Women in Muslim Society


Muslim society over the centuries has treated women as second class
citizens. It\'s been this way since the beginning of time. Women are treated in
this manor for a number of reasons, but all leading back to the Quran. Women
are considered inferior to men, are treated unfairly in marriage, and even are
oppressed legally, but all are approved of in the Quran. It describes in detail
the way that a women is to be treated and the way a women should treat her
husband.
The Quran expresses the equality of the sexes in the following. "And
their Lord answereth them, \'I will not suffer the work of him among you that
worketh, whether of male or female, to be lost. the one of you is the issue of
the other."(Q 3:195) So while the Qur\'an holds the works of men and women in
equal regard and acknowledges that they are completely interdependent to their
very existence, They are not regarded as having equal worth as people. The fact
that men are a step above the women and superior to them is evident in the
following verses. "And it is for the women to act as they (the husbands) act by
them, in all fairness; but the men are a step above them."(Q 2:228) "Men have
authority over women because Allah has made the one superior to the
other."(Q4:34) Women are thought of as being lower in intellect and spirituals
in comparison to men. In the Quran it states, "And of His signs is that He
created for you, of yourselves, spouses, that you may repose in them."(Q 30"21)
This causes many Muslims to look at women as creations like the animals and
plants and other useful things created by Allah. Muslims believe that women are
lacking many of the traits that men possess. The believe that women are lacking
gratitude as well as intelligence. The Hadith speaks of this subject saying,
"Women are ungrateful to their husbands and are ungrateful for the favours 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 and good from you." Also women
are not reliable witnesses due to their lack of intelligence and their emotional
state. It is said that, "Women was made to bear and feed children. Therefore
she is very emotional. And she is forgetful, because if she did not forget how
it is to give birth she would not have another child. That is why she will not
be as reliable a witness as a man."
Women have so many things separating them from men in the Muslim society.
It is believed that every woman has ten awrah. (translation: the external
genitals, especially of the female, Latin-something to be ashamed of ) It is
perceived that women are awrah and that is one reason that all women must not
show any part of their body along with staying in the house. It is believed
that the woman\'s place is in the home and that she shouldn\'t even leave the
house to pray at the mosque, but rather she is closer to Allah while inside the
home. Some groups such as the Malikiyah and Hanafiyah do allow the woman\'s face
to be shown, but only if the face is not naturally beautiful and makeup is not
worn. It is thought that Allah decreed that the face be veiled not for the
chastity of the woman, but for the chastity of the men who might look at her.
For this defeats the woman\'s biggest evil her sexuality.
It is believed that a woman\'s way to paradise is through her husband.
All the man\'s needs must be met before anything else may be completed. If a
woman is cooking and her husband desires sexual pleasures it is better to let
the food burn than to deny her husband. This is true because if the husband is
not satisfied then he be cannot at peace to pray to Allah therefore the woman is
in bad favor with Allah and all the angels until she satisfies her husband again.
There is never anything that a woman can do to repay her husband for taking her
as his wife. It is a noble sacrifice for a man to share his life with a woman;
she being deficient in mind, religion, and gratitude. There is no sacrifice she
can make to repay the favour he has done for her.
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