Women in Islam and their rights

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By Ishfaq Shafi

Islam considers a woman to be equal to a man as a human being and as his partner in this life. Women have been created with a soul of the same nature as man’s. Allah (SWT) says in the Quran: “O mankind! Be dutiful to your Lord, Who created you from a single person (Adam), and from him (Adam) He created his wife (Eve), and from them both He created many men and women and fear Allah through Whom you demand your mutual (rights), and (do not cut the relations of) the wombs (kinship). Surely, Allah is Ever and All-Watcher over you.” (Al-Nisa 4:1).
   Unfortunately some egotist elements use these thin class for their political purpose,  now they not know anything thing about it , or they do not  know what is status of the women in Islam and what is the right of women in Islam , they doesn’t know that we belongs to that Religion,  Who has given every one their right,  that taught us that every one will be given his own right, weather that are rich or poor , are small or big are women or men are human being or animal and Arabic or alien . Everyone has given their right , but unfortunately some contractors of humanity that who led our thin class on wrong path , those who believe that have lot of sympathy with us but actually these are the humanity contractors they use anyone for their political purpose,  they doesn’t not know a women in Islam has given the right to live their life with glory . They are these people’s who buried their daughters alive before frothy thousand years ago , and they teaches us the listen of women rights .
 Currently there is a great deal of controversy in the country about the right’s of women and their rightful place in society . It, therefore seems necessary to throw some fresh light in respect of their position enjoined by the Glorious Quran and Sunnah. Islam does not deprive  women of any privilege but treats them at par with men so far as their responsibilities towards Allah and society are concerned. It is historical truth that the Prophet Muhammad  (SAW) of Islam was the greatest humanist the world has ever known. From the nadir of degradation he raised women to a position of dignity and respect .
        The Arab of his time held women in extreme contempt,  illtreated and defrauded them habibtually and even hated them as the Quran states with clarity . ” O ye who believe,  ye are forbidden to inherit women against their will . Nor should ye treated them with harshness,  that ye may take away part of the dower have given them , expect where they have been guilty of wrong , on the contrary love with them on a footing of kindness and equity. If take a dislike to them it may be that dislike a thing , and Allah brings about through it a great deal of Good ” (4:19). There are a number of stayings of Prophet Muhammad  (SAW) ; ” A Muslim must not hate his wife if he is displeased with one quality in her , then let him be pleased with another which is good , women are the twin halves of men ; when a women observes five times of prayer, and keep fast during the month of Ramadan,  and is chaste , then tell her to enter Paradise by whichever doors she likes; paradise lies at the feet of the mother ; the right of women are scared . See that women are maintained in the right granted to them;  the best of is he who is best to his wife .” Before the bright sun of Islam shone on the horizon,  there was a wide misconception that women were without human soul and very unclear to enter sacred places. It was the Qur’an that belied this conception and declared that women were equal to men, both in moral and in spiritual advancement.
The Quran has clarified this position in unequivocal terms;
” verily men and women who have come to submission,  men and women who are believers,  men and women who are devout , truthful men and truthful women , men and women with endurance,  men and women who are modest,  men and women who give alms,  men and women who observed fasting , men and women who guard their modesty , and men and women who remember Allah a great deal for them Allah has forgiveness and vast reward .”(33:35).
In Islamic law a woman is an independent, unique individual in her own right. She has the same responsibilities towards herself, towards Allah (SWT) and towards other human beings as the male, and will be punished or rewarded in the Hereafter without discrimination towards her female gender.
(The writer is Govt employee working in Agriculture Department and can be reached at ishfaqshafi428@gmail.com)