she is conservative, which is not valid. Wearing Hijab is not a parameter to measure how religious a woman is.

You may have heard the saying, don’t judge a book by its cover. You cannot say that a woman wearing Hijab is religious. It is possible that she belongs to another religion and wears a Hijab.

The correct way to know how religious a woman is by getting to know her so that you know their belief system. The outfit is not the parameter to judge a woman.

If you look around, you will see many women wearing Hijab, and when you talk to them, you will get to know that the women who are wearing them belong to different religions.

3.     Muslim Women Can’t Be Scholars

Before we go into the misconception, It is important to clarify that Islam preaches about equality between genders. It is the lack of scholarships that form the basis of it.

Aisha R.A was the wife of Prophet PBUH, and Ayesha Bint Muhammad was the first woman in Islam to become a hadith transmitter and Islamic scholar, respectively. They are the ones who set the basis for the women to follow.

Although there are not many female scholars, there are still some to prove that women can also become scholars. Laleh Bakhtiar, who is from the U.S, is the first woman to translate the Quran from Arabic to English which is now used by many mosques and universities.

What Laleh has done and contributed shows that this is just a misconception among people that women cannot be scholars.

4.     Hijab Is A Hurdle In The Way Of Women Taking Part In Various Fields

There is a misconception among people that women who wear Hijab are conservative and cannot participate in sports, politics, or education. We are here to clear the misconception by presenting you with some facts.

Yes, earlier, FIFA had imposed a ban on wearing headscarves, forcing many Muslim women who wanted to play football to stay away from the football field.

It was in 2012 that FIFA decided to lift the ban, thus allowing Muslim women to wear headscarves while they play. Later, the Olympic committee also decided to allow that.

Nowadays, everyone wants to stay fit, and going to the gym is the best way to do that. It is hard for women to go to the gym due to a lack of opportunities in the women-only gym. Most of the gyms are for men, and the gym that allows women is the one that is combined for both genders.

It is unfair that only women who wear Hijab are reluctant to go to such gyms. If you look around, you will find many non-Muslim women who are not comfortable in the collaborative atmosphere.

The thing that has damaged society is the individual thoughts and perceptions about how a woman wearing a Hijab should behave, which has paved the path for hurdles in the life of such women.

5.     Muslims Women Are Financially Dependent On Their Husband

Islam has made it clear in many places that the man is the sole family breadwinner, but that does not mean that Muslim women have no right to do a job. This is a misconception.

If we look at today’s world, it is hard to survive on one earning, so if the lady of the house wants to do the job and fulfill her personal needs, she is allowed to do the job, and Islam does not stop them.

It is to be mentioned here that the man has no right to the money earned by the women, and he can only have it if the women want to share.


Yes, we are happy to say that as time progresses, society is changing its mindset regarding women’s rights, but still, there is a long way to go.

Islam is not a conservative religion when it comes to women’s rights. Still, if you read the faith thoroughly, you will get to know that no other religion talks more about the rights of women than Islam does.

Those mentioned above are some of the many misconceptions regarding Muslim women. The basis of these misconceptions is that people believe in what they hear without investigating it.