One of the testaments to the truth and reality of Islam is the fact that ever since its inception, it has been under the attack of so many enemies collectively; but the number of its followers is increasing till date despite all odds. In fact, this number has gone much higher in recent past, despite the efforts of Islam’s enemies to subdue it by spreading different false perceptions about it in masses through their stronghold on popular media.
Questioning women’s status in Islam
Of all the propaganda against Islam, one of the most favorite areas of Islam-haters is the women’s status in Islam. As mentioned earlier, with their influence on almost all popular media of the world, anti-Islam forces keep trying to propagate falsely that Islam is some sort of anti-women religion that has nothing else to do other than suppress, disrespect, and disgrace women. Oh God! How ironic it is that such people try to portray Islam as an anti-women religion and more irony lies in the fact that people start believing so without making any kind of research at their own. Irrespective of what different people (Muslims or non-Muslims, for that matter) have to say about Islam, the best way to have a clear idea about its teachings is through consulting Holy Prophet Muhammad (PPBUH) and Holy Quran. So, let us have a glimpse of what Quran has to say about women in their different ages, roles, and statuses:
Islam’s stance on female children
At the time when Islam first glorified the whole world, things were much worse than they seem to be today. Pre-Islamic Arabian culture was of brutally killing (to the extent of burying alive) their female children soon after they were born, or a bit later on still at a younger age. None other than Islam had the courage and strength to challenge and stop that cruel practice that was adamantly followed by those people. In fact, Quran Reading reveals to us what Islam’s view on that was, as can be seen from the following verse:
When news is brought to one of them, of (the birth of) a female (child), his face darkens, and he is filled with inward grief! ith shame does he hide himself from his people, because of the bad news he has had! Shall he retain it on (sufferance and) contempt, or bury it in the dust? Ah! what an evil (choice) they decide on? (16:57-58)
Islam’s stance on adult females
Yet again, those lucky few females who reached adulthood during those times of ignorance and darkness were treated as a material commodity. They were not respected as wives and life partners, but were treated as objects of trade and reconciliation. People never bothered giving them their due share in inheritance. Let’s have a glance at what Quran tells us about Islam’s stance on adult women in these scenarios:
O ye who believe! Ye are forbidden to inherit women against their will. Nor should ye treat them with harshness, that ye may Take away part of the dower ye have given them,-except where they have been guilty of open lewdness; on the contrary live with them on a footing of kindness and equity. If ye take a dislike to them it may be that ye dislike a thing, and Allah brings about through it a great deal of good. (4:19)
As mentioned previously, Qur’an is truly a comprehensive book of life and one can get any type of answer if they truly seek for it through Qur’an. It is better resorting to the assistance of a learned Quran Teacher who can teach it to you; so that you can search for all the answers you need in Qur’an.
Winding up the debate, there is no point in assuming things. The better way is to search for the reality by yourself and Qur’an can be the best of your guides in this regard. At the end, just have a look at the following verse to realize that for Allah Almighty, gender does not come into consideration while deciding the fate of any human being:
An-Nahl [16:97] Whoever works righteousness, man or woman and has Faith, verily, to him will We give a life that is good and pure, and We will bestow on such their reward according to the best of their actions.