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True Islam actually openly preaches that women are property and they are to be controlled by men.

 

Virgins awaiting those who make it to paradise, two women are said to be worth one man, men can marry (and hold "captive") "two, three or four" wives, women can be exchanged like property, "men are in charge of women", men are encouraged to punish women, males inherit twice what women do etc. etc.

 

If you have read any of the Koran, you could list more and more examples.

 

If that guy has actually read the Koran, and thinks it doesn't promote the subjugation of women,

 

If someone is Islamic and doesn't believes in equality of women.... then they're not a good Muslim.

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True Islam actually openly preaches that women are property and they are to be controlled by men.

 

No this is absolutely not true.

 

men can marry (and hold "captive") "two, three or four" wives

 

Monogamy is the rule and polygamy is only the exception. In terms of birth rates, men and women are equal in number. But it happens time and time again in history that the number of men decreases in society. How then can a healthy relationship between the two sexes be established?

 

The choice is not between monogamy and polygamy, but rather, between the lawful polygamy of Islam or the illicit polygamy of non-Islamic peoples.

 

God permits Muslim men to marry up to 4 women. The Quran says:

 

If you fear that you cannot treat orphans with fairness, then you may marry such women (widowed) as seem good to you: two, three or four of them. But if you fear that you cannot do justice, marry one only. – Al Qur’an, 4:3

 

This verse was revealed after the battle of Uhud, where the women of Medina were left widowed with orphaned children. So the question arose as to how this social problem can be solved. God revealed this verse saying that a man can marry up to four women while keeping the orphaned children under his care. Therefore it seems that this verse is only temporary in effect. The truth is quite the contrary. The Quran is universal and as such it describes eternal realities under the band of temporal issues. This verse thus applies whenever women outnumber men in society. And it is a fact that this situation is prevalent throughout history. This commandment is another proof of God's omniscience.

 

Records show that men and women are equal in number. The morality of men is however higher than women. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica:

 

“In general, the risk of death at any given age is less for females than for males.†Encyclopedia Britannica (1984), vol. 7, p. 3

 

This higher number of women is traced to the following causes:

 

1. Wars. Most casualties in wars are men. In the First World War about 8 million soldiers were killed. In the Second World War, about 60 million people were either killed or maimed for life. In the Iraq-Iran war alone 82,000 Iranian women and about 100,000 Iraqi women were widowed. All during a time span of ten years.

 

2. Imprisonment. In the US alone, no less than 1,300,000 people are convicted daily. 97% of whom are men who are obliged to serve lengthy prison sentences.

 

3. Industrialization. In 1967, a total of 175,000 people died as the result of accidents in fifty different countries due mainly to the operation of heavy machinery.

 

Women through the ages continue to outnumber men. This applies to even the most developed countries. In 1967, there were nearly 7,100,000 more women than men. This means that if every single man in America got married, 7,100,000 women would be left without husbands.

 

Pls see the below data which applies to several western countries, showing the ratio of men to women.

 

Country Male Female

 

Austria 47.7% 52.93%

 

Bunna 48.81 51.19

 

Germany 48.02 51.89

 

France 48.99 51.01

 

Italy 48.89 51.01

 

Poland 48.61 51.30

 

Spain 48.94 51.06

 

Switzerland 48.67 51.33

 

Soviet Union 46.59 53.03

 

United States 48.58 51.42

 

 

Encyclopedia Britannica (1984).

 

Taking the above into consideration, what is the solution to this problem?

 

In the old Hindu society, a widow would burn herself to death to eliminate her problems. In today's western society, a women refuses to become a second wife but accepts to become one man or more's mistress. During the Second World War, permissiveness became so prevalent in Western societies that the following words were seen outside the houses of widowed women:

 

"Wanted: A Guest for the Eveningâ€

 

Now the question arises as to whether this has become the definition of a woman's worth.

 

Polygamy has never been lawful to satisfy man's sexual desires. It is a practical solution to a social problem that has been and will always be prevalent.

 

 

women can be exchanged like property

 

The willingness on the woman's part is a must in an Islamic marriage. The Prophet Muhammad said “an unmarried girl should not be married until her permission has been taken†(AI-Bukhari, Sahih)

 

 

"men are in charge of women", men are encouraged to punish women

 

 

Islam Does not degrade Women

 

Contrary to the common misconception, Islam does not degrade women. It gives the utmost respect to women.

 

The following traditions of the Prophet indicate the elevated function of woman in Islam:

 

“Women are half of men.

 

Fear God in respect of women.

 

“Heaven lies beneath the feet of mothers.†(That is, those who serve their mothers well are deserving of Paradise.)

 

“The best among you is he who is best for his family. For my family, I am the best of all of you.â€

 

“The most perfect man of religion is one who excels in character. The best among you is he who gives the best treatment to his womenfolk.â€

 

These traditions makes it clear that, although males and females differ from one another biologically, they are equal in terms of human status. No distinction is made between women and men as regards their respective rights.

 

Man and woman in the eyes of Islam then are not the duplicates of one another, but the complements. This concept permits the shortcomings of one sex to be compensated for by the strengths of the other. This is all to the good if they are to be lifetime companions.

 

It is a fact that women in general are not physically as strong as men, but their physical weakness in no way implies their inferiority to men. The eyes are the most delicate parts of our body, while the nails by comparison are extremely hard. That does not mean that the nails are superior to the eyes.

 

Just as two different kinds of fruits will differ in colour, taste, shape and texture, without one being superior or inferior to the other, so also do men and women have their different qualities which distinguish the male from the female without there being any question of superiority or inferiority. They are endowed by nature with different capacities so that they may play their respective roles in life with greater ease and effectiveness.

