UAE Friday sermon: Islam raised status of women in society

The sermon will explain how Islam brought happiness to humanity "and among the features of this happiness is that religion preserved women of their dignity"

ABU DHABI // The advent of Islam led to the elevation of women’s status in society, worshippers will be told during Friday’s sermon.

The sermon will explain how Islam brought happiness to humanity after the dark ages of ignorance “and among the features of this happiness is that religion preserved women of their dignity and saved them from the darkness”.

The Quran has described how people before Islam received the news of a newborn girl: “When if one of them receiveth tidings of the birth of a female, his face remaineth darkened, and he is wroth in, wardly. He hideth himself from the folk because of the evil of that whereof he hath had tidings.”

Islam changed this by making respectful treatment of women a way of entering heaven.

The Prophet Mohammed said: “Who has three daughters or three sisters, or two daughters or two sisters, and provided them with good company and was patient with them ... entered paradise.”

The Quran describes many incidents in which women are treated as equals to men; a Quranic verse says: “And who so doeth good works, whether of male or female, and he (or she) is a believer, such will enter paradise and they will not be wronged the dint in a date-stone.”

The sermon will conclude with a reminder that a woman is her husband’s partner in building a family and raising children.

hdajani@thenational.ae

Published: May 8, 2014 04:00 AM

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