Rights of Women in Islam! part one

As salam alekum wa rehmatillahi wa barkatahu
(May peace, blessings, and mercy of Allah (swt) be on all of you)

Women Rights in Islam are reviewed by two sources Al Qura’n and Hadith which never contradict each other. Many people have different perspective and differences which can be eradicated by using the quotations of Qura’n and Hadith. A Muslim should show gratitude towards Allah (swt) and should seek pleasure. Islam believes in equality of both men and women. However, equality doesn’t mean identicality. The character of a man and a woman in Islam is to be approving of one another. Because a man and a woman are partners no one can be noticeable for supremacy. Furthermore, men and women are companions of one and other.

First of all, many unlearned men has a misconception that heaven is only for them not for women, this misunderstanding can be removed by quoting the Qura’n in Surah Nisa chapter 4 verse 124. “If any do deeds of righteousness, – be they male or female – and have faith, they will enter Heaven, and not the least injustice will be done to them”. In addition in Islam a woman has been uplifted because of her pregnancy and child birth. Both men and women have the same spiritual and moral duties to perform. For example, they both pray, fast, give zakath, believe in Allah (swt), want to go on pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina, and they read the same Shahadah everyday when they get up in the morning. However, women have been given some conception in Islam. When she is ailing or pregnant, she doesn’t have to fast; however, she has to make it up later when she feels better.


Secondly, a woman can disclaim or discard any of her property without taking any advice doesn’t matter if she is single, or married. Subsequently, Women in Islam can work if she wants to, as long as she maintains her hijab. There are few jobs that are forbidden for both men and women such as, Smuggling, Movie Acting, Modeling, Serving Alcohol, Gambling, and etc. In Islam women has more financial security than men. For example, when a husband can spend thousands of dollars on the reception then he can give at least the half of it to his wife as a gift which is also known as “Meher”. However, in Islam “Meher” could be anything because it is a gift, but since he is spending so much on one day, he can afford it to give at least the half of it to his wife. Am I right? Or Wrong? The most disgusting thing to me is when the groom’s family ask the bride’s family for dowry, which is actually prohibited in Islam. As we all know Islam doesn’t prohibit a woman from working. When a women works, whatever she earns it’s her property. She can do anything, she wants. She can give it to somebody, or spend it all. However, if she wants she can spend it on her house hold or on her kids. There is more to it! No matter how rich the wife is, it is a man’s responsibility to take care of his wife and kids by clothing, food, and shelter and to fulfill their desired needs. Finally, in case of divorce or widowed a woman is given financial support for a period of time, if she has children she is also given child support as said in Qura’n.

Women are referred as “Mohsana” in Qura’n (fort rate against the devil). A woman marries the man and keeps him on the right path. “Sahih Bukhari chapter 8 verse 7 hadith no 4. Prophet (pbuh) said, “whoever marries completes half deen”. This means that she will protect him from homosexuality which leads to the major sins in this world. Allah (swt) gave love in the hearts of their husbands and wives as said in Surah Rum chapter 30 verse 21. “[21] And among His Signs is this, that He created for you mates from among yourselves, that ye may dwell in tranquillity with them, and He has put love and mercy between your (hearts): verily in that are Signs for those who reflect”. According to Surah Nisa chapter 4 verse 21, marriage is a consecrated agreement. “And how could ye take it when ye have gone in unto each other and they have taken from you a solemn covenant?” One is forbidden to inherited women against her will. A woman is not married so that she can be treated as a slave, she is not married to a master; however, as mentioned in hadith 7396 “Women are married to her equal”. In Qura’n it is clearly mention that husband and a wife has equal rights; however, man has been given one scale higher in leadership in the family (One degree higher in responsibility not higher in nature or kind) as mentioned in Surah Baqrah chapter 2 verse 228. “Divorced women shall wait concerning themselves for three monthly periods. Nor is it lawful for them to hide what Allah hath created in their wombs, if they have faith in Allah and the Last Day. And their husbands have the better right to take them back in that period, if they wish for reconciliation. And women shall have rights similar to the rights against them, according to what is equitable; but men have a degree (of advantage) over them. And Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise”. It is also mentioned in Qura’n that men are the protectors and maintainers of the women; in addition, if a man doesn’t like his wife, he should still show his wife kindness and give his compassion.


