Author: Taqiuddin an-Nabhani
Publisher: Milli Publications
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8187856025
Some Muslim thinkers and scholars have called for the complete seclusion of women and their prevention from taking on any role outside of the home. In such times the full understanding of the social life in Islam becomes vital. This book relentlessly argues this issue throughout its 22 chapters.
At a time when secularist thinkers, jurists and rulers alike are strongly driving the Muslim youth, male and female into free mixing in their social life; Some Muslim thinkers and scholars have called for the complete seclusion of women and their prevention from taking on any role outside of the home. In such times the full understanding of the social life in Islam becomes vital. This book relentlessly argues this issue throughout its 22 chapters.
Many people overstep the mark and apply the term 'social system' to all systems of life. This is an erroneous application; given that the systems of life befit more to be called the 'systems of society' since in reality what is what they constitute, as they organize the relationships which arise between a people living in a particular society regardless of their meeting or separation.. The meeting of the people is not considered, what is noted is only the relationships.
There is need to study the Islamic social system comprehensively. We need to study it deeply until it is realized that the problem is the meeting the man and the woman and the relationship that results from their meeting and that which branches out from this relationship. And that what is required is the treatment of this meeting and the resultant relationship and that which branches out from it. It should be understood that this solution is not dictated by the mind but by the Shari. As for the mind, its purpose is to understand the solution, that the solution is for Muslim men and women to live a specific lifestyle which is the lifestyle which Allah has obliged them to life. They are most definitely obliged to restrict their living solely to this lifestyle as Allah has commanded in the Qur’an and Sunnah irrespective of whether it contradicts with the West or disagrees with the customs and traditions of their own fathers and forefathers.
The need to unite the family and to ensure its happiness was felt by all Muslims, and the search for a solution to this serious problem occupied the minds of many people. Different attempts of various sorts appeared to present such solutions. Many books were written demonstrating the societal solution and amendments were made to the laws of the Shari’ah courts and electoral systems. Many tried to apply their views on their families in terms of their wives, sisters and daughters. Changes were made to the school system with regards to the mixing of boys and girls. Thus, these attempts continued to appear in these and similar guises.
However, none of them could succeed in finding a solution, or come with a system or find a method to implement what they conceived as reform (Islam). This is because the issue of the relationship between the two sexes became obscure in the minds of many Muslims. They were unable to comprehend the way in which the two genders can co-operate with each other, even though the well being (Salah) of the Ummah stems from this co-operation. A chasm began to exist in society due to which grew a concern for the entity of the Islamic Ummah, in its capacity as an Ummah with distinct characteristics. It was feared that the Muslim household would lose its Islamic character, and the Muslim family would lose the guidance of the thoughts of Islam, and stray from valuing its rules and thoughts.
The social aspect continued in a confused state until the Muslim woman became bewildered. She stood between women who were anxious and confused, talking from western society without understanding it and without being aware of its reality, or knowing the contraction that existed between it and Islamic culture on one side; and the narrow minded women who did not benefit, nor did her presence benefit the Muslim on the other side. All of this was due to a failure in studying Islam intellectually and not understanding the Islamic social system.
1. The View of Man and Woman
2. The Impact of this view on the relationship between Man and Woman
3. Regulating the Relations between Man and Woman
4. Private Life
5. It is Obligatory to Separate Man from Woman in Islamic Life
6. Looking at Women
7. It is not obligatory for the Muslim Woman to cover her face
8. Man and Woman before the Shari’ah Commandments
9. The Activities of the Woman
10. The Islamic Community
12. Women to whom Marriage is Prohibited
14. The Prophet’s Marriage
15. Married Life
16. Coitus Interruptus (al-‘Azl)
18. The Lineage (An-Nasab)
19. The Imprecation (al-Lian)
20. The Guardianship of the Father
21. Custody of the Child
22. Maintaining Good Relations with Kith and Kin (Silat-ur-Rahm)