CONCEPT OF FEMINISM IN MUSLIM WOMEN
As time is passing the majority of Muslim community is moving towards the intense adoption of western culture and why not all we do all day is follow them from education to food and fashion all we do is walk on their footsteps. Strongly these days, the majority of Muslim women are overwhelmed by the idea of FEMINISM and this is something they shouldn’t be asking for because ISLAM gives them way more status then just been recognized and walk shoulder to shoulder with a man.
To some extent, it is acceptable because we’ve to prosper as well. But being a Muslim maybe this isn’t the only way towards development. 1400 years ago, a Devine book named Quran came down from heavens through Allah’s Beloved Messenger Mohammad (PBUH) and it has given us all the ways towards prosperity. All the Muslim community is well acknowledged about the benefits of following Quran but majority ignores this fact.
While following up all the modern western concepts we’ve forgotten our own roots. There is a very interesting wave going through the entire world which I’d like to talk about is FEMINISM.
Secular feminism is the belief in the social, economic, and political equality of the genders. Although largely originating in the West, feminism is manifested worldwide and is represented by various institutions committed to act on behalf of women’s rights and interests.
And this secular feminism has blown up the minds of our Muslim sisters, immensely. When I personally hear a Muslim woman talking in the favour of feminism, I am always left speechless, like WHY? Why are you guys favouring feminism? We, Muslim Girls, have been blessed with right to education, ownership, inheritance, respect and modesty for 1400 years.
The importance of women can be recognized by the role of women in the life of Prophet Mohammad PBUH and how they supported him in achieving his goals. Starting from Bibi Amna who brought him in this world, Bibi Fatima Binte Asad (Mother of Imam Ali as) who groomed him up, Bibi Khadija who is the mother of all believers and his beloved wife was the first person to believe in him and pray with him and most importantly Bibi Fatima (as) his very own daughter through whom his progeny has proceeded. All these are women and the greatest support in his life then why we as a woman have lost to recognize our worth and importance.
Then they have this thing to say that our society is a male-oriented society and it is not giving women equal rights and all. Yes, I totally accept this but have you ever thought that what is the reason behind this big flaw in our society?
The answer is the “Distance from our religion Islam”. If we would have had following up the instruction Allah rather than the instructions of humans we would not have ever failed as a society.
We all fail as a nation when it comes to moving towards western concepts while avoiding our own ethical boundaries. They recognized their women maybe a 100 or 200 years ago and raised up feminist vocals maybe in past 50 years while Muslim woman was gifted by women rights all by ALLAH ALMIGHTY.
Muslim women claiming for their right of dressing of their own choice, burning up their hijabs and wanting the man to lower their gaze is something that doesn’t make sense. Being a Muslim, we know that a Muslim woman is so precious that she must cover herself just as we hide our diamonds so that they don’t get stolen. But poor us we our self-have failed to realize our worth as a Muslim woman.
Maybe all this is due to every single person in Muslim community. Only if men start treating their woman and women start treating themselves as the teachings of ALLAH and Practices of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). All these slogans calling out “My Body My Choice” (Urdu translation: Mera Jism, Meri Marzi) will be held down and we’ll start prospering both as a Muslim nation and a society.
AUTHOR: ZOHA KHALID (FA15-BAF-014)
FROM COMSATS UNIVERSITY, ISLAMABAD
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