UK: Women have a role to play in Islam – Ahmadiyya Leader

UK: Women have a role to play in Islam – Ahmadiyya Leader

The worldwide spiritual leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, Hazrat Amirul Momineen Khalifatul Masih V, has asked the Islamic community to move away from the mind-set of undermining the capabilities of women.

He intimated that it was important to recognise the role women played in world affairs for which reason he underscored the need for Muslims to accord other Muslim women the needed respect and dignity.

Addressing Ahmadi Muslim women at the 50th convention of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, popularly known as Jalsa Salana in Hampshire in the United Kingdom on Saturday, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V said women had a role to play in Islam and as such should be recognised.

The Jalsa Salana which ended Sunday, brought together more than 35,000 delegates from over 90 countries including the Ameer and Missionary in charge of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission in Ghana, Maulvi Mohammed Bin Salih.

Dignify women

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V deplored the manner Muslim women were undermined and undignified adding  that it was time to move away from the status quo that placed women in second fiddle positions in society.

He stated the Holy Quran frowned on stifling the efforts of women and spoke against the manner in which the scriptures were ignored in the pursuit of ‘man-made laws’.

The spiritual leader bemoaned the segregation between men and women in other parts of the world especially usurping rights of women which he described as unacceptable.

Religious violence

Touching on religious violence, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V condemned the act of creating disorder in society in the name of religion adding that “those who deprive women their rights and cause violence in the name of Islam will be punished.”

For him the rights and dignity of women in Islam were well established and the religion accorded them a special status.

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V presented awards to some Ahmadi student women enrolled in tertiary institutions in the UK who excelled in various academic fields.

Source/Credit: Graphic Online Ghana