Women in Islam

In this article we will discuss status of women in Islam according to Qur’an and Hadith.  I’ll start by pointing out Allah’s command to Muhammad about Women status in Noble Qur’an.

Quran CH 2 Verse 228 says:-

Divorced women shall wait concerning themselves for three monthly periods. Nor is it lawful for them to hide what Allah Hath created in their wombs, if they have faith in Allah and the Last Day. And their husbands have the better right to take them back in that period, if they wish for reconciliation. And women shall have rights similar to the rights against them, according to what is equitable; but men have a degree (of advantage) over them. And Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise. 

Here is the Arabic verse to authenticate:-

وَالْمُطَلَّقَاتُ يَتَرَبَّصْنَ بِأَنفُسِهِنَّ ثَلَاثَةَ قُرُوءٍ ۚ وَلَا يَحِلُّ لَهُنَّ أَن يَكْتُمْنَ مَا خَلَقَ اللَّهُ فِي أَرْحَامِهِنَّ إِن كُنَّ يُؤْمِنَّ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ ۚ وَبُعُولَتُهُنَّ أَحَقُّ بِرَدِّهِنَّ فِي ذَٰلِكَ إِنْ أَرَادُوا إِصْلَاحًا ۚ وَلَهُنَّ مِثْلُ الَّذِي عَلَيْهِنَّ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ ۚ وَلِلرِّجَالِ عَلَيْهِنَّ دَرَجَةٌ ۗ وَاللَّهُ عَزِيزٌ حَكِيمٌ 

To understand this verse, lets read what Tafsir Ibn Jalalyan says:-

Divorced women shall wait by themselves, before remarrying, for three periods (qurū’in is the plural of qar’),of purity or menstruation — these are two different opinions — which begin from the moment of divorce.This [stipulation] applies to those who have been sexually penetrated but not to those otherwise, on accountof His saying, there shall be no [waiting] period for you to reckon against them [Q. 33:49]. The waitingperiod for immature or menopausal women is three months; pregnant women, on the other hand, must waituntil they give birth, as stated in the sūrat al-Talāq [Q. 65:4], while slavegirls must wait two months,according to the Sunna. And it is not lawful for them to hide what God has created in their wombs, of child or menstruation, if they believe in God and the Last Day. Their mates, their spouses, have a better right to restore them, to bring them back, even if they refuse, in such time, that is, during the waiting period, if theydesire to set things right, between them, and put pressure on the woman [to return]; the statement is not acondition for the possibility of return, but an incitement [to set things right] in the case of repealed divorce;the term ahaqq, ‘better right to’, does not denote any priority, since, in any case, no other person has theright to marry them during their waiting period; women shall have rights, due from their spouses, similar tothose, rights, due from them, with justice, as stipulated by the Law, in the way of kind conjugality and notbeing harmed; but their men have a degree above them, in rights, as in their duty to obey their husbands,because of their [the husbands’] payment of a dowry and their [husbands] being the bread-winners; God isMighty, in His Kingdom, Wise, in what He has ordained for His creatures.

 As said by Jalalayn, women should accept their husband after divorce, if their husbands want to, and as it is ordained by Allah that men have a degree above women, because of their payment of dowry, men are women’s master. Further, Ibn Kathir, mentions a hadith to explain it, he says, that even once a men divorced his wife and after two periods, suddenly he went to his wife, while she was preparing to bath, he took of her cloth and locked the door. (Source)

Let see what Qur’an Ch 2 Verse 223 says:-

Your wives are as a tilth unto you; so approach your tilth when or how ye will; but do some good act for your souls beforehand; and fear Allah. And know that ye are to meet Him (in the Hereafter), and give (these) good tidings to those who believe. 

