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Woman in Islam: a slave or a Queen?

The media constantly publishes reports that the "Islamic state" turns women into slaves. All this is supported by information that refugees attack women, and this includes the obligation to wear a headscarf. In Europe, all these rumors or facts can not cause anything but rejection, as a result, the already not very favorable image of Islam worsens, as far as the attitude to women is concerned.

But if you put aside the culture, traditions and political trends in Islam, how do Muslims really treat women? I will try to tell you my vision in this regard.

What is Islam?

In fact, Islam and above all the Koran, written in the 7th century, preserve archaic gender roles. Men get food and fight, and women cook and raise children. Thus, we can understand that the issue here is not the Koran or Islam, but how it is interpreted. If we take for example some Islamic countries (Saudi Arabia or Iran), then the fundamentalist reading really prevails in them. This means that all these archaic roles are really assigned to women. But if we consider the example of other countries (Morocco, Syria, or even Turkey), on the contrary, a fairly free reading prevails. Women enjoy various privileges, can vote, and so on. However, there is no doubt that women in Islamic countries are less free than in European countries. And if we talk about direct violations of human rights or even oppression, this applies only to archaizing countries, which are not so many.

What is the reason for the oppression of women in certain Islamic countries?

If we look at some countries, the oppression of women is mostly related to local traditions, but not to religion. In these countries, historically, women are not given advanced roles. Trying to find some kind of relationship, it becomes clear that Islam has nothing to do with it, just there are certain folk rules and customs. Very often, they do not even associate with Islam in any way. The Koran and Sunnah simply preserve the archaic.

The Koran says that initially, every woman should be the Keeper of the home. In General, there is not much information about the role of women in the Qur'an. As a rule, in the Islamic tradition, emphasis is placed on the special role played by the virgin Mary or Maryam (the mother of God for Christians). She is praised as a very respectable, highly respected woman, which from the point of view of Muslims means that famous women are very much revered by them. Well, it was explicitly written in the Koran that women are bad or that men are higher than women-there is no such thing. The Koran is a question of faith and disbelief, the theme of "old prophets – new prophets", the struggle for faith. That is why korna is not specifically dedicated to the topic of the status of women.

What colors are better not to wear for Muslims?

Recently I saw an interesting topic about what colors it is better not to wear for Muslims. I found this interesting, so I decided to take a look at the question and give clear answers.

So, many people know that in Islam there are many quite strict restrictions regarding appearance. For example, it is forbidden or undesirable for Muslims to wear clothing in certain colors. Why is this so, and what colors are we talking about? Let's figure it out.

Black

In Islam, black is not associated with mourning, so it is allowed for both men and women. In one of the hadiths, it is said that the messenger of Allah, Muhammad, was dressed in a black turban on the opening day of Mecca.

White

The prophet Muhammad said: "Wear white clothes." Verily, they are the best of garments. And wrap your dead in white." According to legend, he was also very fond of white clothes. Teachers of Islam recommend that men wear white ISAR and Rida during the pilgrimage.

Green

It is also allowed. This is evidenced by the words of Abu Rims: "I saw the messenger of Allaah, peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him, who was wearing two green robes."

Red

Islamic scholars have not reached a consensus on the acceptability of wearing clothing in this color. Someone believes that red is not worth wearing (makrukh), and someone is sure that you can wear such clothes if there are other colors in it. The third group of scientists is inclined to believe that you can wear red without any restrictions. Let's go deeper into the question. In the Sunnah and the Koran, there are really no direct prohibitions on red clothing. The corresponding hadith reads: "What Allah has permitted in his Book is permissible, and what he has forbidden is forbidden. As for what He did not mention, it is also permissible."

Any prohibitions on the wearing of red robes are indirect. The only authentic hadith that mentions the prohibition of red clothing is the hadith from ANAS, which says: "The messenger of Allah forbade red al-Masar". However, "al-Masar" is the floor, which was carpeted mounts infidels.

Yellow and orange

The only reliable ban is for "al-mu'afar" - orange or bright yellow, but it only applies to men. Women are not forbidden to wear yellow. For what reasons was the saffron color (bright yellow) forbidden? Sheikh al-Albani States: "The meaning of banning saffron-colored clothing is to liken it to infidels or women. However, if over time what was likeness disappears, then the ban on it disappears, because the meaning of this ban is associated with likeness." But Muslim Ulema still say that it is better to refrain from wearing bright yellow (saffron) clothing.

How many years does God grant a person?

