Women rights in Islam
Equal rights of men and women in Islam
.right to get education
.right to accept or reject marriage proposal
.right to get divers
.right to secrecy
.right to just treatment in case of polygamy
.right to entertain and dine out
.right to demand separate house
.right to deny doing all the chores of home
.right to dress
.right to Inheritance
.right to ownership
.right to dowry
.right to maintenance (Iddah, child upbringing)
.right to seek employment
.right to do business
Legal and political rights
.right to be equal before law
.right to witness
.right to vote
.right to work on legal and political positions
Women rights in Islam
Holy prophet (S.A.W) said,
“Among you the most respectable is the one who respects women and the most disrespectable is the one who disrespect the women.” The above instruction of holy prophet (S.A.W) declared the ground of honor and respect for a person in Deen-e-Islam .Islam gave women an honorable life and ignite the light of rights in her life. Before Islam women were extremely deteriorated by the society. Arabs used to bury their daughters alive, wives were harshly beaten, step mother became legacy of eldest son and the sisters were given as a compensation for any sin of her family. Islam abolished all these dark practices and made the paradise under the feet of mother, guaranteed paradise to a father who brought up her daughters with love, assured paradise to the husband who care her wife and made sisters partners in the inheritance. Today Muslim woman is facing problems not because of lack of her rights in Islam but due to the male driven and illiterate society. Islam promised women respect, honor and safety before and more than any other religion, civilization and moderation. Islam gave women all rights to women before 15 centuries which any one can expect in today’s highly modern world.
The sad pages of history only present crying voices and tears of women that break the heart the reader. All the big civilization of their time including Hubsha, Byzantine, Room, Greece, Egypt, China, Hindustan and Arabian Penusiuala ruined the women under the feet of brutality. Those who are claiming themselves the leaders and providers of women rights in today’s world were in fact the real usurper of women rights from centuries. Women In these civilizations struggled so hard and fight for her rights centuries and centuries even than their male dominant leadership never gave them rights until they need them. After the two world wars when men strength became insufficient in forces and in the other fields of life then they brought women out of house and used her for their different purposes on the name of women rights. Let’s have a look on the dates of rights givers as a prove US in 1920,British in 1918,France in 1944,Norway in 1907,Sweden in 1921,Belgium in 1919,Japan in 1945,Netherland in 1919 and so on. Whereas Islam gave all social, economical, political and legal rights to the women long before fifteen (15) centuries.
Everyone knows Islam claim that it is a complete code of life. Therefore Islam is not only complete code of life for men it is also complete code of life for women. It gives equal rights to men and women. It is very important for everyone that there is big difference of meaning between the words “equal” and “same”. As women and man cannot same physically so there rights can also not same due to their duties but they have equal rights on or the other way. This equal terminology can also be explain by taking a very simple example. There are two students in class one called Saeed scored 4 in economics,3 in political studies and 3 in social studies and another called Sadia scored 2 in economics, 4 in political studies and 4 in social studies. Saeed got (4+3+3)=10 and Sadia got (2+4+4)=10,that shows both Saeed and Sadia scored equal marks that is total 10 but...
May 27, 2013
The Gendered Misinterpretation of the Qur’an In the Islamic Culture in Afghanistan
In the Islamic culture, gender roles for men and women vary greatly and have been clearly defined by the sacred Islamic text, the Qur’an. The principally accepted interpretation of the Qur’an does not encourage abuse or oppression of women, however in practice, many women are suffering and being persecuted under religious laws and Islamic governments. This is occurring in several parts of the world but the focus will be placed specifically on the Islamic nation of Afghanistan where women’s rights are all but non-existent. As a result, women living in these nations experience many varying forms of inequality throughout their lifetimes. Cultural practices in conjunction with misinterpretations of the Qur’an, have lead to unfair treatment of women from childhood to marriage and through motherhood.
The cultural inequalities between females and males in the Islamic culture begins from birth. Stated in the Qur’an, disappointment and shame is brought to new parents upon learning that their baby is a girl.
When news is brought to one of them, of (the birth of) a female (child), his face darkens, and he is filled with inward grief! With shame does he hide himself from his people, because of the bad news he has had! Shall he retain it on...
...The Women of Islam
Society in western civilization sees Islam's treatment of women as heinous, unfair, and typically cruel. How can one respect a religion and culture that makes their women cover themselves from head to toe in 100 degree weather, walk behind her spouse, enter separate doors of the mosque (if they are even allowed to enter), pray in an closed off area separate from the men, marry complete strangers, and receive little to no education. These few examples and a lot more can surely discourage anyone from even wanting to become a Muslim, especially women. These problems are particularly ironic due to the fact that Islam was the first religion to try to equalize men and women, which is truly hard to believe being that Muslim countries by far treat their women the most unjust. This paper will discuss certain hardships of the women of Islam and further discuss if this is truly a religion that discriminates women and if not where the problem exists. The topics that will be discussed are the problems for women in mosques, and common misinterpretations of rights of Muslim women vs. the laws they actually have.
