Islam has always laid emphasis on protecting the civil liberties of women based on the guidelines set forth by Allah and His Prophet ﷺ. Women are empowered with numerous rights and protections and are honored with a dignified stature in society.
Allah has honoured women greatly and enjoins good treatment in ways that are not shared by men in many cases. As an indication of their elevated standing, the Almighty has mentioned them in many places in the Noble Quran. For instance, in the beginning of Surah An-Nisa, Allah SWT says, “O mankind, fear your Lord, who created you from one soul and created from it its mate and dispersed from both of them many men and women.” [Surah an Nisa, 4:1]
In the sight of Allah the Almighty, women are counterpart of men in rulings, duties, performing righteous deeds and attaining their rewards. This can be illustrated in this Ayah: “And the men who remember Allah often and the women who do so – for them Allah has prepared forgiveness and a great reward.” (Surah al-Ahzab, 33:35)
Islam has attributed many special privileges to women. One such honour is that it gave her the right to benefit from her financial earnings. On this account, Allah the Almighty says, “For men is a share of what they have earned, and for women is a share of what they have earned.” (Surah an-Nisa, 4:32)
Furthermore, Islam has made it an obligatory right for women to attain a share of the inheritance of their parents and relatives. Allah says, “for men is a share of what the parents and close relatives leave, and for women is a share of what the parents and close relatives leave, be it little or much – an obligatory share.” (Surah an-Nisa, 4:7)
Women have held a firm standing even in the history of Islam with many of them even being the ultimate face of bravery, self-esteem, courage, valour and strength. There are many ahadith that validate this stance.
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