Women rights in Islam or as defined in Islamic Sharia have often been debated and criticized by the critics of Islam. This subject has been open to debate for quite some time and it has been used to fuel the anti-Islamic feelings amongst people.
However, these critics quite conveniently ignore the fact that in Christianity, nuns use head cover and it is considered as sign of modesty and purity.Why is it different in case of Islam? This just shows anti-Islamic sentiments without proof.
ISLAMIC SHARIA AND EDUCATION OF WOMEN
One of the common misunderstanding associated with Islam is that Muslim women are not allowed or permitted to attain education according to Islamic Sharia.
Even though, there is no proof to support this claim; still, it is a very common notion. Islam is a religion that lays great emphasis on gaining knowledge, and not just religious knowledge but worldly knowledge as well.
In Quran and Sunnah, there is no distinction made on basis of gender. The focus is on both men and women to attain education in Islam.People often confuse cultural restrictions and traditions as Islamic Sharia.
If a particular culture does not consider it appropriate for their women to get higher education, it should not be blamed on Islamic Sharia. In early Islamic era, there were quite a few learned women Islamic Scholars.
ISLAMIC SHARIA AND RIGHTS OF PROPERTY
Islam was the first religion that realized the rights of women when it came to inheritance and to property. In Islam, a daughter and wife has rights in the property of their father and husband respectively. Islam even allowed women to own their own properties.
Western world considers itself to be huge advocate of women rights. However, until the 20th century, Islamic laws were more favorable to women than any western judicial system. It gave more rights to Muslim women and empowered them.