There is plenty of controversy whether women should be allowed to pray in the same room as men. Men have even taken it as far as banishing...
...Women in Islam
The status of women in Islam has been a topic of much controversy and curiosity for many years. The role of Muslim women is quite often misunderstood in the Western world. I believe this misconception people have is generally due to little or no knowledge of Islam, and mainstream media which negatively publicises Muslim women. Some controversial topics which have gained negative media attention in recent times are the veiling of women in Islam and the so called oppression of women.
People have very diverse opinions about Muslim women wearing hijabs or burqas. (A hijab is a headscarf covering the head, not the face and a burqa is a head to toe cover with only the eyes being exposed. A hijab is worn for religious reasons and the burqa is an ancient tradition and purely a cultural choice).
In countries such as France wearing a hijab, headscarf or burqa in public is illegal as the government claims that covering oneself in such a way is "a sign of enslavement and debasement." Statements and opinions similar to that of the French government are reciprocal in western society and it’s not uncommon for Muslim women to be judged because of what they are wearing. What is common is a general lack of understanding or knowledge as to why these...
... Status of Women in Other civilizations And in Islam
ii) Status women in other civilizations
A. Status of women in Hinduism
1. Misanthropic practices in Hinduism
B. Status of women in the Athenian civilization
C. Status of women in the Roman civilization
D. Status of women in Judaism
E. Status of women in Christianity
iii) Status of women in Islam
A. The spiritual aspect of Islam
B. The social aspect of women in Islam
a. As a child and adolescent
• Prohibition of infanticide
• Promotion of respect and dignity for women
b. As a wife
• Right of consent in marriage
• Right of Haq-mahr
• Right of consultation in matters
• Right of divorce
c. As a mother
D. The economic aspect of women in Islam
a. Right of ownership of property
b. Right of employment
c. right of inheritance
D. political aspect
Before the advent of Islam, different civilizations assigned different status to women. Some civilizations considered her as a gate way to devil; some viewed her as a devil incarnate; some deemed her brainless or worthless; and some even...
...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...
...What Are WomenRights?
Women's rights are the rights and entitlements claimed for women and girls of many societies worldwide.
In some places these rights are institutionalized or supported by law, local custom, and behavior, whereas in others they may be ignored or suppressed. They differ from broader notions of human rights through claims of an inherent historical and traditional bias against the exercise of rights by women and girls in favour of men and boys.
Issues commonly associated with notions of women's rights include, though are not limited to, the right: to bodily integrity and autonomy; to vote (suffrage); to hold public office; to work; to fair wages or equal pay; to own property; to education; to serve in the military or be conscripted; to enter into legal contracts; and to have marital, parental and religious rights.
Women in Islam:
The complex relationship between women and Islam is defined by both Islamic texts and the history culture of the Muslim world. The Quran does not explicitly state that men and women are equal, but states in 4:34 that "Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allah has made one of them to excel the other, and because they spend from their means. Therefore the...
Women’s RightsWomen have suffered throughout history. Angelina Grimke, Sarah Grimke, Catherine Beecher and Margaret Fuller wrote letters to express the importance of women’s rights. Often comparing women’s rights to slavery, each letter stressed the importance of equal rights for all. I never knew women were oppressed that badly. The letters these women wrote were based on moralrights, observation of injustice, and suppression in society. Each letter written expanded my knowledge on women’s rights. Although each wrote letters, the effectiveness of the writer’s point of view made some essays more effective at proving their point than others. Throughout this paper I will summarize, compare and contrast, and analyze each letter written to determine which paper effectively persuaded their reader.
Angelina Grimke wrote “Human Rights Not Founded on Sex, Letter to Catharine Beecher” in 1837 to express the need for recognition for women’s rights. Grimke’s essay talks about human rights, which she relates to slavery. She related women’s rights and slavery by their moral rights, or moral nature she also described it, and how all men have moral nature so therefore all men have rights, “When I look at human beings as moral beings, all distinction in sex sinks to...
...INTRODUCTION The position of women in society has often been the subject of much debate. Islam’s position regarding this has usually been presented to the Western reader with little objectivity. This paper is intended to provide a brief and accurate explanation of the Islamic stance, drawing upon the authentic sources of the Qur’an (God’s final revelation) and Hadeeth (sayings, actions and approvals of Prophet Muhammad, (P). The paper begins with a look at the position ofwomen in pre-Islamic societies. It then focuses on some major questions: what does Islam teach regarding the position of women in society? How does this stance differ from,or resemble, the position of women in the era in which Islam was revealed? Finally, how does this compare with the rights gained by women in recent decades?
II HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES In order to assess if Islam made any notable contribution to the restoration of woman’s rights, it may be helpful to briefly review how women were treated in former faiths and cultures, especially those which preceded Islam. (Pre-610 C.E.).1 WOMEN IN ANCIENT CIVILISATION Describing the status of Indian women, the Encyclopaedia Brittanica states: “In India, subjection was a cardinal principle. Day and night women must be held by their protectors...