Women in Islamic perspective
Among the negative stigmas that Westerners say about Islamic teachings is that Islam disrespects a woman’s position, takes away her freedom, is unfair and makes her a second-class human being who is confined to male domination and lives in humiliation.
Islamic women are also portrayed as retarded women and excluded from the dynamics of life without a real role in society. Therefore, they consider that Islam is the main obstacle to the struggle for gender equality.
Surprisingly, some Muslims who have lost their identity are even affected by these views. Instead of arguing, they became part of their spreader of thought.
Under the women’s emancipation and gender equality campaign, they want Muslims to give up their values of self-esteem that have been maintained by Islam.
The presence of Islam as the religion of Allah SWT. the most correct has indeed changed the dignity and degree of women.
If before in the time of jahiliyah the woman was very worthless, even having a daughter was a disgrace to the family. However, with the presence of Islam one woman is very guarded.
Before Islam came, all mankind looked down on women. Do not glorify him, think of him as a human being alone is not. The Greeks regarded women as a means of pleasure only.
The Romans gave the right to a father or husband selling his daughter or wife. The Arabs gave the right for a child to inherit his father’s wife.
They have no inheritance, nor do they have any property. This also happened in Persia, India and other countries. See al-Mar’ah, Qabla wa Ba’da al-Islâm, Maktabah Shamilah, Huqûq al-Mar’ah fi al-Islâm: 9-14.
The Arabs at that time used to bury their daughters alive without sin and blame, just because she was a woman.
Allah SWT. said of them :
وَإِذَا بُشِّرَ أَحَدُهُمْ بِالْأُنْثَى ظَلَّ وَجْهُهُ مُسْوَدًّا وَهُوَ كَظِيمٌ . يَتَوَارَى مِنَ الْقَوْمِ مِنْ سُوءِ مَا بُشِّرَ بِهِ أَيُمْسِكُهُ عَلَى هُونٍ أَمْ يَدُسُّهُ فِي التُّرَابِ أَلَا سَاءَ مَا يَحْكُمُونَ
“And when one of them is informed of a female, his face darkened, and he is enraged. He hides himself from the people because of the bad news that has been conveyed to him. Will he take care of him with humiliation or will he bury him in the earth? Know that what an evil thing they have been assigned.” (Q.S. An-Nahl : 58)
Muhammad al-Thâhir ibn Assyr said:
They buried their daughters, some of them buried her immediately after the day of her birth, some of them buried her after she was able to walk and speak.
That is when their daughters can no longer be hidden. This was among the worst deeds of the Gentiles.
They are accustomed to this and consider this to be the right of a father, so no one in society denies it.” (al-Tahrîr wa al-Tanwîr: 14/185)
Then the light of Islam came forth illuminating the darkness with the message of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).
Fight against all forms of humanity and guarantee every human right without exception. God says of how to treat women in the following verse:
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا يَحِلُّ لَكُمْ أَنْ تَرِثُوا النِّسَاءَ كَرْهًا وَلَا تَعْضُلُوهُنَّ لِتَذْهَبُوا بِبَعْضِ مَا آتَيْتُمُوهُنَّ إِلَّا أَنْ يَأْتِينَ بِفَاحِشَةٍ مُبَيِّنَةٍ وَعَاشِرُوهُنَّ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ فَإِنْ كَرِهْتُمُوهُنَّ فَعَسَى أَنْ تَكْرَهُوا شَيْئًا وَيَجْعَلَ اللَّهُ فِيهِ خَيْرًا كَثِيرًا
O you who have believed, it is not lawful for you to take women by force, and do not trouble them with taking back some of what you have given them, unless they commit a manifest indecency. And associate with them accordingly. But if you dislike them, you may dislike something, but Allah has given it much good.” (Q.S. An-Nisaa : 19)
The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) also often reminds him of his words so that Muslims may respect and glorify women. Among his words:
اِسْتَوْصُوا بِالنِّسَاءِ خَيْرًا
“I ask you to be kind to women.” (HR. Muslim: 3729)
Dr. Abdul Qadir Syaibah said: “That is how later in Islamic law, women are respected, should not be inherited, it is not permissible to be forcibly detained, men are ordered to do good to them, husbands are required to treat them with makruf and patient with their morals.” Huqûq al-Mar’ah fi al-Islâm: 10-11
The Virtues of Women that Are Often Forgotten
Women in Islam that in fact the woman is likened to very valuable property.
Therefore, a woman must be taken care of as best as possible. Stored in the safest and best place.
Islam requires women to stretch out their headscarves to their chests and cover all their private parts. This indicates that Islam is very appreciative and maintains the honor of a woman.
In Islam there is a claim that a woman must obey her husband. In fact, a wife should be obedient to her husband rather than her parents (in a good way).
But do we remember that a mother must be obeyed by her children three times more than her father.
Women receive fewer inheritances than men. But the property is really a right for herself and there is no need to give to the husband.
And if a husband has an inheritance, he must use it to support his children and wife.
A woman does have to have a pregnancy and struggle to live it. But God gave a great reward for the struggle.
God has given martyrdom to women who die in childbirth.
A man in the Hereafter will be questioned for his wife, his mother, his daughter and his son.
In other words, a woman’s self is borne by her father, husband and son.
A woman is allowed to enter the door of heaven through whichever door she likes.
The woman is sufficient to meet 4 conditions, namely: praying 5 times, fasting in Ramadan, obeying her husband and keeping her honor.