Saturday, 15 June 2013

Women in Islam

Women in Islam has been a sensitive topic in the recent years, ranging from remarks being made about how women should be treated like dirt according to the teachings of Islam. Let me make this perfectly clear, this is absolutely NOT the case.

Women are not treated unfairly in Islam whatsoever regardless of what you are being told by these websites who will quote half the verse meaning. They use the half-truth and utilize it as a deceptive element to bring across the completely incorrect meaning of the original quote.

As of now I am going to be keeping it nice and short whilst displaying how women are treated in Islam, there is a common misconception in which most non-Muslims are led to believe that women are treated unfairly and unjustly .

There is a common myth which leads most people to believe that Islam does not provide women with rights. If you know a Muslim woman who has been oppressed, it is not because Islam did not give it to them, it is because many alien traditions have been overshadowing the teachings of Islam, it is important to not confuse the two.

How can you make such an accusation against the beautiful religion which teaches us that Paradise lies under the feet of our mothers? Islam holds our women in high esteem and treats them like treasure.

The first two things I am going to be talking about are the Niqab and the Hijab as these are two main things which most non-Muslims are confused about and usually this is the most common topic when it comes to how women are being treated in Islam.

When it comes to the Niqab, most non-Muslims are confused and have been led to believe that the Niqab is forced upon women in Islam. They think it's incorrect to be forcing a woman to dress this way and cover herself. When in reality, most Muslim women don't mind wearing the Niqab at all and are willingly wearing it themselves as it is one of the teachings of Islam. 

Some of you may have also noticed that the Hijab or Niqab have been attracting quite the attention in headlines around the world, pointing it out to be one of the main subjugations of women in Islam. In the Quran Allah tells us that we should lower our gaze and dress modestly. He also addresses women when He tells them not to show of their adornment and draw veils over their bodies. These verses can be found in Surat An-Nūr (The Light) 24:30-31.

I guess you could say the Niqab is a form of protection, it helps Muslim women be recognised as modest women and will protect them from wrong. I'm going to use an example here to show you exactly what I mean:

If two women were walking side by side, one covered from head to toe with only the eyes show and the other wearing revealing clothing, let's say around the corner there was someone with the wrong intentions, who would catch his attention first? The one who was covered or the one wearing revealing clothing?

The Western society degrade and sexually exploit women and objectify them to the highest degree when it claims to have uplifted them, let's not forget that just under 50 years ago, in the UK or USA, a woman was not able to buy a house or car without the co-signature of either her father, or her husband. Islam gave their women this right over 1400 years ago.

The secular media has always targeted the women and used the Niqab as an example of 'subjugation' of  women under the Islamic law. This is not the case, in fact I am going to bring up some examples from history showing you how all cultures used to treat women unfairly and degrade them before Islam was spread:

  • Under the Babylonian law, if a man had murdered a women, they would kill his wife and not punish the husband instead.
  • During Greek ancient civilizations, women were always looked down upon. Ancient Greeks myths tell us that they believed a woman that went by the name of "Pandora" was the root cause of misfortune in mankind. 
  • During Roman civilization, a man had the right to take the life of his wife without being questioned or punished about it along with this, nudity and prostitution was also extremely common.
  • The Egyptian civilization considered to be evil and a sign of the devil and treated them with disrespect and looked down on them.
  • Even in Arabia, before Islam blessed Arabia the Arabs looked down upon women and it was a common cultural practise to bury a female child. When Islam spread around Arabia it gave them equality and gave humans guidelines to follow, telling them what was right and what was wrong.

When Islam was introduced to Arabia, many laws were put in place for the well-being and protection of women. The right the UK and US gave to women in the 1900s, Islam had given them over 1400 years ago. I am going to be quoting some verses from the Quran, I am sure some of you will have seen some of these used in the negative way to incite hatred. A half-truth can be deadlier than a lie.

O you who believe! You are forbidden to inherit women against their will. Nor should you treat them with harshness, that you may take away part of the dowry you have given them - except when they have become guilty of open lewdness. On the contrary live with them on a footing of kindness and equity. If you take a dislike to them, it may be that you dislike something and Allah will bring about through it a great deal of good.

The above quote is from Surat-An-Nisā' (The Women) taken directly from the Quran. The above quote shows how men are commanded to treat women and that disliking them and treating them unfairly is disallowed, also keep in mind that the greatest teacher of Islam to women and men too, was the wife of our beloved Prophet Muhammed (ﷺ), Aisha (RA).

Some people are also told lies regarding our Prophet Muhammed ( ﷺ) claiming he encouraged hatred and he used to say women were the equivalent of dirt. These are all lies which are passed around the internet to incite hatred against the religion of peace, lies made up by the enemies of Islam who want people who use the internet to research about such things to believe their lies and incite hatred against Islam. In fact here is what our Prophet Muhammed ( ﷺ) actually used to say about women:

"Fear Allah in respect of women." And: "The best of you are they who behave best to their wives." And: "A Muslim must not hate his wife, and if he be displeased with one bad quality in her, let him be pleased with one that is good." And: "The more civil and kind a Muslim is to his wife, the more perfect in faith he is."

In Islam we are taught to treat our woman like jewels. In fact when someone mentions "Jewels of Islam", a Muslim brother will instantly know you are referring to the women in Islam. When one has a jewel, they will always make sure that nothing happens to it, he will try to protect it and treat it with great care and respect. We treat our women in the same way, we treat them like jewels, we treat them with great care and respect, and we will always try to protect them and make sure they are secure.


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