Women’s Rights in Islam     

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Islamic View of Women – The Muslim view of women has been so misrepresented in the West that it is still a prevalent idea in Europe and America that Muslims think that women have no souls!

In the Holy Qur’an no difference whatsoever is made between the sexes in relation to Allah; both are promised the same reward for good, the same punishment of evil conduct.

“Verily the men who surrender (to Allah) and women who surrender, and men who believe, and women who believe, and men who obey and women who obey, and men who are sincere and women who are sincere, and men who endure and women who endure, and men who are humble and women who are humble, and men who give alms and women who give alms, and men who fast and women who fast, and men who are modest and women who are modest, and women who remember (Him), Allah hath prepared for them pardon and a great reward.” [Qur’an 33:35]

It is only in relation to each other that a difference is made – the difference which actually exists – difference of function.

In a verse which must have stupefied the pagan Arabs, who regarded women as devoid of human rights, it is stated:

“They (women) have right like those (of men) against them; though men are a degree above them. Allah is Almighty, All-Knowing.” [Qur’an 2:228]

Aburdene and Naisbitt (1993), two prominent feminist researchers, were astonished to discover that the Qur’an does not consider women of a lower status than men; as is the case in all other religious writings. They have come to realize that male-practices against women in the Muslim World are basically based on non-Islamic social customs or misinterpretation of Islamic teachings. Carroll (1983) admitted that she was surprised to find out that the Muslim woman is the first woman in the universe to be recognized for her economical and legal rights. She also added that the family system in Islam was legislated 1400 years ago in order to protect the corner stone of the society, the family.56 Reference to the role of men and women along with their rights are detailed in The Qur’an and in the teachings of prophet Mohamed.

Author : Abdallah H. Al-Kahtany

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