Your assignment is to prepare and submit a paper on current role of women in islam. On the other hand, it’s noteworthy that there is no mention of women in God’s instructions to Mohammed regarding the purpose of creation. rather God refers to his creations as jinn and mankind, where jinn are spirits inhabiting the unseen world, created from “scorching fire” (The Qur’an 51:56. 15:27). The next that had been created – “out of clay” and “from altered black mud” – was the human being (The Qur’an 15:28). Thus, according to Hasan, Islam makes no distinction between men and women, both being possessed of soul and created “for the same purpose of life”, as well as being under the same duties, obligations, rewards, and punishments (2003, p.4).
As seen from above, the tenet of gender equality is grounded in the holy book of Islam, the Qur’an, with the notion that man and women are equally created – as mankind – by God, who has granted them the same rights and responsibilities (Hasan, 2003, pp.4-5). This equality is further reinforced by the promise that “whoever does righteous deeds, whether male or female” will enter Paradise, provided that he or she is a believer (The Qur’an 4:124). In fact, the whole chapter ‘An-Nisa” – The Women – inter alia provides detailed instructions on how a Muslim should justly deal with women, including code of conduct, marriage, sustenance, property, and inheritance issues, etc. Even the most confusing – from a Christian’s point of view – stipulation concerning marriage, is explicit about the proper treatment of women, in order to prevent injustice (The Qur’an 4:3).
Chapter 33 – Al-Ahzab (The Combined Forces) – also provides ample evidence that men and women are regarded as equal: “the Muslim men and Muslim women, the believing men and believing women, the obedient men and obedient women, the truthful men and truthful women, the patient men and patient women, the humble men and humble women, the charitable men and charitable women, the fasting men and fasting women, the men who guard their private parts and the women who do so, and the men who remember Allah often and the women who do so – for them Allah has prepared forgiveness and a great reward” (The Qur’an 33:35).
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