By : Mohsin Durrani
Oppressed, inferior, and unequal – for many people, these are the first words that come to mind when thinking about women. These stereotypes confuse Islam with cultural practices and fail to recognize that Islam has empowered women with the most progressive rights since the 7th century. In Islam, women are not inferior or unequal to men.
Women are an important element of our Society. The modern society has started recognizing the individual identity of women. She is believed to have her aspiration, abilities and qualities as a man does have and it is also agreed that she should have the opportunities to develop her faculties and to express them according to her own choice. Women can help the society in various ways. They can engage in social activities and work for the betterment of the society.
Women who were the most dormant segment of India population have now become active participants in all walks of life. Till now, they were only unit of the family organization. Now, women are becoming not only a significant unit of the society but also influencing the course of social change in society.
Among the early Muslims, women were active participants in the cohesive functioning of the society. Women expressed their opinions freely and their advice was actively sought. Women nursed the wounded during battles, and some even participated on the battlefield. In Islamic history, women participated in government, public affairs, lawmaking, scholarship, and teaching. To continue to uphold this tradition, women are encouraged to actively participate in improving, serving, and leading the different aspects of the community.
Young educated girls can get engaged in a profession of her choice. We need more doctors, engineers, software developers, and social workers. The world cannot grow at good pace unless women come forward and take initiative for the development works.
As a mother, her role in the development of the emotional psychological aspect of the new born child has been also very significant. She was not only the creator and maintainer of her child but an educator and disciplinarian as well.
A girl studying with you or working at the same workplace, must have been brought up as liberally as you are. She is an individual and have individualistic notions, more discreet choices, than your mother or mine, about life and other matters.
Women today needs cooperation from every person as this is the era of their true transformation and uplift. Just be friends with some girls and you know how beautiful they are on the inside, no matter how they dress. This might tell you everything you need to know. As you interact with your son’s mother and sisters and other female family members, treat them with respect. When he sees you actively listening to them, when he sees you open doors for them and offer to do things that make their lives easier, he will want to model your behavior.
Your example counts far more in the lives of your sons than anything you can ever say to them, and this maxim holds true for respecting women as well. Communicate your feelings, be a good listener, ask her how she’s feeling, Fight fair, be polite, Don’t change or break plans, be on time & Treat her family well.