Thursday, 2 January 2014

Conference in Madinah focuses on women rights


Taibah University President Adnan Mazrou in a conference organized as part of the celebration of Madinah being declared as the cultural capital of Islam for the year 2013, said that women’s rights in Islam are bestowed on mankind by Allah the Almighty.
“Islam guarantees women their rights and the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah implements those rights endowing women with pride and honor,” Mazrou said while addressing the opening of the two-day conference on Tuesday.
In her speech Iman Azzam, vice-president of the College of Law, said that society needed to be reminded of the rights Islam has granted to women while outlining the goals and major topics to be discussed in the conference.
Rawiah bint Ahmed Al-Zehar was the winner of the Madinah Prize for research in the field of women’s rights in Islam and was honored in the inaugural session.
She had also won the Prince Naif Prize for her writings in the field of the Sunnah and contemporary Islamic studies earlier.
In his keynote speech Sheikh Saleh Al-Maghamasi pointed out that Islam gave women an important position in society as it advised men to be kind to women.
He pointed out at the outset of the meeting that no topics outside women’s material rights would be discussed such as driving or the veil adding that one needs to learn the jurisprudence of Islamic piety to understand such issues.
The Sheikh lamented that in a number of countries women have been deprived of their feminine rights and have to carry the social responsibilities of their men-folk too.
Mansour Al-Nazha chaired the first session of the forum entitled “Women’s rights in Islam — Concepts and Controls”.
In a paper presented in the first session, Khaled Al-Durais, professor of Islamic studies at the College of Education, King Saud University pointed out that the theoretical discussions about the rights of women had not brought about any improvement in the miserable lives of women in most Muslim countries and that the discussions “will never address the injustice that Muslim women have been suffering over the centuries.
“It is because women’s rights are suppressed by some deep-rooted traditions and customs that override the Shariah laws of justice, mercy and virtue,” he said.
In his paper he recommended that priority should be given to criminalize violations of women’s rights.
Nawal bint Abdul Aziz Al-Eid, associate professor of Sunnah at Noura University, stressed the need to fully implement Islamic laws on women’s rights and rescue them from the pressures of westernization and intimidations of the conservatives. The Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities Abdullah Damfo chaired the second session.

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