Equal Reward and Accountability for Men and Women in Islam

11:19 - 2017/11/25

On the occasion of the martyrdom of the international day for the elimination of violence against women 25 November, we are going to have a glance at some of the verses of the Holy Qur'an concerning the status and position of women in the Islamic society.

Equal reward and accountability for men and women in Islam

Prior to the advent of Islam women were considered as shameful in a way that female children were buried alive, but Islam demolished these practices praising the state and position of woman granting them the same reward and accountability as were granted to the men. According to the Holy Qur'an man is incomplete, and it is woman (his wife) who completes him providing him with peace, tranquility, comfort, and security. That is why Qur'an emphasizes love and mercy in spousal relations saying that:  

"And of His signs is that He created for you from yourselves mates that you may find tranquility in them; and He placed between you affection and mercy. Indeed in that are signs for a people who reflect." (Qur'an: 30/21)

Islam also grants a lofty position for mothers and daughters; because, success of a society is due to the mother's efforts in upbringing the children and training them well during their childhood. Thus the Holy Qur'an says:  

"And We have enjoined upon man, to his parents, good treatment. His mother carried him with hardship and gave birth to him with hardship." (Qur'an: 46/15)

Islam considers men and women equal in terms of rewards and accountability stating that: "And for women are rights over men similar to those of men over women." (Qur'an: 2/228)

Elsewhere, God the Almighty mentions that:  

Indeed, the Muslim men and Muslim women, the believing men and believing women, the obedient men and obedient women, the truthful men and truthful women, the patient men and patient women, the humble men and humble women, the charitable men and charitable women, the fasting men and fasting women, the men who guard their private parts and the women who do so, and the men who remember Allah often and the women who do so - for them Allah has prepared forgiveness and a great reward. (Qur'an: 33/35)

Allah has promised the believing men and believing women gardens beneath which rivers flow, wherein they abide eternally, and pleasant dwellings in gardens of perpetual residence; but approval from Allah is greater. It is that which the great attainment is. (Qur'an: 9/72)

"Never will I allow to be lost the work of [any] worker among you, whether male or female; you are of one another. (Qur'an: 3/95)

In conclusion, Islam pays respect to women and considers them equal to the men, but at the same time it does not ignore the justice in those areas in which men and women are different physically and psychologically. That is why some of the Islamic rules differ from men to the women based on these natural differences exist between them.    



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