I don’t know about you but l am fed up of people, who claim that women are treated as inferior in Islam and that Islam does and has always subjugated women.
I was at an engagement party recently and was steated at the top table with my beautiful Bangladeshi friend whose engagement it was. Whilst we were having dinner, l found myself talking with this girl and her boyfriend. She said she was an ex Muslim. I was shocked for a minute but plastered a smile on my face. I had read about ex Muslims but had never met one!
She had a Muslim name. The topic naturally turned to Islam. I didn’t want to preach. I am not an Imam! I just wanted to understand what would take a seemingly intelligent person from the light into the dark!
I was sorry l spoke! She argued nonsense after nonsense and blamed Islam for all her misfortunes citing Islam’s treatment of women.
“It’s our cultures that misinterpret the teachings of Islam and mistreats women” l a reasoned when she brought up the issue of women not being allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia.
She continued arguing claiming that she had left Islam because of the way in which women were treated in her country of birth Bangladesh.
Have you read the Quran, l asked?
No. Was her answer.
Now, l have met my fair share of ignorant people but this woman was the most ignorant person l had the misfortune of meeting! After l wasted about 2-3 hours of my life(!) arguing with this kafir, l remembered a Surah from the Quran. Qul ya ayuhal kafiroon…
What this kafir and others didn’t know is that Muslim Women have since time immemorial been held in high esteem in Islamic society.
No one has called women the weaker sex. That is a western concept.
The Muslimah has never been inferior to men. Nor is she superior to men as feminists tend to believe. Sorry ladies you are not superior to men! She is Equal.
The Quran tells her she is equal though different (biologically). Fact.
If the Muslimah believes she is inferior to men, she doesn’t know her faith. It’s unfortunate that many ex Muslims believe in this fallacy.
Allah SWT will judge us equally. I won’t go into it here but HE says so in the Quran.
The ‘l am just a woman’, sob sob line we like to take will not be accepted! You will be judged not as a woman or man but as a Human.
Nowadays Western women are so equal to men, they can go out to work and earn a living.
Guess what? In 600AD Khadijah the wife of the Prophet SAW was a very successful Business woman. She was doing so well, she employed many men including the Prophet SAW.
Muslim women were expected to take up their rightful place in society. They went to battle and fought wars. They defended their faith. They fought alongside warrior men. They were warrior women. Their sex was never an issue.
If Muslim men treated Muslim women as weak and inferior, Col. Ghadaffi of Libya would not have had 100% female Body guards and Security Personnel. He was a Muslim man.
The first person and l mean person, male or female to accept Islam and say the Shahada was a woman.
That woman was the wife of the Prophet SAW. Her name was Khadijah (May Allah be pleased with her). She was the first ever Muslim. There had never been a Muslim person before her.
The first person to fight and die for Islam was female. A fierce fighter by the name of Sumaya.
Kawlah was another fierce fighter during the time of the Prophet SAW who was much revered and feared in equal measures. Yes Kawlah was also female.
The Prophet’s (SAW) greatest love was a woman. No not one of his wives. His only
khansah went down in history as someone who made the greatest sacrifice for Islam. She was a woman.
Finally, Let’s also not forget the greatest Islamic Scholar that ever lived. Aisha the wife of the Prophet SAW. Most of what we know about the Sunnah of the Prophet SAW is because of Aisha. Aisha lived to a ripe old age and narrated the Sunnah and most of what we now know as the Hadith.
May Allah SWT be pleased with Aisha and all the other formidable women who fought for Islam.