In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Ever Merciful
Contents of this Article:
- Introduction: The State of Muslim Womens Rights
- Women and Men as Allies
- Khadija r.a. an Ally of the Prophet s.a.
- A Misogynistic Bukhari Hadith
- Umm Salma r.a. and the Treaty of Hudaibiyyah
- Who is More Honourable?
- The Jilbaab (Outer Covering) and the Khimaar (Head-Cover)
- Relations Between Spouses
- The Woman is Right!
 Introduction: The State of Muslim Womens Rights
Some male muslim leaders, scholars, and others, become defensive when the teachings of Islam on women’s rights are questioned, and respond by saying that Islam gives ‘similar’, or even ‘equal rights’, and status, to women, comparable to men (e.g. mirza masroor ahmad sahib, current elected caliph of the ahmadiyya community). They cite the case of Aisha r.a., wife of the Prophet Muhammad s.a., as an erudite Muslim Woman Scholar whom the male Companions (Sahaaba) r.a. of the Noble Prophet Muhammad s.a. used to consult for insight and guidance on religious matters, as per the following hadith:
Abū Musa r.a. narrated:
مَا أَشْكَلَ عَلَيْنَا أَصْحَابَ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ حَدِيثٌ قَطُّ فَسَأَلْنَا عَائِشَةَ إِلَّا وَجَدْنَا عِنْدَهَا مِنْهُ عِلْمًا
i.e. Never was a hadith unclear to us, the Companions (ra) of the Messenger of Allah s.a., and we asked ‘Aishah (ra), except that we found knowledge concerning it with her.” (Tirmidhi, Vol. 1, Book 46, Hadith 3883)Continue reading “Women’s Rights”