Islamic Topics, August 2003, www.aljazeerah.info
Woman in Islam
By Anwar Ul Haque
people do not comprehend the reasons and logic behind apparently
different laws for woman and man in Islam. It will be foolish to not to
regard and respect the gender difference. Nowhere man and woman can be
made one and the same. Despite a lot of common things between man and
woman there are certain biological differences, which can be even seen at
cell level. Woman has two X chromosomes while male had only one. There are
important structural, behavioral and hormonal differences. To not consider
these powerful factors while formulating rules would be shear stupidity.
The rights always go hand in hand with responsibilities. Woman are, for
example not required to spend even a teddy penny on their husbands,
children even if they earn handsome money or inherit form their parents.
They are not required to help their parents while a male is required by
law to do so. Islam has thus removed enormous stress of bread earning for
the family from woman. Her money is solely for her. Her share (half of
that of her brother) is in actuality much more than her brother if divided
on the persons needs to be supported by that money.
woman is not required to go to mosque five times a day while she earns the
same reward by praying at home. This is in respect and recognition of her
commitment at home with her children, cooking and other chores. Similarly
she is not required to perform combat duties in army. By staying at home
she earns the equal reward to her husband.
case of evidence, Islam recognizes the woman’s modesty. Nowhere it is
written in Quran that a woman has half evidence. Two women are required so
that if one forgets, the other can remind her. A woman many not like talk
to a stranger man while she can freely consult another woman. This respect
of delicate and deep emotions of a woman is well seen in Islam that is a
religion of nature. In case of divorce again same thing is observed. If a
Muslim man can walk out of wedlock that easily as portrayed by Basit then
there should have been a lot of divorces in Muslim country but is there
any comparison between divorce rates in Pakistan vs. USA. It is not the
inherent quality of Pakistani man but Islam, which intrinsically prevent
high divorce rate. On the other hand asking woman to go through court if
she desires a divorce has lot of merit as it is the woman who is the! most
suffer in case of divorce. If a child is not allowed a knife, is it insult
of child or protection of child? Women at times get very bitter under
hormone influence and Islam protects her from harming herself. As a mater
of fact in certain days women are not allowed to even pray.
is the path of nature and is the most protective of woman and it is the
reason that throughout world women outnumbers men in returning to Islam.
May it be Germany, USA or even Japan! Quran has described in details the
method of three divorces and detailed consultation and help before even
beginning of this process. Unfortunately Muslims in general and of
Sub-continent in particular are not aware of these processes. Hence
illegal simultaneous there divorces are seen in courts, dramas and even
endorsed by some illiterate clergies. Although clergies are not even part
of Islam to begin with!
(Dr.) Anwar Ul Haque
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