The Man Who Gave Women Their Rights

820432_my_honey_moon.jpgAssalamu-Alaykum (Peace be Upon you)

So what does Islam really have to say on the issue of women?

Does it degrade them? Does it belittle them? Are they ‘lower’ than men?

Well the answers are; no, no and no.

In fact it is quite the opposite.

The advent of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) meant the emancipation for women from the degrading status they had in society in pre-Islamic times.

Before the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), women had no rights whatsoever.

They were disgraced if they had female children, they had no rights when it came to inheritance, and men could marry as many as they wanted, keeping hundreds languishing in marriage instead of divorcing them.

However, when the Prophet (PBUH) came and proclaimed the message of Islam from the mountains of Mecca, he made it clear that there was no shame in bearing a daughter, and that women were not to be treated as property, by giving them rights that husbands had to fulfil and limiting the number of wives to 4 per man.

Islam was also the first religion to give women rights under the laws of inheritance and even gave women the option of seeking separation from her husband by having the marriage annulled (the right of divorce in Islam, Talaq, is reserved solely for the man).

And how did the Prophet (PBUH) honour every single woman to come until the Day of Judgement?

By stating that Jannah (Paradise) lies at the feet of the mother, i.e. that whoever takes care of his or her mother will enter Jannah.

And by elevating the status of women by saying that the best among men are those who are good to their wives.

And confirming the fact that any father who provides his daughter(s) with a noble upbringing and ensures that they are married to respectable men will also enter Jannah.

So this is the status of women in Islam, the way of life which gives respect to being a mother, daughter, sister or wife, brought to us by Muhammad (PBUH), mercy for the Worlds.

And Allah knows best.

Ma’as-salaam

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