There is no doubt that women carry big responsibilities in their role of contributing to all aspects of human life. Divine laws clearly define and offer women their due rights, and in many societies around the world man-made laws do the same. A clear understanding of those rights is necessary for women to fully realise and fulfil their many roles and potential in this world. While men and women are ranked equally in Islam, all stages of history are full of examples of women who excelled even better than their male counterparts.
Islam, for instance, elevates the status of women to be completely equal to men, and it rejects any act of downgrading their physical or intellectual capabilities. However, many people falsely accuse the Islamic teachings of being unfair towards women. This accusation comes in the first place as a result of misinterpreting the verses of the Holy Quran, and by not looking at the authentic narrations and explanations. Often, the critics support their arguments by referring to some cultural practices which have no roots in any of the Quranic verses.
Islam guarantees equal rights for men and women. The examples are countless from the life of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) of how he was fair and kind to women. There is not a single verse in the Holy Quran that explicitly or implicitly accepts unjust treatment towards women.
Away from theoretical statements, there were many of women who stood side-byside with men to enhance the progress of Islam since the first day. For example, the wife of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), Khadijah, was very successful in doing business. She also supported him when he received the first revelation. His other wife Um Salamah helped protect the unity of the Ummah after the Treaty of Hudaybiyyah with her creative political suggestion to the Prophet (PBUH).
In many non-Islamic countries today women are in a much worse situations than how Muslim women’s situation is portrayed. For example, they are being treated as a commodity that is used in commercials to attract clients, and this is humiliating to their dignity. Regardless of a woman’s location or circumstance she must be treated with respect. Perhaps the most important prerequisite to this is the understanding of women’s value and duty within the community. With this being fulfilled, there will be no need for organisations to advocate women’s rights anymore
As a second step, the work of successful women must be highlighted to display their brilliant achievements and show their capability in carrying responsibilities and fulfilling rights with excellence. This year, the OIC International Business Centre (OICIBC) implements both steps. In recognition of women’s efforts and to appreciate their efforts in all sections of our life, OICIBC announces the presentation of “The Muslim World Rania Award” to selected distinguished women from around the Muslim world.
The Muslim World Rania Award is honoured by OIC TODAY and it is presented to recognise and appreciate the rights of all women around the world by showing examples of outstanding Muslim women who face enormous challenges along the way towards success and excellence.
The award presentation will take place at a special ceremony during the 8th undertaking of the annual event “The Muslim World Business and Investment Zone — Trade Exhibition and Conference.” Simultaneously, the first OIC Women’s Summit will be held on 18 and 19 of September 2017 to discuss a number of topics related to women’s roles in the development of the Islamic economy such as the right for education in addition to empowerment, involvement and equality in the workplace.
This special programme is designed to celebrate the success and achievements of the awarded women. It also emphasises the role women play to attain comprehensive development of their communities. It presents real stories of how women can be successful business leaders without compromising their other duties. This, on the one hand, inspires the youth, especially girls, in their work towards utilising rights for their benefit and the benefits of others, and it allows for integration of the efforts by men and women based on mutual understanding and acceptance of each other’s rights and responsibilities