In Islam status of women is very high and respected. In Islam women has a grateful position. Islam has special respect, love, affection to women along with legal and civil rights. In Islam women is recognized as equal partner in the procreation of humankind. As man is the father then woman is the mother so and both are essential aspects for life. So women have equal right and share in every aspect of life. So, fourteen centuries ago, Islam declared men and women equally responsible to God in glorifying and in worshiping him. ALLAH says:
“O mankind! Be careful of your duty to your Lord who created you from a single soul and from it its mate and from them both have spread abroad a multitude of men and women. Be careful of your duty toward Allah in whom you claim (your rights) of one another, and towards the wombs (that bore you). Lo! Allah has been a Watcher over you.” (4:1)
Islam gives equal importance and rights to women’s in every matter of life. Hazrat Muhammad (S.A.W.W) said:
“Seeking knowledge is a mandate for every Muslim (male and female).”
Islam gives a freedom of choice and expression to woman. Islam also gives equal Islamic rights to women. Women are entitled to receive marital status gifts, and to keep properties and financial gain for her own security. Islam states that it is not a duty of women to spend a penny on household.
“And among His signs is that He created for you mates from among yourselves that you may live in tranquility with them, and He had put love and mercy between you; Verily, in that are signs for people who reflect.”
Once a man accepted Islam but his mother did not accepted Islam. His mother asked him that how does you Prophet (PBUH) treat his mother, he replied that he declared to treat mother with love and great respect. But still his mother insisted Him to give up Islam and went on hunger strike. He went to Prophet (PBUH) and submitted to him his story. Prophet (PBUH) advised him that both things are equally important to keep your faith and feeding the mother.
The man had to listen to mother’s taunts and harsh language, yet he continued to attend to his mother with respect and love and kindness and remained steadfast on Islam at the same time.
So this is the beauty of Islam. Unlike other religions Islam gave upon woman a distinct status and rights. It is stated in that women is equal to man in getting rewards by Allah (SWT) for her virtues like man. It is stated in Islam that:
“The believers, men and women, are Friends one of another. They enjoin good and forbid evil and observe Prayer and pay the Zakat, and obey Allah and His Messenger. It is these on whom Allah will have mercy. Surely, Allah is Mighty, Wise. Allah has Promised the believers, men and women, Gardens beneath which Rivers flow, wherein they will abide, and delightful dwelling places in Gardens of Eternity, and the pleasure of Allah, which is The greatest bounty of all. That is the supreme triumph.”