 

However, in respect of innate talents all individuals, be they men or women, differ from one another. Yet their need for each other is equal. All are of equal value. One is not more important or less important than the other. Similarly when it comes to the establishment of a home and raising of a family, men and women have their separate roles to play. But each is vital. Each is indispensable to the other. And for them to come together, function in unison and live in harmony, there must be mutual respect and a prevailing sense that a difference of biological function does not imply inequality. For the biological division of human beings into male and female is the result of the purposeful planning of our Creator.

 

In Islam, a woman enjoys the same status as that of a man. But in ancient times, women had come to be considered inferior and were deprived, among other things, of the right to inherit property. Islam for the first time in human history gave them their due legal rights over property. Neither did it distinguish between men and women as regards status, rights and blessings, both in this world and the Hereafter. Both were considered equal participants in the carrying out of the functions of daily living.

 

Since the earliest ideal phase of Islam, Muslim women have successfully exploited their talents towards the field of education in particular. Homes had become centres of learning. As women performed their role without going outdoors, there is a general impression that Islam has restricted women’s workplace to performing only domestic chores. But this is not the truth. First of all Islam encouraged them to receive education, and then enthused them with a new zeal. Subsequently, they went out to impart this learning to the next generation. Let’s take the instance of the Prophet’s wives, held up as role models for women in Islam. Preserving their femininity, they participated in all kinds of religious and worldly activities. For instance, the Prophet’s wife Aisha, having gained full knowledge of Islam from the Prophet, was able, after the death of the Prophet, to perform the task of teacher and guide to the Muslim community for a period of about fifty years. Abdullah ibn Abbas, a Companion of great stature, and one of the best commentators of the Qur’an, was one of Aisha’s pupils.

 

As modern day research tells us women are better with words than men. It is perhaps this reason why they are able to run educational institutions successfully. Besides this there may be many such workplaces where women are able to exploit their full potential. Since earliest days of Islam we find Muslim women working outdoors. Umm Dahdah, wife of a Companion of the Prophet worked in her orchard. Khadija, Prophet’s wife conducted business, to cite only a few of such examples. However, Islam sets great value on the proper management of home. It is because home is the most important unit of any society. Home is the centre of preparing succeeding generations. Thus neglecting home front will amount to neglecting the next generation, which in turn will result in a great national loss.

 

I would say that Islam grants even more respect to women than to men. According to one Hadith a man once came to the Prophet and asked him who rightfully deserved the best treatment from him.

 

“Your mother,†said the Prophet. “Who’s next?†asked the man. “Your mother.†“Who comes next?†the man asked again. The Prophet again replied, “Your mother.†“Who is after that?†insisted the man. “Your father,†said the Prophet.

 

Another example concerns Hajra, the Prophet Abraham’s wife. Hajj, regarded as the greatest form of worship in Islam, entails the performance of Sai, one of the main rites of the Hajj. This is accomplished by running back and forth seven times between Safa and Marwah, two hillocks near the Kaba. This running, enjoined upon every pilgrim, be they rich or poor, literate or illiterate, kings or commoners, is in imitation of the desperate quest of Hajra, Abraham’s wife, for water to quench the thirst of her crying infant, four thousand years ago. The performance of this rite is a lesson in struggling for the cause of God. It is of the utmost significance that this was an act performed by a woman. Perhaps there could be no better demonstration of a woman’s greatness than God’s command to all men, literally to follow in her footsteps.

 

We can see that the principle implied by the expression ‘ladies first’ in modern times had already been established in Islam at the very outset.

 

 

Islam does not hold Women to be Inferior to Men

 

 

There is a common belief that Islam gives a higher status to men in comparison to women. This is misconception in the truest sense of the word.

 

Contrary to the common misconception that Islam holds men superior to women, Islam actually gives equal status to women as that of men. The Quran says:

 

“You are members, one of another.†(3:195)

 

This means that there is no difference between the two as regards status, rights and blessings both in this world and in the Hereafter.

 

The following Hadith gives an apt description of the role of women:

 

Men and women are two equal halves of a single unit. (Al Tirmizi)

 

We see that both the sacred scriptures of Islam make it clear that neither sex is inferior or superior to the other. However, studies in biology and psychology show that the sexes are different in nature, each being designed for a different purpose. So, the Islamic maxim runs:

 

Equal in respect, but different in role.

 

Each being equal has a different sphere of action. That is, in making their contribution to social activity, the men undertake whatever is harder, while the women deal with whatever is lighter.

 

The Quran says that men are in charge of, that is, they are ‘maintainers’ of women (4:34). This leads to a common misconception that Islam gives a higher status to men then women. According to this verse of the Quran, it does not mean that men have a distinctive status over women – being maintainers of women has never been intended as a form of discriminatory treatment, it rather concerns the practical management of the home, for which the man is held responsible. However, this does not mean that a woman will never be allowed to shoulder these responsibilities. If she finds that she can bear this burden, no objection will be raised from any quarter. One example of this can be found in the Quran with reference to the people of Sheba. They lived in Yemen. The famous dam of Marib made their country very prosperous and enabled it to attain a high degree of civilization. The Quran tells us that they were ruled by a woman (27:23) without disapproving of her rule. Bilqis, the Queen of Sheba was very wise and sagacious, even more so than the men in her court. She did not want to embroil her country in war, while the men advised her to confront her enemies, namely, Solomon’s army. Abdullah Yusuf Ali writes:

 

“In Bilqis we have a picture of womanhood, gentle, prudent, and able to tame the wilder passions of her subjects.â€

 

It is an accepted principle with the commentators of the Quran that when the Quran reports something without any disapproval, that means that has been approved of by the Quran.

