Status of Women in ISLAM
According to the Qur'an, men and women are equal before
God; women are not blamed for violating the "forbidden tree," nor is their suffering in pregnancy and childbirth a punishment
for that act.
Islam sees a woman, whether single or married, as an individual in her own right, with the right to
own and dispose of her property and earnings. A marital gift is given by the groom to the bride for her own personal use,
and she may keep her own family name rather than adopting her husband's. Roles of men and women are complementary and collaborative.
Rights and responsibilities of both sexes are equitable and balanced in their totality.
Both men and women are expected
to dress in a way that is simple, modest and dignified; specific traditions of female dress found in some Muslim countries
are often the expression of local customs rather than religious principle. Likewise, treatment of women in some areas of the
Muslim world sometimes reflects cultural practices which may be inconsistent, if not contrary, to authentic Islamic teachings.
The messenger of God said
"The most perfect in faith amongst believers is he who is best in manner and kindest
to his wife.""
Women in Islam
At a time
when Islam is faced with hostile media coverage particularly where the status of women in Islam is concerned, it may be quite
surprising to learn that the majority of converts to Islam are WOMEN
The Muslim woman was given a role, duties
and rights 1400 years ago that most women do not enjoy today, even in the West. These are designed to keep balance in society;
what may seem unjust or missing in one place is compensated for or explained in another place.
FACTS NOT FICTION
This information has been written with the objective of
briefing you on the true Islamic teachings regarding women laid down by the Quran and prophet Mohammad over 14 centuries ago.
Islam declared women and men equal.
Islam condemned pre-Islamic practices degrading and oppressing women.
The same injunctions and prohibitions of Islam equally apply to both sexes.
Islam gave woman the right of
inheritance and the right of individual independent ownership unhampered by father, husband, brother, son or anyone else.
Islam gave women the right to accept or reject a marriage proposal free from pressure, and by mutual agreement to
specify in the marriage contract that she has the right to divorce (if she misses that option she has the right to seek court
divorce if she deems the marriage to have failed beyond repair).
Islam does not require woman to change her name at
Islam protects the family and condemns the betrayal of marital fidelity. It recognizes only one type of
family: husband and wife united by authentic marriage contract.