The worldwide spiritual leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, Hazrat Amirul Momineen Khalifatul Masih V, has asked the Islamic community to move away from the mind-set of undermining the capabilities of women.
He intimated that it was important to recognise the role women played in world affairs for which reason he underscored the need for Muslims to accord other Muslim women the needed respect and dignity.
Hazrat Masih V deplored the manner Muslim women were undermined and undignified adding that it was time to move away from the status quo that placed women in second fiddle positions in society.
He stated the Holy Quran frowned on stifling the efforts of women and spoke against the manner in which the scriptures were ignored in the pursuit of ‘man-made laws’.
The spiritual leader bemoaned the segregation between men and women in other parts of the world especially usurping rights of women which he described as unacceptable.
Touching on religious violence, Hazrat Masih V condemned the act of creating disorder in society in the name of religion adding that “those who deprive women their rights and cause violence in the name of Islam will be punished.”
For him the rights and dignity of women in Islam were well established and the religion accorded them a special status.
Hazrat Masih V presented awards to some Ahmadi student women enrolled in tertiary institutions in the UK who excelled in various academic fields.