What is Equality?
Nowadays we hear women asking for equality, but what does this mean? Islam treats men and women as equals.
“For Muslim men and women, for believing men and women …” (Surah AI-Ahzab: 35)
This clearly emphasizes that there is no discrimination between men and women in Islam.
Allah, Most High, says:
“And their Lord hath accepted of them, and answered them: ‘Never will I suffer to be lost the work of any of you, be he male or female: you are members, one of another …” (Surah Al-‘Imran: 195)
Is there a better equality than that? Does equality mean that the woman is free to unveil herself and expose her attractions? Does equality mean the intermingling of men and women with no limits?
Does it mean the mother’s negligence of her children that may lead them to go astray? Is it equality to allow a woman to be alone with some men who are not her Mahraim (prohibited degrees in marriage)?