With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Sura 40 (Mumin)
Men and women are equal in the sight of Allah
“He that works evil will not be requited but by the like thereof: and he that works a righteous deed – whether man or woman – and is a Believer- such will enter the Garden (of Bliss): Therein will they have abundance without measure”
In many cultures, the status of women is reduced to that of a second class citizen. At the time of the Prophet SAW people were burying their daughters alive and women had no status in society, spiritually or otherwise. The Quran dignified the women and placed them as equals with man on a spiritual plane, whilst acknowledging their physiological differences. The above verse informs us that man and women stand an equal chance to gain jannah and that the only criterion is righteousness. Thus the focus of a Muslim society is on a system of merit rather than gender.
Cross reference: 33:35
Continues tomorrow InshaAllah…