Women's Honorable Position in Islam
By Sami Zaatari
Without a doubt women in Islam have a very honorable and respected position, contrary to what many none-Muslims say which is that Islam looks down upon women. If one read the Quran and Islamic hadiths with an open heart holding no biasness or ill-will then one would see this for themselves, that Islam holds women in a very high honorable status, sadly many none-Muslims choose to either ignore these hadiths, or they sadly don't even bother to read them at all leaving themselves in ignorance and claiming that Islam is anti-women.
Let us read some of these Islamic hadiths for ourselves to see a ladies honorable position within Islam, no anti-Islamic can read these hadiths and then claim that Islam is anti-women because that would be illogical.
Abu Hurairah reported that a man came to the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) and asked:
"O Messenger of Allah, who is the person who has the greatest right on me with regards to kindness and attention?" He replied, "Your mother." "Then who?" He replied, "Your mother." "Then who?" He replied, "Your mother." "Then who?" He replied, "Your father."
So notice a man comes and asks the blessed prophet Muhammad about who has the greatest right to received kindness and respect, and as you can see the prophet said that it is the mother not one time, but 3 times in a row! So this hadith shows how important your mother is in Islam, that you should show more kindness and attention to her than you do your father, unlike in Christian where our mother Eve is blamed for everything including our downfall! This hadith alone is enough to refute every assertion that anti-Islamics make that Islam is an anti-women faith, how can Islam be an anti-women faith with such a saying of the prophet Muhammad?
Here is another hadith of the Prophet Muhammad:
"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."
As you can see, the blessed prophet Muhammad said that the best among us are those who are good to their wives, logically this means the worst ones among us are the ones who are bad to our wives, so therefore since a believer strives to be as good as he can he will be very good to his wife. Notice the hadith also says that a man must not hate his wife, put this with the part where the prophet says the best among us are the good ones to their wives leaves us with the only conclusion that we MUST treat our wives in an honorable and very respectful way, causing her no harm, nor distress. Obviously this doesn't sound as anti-women faith!
Here is another lovely saying of the blessed and final prophet:
"Among my followers the best of men are those who are best to their wives, and the best of women are those who are best to their husbands. To each of such women is set down a reward equivalent to the reward of a thousand martyrs. Among my followers, again, the best of women are those who assist their husbands in their work, and love them dearly for everything, save what is a transgression of Allah's laws."
To begin with, it must be said that being a martyr in Islam is one of the best and most honorable status you can get in the sight of Allah, the Quran and countless hadiths establish this fact. Now having said that, notice this hadith states that a good wife will have the reward of 1000 martyrs! So a lady who is simply a good wife, who pleases her husband, takes care of him, and does all the things a wife should do will have such an honorable high reward! Does this sound like an anti-women faith?
Here is another hadith of the blessed and final prophet:
Mu'awiyah, the son of Jahimah, reported that Jahimah came to the Prophet (peace be upon him) and said,
" Messenger of Allah! I want to join the fighting (in the path of Allah) and I have come to seek your advice." He said, "Then remain in your mother's service, because Paradise is under her feet."
The hadith basically means that treating your mother with love, kindness, and respect, and showing no rudeness is essential for a Muslim's entrance into paradise itself! If this isn't a sign of how much respect we should have towards our mothers then what is?! Again, does this sound like an anti-women faith?
So as you can all see, women have a great status within Islam, they are not looked down upon, quite the opposite as you can see! How can anyone but a liar claim Islam is an anti-women faith with such sayings of the prophet of Islam?
And Allah Knows Best!