Fadel Soliman states that in spite of the great propaganda about the status of women in Islam, the rate of women embracing Islam is higher than that of men.
In this presentation, Soliman elaborates on some Islamic terms, such as Allah, Muhammad, Qur’an, etc. He moves on to speak about the false allegations attributed to Islam as being against women.
Enjoy watching this amazing lecture that will answer many questions about women and the rights of women in Islam.
A Muslim woman in Hijab is dignified, not dishonored, noble, not degraded, liberated, not subjugated, protected, not exposed, respected, not laughed at…
Allah has commanded us with every action that is good for us and prohibited us from performing every action that is bad for us. Allah orders the Muslim woman to wear the Hijab when she steps out of the security of her home or when in the presence of strange men. So, to wear the Hijab is a source of great good for you – the Muslim woman – for many reasons. Among them:
- You please Allah. You are obeying the commands of your Lord when you wear the Hijab and you can expect great rewards in return.
- It is Allah’s protection of your natural beauty. You are too precious to be “on display” for each man to see.
- It is Allah’s preservation of your chastity.
- Allah purifies your heart and mind through the Hijab.
- Allah beautifies your inner and outer countenance with Hijab. Outwardly your Hijab reflects innocence, purity, modesty, shyness, serenity, contentment and obedience to your Lord. Inwardly you cultivate the same.
- Allah defines your femininity through the Hijab. You are a woman who respects her womanhood. Allah wants you to be respected by others, and for you to respect yourself.
- Allah raises your dignity through the Hijab. When a strange man looks at you, he respects you because he sees that you respect yourself.
- Allah protects your honor 100% through your Hijab. Men do not gaze at you in a sensual way, they do not approach you in a sensual way, and neither do they speak to you in a sensual way. Rather, a man holds you in high esteem and that is just by one glance at you!
- Allah gives you nobility through the Hijab. You are noble not degraded because you covered not naked.
- Allah demonstrates your equality as a Muslim woman through the Hijab. Your Lord bestows upon you equal worth as your male counterpart, and gives you a host of beautiful rights and liberties. You express your acceptance of these unique rights by putting on the Hijab.
- Allah defines your role as a Muslim woman through the Hijab. You are someone with important duties. You are a reflection of a woman of action not idle pursuits. You display your sense of direction and purpose through your Hijab. You are someone that people take seriously.
- Allah expresses your independence through the Hijab. You are stating clearly that you are an obedient servant of the Greatest Master. You will obey no one else and follow no other way. You are not a slave to any man, nor a slave to any nation. You are free and independent from all man-made systems.
- Allah gives you the freedom of movement and expression through the Hijab. You are able to move about and communicate without fear of harassment. Your Hijab gives you a unique confidence.
- Allah wants others to treat you – a Muslim woman – with kindness. And the Hijab brings about the best treatment of men towards you.
- Allah wants your beauty to be preserved and saved for just one man to enjoy – your husband.
- Allah helps you to enjoy a successful marriage through wearing Hijab. Because you reserve your beauty for one man alone, your husband’s love for you increases, he cherishes you more, he respects you more and he honors you more. So your Hijab contributes to a successful and lasting marriage relationship.
- Allah brings about peace and stability in the society through the Hijab! Yes this is true! Men do not cause corruption by forming illegal relationships because you – the Muslim woman – calm their passions. When a man looks at you, he feels at ease, not tempted to fornicate…
So a Muslim woman in Hijab is dignified, not dishonored, noble, not degraded, liberated, not subjugated, purified, not sullied, independent, not a slave, protected, not exposed, respected, not laughed at, confident, not insecure, obedient, not a sinner, a guarded pearl, not a prostitute…
Dear Muslim sister! Come towards the gates of Paradise with us! Fulfill your duties towards Allah, put on your adornment – put on your Hijab, and race towards Jannah (Paradise) by doing all good actions. You should agree by now that wearing Hijab is extremely beneficial – it must be – because Allah only commands what is good…
nd believe me dear sister, it is good to obey the commands of your Lord.
Their reward is with their Lord: Gardens of Eden underneath which rivers flow wherein they will dwell forever; Allah is pleased with them, and they are pleased with Him; this is (in store) for whoever fears his Lord. (Al-Bayyinah 98:8)
Source: Taken with modifications from En.Alukah.net
By Editorial Staff
The issue of women, their status, rights and duties in Islam is an argumentative issue that has caused a great deal of confusion about Islam. The truth is as simple as that Islam does not even care about gender. Being a man or a woman does not rule either of them out of the general instructions that have been fairly imposed in Islam. The only criterion is righteousness in its broad meaning. The below verse which maintains this fact addresses both sexes, as found in its commencement, to clear any doubt that Islam sides with any one of them. Almighty Allah says,
O you mankind, surely We created you of a male and a female, and We have made you races and tribes that you may get mutually acquainted. Surely the most honorable among you in the Providence of Allah are the most pious; surely Allah is Ever-Knowing, Ever-Cognizant. (Al-Hujurat 49:13)
The testimony of faith, prayer, Zakah (obligatory charity), fasting and Hajj (pilgrimage), that are the five pillars of Islam, are equally imposed on men and women. The five pillars of the Islamic creed are obliged on both. The alleged Islamic injustice against women, which some people claim, is in fact brought up through their twisted perspectives. And Islam has nothing with other people’s criteria or perspectives because it has its own. This is tackled in this interesting video by Sheikh Abdur-Raheem Green as he clarifies to us how Islam does not side with any sex or race.
Enjoy watching this video by Sheikh Abdur-Raheem Green to know the perfect answer to the big question: Does Islam wrong women?
