A MUSLIMAH'S PLACE IN THIS WORLD
A Muslim woman does not measure her success and acceptance from a man – but from Allah. Allah has not left it to the human mind to determine where a person’s value lies. The assertion that Islam is sexist or values the male more the female could not be further from the truth. Gender, race, ethnicity, wealth and status are not what distinguish people in the sight of God; rather, what distinguishes people is only their piety and consciousness of God in their everyday lives. The Quran declares such in unequivocal terms:“O people! Indeed we have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of God is the most righteous of you.“[Qoran, 49:13]”Whoever works righteousness, man or woman, and has faith, verily to him/her we will give a new life that is good and pure, and we will bestow on such their reward according to the best of their actions” (16:97).
There is no battle of the sexes within Islam: Men and women are described in Quran and committed helpers and members of one another: The sole purpose of both man and woman is the worship of Allah.
“The believers, men and women, are protectors, one of another: they enjoin what is just, and forbid what is evil, they observe regular prayers, practise regular charity, and obey Allah and His Messenger. On them will Allah pour His Mercy: for Allah is Exalted in power, Wise” (9:71).
Islam recognises the differences in men and women and their complementary role in family life and society. Islam recognises and fosters the natural differences between men and women despite their equality. Some types of work are more suitable for men and other types for women. This, in no way, diminishes either’s effort nor benefit. Allah will reward both sexes equally for the value of their work, though it may not necessarily be the same activity.
“And for women are rights over men similar to those of men over women.” (2:226)
FROM THE PAGE: Women Against Oppression - Liberation Through Islam