Since childhood, I have been told by Muslims that women's value Islam is unprecedented in other cultures or religions; no other religion gives that much value to their women as does Islam. Being raised a non-Muslim in a predominantly Muslim country and having seen the plight of Muslim women there, I deeply knew that what my Muslim neighbors and friends were telling stems from their sheer ignorance of Islam as well as of other religions or cultures.
In this article, I will discuss the above mentioned topic. Since childhood, I have always heard from Muslims that the value given to women in Islam is unprecedented in other cultures or religions, that no other religion gives that much value to their women as gives Islam. Being raised a non-Muslim from a predominantly Muslim country, and having seen, with my own eyes, the plight of Muslim women (muslimahs) in this country of my birth, I deeply knew that what my Muslim neighbors and friends were telling stems from the fact that they were and are ignorant of Islam and other religions or cultures.
I have no intention, whatsoever, of making a comparative analysis between Islam and other religions. I am here only to write about what the ‘only true’ and the supposedly ‘merciful religion’ to mankind teaches about women.
First, it is important to mention here that some of the most important of Prophet (PBUH) teachings are collected in what is called Hadith—a record of Muhammad’s words and deeds according to His wives, relatives, and faithful companions. Next to the Quran, it is the most important part of Islamic law; its teachings are just as authoritative as the Quran’s. The Hadith is recorded in many books, but not all of them are agreed upon by all Muslims though. All of our quotes here are from ‘Sahih Al-Bukhari’, which comes in nine volumes, and contains thousands of Hadiths. Al Bukhari is accepted as authentic words of the Prophet Muslims and Islamic scholars through the centuries.
Because of the limited space, I will mention here just a few examples. My purpose here is to give the reader a taste of the teachings of the Muhammad, the prophet of Islam. Some of these teachings may shock you, and some may amuse you. Others may simply leave you mystified.Once again, I mainly know two things about Islam: 1) Quran & 2) Sunna (Hadith). Most of Muslims agree with this comment that, without Hadith, it is not possible to understand the Quran, which is indeed the case.
For example, Muslims know that the Quran vaguely mentions about the Hajj and five-time prayers a day, but says nothing about how to perform them. Here Hadith becomes indispensable as it goes on to explain how to perform the hajj and prayer rituals, what prayers should be said at what time of the day and when you go for Hajj etc.And it is by this that we actually learn the real value of women in Islam. It is an undeniable that most Muslim women are proud to be Muslims. In fact, most of the western converts to Islam are women. But if you, by chance, get to interview some of these Muslim women about what they feel so great about Islam, the likely answers are as follows:
- They feel great on what Islam promise them about their inheritance (half of what a man is likely to inherit);
- They feel great because, in Islam, they are not a public property (of course a non-Muslim will be bewildered at this claim);
- They are kept under constant male guardianship (husbands, male relatives, etc), interpreted as constant protection and having little responsibility about earning money (you know making money on your own is a huge task!);
- They are guaranteed to be married: Parents will just find a husband for their little cutie teenage girl (it does not matter if the arranged husband is 70 years of age), as long as those dating balderdashes seen among young people in non-Muslim societies are avoided. Islam is great!
So, let’s look on the real value of women in Islam in detail, in the light of authentic Islamic scriptures.
1. To be stoned to death (Value number 1)
Sahih Bukhari: Book 50, Hadith 885:
Narrated Abu Huraira and Zaid bin Khalid Al-Juhani:
A bedouin came to Allah's Apostle and said, "O Allah's apostle! I ask you by Allah to judge My case according to Allah's Laws." His opponent, who was more learned than he, said, "Yes, judge between us according to Allah's Laws, and allow me to speak." Allah's Apostle said, "Speak." He (i .e. the bedouin or the other man) said, "My son was working as a laborer for this (man) and he committed illegal sexual intercourse with his wife. The people told me that it was obligatory that my son should be stoned to death, so in lieu of that I ransomed my son by paying one hundred sheep and a slave girl. Then I asked the religious scholars about it, and they informed me that my son must be lashed one hundred lashes, and be exiled for one year, and the wife of this (man) must be stoned to death." Allah's Apostle said, "By Him in Whose Hands my soul is, I will judge between you according to Allah's Laws. The slave-girl and the sheep are to be returned to you, your son is to receive a hundred lashes and be exiled for one year. You, Unais, go to the wife of this (man) and if she confesses her guilt, stone her to death." Unais went to that woman next morning and she confessed. Allah's Apostle ordered that she be stoned to death.