 

So when we look at this incident in the light of the Quran, we find the status of woman even higher than that of men. A woman is in charge of men and she has shouldered this responsibility with greater efficacy.

 

Thus the example of the Queen of Sheba having found mention in the Quran shows that rulership is not man’s monopoly. A woman can be a ‘qawwam’ over a man and the Quran has itself testified to it.

 

In fact, in the early period of Islam, both the sexes were fully active in different fields of life, from housework to agriculture and horticulture; and from worship in the Masjid to the battleground. Everywhere women were visible and active. Gradually there came about a division of labour, which is justifiable not only biologically and physiologically, but also in terms of the ensuing social benefits. One such important benefit is that they can see each other’s lives objectively, without that personal involvement which tends to cloud their judgment and lead to a damaging emotionalism. They are better able to counsel each other coolly and wisely, to give moral support at critical moments, and to offer the daily encouragement with which every successful union should be marked.

 

In Islamic history, there are many examples of women giving invaluable help to their husbands in critical situations. One of the most notable was Khadijah, the wife of the Prophet of Islam who successfully brought the Prophet back from a state of fear and trembling to a state of normalcy after his receiving the first divine revelation in the solitude of the Cave of Hira from the Archangel Gabriel. She was able to reassure him that his life was not, as he feared, in danger, as she herself was emotionally detached from the incident. She observed: “God will surely never forsake you. You are kind to your kin; you always help the weak; you take care of whoever crosses your threshold; you solace the weary; you speak the truth.†The reassurance that Khadijah gave to the Prophet of Islam on this occasion was one of the most significant contributions to the furtherance of Islam.

 

Then it occurred to Khadijah that she had best make enquiries of some learned Christians, who, well versed as they were in the scriptures, were bound to have knowledge of revelation and prophethood. She went first to a rahib (hermit) who lived near Mecca. On seeing her, the priest asked, “O noble lady of the Quraysh, what has brought you here?†Khadijah replied, “I have come here to ask you about Gabriel.†To this the rahib said, “Glory be to God, he is God’s pure angel. He visits prophets: he came to Jesus and Moses.†Then Khadijah went to another Christian called Addas. She put the same question to him, and he too told her that Gabriel was an angel of God, the very same who had been with Moses when God drowned the Pharaoh. He had also come to Jesus, and through him God had helped Jesus.

 

Then Khadijah hastened to Waraqah ibn Nawfal, a Christian convert who had translated part of the Bible into Arabic. When she had finished telling him of what Muhammad had seen and heard, Waraqah exclaimed, “Holy, holy! By the Master of my soul, if your report be true, O Khadijah, this must be the great spirit who spoke to Moses. This means that Muhammad must be the Prophet of this nation.†On a subsequent visit, Khadijah brought Muhammad to meet Waraqah ibn Nawfal. Muhammad related the events exactly as they had taken place and, when he had finished, Waraqah said, “By the Master of my soul, I swear that you are the same Prophet whose coming was foretold by Jesus, son of Mary.†But then Waraqah sounded a note of warning: “You will be denied and you will be hurt. You will be abused and you will be pursued.†He nevertheless immediately pledged himself to the Prophet: “If I should ever live to see that day, I should surely help you.â€

 

Thus we can say that Islam does not hold women inferior to men. Islam considers men and women as equal in respect, but different in role. Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

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True Islam actually openly preaches that women are property and they are to be controlled by men.

 

No this is absolutely not true.

 

men can marry (and hold "captive") "two, three or four" wives

 

Monogamy is the rule and polygamy is only the exception. In terms of birth rates, men and women are equal in number. But it happens time and time again in history that the number of men decreases in society. How then can a healthy relationship between the two sexes be established?

 

The choice is not between monogamy and polygamy, but rather, between the lawful polygamy of Islam or the illicit polygamy of non-Islamic peoples.

 

God permits Muslim men to marry up to 4 women. The Quran says:

 

If you fear that you cannot treat orphans with fairness, then you may marry such women (widowed) as seem good to you: two, three or four of them. But if you fear that you cannot do justice, marry one only. – Al Qur’an, 4:3

 

This verse was revealed after the battle of Uhud, where the women of Medina were left widowed with orphaned children. So the question arose as to how this social problem can be solved. God revealed this verse saying that a man can marry up to four women while keeping the orphaned children under his care. Therefore it seems that this verse is only temporary in effect. The truth is quite the contrary. The Quran is universal and as such it describes eternal realities under the band of temporal issues. This verse thus applies whenever women outnumber men in society. And it is a fact that this situation is prevalent throughout history. This commandment is another proof of God's omniscience.

 

Records show that men and women are equal in number. The morality of men is however higher than women. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica:

 

“In general, the risk of death at any given age is less for females than for males.†Encyclopedia Britannica (1984), vol. 7, p. 3

 

This higher number of women is traced to the following causes:

 

1. Wars. Most casualties in wars are men. In the First World War about 8 million soldiers were killed. In the Second World War, about 60 million people were either killed or maimed for life. In the Iraq-Iran war alone 82,000 Iranian women and about 100,000 Iraqi women were widowed. All during a time span of ten years.

 

2. Imprisonment. In the US alone, no less than 1,300,000 people are convicted daily. 97% of whom are men who are obliged to serve lengthy prison sentences.

