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Fatima Jinnah (1893-1967), was a dental surgeon, biographer, stateswoman, and one of the leading Founding mothers of modern-state of Pakistan, and the younger sister of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan Begum Ra'ana Liaquat Ali Khan  (1905 - 1990) was one of the leading woman figure in Pakistan Movement, along with her husband Liaquat Ali Khan, and career economist, and prominent stateswoman.


 Benazir Bhutto of Prime Minister of Pakistan with George Bush on a state visit

Benzzir addressing a public meeting in Pakistan

Ms. Khanum Syeda Tayyaba Bukhari

Well known Islamic scholar and a gifted speaker and social worker having thorough knowledge of Islamic History & religious literature.  

Click here for her website  - Her video on youtube

 

 

Heaven is at the feet of mothers, is a basic Islamic teaching.

Islam and Dignity of Women 

And for women are rights over men similar to those of men over women. AlQuran(2:226)

There has been deliberate misrepresentations that Islam treats the  women very badly. If you want to know the truth, go talk to a Muslim woman. Let her tell you how "oppressed" and "not free" she is. In most cases you can observe the respect and care that her husband and male members of her family and society gives her and the protection they demand for her.

Muslim Women take part in politics in most of the Islamic countries. Pakistan, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Turkey have had women as Head of State. Muslim women are free to take part in sports and engage in any ethical profession they like. . 

 
Shirin Ebadi, the first Iranian and the first Muslim woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Her work to give full rights to women in orthodox Islamic communities has been appreciated worldwide

Benazir Bhutto, in her paper on Civil Society and Women�s Participation in the Political Process, Rome, Italy - July 18, 2003 wote: /To me, women are not just the building blocs of the family; They are the building blocs of society.  They are responsible for the family�s household budget. They bear most of the responsibility of child raising.  
They are more sensitive to social issues like education and health. 

. They -- far more than their husbands and brothers -- are cautious about committing the lives of their children to war.  

Women are the principal educators, not just of literacy but also of morality.  

And once mobilized, once organized, once unleashed, the power of women to change their societies can never again be contained./

Another scholar wrote; /When it comes to Islamic duties, the Muslim woman is just like a man: she has a mission in life, and so she is required to be as effective, active and social as her particular circumstances and capabilities allow, mixing with other women as much as she can and dealing with them in accordance with the worthy Islamic attitudes and behavior that distinguish her from other women. 

The plight of women in the families of poor and ignorant classes of people remains the same and more effective measures are needed to educate not only women but also the heads of the families. briefing you on the true Islamic teachings regarding women laid down by the Quran and prophet Mohammad over 14 centuries ago.

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (born 1978) becomes first Pakistani to win 
Emmy and now Oscar award. She won Emmy for her documentary, 
Pakistan: Children of the Taliban in 2010.She is also the first 
non-American to win the Livingston Award for Young Journalists. 
She is the first Pakistani to win an Oscar for her documentary,
Saving Face, a 52-minute documentary which talks about the plight of women subjected to acid attacks, and a doctor who treats them 
and give them hope. 


The sex differences responsible for the imbalance in earning power and employment status between men and women are best explained by biological, and not sociological, analyses. 
Biology at Work: Rethinking Sexual Equality
by Kingsley R. Browne

 

 

 

Women Parliamentarians of Pakistan

There are more than 72 women in Pakistan Parliament.

Dr. Fehmida Mirza (born 1956) is the first ever woman Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan. She was elected on March 19, 2008 as 19th Speaker of the National Assembly. She has the distinction of being the 1st woman Speaker in the Muslim World. 

Hina Rabbani Khar born 19 January 1977 in Multan) is a Pakistani politician and member of parliament who has been Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs since 13 February 2011. Prior to that she was Minister of State for Finance.

 

Very Vocal Parliamentarians on Opposition Benches

Kashmala Tariq (born January 24, 1972 in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan) is a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan from the province of Punjab. She belongs to the Pakistan Muslim League (Quaid-e-Azam) or PML-Q. She is also actively involved in women's rights.


