Do women Have Any Rights is Islam? Islamic Sharia Background
Women is Islam have all the rights to live a happy and contended life according to her wishes. The Quran provides clear cut evidence that man and woman are equal in the eye of God and contains all the rights and responsibilities.
“Whoever works righteousness, man and woman and has faith, verily to him we give a new life that is good and pure, and we will bestow on such their reward according to the best of their actions.” (Al-Quran 16:97).
From the above we can conclude that there is no segregation about the rights of man and woman. Both are free to make choices of their own in their life.
Rights of women given by Islam can be divided into 2 aspects.
- The Spiritual Aspect.
- The Sharia Law Aspect.
The Spiritual Aspect:
Women in Islam are considered to be equal to man. Allah didn’t solely blame Eve for the first sin. The Quran makes it clear that both Adam and Eve were tempted towards the forbidden apple and both were forgiven after their repentance.
In terms of religious obligations, women enjoy certain advantages over males. For example, women are exempted from daily prayers during her menstrual periods and for forty days after giving birth to a child. She is often given an exemption while she is pregnant or if she is nursing her baby and there is a threat to her health or to the child.
The Sharia Law Aspect:
Islam is the only religion who forbade the custom of burying females alive. It’s after the advent of Islam that women gained a social status in the society. Islamic sharia of law gives complete right to women like men in society.
The Quran states:
“And when a female (infant) buried alive- is questioned for what crime she was killed”. (Al Quran 81:8-9)
Not only Quran saved the life of females but also has given her the right to live a life with dignity and honour. At one point Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) stated that:
“Whoever has a daughter and he does not bury her alive, does not insult her, and does not favour his son over her, God will enter him into Paradise”(Ibn Hanbal, No.1957).