Bismillahi Rahmani Raheem
Allahumma Swalli Ala Sayyidina Muhammadin wa Ala Aali Sayyidina Muhammadin wa Sallim
This article aim to give an introduction about the Status of Woman in Islam. Their rights, duties and responsibilities.
Western media’s conspiracy propaganda against Islam by the enemies of Islam, caused non-Muslims to falsely believe woman is considered as inferior in Islam!.
As a preface, the First believers among the three, one of them was woman (Khadija the wife of the Prophet Muhammad Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him and his family)
1- First Martyr in Islam was a woman (Sumayya R.A)
2- One of the well know narrators of Hadith (and giving verdict and correcting some of the companions) to the companions of Prophet (s.a.w), the prominent one was a woman (Ayesha the Wife of the Prophet alaihiswalathu wa salam).
3- the Only Revelation that Honor a Woman by calling her name is only Quran.In Quran, God Almighty honored woman by her name. Mary mother of Jesus Christ (Peace be upon her) Ref; Sura 3 Aal Imran.
Quran 3:42 And when the angels said: O Mary, surely Allah has chosen thee and purified thee and chosen thee above the women of the world.
4- The only religion that give rights to widows and orphans is Islam. [Refer: the Advocate/Spirit of truth/Redeemer of the accursed- See Psalm 68:5, 146:9, Deuteronomy 10:18]
Quran 3:27 The Religion before Allah is Islam (submission to His Will): Nor did the People of the Book dissent therefrom except through envy of each other, after knowledge had come to them. But if any deny the Signs of Allah, Allah is swift in calling to account.
As it is said in James 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
Isaiah 1:17 Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.
Quran 2:215 They ask you, [O Muhammad], what they should spend. Say, “Whatever you spend of good is [to be] for parents and relatives and orphans and the needy and the traveler. And whatever you do of good – indeed, Allah is Knowing of it.”
“One who cares for widows and the poor is like those who fight in the way of Allah or those who spend their days fasting and their nights praying.” [Agreed upon, also in Adab al-Mufrad of Imaam Al-Bukhari in chapter “The Virtue of Those Who Care for Orphans”]
The excellence of someone who provides for an orphan
Abu Hurayra (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “The person who strives on behalf of the widows and poor is like those who strive in the way of Allah and like those who fast in the day and pray at night.”
The excellence of someone who provides for his orphan
‘A’isha said, “A woman came to me who had two of her daughters with her. She asked me for something, but I could not find anything except for a single date which I gave her. She divided it between her daughters and then got up and left. The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, came in and I told him what had happened. He said, ‘Whoever looks after these girls in any way and is good to them will have them as a veil from the Fire.'”
The excellence of someone who provides for an orphan in the company of his parents
Umm Sa’id bint Murra al-Fihri related from her father that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “I and the guardian of an orphan will be in the Garden like these two.” (His two fingers)
So now, there are many groups and sects in Islam, many ethnic groups with their own local customs, what they do against woman has nothing to do with Islam.
Allah says n Quran : 2:208 O you who have believed, enter into Islam completely [and perfectly] and do not follow the footsteps of Satan. Indeed, he is to you a clear enemy.
The Prophet (s.a.w) said: On the authority of Abu Muhammad Abdullah bin ’Amr bin al-’Aas (may Allah be pleased with him) who said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “None of you [truly] believes until his desires are subservient to that which I have brought.” [Imam an-Nawawi says:] We have related it in Kitab al-Hujjah with a saheeh chain of narrators. [40 Hadith Imam Nawawi)
So Islam has to be understood by Quran, Sunnah (traditions of the Prophet Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and of the rightly guided successors. Not to judge Islam by general mass living in the 21st century (as this period is known as time of afflictions and great confusion, ref: Bukhaari Sahih Book 88) in secular societies and struggling with social cultural and identity crisis!.
So if west learn Islam from 21st century people, they will learn Christianity, Judaism and other faiths from the same 18th to 21st century corrupt and imperfect people, which ultimate will bring harm to peaceful living and communal harmony!.
Think about if Muslims and others learn and judge Christianity from Crusades, Catholic-Protestant wars , bloohed, killing, and American-Evangelical Christians invasion and mass murder of Red Indians, Mayans etc? and Hiroshima , Nagasaki atom Bomb explosions, world wars?
So we must be intelligent and truthful, seeking the truth with light Wisdom and justice.
SOME QURAN ABOUT WOMAN:
Since, we cannot make a verdict or complete statement without following Hadiths (the teachings of the Prophet s.a.w), a few words from Quran is quoted:
Quran 4:128-129 And if a woman fears from her husband contempt or evasion, there is no sin upon them if they make terms of settlement between them – and settlement is best. And present in [human] souls is stinginess. But if you do good and fear Allah – then indeed Allah is ever, with what you do, Acquainted. And you will never be able to be equal [in feeling] between wives, even if you should strive [to do so]. So do not incline completely [toward one] and leave another hanging. And if you amend [your affairs] and fear Allah – then indeed, Allah is ever Forgiving and Merciful.
