Stories by Stanley Onyekwere
Stakeholders have reiterated the need to always place a high premium on women, to enable contribution their quota to development of their immediate families and the society at large.
The stakeholders made this clarion call at the annual seminar on Hazrat Fatima Az-Zahra (RA) organized by the Cultural Consulate of The Embassy of The Islamic Republic of Iran, in Abuja.
Speaking at the event, the Iranian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Morteza Rahimi Zarchi, called for the involvement of more women in leadership positions saying Islam recognizes the role of great and outstanding women in the Quran.
According to him, great women like Fatima (daughter of Prophet Muhammad), Aisha (his wife), Mary (mother of Jesus) and Jochebed (mother of Moses) were mentioned in the Quran for their contributions to Islam and the society at large.
Zarchi said Iran places a high premium on women and thus they are saddled with leadership and important positions like the vice presidents, ministers and others.
He stated Iranian women are remarkably higher than men in science, social science and arts where they have been outstanding.
Similarly, the guest lecturer, Professor Muhammad Mahmud, who spoke on the topic, “Rights and Status Of Women From The Islamic Perspective and Prophetic View Point”, said Islam promotes equity where the rights of men and women are clearly spelt out.
He stated that Islam regards men and women as being of the same essence created from a single soul while adding that a woman has a complete independence in Islam but needed to be guided properly by men around her.
“There is no separation of gender in Islam and as such, there is nothing like women equality in Islam. Islam has already spelt out the role of women in the society.
“It is the religion of Islam that defines the freedom of women because before the advent of the religion, women are only seen as mere objects and as properties.
“In Islamic perspective, a woman has an honored position with special respect, love, affection and gentle feeling along with her legal and civil rights.
“The reality is that women are objects of pleasure in the West hence the promotion of feminism and gender equality over there. Islam has defined the role of women with utmost respect and put them in right perspective,”he stressed.