Women in Islam

West­ern pro­pa­ganda has been very suc­cess­ful in por­tray­ing the mis­in­ter­preted image of women in Islam. They con­sider women as weak, oppressed and sec­ond class cit­i­zen in the eye of Islam. But the real­ity in not what is shown in the news, movies and sto­ries. Mus­lim women got fair amount of rights and respect in soci­ety, Islam is the most rev­o­lu­tion­ary lib­er­al­iza­tion of women’s rights the civ­i­lized world has ever seen.

Think of the pos­si­bil­i­ties for lib­er­al­iza­tion based on purely Islamic sources, not tak­ing any­thing from the mod­ern West.

That would be truly Islamic value of women. The ori­gin of Islam is far more lib­eral and fem­i­nist than what sub­se­quent gen­er­a­tions made of it. Women’s rights were estab­lished by the Qur’an and the Prophet (peace be upon him), who after all loved women; we need to fil­ter out the spu­ri­ous anti-woman hadiths that were added later. Although the term lib­er­al­ism of women has devel­oped a some­what poi­so­nous con­no­ta­tion in today’s ser­mon, it really just means the pro­mo­tion of women’s God-given rights and lib­er­ties, which is to the good of everyone.

Mus­lim women are com­pletely per­mit­ted to work, and to get edu­ca­tion and have been doing so in many Mus­lim coun­tries around the world. There are many places around the world where Mus­lim women are being oppressed and are being treated as sec­ond class cit­i­zens but it is just due to the cul­ture of that par­tic­u­lar area. Things have changed dra­mat­i­cally and Mus­lim women are get­ting more and more edu­cated. Forced arranged mar­riages are a thing of the past because Islam is clearly against it.

This is in the spirit of the Prophet’s (PBUH) answer to the Sahabi ask­ing who was most deserv­ing of good treat­ment and honor: 1) Your mother; 2) your mother; 3) your mother; 4) your father. Women are the heart of a Mus­lim fam­ily and should be treated with love and respect. Islam does not say for women to be used as clean­ers or cooks around the home. Rather women should play their role in run­ning a home and also in the devel­op­ment of a country.