Letter: Aamna Bhatti, Ashburn

Editor: March is Women’s History Month. This is the month when we pay tribute to women and the achievements and sacrifices they have made over the years to earn the rights and freedoms they enjoy today. 

As an American Muslim woman, I wanted to take this opportunity to share how my religion Islam celebrates and honors women by guaranteeing them equality, dignity and rights that were established more than 1,400 years ago, at a time when the idea of women’s rights was unheard of. Islam was the first religion to codify women’s rights in its religious texts. In a primitive society where women were only treated as men’s possessions and female infanticide was rampant, Islam revolutionized the role and place of women in the society by confirming their marital rights which safegaurded them from spousal abuse, and granted them rights to higher education, inheritance, financial independence, and attaining spiritual heights. In short, Islam confirmed women’s right to a dignified life. 

In the Holy Quran we read, “But whoso does good works, whether male or female, and is a believer, such shall enter heaven” (4:125). It also states, “For men there is a share of that which parents and near relatives leave, and for women there is a share of that which parents and near relatives leave, whether it be a little or much” (4:8). Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “It is obligatory upon every Muslim man and woman to pursue education.” Woman was exalted as a mother, a wife and a daughter by the Prophet of Islam. He said that “Paradise lies under the feet of mothers.” This statement means that treating mothers in a most loving and respectful way could help a person achieve a path to paradise. He also taught that a daughter was a huge blessing for her parents because if they loved her and brought her up well, she would become their source of achieving salvation. About wives he said, “The best of you are those who behave best towards their wives.”

The above quotations are just tip of the iceberg, and our teachings are filled with such lessons that guarantee a woman a dignified life.  According to Islam women are equal to men and to be honored, revered, and treated with utmost respect.

Aamna Bhatti, Ashburn

3 thoughts on “Letter: Aamna Bhatti, Ashburn

  • 2021-03-02 at 8:16 pm

    So, we’re supposed to pretend that An-Nisa, 34 doesn’t exist?

  • 2021-03-03 at 7:11 am

    The requirement that women cover their hair and dress modestly is demeaning and discriminatory. The restriction is used to justify mistreatment of women with uncovered hair, exposed arms, etc., by suggesting they “asked for it” by being immodest.

    While many specifics of Sharia law (Islamic religious law) are not found in the Qur’an, traditional Muslim texts and practice are used to justify restrictions which limit women’s access to education, transportation, employment, making women reliant on men for these fundamental rights and denying women self-determination. In countries where this is the case, women and girls experience oppression, whatever the Qur’an says.

    The Equality Act being discussed in Congress, would ultimately lead to the erasure of women by dismantling sex-specific facilities, sports, and other female-only spaces.

    Sexual orientation and gender identity laws that open up sex-specific facilities like bathrooms, locker rooms, etc. to members of the opposite sex enable sexual assault.

    Letting males compete in female sports will DESTROY female sports.

    Maybe the writer can address this during Women’s History Month.

  • 2021-03-03 at 12:33 pm

    Right on Ace!

    I wonder why the writer did not address, Quran 4:34 …….

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