Does Islam really liberate and raise the status of women?
For years, there have been many misconceptions in regards to the Muslim women, from the clothes she wears to her role in society.
We hope that we will be able to shine some light on these misconceptions, and that some of your questions about the Muslim women and her role in the home, community and the society at large, will be answered.
Position of Women in Islam
In this topic we will examine the position of women in Islam and if Islam truly liberates her and raises her status.
Since this topic is about the women there is no better place to start at than to talk about the very first women ever created, Eve!
Islam’s view of Eve
We often hear the story that Eve caused the pair (Adam and Eve) to be removed from heaven. Let’s see what the Holy Quran says about this.
Quran- Surat Al-‘A;raf (the Heights) 7:22 – So he (Satan) made them fall, through deception. And when they tasted of the tree, their private parts became apparent to them, and they began to fasten together over themselves from the leaves of Paradise. And their Lord called them, “Did I not forbid you from that tree and tell you that Satan is to you a clear enemy?”
The Holy Quran clearly states that they both (Adam and Eve) were equally responsible for their actions. Both Adam and Eve caused the downfall of mankind. They both repented and asked God to forgive them for their misconduct.
Islam’s treatment of Women
Islam has always had clear guidelines in the treatment of women. There are numerous Quranic verses and sayings from the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) which directly speaks to the care, respect, rights and protection of the Muslim women such as;
- Reverence God, through whom you demand your mutual rights and reverence the womb that bore you: for God ever watches over you. Quran 4:1
- And among His signs is this: that He has created for you mates from among yourselves, that you may dwell in tranquility with them; and He has put love and mercy between you. Verily in that are signs for those who reflect. Quran 30: 21
- Oh my people! You have certain rights over your wives and so have your wives over you. They are a trust of God in your hands, so you must treat them with kindness. Sahih Muslim 15:19
Islam liberated Women – 1400 years ago
Over 1400 years ago Islam has liberated and protected women. Islam gave women rights that they never experienced before. Rights that raised the status of women and continues to empower them today.
This is how women are viewed in Islam
- Women have the same spiritual, economic and political position in Islam
- Both, men and women, are trustees and representatives on earth
- Islam does not blame Eve for eating from the forbidden tree
- In piety, men has no superiority over women
- Spiritual duties of men are equal of women (with some exception due to their feminine nature)
- Islam says that whoever does good deeds, both (men and women believers) will get rewarded and not just men
- Islam gave women rights to own properties
- In Islam, women have thr right to keep their name after the marriage
- In Islam, women are entitled to marital gift for their engagement – It is her gift and hers only
- If a woman happens to be working, she doesn’t have to spend a penny on the household! It is the husband’s responsibility to provide food, shelter, pay the
- bills, and so on! Only if she wants to help, she can do so
- Islam, including the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) gave women rights to education
- In Islam, marriage is not where someone marries to his slave but to his partner in life
- In Islam, Allah (SWT) gave women the rights to approve or not approve someone for marriage, and Islam went even further to make the bride’s approval a basis of whether the marriage is valid or not! In short, the woman as the right to say yes, or no to a marriage offer/request
To learn more about Islam and the Muslim women, read the Holy Quran and the biography of The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
- Muhammad – A Biography of the Prophet – By Karen Armstrong – On Amazon
- Muhammad – A Prophet for Our Time – By Karen Armstrong – On Amazon
- Islam – A Short History – By Karen Armstrong – On Amazon
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