Islam holds women in higher esteem than it does men
Islam did a service for women, which has no precedent in history. Islam raised women up out of that slough and gave them back their identity.
Islam took women by the hand and made them equal with men, whereas before the Prophet came, women had no standing. Islam gave women strength.
Islam holds women in higher esteem than it does men. Islam wants to save women; it wants to save women from becoming this plaything they want to turn women into. Islam wants to train women to become a perfect human being.
Islam put women on a par with men, and made them equal with men. Of course, there are certain Islamic precepts, which apply only to men, and others which apply only to women, but this doesn’t mean that Islam discriminates between men and women.
“And for women are rights over men similar to those of men over women.” Quran 2:228
“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.” Quran 4:19
“They (your wives) are your garment and you are a garment for them.” Quran 2:187
“And among His signs is this: that He created mates for you from yourselves that you may find rest and peace of mind in them, and He ordained between you love and mercy. Certainly, herein indeed are signs for people who reflect.” Quran 30:21
Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “The most perfect in faith amongst believers is he who is best in manners and kindest to his wife.” [Abu Dawud]
Allah says in Quran:
- Women sure can enter mosques. They only should not do so when they are menstruating (and they also don’t need to do their prayers at that period).
- Women have half the reward of a martyr in paradise (the biggest reward there is) just by being good wives.
- Women were treated as trophies, before slavery was banned (and that took a while, but the rules were in the Quran). But men were also treated the same way!
- In Islamic belief, the goal of a person is to grow mentally and physically, and become the best human s/he can become. Men have to work and provide for their families, while woman have all their time to do exactly that.
- the prophet kissed the hand of his daughter, Holy Fatima, and sat her right beside himself. Everytime she would enter a place, the prophet would rise in her respect and treat her with utmost respect.
- according to Islam Sharia, women only have to be there for the husband (when needed), and nothing else. All the rest of the family duties are on men, e.g paying for everything, raising kids, doing housework, etc.
Tell the believing men that they shall subdue their eyes (and not stare at the women), and to maintain their chastity. This is purer for them. God is fully Cognizant of everything they do.
And tell the believing women to subdue their eyes, and maintain their chastity. They shall not reveal any parts of their bodies, except that which is necessary. They shall cover their chests, and shall not relax this code in the presence of other than their husbands, their fathers, the fathers of their husbands, their sons, the sons of their husbands, their brothers, the sons of their brothers, the sons of their They shall not strike their feet when they walk in order to shake and reveal certain details of their bodies. All of you shall repent to God, O you believers, that you may succeed. Quran 24:30-31
Muslims believe that Adam and Eve were created from the same soul. Both were equally guilty of their sin and fall from grace, and Allah forgave both. Many women in Islam have had high status; consider the fact that the first person to convert to Islam was Khadijah, the wife of Muhammad, whom he both loved and respected. His favorite wife after Khadijah’s death, Ayshah, became renowned as a scholar and one of the greatest sources of Hadith literature. Many of the female Companions accomplished great deeds and achieved fame, and throughout Islamic history there have been famous and influential scholars and jurists.
We might also mention that while many in the West criticize Islam with regard to the treatment of women, in fact a number of Muslim countries have had women rulers and presidents. To name a few: Turkey; Bangladesh and Pakistan.
With regard to education, both women and men have the same rights and obligations. This is clear in Prophet Muhammad’s saying:
“Seeking knowledge is mandatory for every believer.” [Ibn Majah]
This implies men and women.
A woman is to be treated as God has endowed her, with rights, such as to be treated as an individual, with the right to own and dispose of her own property and earnings, enter into contracts, even after marriage. She has the right to be educated and to work outside the home if she so chooses. She has the right to inherit from her father, mother, and husband. A very interesting point to note is that in Islam, unlike any other religion, a woman can be an imam, a leader of communal prayer, for a group of women.
A Muslim woman also has obligations. All the laws and regulations pertaining to prayer, fasting, charity, pilgrimage, doing good deeds, etc., apply to women, albeit with minor differences having mainly to do with female physiology.
Before marriage, a woman has the right to choose her husband. Islamic law is very strict regarding the necessity of having the woman’s consent for marriage. The groom gives a marriage dowry to the bride for her own personal use. She keeps her own family name, rather than taking her husband’s. As a wife, a woman has the right to be supported by her husband even if she is already rich. She also has the right to seek divorce and custody of young children. She does not return the dowry, except in a few unusual situations.
Despite the fact that in many places and times Muslim communities have not always adhered to all or even many of the foregoing in practice, the ideal has been there for 1,400 years, while virtually all other major civilizations did not begin to address these issues or change their negative attitudes until the 19th and 20th centuries, and there are still many contemporary civilizations which have yet to do so.