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The Record Set Straight Women in Islam have rights By Noha RagabWhat do women and Islam have in common Besides the stereotyped images thateach suffers from individually the status of women in Islam is one of themost extremely misunderstood and incorrectly portrayed things in westernsociety We can investigate why this is so later First a brief introductionto the actual status of women in Islam is in orderBefore discussing issues pertinent to the social status of women considerthe original creation of the woman as portrayed by the Quoran the Islamicholy book which does not subscribe to the view that Eve was created fromthe crooked rib of Adam and thus is of inferior status O humankind beconscious of your Sustainer who has created you out of one living entityand out of it created its mate and out of the two spread abroad a multitudeof men and women Instead the verse of the Quoran shows that there is nosuperiority for one sex over the other This sets the tone for the statusof women in IslamThe concept of gender equality in Islam is stressed by the non-superiorityof either sex over the other It came at a time when it was necessary toelevate the demeaned status of women and grant them rights equal to thoseof men The equality of women in Islam is evident by the unprecedented legalrights given to them under a monotheistic religion as defined in the QuoranAs one of many examples consider the rights of women in marriage and divorceBoth men and women have equal rights to contract a marriage as well as todissolve it The precondition of marriage is merely the mutual agreementby both parties And unlike Christianity a woman in Islam can divorce herhusband at any time if she feels that she has been dealt with unjustly oreven if she is just unhappy with her spouse since marriage is based uponmutual responsibilities toward each other Islam has also ensured the womansright to remarry pending a
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