On Women

The status of Women in Islam is that they are equal but separate, in that they both have different responsibilities, particularly within the context of marriage. An example is the duty placed on men to take care of and provide for his family, and his earnings must be primary for this purpose. Whilst the women’s earnings are primary her own use to do as she chooses. This was considered important by the Prophet

Islam has a long tradition of female empowerment. The first wife of the Prophet (Peace be upon him) was a successful business women called Khadija bint Khuwaylid  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khadija_bint_Khuwaylid She first employed the Prophet (Peace be upon him) to act as an emissary for her business interest around the time of 555 CE

I was recently on a family visit to Morocco where I had the honour of visiting the University of Qarawiyun the oldest university in the world which was established by Fatima Fihrinfez  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatima_al-Fihri  in 859 CE

These are examples of strong, independent and empowered women leaders within Islam and the types of role models that we encourage all girls and women to aspire too.  A further list on female role models within Islam can be seen on this page, as well as an example of the debate on “Islamic Feminism” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_feminism

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