2. Women who pass by a praying man annul his prayer
Bukhari Book 9, Hadith 493:
Narrated 'Aisha: The things which annul prayer were mentioned before me (and those were): a dog, a donkey and a Woman. I said, "You have compared us (women) to donkeys and dogs. By Allah! I saw the Prophet praying while I used to lie in (my) bed between him and the Qibla. Whenever I was in need of something, I disliked sitting and troubling the Prophet. So, I would slip away by the side of his feet."This Hadith shows that there is no difference between dog, donkey or women. Well that really hurts. From my childhood I learnt from my parents to respect ladies, but in here Islam teaches us women are just like dogs and donkeys, but wait, it does not only rest on women.
3. A Jew also annuls the prayers of a man
Bukhari: Book 2, Hadith 704:
Narrated Abdullah ibn Abbas: Ikrimah reported on the authority of Ibn Abbas, saying: I think the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) said: When one of you prays without a sutrah, a dog, an ass, a pig, a Jew, a Magian, and a woman cut off his prayer, but it will suffice if they pass in front of him at a distance of over a stone's throw.
4. Women are equal to black dogs
Bukhari: Book 4, Hadith 32:
Abu Dharr reported: The Messenger of 'Allah (may peace be upon him) said: When any one of you stands for prayer and there is a thing before him equal to the back of the saddle that covers him and in case there is not before him (a thing) equal to the back of the saddle, his prayer would be cut off by (passing of an) ass, woman, and black Dog. I said: O Abu Dharr, what feature is there in a black dog which distinguish it from the red dog and the yellow dog? He said: O, son of my brother, I asked the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) as you are asking me, and he said: The black dog is a devil.
5. Women are not ones to be trusted
Bukhari Book 20, Hadith 192:
Narrated Ibn 'Umar: The Prophet said, "A Woman should not travel for more than three days except with a Dhi-Mahram (i.e. a male with whom she cannot marry at all, e.g. her brother, father, grandfather, etc.) or her own husband.)
Bukhari Book 20, Hadith 194:
Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet (p.b.u.h) said, "It is not permissible for a Woman who believes in Allah and the Last Day to travel for one day and night except with a Mahram."
That likely suggests that those young Muslimahs traveling abroad or relocating their cities for jobs or studies should first get married or take their dad or elder brother with them. The reality is the majority of Muslim families do not practice it, but for those, who aspire to or practice it, such as the Talibans, it is completely justified as per Islamic creed.
6. A Muslim man, if happens to meet an unrelated woman, he must rush immediately to his wife and have intercourse with her to repel the devil in that woman
Bukhari Book 8, Hadith 3240:
Jabir reported that Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) saw a woman, and so he came to his wife, Zainab, as she was tanning a leather and had sexual intercourse with her. He then went to his Companions and told them: The woman advances and retires in the shape of a devil, so when one of you sees a woman, he should come to his wife, for that will repel what he feels in his heart.Muslimahs are advised here to be prepared 24/7 for your husbands, because you never know when your husbands will demand sex from you. And due to the fact that, nowadays, contrary to ancient societies, so many beautiful girls are free to move on their own, your husbands have no choice but to see them and they inevitably have to rush to demanding sex immediately. If you protest, you are against the Apostle of Allah and that guarantees Hell fire.
