What You Need to Know about the Status of Women in Islam

O you who believe! You are forbidden to inherit women against their will, and you should not treat them with harshness, that you may take away part of the Mahr you have given them, unless they commit open illegal sexual intercourse. And live with them honorably. If you dislike them, it may be that you dislike a thing and Allah brings through it a great deal of good. — Qur’an 4[An-Nisa’]:19

Spiritual Ground

Islam establishes equality between a man and a woman. We’re not talking gender equality here for there exists a clear disparity between the physiologic nature of humans. There’s equality in terms of creation and obligation with no superiority in spiritual sense. If a man prays five times a day, a woman is entitled to do the same. With regards to morality, spiritual duties, and acts of worship, the requirements of men and women are the same. Except in few cases where women have certain concessions because of their feminine nature or health standard. For instance, she is exempted from fasting in Ramadan during menstrual period or pregnancy with an option for make up at a later date.

Economic Field

Let’s draw ourselves down memory lane. In Europe, until the 19th century, women did not have the right to own property. In an instance where she’s married, she has to transfer her belongings to the husband or she would not be able to dispense it without his approval. Britain was perhaps the first country to give women some property rights. The “Married Women Property Act.” was passed in the 1960s.

Socio-political Arena

On education, Islam highly encourages the Muslim woman to be learned. In fact, One of the most knowledgeable woman in Islamic history was the mother of the believers, Aisha bint Abubakr. She had committed the Quran to memory at an early age, she was the third most narrator of hadith, she home schooled some great companions — Anas bn Malik, Abdullah bin Zubayr. She was an authority the companions consulted on matters of the deen and issues that needed clarifications. Fatimah al Fihri was also the founder of the first university in the world. The remains of which is in Feiz, modern day Morocco.

And on the political front

We learned from Islamic history about Muslim women making “bayy’ah” to the Prophet — peace be upon him. Bayy’ah is an Islamic term that connotes a pledge of allegiance. This was given in his capacity not only as a Prophet, but also as a head of state. Women gave allegiance and as such had a voice in state affairs. During the reign of ‘Umar as leader of the faithful, it was more prominent as women participated in law making. ‘Umar made a proposal of a certain regulation concerning the dowry for marriage. A woman in the mosque stood up and this ensued:

Glad Tidings to the Women

I have never thought how amazing being a woman was until I came across some ahadith that made me jealous. Here I share with you a few of them and I hope it makes some of the women folk smile:

  • Ibn Abbas reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The best of you are those who are best to women.”
  • Abu Sa’eed Al-Khudri reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “There is not one of you with three daughters or three sisters, or two daughters or two sisters, fearing Allah regarding them and treating them in the best manner, except that he will enter Paradise.”
  • Abdullah ibn Amr reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The world is provision and the best provision in the world is a righteous woman.
  • Mu’awiyah ibn Al-Qushayri reported: I said, “O Messenger of Allah, what are the rights of women over us?” The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “You should feed her when you eat, clothe her when you clothe yourself, do not strike her on the face, and do not rebuke her or separate from her except inside the house.
  • Abu Huraira reported: It was said to the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, “Which woman is best?” The Prophet said, “The one who pleases her husband when he looks at her, who obeys him when he commands her, and she does not contradict him regarding herself or her property in anything he disapproves.”

Abdur Rahman ibn Awf reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “When a woman prays her five prayers, fasts her month, guards her chastity, and obeys her husband, then it will be said to her: Enter Paradise from whichever gate you wish.”


Jumah Nugget

Pensive expressions about life from a Muslim perspective. Covering spirituality, worship, family, business and etiquettes with the goal of becoming better Muslims. It’s a journey of climbing spiritual heights from Muslim to Mu’meen in order to attain Muhsin.

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Jumah Nugget

Pensive expressions about life from a Muslim perspective. Covering spirituality, worship, family, business and etiquettes with the goal of becoming better Muslims. It’s a journey of climbing spiritual heights from Muslim to Mu’meen in order to attain Muhsin.