Friday, August 26, 2011

Can Women Be Leaders?

Allah Ta'ala says in the noble Qur'aan, 'Men are protectors of woman because Allah Ta'ala has given them more strength and because they support them from their means.' (Nisaa AAYAT34)
In this case, the word, 'protectors' refers to one who stands firm in protecting other's interests, looks after his affairs, business, etc. The commentators of the noble Qur'aan have written under the abovementioned verse that Allah Ta'ala has chosen men and has given them virtue over women. Whilst men have many responsibilities to take care of, females also have responsibilities. The responsibility of men having authority over women is not confined to only religious matters, but it is general and refers to any matter, be it religious, political or with regard to any department, council or organization. This authority for the male over the female does not belittle the status of woman in the least bit.
To make us understand, the example of a male and female is like that of the head and the hand. Whilst the male being the head if the most important part of the body and holds the most amount of respect and authority, this in no way whatsoever proves that the hand (woman) is useless and has no status in the body. The matter about woman having more capabilities than men does not hold much weight since the basis for the authority of men over women is not capabilities, intelligence, wealth or any other material entity which can be acquired.
The commentators have clearly stated that the virtue and authority that has been given to men is on the basis of their species, i.e. because they are men. Hence, it is a great possibility that there are many women who have great potential, intelligence and wealth and seem to be more worthy for leadership. However, Allah Ta'ala has, in his infinite mercy and wisdom, stipulated this position for men on the basis of them being men even though they may at time lack in capabilities and expertise as compared to women. (Ma'ariful Qur'aan vol.2 pg.396; Deoband)
and Allah Ta'ala Knows Best

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