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Status of Women in Islam

Q:

Salam,

I have been couple of questions regards the status of women in Islam. Upon some research, it appears the Islam is in essence is a misogynist religion. For example: A woman does not get equal share of inheritance as a man Her witness is half of that of a man All the Prophets, Imams and molanas were/are men Allah has referred to himself as a ‘He’ in the Quran Women need to show absolute submission to their husbands, even when they are unjust (including ruling on leaving the house without permission) or else angels do lana on them And finally, Imam Ali’s sermon 80 in Nahjulbalagha (https://www.al-islam.org/nahjul-balagha-part-1-sermons/sermon-80-o-people-women-are) which clearly shows that women have no respect in Islam but are creatures to be used and abused. Women are not considered equal to men.

In fact, they are inferior beings to men (ie Imam clearly states O people! Women are deficient in Faith, deficient in shares and deficient in intelligence). Mensuration was given by Allah to women. Does this mean this was deliberately done to reduce us in faith? How are women deficient in intelligence? All around me, I see educated, intelligent women in leadership roles. Most of the boys/men in our society can not even reach to the heights intellectually & academically reached by women. I am a practicing Mulsim woman but as I hear these things from molanas and now read this in Nehjul Balagha, I am quite heart broken. I though molanas twisted the commandments of Islam to serve their own misogynistic views, but it seems that even the Ahlulbayt hold the same view. I am now reaching a point where it seems that Islam: serves menfolk only, is inherently flawed in it’s justice system is illogical and just gives women a lip service about their so-called high status, just to make them feel happy but in essence they don’t have any worth. And who knows, Islam might be fabricated by a group of men wanting to run the world, control people and make rules for the other half of the population. I understand it sounds very negative but I need answers because up till now, not even one molana could answer fully to my questions.

Thanks

A:

Salaam Alaykum.

Islam considers both men and women equally human and grants them equal human rights. Though their tasks and functions may sometimes differ, they both have opportunities for achieving perfection and closeness to God. The following verses from the Qur’an and sayings of the Prophet support this argument. For example:

O mankind! Indeed We created you from a male and a female, and made you nations and tribes that you may identify with one another. Indeed the noblest of you in the sight of God is the most Godwary among you. Indeed God is All-knowing, All-aware. (49:13)

O mankind! Be wary of your Lord who created you from a single soul, and created its mate from it, and, from the two of them, scattered numerous men and women. (4:1)

Please refer to the following links to help you understand the mentioned queries better

1.https://www.al-islam.org/180-questions-about-islam-vol-1-practical-laws-makarim-shirazi/rights-women-islam#18-why-inheritance-men-twice-women

2.https://www.al-islam.org/180-questions-about-islam-vol-1-practical-laws-makarim-shirazi/rights-women-islam#19-why-blood-money-women-half-men

3. http://www.imamreza.net/eng/imamreza.php?id=10952 – Women in the NahjulBalagha: A Psychological Perspective

4.https://www.al-islam.org/message-thaqalayn/vol-11-no-1-spring-2010/status-women-islam-critical-analysis-matter-equality/status#conclusion

 

Laila Habib