Enlightening Women’s Social and Political Participation
Within a real social environment, women’s socio-political contributions and participation may be utilized in such a way that shows collective activities based on a free, voluntarily conscious and active will of society’s individuals, to run social affairs and escalate their organized acts directly or indirectly to shape the social and political life of the society.
To clarify this important topic we must mention that the purpose of political participation lies within the will of an individual to act individually or collectively to gain the power of ruling through legislative or administrative power to gain a high-ranking governmental post and strive to organize policies either within or outside the government body. He also strives to participate in legislative mechanisms or decision-making to gain the ability of observing political power or criticizing the governmental body as well and taking part in shaping political groups and parties.
As far as the holy Sharia’h has not neglected women’s roles in the society and never considered the finer sex as a neutral part of the community and the Holy Qur’an along with Prophet Muhammad’s (SAW) Sunna recommends equality of the two genders towards the society's changes and events, women have the right to study their society and Ummah and observe the acts of politicians and decision-makers as relates to the needs of the society. Taking into regard such a principle, women are free to express their views, announce their acceptance or refusal and to criticize the acts of the government if it fails to solve society’s problems and to accept the responsibilities due to the order of the Almighty God which places this task on the shoulders of men and women equally, when He says:
“And (as for) the believing men and the believing women, they are guardians of each other; they enjoin good and forbid evil and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, and obey Allah and His Apostle; (as for) these, Allah will show mercy to them, surely Allah is Mighty, Wise.” (9:71)
The Dimensions of Women’s Socio-Political Participation
a) Participating in the country’s destiny (Policy and Rule):
When the late Imam Khomeini (RA) was living in Paris (France) a reporter addressed him with this question: “To what extent are women allowed to take part in shaping the Islamic government according to the Islamic Sharia’h (rule)?”
In responding to the reporter, he said: “In Islam, women have a great and sensitive role in organizing the Islamic society because this religion has promoted women to extend them to gain their humanitarian positions in the world and to rid themselves of the stereotype of being mere material objects.”
Obviously, getting involved in the country's destiny and ruling the administrative trends, shows us that governing isn’t considered an absolute sovereignty that emerges due to a kind of ruling which is derived from Divine Principles or the teachings of Allah's Apostle and Imam’s regulations. But it is a kind of ruling that is shaped within the law framework and governmental establishments and organizations that grant the ruler a power to serve the masses not due to his or her own wishes and wants but according the Consultative Institutions of which the Queen Sheba’s tale in the Qur’an is considered to be a clear example. “The Queen’s policy of justice and fairness, consultation in running her kingdom together with people’s trust instead of following a hostile policy was visible in her acceptance of Solomon's invitation. She had the choice of being proud but instead decided to accept the reality of the situation."
The above-mentioned story shows women’s natural power for ruling and managing in an overall view. A comparison between Queen Sheba’s treatment and that of the King of Egypt towards two famous Apostles in their invitations to the principles of the Almighty God, shows their wisdom and justice together with fairness.
Basically, human beings and truth are considered by Islam to be the main two very important issues I don’t know why some of us try to separate the sexes and regarding them as two separate genders? Actually human beings are considered to be a unique essence that emerges from two different sources and there isn’t even a slight difference between the outcomes of this unique essence as the Holy Qur’an says:Back to top button