By: Samina Hasanat
The empowerment of the women lies in the empowerment of the moral conducts of men and women living in a male dominating patriarchal society where both men and women need to be taught and trained for moral behaviors.
Moral conducts should be based on moral codes revealed by the divine revelation by the Sustainer, the Cherisher, the most Merciful, the Creator of this universe upon Whom 99 most beautiful attributes applies.
The socio-economic, political, geological, anthropological & religious backdrops or realities dictates the need for special education and representation of men and women. Hence it is necessary to ground such education and representation on direct grass root contact-the divine elite the God.
On this scale where men and women are in various relationship between individuals or groups and are from various fields. Husband- wife, parent- children, grand parent- grand children, other relatives & friends, neighbors with each other, colleagues at work, state-state, state – leader, international leaders, who may be scientists, engineers, architects, doctors,psychologists, economists, businessmen, lawyers, philosophers, social engineers, social workers, social reformers, human right activists, leaders, journalists or other people of understanding all are encountered to God. Men and women can get away with any crime or any sort of misconduct against any of the above mentioned human relationships by his or her cleverness but he or she cannot get away from the Creator in the day of Judgment. The Creator is capable of forgiving any one of us if we fell short in achieving our moral conducts but the right of others have either to be paid duely in this world or one have to be paid in the world to come.
The Holy Qur’an addresses the human soul and it deals with the metaphysics of all the mankind : the Jews, the Christians,the Muslims, the Pagans, or the disbelievers of all the previous times and the times yet to come.
Through the Holy Qur’an the Creator orders the scientists, engineers, doctors, psychologists, economists, social engineers, and other people of understanding to probe and analyze His Creations and their Governing Laws.
Why the Qur’an and the Sunnah or in other words Islam?
It is not only because Islam makes a sense. It is not only because human kind has gone astray and got lost with its current secular system but also the Holy Qur’an stunds the 21st century people who are at the peak of scientific and technological sophistication through subtly revealing aspects or properties of His creations. Allah has said in the Holy Qur’an that there are sings for prudent persons. The holy Qur’an has been detailed beyond any details. Allah states in the holy Qur’an:
006.097. It is He Who maketh the stars (as beacons) for you, that ye may guide yourselves, with their help, through the dark spaces of land and sea: We detail Our signs for people who know.
06.038. There is not an animal (that lives) on the earth, nor a being that flies on its wings, but (forms part of) communities like you. Nothing have we omitted from the Book, and they (all) shall be gathered to their Lord in the end.
006.039. Those who reject our sings are deaf and dumb,- in the midst of darkness profound: whom God willeth, He leaveth to wander: whom He willeth, He placeth on the way that is straight.
006.144. Of camels a pair, and oxen a pair; say, hath He forbidden the two males, or the two females, or (the young) which the wombs of the two females enclose? – Were ye present when God ordered you such a thing? But who doth more wrong than one who invents a lie against God, to lead astray men without knowledge? For God guideth not people who do wrong.
006.146. For those who followed the Jewish Law, We forbade every (animal) with undivided hoof, and We forbade them that fat of the ox and the sheep, except what adheres to their backs or their entrails, or is mixed up with a bone: this in recompense for their wilful disobedience: for We are true (in Our ordinances).
006.043. When the suffering reached them from us, why then did they not learn humility? On the contrary their hearts became hardened, and Satan made their (sinful) acts seem alluring to them.
006.044. But when they forgot the warning they had received, We opened to them the gates of all (good) things, until, in the midst of their enjoyment of Our gifts, on a sudden, We called them to account, when lo! they were plunged in despair!
006.048. We send the apostles only to give good news and to warn: so those who believe and mend (their lives),- upon them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.
006.049. But those who reject our signs,- them shall punishment touch, for that they ceased not from transgressing.
006.069. On their account no responsibility falls on the righteous, but (their duty) is to remind them, that they may (learn to) fear God.
006.070. Leave alone those who take their religion to be mere play and amusement, and are deceived by the life of this world. But proclaim (to them) this (truth): that every soul delivers itself to ruin by its own acts: it will find for itself no protector or intercessor except God: if it offered every ransom, (or reparation), none will be accepted: such is (the end of) those who deliver themselves to ruin by their own acts: they will have for drink (only) boiling water, and for punishment, one most grievous: for they persisted in rejecting God.
006.071. Say: “Shall we indeed call on others besides God,- things that can do us neither good nor harm,- and turn on our heels after receiving guidance from God? – like one whom the evil ones have made into a fool, wandering bewildered through the earth, his friends calling, come to us’, (vainly) guiding him to the path.” Say: “God’s guidance is the (only) guidance, and we have been directed to submit ourselves to the Lord of the worlds;
Allah knows the best.
Samina Hasanat/Japan/February 17, 2004.
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Professor Z. Al Nazzar (Egypt)
Speaking to an audience at lecture theature 1.
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2. THE QURAN & THE SPACE SCIENCES
Islamic video productions, Written & directed by Zahir Ahmed.
3. UW MSA ISLAM AWARENESS WEEK 2003 : WHY ISLAM
Shabir Ally (Ghana)
president of Islamic Information & Dawa Center, Toronto, Canada. Speaking to an audience at University of Waterloo, Canada
4. Empowerment of Woman – the Ideological Issues, Afroza Begum.
5. Woman Enterpreneurships Fighting Poverty and etc., Afroza Begum.
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