It was widely assumed, that women live under the strict supervision of men in the Arab states, and that they cannot make any decisions on their own. It has been said, that womenfolk population do nothing else, but give birth to children and serve men. But is this really how things are?
1. One of the most common myths is the fact that, the marriage of a girl is determined by her parents darn near since birth. Certainly, Dar al-Islam pays respects to family traditions. Parents (pay attention, not father single-handedly) choose daughter’s fiancés, but she’s allowed to decline them.
Bride-money – is another tradition being maintained in the Arab states. Truly
speaking, lately it’s not that necessary, but Orthodox Muslims still strive to keep
with the traditions, after all Bride-money is a reflection of the fact that the
future husband will be able to support the daughter financially, that’s why
parents of the bride execute an agreement with the groom.
The payout amount can amount up to several hundred thousand.
3. The opinion on harem – is another myth, widespread in Christendom. Yes, a Moslem is allowed to get married 4 times, but to do so he has to provide necessary financial support, and not every other man can open the floodgates to such a luxury. It’s prohibited to treat women unequally, thuswise all wives must be treated with equal amount of attention, jewelry, alimentation. I need hardly say – it’s not that cheap. By the way – jewelry is considered to be the main ostents of love. Bestowing bouquets is not customary in that world, so women are being conferred with jewelry instead.
4. Muslims never get divorced. It’s a blatant lie: The Arab states have same divorces we do. But it usually happens differently. If the man says the word “Talak” three times – it means he is setting his wife free. She has to leave his house the very same moment with nothing but what she’s wearing. This is the reason why the majority of Moslem women constantly wear all the jewelry they own.
The prohibition of marriage with a foreigner is only limited by the taboo on
marriage with an adherent of different faith. Truly speaking, a man can choose an
adherent of different faith as his wife. But their children in common will have
to stay with the father in case of divorce.
Women's rights are limited – is another myth, but it has certain grounds
imposed by religious vision. Therefore, atheists, who also live in these
countries, are completely equal.