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Islam & women

| Monday, March 10, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Islam & women

Last Saturday was celebrated as International Women's Day. Many events recognized women's contribution to our society and the world at large.

It is unfortunate that still, in many parts of the world, women are not treated with justice and equality, and are deprived of their basic rights. There are many organizations that work for the betterment of women; however, much work remains.

Islam teaches us that all human beings are equal and should be given equivalent opportunities in every walk of life. As an imam, I have the responsibility to serve all humanity, men and women alike. Therefore, I encourage all men to make sure that the women in their lives are treated with respect, dignity and compassion.

Prophet Muhammad once stated, “The best among you is the one who is best in treatment toward his family.” So let us bring a change in our society by bringing change in our behavior toward women for the better.

Adnan Ahmed

Wilkinsburg

The writer is the imam of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Pittsburgh Chapter.

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