Women's rights in Islam

Fri 18 May, 2012 03:34 pm
peace be upon you
Islam gave women rights and privileges at a time when only barbaric manners and values dominated.
Yet, some people argue that Islam has alienated women in some domains. In fact, this belief is a misconception. People who say so, may have read about it in a magazine or seen it on TV. A quick examination of the issues judged as unjust to women will certainly correct the misunderstanding.

Man as the head of the household:

Some people believe that a woman in Islam is regarded as inferior to man since the Quran says (what means):"Men have one degree above women." [Quran 2: 228]

In the Quran it also says (what means): "Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allaah has given the one more than the other and because men support them from their means." [Quran 4:34]

This verse implies that it is a man's duty to support his wife, and not the reverse, but this, in no way, makes him superior to her.

In fact, the rights and responsibilities of a woman are equal to those of a man but they are not necessarily identical. Since men and women are not created identical, they have different physical and emotional qualities, jobs and privileges. This does not mean that women are inferior.

On the contrary, women are considered crucial members of society in Islam since they are assigned the job of bringing up future generations. People today tend to look down at housewives but, in fact, raising children is one of the most important and difficult tasks. The way a mother brings up her child determines the way he will behave in the future. This duty, which requires patience, love, understanding and wisdom was significantly assigned to women in Islam because her nature suits this job.

Allaah The Exalted, in His Wisdom, has assigned a role for each member of the family so that there would be no arguments concerning who should do what. If a sailboat has two leaders, each will want to follow a path, leading ultimately to chaos and even a crash. In the same manner, how many times have your parents fought over some decision because each had their own point of view and wanted to apply it? This is precisely why it is preferable to have one leader for each household. However, this does not give the leader the right to be a dictator, or to neglect the role of his companion. This does not make him superior to other members of his family. It just gives him a larger duty.


Some people claim that Islam is unjust towards women because it entitles them to inherit half of what men get. In fact, those people only know one side of the truth.

First, the principle of women inheriting half the money is only applicable in 45 percent of the cases. In the other 55 percent, women inherit the same amount or sometimes even more. For example, a mother and a father each inherit the sixth of their son's property when they are not the only inheritors.

In addition, the laws of inheritance in Islam are proportional to the duties of spending. Indeed, a man in Islam has the responsibility of supporting his family, his brother's children (when his brother dies), his parents (when they retire and do not have an income), his children from his previous marriage (if he has them) and his household, including his wife and children. A woman, on the other hand, does not bear this responsibility. She has the freedom to use the money she collects from her dowry or work as she pleases.

You might object here, saying that women today are working and helping their husbands pay the expenses, which entitles them to share equality with men. In fact, you should know that women's economic assistance to their husbands, which has become the norm today, is only an answer to the females’ wishes. Islam does not oblige women to spend on their households. It is a free choice many women have themselves taken today to feel more liberated, so it does not entitle them to a bigger portion of the inheritance.


Polygyny is one of the most questioned principles that Islam grants men and women. Indeed, many people wrongfully accuse Islam of injustice because it allows a man to have up to four wives. Nevertheless, like every instruction in the Quran, polygyny has a reason. You see, Islam is a practical religion that acknowledges the needs and temptations of human beings and provides laws that deal with them, thus preserving harmony and morality.

- Polygyny might be the solution for a couple if the wife is barren, the husband wants children of his own and the option of separation does not appeal to both parties.

- If a woman is chronically ill and is unable to perform her marital duties. Polygyny may also be the solution when the couple does not want divorce.

- Polygyny is the religion's answer to cases where some men have excessive sexual needs that cannot be fulfilled by one wife. This in no way means that men should abuse this right and use it whenever they fancy a woman. It is rather a chance Islam has provided to prevent men from committing adultery. Many people who condemn polygyny cheat on their wives, calling this phenomenon a 'swift affair.' Islam, at least, has offered the second woman the option of being called 'a wife' rather than 'a mistress', especially in some countries where women remarkably outnumber men.

- Polygyny may settle the problem of an increased number of unmarried women, especially during wars.

However, polygyny has some limits and conditions to be met. Indeed, the Quran instructs the man to be fair with his wives on all levels, including treatment, money, house, etc. The only level where the man may have an uneven stance is the level of the feelings that he cannot control:

The Quran says (what means): "You will never be able to do perfect justice between wives even if it is your ardent desire, so do not incline too much to one of them [by giving her more of your time and provision] so as to leave the other hanging [i.e. neither divorced nor married]. And if you do justice, and do all that is right and fear Allaah by keeping away from all that is wrong, then Allaah is Ever-Forgiving and All-Merciful." [Quran 4:129]

Finally, it is worth knowing that Islam gives a woman the right to refuse polygyny for her husband by setting it as a condition during the marriage procedures. If this condition is set, then the woman is granted divorce if her husband marries another while he is still married to her.

