Women's Status in Islam

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Women's Status in Islam In Islam, women and men are equal in terms of their relationship with Allah. It can be clearly seen that Allah has created men and women differently, this is so that they may fulfil different purposes in life. It is not a question of the superiority of one gender over another, rather it is a matter of role differentiation. Islam teaches that men and women complement one another and are both equally important. On the other hand, this is not the case is many cultures and traditions; before and after Islam, the status of woman throughout much of the world was appalling to the extent that they were even doubted women being human beings at all. They had no rights at all, and were treated worse than animals. However, their status was not as bad as it could have been; this is simply due to them being able to provide children. After all, if it weren’t for women, the world human population would not grow, therefore, they must have some use to be apart of the world. The question is, is that the only reason women have a high status in not only recent society but also Islam? On one hand, in many Muslim countries, women do have a high status, but only as mothers. This is evident in the way they are treated in today’s society. In Pakistan, 70% of women are subjected to violence in their homes. This clearly shows that women mean nothing, they are just there to be abused and have children. Furthermore, even in Islam, the status of mother is far greater than a woman who is childless. This is because the mo... ... middle of paper ... ...d that “Anyone who has two or more daughters and did not bury or insult them, brought them up properly and did not favour his sons over his daughters, he and I will be like this…” At that moment he put up two fingers side by side as a metaphor to show how close that father would be to the Prophet (s) himself. In conclusion this clearly shows that a having a daughter is such a great admiration, and those who grow them up well have great respect. Hence all women have high status, their ideas and opinions are always welcomed. They have rights economically, socially and politically, just as men do. Although a mothers role is greatly admired in Islam and she has many rights over her children, her daughter or sister have similar rights over her as she is no greater than them in terms of being a true slave of Allah.
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