Empowering Women with Haya: An Islamic Call to Women's Dignity and Empowerment

09:20 PM | 12 Sep, 2023
Empowering Women with Haya: An Islamic Call to Women's Dignity and Empowerment

Dr Romesa Mariam

In an era where discussions about gender equality and women's empowerment reverberate worldwide, it is imperative to explore various cultural and religious perspectives that contribute to this discourse. One such perspective is found in Islam, where the concept of "Haya" serves as a profound call to empower women. 

Haya, often translated as modesty, humility, or shyness, is a foundational virtue in Islam. While it may seem paradoxical to some, Islamic teachings emphasize that Haya is a source of empowerment for women, rather than a constraint. It is crucial to understand this perspective to appreciate the profound role that Islamic principles play in promoting women's dignity and empowerment. 

Haya, in Islam, does not entail mere physical modesty but encompasses a broader sense of modesty in behaviour, speech, and dress. It is about maintaining one's dignity and self-respect, which, in turn, empowers women to stand strong in the face of adversity and societal pressures. 

Islam encourages women to be confident and assertive while upholding their modesty. This balance empowers women to be active participants in various spheres of life, whether it be in education, career, or public service. Islamic history is replete with examples of powerful and influential women who made significant contributions to society while adhering to the principles of Haya. 

One of the most profound aspects of empowering women with Haya is the emphasis on respect and dignity in interpersonal relationships. Islam teaches that both men and women should treat each other with kindness, respect, and fairness. By promoting healthy relationships based on mutual respect, Islam provides a strong foundation for women's empowerment within their families and communities. 

Moreover, the concept of Haya encourages women to be aware of their worth and to demand respect in all aspects of life. It discourages objectification and exploitation, emphasizing that a woman's value is not determined by her appearance or societal standards, but by her character and actions. This perspective serves as a powerful counter-narrative to the objectification and commodification of women that persists in many parts of the world. 

Furthermore, Islamic teachings call upon women to seek knowledge actively. The Prophet Muhammad himself stated that seeking knowledge is obligatory for every Muslim, male and female. This emphasis on education empowers women to excel in various fields and equips them with the tools to contribute meaningfully to society. 

While some may argue that the concept of Haya is restrictive, it is crucial to differentiate between genuine empowerment and the superficial appearance of liberation. True empowerment lies in the freedom to make choices that align with one's values and principles. Empowering women with Haya ensures that their choices are made from a position of strength, self-respect, and dignity rather than societal pressures or objectification. 

In conclusion, the concept of Haya in Islam offers a unique and empowering perspective on women's dignity and empowerment. It encourages women to be confident, assertive, and respectful, both in their personal lives and in society at large. By emphasizing modesty and self-respect, Islam equips women to navigate the complexities of the modern world while maintaining their core values and principles. In a global quest for gender equality, it is essential to recognize and appreciate the diversity of perspectives, such as Haya in Islam, that contribute to the empowerment of women. 

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Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on Sept 23, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on September 23, 2023 (Saturday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 292 295.15
Euro EUR 317 320
UK Pound Sterling GBP 372.5 376
U.A.E Dirham AED 81.5 82.3
Saudi Riyal SAR 78.55 79.3
Australian Dollar AUD 198 200
Bahrain Dinar BHD 781.13 789.13
Canadian Dollar CAD 220 222.2
China Yuan CNY 40.22 40.62
Danish Krone DKK 42.35 42.75
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 37.93 38.28
Indian Rupee INR 3.57 3.68
Japanese Yen JPY 1.92 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 951.03 960.03
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.62 63.22
New Zealand Dollar NZD 174.23 176.23
Norwegians Krone NOK 27.87 28.17
Omani Riyal OMR 762.72 770.72
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 80.69 81.39
Singapore Dollar SGD 217 219
Swedish Korona SEK 26.62 26.92
Swiss Franc CHF 325.12 327.62
Thai Bhat THB 8.31 8.46

Gold Rate in Pakistan Today – September 23, 2023

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 215,800 on Saturday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs185,020.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs170,068 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs198,365.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

Today Gold Price in Pakistan - 23 September 2023

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 215,800 PKR 2,565
Karachi PKR 215,800 PKR 2,565
Islamabad PKR 215,800 PKR 2,565
Peshawar PKR 215,800 PKR 2,565
Quetta PKR 215,800 PKR 2,565
Sialkot PKR 215,800 PKR 2,565
Attock PKR 215,800 PKR 2,565
Gujranwala PKR 215,800 PKR 2,565
Jehlum PKR 215,800 PKR 2,565
Multan PKR 215,800 PKR 2,565
Bahawalpur PKR 215,800 PKR 2,565
Gujrat PKR 215,800 PKR 2,565
Nawabshah PKR 215,800 PKR 2,565
Chakwal PKR 215,800 PKR 2,565
Hyderabad PKR 215,800 PKR 2,565
Nowshehra PKR 215,800 PKR 2,565
Sargodha PKR 215,800 PKR 2,565
Faisalabad PKR 215,800 PKR 2,565
Mirpur PKR 215,800 PKR 2,565


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