Tuesday, March 10, 2020
According to our supreme religion Islam, the objection of man and woman’s, who are both humans after all, being on earth is to obey Allah and exert efforts to make benevolence dominate in the world by having mercy for the created ones. There is no difference between a man and a woman in terms of the responsibility of being a servant to Allah and the value of their humanity. In this respect the only criteria, which were determined by the Almighty Allah, is to be loyal to Allah in respect and to have taqwa (piety) which means to meet His criteria duly.
Giving the biological difference between man and woman as justification for alienation and the fact that this cause violation of rights in social life are situations which will never be accepted by revelation, mind, and conscience.
Unfortunately, today a biased, unjust, and merciless point of view which feeds the violations of women’s rights has become a global problem regardless of religion, language, race, geography, and social status. It is obvious that a morbid approach which sets back transcendent dimension of human, moral principles and spiritual responsibility lies on the ground of these negative views and attitudes developed against women.
All kinds of behaviours and ideas which target women’s honour and their place in society and expose them to discrimination by their gender are contrary to the understanding of Islam. Therefore, all traditions, customs and beliefs which damage the honour of women and prevent them from contributing to civilization with their knowledge and experience should be rejected in terms of both Qur'an and Sunnah.
On the other hand, it is clear that an approach which commodifies women, uses them as the face of capitalism and consumer culture, and neglects their contribution to science, art, and development reduces women’s value and we must fight against it.
With the Qur’an’s being sent down and the determined struggle of Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.); the understanding of ignorance which deemed inhuman treatment proper against women and especially girls was eliminated and a society and civilization in which the best examples of human virtues are made and moral and legal values are dominant were built. The call of Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) which appreciates the honour and rights of women and his sunnah al-saniyyah which was shaped with the unique guidance of revelation and is full of kindness, grace, justice, and mercy are the most ideal and universal models for every period in history.
In this respect, I wish that “March 8, International Women’s Day” will conduce to an effective awareness on women’s value and their fundamental humanitarian rights and a global awareness on fighting with violence against woman.
Prof. Dr. Ali ERBAŞ
President of Religious Affairs