Source: Taken from the Digital Mimbar Youtube Channel
Islam did not stop at preserving woman’s right to life only, but it also urged good treatment for her at early age.
Islam provided woman with care and attention, elevated her status and provided her with honor and good treatment whether she is a daughter, wife, sister or mother. Islam stated that both women and men were created out of the same origin. Therefore, women and men are equal in humanity. Allah (be He Exalted) says:
O mankind, fear your Lord, who created you from one soul and created from it its mate and dispersed from both of them many men and women. And fear Allah , through whom you ask one another, and the wombs. Indeed Allah is ever, over you, an Observer. (An-Nisa’ 4:1)
Many other verses show that Islam eradicated the principle of distinction between men and women in the common value of humanity.
Status of Women in Islam
Recalling these principles and disapproving the habits of Jahiliyyah and previous nations with regard to the status of woman, Islam came to defend woman and place her in a status which she could not reach in old or later nations.
Fourteen centuries ago, Islam prescribed for woman –as a mother, sister, wife and daughter– rights which western woman is still struggling to get but in vain!
Islam stated that women and men are equal in status and prestige, and that nothing detracts women because they are women. In this regard, the Prophet (peace be upon him) established an important rule when he said: “Women are counterpart of men”(At-Tirmidhi). He (peace be upon him) always urged Muslims to take care of women. He told his companions: “I urge you to take care of women.” (Al-Bukhari) He repeated this advice during his farewell pilgrimage when he addressed thousands of people of his nation.
Status of woman in Jahiliyyah
If we want to discern the rules and pillars that Islam brought to elevate and honor woman, we first should recognize the status of woman in ancient and contemporary nations in order to see the real darkness she experienced and still experiences. Then, we will find out the reality of woman’s status in the light of the teachings of Islam and Islamic civilization.
Arabs used to burry alive their daughters and deprive them of the right to life, but the Noble Qur’an criminalized and prohibited this act, as Allah (be He Exalted) said:
And when the girl [who was] buried alive is asked * For what sin she was killed. (At-Takwir 81:8-9)
Furthermore, the Prophet (peace be upon him) made it one of the greatest sins.
Ibn Masu’d (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated: “I asked Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him): ‘Which sin is the greatest? He said: ‘To set up a rival unto Allah, though He Alone created you.’ I said: ‘What next?’ He said: ‘To kill your son lest he should share your food with you.’ I further asked: ‘What next?’ He said: ‘To commit illegal sexual intercourse with the wife of your neighbor.’
Women’s rights in Islam
Islam did not stop at preserving woman’s right to life only, but it also urged good treatment for her at early age. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Whoever is in charge of these daughters and treats them generously, then they will act as a shield for him from the (Hell) Fire.” (Al-Bukahri) The Prophet (peace be upon him) also ordered her education. He said: “Any man who has a girl whom he educates properly, teaches good manners… will get a double reward.” (Al-Bukhari) The Prophet (peace be upon him) used to allocate a day for women to advise them, remind them and order them to obey Allah Almighty. (Al-Bukhari)
As a girl grows up and becomes adult, Islam gives her the right to accept or reject a fiancé. She may not be forced to accept a man whom she does not want. In this regard, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “A woman who has been previously married (Thayyib) has more right to her person than her guardian. And a virgin should also be consulted, and her silence implies her consent. (Muslim)
He also said: ‘A matron should not be given in marriage except after consulting her; and a virgin should not be given in marriage except after her permission.’ The people asked, ‘O Allah’s Messenger, how can we know her permission?’ He said, ‘Her silence (indicates her permission).’ (Al-Bukhari)
When a woman becomes wife, Islam urges good treatment for her, as good treatment of woman implies nobleness and kindness of man. For instance, the Prophet (peace be upon him) temptingly says: “If a man gives water to his wife to drink, he will be rewarded.” (Ahmad) And he warningly says: “O Allah, I declare sinful the one who fails to safeguard the rights of the two weak ones, namely orphan and woman.” (Ibn Majah)
The Prophet (peace be upon him) was a practical example in this regard. He was so kind and gentle with his family. Al-Aswad ibn Yazid Al-Nakh`i narrated that he asked `A’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her): “What did the Prophet use to do in his house?” She replied, “He used to keep himself busy serving his family and when it was the time for prayer he would go for it.” (Al-Bukhari)
If a wife hates her husband and cannot afford living with him, Islam gives her the right to leave her husband through Khul`. Ibn `Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the wife of Thabit ibn Qays came to the Prophet (peace be upon him) and said, “O Allah’s Messenger, I do not blame Thabit for defects in his character or his religion, but I, being a Muslim, dislike to behave in un-Islamic manner (if I remain with him).” On that Allah’s Messenger said (to her), “Will you give back the garden which your husband has given you (as dowry)?” She said, “Yes.” Then, she gave back the garden to her husband, and the Prophet asked him to divorce her. (Al-Bukhari)
In addition to the above, Islam provides for financial independence of women just as men. So, she can sell, buy, rent, lease, deputize and grant, and there will be no ban on her as long as she is intelligent and rational. This comes out of Allah’s saying:
Then if you perceive in them sound judgment, release their property to them. (An–Nisa’ 4:6)
When Umm Hani bint Abi Talib provided asylum for an infidel man, and her brother `Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) insisted to kill him, the Prophet (peace be upon him) made his judgment and said: “O Umm Hani! We will grant asylum to the one whom you have granted asylum.” (Al-Bukhari) So, he gave her the right to grant asylum for non-Muslims during war time or peace time.
Thus, Muslim women are decent, dear, proud and protected under the teachings of Islam and under the noble Islamic civilization.
Source: Taken from the book “The Importance of Ethics and Values in Islamic Civilization”