In the west, many people have the wrong concept that women of the east or those following the religion Islam have no rights. They say that most women are abused in this region and suffer a lot. They say that most Muslim women are uneducated; when they are pregnant, they do all heavy chores and suffer harsh treatment from their dominant husbands.
In reality this is not true, western media have covered this topic very badly, they have mixed the cultural attitudes and religion in the wrong way.The Women’s rights movement started in the 20th century but in reality, it started in the 7th century by Prophet Muhammad Sallalaho Alayhi Wasalam. Quran and Hadith guarantees right of every woman. These rights are almost equal to men but with some differences. In Islam, women and men equally recognize the creator of humankind.
By this partnership, both have equal rights and shares.
Allah Subhana Wa Taallah has made women equal to men as quoted in the Quran:
“OH Mankind! Be careful of your duties 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 if thou duty toward Allah Subhana Wa Taallah in Whom thou claim your rights of one another, and toward the wombs that bore you. Allah Subhana Wa Taallah has been a watcher over you”
According to Prophet Muhammad Sallalaho Alayhi Wasalam it is the right of every woman and man to acquire education equally.
Islam grants women freedom of choice, rights and expressions.
Prophet Muhammad Sallalaho Alayhi Wasalam encouraged them to contribute their opinions, ideas and thinking regarding religion, social matters, political matters and economical matters. Women got their right to vote 1400 years ago, and they had the right to be select the leader and to be the leader. If we look back in historical times, then women accompanied men during wars.
They helped to fight, to take care of wounded soldiers, bringing them food and serving them. They were not interred behind bars and for those women who were Prophet Muhammad Sallalaho Alayhi Wasalam freed them all. The extremist groups such as the Taliban and Al Qaeda have created this bad image of rights of Muslim women.
Those people who claim about Muslim women not having equal rights then they can read the Quran and the books containing Prophet Sallalaho Alayhi Wasalam’s Hadith. Women are most respectful and precious according to faith of Islam religion. Therefore, women receive immense respect and honor in Islamic countries.