 

3. Industrialization. In 1967, a total of 175,000 people died as the result of accidents in fifty different countries due mainly to the operation of heavy machinery.

 

Women through the ages continue to outnumber men. This applies to even the most developed countries. In 1967, there were nearly 7,100,000 more women than men. This means that if every single man in America got married, 7,100,000 women would be left without husbands.

 

Pls see the below data which applies to several western countries, showing the ratio of men to women.

 

Country Male Female

 

Austria 47.7% 52.93%

 

Bunna 48.81 51.19

 

Germany 48.02 51.89

 

France 48.99 51.01

 

Italy 48.89 51.01

 

Poland 48.61 51.30

 

Spain 48.94 51.06

 

Switzerland 48.67 51.33

 

Soviet Union 46.59 53.03

 

United States 48.58 51.42

 

 

Encyclopedia Britannica (1984).

 

Taking the above into consideration, what is the solution to this problem?

 

In the old Hindu society, a widow would burn herself to death to eliminate her problems. In today's western society, a women refuses to become a second wife but accepts to become one man or more's mistress. During the Second World War, permissiveness became so prevalent in Western societies that the following words were seen outside the houses of widowed women:

 

"Wanted: A Guest for the Eveningâ€

 

Now the question arises as to whether this has become the definition of a woman's worth.

 

Polygamy has never been lawful to satisfy man's sexual desires. It is a practical solution to a social problem that has been and will always be prevalent.

 

 

women can be exchanged like property

 

The willingness on the woman's part is a must in an Islamic marriage. The Prophet Muhammad said “an unmarried girl should not be married until her permission has been taken†(AI-Bukhari, Sahih)

 

 

"men are in charge of women", men are encouraged to punish women

 

 

Islam Does not degrade Women

 

Contrary to the common misconception, Islam does not degrade women. It gives the utmost respect to women.

 

The following traditions of the Prophet indicate the elevated function of woman in Islam:

 

“Women are half of men.

 

Fear God in respect of women.

 

“Heaven lies beneath the feet of mothers.†(That is, those who serve their mothers well are deserving of Paradise.)

 

“The best among you is he who is best for his family. For my family, I am the best of all of you.â€

 

“The most perfect man of religion is one who excels in character. The best among you is he who gives the best treatment to his womenfolk.â€

 

These traditions makes it clear that, although males and females differ from one another biologically, they are equal in terms of human status. No distinction is made between women and men as regards their respective rights.

 

Man and woman in the eyes of Islam then are not the duplicates of one another, but the complements. This concept permits the shortcomings of one sex to be compensated for by the strengths of the other. This is all to the good if they are to be lifetime companions.

 

It is a fact that women in general are not physically as strong as men, but their physical weakness in no way implies their inferiority to men. The eyes are the most delicate parts of our body, while the nails by comparison are extremely hard. That does not mean that the nails are superior to the eyes.

 

Just as two different kinds of fruits will differ in colour, taste, shape and texture, without one being superior or inferior to the other, so also do men and women have their different qualities which distinguish the male from the female without there being any question of superiority or inferiority. They are endowed by nature with different capacities so that they may play their respective roles in life with greater ease and effectiveness.

 

However, in respect of innate talents all individuals, be they men or women, differ from one another. Yet their need for each other is equal. All are of equal value. One is not more important or less important than the other. Similarly when it comes to the establishment of a home and raising of a family, men and women have their separate roles to play. But each is vital. Each is indispensable to the other. And for them to come together, function in unison and live in harmony, there must be mutual respect and a prevailing sense that a difference of biological function does not imply inequality. For the biological division of human beings into male and female is the result of the purposeful planning of our Creator.

 

In Islam, a woman enjoys the same status as that of a man. But in ancient times, women had come to be considered inferior and were deprived, among other things, of the right to inherit property. Islam for the first time in human history gave them their due legal rights over property. Neither did it distinguish between men and women as regards status, rights and blessings, both in this world and the Hereafter. Both were considered equal participants in the carrying out of the functions of daily living.

 

Since the earliest ideal phase of Islam, Muslim women have successfully exploited their talents towards the field of education in particular. Homes had become centres of learning. As women performed their role without going outdoors, there is a general impression that Islam has restricted women’s workplace to performing only domestic chores. But this is not the truth. First of all Islam encouraged them to receive education, and then enthused them with a new zeal. Subsequently, they went out to impart this learning to the next generation. Let’s take the instance of the Prophet’s wives, held up as role models for women in Islam. Preserving their femininity, they participated in all kinds of religious and worldly activities. For instance, the Prophet’s wife Aisha, having gained full knowledge of Islam from the Prophet, was able, after the death of the Prophet, to perform the task of teacher and guide to the Muslim community for a period of about fifty years. Abdullah ibn Abbas, a Companion of great stature, and one of the best commentators of the Qur’an, was one of Aisha’s pupils.

 

As modern day research tells us women are better with words than men. It is perhaps this reason why they are able to run educational institutions successfully. Besides this there may be many such workplaces where women are able to exploit their full potential. Since earliest days of Islam we find Muslim women working outdoors. Umm Dahdah, wife of a Companion of the Prophet worked in her orchard. Khadija, Prophet’s wife conducted business, to cite only a few of such examples. However, Islam sets great value on the proper management of home. It is because home is the most important unit of any society. Home is the centre of preparing succeeding generations. Thus neglecting home front will amount to neglecting the next generation, which in turn will result in a great national loss.

