aware of her responsibility as a Muslimah, an important part of the whole
Islamic system, is strong in the face of difficulties. It helps her gain
confidence and respect for her own self. Understand that the Islamic law,
Shariah, does not in any way degrade the status of a female. It, as opposed to
this redundant ideology, empowers and enlightens the status of a woman.
As per some
very important Hadiths, the Prophet (PBUH) affirmed:
“Be good to
women. The woman has been created out of the rib and the uppermost part of the
rib ends in a curve, so if you try to straighten out the curve, it will break,
yet if you leave it alone, the curve will remain. Hence, be good to women.”
“The believers who possess perfect faith are
those who display the best manners, and the best among you are those who treat
their wives in the best possible manner.”
point to the fact that Islam does not allow mistreatment of a woman in any
form. Our Prophet (PBUH) also proclaimed that the birth of a girl child is a
reason for rejoicing and festivity.
man who is put to trail on account of daughters being born to him and he comes
out of that trail successfully by virtue of showing good treatment to his
daughters, these girls will serve him as a shield against the fire of Hell on
the Day of Judgement.”
mandatory as per Shariah to not give any special preference to a boy over a
girl in any matter. It is required to treat both well and in an equal manner.
As per a hadith, the Prophet (PBUH) said that,
“A man, who
does not show preference to a boy over a girl or consider a boy superior to a
girl in any manner, will be admitted to Paradise by Allah.”
through the Quran and Hadiths about the share in property given to children, it
is explicitly mentioned that the prescribed share to the girl should be
provided with careful attention. This is ordained by Allah and one should
neither increase nor decrease this amount. No excuses should be made neither
should a true believer breach this pious covenant as it insults Islam (Allah
forbid!). Education should form a very important part of a girl child. She
should be provided proper education and training to help her understand
necessities of life. Preferences should not be allotted here.
In case of
Nikah of a woman, it should be pointed out with specific attention that Islam
prohibits forced marriages. The decision lies in the hands of the girl to be
married. She has authority over everyone else to choose her husband. If she
disallows or is not in favour of the relation, the Nikah cannot proceed. In
another beautiful hadith, it is clearly mentioned by Allah’s Messenger (PBUH)
two who love each other, there is nothing better than Nikah.”
Islam does allow, and in fact recommends people to get married if they like
each other provided the necessities of being a pious Muslim are satisfied.
Consent from parents is, of course, mandatory but if they don’t agree even
after the requisites are complete, it must be known that Islamic law has not
think of ‘Purdah’ as an obligatory prison for women, something she must
be forced to do or beaten to death for. But that is not true at all. For making
you realize this, let us understand what Purdah means. It does not mean
putting on a veil or not having a job, education, or an opinion. It means to be
modest, dress properly, speak humbly, discourage extravagance, and not follow
the path of evil. Purdah means hiding your beauty but protecting your
dignity. It does not oppress women but makes them even more precious and respected.
A woman should handle her nobility with care for it does not come cheap. These
lines don’t reprimand women who don’t observe Purdah. This is, however,
an advice for women who do. Respect it. Why? Because it is them, the ones in Purdah,
who the others observe and profoundly scrutinize, for finding faults in the
with pride shapes a woman’s character. It does not only make her known as a
Hijabi but makes her the epitome of a true Muslimah. Wearing clothes good
enough to guard your modesty, draping a scarf over your head does make a
difference. It cultivates love for one’s body, including image and all that is
associated with it. And as is widely asserted that self-love is essential. It
is indispensable in this ambiguous society of maimed morals, disrespect, broken
promises, and desecration of individual effort.
the Quran does Allah imply to confine a woman to illiteracy or slavery, to not
make her own decisions, be beaten, used, or abused? Where does Allah proclaim
that a woman should not be consulted or disallowed from being a genuine
witness? Where does Islam degrade a woman’s status? The answer is: it does not.
It never has.
Headline: Women Empowerment and Islam
Source: The Kashmir Images