Quran 16:97 Whoever does righteousness, whether male or female, while he is a believer – We will surely cause him to live a good life, and We will surely give them their reward [in the Hereafter] according to the best of what they used to do.
MEN AND WOMEN IN END OF TIMES:22:2-4 On the Day you see it every nursing mother will be distracted from that [child] she was nursing, and every pregnant woman will abort her pregnancy, and you will see the people [appearing] intoxicated while they are not intoxicated; but the punishment of Allah is severe.And of the people is he who disputes about Allah without knowledge and follows every rebellious devil.It has been decreed for every devil that whoever turns to him – he will misguide him and will lead him to the punishment of the Blaze.
Quran 24:2 The [unmarried] woman or [unmarried] man found guilty of sexual intercourse – lash each one of them with a hundred lashes, and do not be taken by pity for them in the religion of Allah , if you should believe in Allah and the Last Day. And let a group of the believers witness their punishment. [Cross Ref: 1 Corinthians 5:1, Ephesians 5:5, Leviticus 20:9-10)
However as we read in the Quran, the Redeemer of the Accursed-The Spirit of Holiness, Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), redeem the sinners by judging them in this world and giving prescribed punishment by God in the Quran according to the seriousness of the crime.
In the Old Testament Laws, they were put to death, without giving them a time for repentance and correction. But the Quran-Last revelation says, 100 lashes for the unmarried people if they commit adultery?
But you are rebelling against God’s word and saying you want to ban Quran and Shariah?, because of it’s so called Barbaric laws?, why don’t you think to ban old testament? , or the secular laws that at circumstances have laws to shoot at sight?!!!!, Isn’t the secularism that committed more war and bloodshed since colonialism and post-colonialism?
Isn’t in secular world, the most killing of innocent?, the abortion, which nearly a million abortion every year in US only?
Read; Abortion statistics in the UK (Exclude Scotland and Northern Ireland) https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/319460/Abortion_Statistics__England_and_Wales_2013.pdf
So you must be just and truthful about your own social situation, instead of blaming Islamic legal punishments!
Note:Murder of innocent is forbidden Islam.
Quran 33:36 It is not for a believing man or a believing woman, when Allah and His Messenger have decided a matter, that they should [thereafter] have any choice about their affair. And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger has certainly strayed into clear error.
Quran 40:40 Whoever does an evil deed will not be recompensed except by the like thereof; but whoever does righteousness, whether male or female, while he is a believer – those will enter Paradise, being given provision therein without account.
Quran 51:8 Allah has indeed heard (and accepted) the statement of the woman who pleads with thee concerning her husband and carries her complaint (in prayer) to Allah: and Allah (always) hears the arguments between both sides among you: for Allah hears and sees (all things).
Quran 4:4 And give the women [upon marriage] their [bridal] gifts graciously. But if they give up willingly to you anything of it, then take it in satisfaction and ease.
Quran 4:15 Those who commit unlawful sexual intercourse of your women – bring against them four [witnesses] from among you. And if they testify, confine the guilty women to houses until death takes them or Allah ordains for them [another] way.
Quran 4:34 Men are in charge of women by [right of] what Allah has given one over the other and what they spend [for maintenance] from their wealth. So righteous women are devoutly obedient, guarding in [the husband’s] absence what Allah would have them guard. But those [wives] from whom you fear arrogance – [first] advise them; [then if they persist], forsake them in bed; and [finally], strike them. But if they obey you [once more], seek no means against them. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted and Grand.
[Bible ref:Ephesians 5:24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.]
[Bible Ref: 1 Timothu 2:12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet.]
[Bible Ref: 1 Cortinhians 14:33 Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says.]
Quran 5;5 This day [all] good foods have been made lawful, and the food of those who were given the Scripture is lawful for you and your food is lawful for them. And [lawful in marriage are] chaste women from among the believers and chaste women from among those who were given the Scripture before you, when you have given them their due compensation, desiring chastity, not unlawful sexual intercourse or taking [secret] lovers. And whoever denies the faith – his work has become worthless, and he, in the Hereafter, will be among the losers.
Quran 9:71 The believing men and believing women are allies of one another. They enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and establish prayer and give zakah and obey Allah and His Messenger. Those – Allah will have mercy upon them. Indeed, Allah is Exalted in Might and Wise.
PUNISHMENT FOR THOSE WHO ACCUSE SEXUAL IMMORALITY ON CHASTE WOMAN:
Quran 24: 4 And those who accuse chaste women and then do not produce four witnesses – lash them with eighty lashes and do not accept from them testimony ever after. And those are the defiantly disobedient,
KEEP GOOD THOUGHTS ABOUT EACH OTHER:
Quran 24:12 Why did not the believers – men and women – when ye heard of the affair,- put the best construction on it in their own minds and say, “This (charge) is an obvious lie”?