You might ask, why could not there be polyandry (a woman having more than one husband)? The answer is simple. Islam did not allow it because Allaah is All-Aware that it will create a problem of kinship. This means that the child may not know who is actually his father (it could be anyone of the four husbands). In addition to the psychological damage it may cause, this problem also complicates the issue of inheritance. Even birds and animals do not allow polyandry.

This is the status of women in Islam; where terrestrial systems of systems of Islam just heavenly, Terrestrial systems does not sponsor women's dignity, since disowned the father of his daughter, while the age of eighteen years or less; to go out wandering on her face

Islam has honored women, and make it honorable man unlike systems that prepared the source of sin, and take away their right to ownership and responsibility, and makes them live in humiliation and contempt, and prepared by the unclean creature?.

Islam has honored women on the reverse of making women a commodity trading her body in propaganda and advertising?.
Islam has honored women in contrast to systems that are transmitted to swear allegiance to a deal to marry a wife; to be a property of the husband? Some even held their synagogues; to consider the fact whether it is women and the spirit of human beings or not? !.

Thus we see that Muslim women in worldly terms happy with her family in the confines of her parents, and care for her husband, her children, whether dander in the event of her childhood, or youth, or Hermha, and if their poverty or richness, or her health or her illness.

If there is shortening of the right of women in some Muslim countries, or of some to associate Islam - he is a failure because of ignorance, and distance from the application of the laws of religion, and the burden in on the mistake and religion is unconnected with the consequences of those shortcomings.
The remedy for that error can only be by reference to the guidance of Islam and its teachings; for the treatment of error.

The Western civilization can hardly know anything of such meanings, but look at the women look purely material, you see that hijab and chastity backwardness and reactionary, and it must be a puppet of tampering with every fallen; That is the secret of happiness for them.

Is it the means of education, culture, wear tight clothes and transparent and short?!.
Then any dignity when placed belles images in advertising and promotions?!
Why not promote them, but the beautiful Belle, if exhausted past her beauty and her adornment and threw neglected like any other machine that has expired? !.

And share a few beauty of this civilization? And the share of elderly mother, and grandmother, the old man?.
The share at best be in shelters, and the role of the infirm and the elderly; where visited and ask them.
And may have a share of the pension, or the like, shall devour him until you die; the womb is not there, and no link does not close the Crown.

The women in Islam, the more advanced age of increased respect for, and the greatness of its right, and compete with her children and relatives to honor her - as stated above - it does what is it, and who have remained at their children, and
Fri 18 May, 2012 04:28 pm

Can you hear the drums Frnando?
I remember long ago another starry night like this
In the firelight Frnando
You were humming to yourself and softly strumming your guitar
I could hear the distant drums
And sounds of bugle calls were coming from afar

They were closer now Frnando
Every hour every minute seemed to last eternally
I was so afraid Frnando
We were young and full of life and none of us prepared to die
And I'm not ashamed to say
The roar of guns and cannons almost made me cry

There was something in the air that night
The stars were bright, Frnando
They were shining there for you and me
For liberty, Frnando
Though we never thought that we could lose
There's no regret
If I had to do the same again
I would, my friend, Frnando

Now we're old and grey Frnando
And since many years I haven't seen a rifle in your hand
Can you hear the drums Frnando?
Do you still recall the fateful night we crossed the land?
I can see it in your eyes
How proud you were to fight for freedom in this land

There was something in the air that night
The stars were bright, Frnando
They were shining there for you and me
For liberty, Frnando
Though we never thought that we could lose
There's no regret
If I had to do the same again
I would, my friend, Frnando

There was something in the air that night
The stars were bright, Frnando
They were shining there for you and me
For liberty, Frnando
Though we never thought that we could lose
There's no regret
If I had to do the same again
I would, my friend, Frnando
Yes, if I had to do the same again
I would, my friend, Frnando...
Lustig Andrei
Fri 18 May, 2012 06:39 pm

I know a dark secluded place.
A place where no one knows your face.
A glass of wine a fast embrace.
It's called Frnando's Hideaway ole!

All you see are silohuettes.
And all you hear are castanetts.
And no one cares how late it gets.
Not at Frnando's Hideaway ole!

At the golden fingerbowl or any place you go.
You'll meet your uncle Max and everyone you know.
But if we go to the spot that I am thinking of
You will be free, to gaze at me, and talk of love.

