Purdah and the status of women in Islam
PURDAH AND THE STATUS OF WOMEN IN ISLAM
The Qur’an, which contains the remedy for every moral disease, has the anti-dote to the above-mentioned moral epidemic.
It asserts that the urge to clothe oneself and conceal one’s shameful parts is innate within man.
It is to elaborate this viewpoint of the Qur’an vis-a-vis modern nudism, licentiousness, and free intermingling of the sexes that this book is being presented before the reading world.
This is the English rendering of Maulana Abul A’la Maududi’s famous work “Purdah”,1 which was originally published in book form in 1939. It has since run through thirteen reprints and has deeply influenced vast sections of the reading public in the Indo-Pakistan sub-continent.
This book, more than any other, has in recent years helped people to understand clearly the nature of the correct relationship between man and woman in the social life, and appreciate the great design that Nature wills to fulfill through them on the earth
First of all, it proves by reason and argument that the moral concepts underlying the social system prevalent in the West are not only unnatural and irrational but are also laden with fatal portents for man and his civilization.
Secondly, it draws attention to the laws of nature and establishes that family life and legitimate procreation alone can serve the will of Nature.
Thirdly, it proves based on scientific observation that man is inherently incapable of devising a perfect social system for himself on account of his short-sightedness and limited faculties.
He has always needed Divine Guidance which alone can help him to solve rationally and permanently the problems of his life