Page Excerpt: "The Ideal Muslimah" -- A Woman's Status
Asalaamu `alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu Sisters!! Here is the first part in a series of quotes and pages from the book "The Ideal Muslimah" that we at "A Girl's Guide to Being Muslim" hope will be of some benefit.
Taken from Muhammad Ali Al-Hashimi's book "The Ideal Muslimah", published by the International Islamic Publishing House.
Chapter "The Muslim Woman and Her Lord" p. 109 -- She is distinguished by her Islamic character and true religion!!
No doubt, the true Muslim woman is distinguished by her Islamic character, and she is proud of the high status which Islam gave her at a very early stage, before women in other nations attained anything like it. Fifteen centuries ago, Islam proclaimed the full rights of women for the first time in history, and Muslim women enjoyed human rights, centuries before the world had ever heard of human rights organizations, or witnessed any "Declaration of Human Rights." At that early stage, Islam declared that women were the twin halves of men, as stated in the hadith narrated by Abu Dawood, Tirmidhi, Ad-Darimi and Ahmad. At a time when the Christian world doubted the humanity of woman and the nature of her soul, the Qur'an declared:
[And their Lord has accepted of them, and answered them: 'Never will I suffer to be lost the world of any of you, be he male or female: you are members, one of another'] Qur'an 3:195
The Prophet (sallalahu `alayhi wa salam) accepted women's oath of Islam and obedience, just as he accepted that of men. The women's bay`ah was independent and separate from that of their menfolk, and was not done as an act of blind obedience. This is a confirmation of the independence of the Muslim woman's identidy, and of her competence to bear the responsibility of giving the oath of allegiance and making the commitment to obey Allah and be loyal to Him and His Messenger. All of this happened centuries before the moden world recognized a woman's right to freedom of expression and the right to vote independetly. This in addition to other important rights, such as her independent right to own wealth and her freedom from the responsibility to spend on others, even if she was rich, and her equality with men in human worth, education, and general religious and legal duties. A full discussion of the rights which Islam has given to women, and the respect which it has bestowed upon them, is not possible here.
It is sufficient to know that the French Revolution of the late 18th century produced a human-rights document entitled "Declaration of the Rights of Men and Citizens." The first clause of this document states, "Men are born free and equal under the laws." There was an attempt to add the words "and women", but this was rejected, and the statement remained confined to men only: "Man is born free, and he should not be enslaved." A century later, the great French soldier Gustave le Bon, in the late 19th century and early 20th century, stated in his book "The Psychology of Peoples" that womam had never been equal to man except in periods of decline; this comment came in his refutation of demands that women should be made equal with men by giving them the same right to vote.
To be continued inshaa'Allah...