Holy Quran on Equal Rights for Men and Women
Before the advent of Islam women, as a class, enjoyed no statutory
rights. Islam is the only religion which established a perfect body
of precepts - giving full protection to the rights of women, making
them equals of men, both in the spiritual and religious spheres of life,
giving them an independent position, granting them proprietary rights,
and making their responsibilities and rights as part of the divine law.
16:98 Whoso acts righteously, whether male or female, and is a believer,
We will surely grant him a pure life; and We will surely bestow on such
their reward according to the best of their works.
4:125 But whoso does good works, whether male or female, and is a
believer, such shall enter Heaven, and shall not be wronged even as
much as the little hollow in the back of a date-stone.
33:36 Surely, men who submit themselves to God and women who submit
themselves to Him, and believing men and believing women, and obedient
men and obedient women and truthful men and truthful women, and men
steadfast in their faith and steadfast women, and men who are humble
and women who are humble, and men who give alms and women give alms,
and men who fast and women who fast, and men who guard their chastity
and women who guard their chastity, and men who remember Allah much
and women who remember Him -- Allah has prepared for all of them forgiveness
and a great reward.
40:41 Whoso does evil will be requited only with the like of it; but
whoso does good, whether male or female, and is a believer -- these
will enter the Garden; they will be provided therein without measure.
2:229 And the divorced women shall wait concerning themselves for
three courses; and it is not lawful for them that they conceal what
Allah has created in their wombs, if they believe in Allah and the Last
Day; and their husbands have the greater right to take them back during
that period, provided they desire reconciliation. And they (the women)
have rights similar to those (of men) over them in equity; but men have
a rank above them. And Allah is Mighty, Wise.
2:230 Such divorce may be pronounced twice; then, either retain them
in a becoming manner or send them away with kindness. And it is not
lawful for you that you take anything of what you have given them (your
wives) unless both fear that they cannot observe the limits prescribed
by Allah. But, if you fear that they cannot observe the limits prescribed
by Allah, then it shall be no sin for either of them in what she gives
to get her freedom. These are the limits prescribed by Allah, so transgress
them not; and whoso transgresses the limits prescribed by Allah, it
is they that are the wrongdoers.