At a time when the rest of the world, from Greece and Rome to India and China, considered women as no better than children or even slaves, with no rights whatsoever, Islam acknowledged women's equality with men in a great many respects. The Quran states:
"And among His signs is this: that He created mates for you from yourselves that you may find rest and peace of mind in them, and He ordained between you love and mercy. Certainly, herein indeed are signs for people who reflect." [Noble Quran 30:21]
Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said:
"The most perfect in faith amongst believers is he who is best in manners and kindest to his wife." [Abu Dawud]
Muslims believe that Adam and Eve were created from the same soul. Both were equally guilty of their sin and fall from grace, and Allah forgave both. Many women in Islam have had high status; consider the fact that the first person to convert to Islam was Khadijah, the wife of Muhammad, whom he both loved and respected. His favorite wife after Khadijah's death, Ayshah, became renowned as a scholar and one of the greatest sources of Hadith literature. Many of the female Companions accomplished great deeds and achieved fame, and throughout Islamic history there have been famous and influential scholars and jurists.
We might also mention that while many in the West criticize Islam with regard to the treatment of women, in fact a number of Muslim countries have had women rulers and presidents. To name a few: Turkey; Bangladesh and Pakistan.
With regard to education, both women and men have the same rights and obligations. This is clear in Prophet Muhammad's saying:
"Seeking knowledge is mandatory for every believer." [Ibn Majah]
This implies men and women.
A woman is to be treated as God has endowed her, with rights, such as to be treated as an individual, with the right to own and dispose of her own property and earnings, enter into contracts, even after marriage. She has the...
...WOMEN IN ISLAM
It is not a news flash that Islam has been painted as a religion that oppresses women. In fact, the Westerners especially are very progressive in proving this by starting to put the idea that there is no difference between men and women thus they must be equally treated. Those who are ignorant about Islam would perceive that this religion is very oppressive to women by looking at the surface of the issues that involve women’s right such as hijab, polygamy and inheritance. These issues lead to the misconception of Muslim women all over the world, leaving Islam as a bias religion which denies women of their rights and freedom.
What people do not understand is that Islam gives both men and women their rights according to their natures. Women and men are different in nature thus they have their own rights which suit their natures. According to Abdul Rahim Green in his talk, Women in Islam: Liberated or Subjugated?, he stated that “Islam gives men and women their rights by defining for them their natural positions and natural situations. Islam is liberating us by returning us to our natural conditions which Allah created us.” He made his point by starting to make people understand that men and...
...The Misconceptions about Women in Islam
While people in the west think that women in Islam are oppressed, they do not know that Islam liberated women from oppression. There are many people who have opinions about the religion of Islam, but mostly about the women who follow it. Westerners have this idea that women in Islam are disrespected, mistreated and oppressed. In actuality, these allegations are incorrect. Women in Islam have rights and are not oppressed. The veil is widely misunderstood and many do not know what it represents. In many ways, men and women are equal as much as they are not; and this is in every religion.
In Islamwomen are given many rights, such as owning properties, having an education, working, and marrying who she wants. In the Holy book, the Qu’ran, it explains that women are allowed to own inheritance or properties. However, it is less than, for instance, the brother of a woman, because when she marries she can combine her inheritance with her husbands. “…a male shall have as much as the share of two females; but if their be females only, numbering more than two, then they shall have two-thirds of what the deceased leave; and if there be one, she shall have half.” (4:12, Qu’ran). Having an education is very...
The Analysis of the Role of Women in Islamic Culture
May 24, 2012
My paper is written in purpose to cover the issue of the role of women in Islamic culture. My first part is devoted to the status of women according religious texts of Islam, Quran and Sunna. The first factor that determines the role of Muslim women is spirituality. In this regard women are equal to men; they all play the role of “vicegerents”. Women are allowed to take part in Friday prayers and other religious activities as well as they may be present at war. The second criterion evaluating the role of women is their status within the family, namely their rights and duties in terms of marriage, divorce, motherhood and widowhood. Then the economic and political rights of women take place.
The second part is aimed at the implementations of the Muslim laws in Islamic countries: how women are treated in families and problems they face; to what extent they participate in the social life, economically and politically. The analysis of these factors may show us the real role of women and bring...
My selected topic is: Role of Women in Islam Past and Present
In this paper I will argue that the position of women in Islam according to the Qur'an and Hadiths (tradition) of the Prophet differs vastly from Islam in practice, currentely. It is not the Islamic ideologies that determine the position of women in the Islamic societies; it is rather the pre-Islamic patriarchal ideologies existing in a particular society, combined with the lack of education and ignorance, which construct the Muslim women's position. In the early days of Islam, women enjoyed more freedom than many Muslim women today. Women were protected by laws concerning such areas as inheritance, divorce, and property. Also, women and men were considered religiously equal, according to one interpretation of the Qu'ran, the Islamic holy book. As Islam spread from Arabia into Northern Africa, Southern Europe, and farther east into the Indian subcontinent, it began taking on cultural aspects of those areas, through the normal process of diffusion. Examples of this are the seclusion of women and the covering of a woman's face in public. The role of Islamic women began to be relegated to the order of the household, while men handled all public affairs. Many of these practices remain in varying degrees...
