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Rights of Women in Islam: part two

October 20, 2008

As salam alekum wa rehmatillahi wa barkatahu

(May peace, blessings, and mercy of Allah (swt) be upon all of you)

 

Thirdly, when a boy is born in the family, everyone’s face is filled with smile and their hearts with joy. What about when a girl is born in the family? Everyone is depressed, thinking how she will turn out to be, and who is going to take responsibility of getting her married. Well! First thing first! If you give any child right “tarbiyat” (teach them about Deen and Islam) they will know what is right and wrong. Hopefully! Inshallah they will follow the right path once they know the differences. If they continued following shaytan, even if they know the truth Well what can I say it is their choice, the only thing we can do is to make dua (pray) for them so that Allah (swt) can give them “Taufiq” and “Hidayat” (guide them to the right path). However, you can’t blame it all on the kids; it is their parents who raise them in such a manner. Secondly, when Allah (swt) has sent that child in our family, don’t you think that He had already thought about his parents’ and family future? Furthermore, one should be kind to his/her parents’. When they are old speak to them with patience and kindness as mentioned in surah Luqman chapter 31 verse 14. “And We have enjoined on man (To be good) to his parents: in travail upon travail did his mother bear him, and in years twain was his weaning: (hear the command), “Show gratitude to Me and to thy parents: to Me is (thy final) Goal.

 

Fourthly, when Jibrail (AS) came to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) the first guidance given to Him (PBUH) by Allah (swt) was to READ! Since Islam gives much more importance to education and knowledge, one shouldn’t stop others from educating themselves. Usually in Indian and Pakistani cultures women are left behind in studies because their elders think that what is she going to do by studying? She has to cook, clean and take care of her family anyway. However, when Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was in war his people captured prisoners, and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said to those prisoners if they teach his Umah (followers of deen) how to read and write, He (PBUH) will release them and that’s how his people became more knowledgeable. Parents’ are supposed to raise their child with good education, when a girl is married her husband has to take the responsibility of educating her further. If he is not able to do it himself, he should permit her to go someplace else to get the education.

         Last but not the least, as we know men and women are equal. The life and property of both men and women is been protected by Šarī ‘ah law (Islamic religious law). Doesn’t matter if a man murders a woman, or a woman murders a man, they will get a capital punishment as said in Surah Baqarah chapter 2 verses 178 to 179. [178] “O ye who believe! The law of equality is prescribed to you in cases of murder: the free for the free, the slave for the slave, the woman for the woman. But if any remission is made by the brother of the slain, then grant any reasonable demand, and compensate him with handsome gratitude. This is a concession and a Mercy from your Lord. After this, whoever exceeds the limits shall be in grave penalty. [179] In the Law of Equality there is (saving of) Life to you, O ye men of understanding; that ye may restrain yourselves.” In addition, In Islam women are permitted to give witness as mentioned in Surah Noor chapter 24 verse 4. “And those who launch a charge against chaste women, and produce not four witnesses, (to support their allegations), flog them with eighty stripes; and reject their evidence ever after: for such men are wicked transgressors”. Subsequently, blaming a woman in Islam is the biggest crime; therefore, one should have four witnesses before he points a finger at Muslim women. Additionally, when a woman is married, she has the right to keep her maiden name or if she wants she can adopt her husband’s name.

      

               Finally, In Islam women have the right to vote. It is nice to know that women in Islam can take part in law conferences and in battlegrounds. Surah At-Touba chapter 9 verse 71 “The Believers, men and women, are  protectors, one of another: they enjoin what is just and forbid what is evil: they observe regular prayers, practice regular charity, and obey Allah and His Messenger. On them will Allah pour His Mercy: for Allah is Exalted in power, Wise”.