This post will be dedicated to Orthodoxy – the faith that can save us for eternal Life, if we try to do what the Lord and the Holy mother Church teach us with God's help.

I would like to talk about how many years God has allowed a person. How many years can we live? The common opinion is 70-80 years old. However, you should be careful here, because each of us is given according to our faith. I admit honestly, it is very sad to look at people who live in this set period of time and believe that it is time for them to die. Those who are already over 80, do not rush.

When God created man, his life was not limited to a specific time period. But having sinned, he himself withdrew from the source of life. That is why his stay on earth was reduced to 963 years. So many years lived Methuselah.

Then sin began to increase, and the Lord said, "My Spirit will not be forever neglected by men, because they are flesh; let their days be one hundred and twenty years" (Gen. 6: 3). So, the next restriction of a person's life became equal to 120 years. Of course, for modern people, this age is quite old, but here we should also agree that 120, this is not 963 years. Judge for yourselves. At the time when these words were uttered, Noah was not even 500 years old, but he lived 950 years, and 350 years of them after the flood. His son, SIM, was born 100 years before the flood and lived only 600 years. Again, it's a long way from 120.

Some theologians believe that the 120 years that God speaks of only apply to those people who were doomed to perish in the waters of the flood. People who lived after the Flood are considered long-lived by our standards, since they lived for more than 120 years. Thus, the son of Shem, Arphaxad lived 565 years, and Abraham 175 years.

The following restriction on the time of life measured to a person is mentioned in the Psalm: "The days of our years are seventy years, and with a greater fortress – eighty years." This verse is very often quoted by people of advanced age, who do not even suspect that they are thus falling under the curse through identification with those to whom it is addressed. This Psalm was written by Moses when he was in the wilderness. Moses himself lived for about 120 years, and Joshua for 110 years.

We should agree that 70-80 years and 120 years are a big difference. Therefore, dear Readers, be prepared to live about 120 years, as the Lord promised us! To do this, you need to agree with Him and not limit your life to years. In General, even 120 years is not the limit.

Is it possible to adhere to Buddhism and continue to attend Church?

Previously, for me, Buddhism was just something I read, but I had already forgotten in school, as well as on Wikipedia. This is the Lama, whom everyone tries to appease with milk, the lovely drums of the Ivolginsky datsan. As we are told, Buddhism is not a faith. It's more like a philosophy that I really like. Buddha is not God. A Buddha is a person who has begun to observe the world closely. I am very proud that a couple of years ago I was able to reach the truth on my own. I won't bore you for long. I'll try to be helpful. Let's find the answer to the question of whether it is possible to adhere to Buddhism and continue to attend Church. Today it is quite relevant and many people will be interested to know the answer.

So, is it possible to practice Buddhism and be a good Christian? Obviously. For each of us, balance is important. Many believe that if they have converted to Buddhism, they can no longer attend Church. In fact, it is worth answering the question, what does the ceremony of taking refuge mean and does It mean that you have now become a Buddhist in the same sense as it happens when you convert to Christianity, for example, to Baptist? Of course, I do not believe that these are equivalent concepts. I have great confidence that the spiritual path we follow is personal. People who walk with dirty red threads around their necks (especially if the number of these threads exceeds 20-30 pieces), at least look strange. I would compare them to the Ubangi Africans who wear metal rings around their necks. I want these threads to always be with You? Why not just keep them in your wallet or pocket? I believe that there is absolutely no need to demonstrate what we are doing, just as there is no need to assume that we cannot attend Church or that such actions would threaten our commitment to Buddhism.

When a person only turns to Buddhism, he is alarmed by many things. Uncertainty arises from the fact that the feeling of comfort has not yet come. For this reason, to justify our choice of spiritual path, we feel on a psychological level that we cannot go to Church and cannot accept our past as something positive. This is the great mistake and the most important mistake. There is no doubt that if we sincerely follow the Buddhist spiritual path, we must make every effort to do so. However, nothing contradicts the practice of Christian love. There is nothing forbidden in the fact that we are inspired by great Christians like Mother Teresa and try to help those in need, as she did. There is no contradiction in this. And how can such a thing contradict?

For people who practice meditation, as well as other Buddhist practices, there is also no reason to believe that they should not attend Church. If there are circumstances that require You to do this, then there is no problem. There is absolutely nothing wrong with going to Church as a Buddhist practitioner. Only there will we be able to psychologically and internally feel more whole person. This allows you to come to terms with your past, which is very useful!