Women In Islam

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Women Rights in Islam

WOMEN IN THE PAST:
Prior to Islam, a woman’s status in the sight of all nations of the World was nothing more than the value of household goods. They were treated like animals. They were bought and sold. They had no choice in the matter of marriage; they had to silently accept the highest bidder. They never inherited, even from their close relatives. In fact, she herself would become an item of distribution just like any other commodity of inheritance in a descendant’s estate. Women were regarded merely as properties and possessions of men. Even in the so-called modern European countries they were not even regarded as human. Even in religious matters women were given no status by the men, for they were not considered
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Further more, it was generally accepted that if a lady was murdered then her murderer could not be punished in any way. Neither was he to be killed in retaliation nor was he to pay blood money. According to many religions, when a man dies, his wife has to burn herself to death.
INTRODUCTION: Family, society and ultimately the whole of mankind is treated by Islam on an ethical basis. Differentiation in gender is neither a credit nor a drawback for men or women. Therefore, when we talk about status of woman in Islam it should not lead us to think that Islam has no specific guidelines, limitations, responsibilities or obligations for men.
What makes one valuable and respectable in the eyes of Allah, the Creator of mankind and the universe, is neither one's prosperity, position, intelligence, physical strength nor beauty, but only one's God-consciousness and
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:: AS A WIFE:
The Qur'an clearly indicates that marriage is sharing between the two halves of the society, and that its objectives, besides perpetuating human life, are emotional well-being and spiritual harmony. Its bases are love and mercy.
“And among His Signs is this, that He created for you mates from among yourselves that you may dwell in tranquility with them, and He has put love and mercy between your (hearts); verily in that are signs for those who reflect.” (Quran 30:21).
::RIGHTS PERTAININGTO MARRIAGE IN ISLAM: The female has the right to accept or reject marriage proposals
• Her consent is a prerequisite to the validity of the marital contract, according to the Prophet's teachings.
• Right to retain her family name.
• Right to a separate home.
• Full right to her Mahr – marital gift.
• Right to be satisfied by her
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