Status of women in Islam
There was a time in history when women were considered as slave of men with having no rights. Islam gave women's equality with men in numerous respects. In Quran it is said in Surat Ar Rum that:-
“And among His signs is that He created for you, of yourselves, spouses, so that you might repose in them and He placed between you love and tenderness. Surely, in that are signs for a people who reflect.”
The movement about the liberty of women was started in 20th century in west. The name of that movement is Feminists movement. In this movement the supporter of that movement talks about the rights and liberty of the women. In Islam this movement was revealed in 7th century By Allah and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Islam gave the same rights to women many centuries ago with full of honor. All the societies of the world talk about the rights of the women but they really give honor to the women. Islam is the religion that gives proper respect to the women.
Women in past before Islam
Before Islam women were treated as animals and slaves. They did not have any right. They were not inherited. They did not have their own decision about marriage. It was the matter of disrespect to have a daughter. If someone had daughter He buried them alive. The inhuman and heartless actions were done to women.
What Islam has given to women?
Islam has given the right to women. Women got the status in equal to men. In Islam men and women are equal in the matter of rights. They are not the same. Sameness and equality are two different things. Islam gave her equal rights. In Quran Allah has said that:-
“Surely, men who surrendered and women who surrender, believing men and believing women, devout men and devout women, truthful men and truthful women, patient men and patient women, humble men and humble women, charitable men and charitable women, fasting men and fasting women, men guarding their private parts and women guarding (them), men engaged much in Allah’s remembrance and women engaged much in (Allah’s) remembrance89: Allah has prepared for them forgiveness and a great reward.”
This verse of the Quran shows that the Muslim men or women who will obey the rules of Allah will be granted equally.
What Quran and Ahadith have said about the status of women?
“O mankind, we have created you out of a male and female and made you tribes and clans so that you may identify each other. Surely, the noblest among you in the sight of Allah is the most God fearing of you. Verily, Allah is All-knowing, All-aware.”
This verse of Quran delivers the message that there is not the matter of superiority on the bases of gender. The most noble among the women and men is that who has fear of God in his or her Heart. The pillars of Islam are four. These four pillars are the basics of Islam. In the eye of Allah those men or women are best who fulfills their duties equally.
In Islam no one has this right to use the wealth of the women. Islam has given the right of inheritance to women. The man who will fulfill the right desires of his wife will be rewarded. Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) said that:-
“To have intercourse with ones wife is charity and a means of reward ". The Sahabah inquired. “O’ Prophet is there a reward for fulfilling your desires also?” The Holy Prophet replied, “Had he fulfilled his desires in the wrong place would he not have sinned?” The Sahabah answered “Yes.” So the Prophet then said, “In order to safeguard oneself from sin one will undoubtedly attain reward.”
Rights of the women in Islam:-
• Muslim women have the equal right of the good deeds.
• Muslim women have the equal right to obtain the education.
• Muslim women have the right to get the provision from her father and brother.
• Muslim women have the right to express her own ideas.
• Muslim women have the right to get marry according to her will.
• Muslim women have the right to get divorce from her husband.
• Muslim women have the social, economic, spiritual and political rights.
Islam has given those rights to women which no other religion has given. Islam teaches to Muslims to fulfill the needs of their women. In Islam there are many limits for women and no Muslim women can wish to remain out from these limits because these limits are for the security of them. Now a day’s Muslim women are influenced by the Western countries. It seems that in those societies women have got the best rights but it is not true. In these societies woman is nothing but only a toy. Muslim women are leaving behind their identity and dignity. We are denying those teachings of Islam which have given us the rights. Islam has given us our identity and we are denying the Islam. It is nothing but the moment of sorrow. May Allah give us power to follow the teachings of Islam (Ameen) otherwise we will destroy over selves. May Allah save us from the destruction (Ameen).