Parliamentarian Marvi Memon is a politician from Karachi, born 1968 Sindh, Pakistan. Marvi is a member of Pakistan's National Assembly. belonging to Pakistan Muslim League (Q). She got her LLB from London School of Economics in 1994.

 

Nasreen Jalil (born 1947 in Lahore) was the Naib Nazim (Deputy Mayor) of the district of Karachi. She is a prominent leader of MQM the third largest party in Pakistan Parliament and second biggest in the province of Sindh having majority in Karachi and Hyderabad cities.  Mrs. KhushBakht Shujat(1948) in Bhopal, India. Ms. KhushBakht Shujat received a Masters 
degree in Journalism from Karachi University in 1975. She was elected as  a MNA from  Karachi in 2008  on the ticket of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM). 

For me it is enough that Muhammad is the greatest feminist the world has so far had but has so little come to know of... Personally I am infinitely grateful to Muhammad, who has not only empathized with the crying voice of the despairing and exploited woman but has taken momentous measures blustering all opposition, to alleviate her lot and strengthen her in realistic terms¡ For ages and ages, a woman had found herself begging and groveling in front of her male master, with her heart-wrenching pleas for justice remaining unheard and un-addressed. Muhammad had changed this forever.
-- Anita Rai, Indian Hindu Woman and Intellectual

 

 

An Excerpt from handout of Islamic Center of Southern California

To Separate Fact From Fiction...

Originally published by Islamic Center of Southern California 

Contrary to widespread erroneous belief,
Contrary to widespread negative stereotyping,
and Contrary to regrettable practices in some Islamic societies where anti-Islamic culture traditions have won over Islamic teachings and where women are subdued (and men even more so).

This information has been written with the objective of briefing you on the true Islamic teachings regarding women laid down by the Quran and prophet Mohammad over 14 centuries ago.

Islam declared women and men equal.

Islam condemned pre-Islamic practices degrading and oppressing women.

The same injunctions and prohibitions of Islam equally apply to both sexes.

Islam gave woman the right of inheritance and the right of individual independent ownership unhampered by father,
husband, brother, son or anyone else.

What needs to be questioned is the notion that either sex is a victim. Once one accepts that men and women have, on average, different predispositions, desires, and definitions of success, it is axiomatic that comparisons between the two groups will yield qualitatively different outcomes for the two groups, at least in a society that permits people freely to pursue their own desires rather than requiring them to satisfy someone else's."-from Biology at Work: Rethinking Sexual Equality

Kingsley R. Browne

Islam gave women the right to accept or reject a marriage proposal free from pressure, and by mutual agreement to specify in the marriage contract that she has the right to divorce (if she misses that option she has the right to seek court divorce if she deems the marriage to have failed beyond repair).

Islam does not require woman to change her name at marriage.

Islam protects the family and condemns the betrayal of marital fidelity. It recognizes only one type of family: husband and wife united by authentic marriage contract.

"Heaven is at the feet of mothers", is a basic Islamic teaching.

"The best of you are the kindest to their wives and I am your best to mine", is a teaching by prophet Mohammad.

Islam enjoins sounds morality in thinking, behavior and appearance. Dress fashions and social patterns that reduce woman to a sex object and exploit her as such are not acceptable to Islam.

The observance of chastity and moral standards is equally demanded by Islam from both men and women. "Women are the siblings of men", is a saying of prophet Mohammad.

For more information please contact:

Islamic Center of Southern California
434 S. Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 382 - 9200 

In recent years more than  100,000 Britons have chosen to become Muslim... and average convert is 27-year-old white woman.

Convert: Lauren Booth, the sister-in-law of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, attracted a lot of publicity when she announced she had adopted the Islamic faith in 2010.


