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Islam and Women: A New Approach

This present book deals with topics as diverse as the methodology of discussing Islam, the hijab, women’s rights, the status of women in Islam, gender identity, family life, raising children, the duty of parents, the ideal married life, and being a leader and a successful figure.

This book is an abridged version of a series of twelve lectures given by Āyatullāh Sayyid Munīr al-Khabbāz in 1443 AH (2021 AD) on the occasion of ʿĀshūrāʾ in Sayhāt, Saudi Arabia in the Arabic language. Sayyid Munīr approaches his topic with fresh eyes, and his method should be of interest for a wide and varied segment of readers.
In this book, Ayatullah Sayyid Munīr al-Khabbāz delivers twelve lectures on a wide variety of topics. Although the lectures are delivered during ʿĀshūrāʾ, Sayyid Munīr does not limit himself to historical events. Rather, he uses the topic of ʿĀshūrāʾ to approach various topics that are of interest to the contemporary Muslim. His new approach proves that ʿĀshūrāʾ really is for every time and place, and that it has insights to offer in a variety of fields. Instead of dealing with ʿĀshūrāʾ as a past historical event, Sayyid Munīr’s depicts it as an ever-present phenomenon within Islam.
This present book deals with topics as diverse as the methodology of discussing Islam, the hijab, women’s rights, the status of women in Islam, gender identity, family life, raising children, the duty of parents, the ideal married life, and being a leader and a successful figure. Sayyid Munīr utilizes a unique approach to get his message across, using Sayyida al-Zahrāʾ and Sayyida Zaynab (as) as pivots for his discussion. Above all, Sayyida al-Zahrāʾ (as) is the common thread, whether as the perfect human being in and of herself, the daughter of Islams Prophet (s), the mother of the pure and brave Zaynab (as), the mother of the other Imāms (as), or the wife of ʿĀlī (as). In turns, Sayyida al-Zahrāʾ (as) emerges as eloquent, courageous, virtuous, pious, and, despite her sorrows, ultimately triumphant. This book is a reminder of the relevance and importance of Sayyida al-Zahrāʾ (as) not only in history, but for our times as well. Through her, we strive to become better Muslims, as she is a role model for male and female Muslims alike. She reminds us to value the courage and sacrifices of the women in our lives, and her life is a living example of how women should live and how men can support and uphold the women in their lives, including but not limited to daughters, mothers, and wives.

About the Author

Sayyid Munir Al-Khabbaz was born in Qatif, Saudi Arabia in 1384 AH (1964 CE). At the age of 14, Sayyid Munir traveled to the Holy City of Najaf to begin his training within the Islamic seminary. Not long after, he migrated towards the city of Qum, Iran, when the Baathist Regime in Iraq began tightening its crackdown on the Islamic seminary.

In the year 1402 AH (1981 CE), Sayyid Munir returned to Qatif for personal reasons and continued his studies there. One year later, he traveled to Damascus, Syria to study in the Islamic seminary there under the tutelage of His Eminence Sayyid Jamal Al-Khoei. Finally, in 1405 AH (1984 CE), he returned to the Holy City of Najaf to continue his studies. There, he studied under some of the most respected scholars of the Islamic seminary, including Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Abulqasim Al-Khoei and Grand Ayatollah Sheikh Murtada Al-Boroujerdi. With the recommendation of another one of his tutors, Sayyid Habib Hussainyan, Sayyid Munir also began to study under the tutelage of Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Al-Sistani, benefitting much from his lessons in the principles of jurisprudence, as well as his extensive examination of modern sciences and their correlation with Islamic sciences.

Sayyid Munir then moved back to Qom where he studied under Grand Ayatollah Wahid Khorasani for several years. He also studied extensively under the tutelage of Grand Ayatollah Mirza Jawad Tabrizi, who became a guide and mentor for the remainder of his life. Before his passing, Grand Ayatollah Tabrizi gave Sayyid Munir an endorsement as a jurist capable of deducing Islamic laws from its sources.

In 1418 AH (1997 CE), Sayyid Munir began teaching Advanced Seminars (Bahth Kharij) in jurisprudence. He is known by his students for his eloquence, as well as his encouragement of discussion and debate. He is an avid lecturer and an author, with multiple works published for a varied readership.

Bibliographic Information

Title: Islam and Women: A New Approach

Author(s): Sayyid Munir Al-Khabbaz

Publisher: Al-Burāq Publications

Length: 110 pages

ISBN: 978-1956276183

Pub. Date: May 22, 2022

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