I am watching videos from Ali Gomaa’s to learn more about women in Islam because I often hear that women in Islam fare poorly. Ali Gomaa was the Grand Mufti of Egypt and one of the world’s most recognizable Muslim scholars. In this video, Ali Gomaa talk about the Islamic principles governing women (e.g. completion, equality, legal status) and the duties of women and their God ordained roles.
For the first few minutes, Ali Gomaa focused on Islamic inheritance laws as they pertain to women, their role and equality. The Bible, particularly the Hebrew Scriptures, address this issue. But what struck me was the New Testament emphasis on women, inheritance, and eternal life (Romans 4:13-14; 8:16-17; Galatians 3:28-29; 4:6-7; 1 Peter 3:7).
Female Genital Mutilation
Ali Gomaa discusses the custom of female circumcision. He says that female circumcision is not a part of Islamic law (makrumah).
The statistics on female genital mutilation are depressing. According to Frontline Fellowship 150 million women are victims of female genital mutilation, and every year an additional two million girls are victimized by this barbaric practice.
- In Djibouti 99% of the girls go through genital mutilation.
- In Eritrea 98%
- In Somalia 98%
- In Sudan 95%
Three of the above nations are Muslim majority nations.
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