Fanatics are found in every religion who misuse Holy scripture by quoting it out of context to distort its meaning. If Islam wanted to shut women behind Burqa than Pakistan would not have had a woman Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and now in Indonesia Megawati was the President in spite of the fact that Indonesia has majority of conservative Muslims. Anyway modesty is something else and not hiding behind burqa.

Benazir Bhutto, Former Prime Minister of Pakistan wrote:

To me, women are not just the building blocs of the family;

They are the building blocs of society.

They are responsible for the family’s household budget.

They bear most of the responsibility of child raising.

They are more sensitive to social issues like education and health.

They -- far more than their husbands and brothers -- are cautious about committing the lives of their children to war.

Women are the principal educators, not just of literacy but also of morality.

And once mobilized, once organized, once unleashed, the power of women to change their societies can never again be contained.

Benazir Bhutto, in her paper on Civil Society and Women's Participation in the Political Process, Rome, Italy - July 18, 2003 .

 

Burqa is not mandatory

Wearing the Burqa is not mandatory. Burqa is supported by the tradition based on wrong interpretation of verses of Holy Quran and Hadiths.

Modesty in dressing is prescribed and when going out wearing over garment in way that face is not hidden to make recognition impossible. Bohra community is conservative but their interpretation about Hijab is correct as they don Hijab when going out but do not hide face.

According to most historians like Karen Armstrong:

"There is nothing in the Qur’an about obligatory veiling for all women or their seclusion in harems. This only came into Islam about three generations after the prophet's death, under the influence of the Greeks of Christian Byzantium, who had long veiled and secluded their women in this way. Veiling was neither a central nor a universal practice; it was usually only upper-class women who wore the veil. But this changed during the colonial period." 

Malala Yousafzai born 12 July 1997

Malala Yousafzai as a school pupil became education activist from the town of Mingora in the Swat District of Pakistan's northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and won various International Awards and world wide recognition for her struggle to promote girls education in Tribal areas of Pakistan against stiff opposition At the age of 11–12, Malala started to write to a blog under a pseudonym for the BBC detailing her life under Taliban rule, their attempts to take control of the valley, and her views on promoting education for girls against their opposition. 


On 9 October 2012, Malala  was shot in the head and neck in an assassination attempt allegedly by Taliban gunmen while returning home on a school bus. She survived the attack but had to under go long treatment with the help of Governments of Pakistan and United Kingdom. She was taken to UK for treatment and rehabilitation. Beside nation wide condemnation a group of 50 Islamic clerics in Pakistan issued a fatwa against those who tried to kill her. The assassination attempt sparked a national and international outpouring of support for Malala. Deutsche Welle wrote in January 2013 that Malala may have become "the most famous teenager in the world." 

 United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown launched a UN petition in her name, using the slogan "I am Malala" and demanding that all children worldwide be in school by the end of 2015. In the 29 April 2013 issue of Time magazine, she  was featured on the magazine's front cover and as one of "The 100 Most Influential People in the World". She was the winner of Pakistan's first National Youth Peace Prize and was among nominees for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize. On 12 July 2013, Malala spoke at the UN to call for worldwide access to education for children.

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Women's Rights in Islam

By Dr. Muhammad Sharif Chaudhry

MA, LLB, PhD

This book deals with the rights granted to a woman by Islam. Her rights pertaining to marriage, dower, divorce, maintenance, inheritance, ownership of property, earning of livelihood, acquisition of education, etc. have been discussed. Her role as a mother, as a wife, as a daughter and as a sister has been brought in focus. A comparative study of the rights of women in non-Muslim societies has also been made. Verses of the Quran, traditions of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), Islamic law and views of the eminent scholars of Islam have been amply quoted. The book contains 23 chapters. Its size is 5.5x8.5 and its pages are 204. The book was published by Sh. Muhammad Ashraf Publishers and Booksellers, 7-Aibak Road, Lahore, Pakistan and is available from them.

 

http://www.shaufi.com/b2index.htm