Don’t forget to read “Rights of Women in Islam! Part two”

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8 Responses to “Rights of Women in Islam! part one”

  1. Kin Robles Says:

    My friend, in your previous blog you wrote: “I want people to be inspired by me and I would like to see this chain of inspiration going all over the world which gives one another an eagerness to learn more about our Deen (Islamic Teachings).”

    I, too, would like to see the inspiration of God touch the world. I find it very interesting that you and I began our respective blogs about the same time (October 2008). Perhaps we have both been inspired to reach out to one another, as all should, to bring greater understanding between peoples in a time when such an understanding is vital.

    May Allah and Christ touch us both, as Muslim and Catholic, in an embrace of friendship. May we share our faiths openly and in the full spirit of God’s love and mercy.

    Thank you for your blog. It will help to open my eyes and ears to all of God’s children.

    Peace be with you.

  2. MuslimahBlog Says:

    As salam alekum wa rehmatillahi wa barkatahu!
    (May peace, blessings and mercy of Allah (swt) be upon you)

    Thank you Kin Robles for your comment and your desire to reach out to people to educate and inspire them. I am sure God Almighty notice your efforts and will reward you.

    What you mentioned about Jesus Christ is very nice because we Muslims also believe that he was one of the mightiest Messengers of Allah (swt). We believe that he was the Messiah, translated ‘Christ’. We believe that he was born miraculously and it is true that we should involve in dialogues as it is mentioned in the Holy Quran “Invite all to the way of thy Lord with beautiful preaching and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious.” (Qur’an 16:125)

    I pray for you and for a better world with Peace and prosperity…Ameen

    MuslimahBlog

  3. Almira Says:

    I have a question.

    Is there a langugual difference between an Islamic dressing that shows the hands and the face, and one that covers everything but the eyes?

    What about a burka with a netting over her eyes to conceal even those?

    Can you explain the differences to me? Is any more holy than the other?

  4. alanany Says:

    مدونة رائعة بالفعل نشكر صاحبها

  5. MuslimahBlog Says:

    شكرا على التعليقات

  6. MuslimahBlog Says:

    As salam alekum wa rehmatillahi wa barkatahu Almira
    (May peace, mercy, and blessings of Allah (swt) be upon you)

    In Islam a women has to cover her hair with hijab and body with Jilbab(Burka) which is a basic way of covering. However, there are some women who cover their eyes with the veil and hands with gloves.
    To explain this let me give you an example: You father wanted you to became a Doctor. You worked really hard for it and you became a Doctor. Your father is so proud of you that he can’t stop saying that his dauther is a Doctor. However, if you work a litlte harder and become a MD or become a Specialized Surgeon, you have actually went higher than your dad’s expectations. In that case, he is so proud of you that he rewards you with so many things and you can just see his happiness on his face. He is ecstatic to see that you went beyond his expectations, and he is proud that you listen to him and did something more than what he has expected.
    On the other hand, You didnt wanted to become a Doctor, lets say you wanted to become an engineer, and you did became an engineer. Your father will be proud of you but he wont be as proud of you as he would be if you would have become a Doctor.
    When Allah (Swt) wanted women to cover their hair with hijab and their bodies with Jilbab(Burka) that is a basic covering we have to do, but we can’t go less than that, what i mean by that is if women wear hijab but show their body with tight clothings than that is less clothing than the basic way of covering. If women wear Burka with hijab but show their hair from the front than that is not the basic way of covering.
    On the other hand, women who wears hijab, burka, cover their eyes with veil, and cover their hands with gloves. they are going beyond what Allah (swt) has told them to do. In addition, they will be rewarded in this world AND in the hearafter. Many women draw veil because it is a way to secure personal liberty in a world that objectifies women. Several women wear hijab because it allows them freedom of movement and control of their bodies. In addition, hijab protects women from the male gaze and allows them to become autonomous subjects. Women who covers themselves from outside and women who lower their gaze will wake up in the hearafter with a face shinning brighter than a moon.

    Allah (swt) knows the best

    Peace

    MuslimahBlog

  7. Islam4Parents Says:

    Assalamualaikum,

    JazakAllah khair for the beautiful post.

    May Allah reward you.

  8. MuslimahBlog Says:

    Walekum as salam!
    Thank you for your comment!

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