Equality in Islam

Equality in Islam

Abdul-Rahman al-Sheha

Source: Human Rights in Islam And Common Misconceptions

Published On: 6/10/2012 A.D. – 20/11/1433 H




Men and women are created equal in their basic humanity, and all have the shared lineage and dignity of Allah’s creation and privilege of man over the other creatures of His creation.

Discrimination due to race, sex, color, lineage, class, region or language is vehemently prohibited in Islam to avoid the artificial barriers between the privileged and underprivileged.

Equality does not mean that all are exactly alike since there is no denial about natural differences.

The two genders complement and complete each other. Allah the Exalted says in the Glorious Qur’an:

“O mankind! Fear and revere your Lord, Who created you from a single person, created from it its mate, and from them scattered (like seeds) countless men and women; so fear Allah, through Whom you demand your mutual (rights), and (reverence) the wombs (that bore you): for Allah ever watches over you.”  (Surat An-Nisa’:1)

The Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) said:

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