The Prophet (blessings and peace be upon him) and the Appreciation of Women


Fourteen centuries ago, the Messenger of God declared through divine revelation that women  were equal in humanity and faith with men. God

stated in the 9ur’an:

“Indeed, the Muslim men and Muslim women, the believing men and believing women, the obedient  men and obedient women, the truthful men and

truthful women, the patient men and patient  women, the humble men and humble women, the  charitable men and charitable women, the fasting

men and fasting women, the men who guard their   private parts and the women who do so, and the   men who remember God often and the women

who do so – for them God has prepared forgiveness    and a great reward”. (:)

 

 

 

And the Prophet (blessings and peace be upon him)   said, “Women are but sisters of men.” (Ahmad, Abu   Dawud and at-Termidhi)

 

 

The Messenger of God confronted many cruel and unjust practices against women during his time.

Some of the Arabs, considering women inferior,  would bury their daughters alive but the Prophet   spoke out against such evil customs.

 

 

The qur’an describes it thus:

And when one of them is informed of 8the birth of a female, his face becomes dark, and he suppresses grief. He hides himself from the people because of

the ill of which he has been informed. Should he keep it in humiliation or bury it in the ground? Unquestionably, evil is what they decide. (: -)

 

 

The )rophet (blessings and peace be upon him)  used to encourage kindness to women and girls. He  said,

“Whoever supports two daughters until they reach  the age of puberty, he will come on the Day of  Resurrection with me like this, and he joined his

fingers.” (Muslim)

 

 

Prophet Muhammad (blessings and peace be upon  him) emphasized kindness to mothers. Once a man  came to him asking, “O Messenger of God, who is

most entitled to my good companionship?” The  )rophet said, “Your mother.” The man said, “Who is  next?” The )rophet said, “Your mother.” The man

asked again, “Who is next?” The Prophet once again repeated, “Your mother.” The man asked for the  fourth time, “Who is next?” The Prophet then said,

“Your father.”

 

 

The Messenger of God used to consult women, deal  with them gently, support them in all situations and   give them their complete rights in a way never

dreamt of before. He was also concerned with  educating women. He even appointed a day for   them to assemble and would come to teach them

from that which God had taught him. (Muslim)

 

 

He did not make women prisoners within the  house, but allowed them to go out to take care of   their needs, visit their relatives and the sick. He

allowed them to buy and sell in the marketplace as  long as they adhered to modest conduct and proper   dress. He also allowed them to attend the

mosque  and forbade preventing them, saying, “Do not  prevent your women from coming to the  mosques.” (Ahmad and Abu Dawud)

 

 

He prohibited beating women and said, “Do not  strike the female servants of God.” (Abu Dawud)

 

 

And he urged kindness toward them with the  words, “Be advised to be good to women.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

 

This means good treatment, respect for her rights, concern for her feelings and  avoidance of any kind of harm. And he told his  companions,

“The best of you is the best of you to your wives.” (Ahmad and at-Termidhi)

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