Gender Equality In The Qur’an
At Ummahsonic we love celebrating Muslims and we’re all about gender equality! So in celebration of International Women’s Day we thought we’d take a look at some of our favourite quotes showcasing Islam as a faith of equality…
1) “O mankind! Fear your Lord Who (initiated) your creation from a single soul, then from it created its mate, and from these two spread (the creation of) countless men and women.”
Allah created both men and women as equals. They were formed from the same soul and the same spiritual nature with neither superior to the other, as shown in the above verse
2) “But he fashioned him in due proportion and breathed into him something of His spirit. And He gave you (the faculties of) hearing and sight and feeling (and understanding): little thanks do you give.” (Qur’an 15:29).
Islam esteems the same value onto men and women, describing how we are all recipients of the “divine breath” and created with the same spiritual and human nature (nafsin-waahidah).
3) “Treat women nicely, for a woman is created from a rib, and the most curved portion of the rib is its upper portion, so, if you should try to straighten it, it will break, but if you leave it as it is, it will remain crooked. So, treat women nicely.”
In fact, a verse in the Hadith also instructs men on how they should treat women – telling them directly that they are from the same form as man and that they should be treated as such.
4) And the believers, men and women, are friends of one another. They preach virtue and discourage evil. They observe salat, pay zakat and obey Allah and His Messenger. It is these upon whom Allah will have mercy.
There are numerous examples littered throughout the Qur’an showing that Allah places no preference on gender. Both men and women are considered partners for one another, acting as a source of comfort.
5) “We created you from male and female and have made you nations and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you from Allah’s perspective is whoever has the most taqwa.”
Finally, we can see that Allah doesn’t value humans on their gender (or tribe or nation!) and he in-fact places far more importance on who has the most taqwa (aka consciousnesss and obedience).
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