Now many cultures in modern society see a very oppressed form of women in Islam and often harbour misconceptions that males and females are not regarded the same in Islam or women are lowly to men and question whether women can enter paradise.
The Quran states that men and women who practice the principles of Islam will receive equal reward fir their efforts:
“Surely for men who submit (to God) and for women who submit (to God), for believing men and believing women, for devout men and devout women, for truthful men and truthful women, for steadfast men and steadfast women, for humble men and humble women, for charitable men and charitable women, for men who fast and women who fast, for men who guard their chastity and for women who guard, for men who remember God much and for women who remember- for themGod has prepared forgiveness and a mighty reward.” (33:35)
Again God says
“Whosoever performs good deeds, whether male or female and is a believer, we shall surely make him live a good life, and we will certainly reward them for the best of what they did” (16:97)
Each of the Five pillars of Islam: belief, worship, charitable giving, fasting and pilgrimage are as important for women as for men, and there is no differentiation of their reward.
As God says in the Quran:
” The nobelest among you before God is the most heedful of you” (49:13)
One may also mention that many famous mystics in Islam are women who became leaders by example and by strict adherence to the Quran and the Prophets teachings- the Sunnah/Hadith.
-Woman in Islam
B. Aisha Lemu