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WOMEN IN ISLAM

Subjugated or Emancipated?
By  Aftab Khan

Although man and woman have been created equal, but they are not identical. Both have been fashioned differently from each other, so their roles and responsibilities are also different. The variation in their functions does not imply that one is inferior to the other. Islam has offered dignity, justice, and protection to women which, for long, have remained out of their reach.
“O Mankind! Be conscious of your Sustainer, who has created you out of one living entity, and out of it created its mate, and out of the two spread abroad a multitude of men and women. And remain conscious of God, in whose name you demand (your rights) from one another, and of these ties of kinship. Verily, God is ever watchful over you!(Qur’an;4:1); “I will not let the good deed of any among you, whether a male or a female, be wasted:” (Qur’an;3:195)

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The Muslim women are expected to be dressed modestly like Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ. Islam granted the rights of divorce & inheritance to women 1400 years ago, once no woman could dream of this freedom.

Regrettably in some Muslim societies, the rights granted to the women by Islam are denied due to the local culture and traditions, for which Islam can not be blamed. With more education and awareness this problem could be overcome. Muslim countries have highest number of female head of governments. In Islam women not subjugated but liberated. 

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