 

I would say that Islam grants even more respect to women than to men. According to one Hadith a man once came to the Prophet and asked him who rightfully deserved the best treatment from him.

 

“Your mother,†said the Prophet. “Who’s next?†asked the man. “Your mother.†“Who comes next?†the man asked again. The Prophet again replied, “Your mother.†“Who is after that?†insisted the man. “Your father,†said the Prophet.

 

Another example concerns Hajra, the Prophet Abraham’s wife. Hajj, regarded as the greatest form of worship in Islam, entails the performance of Sai, one of the main rites of the Hajj. This is accomplished by running back and forth seven times between Safa and Marwah, two hillocks near the Kaba. This running, enjoined upon every pilgrim, be they rich or poor, literate or illiterate, kings or commoners, is in imitation of the desperate quest of Hajra, Abraham’s wife, for water to quench the thirst of her crying infant, four thousand years ago. The performance of this rite is a lesson in struggling for the cause of God. It is of the utmost significance that this was an act performed by a woman. Perhaps there could be no better demonstration of a woman’s greatness than God’s command to all men, literally to follow in her footsteps.

 

We can see that the principle implied by the expression ‘ladies first’ in modern times had already been established in Islam at the very outset.

 

 

Islam does not hold Women to be Inferior to Men

 

 

There is a common belief that Islam gives a higher status to men in comparison to women. This is misconception in the truest sense of the word.

 

Contrary to the common misconception that Islam holds men superior to women, Islam actually gives equal status to women as that of men. The Quran says:

 

“You are members, one of another.†(3:195)

 

This means that there is no difference between the two as regards status, rights and blessings both in this world and in the Hereafter.

 

The following Hadith gives an apt description of the role of women:

 

Men and women are two equal halves of a single unit. (Al Tirmizi)

 

We see that both the sacred scriptures of Islam make it clear that neither sex is inferior or superior to the other. However, studies in biology and psychology show that the sexes are different in nature, each being designed for a different purpose. So, the Islamic maxim runs:

 

Equal in respect, but different in role.

 

Each being equal has a different sphere of action. That is, in making their contribution to social activity, the men undertake whatever is harder, while the women deal with whatever is lighter.

 

The Quran says that men are in charge of, that is, they are ‘maintainers’ of women (4:34). This leads to a common misconception that Islam gives a higher status to men then women. According to this verse of the Quran, it does not mean that men have a distinctive status over women – being maintainers of women has never been intended as a form of discriminatory treatment, it rather concerns the practical management of the home, for which the man is held responsible. However, this does not mean that a woman will never be allowed to shoulder these responsibilities. If she finds that she can bear this burden, no objection will be raised from any quarter. One example of this can be found in the Quran with reference to the people of Sheba. They lived in Yemen. The famous dam of Marib made their country very prosperous and enabled it to attain a high degree of civilization. The Quran tells us that they were ruled by a woman (27:23) without disapproving of her rule. Bilqis, the Queen of Sheba was very wise and sagacious, even more so than the men in her court. She did not want to embroil her country in war, while the men advised her to confront her enemies, namely, Solomon’s army. Abdullah Yusuf Ali writes:

 

“In Bilqis we have a picture of womanhood, gentle, prudent, and able to tame the wilder passions of her subjects.â€

 

It is an accepted principle with the commentators of the Quran that when the Quran reports something without any disapproval, that means that has been approved of by the Quran.

 

So when we look at this incident in the light of the Quran, we find the status of woman even higher than that of men. A woman is in charge of men and she has shouldered this responsibility with greater efficacy.

 

Thus the example of the Queen of Sheba having found mention in the Quran shows that rulership is not man’s monopoly. A woman can be a ‘qawwam’ over a man and the Quran has itself testified to it.

 

In fact, in the early per

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True Islam actually openly preaches that women are property and they are to be controlled by men.

 

No this is absolutely not true.

 

men can marry (and hold "captive") "two, three or four" wives

 

Monogamy is the rule and polygamy is only the exception. In terms of birth rates, men and women are equal in number. But it happens time and time again in history that the number of men decreases in society. How then can a healthy relationship between the two sexes be established?

 

The choice is not between monogamy and polygamy, but rather, between the lawful polygamy of Islam or the illicit polygamy of non-Islamic peoples.

 

God permits Muslim men to marry up to 4 women. The Quran says:

 

If you fear that you cannot treat orphans with fairness, then you may marry such women (widowed) as seem good to you: two, three or four of them. But if you fear that you cannot do justice, marry one only. – Al Qur’an, 4:3

 

This verse was revealed after the battle of Uhud, where the women of Medina were left widowed with orphaned children. So the question arose as to how this social problem can be solved. God revealed this verse saying that a man can marry up to four women while keeping the orphaned children under his care. Therefore it seems that this verse is only temporary in effect. The truth is quite the contrary. The Quran is universal and as such it describes eternal realities under the band of temporal issues. This verse thus applies whenever women outnumber men in society. And it is a fact that this situation is prevalent throughout history. This commandment is another proof of God's omniscience.

 

Records show that men and women are equal in number. The morality of men is however higher than women. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica:

 

“In general, the risk of death at any given age is less for females than for males.†Encyclopedia Britannica (1984), vol. 7, p. 3

 

This higher number of women is traced to the following causes:

 

1. Wars. Most casualties in wars are men. In the First World War about 8 million soldiers were killed. In the Second World War, about 60 million people were either killed or maimed for life. In the Iraq-Iran war alone 82,000 Iranian women and about 100,000 Iraqi women were widowed. All during a time span of ten years.

