Short Answer: Break The Mold: Muslim Women Rise and Reclaim Your Status! Islam came to honor women and raise their status. Islam gave women a position in society. Islam made men respect and uphold women’s rights. The belief that women are behind a man’s sin comes from Christianity. It has no basis in Islam whatsoever. Allah orders the believing women to cover just as He orders the believing men to lower their gaze. Islam enjoined upon women the acts of worship and duties that befit them, the same duties as men, namely purification, zakaah, fasting, prayer, Hajj, and other acts of worship. Muslim women are by all means equal with men in terms of reward
Walaikumassalam warahmatullah wabarakatahu. Jazakallahu khair sister for approaching us with your serious concern.
The first step
The system of Allah is beautiful. He has created the planets which work in harmony with each other. Each planet rotates and revolves on its own axis. The end result of harmony is a safe haven for His most beloved creatures- humans.
Have you ever asked yourself, who is Allah? If not then this is the time to sit down and ponder upon this crucial question. Allah has described Himself to us through his majestic names and attributes.
If you want to know Allah, then study them. The hidden meanings behind each name are so beautiful; it will leave you in awe. Among these are ninety-nine names if anyone learns them it will be of great benefit.
The hadeeth narrated by Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), in which the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
“Allah has ninety-nine names, one hundred less one; whoever learns them will enter Paradise.” (Reported by al-Bukhaari, al-Fath, no. 2736)
Allah Has Our Best Interest
When you believe that Allah is your Creator and submit to Him willfully, then you will realize and taste the sweetness of faith. The emptiness inside of you will vanish and you will feel content.
When you study the lives of the righteous people, you realize that they had a strong faith. They would hear and obey. Their belief was unshakeable! No, not just women, but men as well. Both genders as believers surrendered their desires and wishes to Allah.
It is a promise that one makes when he accepts faith, a conviction to change. To live your life the way Allah has spelled out for you. Allah is perfect and the religion that He has chosen for His servants has no flaws within.
Allah, may He be exalted, says in the hadith Qudsi:
“I have created all My slaves with the inclination to worship Me alone, but the devils come to them and turn them away from their religion. They forbid to them that which I have permitted to them, and they tell them to associate others with Me for which I have not sent down any authority.” Narrated by Muslim (2865).
Follow The Religion
Many times it is difficult for people to distinguish between right and wrong. One mistake that you must avoid is judging the religion based on its’ followers. Allah has created us human beings weak. Due to this weakness, we fall into sin.
Learn your religion from the authentic sources i.e Quran and Sunnah. That is the route that will lead you to your correct destination. Don’t worry it won’t reroute you.
Allah has guaranteed to preserve the Quran. Allah says:
“Verily, We, it is We Who have sent down the Dhikr (i.e. the Quran) and surely, We will guard it (from corruption)” [al-Hijr 15:9]
As I mentioned before Allah has many attributes. One of His attributes is the Just. This means that without a doubt, Allah bestows complete justice to His creation. In the eyes of Allah, all human beings are equal whether they be male or female. Allah judges us not based on our gender but, upon our intention.
Islam came to honor women and raise their status. Islam gave women a position in society. Islam made men respect and uphold women’s rights.
There are no authentic hadiths that mention women’s age of marriage. However, there is a period in which they are more fertile and it is easier for the couple to start a family.
The belief that women are behind a man’s sin comes from Christianity. It has no basis in Islam whatsoever. Allah orders the believing women to cover just as He orders the believing men to lower their gaze. Islam enjoined upon women the acts of worship and duties that befit them, the same duties as men, namely purification, zakaah, fasting, prayer, Hajj, and other acts of worship.
Also, many Muslim women were great leaders and educators. During Prophet Muhammad’s time, women used to take part in business dealings. They also had a voice in decision making. The Prophet used to keep a separate day of the week only to teach women. The first martyr of Islam was a woman. After the demise of Prophet Muhammad, the men would go to Aisha, his wife, to learn from her.
Women have many rights in Islam
Women have many rights in Islam and especially when it comes to marriage. Even to the extent that they can claim for divorce whereas in some other religions women can’t even think of that. Also, Muslim women can remarry while in other religions they are burned alive along with their dead husbands’!
“And they (women) have rights (over their husbands as regards living expenses) similar (to those of their husbands) over them (as regards obedience and respect) to what is reasonable, but men have a degree (of responsibility) over them. And Allah is All-Mighty, All-Wise” [al-Baqarah 2:228]
Muslim women are by all means equal with men in terms of reward. They also have responsibilities that they must fulfill. Women should also run to do good deeds if they want to enjoy a good life in this world and a great reward in the Hereafter. This is Allah’s promise.
“Whoever works righteousness — whether male or female — while he (or she) is a true believer (of Islamic Monotheism) verily, to him We will give a good life (in this world with respect, contentment and lawful provision), and We shall pay them certainly a reward in proportion to the best of what they used to do (i.e. Paradise in the Hereafter)” [al-Nahl 16:97]
And Allah knows best.
I hope this helps.
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