Don wants Muslim women to be educated on their rights

Written by on February 10, 2020

A Professor of Islamic Law at the University of Ilorin, AbdulRafi Oyewumi Omotosho, has identified inadequate knowledge on the rights of women under Islamic law and failure of Muslim women to educate themselves as factors preventing women from getting their rights.

Professor Omotosho while delivering the One hundred and ninety first Inaugural lecture of the University titled ” She has a lion share under the Islamic law”, said contrary to the wrong perception, Muslim women have the right to choose their husbands and have more share of inheritance than men on many occasions.

The Don, however stressed the need for the government, especially the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs to embark on massive education of the public both Muslims and Non Muslims on the rights of women in Islam.

He also challenged Muslim women and organizations to take proactive action to ensure that they are familiar with their rights, stressing the need for women to be courageous and fearless in demanding for their rights like early generation of Muslim women have done.

Professor Omotosho therefore called on men to also educate themselves about the rights of women around them, as stipulated by the Islamic law and they should be courageous enough to respect the rights of women.

The lecturer advocated the establishment of a special body to promote and defend the rights of women, while the body should be empowered to serve as a first step alternative dispute resolution for those women ego could not afford the cost of litigation in the Shariah courts.

By Mahmood Olayinka Alaya

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