Allah the Almighty does not differentiate between genders in measuring the level of the faith of His servants, Men and women are equal in the sight of Allah the Almighty, imams said in the Friday sermon yesterday.
Women have three important responsibilities which are towards Allah the Almighty, towards the household and towards society.
Imams said before Islam, women’s status was low.
“Women were seen as second-class citizens, not allowed to play a role in social, economic and political domains, were deprived of rights and were oppressed and treated cruelly.
“The birth of a daughter was met with hatred and shame.”
Imams added that with Islam, women’s rank was raised, and were given rights.
Women could inherit and own property, and manage it themselves, they said.
Imams said, “Brunei Darussalam recognises the importance of women in socio-economic development in addition to recognising the equality of women’s rights and empowerment.”
The nation celebrated International Women’s Day by emphasising innovation in technology and education in the digital age to achieve gender equality and empowerment of women, as well as emphasising the importance of protecting the rights of women and girls in the digital space and addressing gender-based violence online and through infocommunication technology.