W oman in I slam: B. A isha Lemu
Fantasy and Escape
Spiritual Status o f W oman
Relations Between the Sexes
Rights and Obligations
Marriage in Islam
Right to Inheritance
Role as Mother
Sex and Society
F amily Life in I slam: Fatima Heeren
The I slamic A pproach
Structure o f M uslim Family
The Family as a Cradle f or Human Society
T he Education Process
Islamic D uties
Training f or Life
II T he Family as Guardian o f Desires
l \l T he Family and Character-Building
I V T he Family as Refuge
Covering the Face
T he W est has known Islam f or over thirteen centuries now,
but i t has generally known i t in antagonistic terms as an enemy
and as a threat. I t is n ot surpri'sing therefore that our religion has
been portrayed as a hostile, tyrannical, violent and even i dolatrous religion and o ur c ulture has been painted in dark and
dismal colours. T his state o f affairs cannot be allowed to persist
and d isfigure relations between Islam and the Western world.
With the advance o f knowledge and a greater contact between
Europe and the Muslim world, intellectual, social, cultural and
p olitical and economic, we...
...Women's Rights in Islam
In Those days before Islamwomen were not recognized as independent individuals, they were treated like slaves or things that belong to men. It was called the period of ignorance. All women's rights were denied and ignored; they never had the choice to have a decision in their lives or even be part of the marriage contract. In addition, in times of war women were treated as a part of the prize, and the birth of a daughter was not a happy occasion. Instead, they felt humiliated by it, because the idea of a woman was so much connected to shame and weakness, in a way that made them hide this shame or bury it till death.
Allah (S.W.T) said " and when the news of (the birth of) a female (child) is brought to anyone of them, his face becomes dark, and he is filled with inward grief; he hides himself from the people of the evil of whereof he has been informed. Shall he keep her with dishonor or bury her in the earth? Certainly, evil is their decision." (Al-Nahl 16; 58-59).
However, the western view of Islam and Muslim women is very similar to that view of the period of ignorance (before Islam) which is the extreme opposite of the true Islam. Westerns believe that Islam prevents women from their rights, carrying ideologies that make women nothing but for sex and raising kids....
...Status of Women in Pakistan/
Women Empowerment in Pakistan
a. Tarnished image of Muslim and Pakistani Women
b. Status of Women in Human Society: A Historical Perspective
2. Problem Areas for Women in Pakistan
a. Use of Islam to deny Women Rights
b. Gender Discrimination
c. Marriage and Marital Life
d. Sati, Vani and Karokari
e. Domestic Violence
f. Poor Literacy
g. Job Opportunities and Job Environment and Veil
i. Want of Male Child
j. Child and Forced Labor
k. Health Issues
3. Steps Taken by the Government
a. Legislation to empower women
b. Job Quotas
c. Representation in Politics
d. Gender Mainstreaming
4. Impacts of the steps taken by the Government
5. Role of NGO Sector
6. Role of Print and Electronic Media
a. Diagnosing the Problem: The Problem is of Human Rights, not of Women rights only
b. Universal Women Education
c. Removing Social Barriers to Gender Equality
d. Need to Ensure Women Rights that are guaranteed by Constitution
e. Implementation of Women Rights given by Islam
f. Due Importance to Mother-Child Health
The Status of Woman in Islam
from "Islam in focus" By Hammuda Abdul-Ati, PH.D.
The status of woman in...
...Women Rights of the Middle East
“Life is full of unhappiness and most of it caused by women (Harik and Marston 11)”. For women in the Middle East life is faced with great and unequal odds, as their human rights are limited, due to Islamic beliefs and that of patriarchy. From their daily actions at home to their physical appearance, Middle Eastern women are portrayed as quiet, faceless women veiled from head to toe. While this image is just another stereotype, women in the middle do face many obstacles and challenges of creating their own identity as they are frequently denied a voice in their rights. Living in a society dominated by men life is not, but regardless women in the Middle East, predominantly Muslims, continue to fight for change as they balance their traditional roles with those of modern society.
In the Middle East a person’s religion is a way of life, the basis of their identity. It defines a person’s beliefs and morality as it sets strong guidelines for behaviors between both men and women. Without Religion, it is said society would “fall apart” forgetting about their God and responsibilities that carry their honor. For many religious Middle easterners their faith gives them a powerful sense of who they are. While many feel this powerful sense of support others feel a religion’s rules or morals can also restrict a person’s freedom. This burden...