Position of woman in Islam and other civilizations
Wahidullah Azaam, Janan Fakor
In the past, Athenians, and Hellas who are the oldest civilized nation of the world, women were used as worthless cloths and they were buying and selling in the market and she was counted unclean, foul and member of devils, In Indian tradition, it’s narrated about women; Plague, Death, poison, Fire, Snake, and hell all are better than Women, In 586 B.C a conference was held that “Woman is human but created for the serving of man”. In England, an instruction issued by the “Eight Art” in which it was mentioned that women are banned from reciting and studying Holy books, likewise in the constitution of 1850 of England woman was not counted as part of the population, even women had this condition in the earth of Arab tribes before Islam. Women did not have the right taking inheritance from their relatives, women did not have right on her husband. Arabs at the age of Ignorance were disagreeable with women and they were taking women as sinisterly and due to shame for their other relatives, they were burning their daughters alive. Persons who were claiming to be the most civilized people of the past ages like Egyptians and Indian were not even agreed to give the humanitarian rights to the female section of the humans they counted women as most dangerous alive thing, having girl in ignorance time was a shame or they were killing their daughters due to the fear of poverty and they also believed that only women are responsible for giving female child. When Islam came Quran has clearly expressed its position for struggling with this ignorant culture, and said: «And when one of them is informed of [the birth of] a female, his face becomes dark, and he suppresses grief. He hides from the people because of the ill of which he has been informed. Should he keep it in humiliation or bury it in the ground? Unquestionably, evil is what they decide”. Also Quran Kareem has clearly mentioned that the killing of offspring especially girls are banned and forbidden whether it’s due to poverty or shame. “And do not kill your children for fear of poverty. We provide for them and for you. Indeed, their killing is ever a great sin”. From the time when Quran sent down by the Allah (swt) guides its followers and all humanity to not follow and keep away from all those actions like the killing of daughters, and Quran has also forbidden Muslims from doing actions which harm the personality of women.