Here is the Arabic verse :-

نِسَاؤُكُمْ حَرْثٌ لَّكُمْ فَأْتُوا حَرْثَكُمْ أَنَّىٰ شِئْتُمْ ۖ وَقَدِّمُوا لِأَنفُسِكُمْ ۚ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَاعْلَمُوا أَنَّكُم مُّلَاقُوهُ ۗ وَبَشِّرِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ

Tafsir Abbas says:-

(Your women are a tilth for you (to cultivate)) He says: the vulvas of your wives are plantations for your offspring (so go to your tilth) your plantations (as ye will) as you please, from behind or front as long as the penetration is in the pudendum, (and send (good deeds) before you for your souls) righteous children, (and fear Allah) regarding penetrating your wives in their anus or having sex with them during menstruation, (and know that ye will (one day) meet Him) that you will see Him after you die and He will reward you according to your deeds. (Give glad tidings to believers (O Muhammad)) Allah says: give glad tidings, O Muhammad, to the believers, who ward off penetrating their wives in their anus and further abstain from having sex with them when they are menstruating, that Paradise will be theirs.

Why is Allah always so concerned with women, sex and their private part. This verse gives answer to the question, what is women for men? Allah says:- women are tilth for men, and they can have sex with them anytime, whenever they wish, be it from front ot from back.

Also, in Allah sight women are not worthy to rule a kingdom, in an authentic Hadith, Muhammad said that those nations which make women as their ruler, will never succeed.

Vol 9 Book 88 Verse 219:-

Narrated Abu Bakra: During the battle of Al−Jamal, Allah benefited me with a Word (I heard from the Prophet). When the Prophet heard the news that the people of the Persia had made the daughter of Khosrau their Queen (ruler), he said, “Never will succeed such a nation as makes a woman their ruler.”

 The prophet of Islam never considered women worthy of anything, except for intercourse. Bukhari also reports that women are like ‘Dogs’ and ‘Donkey’, see here:-

Volume 1 Book 1 Verse 490:

Narrated `Aisha:
The things which annul the prayers were mentioned before me.They said, “Prayer is annulled by a dog, a donkey and a woman(if they pass in front of the praying people).” I said, “Youhave made us (i.e. women) dogs. I saw the Prophet prayingwhile I used to lie in my bed between him and the Qibla.Whenever I was in need of something, I would slip away. for I disliked to face him.”

Still Islamic apologist claims, Islam gives women respect and forbids any crime against them. Quran Ch 4 verse 34 explains this too. Lets see:-

CH 4 Verse 43

Men are in charge of women by [right of] what Allah has given one over the other and what they spend [for maintenance] from their wealth. So righteous women are devoutly obedient, guarding in [the husband’s] absence what Allah would have them guard. But those [wives] from whom you fear arrogance – [first] advise them; [then if they persist], forsake them in bed; and [finally], strike them. But if they obey you [once more], seek no means against them. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted and Grand.

Allah orders believers in this verse to banish them in beds apart and hit them, if they (women) disobey their men in beds. Muhammad and Allah wants their men to be satisfied anyhow, if not they are allowed to beat their tilth. It is also said that men are of high standards than women. Prophet-hood is also exclusive only for men, Allah never makes female prophets. Women are also not worthy to hold any important position. Allah also commands his Angels to curse all those women whole night who declines to sleep with their husband, see here:- (If the man asks his wife to come to his bed and she declines, the angels will keep cursing her until the morning.) (source)
This curse is also applicable for those women who goes to sleep out of any reason, ignoring the bed of their husband.. See here:-

(If the wife goes to sleep while ignoring her husband’s bed, the angels will keep cursing her until the morning.) ﴿وَاللَّـتِى تَخَافُونَ نُشُوزَهُنَّ فَعِظُوهُنَّ﴾ (source)

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2 thoughts on “Women in Islam

  1. Hi Raj, you said, “Allah says:- women are tilth for men, and they can have sex with them anytime, whenever they wish, be it from front ot from back”.

    But Quran does not say so!

    In contrary to Obama “accepting” the Bill that the man is a tilth for a man, the Holy Quran makes a woman to be a tilth of a man, so that progeny can exist. So, who is right of the two- Obama representing the USA and the Western world or the Holy Quran??

    Women in Islam do not like hen-pecked fickle husbands but manly guys and hardly can find a wife beating a husband. But wives thrash their hubbys in India and Western nations.

    Quran is right in appointing appropriate positions for a man and his wife!

    Do you accept the illogical view that the man is a tilth for a man? Would you accept you wife to be man?



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