From Esther Akaa, Lafia
The former Deputy Vice Chancellor (DVC) at the Nasarawa State University Keffi, (NSUK), Prof. Sa’adatu Liman, has called for the strict implementation of the Qu’ran’s human rights for Muslim women in addressing injustice and the suppression of women’s rights in Nigeria.
Prof. Liman stated this at the 35th Inaugural lecture of the institution held in Keffi Local Government Area ( LGA) of Nasarawa state on Tuesday.
The Professor of Islamic Studies at the university said the only solution to the oppression and suppression of the muslim woman is the strict application of the fundamental human rights of the woman as enshrined by the Qu’ran and exemplified by Prophet Muhammad.
“Studies have shown that women enjoyed these rights during the era of the Prophet.
“So the muslim feminist struggle should be geared towards strict application of the Shariah rules regarding women’s rights as preached and exemplified by the Prophet.
“Pursuing the line of thinking the western feminist struggle will only result in the stripping of the muslim woman off her dignity, destruction of th family structure among others,” she said.
She said the actions of muslim women activists, feminists and the western feminist groups who are reinterpreting the Qu’ran verses and reformulating the Sharia principles on women rights will not yield the desired results in the protection of human rights of women.
She , therefore called on governments at all levels to always ensure that the Islamic principles regarding women’s rights are strictly observed in their societies.
Liman also urged Islamic teachers and preachers to double their efforts in preaching and teaching against women rights abuse.
“They must educate members of the society on those beautiful rights accorded to the muslim woman by the Sharia that were unequalled in any of the civilisations or religions across the world,” she said.
Speaking earlier, Professor Suleiman Bala-Mohammed, Vice Chancellor of the University lauded the inaugural lecturer for the dexterity, dedication and commitment to service to the university and to humanity in general.
Bala-Mohammed described her as a worthy partner in whose modest contribution to the development of the institution was unquantifiable.
The VC assured that the university will continue to partner with relevant stakeholders in the state and country at large to ensure that the inaugural lectures in NSUK is sustained.
He, therefore called on other professors who are yet to deliver their inaugural lecture to indicate interest to do so.
The Voice reports that the topic of the inaugural lecture was “Deconstructing The Notion of Oppression and Suppression of Women in Islam: Revisiting The Islamic Versus Universal Concepts of Human Rights.”