RAWALPINDI, Nov 8 (Pakistan Point News - APP - 08th Nov, 2016 ) :- A philosophical and intellectual lecture regarding the `Role of women in promoting tolerance` was held here on Tuesday at Fatima Jinnah Women University, (FJWU) in collaboration with Punjab Information Department. The lecture was organized for the students to increase awareness and knowledge of islam regarding the rights and responsibilities of women in the society as well as how women can promote tolerance.
Syed Bilal Qutab, renowned scholar, an architect by profession, trainer and a counselor was the guest speaker on the occasion. While briefing the students about the concept of women and tolerance in Islam, Dr. Bilal said that Islam has given a privileged status to women rather than men. The role of women as a mother, daughter and sister is a blessing of Allah. He said that tolerance is not concession, condescension or indulgence. Tolerance is, above all, an active attitude prompted by recognition of the universal human rights and fundamental freedoms of others.
So the role and contributions of women to the culture of peace and tolerance is not only important because women represent the majority of the global population, but also because women are key drivers of the radical change of mindsets, institutions and cultures that we seek. He also explained in detail many complex issues regarding women rights and differentiated the teachings of Islam from other religions. Men and women have different roles within Islam.
Majority Muslim countries give women varying degrees of rights with regards to marriage, divorce, civil rights, legal status, dress code and education based on different interpretations but Dr. Bilal said, "We should only follow the teachings of Quran and Sunnat." He also shed light on various teachings of Prophet Mohammad (Peace Be Upon Him) with references of 'Hadis and Sunnat' with regards to the role of women in creating tolerance. A large number of the faculty, staff and students attended the lecture that was followed by a question answer session.