Just knock three times and whisper low,
that you and I were sent by Joe.
Then Strike a match and you will know your in
Frnando's Hideaway OLE!
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Fri 18 May, 2012 08:27 pm
I'll say it again... You can read about slavery in the Christian world but you have to open a history book to do it. Reading about slavery in the muslim world is simpler, just open the classified ads page of a muslim newspaper under 'S' (for 'slaves') or in fact under 'W' as well since women are basically slaves in the muslim world.
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Sat 19 May, 2012 10:24 am
No my dear brother
Marriage, something essential in life
Is not based on material interest
Love, compassion and choice of the parties to each other

Muslim man
Falls in love
This is perfectly normal
Difference here between the Muslim and non-Muslim
Proper guidance of love as part of a legitimate (Marriage)
With his sweetheart has everything in this world

Away from the distractions and betrayal, adultery, illegitimate children
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Mon 21 May, 2012 06:09 am
Women's rights in Islam

I missed the point, didn't I? You're trying to come up with another contender for world's shortest book, like the Albanian Social Register, The Big Book of Italian War Heroes, English Opera, English Grammar, and that sort of thing, right?
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Mon 21 May, 2012 01:22 pm
Islam respect women
And Muslim women
Comes first
In the life of a Muslim man
Unlike women in the West
Is a cheap commodity
Women of the West

- Says Glenda Jackson carrier Oscars awarded by the Queen of Britain and the medal of the highest state medals, which was awarded the British Academy Award, Festival Montreal World says: (The instinct made man is the most powerful and dominant building on to his reasons for the force to make it in the first place, including summed up by the power of God move in life, and extract its resources, it is self-serve when the man that qualify automatically to face the burdens of life, development, and sustained in the areas of life).
B - the U.S. women's leader (Fleche Hlavi) called on women to the need for attention to the husband and children before the job of interest, and must be the husband is the head of the family and the commander of rudderless.
C - In the recent book about the life of English writer famous (Agatha Christie) it is stated as saying: (The women of modern joint-stock; because their position in society is getting worse day by day; we women act act a fool; because we have made the effort over the years; for the right to work and equality in working with men.
And men are not stupid; Hjona has it that advertisers do not mind at all that the working wife and the husband's income has doubled.
It is sad to find that after we proved we women fairer sex weak that we get back in the day to equate effort and sweat, which was awarded to men and alone).
D - says an American psychologist: (Any woman who said: I am sure myself, and went out without censor or kill herself it Haseeb and chastity).

Lustig Andrei
Mon 21 May, 2012 01:34 pm
Muslim men respect women the same way I respect my dog. I care for that dog and feed it and take care of its needs and expect a certain amount of love and affection in return. But I certainly don't consider it my equal.
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Green Witch
Mon 21 May, 2012 02:26 pm
As a woman, I am often grateful I was not born into a Muslim country. I pity Muslim women whether they live in Saudi Arabia or Afghanistan, it's like living in the 12th century. Muslim women are all second class citizens at best and victims of their own families at worst. I wish all religions and their stupid god(s) would just go away.
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Wed 23 May, 2012 07:37 pm
the great Islam gave the woman her honorable value, all the Laws of in the world will not reach this high level

prophet Mohammad said:

1 - Women are the twin halves of men.
2 - The world and all things in it are valuable; but the most valuable thing in the world is a virtuous woman.
3 - The best women are the virtuous; they are the most affectionate to infants, and the most careful of their husband's property.
4 - When a woman performeth the five times of prayer, and fasteth the month of Ramadan, and is chaste, and is not disobedient to her husband, then tell her to enter Paradise by whichever door she liketh.
5 - Verily a great number of women are assembled near my family, complaining of their hubands; and those men who ill-treat their wives do not behave well. He is not of my way who teacheth a woman to stray.
6 - Asma, daughter of Yazid, said, "Victuals were brought to Muhammad, and he put them before some of us women who were present, and said, 'Eat ye.' But notwithstanding we were hungry we said, 'We have no inclination.' Muhammad said, 'O woman! Do not mix hunger with lies.' "
7 - Whoever doeth good to girls, it will be a curtain to him from hell-fire.
8 - Whoever befriendeth two girls till they come of age, will be in the next world along with me, like my two fingers joining each other.
9 - Whoever befriendeth three daughters, or three sisters, and teacheth them manners, and is affectionate to them, till they come of age, may God apportion Paradise for him.
10 - Whoever hath a daughter, and doth not bury her alive or scold her, or prefer his male children to her, may God bring him into Paradise.
11 - Shall I not point out to you the best of virtues? It is your doing good to your daughter when she is returned to you having been divorced by her husband.
12 - God enjoins you to treat women well, for they are your mothers, daughters, aunts.
13 - Do not prevent your women from coming to the mosque.
14 - The believers who show the most perfect faith are those who have the best disposition and the best of you are those who are best to their wives

