CAIRO – 26 August 2021: The Egyptian Dar Al-Ifta issued a new edition of Insight magazine that it publishes in English.
The new edition discusses many issues of concern for Muslim women, and corrects many misconceptions and distorted stereotypes about women's rights in Islam.
The edition also seeks to create a state of vigilance toward women's rights in society, giving readers a simplified overview of the women rights recognized by Islam more than 1,400 years ago, and shedding a light on the necessity to support victims and survivors of gender-based violence.
Furthermore, the edition tackles the marriage of minors and the position of Islam on it, and stressed that one of the basic principles of Islamic law is not to cause harm in any way. The marriage of minors is a violation of both the Islamic law and the civil law as it causes minors grave harm. The edition further reviews true stories of survivors of the under-age marriages.
Under the title "Myths and Realities", the edition discusses in-depth some of the suspicions that suggest women in Islam are persecuted and in need of rescue and that Islam prefers men over women, among many others.
The edition attempted to answer a number of questions about Islam's position on sexual harassment, abortion, domestic violence, as well as Sharia's position on a man's beating of his wife, and birth control, and women's equality or deprivation of inheritance.
Moreover, the new Insight edition addresses the issue of hijab as an Islamic obligation and its definition, purpose and correct form. The same applies to the issue of female mutilation and its prohibition in Islam, while presenting real-life incidents of that shameful practice.
Finally, the edition presents a number of fatwas from the Egyptian Dar Al-Ifta on the marriage of a Muslim woman to a non-Muslim man, and the work of women in politics and occupying leading positions.