In The Name of ALLAH The Almighty
status in Islam
By Samiul Haq Kosht Soragh
Islam is a religion which gives
prime importance to women, it teaches compassion, tolerance,
sympathy and respect for women, irrespective of gander, cast or
creed. When the world was ruled by non Muslims Islam uplifted the
status of women. In pre-Islamic Arabia, Girls were buried alive
because they were considered a burden for the family as well as for
the society. Islam stop that practice gave women the right to live
not merely to exist!
Islam tell us that a women deserves
respect just as a man does. She deserves all the respect for just
doing as a woman can do best. A woman’s role as a mother, a
daughter, a sister and a wife is no less important than man .It
is obvious that men are better and strong inherently than women
in some spheres of life , just as women are better than men in
several other sphere. A woman contribution in various roles is
simply undeniable. Family system is basic unit of society and women
possesses important place in family. Women are given right to help
her family financially just as man are given the right. Islam gives
equal rights and importance to women in family matters even are
quite entitled to go out for urgent needs.
Of course education is an important
factor which improves one’s life and provides an opportunity to
seek new horizon and attain better understanding of life. This
opportunity is not denied to women.
The prophet (P.B.U.H ) emphasized
the importance of education when he is reported to have said, “Seek
knowledge even if it take u to china” and “Knowledge is incumbent
on every male and female”. Women are permitted to seek education
and receive a religious cultural and social standing for doing so.
There are so many authoritative female scholars who contributed
outstandingly in history. In sharia general rules are common for
both genders, just like a man woman have to observe the general
religious standard, relating to the conduct, moral behavior and
social dealings. There is no separate moral code for men and women
in Islam. Even in public life matters they are expected to
contribute, to endure the hurdles of life bravely, show solidarity
with the community and contribute the wellbeing of the society.
Throughout the life period of the Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) rule
women used to offer prayers along with the congregation of Muslim
in general. They used to participate in military expeditions
bringing water to thirsty combatants, treating wounded caring them
to safety and some time going to active war.
By the grace of Allah in most areas
of Pakistan Muslim women are enjoying the same right and freedom
enjoyed by men. She too can propose a man for marriage, orally or
written. She can freely choose her spouse and have the rite to
obtain divorce from an estranged husband. But being Muslim we do
not follow our religion in practice.
The religion which elevated and
uplifted the status of women now sees its followers continuously
hampering the freedom and right of women. If this is not so than
why karo-kari is rampant? And why the abuse of rights of women are
accepted part of our culture?
Currently in Pakistan some efforts
are being made to raise the status of women in Pakistan . They are
given grater number of seats in Parliament and bureaucracy, but
will it infect result in better social status of ordinary women
folk in our male dominated society?