WOMEN’S HONOR IS IN ISLAM, THERE IS NO SCANDALS IN ISLAM:
Quran 24:23 Those who slander chaste women, indiscreet but believing, are cursed in this life and in the Hereafter: for them is a grievous Penalty,-
NEED FOR MODESTY IS TO PROTECT SEXUAL MORALITY AND HEART:
Quran 24:31 And tell the believing women to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts and not expose their adornment except that which [necessarily] appears thereof and to wrap [a portion of] their headcovers over their chests and not expose their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers, their brothers’ sons, their sisters’ sons, their women, that which their right hands possess, or those male attendants having no physical desire, or children who are not yet aware of the private aspects of women. And let them not stamp their feet to make known what they conceal of their adornment. And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed.
Bible Ref: Matthew 5: 27“You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY’; 28 but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29“If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of yourhg
body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.…
Hadith: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Prescribed for the son of Adam is his portion of adultery which he must inevitably acquire. The adultery of the eyes is the glance. The adultery of the ears is listening. The adultery of the tongue is speech. The adultery of the hand is the grasp. The adultery of the foot is the step. The heart yearns and desires. The genitals then either confirm this or deny it.” [Sahîh al-Bukhârî and Sahîh Muslim]
Quran 24:60 And women of post-menstrual age who have no desire for marriage – there is no blame upon them for putting aside their outer garments [but] not displaying adornment. But to modestly refrain [from that] is better for them. And Allah is Hearing and Knowing.
Quran 33:35 Indeed, the Muslim men and Muslim women, the believing men and believing women, the obedient men and obedient women, the truthful men and truthful women, the patient men and patient women, the humble men and humble women, the charitable men and charitable women, the fasting men and fasting women, the men who guard their private parts and the women who do so, and the men who remember Allah often and the women who do so – for them Allah has prepared forgiveness and a great reward.
Quran 33:58 And those who annoy believing men and women undeservedly, bear (on themselves) a calumny and a glaring sin.
WOMAN’S RIGHT FROM OTHER WOMAN
Quran 49:11 O you who have believed, let not a people ridicule [another] people; perhaps they may be better than them; nor let women ridicule [other] women; perhaps they may be better than them. And do not insult one another and do not call each other by [offensive] nicknames. Wretched is the name of disobedience after [one’s] faith. And whoever does not repent – then it is those who are the wrongdoers.
Quran 57:18 Indeed, the men who practice charity and the women who practice charity and [they who] have loaned Allah a goodly loan – it will be multiplied for them, and they will have a noble reward.
Quran 57:12-13 On the Day you see the believing men and believing women, their light proceeding before them and on their right, [it will be said], “Your good tidings today are [of] gardens beneath which rivers flow, wherein you will abide eternally.” That is what is the great attainment. On the [same] Day the hypocrite men and hypocrite women will say to those who believed, “Wait for us that we may acquire some of your light.” It will be said, “Go back behind you and seek light.” And a wall will be placed between them with a door, its interior containing mercy, but on the outside of it is torment.
Quran 65:6 Lodge them [in a section] of where you dwell out of your means and do not harm them in order to oppress them. And if they should be pregnant, then spend on them until they give birth. And if they breastfeed for you, then give them their payment and confer among yourselves in the acceptable way; but if you are in discord, then there may breastfeed for the father another woman.
Quran 65:6 Indeed, those who have tortured the believing men and believing women and then have not repented will have the punishment of Hell, and they will have the punishment of the Burning Fire.
FROM THE LAST SERMON OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD (S.A.W)
……O People, it is true that you have certain rights with regard to your women, but they also have rights over you. Remember that you have taken them as your wives only under Allah’s trust and with His permission. If they abide by your right then to them belongs the right to be fed and clothed in kindness. Do treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners and committed helpers. And it is your right that they do not make friends with any one of whom you do not approve, as well as never to be unchaste….
THE PROTECTOR OF WOMEN AND WIDOWS: (See Bible Prophesies)
From Sahih Bukhari: Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Dinar: My father said, “I heard Ibn ‘Umar reciting the poetic verses of Abu Talib: And a white (kcng person) (i.e. the Prophet) who is requested to pray for rain and who takes care of the orphans and is the guardian of widows.” Salim’s father (Ibn ‘Umar) said, “The following poetic verse occurred to my mind while I was looking at the face of the Prophet (p.b.u.h) while he was praying for rain. He did not get down till the rain water flowed profusely from every roof-g utter: And a white (person) who is requested to pray for rain and who takes care of the orphans and is the guardian of widows . . . And these were the words of Abu Talib.” (Book 17, Hadith 122)