Musings

Women’s Rights in Islam

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   A certain issue that people pass by easily is what I’m bringing up. This issue has been dealt with, with so much lack of understanding by lots of Muslim folks out there which unfortunately has been taken to represent the teachings of Islam.

IT’S THE POSITION OF THE FEMALE GENDER.

   We should start off by knowing that we’ve all got the same spirit (both men and women). No superiority when it comes to the spiritual sense. Check (Suratul Nisa vs 1, Suratul Shura vs 11)
   Allah makes it clear that all human beings ( this phrase doesn’t apply to men alone but to both genders) have what you might call a human: He “breathed some of My spirit into divine touch. When God created him”(or her in this sense).  (Suratul-Hijr vs 29, and also Suratul-Sajdah vs 9).
   In no place in the Quran do we find any trace of any notion of blaming Hawah (Eve) for the first mistake or for eating from the forbidden tree. There is nowhere even though the Quran speaks about Adam and Hawah with the forbidden tree, but in a totally different spirit. The story is narrated in Suratul-A’raf vs 19-27 as it speaks about both of them on the act, both of them are told that they both disobeyed, they both discovered the consequences of their disobedience, and they both seek repentance of which they were both forgiven.  It wasn’t said anywhere that woman is to be blamed for the fall of man. Furthermore, when Allah speaks about the suffering of women during the period of pregnancy and childbirth, the suffering is presented not as a reason to remind woman of the fall of man, but as a reason to adore and love woman or the mother. Allah makes it quite clear that he has commanded upon mankind to be kind to parents and mentions,”His mother bore him in difficulty or suffering upon suffering.” (Suratul- Luqman vs 14 and Suratul-Ahqaf vs 15)
   In terms of moral, spiritual duties, acts of worship, the requirements of men and women are the same, except in some cases when women have certain concessions because of their feminine nature, their health or the health of their kids as we can see in the Quran in more than one verse (Suratul-Imran vs 195 and Suratul-Nisa vs 124), specified that whoever does good deeds, and is a believer and then specifies “male or female” God will give them an abundant reward (equal rewards).
   Islam has always been fair with women in all angles, all aspect of life we may think of. History has it that in Europe until the 19th century, women did not have the right to possess their own property. Whenever they get married, it’s either they transfer their properties to the husband or she won’t be able to dispense of it without permission of her husband… Britain happens to be the first country to give women some property rights when laws were passed in 1882 known as Married Women Property Act…when more than 13 centuries earlier, that right has already being clearly established in the Islamic law. “Whatever men earn, they have a share of that and whatever women earn, they have a share in that.” [Suratul-Nisa vs 32]
   There is also no restriction in Islamic law that says a woman cannot work or have a profession, that her only place is in the home. In a true Islamic society, there should be women physicians, women nurses, women teachers, and so on… If she chooses to work, or if she’s married and chooses to work with the consent of her husband, she’s entitled to equal pay, not for equal work but for work of equal worth.

To be continued…..

Submitted by: SUENU OLAWALE HUJJATULLAH       

Maasalam!
HSMx

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