Women and Islam


"And among His Signs is this, that He created for you mates from among yourselves, that you 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." (Quran: 30/21).


With Islam women got the position and value that they deserved and reached welfare and bliss, they had always longed for throughout history. Islamic law has abolished the practices of excess and negligence and set up a perfect balance and harmony between two genders.

Allah(God) says: "And among His Signs is this, that He created for you mates from among yourselves, that you 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. " (Quran : 30/21).

Although it is fundamental that girls be brought up to be delicate like flowers and mild and affectionate educators of children, due attention must be given to making them inflexible defenders of truth. Otherwise, we shall have transformed them into poor, impotent beings for the sake of delicacy and mildness. We must not forget that female lions are still lions.(Fethullah Gulen, Pearls of Wisdom)

Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) indicated that women are fragile like glass and men should treat them with delicacy and tenderness. Once A man came to the Prophet (pbuh) and said,
-O Messenger of God! Who among the people is the most worthy of my good companionship?
The Prophet (pbuh) said:
-Your mother.
The man said,
-Then who?
The Prophet (pbuh) said:
-Then your mother.
The man further asked:
-Then who?
The Prophet (pbuh) said:
-Then your mother.
The man asked again:
-Then who?
The Prophet (pbuh) said:
-Then your father. ( Hadith, Bukhari, Muslim).

The Prophet (pbuh) said, "People are equal like the teeth of the comb." This hadith shows that man and women, husband and wife are equal in islam. Let us now learn about some sociological facts about women rights in islam.

Marrying four women: A man cannot marry another woman without taking absolute permission and approval of his first wife. If the first wife does not approve another wife, a muslim may never be married to a second woman.

Rights of Daughters: It is forbiden in islam to force daughters to marry someone they don't want to marry.

Education of Women: The Prophet (pbuh) encouraged women on learning, reading and writing therefore women had a good share of education . Al-Bukhari records that women asked the Prophet (pbuh) to assign a day on which he might meet and teach them and the Prophet(pbuh) did.

As related by Enes b. Malik: A sahabi named Anjeshe was leading the camels that were carrying the Prophet's wives on the way back from the last pilgrimage. He was making the camels run with the rhythmic songs he sang with his beautiful voice. The Prophet told him:
-"O Anjeshe, ride slowly, do not break the crystals" (Darimi, Istizan, 65).

Here the Prophet(pbuh) used a very delicate and gentle term for women. He stressed that his wives are pure and precious like a crystal and at the same time they are very delicate. They can be easily broken.

(pbuh) = peace be upon him


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