European Council for Fatwa and Research on the participation of women in public work:

Religious Authority: 
Yusuf al-Qaradawi
Fatwa Question or Essay Title: 
European Council for Fatwa and Research on the participation of women in public work:

The Council wishes to draw attention to the unique status given to women in Islam, as she was considered the equal half of man, thus equal in all aspects of humanity as well as in shouldering the trust of Allah Almighty and carrying the burden of respective rights and responsibilities. Allah stated in the Holy Quran: "And they (women) have rights (over their husbands) similar to those (of their husbands) over them to what is reasonable" (2:228). It goes without saying that the woman was subject to horrendous injustices and oppression and was deprived of her rightful and proper status until Islam came and returned unto her that status.



Concerning the participation of women in public work, the Council also wishes to affirm the woman's complete and full right, which at times increases to become an obligation to participate in establishing and managing Islamic centres and charitable organizations which play a role in enhancing the roles and statures of Islam and Muslims in society, particularly Muslim women. A woman may also participate in and contribute towards organizational work in its various formats, which carry the aim of establishing Islam within life as a whole. Women may also take part in political life, whether as a voter or a candidate for an official post. However, all this must be in compliance with the principles and ethics of Islam.