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In many societies, a woman is still regarded as a second-class citizen
and deprived of various basic rights enjoyed by the male population.
Deeply resenting this discrimination, they have championed a fight to
obtain for themselves an equal status which unfortunately to date
eludes them in the more modern Western states. Whereas the
pendulum has swung to the extremes and has opened the way to
licentiousness in the modern society, the West has often regarded
Islamic women as being backward in a male-dominated world.
On the contrary, Islam was the first religion formally to grant the
women a status never known before. The Holy Quran, the sacred
scripture of Islam, contains hundreds of teachings, which apply both
to men and women alike. The moral, spiritual and economic equality
of men and women as propagated by Islam is unquestionable. The
specific verses of the Holy Quran, which address themselves to men or
women, deal with either their physical differences or the role they each
have to play in safeguarding the moral fibre of the society Islam
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