Hey so I'm agnostic ( I dont know whether there is a god), can I ask you what makes you believe in Allah? What convinced you of his existence? And as a woman, is this a safe religion? Will I be misstreated because of my sex? Sorry, if I'm offending you, but everyone says Islam is a sexist religion that hates women, is this true? Thank you for your time!
Hi there! Great question! For me, I just look around me at the beauty in this world and just how fate works and it’s hard for me to imagine all of this just being something like “chance.” As for the safety of women in Islam, religion and culture often get confused. Saudi Arabian culture and some others as well are unfortunately extremely misogynistic and allows for the mistreatment and abuse of women, but this is completely contrary to the teachings of Islam (or pretty much any religion for that matter). Islam gives men and women different but equal rights and expectations. The idea of hijab, for example, applies to both men and women. For women hijab means covering your hair and body, whereas men have a more social hijab. Men must lower their gaze and not look at women in a sexualized or objectifying way. So the expectations of men and women are different but they both are for the same goal. Islam truly holds women on a pedestal because we are half the population and have given birth to and raised the other half. Islam teaches that heaven is under your mother’s feet and that she has 3 times the status of any man. There are also some very important leaders in Islamic history that are women that don’t get talked about in popular media, like Sayedda Zaynab (as). I could honestly go on and on, but if you’d like more information or if you’d like other reliable sources, please don’t be afraid to reach out to me! Also, I suggest learning about different religions as well because it can help give you perspective and will help you get a better understanding of faith in general. I personally love learning about other faiths because it helps me understand Islam in a new light. I hope this answers your questions! Best of luck! ☺️