7. Women primary purpose in life is to express beauty, status, and to believe in Allah. What they do with their brains in their families is secondary and insignificant
Bukhari Book 8, Hadith 3457:
Abu Huraira (Allah be pleased with him) reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: A woman may be married for four reasons: for her property, her status, her beauty and her religion, so try to get one who is religious, may your hand be besmeared with dust.
8. Women are crooks and useless creature
Bukhari Book 8, Hadith 3466:
AbuHuraira (Allah be pleased with him) reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: woman is like a rib. When you attempt to straighten it, you would break it. And if you leave her alone you would benefit by her, and crookedness will remain in her. A hadith like this is reported by another chain of narrators.
9. Women are simply of bad luck, bad omen
Bukhari Book 26, Hadith 5526:
Umar b. Muhammad b. Zaid reported that he heard his father narrating from Ibn 'Umar that Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) had said. If bad luck is a fact, then it is in the horse, the woman and the house.
Bukhari Book 29, Hadith 3911:
Narrated Sa'd ibn Malik: The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: There is no hamah, no infection and no evil omen; if there is in anything an evil omen, it is a house, a horse, and a woman.
10. Women are breeding machines
Bukhari Book 11, Hadith 2045:
Narrated Ma'qil ibn Yasar: A man came to the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) and said: I have found a woman of rank and beauty, but she does not give birth to children. Should I marry her? He said: No. He came again to him, but he prohibited him. He came to him third time, and he (the Prophet) said: Marry women who are loving and very prolific, for I shall outnumber the peoples by you.
11. A woman to her husband is analogous to a slave to her master
Bukhari Book 11, Hadith 2155:
Narrated Abdullah ibn Amr ibn al-'As: The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: If one of you marries a woman or buys a slave, he should say: "O Allah, I ask Thee for the good in her, and in the disposition Thou hast given her; I take refuge in Thee from the evil in her, and in the disposition Thou hast given her." When he buys a camel, he should take hold of the top of its hump and say the same kind of thing.
Bukhari Book 12, Hadith 2170:
Narrated AbuHurayrah: The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: Anyone who incites a woman against her husband or a slave against his master is not one of us.
Bukhari Book 12, Hadith 2229:
Narrated Aisha, Ummul Mu'minin: Al-Qasim said: Aisha intended to set free two slaves of her who were spouses. She, therefore, asked the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) about this matter. He commanded to begin with the man before the woman. The narrator Nasr said: AbuAli al-Hanafi reported it to me on the authority of Ubaydullah. 12. Women forbidden from expressing emotions Bukhari Book 20, Hadith 3122:Narrated AbuSa'id al-Khudri: The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) cursed the wailing woman and the woman who listens to her.It's not clear as to why Allah's Apostle would prevent women from expressing their emotions. My best guess is that, after the Noble Prophet had massacred the entire men of certain tribes (e.g. Qurayzah), the widows of the slain kept wailing for their murdered husbands unceasingly, annoying the merciful prophet. The noble Prophet, therefore, cursed the wailing bereaved women to stop the wailing.
13. Also said that the majority of hell dwellers will be women
Bukhari Book 2, Hadith 28:
Narrated Ibn 'Abbas: The Prophet said: I was shown the Hell-fire and that the majority of its dwellers were women who were ungrateful. It was asked, "Do they disbelieve in Allah?" (or are they ungrateful to Allah?) He replied, "They are ungrateful to their husbands and are ungrateful for the favors and the good (charitable deeds) done to them. If you have always been good (benevolent) to one of them and then she sees something in you (not of her liking), she will say, "I have never received any good from you."
It's hard to understand as to why Allah and his Apostle expressed such a profound distaste for women---from being of bad luck, to equate them with dogs, to be stoned to death while a man is let free for a similar offense. Please ACT now; stop the spread of Islam and save women. Not a day passes without a woman being raped, forced in marriage or honor killed. It's happening everywhere, wherever is Islam. If there is one reason Islam need to be stopped, it is for the sake of women. Yes. you Can stop this anti-women cancer at a minimum by spreading this article to anyone close to you.