Islam Gave Women Rights and Empowered Them

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SAIMA BASHIR

One of the most misunderstood areas among Muslims is that of the role of women. The real picture of the nature and role of women can be gleaned when we go through the sources of Islam, the .Qur’an and the Sunnah. In the Qur’an Allah makes it very clear that men and women are equal. “Anyone who works righteous male or female while believing, we will surely grant them a happy life in this world and we will surely pay them their full recompense on the day of judgement, for the righteous work”. (Qur’an 16:97).
The question of women role has acquired great importance throughout the world and among all countries.
Islam wants women to be able and efficient, so that they may perform good deeds and serve mankind. Hence, she is allowed to go for the attainment of a good cause. The study of Muslim history shows that women went different works in and outside during early period of Islam. Women played a very important role in every sphere of life particularly when we see the Era of Prophet (S.A.W), there is no field in which women did not show their abilities. We see during the Prophet (S.A.W) period women played their role in every sphere like Social, Economic. Education etc. women were given equal opportunity to play their role in the society and become effective members of the society. Prophet(S.A.W) gave equal opportunity both men and women in every field of life to show their abilities. In the contemporary world women were not allowed to play her role effectively as many orthodox thinkers said that women should stay in their house and it is her field of activity. But when we see in the Prophet’s(S.A.W) period women very courageously fought with enemies in Battle fields like Umm Amarah, in Educational field like Hazrat Aisha and Hazrat Salma, in Economic fields like Hazrat Khadija, in Medicine field like Rufaidah and Umm Aiman and so on
Historical records show that women participated in public life, accompanying Muslim armies in to battles to nurse the wounded, prepare supplies and serve the warriors and so on. They were not shut behind bars or considered worthless creatures and deprived souls. In short, we will stating that 1400 years ago, the Muslim women was given a role, duties and rights that most women did not enjoy today even in the west. We need to rethink our assumptions and render to women what Islam gave them: rights and empowerment within the framework of the religion.

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