The Concept of Equality between Men and Women in Islam
The concept of equality between men and women has frequently been used by modern intellectuals and worldwide media to vilify Islam. The common contention is that the woman is somehow lesser than the man, and that Islam is a religion for men. However, when one compares the doctrines of Christianity and Judaism, it becomes clear that no religion has elevated the status of women as much as Islam.
The Almighty [swt] declares in the Holy Quran:
"Verily the Muslim men and women, and the believing men and believing women, and the devout men and devout women, and the truthful men and the truthful women, and the patient men and the patient women, and the humble men and the humble women, and the charitable men and the charitable women, and the fasting men and the fasting women, and the men who guard their chastity and the women who guard (their chastity), and the men who remember God much and the women who remember God (much), for them Allah has prepared forgiveness and a great reward" (Al-Ahzaab:35)
"Whosoever performs righteous deeds, man or women, and has faith, then certainly we will make (him/her) live a life that is good (pure), and certainly we will bestow on them their reward according to the best of their actions" (An-Nahl:97)
The above verses, along with plentiful other noble verses, exemplify that the Quranic view and status of women is no different than men. Both are creatures of the Creator, whose goal on earth is to worship their Lord, perform righteous deeds, and avoid evil.
Coupled with the Quran are lessons from the Ahlul-bayt [a] that we must appreciate and emulate. Kerbala teaches us that a key role of both men and women was required in order to reform the ummah.