 

2. Imprisonment. In the US alone, no less than 1,300,000 people are convicted daily. 97% of whom are men who are obliged to serve lengthy prison sentences.

 

3. Industrialization. In 1967, a total of 175,000 people died as the result of accidents in fifty different countries due mainly to the operation of heavy machinery.

 

Women through the ages continue to outnumber men. This applies to even the most developed countries. In 1967, there were nearly 7,100,000 more women than men. This means that if every single man in America got married, 7,100,000 women would be left without husbands.

 

Pls see the below data which applies to several western countries, showing the ratio of men to women.

 

Country Male Female

 

Austria 47.7% 52.93%

 

Bunna 48.81 51.19

 

Germany 48.02 51.89

 

France 48.99 51.01

 

Italy 48.89 51.01

 

Poland 48.61 51.30

 

Spain 48.94 51.06

 

Switzerland 48.67 51.33

 

Soviet Union 46.59 53.03

 

United States 48.58 51.42

 

 

Encyclopedia Britannica (1984).

 

Taking the above into consideration, what is the solution to this problem?

 

In the old Hindu society, a widow would burn herself to death to eliminate her problems. In today's western society, a women refuses to become a second wife but accepts to become one man or more's mistress. During the Second World War, permissiveness became so prevalent in Western societies that the following words were seen outside the houses of widowed women:

 

"Wanted: A Guest for the Eveningâ€

 

Now the question arises as to whether this has become the definition of a woman's worth.

 

Polygamy has never been lawful to satisfy man's sexual desires. It is a practical solution to a social problem that has been and will always be prevalent.

 

 

women can be exchanged like property

 

The willingness on the woman's part is a must in an Islamic marriage. The Prophet Muhammad said “an unmarried girl should not be married until her permission has been taken†(AI-Bukhari, Sahih)

 

 

"men are in charge of women", men are encouraged to punish women

 

 

Islam Does not degrade Women

 

Contrary to the common misconception, Islam does not degrade women. It gives the utmost respect to women.

 

The following traditions of the Prophet indicate the elevated function of woman in Islam:

 

“Women are half of men.

 

Fear God in respect of women.

 

“Heaven lies beneath the feet of mothers.†(That is, those who serve their mothers well are deserving of Paradise.)

 

“The best among you is he who is best for his family. For my family, I am the best of all of you.â€

 

“The most perfect man of religion is one who excels in character. The best among you is he who gives the best treatment to his womenfolk.â€

 

These traditions makes it clear that, although males and females differ from one another biologically, they are equal in terms of human status. No distinction is made between women and men as regards their respective rights.

 

Man and woman in the eyes of Islam then are not the duplicates of one another, but the complements. This concept permits the shortcomings of one sex to be compensated for by the strengths of the other. This is all to the good if they are to be lifetime companions.

 

It is a fact that women in general are not physically as strong as men, but their physical weakness in no way implies their inferiority to men. The eyes are the most delicate parts of our body, while the nails by comparison are extremely hard. That does not mean that the nails are superior to the eyes.

 

Just as two different kinds of fruits will differ in colour, taste, shape and texture, without one being superior or inferior to the other, so also do men and women have their different qualities which distinguish the male from the female without there being any question of superiority or inferiority. They are endowed by nature with different capacities so that they may play their respective roles in life with greater ease and effectiveness.

 

However, in respect of innate talents all individuals, be they men or women, differ from one another. Yet their need for each other is equal. All are of equal value. One is not more important or less important than the other. Similarly when it comes to the establishment of a home and raising of a family, men and women have their separate roles to play. But each is vital. Each is indispensable to the other. And for them to come together, function in unison and live in harmony, there must be mutual respect and a prevailing sense that a difference of biological function does not imply inequality. For the biological division of human beings into male and female is the result of the purposeful planning of our Creator.

 

In Islam, a woman enjoys the same status as that of a man. But in ancient times, women had come to be considered inferior and were deprived, among other things, of the right to inherit property. Islam for the first time in human history gave them their due legal rights over property. Neither did it distinguish between men and women as regards status, rights and blessings, both in this world and the Hereafter. Both were considered equal participants in the carrying out of the functions of daily living.

 

Since the earliest ideal phase of Islam, Muslim women have successfully exploited their talents towards the field of education in particular. Homes had become centres of learning. As women performed their role without going outdoors, there is a general impression that Islam has restricted women’s workplace to performing only domestic chores. But this is not the truth. First of all Islam encouraged them to receive education, and then enthused them with a new zeal. Subsequently, they went out to impart this learning to the next generation. Let’s take the instance of the Prophet’s wives, held up as role models for women in Islam. Preserving their femininity, they participated in all kinds of religious and worldly activities. For instance, the Prophet’s wife Aisha, having gained full knowledge of Islam from the Prophet, was able, after the death of the Prophet, to perform the task of teacher and guide to the Muslim community for a period of about fifty years. Abdullah ibn Abbas, a Companion of great stature, and one of the best commentators of the Qur’an, was one of Aisha’s pupils.

 

As modern day research tells us women are better with words than men. It is perhaps this reason why they are able to run educational institutions successfully. Besides this there may be many such workplaces where women are able to exploit their full potential. Since earliest days of Islam we find Muslim women working outdoors. Umm Dahdah, wife of a Companion of the Prophet worked in her orchard. Khadija, Prophet’s wife conducted business, to cite only a few of such examples. However, Islam sets great value on the proper management of home. It is because home is the most important unit of any society. Home is the centre of preparing succeeding generations. Thus neglecting home front will amount to neglecting the next generation, which in turn will result in a great national loss.

