Editor: In the divine scheme of regulation of the relationship between men and women Islam has assigned a position of dignity and honor to the women. The Holy Quran Emphasizes that God in His perfect wisdom has created all species in pairs, as it says, “O mankind be mindful of your duty to your Lord, who created you from a single soul.”
The moral, spiritual, and economic equality of men and women as propagated by Islam is unquestionable. The west has often regarded Muslim women as being backward in a male dominated society. On the contrary Islam was the first religion formally to grant women a status never known before. In fact, Islam denounced the attitude and raised woman to a position of spiritual equality with man. At several places in Qur’an, believing men and believing women are addressed in the same language and are made equally subject to the same commandments. They are entitled to the same rights and privileges. However, their duties are different because their spheres of activity are widely distributed in different categories.
The Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him) admonished the world that God had specially entrusted to him the task of safeguarding the rights of women. For instance, respected Khadija (peace be upon her) even before her marriage to the Holy Prophet, she was an important figure in her own right. Being a successful merchant, she played a central role in supporting and propagating the new faith of Islam. As the holy Prophet said “Khadija accepted me when people rejected me, she believed in me when people doubted me, she shared her wealth when people deprived me.
As we commemorate women’s History month and International women’s day in March it is worth remembering the tireless work of the young Nobel laureate Malala Yosafazi, who despite the Taliban’s threats remains a staunch advocate for girls’ education. On her 18th birthday on July 12, 2015, the young activist continued to take action on global education by opening a school for Syrian refugee girls in Lebanon. While speaking at the Oslo education Summit she reminded leaders that if they stopped spending money on military then we could have $39 billion to provide 12 years of free quality education to every child on the planet.
Hence Islam recognizes the great role that women play in upbringing of the children and the future of mankind. Also, it gives a system for maintaining a social climate in a society that is conducive to allowing women to achieve the real goal of their creation, while assigning a position of economic independence and authorization.
Amtul B. Latif, Sterling