By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
A Professor of Islamic Law, University of Ilorin, Abdulrafi Omotosho has called for a special body that would promote and defend the rights of women as the first alternative dispute resolution for those who could not afford the cost of litigation in the Shari’ah courts.
He said men at all levels should also educate themselves about the rights of women around them as stipulated by Islamic law.
Omotosho made this call on Thursday during the 191st Inaugural lecture of the University titled: “She has a lion share under the Islamic Law”.
He urged women to be courageous and fearless in demanding their rights like the early generation of Muslim women.
According to him, “the government, the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs(NSCIA) and indeed the rest of the Muslims community should embark on massive education of the general public(Muslims and non-Muslims)on the right of women in Islam.
“I am one of those who believe that until Muslims, Christians and other faiths in this country learn about one another’s traditions and cultures, we may never be able to respect ourselves and speculation and suspicion will continue,”
The Don added that the Islamic Law restored women honour and dignity and grant them privileges they never enjoyed.
He added that women have equal rights with the men as daughters, mothers, sisters, and wives and have the freedom to do anything under the lawful.
He lamented that some Muslims men who are supposed to know the position of Islam and Islamic law and defend it also joined the critics.
Omotosho noted that Islamic law has accorded women more rights than any legal system before Islam, adding that avenue like the inaugural lecture where a cross-section of the society was present would provide the best and another opportunity to fill the gap.