 

I would say that Islam grants even more respect to women than to men. According to one Hadith a man once came to the Prophet and asked him who rightfully deserved the best treatment from him.

 

“Your mother,†said the Prophet. “Who’s next?†asked the man. “Your mother.†“Who comes next?†the man asked again. The Prophet again replied, “Your mother.†“Who is after that?†insisted the man. “Your father,†said the Prophet.

 

Another example concerns Hajra, the Prophet Abraham’s wife. Hajj, regarded as the greatest form of worship in Islam, entails the performance of Sai, one of the main rites of the Hajj. This is accomplished by running back and forth seven times between Safa and Marwah, two hillocks near the Kaba. This running, enjoined upon every pilgrim, be they rich or poor, literate or illiterate, kings or commoners, is in imitation of the desperate quest of Hajra, Abraham’s wife, for water to quench the thirst of her crying infant, four thousand years ago. The performance of this rite is a lesson in struggling for the cause of God. It is of the utmost significance that this was an act performed by a woman. Perhaps there could be no better demonstration of a woman’s greatness than God’s command to all men, literally to follow in her footsteps.

 

We can see that the principle implied by the expression ‘ladies first’ in modern times had already been established in Islam at the very outset.

 

 

Islam does not hold Women to be Inferior to Men

 

 

There is a common belief that Islam gives a higher status to men in comparison to women. This is misconception in the truest sense of the word.

 

Contrary to the common misconception that Islam holds men superior to women, Islam actually gives equal status to women as that of men. The Quran says:

 

“You are members, one of another.†(3:195)

 

This means that there is no difference between the two as regards status, rights and blessings both in this world and in the Hereafter.

 

The following Hadith gives an apt description of the role of women:

 

Men and women are two equal halves of a single unit. (Al Tirmizi)

 

We see that both the sacred scriptures of Islam make it clear that neither sex is inferior or superior to the other. However, studies in biology and psychology show that the sexes are different in nature, each being designed for a different purpose. So, the Islamic maxim runs:

 

Equal in respect, but different in role.

 

Each being equal has a different sphere of action. That is, in making their contribution to social activity, the men undertake whatever is harder, while the women deal with whatever is lighter.

 

The Quran says that men are in charge of, that is, they are ‘maintainers’ of women (4:34). This leads to a common misconception that Islam gives a higher status to men then women. According to this verse of the Quran, it does not mean that men have a distinctive status over women – being maintainers of women has never been intended as a form of discriminatory treatment, it rather concerns the practical management of the home, for which the man is held responsible. However, this does not mean that a woman will never be allowed to shoulder these responsibilities. If she finds that she can bear this burden, no objection will be raised from any quarter. One example of this can be found in the Quran with reference to the people of Sheba. They lived in Yemen. The famous dam of Marib made their country very prosperous and enabled it to attain a high degree of civilization. The Quran tells us that they were ruled by a woman (27:23) without disapproving of her rule. Bilqis, the Queen of Sheba was very wise and sagacious, even more so than the men in her court. She did not want to embroil her country in war, while the men advised her to confront her enemies, namely, Solomon’s army. Abdullah Yusuf Ali writes:

 

“In Bilqis we have a picture of womanhood, gentle, prudent, and able to tame the wilder passions of her subjects.â€

 

It is an accepted principle with the commentators of the Quran that when the Quran reports something without any disapproval, that means that has been approved of by the Quran.

 

So when we look at this incident in the light of the Quran, we find the status of woman even higher than that of men. A woman is in charge of men and she has shouldered this responsibility with greater efficacy.

 

Thus the example of the Queen of Sheba having found mention in the Quran shows that rulership is not man’s monopoly. A woman can be a ‘qawwam’ over a man and the Quran has itself testified to it.

 

In fact, in the early period of Islam, both the sexes were fully active in different fields of life, from housework to agriculture and horticulture; and from worship in the Masjid to the battleground. Everywhere women were visible and active. Gradually there came about a division of labour, which is justifiable not only biologically and physiologically, but also in terms of the ensuing social benefits. One such important benefit is that they can see each other’s lives objectively, without that personal involvement which tends to cloud their judgment and lead to a damaging emotionalism. They are better able to counsel each other coolly and wisely, to give moral support at critical moments, and to offer the daily encouragement with which every successful union should be marked.

 

In Islamic history, there are many examples of women giving invaluable help to their husbands in critical situations. One of the most notable was Khadijah, the wife of the Prophet of Islam who successfully brought the Prophet back from a state of fear and trembling to a state of normalcy after his receiving the first divine revelation in the solitude of the Cave of Hira from the Archangel Gabriel. She was able to reassure him that his life was not, as he feared, in danger, as she herself was emotionally detached from the incident. She observed: “God will surely never forsake you. You are kind to your kin; you always help the weak; you take care of whoever crosses your threshold; you solace the weary; you speak the truth.†The reassurance that Khadijah gave to the Prophet of Islam on this occasion was one of the most significant contributions to the furtherance of Islam.

 

Then it occurred to Khadijah that she had best make enquiries of some learned Christians, who, well versed as they were in the scriptures, were bound to have knowledge of revelation and prophethood. She went first to a rahib (hermit) who lived near Mecca. On seeing her, the priest asked, “O noble lady of the Quraysh, what has brought you here?†Khadijah replied, “I have come here to ask you about Gabriel.†To this the rahib said, “Glory be to God, he is God’s pure angel. He visits prophets: he came to Jesus and Moses.†Then Khadijah went to another Christian called Addas. She put the same question to him, and he too told her that Gabriel was an angel of God, the very same who had been with Moses when God drowned the Pharaoh. He had also come to Jesus, and through him God had helped Jesus.

