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The Pre-Islamic History of Women Being Replicated In Our Society Now

By Kaniz Fatma, New Age Islam

5 October 2021

Are the Muslim Women of the Modern Days Living in the Pre-Islamic Arabia?

Main Points:

1.    Women's fundamental rights are being trampled on.

2.    Women are thought to be mentally and physically weak.

3.    In modern society, the extremities of oppression over women are visible when this narrow-mindedness is referred to as religion.

4.    When a woman is oppressed, the domestic life becomes a living hell. After that family life drags on like a torturous pain.

5.    For humans to develop a pure civilization, they must have a strong and successful family system.

6.    The only way out is to obey the commands of God and His Messenger.


The fact that oppression over women and violation of their rights has always been justified is a tragedy of human history. During the pre-Islamic period, some Arab tribes exceeded the line of violence by burying their daughters alive, whereas Islam honoured and respected Eve's [Hazrat Hawwa’s] daughters. During the Prophet's era and the Righteous Caliphate, Muslim women made prominent and notable imprints in many sectors of life. Hazrat Khadija, a successful businesswoman who not only encouraged but also supported the Prophet when he was fulfilling such an essential role as prophethood and steadfastly propagating the divine summons. She believed first and foremost as a witness to his sincerity and honesty. The Holy Quran declared that in Allah’s view, the most honourable of you is the one who is more pious, and it ripped off the roots of superiority between man and woman based on anything other than taqwa.

The pre-Islamic history of women is being replicated in our society now. Women's fundamental rights are being trampled on. They are thought to be mentally and physically weak. Islamic teachings have become a part of history that is repeated at conferences and gatherings, but the battle to put them into practice is not the same. The practical demonstrations appear to contradict the theory. The atmosphere of narrow-mindedness continues to pervade.

Even now, women are denied the right to make life decisions. Even now, there is a noticeable disparity in parents' attitudes regarding their daughters. Parents work long and hard hours to ensure that their sons have a good education and spend the majority of their hard-earned money on it. Yes, but it is evaded when it comes to girls' education by claiming that they do not require higher education. As a result, the skill that was supposed to emerge in them is stifled someplace. Yes, and their prized asset of self-assurance begins to deteriorate until it is engraved in their thoughts that this is their fate.

The importance of the mother's lap as the first school for children is highlighted, but the teacher of this school is unable to make her own decisions. Women still rely on men to help them solve their difficulties. In modern society, there are various symptoms of narrow-mindedness toward women, and the extremities of oppression are visible when this narrow-mindedness is referred to as religion. When it comes to women's rights, there is no better method to hide one's flaws than to claim that Western civilisation will impact them.

In Muslim society, divorce rates are low, but who would look after the divorced women who have no one to turn to? It would be inappropriate to suggest that if they speak up for their rights, others are conspiring against them. Rather than disregarding the realities, we must recognise the urgency of the situation and identify the best solution.

Women's rights granted by the Qur'an and Sunnah have been taken away from them. For the appropriate raising of the next generation, it is vital to restore women's societal roles and to grant them all of the privileges that Islam has bestowed upon them.

For humans to develop a pure civilization, they must have a strong and successful family system. It all starts with the husband and wife's marriage, their love, and affection. The bounds of the husband and the wife have been established by the Lord of the Worlds and the Holy Prophet. If they both live within their bounds, they can enjoy a very happy life, and many families do so by following Islamic standards. The stronger the trust bond between husband and wife, the happier and calmer life will be, and the better the effect on the children will be.

The Prophet is reported to have said, “The believers who show the most perfect Faith are those who have the best behaviour, and the best of you are those who are the best to their wives.” [This hadith was classified as Hadith Hasan Sahih by At-Tirmidhi].

Another hadith states that this world is the entire capital (the thing to be used), but the virtuous lady is the most valuable thing in the entire world. It's worth noting that our beloved Prophet valued women beyond all else, dedicating four moons to her honour and dignity. These are Islam's blessings on women.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: A woman who dies while her husband is pleased with her will enter Paradise (Tirmidhi).

Women were given their deserving status in Islam, and the Prophet Muhammad stated that just as males have rights over women, women also have rights over men. He declared marriage to be an independent contract that can include any number of legal terms. When extraordinary circumstances exist, both men and women have the right to be separated from one another. Without her husband's participation, the woman is the sole owner of her capital and property. While several hadiths extol the importance of women's rights, Allah Almighty has also commanded men to treat women with respect and pay their dues. He declares,

“O you who have believed, it is not lawful for you to inherit women by compulsion. And do not make difficulties for them in order to take [back] part of what you gave them unless they commit a clear immorality. And live with them [women] in kindness. For if you dislike them - perhaps you dislike a thing and Allah makes therein much good.” (4:19)

The commentary of Ibn Abbas on this verse encourages males to treat women well, live in love and harmony, and do them a favour. If you despise her likes, you will despise the numerous excellent things and hundreds of different blessings that God has provided for you.

When a woman is oppressed, the domestic life becomes a living hell. After that family life drags on like a torturous pain. The only way out is to obey the commands of God and His Messenger. These directives are based on the premise that women should be treated well in order to have a pleasant home and social life. The screams of all groups and parties for a just society will cease today if Muslims exercise their rights. Women should be treated with respect, according to Islam, and that their rights must be recognised in all aspects of their relationships, whether they are daughters, sisters, mothers, or wives. Allah says in the Quran, “...And the women also have rights similar to those of men over them...” [2:228]


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