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Empowering Women in Islam: Rights, Roles, and Dignity

Women Empowerment in Islam
Muslim community lies in emulating the practices and teachings of the early Islamic era, including the role of Muslim women during the time of the Holy Prophet and the caliphs. This goal should be the dedicated focus of the Islamic community’s efforts.

Women’s empowerment in Islam is a concept that highlights the rights, roles, and opportunities available to women within the framework of Islamic teachings. Islam places great emphasis on the dignity, equality, and empowerment of women, recognizing their essential role in society. The empowerment of women in Islam encompasses various aspects, including education, economic rights, social and political participation, marriage and family, and the promotion of modesty and protection. While cultural practices and interpretations may sometimes deviate from the true teachings of Islam, the core principles of the religion.

WOMEN IN PRE-ISLAM ARAB SOCIETY

It is a well-known fact that women occupied an extremely low position in pre-Arab society. Despite love songs in praise of the beloved (out of carnal lust) by the poets, women received no better treatment than the lower animals. There was no limit to the number of wives a man could have. Moreover, he could maintain
illicit relations with any number of other women as well. A son would even get married to his stepmother after the death of his father. The practice of divorc was very inhuman among them. A man could divorce his wife a thousand times and take her back within a prescribed period.

This detail is a brief sketch of the condition and treatment of women in pre-Arab times. It is not difficult to judge that this gender was in a state of permanent frustration and lasting despair. The Holy Quran, with its effectual impact lifted them up from the depths of lowliness to a position of respect and dignity.

Women in Islam

For men is a share of what the parents and close relatives leave, and for women is a share of what the parents and close relatives leave, be it little or much – an obligatory share. Woman in Islam
Women in Islam hold a significant and respected position. Islam recognizes the inherent dignity and equality of both, emphasizing their rights, roles,
and responsibilities.

Here are some key aspects regarding women in Islam

Equality

“And whoever does good deeds, whether male or female, and is a believer, these people will enter Paradise and they will not be wronged even a speck on the back of a date-stone.” [Surah An-Nisa Ayah 124]

Ownership rights for women were rarely acknowledged historically. Islam, on the other hand, actively recognizes the honor and entitlement of both to ownership rights.

“For men is a share of what the parents and close relatives leave, and for women is a share of what the parents and close relatives leave, be it little or much – an obligatory share.” [Surah An-Nisa Ayah7]

Education

In the Holy Quran, Allah actively commands both individuals to seek an increase in knowledge and actively condemns those who remain unlearned.

The Prophet Muhammad (SAW),“Searching for knowledge is compulsory for every Muslim male and Muslim female.” [Sunan Ibn Mājah 22]

Security

The security of women in Islam is very important. The hijab is also for the protection of women.

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“The Rasool (SAW) Said: You should feed her when you eat and clothe her when you yourself put on clot.[Ibn Maajah]

And in the case of a temporary boycott due to strained relations, it should be limited to the four walls of your house.” [Ibn Maajah]

Economic empowerment

Women receive money in the form of the bride price (mehr). She gets bread and meat from either her father or husband. She has a lawful share in property. Man has to look after his affairs outside the home. while a woman has to take care of the inside. In Islam, it is not an active requirement for a woman to spend money on herself or her family. Her economic support is responsibility of her father before marriage and her husband after marriage.

Dignity

In Islam, a woman has a completely independent personality.
Islam gives women dignity, respect, protection, and an appropriate place. The mother’s place is higher than the father’s. Heaven lies under the mother’s feet.
A woman is the ruler/queen of her husband’s establishment. The veil is only a protective device to shield her from mischievous, staring eyes. She has the perfect
liberty to choose her husband.

Conclusion

The only course of action that guarantees advancement and prosperity for the Muslim community is to follow in the foot steps of its first era, to hold fast, with
all our struggles and strivings to Allah’s book, the Holy Prophet’s sayings and his usual procedures. It will take courage to scale the ascent that may obstruct our way
regarding the activation of the role of Muslim women as it was performed during the time of the Holy Prophet and the caliphs. It is to such a goal that is the struggle of
the Islamic community should be dedicated.

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Haseeb
Haseeb
6 months ago

MashaAllah

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