 

Then Khadijah hastened to Waraqah ibn Nawfal, a Christian convert who had translated part of the Bible into Arabic. When she had finished telling him of what Muhammad had seen and heard, Waraqah exclaimed, “Holy, holy! By the Master of my soul, if your report be true, O Khadijah, this must be the great spirit who spoke to Moses. This means that Muhammad must be the Prophet of this nation.†On a subsequent visit, Khadijah brought Muhammad to meet Waraqah ibn Nawfal. Muhammad related the events exactly as they had taken place and, when he had finished, Waraqah said, “By the Master of my soul, I swear that you are the same Prophet whose coming was foretold by Jesus, son of Mary.†But then Waraqah sounded a note of warning: “You will be denied and you will be hurt. You will be abused and you will be pursued.†He nevertheless immediately pledged himself to the Prophet: “If I should ever live to see that day, I should surely help you.â€

 

Thus we can say that Islam does not hold women inferior to men. Islam considers men and women as equal in respect, but different in role. Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

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Assalaamualaikum WRB.

 

Just thought I'd share something that someone emailed to me a while ago - it's a group of poems, where the writer has tried to communicate how us Muslim women generally feel about wearing the Hijaab/Niqaab, and to express how happy we are about it. Hope you all enjoy them like I do.

 

 

Who I Am !

 

[Must Read To Know What is Hijaab]

(An Excellent poem about the Muslim Woman)

 

What do you see

when you look at me

Do you see someone limited,

or someone free

 

All some people can do is just look and stare

Simply because they can't see my hair

 

Others think I am controlled and uneducated

They think that I am limited and un-liberated

 

They are so thankful that they are not me

Because they would like to remain 'free'

 

Well free isn't exactly the word I would've used

Describing women who are cheated on and abused

 

They think that I do not have opinions or a voice

They think that being hooded isn't my choice

 

They think that the hood makes me look caged

That my husband or dad are totally outraged

 

All they can do is look at me in fear

And in my eye there is a tear

 

Not because I have been stared at or made fun of

But because people are ignoring the one up above

 

On the day of judgment they will be the fools

Because they were too ashamed to play by their own rules

 

Maybe the guys won't think I am a cutie

But at least I am filled with more inner beauty

 

See I have declined from being a guy's toy

Because I won't let myself be controlled by a boy

 

Real men are able to appreciate my mind

And aren't busy looking at my behind

 

Hooded girls are the ones really helping the Muslim cause

The role that we play definitely deserves applause

 

I will be recognized because I am smart and bright

And because some people are inspired by my sight

 

The smart ones are attracted by my tranquility

In the back of their mind they wish they were me

 

We have the strength to do what we think is right

Even if it means putting up a life-long fight

 

You see we are not controlled by a mini skirt and tight shirt

We are given only respect, and never treated like dirt

 

So you see, we are the ones that are free and liberated

We are not the ones that are sexually terrorized and violated

 

We are the ones that are free and pure

We're free of STD's that have no cure

 

So when people ask you how you feel about the hood

Just sum it up by saying 'Love it - its all good!'

:sl:

 

____________________

 

The Muslim Woman "Unveiled"

By Izdehar Albowyha

 

You look at me and call me oppressed,

Simply because of the way I'm dressed,

 

You know me not for what's inside,

You judge the clothing I wear with pride,

 

My body's not for your eyes to hold,

You must speak to my mind, not my feminine mold,

 

I'm an individual, I'm no mans slave,

It's Allah’s pleasure that I only crave,

 

I have a voice so I will be heard,

For in my heart I carry His word,

 

"O ye women, wrap close your cloak,

So you won't be bothered by ignorant folk",

 

Man doesn't tell me to dress this way,

It's a Law from God that I obey,

 

Oppressed is something I'm truly NOT,

For liberation is what I've got,

 

It was given to me many centuries ago,

With the right to prosper, the right to grow,

 

I can climb mountains or cross the seas,

Expand my mind in all degrees,

 

For God Himself gave us LIB-ER-TY,

 

When He sent Islam,

 

To You and Me!

 

:sl:

 

__________________

 

Behind the veil I am the queen..

I have a body that nobody's seen..

Many people think I am oppressed-

And wonder how I got myself into this mess..

 

My veil is my cure..

And makes my heart pure..

It earns me my love from Allah my Lord..

And makes me strong against any sword..

 

Behind my beautiful veil lies..

My savior from the temptation of guys!

'Behind my veil,' I begin to say..

'Is where I shall forever stay!'

 

:no:

 

_________________________

 

 

Wassalaam.

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Salam,

 

Random thought: Forget equality and being a man or a woman, I'm just happy to be a Muslim!!! Alhumdulillah!

 

And personally I believe men and women naturally possess different qualities, therefore they will never have equal abilities any which way, in my eyes anyway. I don't think I can look at an apple and an orange and say they are the same thing or that they have the same benefits/traits, etc.

 

:sl:=D

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Salam,

 

Random thought: Forget equality and being a man or a woman, I'm just happy to be a Muslim!!! Alhumdulillah!

 

And personally I believe men and women naturally possess different qualities, therefore they will never have equal abilities any which way, in my eyes anyway. I don't think I can look at an apple and an orange and say they are the same thing or that they have the same benefits/traits, etc.

 

:sl:=D

Salaam

 

Very well said. Totally agree.

 

Salaam

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