Women rights in Islam

The status of woman in Islam constitutes no problem. The attitude of Quran and the early Muslims bear witness to the fact that woman is, at least as vital to the life as man himself, and that she is not inferior to him nor is she one of the lower species. Had it not been for the impact of foreign cultures and alien influences this question would have never arisen among the Muslims? The status of woman was taken for granted to be equal to that of man. It was a reason, of course and a matter of fact that no one then considered it as a problem at all. In order to understand what Islam has established for woman, there is no need to deplore her plight in the pre-Islamic era or in the modern world of today. Islam has given woman rights and privileges which she has never enjoyed in any other region and in any constitutional system.

The rights and responsibities of a woman are equal as of man but not identical. There is no problem with this distinction in minds. It is almost impossible to find even two identical men or woman. Woman enjoyed certain privileges of which man is derprived.even Allah declared that paradise is under her feet when she became a mother. Her rights match beautifully with her duties.

This distinction between equality and similarity is of paramount importance. Equality is desirable just fair but similarity is not. There is no ground to assume that she is less important than he, just because her rights are not identically the same as his.

Historical records shows that women participated in public affairs with the early Muslims especially in the times of emergencies even Islam gave equal rights to contract to enterprise. She is equally essential for the survival of humanity; Islam gave her share in inheritance. By now it is clear that the status of woman in Islam is unprecedently high and realistically suitable to her nature. It is distribution of Allah’s abundance according to the needs of the nature of which Allah is the Creator. And He knows better what is good for woman and what is good for man.

By Hina Nisar(288/10)


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