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Women rights violation-reality and myth

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By: Hafiz Mir Ibrahiem Salafi

The most complete believer in faith is the best in morals, and the best among you is the best to their wives- (Sunan Tirmizi)

Islam has protected women’s rights from day one.  History is witness to the fact that before the dawn of Islam, women’s rights were being violated and some nations were not even ready to consider women as human beings while as prostitution had become a common business.

But the golden rays of Islam brought woman out of darkness and brought the societies to the light of guidance confirming, assuring and asserting the dignity of women in the social strata and the social fabric. The teachings of the Prophet (peace be upon him) declared woman to be the highest blessing in the world. Daughters and sisters were described as the way to heaven. It was Islam that introduced the concept of women’s rights to the universe.

Islam has given women the great blessing of veil by removing them from the evil centers of prostitution.  Looking at a woman sexually was also declared adultery and thus this act was prohibited. Allah says in the holy Quran, “Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty: that will make for greater purity for them: and Allah is well acquainted with all that they do. And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms.”(Qur’an, 24: 30-1).

Rules and regulations for talking to a woman were laid down and Islam gave complete protection to women. A large part of the Qur’an was dedicated by God Almighty concerning the matters of women- a full chapter or Surah was revealed in the name of women, i.e Surah Nisa.

In modern times, a number of associations have been formed in the name of the feminist movement, claiming working for the restoration of the feminist rights, although any movement established in this name ends in oblivion.  The slogans of ‘my body is my will’ have emerged as a catch phrase and one can understand that the entire concept is revolving around issues concerning non-Muslim communities and societies. In Islam, the concept of a shared society that runs on shared values and principles is very central and in such a scenario everything done or executed by one gender is to be in conformity with Islamic guidelines and procedures. Any movement concerning the issues of women in Islamic society need to be based on the Quran and the Sunnah and that is what is acceptable to the Muslim world.

The women of the Islamic world have to keep in mind that only the Shariah teachings are valuable for them. Inheritance, employment rights and other rights have been placed before the world by Islam. Islam has established a perfect law against violators of women rights. Those who abuse, enslave, torture, assault women have been prescribed punishments by the Quranic law and there is no better way or means of justice in any other law book of the world.

Islam is the religion of mercy which declared it a charity to talk to ones wife with a smile and encouraged a man to spend money on his rightful wife. The People of the Book used to consider a woman as unclean during menstruation and used to warn her with hand-made food, but Islam is the divine revelation which instructed to serve a woman during menstruation. Prophet Muhammad used to recite the Qur’an with His blessed head on the lap of Ayesha during these days.

It is also a fact that even within the Muslim society there are some people who make women victims of their oppression. The first problem is that such people do not have knowledge of religion and if they have knowledge then they do not understand.  There are some men who consider a woman to be just a maid.  When the same woman leaves the house and reaches joins an office, the system there puts her on display as a piece of decoration.  We see that women has been reduced to a mere commodity in the modern-so called- scientific world and things aren’t well with the Muslim world also as such things happen in many Muslim countries as well.  It is a common trend now that women are being treated as commodity and there are numerous instances when we see that shameful and derogatory use of womanhood is being approved and enthusiastically followed in the world. But that is a concept totally against the one that Islam gave to the world. In Islam, women aren’t only equal to men, but are higher in the matters of honor and chastity.

Allah says in the holy Quran, “For Muslim men and women, for believing men and women, for devout men and women, for true men and women, for men and women who are patient and constant, for men and women who humble themselves, for men and women who give in charity, for men and women who fast, for men and women who guard their chastity, and for men and women who engage much in Allah’s praise, for them Allah has prepared forgiveness and great reward.”(Quran 33:35). The only cure to the ailing society is to adopt the life of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) in practical terms. If one spends his days following the guiding principles of Islamic law, then this darkness will go away- Insha Allah.

The writer is a Teacher. [email protected]

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