Also the holy Quran announced her rights:

[And women shall have rights similar to the rights against them, according to what is equitable;]
[On the contrary live with them on a footing of kindness and equity]
[But bestow on them (a suitable gift), the wealthy according to his means, and the poor according to his means; a gift of a reasonable amount is due from those who wish to do the right thing. ]
[Let the women live (in 'iddat,) in the same style as ye live, according to your means: annoy them not, so as to restrict them]
[From what is left by parents and those nearest related there is a share for men and a share for women, whether the property be small or large, a determinate share]
[And to women what they earn:]
[Permitted to you, on the night of the fasts, is the approach to your wives. They are your garments and ye are their garments]
[O ye who believe! ye are forbidden to inherit women against their will. Nor should ye treat them with harshness, that ye may take away part of the dower ye have given them,]
[A divorce is only permissible twice: after that, the parties should either hold together on equitable terms, or separate with kindness. It is not lawful for you, (men), to take back any of your gifts (from your wives),]

the woman in the western world is only commodity in the hands of men ...

Islam is innocent of the States' policies

There are some countries that follow the Shiite sect - Baha'i

Islam is innocent of these doctrines

I hope a good understanding

Lustig Andrei
Wed 23 May, 2012 07:43 pm
Tell me, frnando, do you actually believe this **** that you post?
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Wed 23 May, 2012 07:46 pm

You know the best way to tell when a theist is full of crap? When they have to sell, I mean write twelve paragraphs trying to convince people that women have rights in islam. Now if they actually had rights, you wouldn't need to write about it. You wouldn't even need to mention it. It should be a given. People should immediately know. But since you have to squeeze out these ideas it is proof that women really don't have any rights in islam or you wouldn't have to write about it.
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Fri 25 May, 2012 01:44 pm

Islam has high regard for Women. Do you know the conditions women were living under in pre-Islam Arabia? Baby girls would be buried alive to appease Gods made of dried date pulp. Marriage was considered something of status, but Islam made it a contract that gave women rights. A women couldn't ... wouldn't dare say "no" before, they were like slaves. In contrast to the Western world where divorce was relatively uncommon until modern times; Islam introduced that a woman can initiate a divorce, that she could gain inheritance and wealth through her family. The patriarchal character of pre-Islamic Arabic culture influenced not only the content of the Qur'an and related doctrine, it persists today in the interpretation and application of Islamic dogma. That's why most of you don't understand and don't like Islam. Did you know the Prophet's first wife was like 15 years his senior? And that she was a businesswoman. Both things were considered weird at the time. Scottish historian Watt has called Muhammed a fighter and promoter of Women's Rights. You're trying to compared a man who lived +1400 years ago to the ideals and today's society. Compared him to those he lived around. Compare Muhammed to the thoughts and teaching of 650 AD. Compared him to the ideas and thoughts that people had about life / women / war / law / hygiene / education / economics. You'll see and agree that Muhammed was ahead of his time.

The Geneva war conventions are based on laws of war introduced by Muhammed. Islam denounced aristocratic privilege, rejected hierarchy, and adopted a formula of the career open to the talents. You mentioned something about Muhhamed's marriage earlier; almost all of Muhamemd marriages were political and were based on the Arabian custom. To promote unity, to show people what is right and wrong. Before the Qur'an was revealed, there was no upper limit for polygamy and many men had scores of wives, some even hundreds, like cattle.

"Marry women of your choice, two, or three, or four; but if ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly (with them), then only one." [Al-Qur'an 4:3]

Islam put an upper limit of four wives. Islam gives a man permission to marry two, three or four women, only on the condition that he deals justly with them.

In the same chapter i.e. Surat An-Nisa '(The Women) "And you will never be able to be equal [in feeling] between wives, even if you should strive [to do so]. So do not incline completely [toward one] and leave another hanging . And if you amend [your affairs] and fear Allah - then indeed, Allah is ever Forgiving and Merciful. " [Al-Qur'an 4:129]

What does this tell you? I hope I've made the concept is marriage a lot more clearer.

Muhammad also said to his followers that "the best amongst you are those who are good to their wives." another one of my most favorite sayings by Muhammed is "Verily, Heaven lies under the feet of our mother."

I know you don't like Islam, and I don't expect to change any of your minds with this, but all I ask is give credit where it's due and fact-check before making a statement about something you don't know or understand.
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