Monday, April 21, 2008

Equal Rights to Property for Women in Islam

In innumerable articles by the so-called feminists that I've gone through so far, Islam has been dubbed as giving women unequal rights to property - half the share of a man. As a firm believer of Islam in the sense of the ultimate complete code of life, I was disconcerted and googled to know what lay behind this kind of apparently dubious discrimination. Surprisingly, the findings were really impressive. The subject matter is not that straight forward, taking into consideration other factors such as responsibility entitled to men on the part of Islam.

Extraction from one enlightening article:

... The rights and responsibilities of a woman are equal to those of a man but they are not necessarily identical with them. Equality and sameness are two quite different things. This difference is understandable because man and woman are not identical but they are created equals. ... Equality is desirable, just, fair; but sameness is not. People are not created identical but they are created equals. With this distinction in mind, there is no room to imagine that woman is inferior to man. There is no ground to assume that she is less important than he just because her rights are not identically the same as his. Had her status been identical with his, she would have been simply a duplicate of him, which she is not. The fact that Islam gives her equal rights - but not identical - shows that it takes her into due consideration, acknowledges her, and recognizes her independent personality. ...

It's worth your time to read an article with lucid explanation - Status of Women in Islam.


Anonymous said...


after all the intellectualising over what Allah meant by giving a degree over women.... what if its just that?

cant we just get on with it.

anyway, here's to the day when we see the rise of female and male islamic thinkers and dooers in desh.